LAKE ERIE 7, CHICAGO 3
Darren Haydar notched his first hat trick of the season as Lake Erie recovered from a 6-2 loss to Chicago on Saturday to post a 7-3 victory over the Wolves on Sunday, snapping a four-game winless skid (0-3-0-1) in the process.
Haydar, who captained the Wolves to the 2008 Calder Cup championship, entered with just two goals in his last 13 games for Lake Erie but now shows a team-high 22 points (10-12-22) in 27 contests for the season.
Defenseman Brett Skinner chipped in four assists on the afternoon, and Matthew Ford registered two helpers in the victory. Lake Erie goaltender Billy Sauer (1-2-0) stopped 30 of 33 shots between the pipes to earn his first career AHL win.
ADIRONDACK 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2
Defenseman Danny Syvret broke a 2-2 tie with just one-tenth of a second left in the third period, lifting Adirondack to a 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Syvret, a Second Team AHL All-Star for the Phantoms last season, has scored two goals this season and both have been for game-winners. He notched an overtime goal on Dec. 6 in a 3-2 win at Springfield.
Adirondack goaltender Nic Riopel earned the victory with 22 saves on 24 shots in net, helping the Phantoms to a sweep of their two-game set against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Second-year pro Luca Caputi notched both goals for the Penguins, who fell to 3-6-0-0 in their last nine contests.
HAMILTON 3, ABBOTSFORD 0
Hamilton parlayed an effective special teams performance and another shutout by goaltender Cedrick Desjardins into a 3-0 win over visiting Abbotsford on Sunday at Copps Coliseum.
The Bulldogs killed off all seven Abbotsford power play attempts and notched a shorthanded goal, as David Desharnais broke a scoreless deadlock 13 minutes into the second period. Desharnais’ eighth goal of the season came unassisted.
Desjardins (8-4-1) turned aside all 20 shots sent his way and recorded his third shutout in his last four starts and fourth of the season, tied with Houston’s Anton Khudobin for most in the AHL.
The Bulldogs extended their points streak to six games (5-0-1-0) and moved 10 games over .500 on the season at 16-6-2-3.
Abbotsford was shut out for the first time all season.
The River Rats extended their winning streak to seven games – their longest since an eight-game run from Feb. 22 to Mar. 5, 2008 – and have earned a point in nine straight contests (8-0-1-0). Albany has pulled within one point of Hershey for first place in the East Division.
River Rats goaltender Justin Peters stopped 30 of 31 shots before denying four of Hartford’s five shootout tries. Albany entered the day having lost 13 straight meetings with the Wolf Pack and collected its first win at the XL Center since Mar. 8, 2003.
Corey Locke netted the lone shootout goal for the Wolf Pack, who dropped to 1-4-1-2 in their last eight outings.
MANCHESTER 2, PROVIDENCE 0
Playing his third divisional game in as many days, Manchester goaltender Jonathan Bernier pitched a 36-save shutout as the Monarchs took a 2-0 road win over Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday.
Bernier, a former first-round draft pick, collected his third shutout of the season and moved into second place in the AHL with 14 victories (14-7-2).
Rookie Corey Elkins provided all the offense Manchester would need at 8:52 of the first period, with David Meckler and Richard Clune picked up assists. Clune then provided an insurance marker 5:47 into the second frame, and neither side scored in the third.
The Bruins have now lost back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game skid from Nov. 6-8.
GRAND RAPIDS 7, TORONTO 2
Coming off a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee a night earlier, Grand Rapids racked up seven goals on Sunday en route to a 7-2 road win over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum in the opener of a five-game road swing.
Kris Newbury, Jan Mursak, Francis Pare, and Patrick Rissmiller all led the way with a goal and two assists apiece for the Griffins. Pare, Jeremy Williams (0-2-2), and defenseman Andy Delmore (0-1-1) were each a game-high plus-4 on the afternoon.
Griffins rookie goaltender Thomas McCollum (7-5-0) made 23 saves on 25 shots to earn his second victory of the weekend.
HOUSTON 4, ROCKFORD 1
Jon DiSalvatore’s power play goal snapped a 1-1 tie at 14:57 of the second period, and Houston went on to post a 4-1 win over visiting Rockford on Sunday before 5,723 fans at the Toyota Center.
The Aeros grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:12 into the contest when Jean-Michel Daoust notched his team-leading ninth goal of the season and sixth in his last seven games (6-2-8). Evan Brophey tied it for the IceHogs 8:23 into the second, setting the stage for DiSalvatore’s game-winner.
Rookie defenseman Ryan Gunderson chipped in two assists for Houston, and goaltender Wade Dubielewicz stopped 20 of 21 shots in the winning effort. The Aeros halted a three-game winless skid (0-2-1-0).
Rockford, which will open a three-game homestand on Friday, lost for the third time in its last four outings (1-3-0-0).