NORFOLK 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3
Paul Szczechura continued to pay dividends for the Norfolk Admirals, scoring the go-ahead goal and adding an assist in a 4-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Wachovia Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Szczechura has scored a goal in five straight games and has found the scoresheet in all eight games since being acquired by Norfolk last month (6g, 6a).
Norm Milley and Bracken Kearns also had a goal and an assist each for the Admirals and Jonathan Boutin made 29 saves as Norfolk earned a regular-season win in Wilkes-Barre for the first time since Feb. 14, 2004. The Penguins had won 17 straight regular-season home meetings with the Ads prior to Saturday.
After going 1-14-0-1 in a 16-game stretch from Dec. 14 to Jan. 18, Norfolk is now 4-0-1-1 in its last six.
ROCHESTER 3, TORONTO 0
2008 AHL All-Star Mark Mancari tallied a goal and two assists to help Rochester snap a nine-game winless skid (0-5-2-2) with a 3-0 road victory over Toronto on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
Adam Dennis earned his second shutout of the season with 38 saves for the Americans, who won just their third game since the beginning of December (3-31-2-2) and first in that span over an opponent other than Hamilton.
The loss snapped the Marlies’ seven-game points streak (6-0-1-0).
PHILADELPHIA 5, BINGHAMTON 1
Darroll Powe, Frederik Cabana and Pete Zingoni each recorded a goal and an assist and Scott Munroe made 33 saves as Philadelphia ended a four-game road winless slide with a 5-1 win at Binghamton on Saturday.
Munroe improved his record to 11-3-1 with his first win since Jan. 6.
BRIDGEPORT 2, HARTFORD 1 (SO)
Joey MacDonald made a season-high 39 saves and Trevor Smith scored once in regulation and once in the shootout as Bridgeport defeated Hartford, 2-1, at the XL Center.
The Sound Tigers are now 7-0 in shootouts this season, scoring on 17 of 28 attempts.
Andrew Hutchinson scored the Wolf Pack goal. Hartford’s four-game winning streak ended, but the Pack are still 8-1-2-1 in their last dozen games.
HERSHEY 5, ALBANY 2
Jason Morgan and Joe Motzko scored 50 seconds apart late in the third period, snapping a 2-2 tie and sending Hershey to a 5-2 win over Albany before 10,456 fans at Giant Center.
The Bears are 10-1-0-1 in their last 12 home games, and have moved back into a three-way tie for second place in the East Division with Albany and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
SPRINGFIELD 3, LOWELL 2 (OT)
Ben Simon’s unassisted goal with 2:10 gone in overtime gave Springfield a 3-2 win in Lowell.
The Falcons are 5-8-1-1 in their last 15 road games, with all five victories coming at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.
PROVIDENCE 4, PORTLAND 3
Matt Hendricks’ goal with 1:09 left in the third period allowed Providence to stun Portland, 4-3, at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
The Pirates, who have won a league-high 18 home games this season, had a 3-0 lead before the Bruins rallied for their league-leading 35th win of the year.
The Bruins finished with a 43-33 advantage in shots, including 18-5 in the third period.
WORCESTER 3, MANCHESTER 1
Graham Mink scored two goals and assisted on another as Worcester downed Manchester, 3-1, at the DCU Center.
Gabe Gauthier scored the only goal for the Monarchs, who were without reigning AHL Rookie of the Month Brian Boyle. Boyle made his NHL debut for Los Angeles on Saturday and recorded a goal and an assist in the Kings’ 6-3 loss to New Jersey.
SAN ANTONIO 4, SYRACUSE 3 (SO)
Enver Lisin’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout lifted San Antonio to a 4-3 win at Syracuse.
GRAND RAPIDS 3, IOWA 2
Randall Gelech and Darren Helm scored late in the second period to propel Grand Rapids to a 3-2 win at Iowa.
CHICAGO 4, ROCKFORD 2
Alexandre Giroux scored twice as Chicago doubled up visiting Rockford, 4-2, before 11,419 fans at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves in the victory.
The loss ended the IceHogs’ 15-game road points streak (10-0-1-4).
HAMILTON 2, MANITOBA 0
Carey Price made 25 saves for his first shutout since Game 1 of the 2007 Calder Cup Finals, leading Hamilton to a 2-0 win over Manitoba at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Drew MacIntyre stopped 25 of 26 shots, but the Moose fell to 2-7-0-1 in their last 10 games.
HOUSTON 3, QUAD CITY 1
Marco Rosa scored the go-ahead goal with 1:08 left in regulation and Barry Brust made 31 saves as Houston got past Quad City, 3-1, snapping a five-game winless streak.
Krys Kolanos netted his 21st goal of the season for the Flames, tying the score at the 17:47 mark of the third period. Kolanos has 14 goals in his last 15 games.
Houston is now tied with Quad City for sixth place in the West Division, three points behind fifth-place Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE 7, PEORIA 3
Josh Langfeld tallied two goals and an assist during Milwaukee’s four-goal second period as the Admirals rolled to a 7-3 win at Peoria on Saturday.