NORFOLK 4, LAKE ERIE 2
Paul Szczechura continued his hot start to the 2008-09 season, scoring twice and adding an assist as Norfolk doubled up host Lake Erie by a 4-2 count on Friday night before 7,169 fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Szczechura, who now has five points (3-2-5) in Norfolk’s first three games, tallied the eventual game-winning goal at 5:16 of the third period, breaking a 2-2 deadlock. He also scored in the second period of the contest.
It marked Norfolk’s first victory of the young campaign (1-1-0-1), and it was secured by former AHL All-Star goaltender Karri Ramo, who stopped 39 of 41 shots on the night.
MANCHESTER 6, LOWELL 4
Teddy Purcell, last year’s AHL rookie of the year, tallied his first two goals of the season as Manchester downed Lowell by a 6-4 count at Tsongas Arena.
Manchester goaltender Jonathan Bernier earned the victory with 29 saves on 33 shots.
SYRACUSE 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (SO)
Syracuse scored on four of its five shootout tries en route to a 3-2 road win over Binghamton at the Broome County Arena.
The Crunch set a new AHL record with their 18th consecutive regular-season win, and moved to 3-0-0-0 on the current campaign in the process.
MacDonald was one of four Syracuse skaters to score in the shootout, and goaltender Dan LaCosta stopped two of four Binghamton tries.
HERSHEY 5, PHILADELPHIA 4
Dean Arsene broke a 4-4 tie with 2:24 left in regulation, propelling Hershey to a 5-4 road win over Philadelphia in a back-and-forth game at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Jonathan Matsumoto scored twice to lead the Phantoms, who enjoyed three separate one-goal leads only to see all three slip away.
Bears goaltender Simeon Varlamov picked up the victory with 21 saves in net, helping Hershey improve its AHL-best record to 4-0-0-0.
PROVIDENCE 6, SPRINGFIELD 3
Providence erupted for four goals in the first 17:40 of the game and doubled up visiting Springfield by a 6-3 count at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Martins Karsums’ led the Bruins’ offense with a goal and two assists, Martin St. Pierre and Jeff Penner posted a goal and a helper apiece, and the B’s received single goals from Jordan Knackstedt, Matt Lashoff, and Wacey Rabbit.
Three of Providence’s goals came on the power play, as the Bruins finished 3-for-6 with the man-advantage.
Providence rookie goaltender Kevin Regan picked up the win in his first start of the season, stopping 24 of 27 shots to help his team improve to 3-0-0-0.
BRIDGEPORT 4, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3
Kurtis McLean scored the winning shootout goal against his former team in the sixth round to give Bridgeport a 4-3 road win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before 6,845 fans at the Wachovia Arena.
But the Penguins responded in the third, receiving markers from Jeff Taffe and Pesonen to tie it up.
ALBANY 5, WORCESTER 4
Jakub Petruzalek scored twice and Pat Dwyer netted the game-winner shorthanded at 15:19 of the third period as Albany edged Worcester by a 5-4 final at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y.
The win upped the River Rats’ record to 2-5-0-0 in the seven games they have played in Glens Falls dating back to the 2007 postseason.
Worcester has allowed a combined 11 goals in two losses to open the campaign.
HAMILTON 2, HARTFORD 0
Marc Denis turned in a 27-save shutout as Hamilton dropped Hartford by a 2-0 score in its home opener at Copps Coliseum.
Denis and the Bulldogs improved to 3-0-0-0 on the campaign, while the Wolf Pack fell to 1-2-0-0.
PEORIA 3, MILWAUKEE 1
Steve Regier netted his second winning goal in as many games as Peoria posted a 3-1 home-ice win over Milwaukee at Carver Arena.
Regier’s goal came 8:57 into the second period and gave Peoria a 2-0 lead at the time.
ROCKFORD 6, IOWA 3
Rockford received goals from six different players en route to a 6-3 road win over Iowa at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Rockford goaltender Corey Crawford earned the victory with 28 saves on 31 shots.
CHICAGO 1, QUAD CITY 0
Grant Stevenson’s goal at 1:07 of the second period burned his former team as Chicago eked out a 1-0 road victory over Quad City for their first win of the young season.
Stevenson, who led the Flames with a career-high 30 goals and 73 points last season, tallied his first goal in a Wolves uniform off a feed from Grant Lewis.
Chicago goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made it stand up, as he stopped all 25 shots sent his way in the shutout effort.
The Wolves (1-1-1-0) return to Allstate Arena for their home opener on Saturday against Peoria.
MANITOBA 3, ROCHESTER 1
Mark Cullen’s first goal in a Manitoba uniform broke a 1-1 tie at 13:18 of the third period, and the Moose went on to a 3-1 win over the struggling Rochester Americans at the MTS Centre.
Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 26 of 27 shots in the winning effort.
David Brine scored the Amerks’ lone goal as Rochester fell to 0-4-0-0 on the campaign. The two teams will square off again in Winnipeg on Saturday night.