Dan Ellis made 34 saves to lead the Iowa Stars to their fifth straight win, a 6-3 decision over Milwaukee at the Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night.
Iowa hits the Christmas break with a 9-1-1-1 record in its last 12 games, and one point out of third place in the West Division.
Mathias Tjarnqvist, Junior Lessard and Jamie Johnson picked up a goal and an assist for the Stars. Tjarnqvist now has nine points in eight games with Iowa.
Ellis won for the seventh time in his last eight decisions. Kyle Brodziak, Marius Holtet and Vojtech Polak also scored for the Stars.
Rookie defenseman Shea Weber recorded a goal and an assist for the Admirals.
Elsewhere on Friday:
Jiri Hudler and Kent McDonell recorded a goal and an assist each as Grand Rapids made it four wins in a row by beating Cleveland, 4-1… Kirby Law scored with 20.9 seconds left in overtime to give Houston a 4-3 win over visiting Omaha… Lawrence Nycholat potted the winning goal with 28 seconds left in OT as Hershey came back for a 4-3 win in Chicago… Konstantin Koltsov picked up a goal and an assist to lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton past Philadelphia, 3-0… Frank Doyle made 45 saves and Krisjanis Redlihs scored 32 seconds into overtime as Albany beat Syracuse, 4-3… Nathan Robinson extended his scoring streak to seven games (7g, 7a) with a goal and two assists in Providence’s 5-1 win over Springfield… Adam Hauser made 39 saves and was perfect on four shootout attempts as Manchester edged Portland, 3-2… Denis Hamel, Cory Pecker and Neil Petruic had a goal and an assist each and Kelly Guard made 35 saves as Binghamton defeated Lowell, 4-1… Jeff Jillson scored the winning goal with 6:44 left as Rochester beat Hamilton, 3-2… Wade Dubielewicz made 44 saves, but Jarkko Immonen‘s goal in the seventh shootout round gave Hartford a 3-2 win over Bridgeport.