TORONTO 5, ADIRONDACK 1
In a battle of teams headed in opposite directions, Joey Crabb extended his goal-scoring streak to four games and added an assist as Toronto continued its surge with a 5-1 road win over Adirondack on Thursday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Marlies have outscored opponents 9-1 in collecting two consecutive victories and improved to 4-0-0-2 on a 10-game road swing which so far has taken them everywhere from San Antonio to Glens Falls, N.Y. The journey continues on Friday in Hershey and Saturday in Binghamton.
Adirondack, meanwhile, suffered a franchise-record 10th consecutive loss (0-9-1-0), eclipsing two separate nine-game skids which were reached when the team played in Philadelphia.
Crabb, a former Calder Cup champion, has totaled four goals and an assist during his current scoring streak. He was joined on the scoresheet by Mike Zigomanis, captain Alex Foster, Justin Hodgman, and Greg Scott.
Zigomanis has recorded three goals and six assists in just six games since being assigned to the Marlies by the parent Maple Leafs.
Toronto goaltender Jussi Rynnas stopped 26 of 27 shots in net to pick up his second consecutive victory.
Stefan Legein initially gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead just 5:56 into the contest, but Adirondack could not put another puck past Rynnas.
CHARLOTTE 6, BRIDGEPORT 1
Jacob Micflikier notched his second career hat trick as Charlotte romped past visiting Bridgeport by a 6-1 count on Thursday at Time Warner Cable Arena in the opener of a two-game set.
A fourth-year pro, Micflikier scored once in the first period and twice more in the second frame for his fifth, sixth, and seventh goals of the season. The 26-year-old’s only prior hat trick came on Jan. 17, 2010, in the Albany River Rats’ 4-1 win at Providence.
Charlotte moved to 5-1-0-2 in its last eight games overall and sits three points back of first place in the East Division, though the Checkers have played six more games than front-running Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Tony Romano scored the lone goal for the Sound Tigers, who have been outscored 13-2 in dropping their last two contests and have been outscored 19-3 in their last three losses overall.
SAN ANTONIO 1, ROCKFORD 0
San Antonio goaltender Matt Climie made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Alexandre Picard’s third-period goal lifted San Antonio to a 1-0 win over visiting Rockford on Thursday at the AT&T Center.
With the victory, the Rampage (10-4-1-0, 21 points) regained sole possession of first place in the West Division, two points better than Oklahoma City.
Richards finished with 37 saves for the IceHogs, who are now 1-3-0-0 in their last four games and will seek revenge when the teams meet again in San Antonio on Friday night.