PORTLAND 6, ROCHESTER 3
Portland erupted for four goals in the second period and ended Rochester’s 11-game winning streak with a 6-3 triumph over the Amerks on Thursday at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. Rookie Philip Gogulla was one of three Pirates with a goal and an assist on the night.
Mancari initially put the Pirates on top with a power play goal at 17:24 of the first period. But Rochester’s Jeff Taffe tied it just 17 seconds later, and Jamie Johnson gave the Americans a 2-1 lead at the 19:32 mark.
That set the stage for the Pirates’ monster second period, which began with a shorthanded goal by Byron at 4:43. Gogulla and Whitmore scored just 51 seconds apart later in the frame, and McCormick added another marker at the 19:56 mark.
Rochester’s Chris Taylor and Portland’s Wanvig traded third-period tallies, with the latter going into an empty net at 18:43.
The Americans, who were bidding for a franchise-record 12th straight win, lost for the first time since a 6-1 setback at Albany on Oct. 10.
MILWAUKEE 4, ABBOTSFORD 1
Four different Milwaukee skaters found the back of the net as the Admirals took a 4-1 win over visiting Abbotsford at the Bradley Center on Thursday.
The Admirals snapped a brief two-game winless skid overall and salvaged one victory in their season series with the Heat after dropping the teams’ first three match-ups of the campaign.
Milwaukee goaltender Mark Dekanich earned the victory with 22 saves in net, and Abbotsford potted its only goal courtesy of a successful penalty shot attempt by Carsen Germyn late in the opening period.
The Admirals now embark on an eight-game road swing beginning this weekend on Friday in Grand Rapids and Saturday in Peoria.