Tue. roundup: Irving, Heat edge ‘Dogs

Tuesday’s AHL Boxscores

Abbotsford goaltender Leland Irving made 21 saves for his league-leading 21st win of the season (21-16-2), and the Heat continued a season-high 10-game road trip by taking a 4-3 decision from Hamilton on Tuesday night at Copps Coliseum.

The Heat are now 4-4-0-1 on the journey, which concludes on Wednesday night in Rochester. Abbotsford halted a two-game losing skid and collected its first regulation win since its last home tilt, a 2-0 victory over Peoria on Jan. 19.

Irving, a former first-round draft pick by the Calgary Flames, also moved past Worcester’s Alex Stalock for the league lead in minutes played this season (2,420).

Abbotsford raced out to a 3-0 first-period advantage on goals by Ryan Stone (1:08), John Armstrong (3:39), and Jon Rheault (10:21). But Hamilton battled back to make it a 3-2 game heading into the third frame, receiving markers from Aaron Palushaj and Andrew Conboy.

Heat forward Bryan Cameron scored the eventual game-winning goal 2:41 into the third period to make it 4-2, and Gabriel Dumont tallied the contest’s final goal at 12:13.

The Bulldogs lost for the fourth time in five games (1-4-0-0) but remain just one point back of first-place Manitoba in the North Division race.

2011 AHL All-Star Jerome Samson scored a goal and added two assists, and Mike Murphy came up just over a minute short of a shutout as Charlotte took a 4-1 win over visiting Providence at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Checkers swept their two-game set with the P-Bruins and have now won three straight games overall for the first time since Dec. 12-18, which also included a win over the Bruins in Providence.

Samson potted his team-leading 26th goal of the year; Chris Terry reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time as a pro; and Brett Carson and Jon Matsumoto rounded out the Checkers’ offense.

Murphy (14-9-2) appeared bound for his – and Charlotte’s – first shutout of the season before Bruins rookie Antoine Roussel struck for his first professional goal with just 1:05 left in regulation.

But that was it for the Bruins, who have now lost three straight games and totaled only four goals in that span.

Four different players found the back of the net and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton exacted revenge on Manitoba with a 4-1 win over the visiting Moose on Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The AHL-best Penguins (38-14-0-0) captured their second victory in as many days and earned a split of their recent two-game set with Manitoba after dropping a 3-2 decision last Friday.

Nick Johnson tallied his 20th goal of the season for the Penguins, and Wilkes-Barre received a goal and an assist apiece from Keven Veilleux, Chris Collins, and captain Ryan Craig. Brett Sterling contributed two helpers on the night.

The Moose took a quick 1-0 lead when rookie Jordan Schroeder scored 3:37 into the contest, but Johnson’s tying goal came less than two minutes later and the Penguins were able to roll from there.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Brad Thiessen earned his 20th victory of the campaign (20-4-0) with 18 saves in net, as the Penguins held a final shots advantage of 32-19.

The Moose wrapped up their seven-game road trip at 3-4-0-0 and will return to MTS Centre to begin a six-game homestand on Friday and Saturday against San Antonio.

Cody Almond and Patrick O’Sullivan posted a goal and an assist apiece, and captain Jon DiSalvatore had a game-high three points (0-3-3) to lead Houston past host Texas by a 4-1 count on Tuesday at the Cedar Park Center.

Jed Ortmeyer notched the eventual game-winning goal for the Aeros, and defenseman Justin Falk rounded out Houston’s offense.

Former AHL All-Star goaltender Anton Khudobin preserved the victory with 32 saves on 33 shots, helping the Aeros (30-19-1-3, 64 points) pull into a three-way tie with Milwaukee and San Antonio for first place in the West Division.

Colton Sceviour recorded the lone goal for the Stars, who wrap up a four-game homestand with a pair of contests this weekend against Rockford.