LOWELL 2, PORTLAND 1
Lowell wrapped up a three-game road swing with a 2-1 victory over Portland at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Tuesday. Alexander Vasyunov tallied the game-winner for the Devils, who improved to 10-4-0-0 in their last 14 contests.
It remained a 1-0 game until Vasyunov padded his team’s lead with another power play marker 7:29 into the third frame. Murphy earned his second assist of the night, and rookie defenseman Matt Taormina also helped on Vasyunov’s 11th goal of the season.
First-year defenseman T.J. Brennan registered his first professional goal – also on the power play – to put the Pirates on the board with 6:13 to go in regulation, but Portland was unable to tie it up.
Portland, playing its first home game since Dec. 31, dropped to 0-2-1-0 in its last three tilts at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Ex-Pirate goaltender Mike McKenna earned the win with 29 saves for the Devils, who have won four of their last five games (4-1-0-0) and moved back into second place in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Worcester. The Sharks have played three fewer games.
TEXAS 2, SAN ANTONIO 0
Making just his second AHL appearance of the season, Texas goaltender Todd Ford pitched a 36-save shutout to pace the Stars to a 2-0 win over visiting San Antonio at the Cedar Park Center on Tuesday.
Ford, who took a 5-4 shootout loss at Manitoba on Jan. 2 in his first AHL outing of the year, preserved the victory by stopping all 17 shots sent his way during the third period.
2010 AHL All-Star defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy provided all the offense Texas would need at 10:39 of the opening period, scoring on the power play for his sixth goal of the season.
Texas won for just the second time in its last nine games (2-5-0-2), while the Rampage lost in regulation for only the second time in their last nine outings (6-2-0-1).
MANITOBA 4, ABBOTSFORD 3 (OT)
Manitoba recovered from a 2-0 deficit after the first period to post a 4-3 overtime win at Abbotsford on Tuesday before a sellout crowd of 7,046 at the Entertainment & Sports Centre.
Ex-Moose Jason Jaffray put the Heat back on top before the second frame was out, but Rosa came through again for Manitoba with a power play goal 9:40 into the third period.
Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider earned the victory with 29 saves on 32 shots.