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UNH alums provide offensive spark for Wolves

Darren Haydar and Jason Krog were brought to Chicago to provide some offensive sparks in 2006-07. In the Wolves’ season opener, they delivered – and then some.

The former University of New Hampshire teammates combined for all five goals as Chicago rolled to a 5-0 road win over in-state rival Peoria at Carver Arena on Saturday night. Krog had three goals and an assist and Haydar scored twice.

Krog, whose Bridgeport club lost to the Wolves in the 2002 Calder Cup Finals, opened the scoring on a power play 11:57 into the contest, converting on a 5-on-3 advantage.

Haydar chipped in his two goals in the second period to make it 3-0, and Krog capped his hat trick with two third-period tallies.

Michael Garnett made 28 saves for the shutout. Marek Schwarz stopped 24 shots in defeat.

MANITOBA 5, TORONTO 2

Jason Jaffray scored twice and Brad Moran added a goal and two assists as Manitoba got in the win column with a 5-2 victory at Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

Jaffray scored two of the Moose’s four power-play goals on the game, and Moran found the net for the third time in as many games.

Drew MacIntyre stopped 30 shots for Manitoba, which has one game left on its season-opening four-game road trip.

Erik Westrum had a goal for the Marlies, as did Robbie Earl – his first as a pro.

SPRINGFIELD 3, HARTFORD 2

Sean Burke was victorious in his return to the Hartford Civic Center, making 28 saves in Springfield’s 3-2 win over the Wolf Pack in the season opener for both clubs.

Burke, who played five seasons with the NHL’s Hartford Whalers (1992-97), was named the game’s second star. It was the AHL debut for the 39-year-old netminder.

Matt Smaby, Norm Milley and Andy Delmore scored for the Falcons, who built a three-goal lead and held on as the Wolf Pack pressed late for the equalizer.

Marvin Degon and Hugh Jessiman scored for the Pack.

IOWA 5, SAN ANTONIO 4

Mark Ardelan scored with 9:58 left in regulation and Iowa held on for a 5-4 win in San Antonio at the AT&T Center.

Toby Petersen and Junior Lessard had a goal and an assist each for the Stars, who scored three times in a span of 2:17 late in the first period to take a 3-0 lead.

Iowa was up 4-1 in the third period before the Rampage rallied to tie. Enver Lisin scored twice for San Antonio in the game.

BINGHAMTON 4, SYRACUSE 1

Bobby Robins had a goal and an assist to pace Binghamton past Syracuse, 4-1.

Robins, who recorded seven points in 16 games for the Senators after finishing his senior year at UMass-Lowell last spring, broke a 1-1 tie at the 8:28 mark of the second period. Jeff Heerema, Arttu Luttinen and Grant Potulny also scored for the Senators.

Kelly Guard made 25 saves in the win, allowing only a Darcy Verot goal in the first.

ALBANY 5, LOWELL 3

David Gove and Ben Guite scored 83 seconds apart midway through the third period, turning a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead and propelling Albany to a 5-3 win at Lowell.

Guite scored twice and NHL veteran Brad Isbister added a goal and an assist for the River Rats, who rebounded from a 6-0 loss in Rochester on Friday night.

Dan McGillis led the Devils with a goal and two assists.

HERSHEY 7, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4

Hershey began its Calder Cup championship defense with a four-goal outburst in the third period, paving the way for a 7-4 road win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday.

Former Penguin Petr Taticek tied the score at the 2:24 mark of the final frame, and Matt Hendricks, Chad Wiseman and Alexandre Giroux added tallies to put the game away.

Joey Tenute scored twice and Lawrence Nycholat recorded three assists for the Bears; Jonathan Filewich tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins.

PORTLAND 7, PROVIDENCE 2

Drew Miller scored his first pro goal and added three assists as Portland posted a 7-2 win over Providence.

Zenon Konopka opened the scoring 23 seconds into the game and the Pirates never looked back, with Tim Brent making it 2-0 just over four minutes later and Brian Salcido upping the lead to 3-0 at the 9:12 mark with his own first professional tally.

Portland, which ousted the Bruins in the first round of the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs, scored three power-play goals and one shorthanded marker on the night, and finished with a 45-24 edge in shots.

OMAHA 7, MILWAUKEE 1

Seven different Knights found the net and Curtis McElhinney stopped 26 shots as Omaha rolled to a 7-1 win over the defending Western Conference champion Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center on Saturday.

Dave Moss and Dustin Boyd led the way with a goal and two assists each for the Knights, who were coming off an overtime loss in Peoria on Friday.

Boyd, Andrei Taratukhin, Brett Palin, Ryan Donally and David Van der Gulik all scored their first career AHL goals for Omaha.

Alexander Radulov, the 15th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, scored in his professional debut for Milwaukee.

MANCHESTER 5, WORCESTER 4 (SO)

Lauri Tukonen scored once in regulation and added the decisive shootout goal as Manchester took a 5-4 decision from visiting Worcester.

For the second night in a row, the Sharks forced overtime on a goal in the final minute of regulation. Dan Spang did the honors on Friday; Mathieu Darche was the hero with his second goal of the night on Saturday, scoring with 57 seconds left in the third.

Mathieu Biron added a goal and two assists for Worcester. Jeff Giuliano, Noah Clarke and John Zeiler chipped in goals for the Monarchs.

GRAND RAPIDS 3, HOUSTON 1

Stefan Liv made 33 saves in his AHL debut, backstopping Grand Rapids to a 3-1 win over Houston on Saturday night.

Liv, a star in for the last seven seasons, stopped 13 shots in the first period and 10 in each of the last two.

Brendan Brooks had a goal and an assist for the Griffins, while Krys Kolanos and Matt Ellis also scored.

Ben Thomson, who played for Aeros head coach Rob Daum at the University of Alberta, scored Houston’s only goal.