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Voce leads Griffins to 3-2 series lead

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GRAND RAPIDS 4, MANITOBA 3 (OT)
Tony Voce scored his second goal of the game 4:20 into overtime to give Grand Rapids a 4-3 victory over Manitoba and a 3-2 lead in the teams’ North Division semifinal series.

The teams head back to Winnipeg for Game 6 on Sunday.

Voce also had an assist for a three-point night, and now has five points in the series, tied for the team lead.

The Moose were on their way to victory until Eric Himelfarb scored with 49 seconds left in regulation. The tying goal came on the Griffins’ 21st shot of the third period.

Jon Insana also scored and Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for Grand Rapids, which has two overtime wins in the series.

Drew MacIntyre stopped 43 shots and Brad Moran had a goal and an assist for Manitoba in the loss.


OMAHA 3, IOWA 2 (OT)
Omaha staved off elimination with a 3-2 overtime win over Iowa at the Civic Auditorium on Friday.

The Stars still hold a 3-2 series lead, and head back home for Game 6 on Saturday.

Tomi Maki scored his first goal of the series at the 9:45 mark of OT, burying a pass from Brett Skinner.

Chris Lee had tied the score for the Knights with his third goal of the series on a power play with 2:24 left in regulation.

Warren Peters’ goal 5:30 into the game gave Omaha a 1-0 lead, a cushion that would last until Loui Eriksson and Konstantin Pushkarev scored late in the second period for Iowa.

Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves, including five in overtime, for the Knights. Dan Ellis finished with 22 stops in the loss for Iowa.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 8, NORFOLK 1
Fourteen different players found the scoresheet and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton converted five times on the power play in an 8-1 rout of Norfolk in Game 5 on Friday night.

The Penguins take a 3-2 series lead back home, with Game 6 set for Sunday.

Defensemen Micki DuPont and Tom Gilbert recorded a goal and two assists each; Tyler Spurgeon, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Connor James had a goal and an assist apiece and Robert Nilsson tallied three helpers for Wilkes-Barre, which set a franchise record for goals in a playoff game.

Stephen Dixon, Ryan Stone and Tim Wallace added goals for the Pens, who scored eight goals in a game twice in the regular season. Norfolk last allowed as many as eight goals in a game on Jan. 6, 2006, in a 9-2 loss to Lowell.


WORCESTER 4, MANCHESTER 1
Worcester kept its season alive once again, this time with a 4-1 win over Manchester in Game 5 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series.

The Sharks are back home for Game 6 on Saturday, still trailing in the series 3-2.

Justin Kurtz broke a scoreless tie with a power-play goal 3:24 into the second period, Ashton Rome made it 2-0 with a minute left in the second and Grant Stevenson scored 1:12 into the third.

Torrey Mitchell also scored and Graham Mink recorded two assists for the Sharks, who are just the 12th team in AHL history to force a Game 6 after losing the first three games of a series.

Dimitri Patzold, making his second straight start, stopped 14 of 15 shots on the night for Worcester.