CONNECTICUT 6, ADIRONDACK 4
Tim Kennedy scored his first goal in nearly a month and added a pair of assists – including one on the game-winning goal – as Connecticut feasted on Adirondack and continued its winning ways with a 6-4 road win over the Phantoms on Wednesday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Whale extended their season-high winning streak to five games, the franchise’s longest since the Hartford Wolf Pack won seven in a row from Feb. 20 to Mar. 4, 2009.
Connecticut is 7-0-0-1 since becoming the Whale on Nov. 27 and has lifted itself into fourth place and a playoff position in the Atlantic Division at 13-11-2-4 overall.
Kennedy, a member of the AHL’s All-Rookie team in 2008-09, matched his season high with the three-point effort. He assisted on a Kris Newbury goal early in the second period and then teamed with Wade Redden to score two goals in an 11-seconds span later in the frame as Connecticut built a 3-0 lead.
Kennedy, who had not registered a goal since Nov. 20 at Binghamton, later helped out on a third-period power play strike by Dale Weise, which turned out to be the game-winning marker.
Newbury also finished with a goal and two helpers on the night, and rookie Mats Zuccarello capped off the Whale’s scoring with a late empty-netter.
Connecticut rookie goaltender Cameron Talbot improved to 5-2-1 for the season with 16 saves on 20 shots.
Adirondack has now lost three straight games and 13 of its last 14 (1-12-1-0).
GRAND RAPIDS 5, HOUSTON 2
Grand Rapids built a 3-0 lead and then held off a third-period Houston rally to earn a 5-2 win over the visiting Aeros on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena.
Grand Rapids maintained that lead through the second period and into the third, and Jamie Johnson, who had assisted on two of the prior goals, extended the lead to 4-0 with a goal of his own at the 4:27 mark.
Coupled with Sunday’s 4-2 win over Texas, Grand Rapids now has back-to-back victories for the first time since beating Chicago and Lake Erie on Nov. 6 and 7.
Houston fell to 1-2-0-0 on its five-game road trip, which concludes with a pair of tilts at Manitoba this weekend.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2, ABBOTSFORD 1 (OT)
Nick Johsnon scored 1:50 overtime to lift Wilkes-Barre/Scranton past visiting Abbotsford by a 2-1 count at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday.
The Penguins (22-6-0-0) halted a season-worst two-game losing skid and increased their lead atop the East Division race to five points over second-place Norfolk.
Keven Veilleux put Wilkes-Barre on top just 3:43 into the game, and that lead held until there was just 1:43 left in regulation, when Heat defenseman Brent Seabrook tallied the equalizer for his fourth goal of the season.
CHICAGO 4, ROCKFORD 2
Chicago snapped a 2-2 deadlock with a pair of goals 1:49 apart early in the third period and went on to double up host Rockford by a 4-2 count on Wednesday at the MetroCentre.
Nigel Dawes initially gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead with a first-period power play goal, but Rockford came back to take a 2-1 advantage on strikes by Peter LeBlanc and Jeff Taffe in the first and second frames, respectively.
Rookie Michael Davies tied it back up for Chicago late in the second frame, setting the stage for the Wolves’ third-period heroics.
Chicago goaltender Peter Mannino earned the win with 30 saves in net, as the Wolves improved to 9-3-1-0 in their last 13 games and moved back to the .500 mark at 14-14-2-0 (30 points) overall, five points back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Rockford is now winless in its last three outings (0-1-1-1) and will seek revenge when it hosts the Wolves again on Friday night.