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Wiikman posts shutout as Hartford edges Albany, 1-0


Wednesday’s AHL Boxscores

HARTFORD 1, ALBANY 0

Goaltender Miika Wiikman made 26 saves for his first career AHL shutout and Alex Bourret scored the game’s lone goal as Hartford blanked host Albany by a 1-0 final on Wednesday at the Times Union Center.

It marked the Wolf Pack’s 11th consecutive victory over the River Rats since dropping a 5-1 decision on Jan. 14, 2005.

Bourret’s goal came on the power play at 8:28 of the first period. It was his eighth goal of the season, with Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Greg Moore picking up assists.

Wiikman improved to 10-4-1 on the season and 3-1-0 in his last four games.

River Rats goaltender Michael Leighton made 31 saves and took the tough-luck loss.


NORFOLK 3, HERSHEY 2 (SO)
Karl Stewart and Justin Keller scored in a shootout as Norfolk escaped with a 3-2 win over host Hershey before 7,235 fans at the Giant Center.

The Admirals took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Junior Lessard and Paul Szczechura.

But Hershey’s Josef Boumedienne scored in the second period and Eric Fehr netted the equalizer in the third.

Norfolk goaltender Marc Denis, who won a Calder Cup with Hershey in 1997, made 25 saves and stopped all four attempts in the shootout.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, LOWELL 2
Mark Ardelan and Joe Jensen scored 42 seconds apart in the third period for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead that would stand up over host Lowell at the Tsongas Arena.

Kurtis McLean netted a power play marker in the first period for the Penguins, and rookie goaltender John Curry picked up the win with 12 saves.

The Penguins outshot the Devils by a final count of 34-14.

Benoit Mondou and Jason Ryznar scored for Lowell.


MANCHESTER 2, WORCESTER 0
Goaltender Daniel Taylor made 35 saves for his second shutout in as many appearances as Manchester blanked visiting Worcester, 2-0, at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Petr Kanko and Kevin Westgarth provided the Monarchs’ offense, scoring in the first and third periods, respectively.

Taylor, who turned in a 30-save shutout of Milwaukee on Jan. 18, improved to 6-2-0 on the season.

Sharks goaltender Taylor Dakers made 34 saves in the losing effort.


QUAD CITY 4, ROCHESTER 1
Quad City scored twice each in the first and third periods on its way to a 4-1 win over host Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.

Warren Peters, Grant Stevenson, Tomi Maki, and Cam Cunning all lit the lamp for the Flames, with Maki’s coming via a penalty shot.

Quad City goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves in the win.

Stefan Meyer netted the lone goal for the Americans, who fell to 0-4-1-1 in their last six games.


BRIDGEPORT 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
Steve Regier posted a goal and an assist as Bridgeport dropped visiting Philadelphia by a 4-1 count at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Jeremy Colliton, Ben Walter, and Andy Sertich chipped in goals for the Sound Tigers, who improved to 4-1-0-0 in their last five outings.

Bridgeport goaltender Joey MacDonald secured the win with 33 saves on 34 shots.

Frederik Cabana lit the lamp for the division-leading Phantoms, who fell to 1-4-0-1 in their last six games.


HAMILTON 3, LAKE ERIE 2 (SO)
Matt D’Agostini netted both of Hamilton’s shootout goals to lead the Bulldogs past visiting Lake Erie, 3-2, at Copps Coliseum.

Jonathan Ferland and Corey Locke scored in regulation for Hamilton, both goals coming on the power play. Locke’s tally at 4:13 of the third period tied the game at 2-2.

Goaltender Carey Price earned the win with 16 saves for the Bulldogs, who outshot the Monsters 41-18 for the game.

David Jones netted a regulation and shootout goal to pace the Monsters.


MILWAUKEE 5, SAN ANTONIO 4 (OT)
Janne Niskala’s power play goal at 4:00 of overtime propelled Milwaukee past visiting San Antonio by a 5-4 count at the Bradley Center.

Niskala and Matt Ellison each had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Admirals, and Cal O’Reilly chipped in with three helpers.

Milwaukee goaltender Pekka Rinne picked up the win with 21 saves.

Curtis Fraser led the Rampage with a pair of goals.


PEORIA 6, ROCKFORD 1
Peoria erupted for five goals in the second period on its way to a 6-1 win over host Rockford at the MetroCentre.

Nicholas Drazenovic, Trent Whitfield, Martin Kariya, Nikolay Lemtyugov, and Jean-Guy Trudel all netted second-period goals for the Rivermen.

Lemtyugov added a third-period tally and goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu made 23 saves, helping Peoria improve to 10-2-0-0 in its last 12 contests.

Troy Brouwer tallied the IceHogs’ lone goal, as Rockford’s six-game winning streak came to an end.