MILWAUKEE 5, CHICAGO 4
Third-year pro Kelsey Wilson scored twice in a span of 37 seconds late in the third period, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 victory for Milwaukee over division-rival Chicago on Friday in front of 8,510 fans at the Bradley Center. Wilson marked his 10th and 11th goals of the season, a new career high.
The Admirals initially took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes on goals by Cody Franson and Ryan Maki. But Joey Crabb scored shorthanded and Spencer Machacek on the power play for Chicago to make it a 2-2 game at the second intermission.
Patric Hornqvist put Milwaukee back on top with a power play score just 1:26 into the final stanza. The Wolves’ Brett Sterling tied it at 4:52, and Jordan LaVallee gave the visitors their first lead of the night at the 13:57 mark.
That set the stage for Wilson’s heroics. He scored on the power play at the 15:28 and followed that up with an even strength tally at 16:05.
Admirals goaltender Drew MacIntyre held the fort over the final four minutes, finishing with 28 saves to pick up his league-leading 22nd victory of the season (22-9-1).
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, HERSHEY 3 (SO)
Janne Pesonen and Connor James tallied the only shootout goals for either side as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied past visiting Hershey by a 4-3 final before 8,114 fans at the Wachovia Arena on Friday.
After a scoreless overtime, Penguins goaltender John Curry stifled all four of the Bears’ shootout tries. Curry made 46 saves through regulation and overtime to earn the win.
The victory moved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton two points up on Bridgeport for second place in the East Division, nine points back of the Bears.
ROCHESTER 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 (SO)
Rochester rallied from two goals down and eventually secured a 3-2 shootout win over host Grand Rapids before 7,745 fans at Van Andel Arena.
AHL All-Star goaltender Mike Brodeur stopped all five Grand Rapids shootout tries after making 35 saves through the first 65 minutes, as the Amerks ended a three-game slide (0-2-0-1).
HARTFORD 3, BRIDGEPORT 1
Jordan Owens scored the game-winner and added an assist to lead Hartford over visiting Bridgeport by a 3-1 count at the XL Center.
Newly-named team captain Greg Moore and Mike Ouellette also scored for the Wolf Pack, and defenseman Michael Sauer chipped in a pair of assists. Goaltender Matt Zaba made 25 saves in the winning effort.
The victory allowed the Wolf Pack to move into a three-way tie with Providence and Portland for first place in the Atlantic Division. All three teams have 53 points and sit one point up on fourth-place Worcester.
Trevor Smith scored for the Sound Tigers, who are winless in three straight games (0-2-1-0) for the first time all season.
MANCHESTER 3, LOWELL 0
Rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season as Manchester snapped its three-game losing streak with a 3-0 road win over Lowell at Tsongas Arena.
It remained 2-0 until the closing minute, when Trevor Lewis added an empty-net goal unassisted and shorthanded.
The Devils saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
TORONTO 4, HAMILTON 2
Tim Stapleton registered two goals and an assist for a game-high three points as Toronto doubled up provincial rival Hamilton by a 4-2 count on Friday at Ricoh Coliseum.
Stapleton leads the Marlies with 39 points (8-31-39) in 41 games this season, and Friday marked his first multiple-goal effort of the campaign.
Toronto moved to 2-0-0-0 thus far on its season-high 11-game homestand, which continues on Saturday afternoon when Rockford visits town.
PORTLAND 4, PROVIDENCE 2
Portland rallied for straight goals after falling into a 2-0 hole and emerged with a 4-2 road win over Providence on Friday before 8,333 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
With 53 points, the Pirates pulled into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the Bruins and Hartford, which defeated Bridgeport on Friday.
WORCESTER 3, SPRINGFIELD 1
Lukas Kaspar registered a goal and an assist to help host Worcester to a 3-1 win over Springfield on Friday at the DCU Center.
Kaspar’s unassisted tally at 3:16 of the third period proved to be the game-winner, helping the Sharks move to 4-1-0-0 against the Falcons this season.
Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss earned the victory with 16 saves on 17 shots, as the Sharks positioned themselves one point back of a trio of teams currently occupying first place in the Atlantic Division.
Guillaume Lefebvre netted the Falcons’ lone goal midway through the third period.
NORFOLK 4, ALBANY 1
Radek Smolenak tallied his first career AHL hat trick as Norfolk completed a two-game sweep of Albany with a 4-1 win over the River Rats on Friday at the Scope.
Smolenak scored once in each period for the Admirals, who also received a marker from Brandon Bochenski. Bochenski leads the team with 16 goals on the season, while Smolenak is second with 15.
Pat Dwyer tallied the River Rats’ lone goal of the night on the power play in the third period.
LAKE ERIE 3, SYRACUSE 0
AHL All-Star goaltender Tyler Weiman made 19 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout of the season as Lake Erie cooled off Syracuse with a 3-0 road win on Friday at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
The teams played a scoreless first period, but Monsters forward Matt Hendricks broke the deadlock at 6:25 of the middle frame, scoring his second goal of the season.
The Monsters have now visited Syracuse twice this season, and Weiman has posted a shutout both times. He made 28 saves in a 4-0 win on Dec. 20
The loss ended Syracuse’s points streak at four games (3-0-1-0).
SAN ANTONIO 4, QUAD CITY 2
San Antonio rallied four three third-period goals en route to a 4-2 win over visiting Quad City at the AT&T Center.
The teams will square off for a rematch on Saturday at Carver Arena in Peoria.
ROCKFORD 4, MANITOBA 1
Rockford captain Tim Brent tallied a pair of goals to lead Rockford over Manitoba by a 4-1 final on Saturday, giving the IceHogs a sweep of the teams’ two-game set at the MTS Centre.
Rockford concludes its stretch of three road games in three nights on Saturday in Toronto.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie netted the lone goal for the Moose.
HOUSTON 3, BINGHAMTON 2
Houston rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit to take a 3-2 win over visiting Binghamton on Friday before 11,838 fans at the Toyota Center.
Krys Kolanos – in his first game since being reassigned by parent-club Minnesota – began the comeback with a power play goal three minutes into the second period. Kolanos has now scored at least one goal in 12 of his 20 AHL games with the Aeros this season.
AHL All-Star Corey Locke tied the score at 2:44 of the third period, and defenseman Brandon Rogers netted the game-winner at 14:56. Benoit Pouliot and Clayton Stoner each assisted on both the tying and winning markers.
Aeros goaltender Nolan Schaefer picked up the victory with 21 saves on 23 shots in net.