ROCKFORD 7, CHICAGO 2
On the second game of a conditioning assignment from the parent Chicago Blackhawks, defenseman James Wisniewski scored three goals and assisted on another to lead the Rockford IceHogs to a 7-2 win over the visiting Chicago Wolves at the MetroCentre on Saturday night.
Wisniewski is returning from off-season knee surgery. He was expected to rejoin the Blackhawks following the game.
Rockford’s win leaves the top five teams in the West Division separated by just one point.
Stephen Werner and Patric Hornqvist also scored and Mike Santorelli and Cal O’Reilly picked up two assists each for the Admirals, who have won five in a row. Milwaukee’s 33 points are tied with the Chops and the Peoria Rivermen atop the West.
Drew MacIntyre made 21 saves for the Admirals, improving to 10-2-0 in his last 12 decisions.
SAN ANTONIO 3, QUAD CITY 2 (OT)
Joel Perrault scored 1:48 into overtime as San Antonio extended its winning streak to six games with a 3-2 win over Quad City at the AT&T Center.
Kyle Greentree got the Flames a point in the standings by tying the game with nine seconds left in regulation. Greentree, who also scored late equalizers on Dec. 6 at Peoria and on Nov. 29 at Chicago, now has seven goals in his last seven games.
Ouellet and Jason Krog finished the night with a goal and an assist each and Dan Gendur notched the first goal of his AHL career as the Moose snapped a three-game losing streak and avenged Friday’s 6-5 loss to the Griffins.
Karl Goehring made 31 saves in the win.
HOUSTON 6, HERSHEY 1
Krys Kolanos scored twice and registered an assist, Jesse Schultz notched a goal and two assists and Barry Brust made 31 stops as Houston rolled past Hershey, 6-1, in the first-ever regular-season meeting between the clubs.
The Bears, who entered their two-game Texas road trip on an 11-game winning streak, were outscored 9-1 in their visits to San Antonio and Houston.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Aeros broke it open by scoring five times in a span of 6:01 during the second period.
The teams’ only previous meetings came during the 2002 Calder Cup Playoffs, with the Aeros sweeping a conference semifinal series in four straight.
Attendance at the Toyota Center was 9,113.
SPRINGFIELD 4, HARTFORD 3 (SO)
Springfield scored three times in 2:27 midway through the third period and Carl Corazzini scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Falcons a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Hartford at the XL Center.
BINGHAMTON 3, ALBANY 0
Brian Elliott made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season, backstopping Binghamton to a 3-0 win over Albany at the Times Union Center.
Elliott, who was coming off a 41-save effort vs. Portland on Friday, won his fourth straight decision to improve to 12-6-1 on the year.
Justin Peters stopped 33 of 35 shots in the loss for the River Rats.
Joslin scored a shorthanded goal, tallied an assist, was a plus-3 and took a game-high eight shots for the Sharks.
MANCHESTER 5, PROVIDENCE 4 (SO)
Trevor Lewis notched a goal and two assists and Vladimir Dravecky netted the only shootout goal as Manchester overcame a Providence rally and earned a 5-4 victory over the Bruins.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 5, PORTLAND 1
Chris Minard took over the AHL lead with his 18th and 19th goals of the season, sparking Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 5-1 win over visiting Portland.
Portland fell to 1-4-0-2 in its last seven road outings.
BRIDGEPORT 6, NORFOLK 4
Even with linemate Kurtis McLean out of the lineup, Bridgeport’s top line kept humming with Trevor Smith notching a hat trick and Mike Iggulden recording four assists in a 6-4 Sound Tigers victory at Norfolk.
Smith’s second goal of the night snapped a 4-4 tie with 3:13 remaining in regulation, and his empty-netter just before the final horn sealed the second three-goal game of his AHL career.
It was the Americans’ second straight road win after starting the year 0-10-0-1 away from home.
Mike Brodeur made 20 saves for Rochester and improved to 3-2-0 (1.39, .948) since joining the Amerks.
Chris Durno scored the lone goal for the Monsters.