Sunday wrap: Alnefelt makes 51 saves in shutout |

Sunday wrap: Alnefelt makes 51 saves in shutout |

đź“ť With files from Patrick Williams

Here’s a look at Sunday’s action around the AHL:

Hugo Alnefelt set an AHL career high with 51 shots for his second shutout of the season, leading the Crunch back to victory in Providence. Alnefelt, who has allowed six total goals in his last five starts, stopped 21 shots in the first period as Syracuse built an early 3-0 lead on goals by Gemel Smith and All-Stars Gabriel Dumont and Alex Barré-Boulet . Philippe Myers added a shorthanded goal in the second period for the Crunch, who have won five straight on the road. Kyle Keyser stopped 18 of 19 shots in two periods of relief work for the Bruins.

Jakub Skarek stopped all 39 shots as the Islanders spoiled Teddy Bear Toss Night at Giant Center with a shutout win over Hershey. Arnaud Durandeau scored both goals and Chris Terry had a pair of assists for Bridgeport, which had lost each of its previous seven meetings with the Bears. Since ending an 11-game winless skid, the Islanders have won four of their last six.

Leon Gawanke scored the go-ahead touchdown with 7:42 left in the third period to send the Moose to a victory over the Marlies. Gawanke’s goal was his 11th of the season, tied for the AHL lead among defensemen. Oskari Salminen had 22 goals and Cole Maier and Dominic Toninato had the other goals for Manitoba, which has won five of its last seven games. The loss was only the third in regulation in a 20-game stretch for Toronto (16-3-0-1), which finished 6-2-0-0 on its eight-game road trip.

The Griffins overcame an early 2-0 deficit with five straight goals, two of them by Elmer Soderblom, to defeat the Wolves at Allstate Arena. Soderblom also had an assist for his first three-point AHL game, and Simon Edvinsson, Jakub Vrana and Joel L’Esperance each had a goal and an assist for Grand Rapids. Ronan Seeley scored twice for Chicago; after going 36 games without a goal, Seeley has three in his last two games.

Ivan Prosvetov made 38 saves as the Roadrunners completed a sweep of the Canucks’ two-game visit to the Tucson Arena. First-period goals from Victor Soderstrom and Milos Kelemen gave Tucson a 2-0 lead, and Dysin Mayo’s second-period tally was the game-winner. AHL leading scorer Michael Carcone scored 60 points on the season with a pair of assists. Phil Di Giuseppe scored both goals for Abbotsford.

Matthew Phillips scored his league-leading 24th goal, breaking a 1-1 tie and sending the Wranglers past the Reign and into first place in the Pacific Division. Jakob Pelletier recorded a goal and an assist and Dustin Wolf made 21 saves to improve to 25-5-1 on the season. Lias Andersson scored for the Reign, his 11th goal in the last 10 games, and Cal Petersen stopped 28 of 30 shots in the Ontario net.

Patrick Williams has been on the American Hockey League beat for nearly two decades for outlets including, Sportsnet, TSN, The Hockey News, SiriusXM NHL Network Radio and SLAM! Sports, and is currently the co-host of The Hockey News On The ‘A’ podcast. He was the recipient of the AHL’s James H. Ellery Memorial Award for his outstanding coverage of the league in 2016.

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