Friday Roundup: Sens deep-six Crunch
BINGHAMTON 6, SYRACUSE 2
Six unanswered goals lifted Binghamton to a 6-2 win over visiting Syracuse on Friday night.
Zack Smith, Denis Hamel and Ryan Keller erased a 2-0 deficit with second-period goals, and Craig Schira, Keegan Dansereau and Tim Spencer all added their first career AHL goals in the third period.
Binghamton finished with a 40-21 edge in shots on goal. Mike Brodeur made 19 saves for his second win in as many starts for the Senators.
The B-Sens, who averaged 2.90 goals per game last season, have scored 11 goals through their first two outings of 2009-10.
Brent Regner and Jared Aulin scored for the Crunch (0-2-0-0).
SAN ANTONIO 6, ABBOTSFORD 5 (OT)
Sean Sullivan scored with 5.9 seconds remaining in overtime as San Antonio stunned Abbotsford, 6-5, in the Heat’s inaugural home opener at the Entertainment & Sports Centre.
Kris Chucko recorded a hat trick to help Abbotsford to a 5-3 lead, but the Rampage pulled even on third-period goals by Colin Long and Chad Kolarik, whose second goal of the night was the equalizer with 36.2 seconds left.
Sullivan’s winning goal was his first of the season and capped a three-point night. Kevin Porter registered four assists and Matt Beleskey and Shaun Heshka also scored for the Rampage, who are off to a 2-0-1-0 start to the season.
Ryley Grantham and Colin Stuart had the other goals for the Heat. Abbotsford was 1-for-9 on the power play and also scored two shorthanded goals.
HERSHEY 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 0
Braden Holtby made 38 saves for his first professional shutout as Hershey went into the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza and blanked Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-0, on Friday night.
Holtby, who stopped 23 of 24 shots in his debut against Norfolk on Oct. 3, made 13 stops in the first period, 15 in the second and 10 more in the third. It was the Bears’ third consecutive shutout of the Penguins, including their 3-0 wins in Games 6 and 7 of the teams’ East Division final series in last year’s postseason.
Darren Reid, Boyd Kane and Keith Aucoin scored for Hershey, which also saw six different skaters record an assist.
John Curry finished with 24 saves as Wilkes-Barre fell to 1-1-0-0 on the young season.
ALBANY 5, PORTLAND 2
Rookies Zach Boychuk, Chris Terry and Drayson Bowman led the offensive charge as Albany got in the win column with a 5-2 victory over Portland at the Times Union Center on Friday.
Just five days after his 20th birthday, Boychuk scored his first professional goal and added two assists. Terry added a goal and an assist, and Bowman’s second goal in as many games gave the River Rats the lead for good in the second period.
Brandon Sutter and Jerome Samson also had a goal and an assist each for Albany and Justin Peters made 24 saves.
Cody McCormick and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Pirates (0-2-0-0), who have been outscored 10-4 on the season.
PROVIDENCE 5, HARTFORD 3
Mikko Lehtonen recorded two goals and an assist and Dany Sabourin made 34 saves in Providence’s 5-3 home win over Hartford.
Trent Whitfield had a goal and an assist and Kirk MacDonald and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins, who have opened the season at 2-0-0-0 for the third year in a row.
Touted rookie Evgeny Grachev scored his first professional goal for the Wolf Pack (0-2-0-0), and Corey Locke and Dale Weise also scored. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Paul Crowder each picked up two assists.
ROCHESTER 5, LAKE ERIE 2
The line of Mike York, Jeff Taffe and Michal Repik combined for seven points as Rochester defeated Lake Erie, 5-2, at the Blue Cross Arena.
York scored twice, Taffe added the game-winning goal plus two assists in his Amerks debut and Repik chipped in a goal and an assist. Kenndal McArdle also scored for Rochester, and Tyler Plante finished with 34 saves.
Chris Durno and Brian Fahey scored for the Monsters, who lost despite a 36-20 edge in shots for the game.
MANCHESTER 2, NORFOLK 1
Drew Bagnall and Oscar Moller had a goal and an assist each and Jonathan Bernier stopped 41 of 42 shots as Manchester held on for a 2-1 win in Norfolk on Friday night.
Scott Parse assisted on both Monarchs goals.
Bernier, who had a 2.40 goals-against average and five shutouts as a rookie last season, allowed only a Brandon Bochenski goal with 3:58 remaining in the third period.
BRIDGEPORT 4, WORCESTER 3 (SO)
Trevor Smith and Greg Mauldin scored in the shootout as Bridgeport salvaged two points from Worcester with a 4-3 win at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
The Sharks rallied for a point with a pair of third-period goals. Ryan Vesce and Brandon Mashinter had a goal and an assist each and T.J. Trevelyan dished out two assists for the Sharks.
Smith also scored in regulation for the Sound Tigers, as did Mark Katic and Greg Moore. Mikko Koskinen, in his North American debut, made 32 saves before stopping all four Worcester attempts in the shootout.
ADIRONDACK 4, SPRINGFIELD 3
Jonathon Kalinski and Josh Beaulieu scored in the third period and Johan Backlund made 26 saves in his North American debut as Adirondack posted a 4-3 win over Springfield at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Former Phantom Ryan Potulny and Taylor Chorney had a goal and an assist each for the Falcons, who had a 2-0 lead late in the second period.
Andreas Nodl converted on a penalty shot at 17:01 and Oskars Bartulis added a power-play goal at 18:50 as Adirondack tied the score before the intermission.
Devan Dubnyk, who led the AHL in shots faced during the 2008-09 season, turned aside 39 of 43 shots in defeat. The Phantoms finished with a 43-29 advantage in shots, including 36-15 over the final two periods.
HAMILTON 3, ROCKFORD 0
Ryan White and Tommy Pyatt snapped a scoreless tie with goals 31 seconds apart midway through the third period and Hamilton went on to a 3-0 win over Rockford in their home opener at Copps Coliseum.
White assisted on Andrew Conboy’s insurance goal and Marc-Andre Bergeron dished out two assists while Curtis Sanford made 38 saves for his 15th career AHL shutout.
Corey Crawford stopped 38 shots in the loss for the IceHogs (0-1-1-0).
PEORIA 4, MILWAUKEE 3 (SO)
Nicholas Drazenovic scored in the last half of the fifth shootout round to give Peoria a 4-3 victory over Milwaukee at Carver Arena.
Lars Eller, a first-round pick by St. Louis in the 2007 NHL draft, recorded his first AHL goal and added an assist, while Jonas Junland and Cam Paddock also scored in regulation for the Rivermen. Rookie Aaron Palushaj had an assist in regulation to go with his goal in the shootout.
Peter Olvecky notched a goal and an assist to lead the Admirals, and Dave Scatchard and Andreas Thuresson also scored.
TEXAS 3, HOUSTON 2
Brent Krahn made 18 of his 33 saves in the third period as Texas held on for a 3-2 win over Houston at Toyota Center.
Sergei Korostin’s first pro goal with 10:30 left in the third period stood up as the game winner. Greg Rallo and Scott McCulloch (in his AHL debut) also scored for the Stars, and Colton Sceviour tallied two assists.
Clayton Stoner and Chad Rau had the Aeros goals, with Jean-Michel Daoust assisting on both.
MANITOBA 4, CHICAGO 1
Michael Grabner scored twice and Sergei Shirokov had a goal and an assist in his AHL debut as Manitoba rolled past Chicago, 4-1, in a battle between the last two Western Conference champions.
Michael Funk also had a goal and an assist for the Moose, and now has four points in three games this season after coming in with 20 points in 132 career AHL contests.
John Pohl scored the lone goal for the Wolves, who have opened a season with back-to-back regulation losses for the first time since 2004-05.
Cory Schneider got the win in net, making 23 saves. Former Moose Drew MacIntyre stopped 35 of 39 shots in the loss.