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IceCats prevail in triple overtime

Brendan Brooks scored six minutes into the third overtime period and Curtis Sanford finished with 60 saves as Worcester posted a 3-2 win over Manchester on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead in their Atlantic Division semifinal series.

The road team has won each of the first five games in the series. Game 6 is Saturday night in Worcester.

Brooks buried a rebound past Adam Hauser to end the 11th-longest game in American Hockey League history.

The IceCats had to rally from an early two-goal deficit to win. Scott Barney and Pavel Rosa staked the Monarchs to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Scott Pellerin and Aris Brimanis answered in the second period.

Sanford pitched shutout hockey over the final 89:40 of the game, and made 26 saves in sudden-death overtime alone.

WILKES-BARRE 2, BRIDGEPORT 1 (OT)
Tomas Surovy scored 14:33 into overtime to give Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 2-1 win in Bridgeport and prolong the Penguins’ season for at least one more night.

The Sound Tigers still own a 3-2 series lead, with Game 6 scheduled for the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on Friday night.

Surovy and Tom Kostopoulos registered a goal and an assist each for the Penguins, who have taken Bridgeport to overtime in five of their seven visits to the Arena at Harbor Yard this season, including all three games in this series.

Andy Chiodo stopped 18 of 19 shots in his pro playoff debut for the Pens, while Dieter Kochan made 32 saves for the Sound Tigers. Jeff Hamilton netted the lone Bridgeport goal.