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MacIntyre makes history in unlikely Moose win

MANITOBA 2, CHICAGO 1 (OT)
Drew MacIntyre became the ninth goaltender in AHL history to be credited with a goal when Chicago shot the puck into their own net during a delayed penalty in overtime, giving Manitoba a 2-1 win over the Wolves at Allstate Arena.

See the goal (video courtesy B2 Networks/AHL)

With Ondrej Pavelec on the bench for an extra attacker and a penalty upcoming on Jason Jaffray, Steve Martins‘ pass from the Moose goal line back to the point eluded its target and sailed the length of the ice for the winning goal. MacIntyre was the last Manitoba player to touch the puck, and by rule is credited with the goal.

In addition to getting the game-winning goal, MacIntyre also made 29 saves on the night.

Manitoba’s Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Chicago’s Bryan Little traded goals in the second period. Kevin Bieksa, beginning a conditioning assignment with the Moose, recorded an assist.

The loss snapped the Wolves’ seven-game winning streak, but the point gained in overtime still allowed them to open up an eight-point lead over Rockford atop the West Division.

Manitoba, which has now won four of five on the road, continues its road trip in Grand Rapids on Friday.

MacIntyre is the first AHL goalie to be credited with a goal since Seamus Kotyk in 2005, and joins current Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki as the only ones ever to be credited with an overtime goal.

AHL Goals Scored by a Goaltender:
Darcy Wakaluk, Rochester Americans Dec. 5, 1987 at Utica
Paul Cohen, Springfield IndiansMar. 28, 1992 vs. Rochester
Robb Stauber, Rochester AmericansOct. 9, 1995 at Prince Edward Island
Christian Bronsard, Syracuse CrunchOct. 30, 1999 at Rochester
Jean-Francois Labbe, Hartford Wolf PackFeb. 5, 2000 at Quebec
Chris Mason, Milwaukee AdmiralsOct. 15, 2001 at Utah
Antero Niittymaki, Philadelphia PhantomsApr. 11, 2004 at Hershey
Seamus Kotyk, Milwaukee AdmiralsApr. 17, 2005 at San Antonio
Drew MacIntyre, Manitoba Moose Feb. 20, 2008 at Chicago

ROCHESTER 2, ALBANY 1 (OT)
Anthony Stewart buried a rebound 90 seconds into overtime and Adam Dennis made 39 saves as Rochester eked out a 2-1 win over Albany at the Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday night.

The Americans are 4-1-1-0 in their last six games overall and have won four of their last five at home.

Jerome Samson scored on a power play 2:14 into the game for the River Rats, and Marc-Andre Gragnani answered with a shorthanded marker 8:27 into the second.

Albany, which dropped to 1-4-1-1 in its last seven outings, held a 34-10 edge in shots through two periods and 40-23 for the game.

Dennis improved to 14-17-2 on the season, and is now 5-3-0 with a 1.60 GAA, a .944 save percentage and two shutouts in February.


HARTFORD 2, LOWELL 1
Ivan Baranka’s power-play goal with 2:13 left in regulation lifted Hartford to a 2-1 win over Lowell at the Tsongas Arena on Wednesday.

The Wolf Pack have earned points in 13 of their last 14 games (10-1-2-1), and now trail first-place Providence by four points in the Atlantic Division heading into their battle with the Bruins on Thursday.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau also scored for Hartford, and Greg Moore and Dane Byers assisted on both Pack goals on the night.

Al Montoya stopped all nine shots he faced in the first period before yielding to Miika Wiikman, who turned aside 18 of 19 shots in relief.

Barry Tallackson scored the only goal for the Devils, who saw their three-game points streak (2-0-1-0) come to an end.


TORONTO 4, BINGHAMTON 2
Kris Newbury tallied a goal and an assist to lead Toronto to a 4-2 win at Binghamton on Wednesday.

Justin Pogge made 23 saves for the Marlies, who finished above .500 (3-2-0-0) on their five-game road trip. Toronto returns home to take on the Senators on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Harrington, Jeremy Williams and Robbie Earl all scored for the Marlies. Williams’ goal went down as his seventh game-winner of the season, tied for the AHL lead.

Greg Mauldin scored for the Sens and Denis Hamel had two points, including Binghamton’s league-high 16th shorthanded goal of the year.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, HERSHEY 2 (OT)
Tim Brent tipped home Alain Nasreddine’s shot 12 seconds into overtime to give Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 3-2 win over visiting Hershey.

Dave Gove had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Filewich also scored for the Penguins, who moved into sole possession of second place in the East Division, one point ahead of the Bears.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in the win, improving to 3-1-0 on his conditioning assignment from Pittsburgh.

Kyle Wilson and Eric Fehr scored for Hershey while Josef Boumedienne extended his scoring streak to 14 games with an assist.


BRIDGEPORT 4, NORFOLK 3
Former Admiral Matt Keith scored a pair of goals, including the tie-breaking marker with 11:30 left in the third period, to send Bridgeport to a 4-3 win over Norfolk on Wednesday.

Keith, who skated in 237 games for Norfolk from 2003-06, finished with two goals and an assist on the night, doubling his previous output in his first 17 games with the Sound Tigers.

Tim Jackman and Kyle Okposo also scored for Bridgeport and Mike Morrison stopped 28 shots, including all 13 he faced in the third period. With the win, the Sound Tigers moved into fourth place in the East Division, one point ahead of Albany and two up on Binghamton.

Justin Keller and Bracken Kearns each had a goal and an assist for the Admirals, who were kicking off a nine-game road trip through New England.


HAMILTON 5, QUAD CITY 1
Mikhail Grabovski continued his hot streak with three more points as Hamilton posted a 4-1 win over Quad City in Moline, Ill.

The Bulldogs won their fifth game in a row, with Grabovski posting 16 points (6g, 10a) in that time. Hamilton has also won nine of its last 11.

Marvin Degon had a goal and an assist, Corey Locke recorded three assists and Duncan Milroy, Matt D’Agostini and Kyle Chipchura also scored for the defending Calder Cup champions, who remained tied with Manitoba for second place in the North Division. Jaroslav Halak finished with 25 saves.

Tim Ramholt netted the only goal for the Flames, who lost in regulation for just the second time in their last eight games (4-2-0-2).