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Minard tallies hat trick as Penguins squeak by Aeros

Sunday’s Boxscores

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, HOUSTON 3
Chris Minard netted a hat trick and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton overcame a 16-4 shots disadvantage in the third period to escape with a 4-3 road win over Houston on Sunday before 7,752 fans at the Toyota Center.

Minard, who was reassigned from parent-club Pittsburgh earlier in the day, now leads the AHL Penguins with 10 goals and 16 points on the season.

Tim Wallace also scored for the Penguins, Jeff Taffe contributed three assists, and Janne Pesonen added a pair of helpers.

Penguins goaltender John Curry earned the win with 34 saves on 37 shots.

Krys Kolanos, Jon Insana, and Marco Rosa all scored for the Aeros in a losing effort.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 2-0-0-0 on its two-game trip to Texas. The Pens will conclude a stretch of seven straight road games overall with an 11a.m. game at Bridgeport on Wednesday.


ALBANY 4, BRIDGEPORT 3
Albany stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 road win over Bridgeport at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

The Sound Tigers jumped out to their 3-0 lead by the 6:55 mark of the second period on goals by Tyler Haskins, Mark Parrish, and Dustin Kohn,

Brett Carson brought the River Rats within 3-1 before the second period was out, and Nick Dodge, Nicolas Blanchard, and Michael Ryan all scored in the final stanza. Ryan finished with two assists for a three-point afternoon.

Albany snapped its six-game winless skid (0-4-1-1).


HAMILTON 3, TORONTO 2 (SO)
Max Pacioretty netted the decisive goal in the fifth round of the shootout to give Hamilton a 3-2 road win over Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum.

Yanick Lehoux and Brock Trotter also scored in the shootout for the Bulldogs, while netminder Marc Denis stopped three of five Toronto attempts after making 30 saves through regulation and overtime.

The teams were scoreless through two periods before Hamilton’s David Desharnais and Toronto’s Jeremy Williams exchanged goals in the third period.

Tim Stapleton and Brent Aubin netted shootout goals for the Marlies.


PHILADELPHIA 4, HERSHEY 3 (SO)
Philadelphia squandered a 3-0 lead but eventually prevailed in a shootout by a 4-3 final over visiting Hershey at the Wachovia Spectrum. The Phantoms have now won four straight games.

John Laliberte netted his first two goals of the season for the Phantoms, and Boyd Kane scored his fourth in the last two games against the Bears. Philadelphia took a 3-0 advantage into the third period.

But Hershey rookie Oskar Osala scored a pair of goals in the third, and Mathieu Perreault tied it with 1:57 left in regulation.

Patrick Maroon scored twice in the shootout for Philadelphia, while Laliberte also scored. Phantoms goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped four of six Hershey attempts.


CHICAGO 2, SYRACUSE 1
Joey Crabb broke a 1-1 tie at 10:32 of the second period, and it turned out to be the decisive goal as Chicago took a 2-1 win over Syracuse at Allstate Arena.

The Crunch grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Tom Sestito tallied a power play goal at 6:41 of the opening period, but the Wolves’ Steve Martins tied it at 12:53 with his first goal of the campaign.

Wolves goaltender Robert Gherson earned the win in his first action of the season, stopping 19 of 20 shots in net.

The loss brought an end to the Crunch’s four-game winning streak.


MANITOBA 4, PEORIA 0
Cory Schneider posted a 27-save shutout as Manitoba rolled on with a 4-0 road win over Peoria at Carver Arena.

The Moose are now 4-0-0-0 on their seven-game road swing and have won eight straight games since dropping their first two of the season.

Jason Jaffray and captain Mike Keane each posted a goal and a helper for Manitoba, while Michel Ouellet and Guillaume Desbiens added tallies.

Schneider picked up his first shutout of the season and moved to 6-1-0 overall in his sophomore pro campaign.