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Papineau’s goals Justin time for Tigers

Justin Papineau recorded a natural hat trick, scoring three consecutive goals to lift Bridgeport to a 5-4 win in Binghamton on Saturday night.

Papineau added an assist for a four-point night while Rob Collins had a goal and two assists, giving both players eight points in their last three games.

Jeff Heerema scored twice for the Senators, who held a 3-2 lead before the first of Papineau’s goals at the 13:39 mark of the second period. Papineau gave the Sound Tigers the lead with 41 seconds left in the frame, and capped his hat trick 5:03 into the third.

Each team scored three power-play goals on the night, and combined for nine goals on just 42 shots. Chris Madden got the win, making 17 saves for Bridgeport.

Bruno Gervais had three assists for the Sound Tigers. Steve Martins contributed a goal and two assists for the Senators.

Elsewhere on Saturday:
Ari Ahonen made 26 saves as Albany earned a win in its home opener, defeating Philadelphia, 3-2… Curtis McElhinney stopped 20 shots for his first career AHL win, a 2-0 shutout victory over San Antonio… Eric Fehr scored his first two pro goals and added an assist to lead Hershey past Norfolk, 3-2… Andrew Ladd netted his first pro goal with 5:01 left in the game to give Lowell a 3-2 win in Hartford… Erik Westrum scored twice and Josh Harding made 38 saves in Houston’s 3-2 victory over Grand Rapids… Derek Roy scored twice to lead Rochester over Hamilton, 4-2… Robert McVicar made 27 saves to help Manitoba hold off Chicago, 3-1… Gavin Morgan recorded a goal and two assists for Peoria in a 7-4 win over Iowa… Mike Iggulden picked up a goal and an assist during a three-goal second period as Cleveland doubled up Milwaukee, 4-2… Tyler Redenbach and Michael Shutte had a goal and an assist each in Providence’s 5-2 win at Portland… Linemates Peter Sarno, Mark Hartigan and Joe Motzko recorded three points each as Syracuse erased a 3-0 deficit and defeated Toronto, 4-3… Lauri Tukonen scored with 56 seconds left in regulation and Petr Kanko followed 2:32 into overtime as Manchester stunned Springfield, 3-2.