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Penguins cruise again, make it 17 straight

Tomas Surovy scored three of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s four third-period goals as the Penguins continued their assault on the American Hockey League with a 5-2 win in Bridgeport on Sunday evening.

At 16-0-1-0, the Pens have earned a point in each of their first 17 games this season. They are also a perfect 9-0-0-0 on the road, and lead the AHL in both scoring (4.59 goals per game) and defense (1.94 goals allowed per game).

Wilkes-Barre led 1-0 before Surovy scored his first of the night 22 seconds into the third period. Colby Armstrong upped the lead to 3-0 and the Pens were seemingly headed to an easy victory, but Jeff Hamilton and Cole Jarrett cut the deficit to 3-2 with 2:06 remaining.

Surovy beat Chris Madden for a second time at the 18:32 mark, then capped his hat trick with an empty-netter.

Ryan Stone recorded three assists for the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves to improve his record to 9-1-0 on the year.

Michel Ouellet picked up an assist, extending his scoring streak to 12 games (9g, 14a).

Wilkes-Barre has beaten Bridgeport three times this season, by a combined score of 21-6.

Elsewhere on Sunday:
Hershey’s special teams dominated again, as the Bears scored four power-play goals – including two by Boyd Kane — in a 5-1 win over Rochester to run their own points streak to 10 games (6-0-2-2)… Jeff Tambellini scored 2:46 into overtime to give Manchester (5-0-0-1 in its last six) a 5-4 win over Lowell… Pat Kavanagh had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia as the Phantoms beat Norfolk, 2-1… Zenon Konopka scored two of Portland’s five power-play markers in a 5-3 win over Hartford… Aleksander Suglobov recorded a hat trick for Albany, but Eric Healey converted in the 12th shootout round to give Providence a 4-3 win over the River Rats… Patrick Eaves scored and Kelly Guard made 21 saves for his second shutout of the weekend as Binghamton beat Springfield, 1-0… Valtteri Filppula had three more points to lead Grand Rapids over Toronto, 3-1.