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Penguins make it seven straight

Erik Christensen‘s second consecutive four-point night paced Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to an 8-3 win in Bridgeport on Sunday evening and a 7-0-0-0 record out of the gate to start the 2005-06 season.

The Sound Tigers took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, but the Penguins responded with seven of the game’s final eight goals, including six in a row in a span of 26 minutes.

Christensen, who scored four goals in Wilkes-Barre’s win over Bridgeport on Oct. 5, registered one goal and three assists on Sunday. Michel Ouellet had two goals and an assist, while Daniel Carcillo and Matt Hussey added a goal and an assist apiece.

Colby Armstrong, Guillaume Lefebvre and Jonathan Filewich added single goals for the Pens, and Ryan Whitney, Ryan Stone, Tomas Surovy and Dennis Bonvie had two assists each.

Wilkes-Barre has outscored its opponents by a 34-12 margin in winning its first seven games of the year, including a 16-4 edge in two meetings with the Sound Tigers.

HAMILTON 4, TORONTO 2
Andre Benoit scored two goals to lead Hamilton to a 4-2 win over Toronto at Copps Coliseum.

Jonathan Ferland and Michael Lambert added third-period goals, Corey Locke had two assists and Jeff Deslauriers made 25 saves as the Bulldogs handed the Marlies their third straight loss.

Ben Ondrus and Bates Battaglia scored for Toronto.

PORTLAND 3, LOWELL 1
Portland moved into first place in the Atlantic Division with its third straight win, a 3-1 decision over visiting Lowell.

Zenon Konopka‘s goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner for the Pirates, who improved to 4-2-0-0 on the season. Joel Stepp and Aaron Gavey also scored for Portland, Dustin Penner had two assists and Nathan Marsters finished with 31 saves.

HERSHEY 5, BINGHAMTON 2
Chris Bourque had two goals and an assist and former Senator Brooks Laich added two goals as Hershey rolled to a 5-2 win over Binghamton, keeping the Sens winless in 2005-06.

The Bears improved to 4-2-0-1 with the victory, in which they scored four power-play goals. Hershey has scored a league-high 17 times on the man advantage this year.

The Senators dropped to 0-4-1-0, outshot 46-19 on the evening.