Wednesday roundup: Phantoms rally past 'Tigers in third
ADIRONDACK 4, BRIDGEPORT 2
Adirondack defenseman Joey Mormina put up a goal and two assists as the Phantoms scored three unanswered goals to double up Bridgeport by a 4-2 count in a Wednesday afternoon matinee at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
The Phantoms initially grabbed a 1-0 lead in the contest when Jon Matsumoto scored on the power play with 2:45 to play in the opening period.
But Bridgeport got on the board 15:11 into the middle frame, as Greg Mauldin converted a penalty shot attempt against Phantoms goaltender Johan Backlund. Mauldin then gave the Sound Tigers a 2-1 lead at 9:30 of the third period.
Adirondack was quick to respond, as Stefan Legein scored just 10 seconds after Mauldin’s go-ahead goal, and Andreas Nodl cashed in on a power play at the 15:08 mark to put the Phantoms on top to stay.
Mormina, who entered the afternoon without a point in his first nine games of the season, assisted on both of those tallies before scoring a power play goal of his own at the 18:41 mark to provide insurance.
Patrick Maroon chipped in a pair of assists in the win, and Adirondack finished 3-for-9 on the power play after totaling just five power play goals in its first 10 games of the campaign (5-for-49; 10.2 percent).
Backlund made 29 saves to pick up the victory, which moved the Phantoms to 5-2-1-0 in their last eight contests.
HERSHEY 5, LOWELL 2
Massachusetts native Keith Aucoin tallied a hat trick on Wednesday to power Hershey to a 5-2 road win over Lowell at Tsongas Arena.
Aucoin, in his first game back with the Bears following a stint in the NHL, scored once in the second period and twice in the third frame. The veteran forward, who played in Lowell during the 2001-02 and 2005-06 seasons, has now registered eight points (4-4-8) in five AHL games this season.
Oskar Osala and defenseman Patrick McNeill also scored for the Bears, who began a New England road trip by capturing their season-high fourth straight win.
Andrew Gordon (0-3-3) and Kyle Wilson (0-2-2) each chipped in multiple assists, and Hershey goaltender Michal Neuvirth picked up the victory with 24 saves in net.
Nick Palmieri and Dean McAmmond notched goals for the Devils, who saw their three-game home winning streak against Hershey come to an end.
BINGHAMTON 2, ALBANY 0
Goaltender Mike Brodeur posted a 25-save shutout as Binghamton captured a 2-0 road win over Albany on Wednesday at the Times Union Center.
It marked the first shutout of the season for Brodeur (3-2-0) and the first for the Senators since Martin Gerber blanked Philadelphia in a 3-0 win on Jan. 21, 2009.
Cody Bass’ second goal of the campaign gave Binghamton a 1-0 lead at 5:37 of the second period, and Martin St. Pierre sealed the victory with an empty-net tally later in the third frame.
The River Rats are now winless in four straight games (0-3-0-1) and have dropped under .500 overall (5-6-0-1) for the first time since dropping their season opener on Oct. 3.
CHICAGO 4, MILWAUKEE 3
Tim Stapleton’s second goal of the night came at 9:44 of the third period, breaking a 3-3 tie and sending Chicago to a 4-3 road win over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.
Stapleton also scored in the first period for the Wolves, and defenseman Chris Chelios picked up an assist on both markers.
The Wolves also received a goal and an assist apiece from Anthony Stewart and defenseman Arturs Kulda en route to capturing their first road win of the season (1-4-0-0).
Chicago goaltender Drew MacIntyre, who suited up for Milwaukee last season, made 14 saves in the winning effort.
Tomi Maki, Wacey Rabbit, and Mike Santorelli each scored for the Admirals, whose brief two-game winning streak came to an end.
ROCKFORD 5, SAN ANTONIO 3
Rockford ended its five-game winless skid (0-4-0-1) with a 5-3 triumph over visiting San Antonio at the MetroCentre on Wednesday.
Mark Cullen registered a game-high three points (1-2-3) for the IceHogs, including the eventual game-winning goal at 18:03 of the third period.
Rockford’s Rob Klinkhammer posted a goal and a helper, while Akim Aliu and Bryan Bickell each added single goals in the victory. IceHogs goaltender Corey Crawford earned the win with 28 saves on 31 shots in net.
Kevin Porter registered a goal and an assist for the Rampage, who also got scores from Chad Kolarik and Kyle Turris. San Antonio is now winless in five straight games (0-4-1-0) heading into a date with Peoria on Thursday night.