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Wiseman, Wolf Pack win wild one

Chad Wiseman scored his second goal of the night 3:09 into overtime to give Hartford a wild 7-6 victory over Norfolk at the Civic Center on Wednesday night.

With the victory, the Wolf Pack improved to 11-1-0-1 in their last 13 games and moved to within four points of idle Portland in the race for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Wiseman skated up the right wing and gained the offensive zone, moved around fallen defenseman Michal Barinka and slid the puck past Corey Crawford to cap an evening that saw both teams cough up two-goal leads in regulation.

Wiseman and Nigel Dawes staked Hartford to a 2-0 lead just over eight minutes into the game, but by the end of the first period, Norfolk had claimed the lead on two goals by Danny Richmond and one by Quintin Laing.

Shawn Thornton‘s shorthanded marker with 11 seconds left in the second period gave the Admirals a 5-3 edge, but Hartford struck for three power-play goals early in the third to regain the advantage at 6-5.

Eric Meloche tied the game again on a great individual effort with 8:29 to go in regulation.

Alexandre Giroux had two goals and an assist and Jarkko Immonen recorded four assists for the Wolf Pack. Richmond (2g, 1a), Laing (1g, 2a) and Mark Cullen (3a) each picked up three points for the Admirals, who dropped to 3-2-1-1 through seven games of their 11-game road trip.

Elsewhere on Wednesday:

  • Boyd Kane recorded two goals and an assist to lead Hershey to a 4-1 win over Toronto in front of 10,639 fans at the Giant Center
  • Martin Houle made 17 of his 24 saves in the second period to help Philadelphia past Springfield, 2-1, at the Wachovia Center
  • Donald MacLean scored his 45th goal of the season in Grand Rapids’ 5-1 win over Cleveland
  • Aleksander Suglobov netted a pair of goals and Frank Doyle made 37 saves as Albany rolled past Bridgeport, 6-1
  • Brendan Brooks scored a power-play goal with 4:01 left in regulation, sending Peoria to a 3-2 win over Mika Noronen and Rochester
  • Jordin Tootoo registered a goal and an assist to help Milwaukee beat Iowa, 3-1
  • Josh Green, Craig Darby, Jason King and Lee Goren each notched a goal and an assist in Manitoba’s 5-2 win at Chicago