East race gets tighter as Pens win late

Shane Endicott scored with 2.4 seconds left in regulation on Sunday evening, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton an emotional 4-3 victory over Philadelphia and a share of first place in the East Division.

The Penguins are tied with Binghamton at 75 points each. The Phantoms are even with Norfolk at 74.

Matt Hussey scored twice for the second time in as many nights as the Penguins built a 3-0 lead. But the Phantoms responded, getting one goal from captain Boyd Kane and two from Jon Sim, including the equalizer while shorthanded with 50 seconds left.

The game was seemingly headed for overtime when Endicott found the top corner from in front off a feed from Colby Armstrong.

It was the fourth win in a row for Wilkes-Barre. Ross Lupaschuk had a goal and an assist and Armstrong added two assists for the Penguins, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves.

Elsewhere on Sunday:
After Rochester erased four one-goal deficits in regulation, Thomas Vanek‘s second goal of the game came at 1:37 of overtime, giving the Amerks its eighth straight victory, a 5-4 triumph over Manitoba… Jordin Tootoo scored 7:51 into the third period and Brian Finley made 38 saves as Milwaukee posted a 1-0 win over Grand Rapids… Hamilton closed to within three points of fourth place in the North Division as Ben Carpentier scored the winning goal in the third period of a 4-3 victory over Edmonton… Norfolk’s Mikhail Yakubov scored twice in the final 64 seconds of regulation and once in the shootout, but Lowell prevailed for a 3-2 win… Mike Cammalleri had two goals and two assists to lead Manchester past Providence, 4-2… Brian Willsie scored with 10 seconds left in overtime and Kirk Daubenspeck made 39 saves as Portland beat Worcester, 2-1.