HERSHEY 6, PHILADELPHIA 2
Hershey racked up six unanswered goals to run away with a 6-2 road win over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Spectrum on Saturday and a 2-0 lead in their East Division semifinal heading home for the next three games, if needed.
A 60-goal scorer in the regular season, Alexandre Giroux potted his first of the playoffs at 2:27 of the third stanza to give the Bears the lead for good. Mathieu Perreault, Steve Pinizzotto, and Francois Bouchard tacked on tallies for Hershey.
The teams have three days off before Game 3 goes on Wednesday in Hershey. Game 4 is set for next Friday, also in Hershey.
HARTFORD 5, WORCESTER 3
Hartford netted a pair of third-period goals to emerge with a 5-3 win over Worcester at the XL Center on Saturday, claiming a 2-0 lead in the teams’ Atlantic Division semifinal.
Artem Anisimov, Jordan Owens, and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti all scored to give the Wolf Pack a 3-0 lead just 12:01 into the contest, and Hartford held that edge into the first intermission despite being outshot by a 22-8 margin.
The Sharks put 19 more shots on Hartford goaltender Matt Zaba in the middle period and finally broke through. Brendan Buckley and Andrew Desjardins scored just 29 seconds apart, and Riley Armstrong tied it on the power play with 6:20 to go in the period.
Zaba finished with 44 saves on the night and has stopped 82 of 85 shots (.965) through the first two games of the series.
The scene shifts to Worcester for Game 3 on Monday evening.
The Penguins now own a 2-0 lead in the series, with Game 3 set for Sunday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.
Dustin Jeffrey netted a pair of first-period goals to give the Penguins a 2-1 advantage, with a Michael Haley tally from Bridgeport in between.
A pair of defensemen tied it for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the third, as Andy Wozniewski lit the lamp at 6:11, and Ben Lovejoy tallied the equalizer unassisted at 8:13 before assisting on Minard’s winner in overtime.
Penguins goaltender John Curry earned the victory with 33 saves, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton claimed its first-ever Game 2 win on the road (1-9).