Andrew Ebbett lit the lamp 3:26 into overtime, sending the Portland Pirates to a 3-2 victory over Worcester on Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Ebbett now has goals in two of his last three games, for a total of four points (2-2-4). The loss marked the first blemish on the Sharks’ record, as they fell to 4-0-1-0 on the season.
Portland took a 1-0 lead in the opening period when Matt Christie notched his first of the season at 12:06. Christie would later add an assist to finish with a two-point night.
The 2-1 Worcester lead held into the second intermission, but the Pirates’ Bobby Ryan tied the score on the power play with his first of the season 2:08 into the third.
That set the stage for Ebbett’s game-winner in overtime, which allowed Portland to win its third straight game, all at home.
Pirates goaltender Jonas Hiller, making his first AHL start of the season, secured the victory with 18 saves.
HARTFORD 2, SPRINGFIELD 1 (SO)
Ivan Baranka scored a shorthanded goal to break a scoreless deadlock in the third period, and Hartford eventually prevailed in a shootout, 2-1.
After the teams played 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, Baranka broke down the right wing on a two-on-one and snapped a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle past Springfield goaltender Jeff Deslauriers just 32 seconds into the final stanza.
Rookie forward Brodie Dupont picked up the lone assist on the play and now has a point in consecutive games (1-1-2).
The Falcons tallied the equalizer with only 41.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Hartford native Colin McDonald entered the zone and floated a shot from the right side through a screen, and it squeaked by Hartford goaltender Chris Holt, who replaced Al Montoya to begin the third period.
Hartford had a power play in overtime, but the game remained scoreless through the extra session.
Holt stopped all three Springfield shooters to secure the win for Hartford, which won its first home game of the season (1-2-0-0).
LOWELL 2, MANCHESTER 1
Grant Marshall scored the eventual game-winner at 6:25 of the third period, propelling Lowell to a 2-1 win at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
The Devils, who failed to beat the Monarchs in regulation in any of their 10 meetings last season, moved their season record above .500 at 4-3-0-0
The Monarchs tied it at 1-1 just under six minutes into the second period, as Brady Murray notched his first goal of the campaign.
The game remained deadlocked until Marshall netted his goal in the third.
Devils goaltender Frank Doyle earned the win in net by making 37 saves on 38 shots sent his way. He stopped all 14 Manchester shots in the final period.
ALBANY 1, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 0
Michael Leighton made 24 saves for his 23rd career AHL shutout and Pat Dwyer scored the game’s only goal as Albany blanked Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 1-0.
Dwyer notched his first goal of the campaign at 16:18 of the opening period, with Dave Gove picking up the only assist.
The goal came on one of only four River Rats shots in the period, as the Penguins outshot Albany for the period, 13-4, and for the game, 24-17.
The River Rats have now won consecutive games and move to 4-2-0-1 on the campaign, good for second place in the East Division.
The loss dropped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 3-4-0-0.
PHILADELPHIA 6, NORFOLK 3
Philadelphia scored three goals in the second and added three more in the third to take a 6-3 victory over Norfolk at the Scope Arena.
Norfolk initially grabbed the lead when Justin Taylor tallied his third of the season at 15:00 of the first period.
Matsumoto and Kyle Greentree both scored power play goals just 25 seconds apart early in the second period to give the Phantoms a 2-1 lead at the time. Zingoni extended the advantage with a shorthanded goal at 15:14.
Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher earned his fifth win of the season (5-1-0) with 27 saves on 30 shots.
HERSHEY 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (OT)
Former Senator Grant Potulny scored a pair of goals in his return to Binghamton and Kyle Wilson netted the game-winner in overtime to send Hershey to a 3-2 victory.
After dropping their first three contests of the season, the Bears have now won their last two.
Following a scoreless period and a half, Potulny put Hershey on top at 9:50 of the middle stanza.
The Senators evened the score at 1:55 of the third on a goal by rookie center Ilya Zubov, only to see Potulny regain the Hershey 18 seconds later.
Justin Mapletoft tied it back up for the B-Sens at 4:58 of the third, and it remained deadlocked into overtime.
Hershey’s Frederic Cassivi stopped 32 of 34 shots in net to secure the victory.
IOWA 3, PEORIA 2 (SO)
Iowa scored on all three of its shootout attempts to take a 3-2 come-from-behind victory from Peoria at Carver Arena.
The Stars trailed by two goals heading into the third period, but received power play tallies from Marty Sertich and Junior Lessard to tie the score. Both Sertich and Lessard assisted the other’s goal, so both finished with multiple-point showings.
Stars goaltender Tobias Stephan stopped three of four Peoria attempts to secure the win, his first of the season. He made 26 saves on 28 shots through regulation and overtime
ROCHESTER 3, SYRACUSE 2
Rochester scored three unanswered goals after allowing the game’s first two on their way to a 3-2 victory over Syracuse at the Blue Cross Arena.
Meyer’s goal was the game-winner, and it came 4:48 into the third period.
Joakim Lindstrom scored his fifth of the season at 6:26 of the first period to give the Crunch a 1-0 lead. Lindstrom now has a six-game points streak (4-3-7).
Rochester would take control of the game from that point, and the win snapped the Amerks’ five-game winless skid.
Goaltender Adam Dennis earned the victory for Rochester with 35 saves on 37 shots.
MILWAUKEE 2, QUAD CITY 0
Milwaukee scored a pair of third-period goals to defeat Quad City, 3-2, at the I Wireless Center.
The Admirals now have a standings point in six straight outings (5-0-1-0).
For O’Reilly, it was his third shorthanded goal in his last two games, as he potted two in the Admirals’ 8-1 win over these Flames on Wednesday.
Maxime Daigneault earned the shutout in net for Milwaukee, stopping all 27 shots he faced in his first game of the season.
Flames goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 26 saves in the losing effort.
CHICAGO 4, SAN ANTONIO 1
Chicago received multiple-point performances from four players on its way to a 4-1 win over San Antonio at the Allstate Arena.
The Wolves earned four of a possible four points in their two-game home set with the Rampage and extended their franchise-best start to 6-0-0-0, the only remaining team in the AHL that has won each game it has played.
Alexandre Giroux paced the Chicago offense with a pair of goals, both coming in the first period.
Wolves goaltender Fred Brathwaite secured the victory with 30 saves on 31 shots.
San Antonio’s lone goal was scored by Jon DiSalvatore.
MANITOBA 3, ROCKFORD 2
Manitoba erased an early 1-0 deficit and came out with a 3-2 victory over Rockford at the MTS Centre, allowing them to split their two-game set with the IceHogs.
IceHogs goaltender Wade Flaherty, who played the last three seasons in Manitoba, made 32 in the losing effort. The loss ended his personal 12-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Drew MacIntyre earned the win in goal for Manitoba, making 29 saves on 31 shots.