Matt Ellison scored his first three goals in a Phantoms uniform Sunday to help end a five game Philadelphia slide with a 4-2 win over Lowell at the Wachovia Spectrum in front of 8,045 fans.
Ellison finished off his hat trick in style with a shorthanded breakaway goal with 4:07 seconds left in the third period.
All three of Ellison’s goals were assisted by John Slaney, who now has 300 career American Hockey League assists. Slaney has achieved this mark just a little more than a week after he scored his 454th point of his career, breaking the all-time mark for points by a defenseman. Stefan Ruzicka also had three assists on the night.
Keith Aucoin and Mike Zigomanis scored the goals for Lowell in the losing effort.
Elsewhere on Sunday
Matt Carkner scored 42 seconds into overtime to give Cleveland a 5-4 win over Manitoba… Bridgeport continued its solid play as they upped their unbeaten-in-regulation streak to eight games and snapped Wilkes-Barre’s six game winning streak with a 3-1 victory… Chicago, aided by a goal and two assists by Braydon Coburn, breezed by Omaha 6-3… Curtis Glencross broke a 3-3 tie with 1:36 remaining in the third, and followed up with an empty net goal 1:14 later to lead Portland to a 5-3 win over Hartford… Rookie Jeff Tambellini scored a goal and two assists, helping Manchester to a 5-3 win over Springfield, vaulting the Monarchs back into second place in the Atlantic division… Providence took advantage of its power play opportunities, scoring four times with the man advantage in a 4-3 victory over Binghamton.