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Getzlaf, Perry & Co. pace Pirates past Albany

The dynamic duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry combined for 11 points, Getzlaf tying an AHL season high with six, as Portland defeated Albany, 9-5, at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday night.

Perry scored two goals and assisted on each of Getzlaf’s three. Getzlaf capped his big night — and his hat trick — with two seconds left in the game.

Both first-round picks by Anaheim in the 2003 draft, Getzlaf and Perry were assigned to Portland together on Nov. 22. Since then, Getzlaf has picked up 23 points in 10 games (6g, 17a), while Perry has added 22 points in 11 games (9g, 13a), hitting the scoresheet in each of those 11 contests.

Pierre Parenteau put the Pirates up for good just 97 seconds into Saturday’s match, and Portland built up a 4-0 lead by the first intermission.

All nine goals were hung on Albany goaltender Frank Doyle. With Ari Ahonen out ill, River Rats assistant coach Chris Terreri dressed as Doyle’s back-up for the second straight night.

Dustin Penner recorded three assists, defenseman Shane O’Brien recorded a goal and two assists and Aaron Gavey added a goal and an assist for the Pirates, who won their third straight.

Ahren Nittel picked up two goals and two assists to lead Albany, which dropped its fifth in a row.

The teams meet again Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere on Saturday:
Cleveland held a road-weary Rochester team to 15 shots on goal and pulled out a 3-2 shootout win in a matinee at the "Q"… Defenseman Ian White recorded two goals and an assist to lead Toronto to a 6-3 win over Grand Rapids… Thomas Pock registered a goal and three assists as Hartford rolled past Bridgeport, 6-2, outshooting the Sound Tigers, 55-21… Kirk Daubenspeck turned aside 27 shots as Hershey blanked Hamilton, 4-0… Arpad Mihaly and Lasse Pirjeta converted their shootout attempts to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton past Norfolk, 2-1… Grant Potulny (2g, 2a), Gregg Johnson (1g, 3a) and Danny Bois (1g, 2a) combined for 11 points as Binghamton scored four times in the third period for a 4-3 win over Providence… Eric Chouinard‘s hat trick went for naught as Joe Motzko‘s goal in the seventh shootout round gave Syracuse a 4-3 win over Philadelphia… Adam Hauser made 20 saves for his second straight shutout, leading Manchester past Lowell, 3-0… Dan Ellis recorded 33 saves for Iowa in a 3-1 win over Omaha… Milwaukee got two goals from Brandon Segal in a 4-3 win at Chicago… Mike Brown‘s goal on a penalty shot 3:14 into the game was all the offense in Manitoba’s 1-0 win over San Antonio… Patrick O’Sullivan and Rem Murray each scored two of Houston’s seven goals off former NHL All-Star Patrick Lalime as the Aeros defeated Peoria, 7-2.