Hilbert, Bruins power past Bridgeport

Andy Hilbert scored three goals and Keith Aucoin dished out three assists as Providence earned a 7-5 win over visiting Bridgeport on Friday night.

Hilbert, named Thursday to the 2005 PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team, recorded two of the Bruins’ four power-play goals on the night. The B’s went 4-for-6 with the man advantage, while the Sound Tigers were a perfect 3-for-3.

Bridgeport rallied from deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3, and took a 5-4 lead on Kevin Colley‘s goal with 5:29 left in the second period. Hilbert capped his hat trick less than four minutes later.

Colley added three assists for a four-point effort for the Sound Tigers. Sean Bergenheim, who will join Hilbert on the PlanetUSA team, scored twice, while Jim Campbell added a goal and an assist.

Cody Rudkowsky earned the win, stopping all 11 shots he faced in relief of Hannu Toivonen.

Dieter Kochan made 40 saves in the loss as Bridgeport’s road winless streak hit 14 games.

Elsewhere on Friday:
Ryan Miller made 27 saves as Rochester put an end to Binghamton’s nine-game winning streak with a 4-0 win… Ben Stafford scored twice as Philadelphia dumped Hartford, 5-1… Hershey scored four times in the third period to knock off Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4-2… Brendan Brooks had two goals as Worcester defeated Lowell, 5-3… Rene Bourque scored three goals, Matt Ellison recorded a goal and three assists and Matt Keith added three assists as Norfolk doubled up Springfield, 4-2… Chris Higgins had two goals and an assist and Yann Danis made 36 saves as Hamilton blanked Syracuse, 3-0… Frederic Cassivi made 33 saves for Cincinnati in a 1-0 win over Milwaukee… Mike Cammalleri scored one goal and assisted on another in Manchester’s 4-1 victory over Portland… Cory Larose had a goal and an assist to lead Chicago past San Antonio, 3-1… Ryane Clowe scored twice in regulation for Cleveland, but St. John’s prevailed in a shootout, 3-2… Utah shook off a goal by Manitoba’s Jeff Heerema with 41 seconds left in regulation and pulled out a 4-3 shootout win over the Moose.