Matt Hussey scored 72 seconds into overtime to give Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a much-needed 3-2 win in Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon, cutting the Sound Tigers’ lead in their East Division semifinal series to 2-1.
Game 4 set for Tuesday night.
Hussey’s goal gave the Penguins their first lead of the series. The Sound Tigers never trailed in winning Games 1 and 2, and held a pair of one-goal leads in Game 3.
Krys Kolanos and rookie Ryan Stone also scored for Wilkes-Barre, and Dany Sabourin made 23 saves for his first career Calder Cup Playoff victory.
Rob Collins and Denis Grebeshkov scored for Bridgeport.
PORTLAND 5, PROVIDENCE 4
Maxim Kondratiev scored two more goals, Shane O’Brien had a goal and two assists and Pierre Parenteau picked up the winning goal with 9:46 left in the third period as Portland took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 5-4 victory in Providence on Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates go for the sweep in Game 4 on Tuesday evening.
Nathan Robinson powered the Bruins with two goals and an assist, but Providence could not hold on after taking a 3-1 lead in the second period.
Kondratiev, a mid-season acquisition by the parent Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, upped his AHL-leading point total to eight (4g, 4a).
HARTFORD 7, MANCHESTER 0
The rookie trio of Nigel Dawes, Colby Genoway and Brandon Dubinsky combined for 13 points as Hartford evened up its Atlantic Division semifinal series with an emphatic 7-0 victory in Manchester on Sunday.
The Wolf Pack have scored 10 of the last 11 goals in the series since falling behind 5-2 in the third period of Game 3.
Dawes recorded two goals and two assists, Genoway had two goals and three assists and Dubinsky scored his first two professional goals while assisting on two others.
Nineteen of the 20 points recorded by Wolf Pack skaters came from rookies. Daniel Girardi added a goal and an assist, Marvin Degon dished out three assists and Marc Staal recorded an assist for his first pro point.
Al Montoya – another rookie – made 30 saves for the shutout.
With the series even at two games apiece, the teams head back to Hartford for Game 5 on Tuesday.