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Lock Monsters win wild one, 8-7

In a game that featured 14 goals on 106 shots in 65 crazy minutes, Colin Forbes and Chad Larose each scored twice to help Lowell outlast Providence, 8-7 in a shootout, in a wild evening at a sold-out Tsongas Arena on Sunday.

Attendance was 7,156, a franchise record for the Lock Monsters.

Larose and Richie Regehr scored in the first period as Lowell opened up a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

But the Bruins stormed back, as Martin Samuelsson tied the score 13 seconds into the second period, and Andy Hilbert scoring twice in a 40-second span to put Providence up, 4-2.

David Gove made it 5-2 later in the period, but Gordie Dwyer netted his first goal of the season and Larose picked up his second of the night to cut the deficit to 5-4 through 40 minutes.

Forbes pulled the Lock Monsters even in the opening minute of the final frame, and Ryan Bayda made it 6-5 in favor of the home team at the 8:17 mark.

Andy Hilbert finished off his hat trick with 7:37 to play, but Forbes restored the Lowell lead just under five minutes later.

With the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, Dan LaCouture squared the score at 7-7 with just 26 seconds left.

Each team recorded five shots in overtime, but the game wasn’t decided until Brent Krahn stopped all five Providence attempts in the shootout.

Mike Commodore had three assists for the Lock Monsters, and Krahn got the win despite allowing five goals on 24 shots in relief of starter Cam Ward.

Hilbert ended up with three goals and an assist and Patrice Bergeron had four assists for the Bruins. Cody Rudkowsky made a franchise-record 59 saves in the game, as Lowell finished with a 67-40 advantage in shots on goal.

Elsewhere on Sunday:
Alexandre Giroux scored 1:09 into overtime as Hartford went into Manchester and posted a 3-2 win over the Monarchs… Mike Morrison made 32 saves in Edmonton’s 2-1 shootout loss to Manitoba… Greg Campbell‘s second goal of the afternoon was the game-winner in San Antonio’s 2-1 overtime victory over Chicago… Portland defeated Springfield, 2-1, in a game that featured no penalties called on either team… Matt Ellis scored twice and Drew MacIntyre made 26 saves as Grand Rapids snapped a nine-game winless streak with a 4-0 win in Cleveland… Jon Sim scored twice and Neil Little made 27 saves as Philadelphia blanked Albany, 3-0… Alexander Svitov recorded two goals and an assist to lead Syracuse to a 7-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Jason Bacashihua stopped 29 shots in Worcester’s 1-0 win over Houston.