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Montoya, Wolf Pack hold off Sound Tigers

Hartford scored twice in the first 2:05 of the game and Al Montoya stopped all 31 shots he faced for his first win of the season as the Wolf Pack escaped with a 2-1 win in Bridgeport on Sunday evening.

The Sound Tigers’ third-period comeback attempt stalled as Montoya (1-5-0) made 11 stops in the final 20 minutes. The sixth overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft lowered his goals-against average to 2.03 and raised his save percentage to .925.

Dale Purinton, skating at forward, scored his first goal of the season just 17 seconds into the game, and Greg Moore added his second of the year less than two minutes later.

Bridgeport’s only goal of the evening came when Hartford inadvertently shot the puck into its own net with Montoya off during a delayed penalty.

Billy Thompson finished with 24 saves for the Sound Tigers, who remain winless at home this season (0-2-0-1).


PROVIDENCE 5, BINGHAMTON 3
Ben Walter scored two goals and added two assists as Providence defeated Binghamton, 5-3.

It was the fifth straight win for the Bruins, who have scored 24 goals during the streak.

Petr Tenkrat had a goal and an assist, while Martins Karsums and Ryan Glenn also scored for Providence. Brian Finley made 22 saves.

Rookie Andrew Ebbett led the way with a goal and two assists for the Senators, who have lost five of their last six.


SPRINGFIELD 2, LOWELL 1
Andy Delmore and Justin Keller scored power-play goals 33 seconds apart in the second period to lift Springfield to a 2-1 win at Lowell.

Karri Ramo made 23 saves for the Falcons, who won for the fourth time in six games.

Nicklas Bergfors had the only goal for the Devils.


PEORIA 4, IOWA 1
Trent Whitfield had a goal and an assist during a three-goal second period as Peoria knocked off Iowa, 4-1.

Jason Bacashihua made 24 saves to give the Rivermen a much-needed win. Peoria had allowed 17 goals in its previous two games, including a 10-5 loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Peter Sejna, Ryan MacMurchy and David Backes also scored for the Rivermen, who went 3-for-7 on the power play.

Jared Nightingale scored for the Stars, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.


PHILADELPHIA 4, HERSHEY 1
Scott Munroe made 41 saves for his first professional win, leading Philadelphia to a 4-1 win in Hershey.

It was the first regulation loss of the season for the Bears (8-1-0-1), while the Phantoms won their second straight after a six-game slide.

Jussi Timonen, Daniel Corso, Don Morrison and Matt Davis scored for Philadelphia. Eric Fehr had the lone goal for Hershey.

Munroe, a rookie out of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, had lost his first five decisions after turning pro following his senior season last spring.


WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 6, NORFOLK 3
Erik Christensen had two goals and an assist and Marc-Antoine Pouliot also scored twice as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton doubled up Norfolk, 6-3.

The Penguins scored four times in less than five minutes during the first period to race out to a 4-0 lead.

Daniel Carcillo added a goal and an assist and Jonathan Filewich also scored for the Penguins (9-2-0-0), who tied the Admirals for first place in the East Division, one point ahead of Hershey.

It was Norfolk’s first regulation loss of the season after an 8-0-1-1 start. Troy Brouwer, Chris Durno and Craig MacDonald scored for the Admirals.