Norfolk, Cleveland, Milwaukee extend series

Three teams needed wins on Friday night to stave off elimination, and all three succeeded in breathing new life into their seasons.

Blake Bellefeuille scored on a power play with 1:54 left in regulation to give Norfolk a 2-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 5 on Friday night.

The Phantoms still lead the series, 3-2, with Game 6 slated for Saturday back at the Wachovia Center.

Craig Anderson made 26 saves for the Admirals to improve his record to 2-2 in the postseason. Quintin Laing added his team-leading fifth playoff goal for Norfolk.

It was the fourth 2-1 game played in the series.

Tavis Hansen scored two of Cleveland’s three power play goals on the night as the Barons posted a scrappy 4-1 win over Hamilton to keep its season alive at Copps Coliseum.

The Bulldogs still own a 3-2 lead in the series as the teams move back to Gund Arena in Cleveland for Game 6 on Sunday.

Nolan Schaefer made 32 saves for the Barons, losing a shutout bid when Duncan Milroy scored with the man advantage at 17:45 of the third period.

Christian Ehrhoff and rookie Tim Conboy added two assists each for Cleveland, who broke open the game with two goals during a five-minute power play following a match penalty assessed to the Bulldogs’ Alexander Perezhogin.

Darren Haydar and Simon Gamache recorded a goal and two assists each to lead Milwaukee to a 6-3 win over Cincinnati, setting up a Game 7 on Saturday night at the Bradley Center.

The Admirals rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to tie the score after one period, then struck twice in just over three minutes to grab the lead for good.

Timofei Shishkanov and Libor Pivko added a goal and an assist apiece for Milwaukee, which owned a 42-26 edge in shots on goal for the game.

The Admirals scored three times on the power play, giving them 12 PPG for the series.

Jed Ortmeyer scored twice and Jason LaBarbera made 27 saves as Hartford opened the Atlantic Division final with a 3-1 win over Worcester in Game 1.

It was the fifth win in a row for the Wolf Pack, and LaBarbera missed a third consecutive home shutout by less then four minutes.

Jozef Balej‘s shorthanded goal midway through the second period held up as his third game-winning score of the postseason.

Hartford, which was 0-for-25 on the power play against the IceCats in the regular season, was scoreless in three opportunities, but the Wolf Pack went 8-for-8 on the penalty kill.

Game 2 is Saturday night in Worcester.