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Ouellet keeps Penguins rolling

Michel Ouellet scored twice in regulation, then went 2-for-2 in the shootout to propel Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 5-4 win over Springfield on Saturday night.

Ouellet, who recorded a hat trick on Friday night against Bridgeport, leads the AHL with 26 goals. He’s on pace to score 63 over the 80-game season.

Erik Christensen and Ramzi Abid added a goal and an assist each for the Penguins, and Kris Beech and Colby Armstrong recorded two assists apiece.

Each team scored twice in the first period and twice in the second, but neither could break the tie in the third period or overtime.

Ouellet converted on the Penguins’ first and sixth attempts in the shootout, and Craig Darby‘s miss in round six clinched Wilkes-Barre’s fourth victory in a row.

Nikita Alexeev scored twice for the Falcons.

Elsewhere on Saturday:
Nate DiCasmirro‘s third-period shorthanded goal, just his second tally of the season, was the difference as Edmonton edged Cleveland, 4-3… San Antonio scored three unanswered goals, the last by Petr Taticek with 7:48 left in regulation, to rally past Cincinnati, 6-5… Albany scored three times in less than five minutes midway through the third period, but still saw its winless streak hit eight games (0-7-0-1) in a 5-4 shootout loss to Philadelphia… Chad Wiseman scored two goals for Hartford in a 5-2 win over Utah… Maxime Ouellet made 35 saves to help Portland past Lowell, 3-2… Blake Evans scored with 5:40 left in regulation to give Worcester a 3-2 win over Binghamton… Dan LaCouture‘s hat trick wasn’t enough to extend Providence’s 12-game points streak (9-0-0-3), as Manchester scored four times in the third period to take a 5-3 win over the Bruins… Kevin Bieksa and Jason King scored two goals each as Manitoba put an end to Chicago’s five-game winning streak with a 6-0 rout over the Wolves.