Penguins top Phantoms, jump to third place in East


Ryan Stone and Tim Brent each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 3-2 road win over Philadelphia on Tuesday at the Wachovia Spectrum. Stone netted the eventual-game winning goal at 15:15 of the second period, with Brent picking up the primary assist.

The Penguins jumped one point ahead of Hershey for third place in the East Division.  Fifth-place Bridgeport sits just three points back of the Penguins and two behind the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Paul Bissonnette notched his first AHL goal of the season in the contest. He netted an unassisted, power play marker in the first period to tie the game at 1-1.

Brent followed with a power play goal of his own 4:02 into the second, and Stone made it 3-1 later that period.

Philadelphia’s Stefan Ruzicka scored on the man-advantage just 2:02 into the third period, pulling the Phantoms within a goal. Philadelphia also opened the game’s scoring, as Darroll Powe tallied a shorthanded goal at 4:38 of the first.

Penguins rookie goaltender John Curry stopped 34 of 36 shots in the victory, which improved his season record to 14-8-2.

Houston’s Adrian Foster scored with just 26 second left in regulation to send the game to overtime, and defenseman Maxim Noreau scored at 3:56 of the extra session to give the Aeros a 3-2 victory over visiting Providence at the Toyota Center.

Ryan Hamilton also scored for Houston, giving his club a 1-0 lead at 12:48 of the second period.

But the B’s rallied for a pair of third-period goals, scored by Aaron Slattengren and Martins Karsums. Karsums’ shorthanded goal at 7:36 put the B’s on top 2-1, setting the stage for Houston’s late heroics.

The Aeros won their fifth straight game, and goaltender Barry Brust has been between the pipes for all five contests. He made 32 saves in this game, and Slattengren’s third-period goal snapped Brust’s shutout streak at 190:34.

Providence fell to 1-2-1-0 on its five-game Western road trip, which concludes on Wednesday in San Antonio.

2008 AHL All-Star Micki DuPont broke a 1-1 tie with just 2:16 left in the third period as Peoria rallied past visiting Quad City, 2-1, at the Carver Arena.

The Rivermen entered the third period down 1-0, but Nicholas Drazenovic tied it with a power play goal at 8:51 of the stanza. That set up DuPont’s late game-winner.

The comeback made a winner of Peoria goaltender Marek Schwarz, who stopped 22 of 23 shots in the contest.

David Van der Gulik initially gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 7:55 of the second period. He now has a goal in consecutive games and three of his last four outings.