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WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
Rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski scored one of three Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goals in the third period as the visiting Penguins cooled off Philadelphia with a 4-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at the Wachovia Spectrum. The victory was the Penguins’ fourth in their last five outings (4-1-0-0), and it also halted the Phantoms’ winning streak at five games.
Goligoski’s goal was the eventual game-winner and came on the power play at 2:32 of the third. Chris D’Aversa added an insurance marker at 9:38, and Jeff Taffe sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.
The Phantoms scored the game’s first goal for the 11th time in 16 tries this season when Frederik Cabana netted a shorthanded marker at 8:34 of the opening period. Darroll Powe picked up the lone assist on Cabana’s second goal of the campaign.
James tied it for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with his third of the year just 1:32 into the second period. The game remained knotted at 1-1 until the Penguins took control in the third stanza.
Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin stopped 23 of 24 shots and improved to 7-5-0 on the season.
The victory was Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first in four tries against Philadelphia this season (1-3-0-0). The next meeting between the clubs is on December 16, also in the City of Brotherly Love.
PROVIDENCE 3, PORTLAND 2 (SO)
Providence allowed the game-tying goal in the last minute of regulation but recovered to take a 3-2 shootout win over Portland on opening night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
The Bruins increased their record to 9-1-1-0 on the season and moved back into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division with 19 points.
Sobotka’s goal extended his scoring streak to five games (3-3-6), and Pascal Pelletier picked up the primary assist to give him a point in six straight (3-6-9).
Stephen Dixon netted both of the Pirates’ goals, the second of which tied the game at 2-2 with just 41 seconds remaining in the third period. They marked Dixon’s first goals since he scored a pair on October 6 in a 4-1 win over Lowell.
HARTFORD 6, NORFOLK 3
Greg Moore scored twice, including an empty-netter in the closing minute, as Hartford doubled up Norfolk by a 6-3 final at the Hartford Civic Center.
Moore now has a five-game point-scoring streak (5-2-7) and increased his team-leading totals in goals (9) and points (16). In 15 games this season, the second-year pro has already eclipsed his total goal output from his rookie season, when he netted eight in 79 games (8-17-25).
Hartford rookie Brodie Dupont extended his own scoring streak to four games (2-4-6) with a goal and an assist in the game.