Penguins use strong third period to top Phantoms, 4-1

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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.

D’Aversa also posted an assist and was joined in tallying multiple points by Connor James (1-1-2) and Tyler Kennedy (0-2-2).

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 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.

David Krejci scored the only shootout goal for either side, as Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (7-1-0) stopped all five Portland attempts.

Vladimir Sobotka and T.J. Trevelyan scored in regulation for Providence, their goals coming in the first and second periods, respectively.

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.

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.

The Wolf Pack also received goals from Francis Lessard, Ryan Constant, and Andrew Hutchinson. Constant’s goal was the first of his AHL career.

Kyle Wanvig scored twice for the Admirals, and Mathieu Darche assisted on all three Norfolk goals in his first AHL game of the season.