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Penner leads Crunch to win

Andrew Penner stopped 46 of 47 shots and Syracuse scored a pair of goals early in the third period to take a 2-1 decision from Binghamton in AHL preseason action on Saturday.

Penner, who spent his entire rookie season of 2003-04 with Dayton of the ECHL, allowed only a Brandon Bochenski goal on a Senators power play with 5:32 left in the first period. He has made 61 saves on 62 shots in 94 minutes of work this preseason.

The Crunch trailed 1-0 until Joe Motzko scored on a breakaway 1:12 into the third. Matthias Trattnig, a former forward at the University of Maine (1997-2001), netted the eventual winner at 4:01.

PORTLAND 3, MANCHESTER 2
Portland scored three times in a span of 6:15 during the first period and held on for a 3-2 win over Manchester at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Trent Whitfield, Brooks Laich and Jason Ulmer had the goals for the Pirates, while Maxime Ouellet and Cody Rudkowsky combined for 21 saves. Tom Kostopoulos and Troy Milam answered with power play goals for the Monarchs.

Rookie Barry Brust allowed all three goals in net for Manchester, and finished with 17 saves in the first half of the game. Nathan Marsters stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief.

ALBANY 3, PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)
Aleksander Suglobov netted the only successful attempt in the shootout as Albany took a 3-2 decision from Philadelphia at the Flyers Skate Zone on Saturday.

The Phantoms forced overtime when Joni Pitkanen scored a shorthanded goal to tie it with just 1:59 remaining in regulation. Patrick Sharp also scored for Philadelphia. Zach Parise and Bobby Allen had the goals for the River Rats (1-1-0-0).

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 5, HERSHEY 2
Guillaume Lefebvre scored twice, including one of the Penguins’ four power play goals on the night, as Wilkes-Barre defeated Hershey, 5-2, at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.

Ramzi Abid added a goal and an assist, while Erik Christensen, Ryan Whitney and Ross Lupaschuk all chipped in with two assists.

Andy Chiodo and Marc-Andre Fleury split the duties in net for the Penguins, stopping 27 of 29 shots combined.

WORCESTER 3, LOWELL 2
Ryan Ramsay‘s goal 5:51 into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and gave Worcester a 3-2 victory over Lowell in Marlborough, Mass.

Ramsay, a rookie out of the OHL, also had an assist, and Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped all nine shots he saw in the third period to preserve the win.

Brad Fast assisted on both Lock Monsters goals.

ROCHESTER 5, HAMILTON 0
Scott Sheppard scored twice to lead Rochester to a 5-0 win over Hamilton.

Derek Roy and Jason Pominville added a goal and an assist each for the Amerks, who swept the Bulldogs from the Calder Cup Playoffs last spring.

Ryan Miller and ex-Bulldog Chris Madden needed just 13 saves combined for the shutout.

HOUSTON 4, SAN ANTONIO 1
After 53 games without a goal in his rookie season, 6-foot-7, 270-pound Derek Boogaard scored twice on Saturday, leading Houston to a 4-1 win over San Antonio in Sugar Land, Texas.

Josh Harding went the distance and made 30 saves for the Aeros, who also got goals from Stephane Veilleux and Erik Reitz.

Josh Olson had the only goal for the Rampage, who had defeated Houston in the teams’ preseason opener on Friday.