Link to Friday’s boxscores
PHILADELPHIA 3, BRIDGEPORT 2 (OT)
Philadelphia’s Ryan Potulny scored two goals in the final 1:43 of regulation to tie the score, then notched the game winner in overtime for a hat trick, as the Phantoms completed an improbable late comeback to defeat Bridgeport by a 3-2 final at the Wachovia Spectrum on Friday. The improved AHL-leading Philadelphia’s overall record to 11-1-1-0.
For much of the game, a Phantoms win looked unlikely. The Sound Tigers established a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Jamie Fraser and Steve Regier, with Jeff Tambellini earning assists on both.
The second period was scoreless, as was most of the final stanza.
At 18:17, Potulny got the comeback started with his third goal of the campaign.
With just 17.1 seconds left in regulation, and 1:25 after his first goal, Potulny connected again to send the game into overtime.
The second-year pro out of the University of Minnesota capped a memorable night with his third of the game at 2:11 of overtime. The game-winner came on the power play.
Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe picked up the win, making 29 saves on 31 shots.
HARTFORD 5, MANCHESTER 4
Andrew Hutchinson scored a pair of goals and added an assist as visiting Hartford defeated Manchester, 5-4.
SPRINGFIELD 4, LOWELL 2
Marc Pouliot netted two goals, including the game-winner, leading Springfield past Lowell by a 4-2 count at the MassMutual Center.
Jeff Deslauriers picked up the win for Springfield with 27 saves on 29 shots.
Noah Clarke scored both goals for Lowell, which is now winless in three straight (0-2-1-0).
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 3, BINGHAMTON 0
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blanked Binghamton by a 3-0 final at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
In addition to their goals, Smith and Stone added an assist each to finish with multiple-point efforts.
HERSHEY 4, NORFOLK 2
Four different Hershey skaters lit the lamp as the Bears doubled up Norfolk, 4-2, at the Norfolk Scope, earning a split of the teams’ two-game set in Virginia.
Motzko finished the two games against the Admirals with four goals and five points (4-1-5).
Bears goaltender Daren Machesney made 28 saves to improve to 2-0-0 on the campaign.
ROCHESTER 5, HAMILTON 4 (SO)
Rochester scored three third-period goals to force overtime and eventually prevailed over Hamilton in a shootout by a 5-4 final.
Duncan Milroy’s goal and three assists helped the Bulldogs build a 4-0 advantage.
Americans goaltender Adam Dennis stopped all four shootout attempts to preserve the win.
CHICAGO 5, SYRACUSE 2
Chicago scored five unanswered goals on its way to a 5-2 win over Syracuse in New York.
Andre Deveaux scored the initial goal for the Wolves, who remained unbeaten in regulation at 9-0-1-0.
Chicago goaltender Fred Brathwaite made 38 saves, improving to 7-1-0 on the campaign.
IOWA 6, PEORIA 3
Iowa scored two goals in each period and posted a 6-3 road win over Peoria at Carver Arena.
Iowa goaltender Tobias Stephan made 20 saves to secure the win.
WORCESTER 5, SAN ANTONIO 4 (OT)
Tom Cavanagh’s power play goal at 4:42 of overtime, his second tally of the game, lifted Worcester to a 5-4 victory over San Antonio at the AT&T Center.
QUAD CITY 4, HOUSTON 1
Four different Flames found the back of the net as Quad City snapped a seven-game winless skid (0-5-1-1) with a 4-1 victory over Houston at the I Wireless Center.
Derek Couture notched a goal and an assist for the Flames, while Grant Stevenson, Brandon Prust, and Warren Peters also scored. Peters’ goal was both shorthanded and into an empty net in the later stages of the third period.
Quad City goaltender Curtis McElhinney picked up his first victory of the season (1-5-1) by making 21 saves on 22 shots.
The Aeros’ lone goal was scored by Steve Kelly.
MILWAUKEE 2, MANITOBA 1
Rich Peverley’s goal at 4:57 of the third period turned out to be the game-winner as Milwaukee downed Manitoba by a 2-1 count at the MTS Centre.
Antti Pihlstrom scored for the Admirals in the opening stanza and then assisted on Peverley’s third-period goal.
Milwaukee received 22 saves on 23 shots from goaltender Maxime Daigneault.
Manitoba’s Mason Raymond made it a one-goal game at 6:32 of the third, but the Moose were unable to get the equalizer.
ROCKFORD 6, GRAND RAPIDS 5 (SO)
Rockford gave up a two-goal lead in the third period but wound up defeating Grand Rapids by a 6-5 final in a shootout at the Rockford MetroCentre.
The Griffins’ Mark Hartigan completed a hat trick at 15:12 of the third period, evening the score at 5-5.
Mark Cullen provided Grand Rapids’ other two goals and also added an assist.