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River Rats outlast Pirates, 7-6

Ivan Khomutov scored his second goal of the game at the 2:14 mark of overtime to give Albany a wild 7-6 victory over Portland at the Pepsi Arena on Tuesday night.

Mike Sgroi, known more for his work with his fists than with his stick, netted a hat trick for the River Rats, while Aleksander Suglobov, David Clarkson, Jason Ryznar and Brad Ference recorded two assists apiece.

Albany did not lead all night until Khomutov’s game-winner.

Dustin Penner had two goals and two assists for the Pirates, who led 2-0, 4-2, 5-3 and 6-5. Ryan Shannon added three points with a goal and two assists, and Corey Perry extended his scoring streak to 14 games with a goal.

Portland was 4-for-7 on the power play on the night. Albany went 2-for-8.

It was the second offensive explosion between these two teams this month. On Dec. 17, the Pirates took a 9-5 decision from the River Rats in Portland.

Elsewhere on Tuesday:
Rookie forward Ben Walter recorded a natural hat trick in the second period and added an assist for a four-point night as Providence defeated Springfield, 5-2… Mark Hartigan tallied three goals and an assist to lead Syracuse past Hamilton, 4-2… Steve Bernier registered two goals and an assist and Nolan Schaefer made 28 saves as Cleveland shut out San Antonio, 3-0… Charlie Stephens had three points and Danny Bois broke a 2-2 tie with 80 seconds left as Binghamton beat Toronto, 4-2… Timofei Shishkanov scored nine seconds into overtime to give Milwaukee a 4-3 win over Peoria.