Sharp-shooter lifts Phantoms again

Patrick Sharp scored late in the second period to tie the score, then had the only successful attempt in a six-round shootout as Philadelphia made it 11 wins in a row with a 2-1 victory over Binghamton on Wednesday afternoon.

The streak is tied for the longest in the AHL since Albany win 15 straight during the 1995-96 season. Two of the Phantoms’ wins have come via the shootout.

Denis Hamel gave the Senators a lead with a shorthanded goal at 16:38 of the first period, and Sharp answered on a Philly power play with 24 seconds left in the middle frame.

A third-year pro out of the University of Vermont, Sharp leads the Phantoms in scoring with 13 points in 13 games this season.

Antero Niittymaki made 20 saves and then denied all six Binghamton attempts in the shootout to extend his personal winning streak to eight games. Ray Emery made 25 saves but saw his record fall to 3-6-2.

Elsewhere on Wednesday:
Before a capacity crowd of 15,015 fans, Manitoba opened the new MTS Centre with a 4-2 victory over St. John’s… Tyler Moss made 27 saves and Edmonton killed off 11 shorthanded opportunities in a 3-0 shutout of Hamilton… Adam Munro made 30 saves as Norfolk edged Hershey, 2-1… Bridgeport won its fourth in a row, getting a goal from Rob Collins and 31 saves from Wade Dubielewicz in a 1-0 win over Providence.