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Shorthanded goals keep Wolf Pack cruising


Wednesday’s Boxscores

HARTFORD 3, PROVIDENCE 2
Greg Moore scored Hartford’s second shorthanded goal of the night with 4:58 left in regulation, breaking a 2-2 tie and propelling the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 win over visiting Providence on Wednesday at the XL Center.

Patrick Rissmiller (1-1-2) and Brodie Dupont (0-2-2) each chipped in multiple points for the Wolf Pack, who moved to 4-0-0-1 in their last five contests.

After a scoreless first period, Rissmiller netted a shorthanded marker at 2:47 of the second to put Hartford up 1-0, and David Urquhart extended the lead to 2-0 with a power play tally at 7:19.

The Bruins stormed back with a pair of man advantage goals of their own. Defenseman Jeff Penner scored at 13:51 of the middle stanza, and Peter Schaefer potted the equalizer 10:14 into the third.

That set the stage for Moore’s game-winner, which was the second shorthanded tally of the night for a Hartford club that entered the contest with just one on the season.

Wolf Pack goaltender Miika Wiikman earned the victory with 26 saves on 28 shots. Hartford now sits alone in third place in the Atlantic Division at 14-11-1-3 (32 points).


GRAND RAPIDS 5, SYRACUSE 1
Ville Leino posted a goal and an assist as Grand Rapids cruised to a 5-1 win over visiting Syracuse at Van Andel Arena.

Darren Haydar, Darren Helm, Francis Pare, and Justin Abdelkader all added goals for the Griffins, and Mattias Ritola chipped in a pair of assists. The Griffins scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded in the winning effort.

Grand Rapids goaltender Jimmy Howard secured the victory with 20 saves on 21 shots.

Mike York netted the lone goal on the night for the slumping Crunch, who have now lost seven games in a row.


TORONTO 5, LAKE ERIE 4 (SO)
Jiri Tlusty racked up three assists in regulation and scored a pair of shootout goals – including the game-winner – as Toronto took a 5-4 win over visiting Lake Erie at Ricoh Coliseum.

It marked the Marlies’ first win in five tries against the Monsters this season (1-4-0-0).

Tim Stapleton also netted a pair of shootout goals for Toronto after chipping in two assists over the first 60 minutes. Bates Battaglia paced the Marlies with two goals and a helper, while Ben Ondrus and Stefano Giliati also lit the lamp.

Chris Durno (2-1-3) and Marty Sertich (0-3-3) each had three points in regulation for the Monsters, while Sertich added two successful shootout tries.


PHILADELPHIA 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (OT)
Nate Raduns scored 1:28 into overtime to send Philadelphia to its sixth straight victory, a 3-2 decision over visiting Binghamton at the Wachovia Spectrum.

The Phantoms took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes on goals just 1:11 apart by Claude Giroux and Josh Gratton.

But the Senators received goals from Danny Bois and Josh Hennessy in the second period to tie it, and neither side scored in the final frame.

Goaltender Michael Teslak made 32 saves in the winning effort for Philadelphia, which has matched a season high with its current winning streak. The Phantoms also won six in a row from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7.


NORFOLK 2, ALBANY 1
In a game where all the goals were scored in the second period, Norfolk edged visiting Albany by a 2-1 count at the Scope.

Steve Downie and Radek Smolenak netted goals for the Admirals, while Michael Ryan scored for the River Rats.

Norfolk goaltender Karri Ramo earned the win with 26 saves, helping the Admirals to their second win in the last three games (2-1-0-0).

The teams will square off for a rematch in Norfolk on Friday night.


MILWAUKEE 2, HOUSTON 1 (SO)
Andreas Thuresson scored in the fifth round of a shootout to lift Milwaukee over visiting Houston by a 2-1 count at the Bradley Center.

Stephen Werner added a shootout score for the Admirals, and goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped four of Houston’s five tries after making 17 saves through the first 65 minutes.

The Aeros’ Mike Hamilton and the Admirals’ Alexander Sulzer exchanged power play goals in regulation. Corey Locke netted Houston’s lone shootout goal in the opening round.

Milwaukee captured its sixth straight win and moved into sole possession of first place in the West Division at 17-7-0-1 (35 points).


MANITOBA 3, MANCHESTER 2
Mark Derlago netted the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist as Manitoba took a 3-2 win over visiting Manchester and a sweep of the teams’ two-game set at the MTS Centre.

Michel Ouellet (1-1-2) and Jason Krog (0-2-2) also posted multiple points for the Moose, and captain Mike Keane rounded out the team’s scoring.

Moose goaltender Karl Goehring made 28 saves on 30 shots, helping Manitoba match Hershey with an AHL-high 20 victories on the season (20-7-0-0).

Ryan Murphy scored for a second straight night for the Monarchs, and Scott Parse also lit the lamp. Manchester is now 1-5-0-1 in its last seven road tilts.