Sweet 16

Ben Stafford scored two goals 51 seconds apart to help Philadelphia to a 4-2 win over visiting Hershey at the Wachovia Center on Friday night, allowing the Phantoms to tie an AHL record with their 16th consecutive victory.

Philadelphia can surpass the 1984-85 Skipjacks’ mark with another win over the Bears, as the teams meet Saturday night at the Giant Center.

Dennis Seidenberg and Freddy Meyer gave the Phantoms a 2-0 lead, but Brett Clark had cut the Bears’ deficit in half before Stafford struck at 17:56 and 18:47 of the second period.

Antero Niittymaki made nine of his 19 saves in the third period to preserve the victory, Philadelphia’s 15th straight against Hershey.

Attendance was 11,064.

Elsewhere on Friday:
Adam Hauser made 28 saves as Manchester won its ninth in a row and 16th out of 17, blanking Portland, 6-0… Simon Gamache had a goal and two assists as Milwaukee rebounded from Wednesday’s loss to defeat Edmonton, 4-1… Utah scored four times in the third period to take a 5-3 win in Houston, the Grizzlies’ first regulation win of the season… Antoine Vermette had two assists and scored 2:43 into overtime to give Binghamton a 4-3 win over Rochester… Richard Seeley and Justin Mapletoft scored 2:47 apart as Bridgeport struck three times in the third period to defeat Hartford, 3-1… Chris Kelleher and Michel Ouellet each recorded a goal and two assists in the third period as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ran its points streak to 13 games (8-0-3-2) with a 3-2 win over Syracuse… Carlo Colaiacovo recorded three assists for St. John’s in a 5-1 victory at Hamilton… Travis Roche scored two goals to help Chicago beat Grand Rapids, 3-1… Chuck Kobasew had two goals and an assist and Brent Krahn made 27 saves as Lowell defeated Worcester, 4-0… Keith Aucoin picked up a goal and an assist for Providence in a 2-1 win over Norfolk… Shane Joseph scored with 3:57 to go in regulation, lifting Cleveland past Cincinnati, 3-2… Nikita Alexeev registered a goal and two assists as Springfield edged Albany, 4-3.

Philadelphia’s 16-game winning streak:

Game Date Opponent Result
1 Oct. 22 vs. Hamilton W, 5-3
2 Oct. 23 at Hershey W, 3-2 (OT)
3 Oct. 27 vs. Bridgeport W, 5-0
4 Oct. 29 at Hamilton W, 4-1
5 Nov. 3 vs. Cincinnati W, 4-2
6 Nov. 5 vs. Hershey W, 4-1
7 Nov. 7 vs. Cincinnati W, 3-1
8 Nov. 12 vs. W-B/Scranton W, 3-2 (SO)
9 Nov. 13 at Binghamton W, 3-2
10 Nov. 14 vs. Norfolk W, 3-2 (OT)
11 Nov. 17 vs. Binghamton W, 2-1 (SO)
12 Nov. 19 vs. Bridgeport W, 3-1
13 Nov. 20 at Albany W, 4-3 (OT)
14 Nov. 21 at Providence W, 4-3 (OT)
15 Nov. 24 vs. Providence W, 4-1
16 Nov. 26 vs. Hershey W, 4-2