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:

1Oct. 22vs. HamiltonW, 5-3
2Oct. 23at HersheyW, 3-2 (OT)
3Oct. 27vs. BridgeportW, 5-0
4Oct. 29at HamiltonW, 4-1
5Nov. 3vs. CincinnatiW, 4-2
6Nov. 5vs. HersheyW, 4-1
7Nov. 7vs. CincinnatiW, 3-1
8Nov. 12vs. W-B/ScrantonW, 3-2 (SO)
9Nov. 13at BinghamtonW, 3-2
10Nov. 14vs. NorfolkW, 3-2 (OT)
11Nov. 17vs. BinghamtonW, 2-1 (SO)
12Nov. 19vs. BridgeportW, 3-1
13Nov. 20at AlbanyW, 4-3 (OT)
14Nov. 21at ProvidenceW, 4-3 (OT)
15Nov. 24vs. ProvidenceW, 4-1
16Nov. 26vs. HersheyW, 4-2