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:
|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|