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Tapper tricks Tigers in season debut

Brad Tapper scored three goals in his Phantoms debut as Philadelphia rallied for a 6-4 win over Bridgeport at the Wachovia Spectrum on Friday night.

Tapper was playing his first game of the season after beginning the season injured.

The Sound Tigers raced out to an early lead by scoring three times in the first nine minutes of the game. Robert Nilsson, Jeff Tambellini and Steve Regier gave Bridgeport a 3-0 lead before Tapper scored twice to cut Philadelphia’s deficit to 3-2 at the first intermission.

Stefan Ruzicka and Ryan Potulny put the Phantoms ahead in the second period, and Tony Voce’s goal with 9:42 left in the third snapped a 4-4 tie.

Martin Houle made 21 saves in the third period and 40 in the game for Philadelphia, which won its third in a row.


MILWAUKEE 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 (OT)
Cal O’Reilly scored 52 seconds into overtime to give Milwaukee a 3-2 win in Grand Rapids.

Brandon Segal and Pat Leahy also scored for the Admirals, and Alexander Radulov and Greg Zanon had two assists each.

Ryan Keller and Kip Miller had a goal and an assist each for the Griffins.


HAMILTON 6, OMAHA 1
Hamilton scored six unanswered goals over the final 27:38 of the game and rolled to a 6-1 win over Omaha at Copps Coliseum.

Zack Stortini scored twice for the Bulldogs, who are 3-0-0-1 in their last four. Duncan Milroy had a goal and an assist and Maxim Lapierre, Jonathan Ferland and Corey Locke also scored.

Dan Jancevski registered an assist and a plus-5 rating.


WORCESTER 5, SAN ANTONIO 3
Riley Armstrong scored twice to pace Worcester to a 5-3 win over visiting San Antonio on Friday.

Grant Stevenson had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won three in a row at the DCU Center. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves for his first AHL win.

Tyson Nash, Yanick Lehoux and Josh Gratton scored for the Rampage in a span of 4:01 early in the second period, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead.

Armstrong and Mike Iggulden then scored 14 seconds apart to put Worcester back in front for good.


LOWELL 3, MANCHESTER 2 (SO)
Chris Minard and Dan LaCouture scored in the third period and Lowell scored three times on five shootout attempts to earn a 3-2 win over Manchester.

Jason LaBarbera made 39 saves for the Monarchs but lost for the first time in three trips to the shootout this season.

Frank Doyle (4-4-1) made 31 stops for the Devils.


PROVIDENCE 6, NORFOLK 3
Kris Versteeg had a goal and two assists and Hannu Toivonen made 29 saves in his first AHL appearance of the year as Providence doubled up Norfolk, 6-3.

Nate DiCasmirro and Jonathan Sigalet (plus-5) each had a goal and an assist, and Mark Stuart, Ben Walter and Wacey Rabbit also scored for the Bruins.

Brandon Bochenski scored twice, his ninth and 10th of the season, and Martin St. Pierre had three assists for the Admirals.


CHICAGO 7, SYRACUSE 2
Brett Sterling went to Colorado College, but he’s fitting in just fine with his linemates from New Hampshire.

Sterling scored two more goals, Darren Haydar had a goal and two assists and Jason Krog recorded two assists as Chicago cruised past Syracuse, 7-2.

The Wolves have won four straight, scoring 24 goals in those games. Krog (27 pts.) and Haydar (24 pts.) remain the top two scorers in the AHL, and both have points in each of the Wolves’ first 13 games this season.

Chicago scored four power-play goals and one shorthanded marker in the game. The Wolves are 10-for-20 on the man advantage in their last two contests.


PORTLAND 4, SPRINGFIELD 0
Pierre Parenteau and Zenon Konopka had a goal and two assists each as Portland easily defeated Springfield, 4-0.

The Pirates finished with a 43-18 edge in shots.

Michael Leighton earned his second shutout of the season. Ryan Carter and Simon Ferguson also scored for the Pirates.


ROCHESTER 4, BINGHAMTON 2
Michael Ryan scored twice and Daniel Paille broke a 2-2 tie with 3:25 gone in the third period as Rochester defeated Binghamton, 4-2.

The Amerks improved to 11-1-0-0 on the season, while the Senators lost for the sixth time in their last seven outings.

Rob Globke added a goal and an assist for Rochester, and Jean-Marc Pelletier finished with 28 saves.

Jeff Heerema and Cory Pecker scored for the B-Sens.


HOUSTON 3, IOWA 1
Josh Harding continued to stymie Iowa, making 48 saves to lead Houston to a 3-1 win over the Stars on Friday.

Harding stopped 38 of 40 shots in the Aeros’ win over Iowa on Thursday.

Erik Reitz, Shawn Belle and Josh Olson scored for Houston, and Curtis Murphy registered two assists.

Dan Ellis recorded 26 saves in the loss for the Stars.


ALBANY 3, PEORIA 1
Ben Guite broke a tie with a second-period goal and Tyler Weiman made 27 saves as Albany defeated Peoria, 3-1, at Carver Arena.

Guite, playing in his 400th career AHL game, took a feed from Cody McLeod and beat Peoria goaltender Jason Bacashihua with a shot from the base of the right circle for his third goal of the season.

Matt Murley and Pat Dwyer also scored for the River Rats, who won their third straight game on the road. Keith Aucoin assisted on Dwyer’s third-period goal to extend his point streak to six games.

Magnus Kahnberg scored the lone goal for Peoria.


HERSHEY 4, MANITOBA 2
Matt Hendricks scored in the final minute of the first period and Dave Steckel found the net in the first minute of the second, sending Hershey on its way to a 4-2 win over Manitoba in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

Chad Wiseman had a goal and an assist and native Manitoban Eric Fehr recorded two assists for the Bears, now 9-1-0-1 on the season.

Frederic Cassivi made 22 saves for Hershey.

Lee Goren led the Moose with a goal and an assist.