Wolf Pack take over first overall

Jeff Hamilton and Chad Wiseman converted on Hartford’s last two shootout attempts to lift the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 win over visiting Bridgeport on Wednesday night.

The victory gave the Wolf Pack 57 points and sole possession of first place in both the Atlantic Division and the AHL’s overall standings. Second-place Manchester has two games in hand.

Jason LaBarbera made 22 saves on the evening to earn his 14th consecutive win, five short of the AHL record. LaBarbera, the league’s MVP last season, is now 20-4-1 for the year.

Alexandre Giroux and Dominic Moore scored power-play goals for Hartford, and Ken Gernander recorded an assist for his 344th point in a Wolf Pack uniform, surpassing current Manchester forward Brad Smyth as the club’s all-time leading scorer.

John Morlang and Brendan Yarema scored for the Sound Tigers and Wade Dubielewicz made 42 saves, but Bridgeport still saw its road winless streak hit nine games (0-7-1-1).

Elsewhere on Wednesday:
Before 13,102 fans in Columbus, Karl Goehring made 24 saves to backstop Syracuse to a 1-0 win over Cleveland… Denis Hamel scored twice (24, 25) to lift Binghamton over Philadelphia, 4-2… Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots as Rochester pulled out a 1-0 win over Cincinnati, moving back atop the North Division with 52 points… Eric Perrin scored twice to lead Hershey to its seventh straight win, a 3-2 decision at Norfolk… Mikael Tellqvist returned from injury and made 24 saves as St. John’s beat Edmonton, 3-2.