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Phantoms Extend Win Streak to 14 Games with 4-3 Overtime Win in Providence

Sunday, November 21, 2004

By Al Cohen
Philadelphia Phantoms Correspondent

Jon Sim scored in overtime for the second night in a row as the Philadelphia Phantoms won their 14th straight game with a 4-3 victory over the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

After scoring 90 seconds into the extra session in Saturday's 4-3 win in Albany, Sim tallied his fifth of the year 1:14 into overtime tonight. Mark Murphy took control of the puck following a Bruins turnover and fed Sim, who just joined the Phantoms on loan from the Utah Grizzlies one week ago.

R.J. Umberger, Joey Hope and Patrick Sharp also scored for Philadelphia, which owns the AHL's longest win streak since Albany captured 15 games in a row in 1995. The league record of 16 consecutive wins was set by the Baltimore Skipjacks in 1984-85.

Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves to collect his 100th win as a pro. The 24-year-old is 10-0 with a 1.56 goals-against average during Philadelphia's current win streak.

Fellow Finn Hannu Toivonen finished with 37 saves for Providence, which had won three in a row at home. Philadelphia has now defeated the Bruins in their last four meetings and holds a 13-3-1 lead in the all-time series.

Following a scoreless opening period, Providence assumed a 1-0 lead on 19-year-old center Patrice Bergeron's seventh goal of the year. Andy Hilbert and Pat Aufiero received assists at 4:20 of the second.

The Bruins doubled their lead at the 11:21 mark on Brent Thompson's second goal. On the power play, Bergeron and Thompson executed a give-and-go as Philadelphia fell behind by two goals for the first time since a 4-2 loss at Bridgeport on Oct. 17.

Matching roughing calls on Hope and Chris Dyment at 12:27 made it a 4-on-4 situation and the Phantoms got on the board 17 seconds later as Sim set up Umberger for his sixth goal of the year and fifth in his last six games.

Philadelphia continued the pressure and evened the score at 2-2 with 4:06 to go in the second on Hope's second goal. Randy Jones set up the long drive that beat Toivonen near post.

The score remained the same until deep into the third period, when Thompson netted his second of the game with 2:32 remaining. But Sharp answered with a wrister at 18:40 to knot the score at 3-3. Dennis Seidenberg fed Sharp for his team-leading seventh goal.

The Phantoms return to action on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m., when the Bruins visit the Wachovia Spectrum. Philadelphia then hosts the Hershey Bears on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at the Wachovia Center and plays in Hershey next Saturday night.

Phantoms Notes: Todd Fedoruk, Riley Cote, Ben Eager and Wade Skolney sat out due to injuries ... The Phantoms are now 7-1 in one-goal games ... The team is also a combined 6-0 when a game goes into overtime or a shootout ... Philadelphia finished 0-for-5 on the power play ... Providence was 1-for-5 ... The Phantoms are 6-0 all-time on Nov. 21.

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