Defenseman Alexandre Picard scored in his shootout debut as the Phantoms beat Binghamton, 3-2, in an American Hockey League game last night at the Wachovia Spectrum.

Oskars Bartulis and Jared Ross also scored for the Phantoms.

Brian Boucher made 23 saves for the Phantoms, who play tonight at Albany.

The Phantoms, who hold a seven-point lead in the East Division, return home on Jan. 4 against Lowell at 7:05. *