WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell 2-1 to the Utica Comets at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday night.
The Penguins (37-15-3-0) attempted a third period rally, out-shooting the Comets by a 10-3 margin in the final period of play, but ended up just short of a tying goal.
Utica struck first when defenseman Jordan Subban scored for the third-straight game. Subban flew down the right wing boards on an odd man rush and picked the top corner at 10:25 of the opening frame.
Darren Archibald gave the Comets’ a 2-0 lead by sliding past the Penguins defense and completing a nice deke in tight to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net 9:43 into the second period.
The Penguins pulled within a goal at 8:50 of the third period thanks to a power play goal by Tom Kostopoulos who was set-up for a tip in the slot by Dominik Simon. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton could not muster an equalizer as Utica clung to its one-goal lead as time expired.
Tristan Jarry turned in 23 saves as part of a shining performance in net for the Penguins. Thatcher Demko posted 27 stops during the win for the Comets.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 25, when it takes on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will once again be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.