ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins nearly pulled off an unthinkable comeback win, but lost to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in overtime, 6-5, on Friday night at PPL Center.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-6-2-1) erased a five-goal deficit to force the extra session. Andrew Agozzino netted two goals and added an assist in the third period for the Penguins as they came back from down 5-0 to pull even, 5-5.
The Phantoms got the scoring started with three goals in under three minutes in the first period. Matthew Strome tipped in a power-play goal at 5:29 of the opening frame, and Pascal Laberge added an even-strength marker for the Phantoms 21 seconds later. Carsen Twarynski netted a goal on the rush at 8:08 of the first period, making it 3-0.
Twarynski struck again with Lehigh Valley’s second power-play goal of the first period at 16:31.
Isaac Ratcliffe lit the lamp just 61 seconds into the middle frame, extending the Phantoms’ lead to 5-0.
The Penguins cut into the deficit with a man-advantage marker of their own in the late stages of the second period. Jamie Devane set a screen in front of Jean-François Bérubé just as Thomas Di Pauli’s wrist shot rocketed towards the net. Devane got a piece of the puck on its way into the net, giving him his first goal as a Penguin.
Much like Lehigh Valley did in the first period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled off an onslaught of scoring in the third, posting three goals in under three minutes. The flurry started with Andrew Agozzino swiping in a rebound at 9:22 of the final frame of regulation, and was swiftly followed by goals from Anthony Angello and an Agozzino breakaway at 11:06 and 12:09, respectively.
With the goalie pulled and an extra attacker on the ice, the Penguins equalized on a snipe by Adam Johnson from an impossible angle. Johnson let loose with a high-rising wrister from along the goal line that blazed to the top corner and past Bérubé with only two minutes left in regulation.
Overtime ended when T.J. Brennan scored on a delayed-penalty, extra-attacker situation, preserving the win for Lehigh Valley.
Emil Larmi recorded 20 saves in the post-regulation loss, whereas Bérubé was credited the win with 38 stops.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is back on home ice tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 30, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
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