GIBBONS BREAKS TIE, GIVES PENS 2-1 WIN
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins once again used a strong third period to overcome an early deficit and defeat the Hershey Bears, 2-1, at the Giant Center on Saturday. The win allowed the Penguins to sweep the home-and-home exhibition series versus their intrastate rival.
With the game in a 1-1 deadlock late in the third, Brian Gibbons took matters into his own hands with 3:15 left in regulation. The rookie forward skated around Bears center Keith Aucoin before sending a backhander high over Dany Sabourin that stood up as the game-winner. .
For the second straight night, it was the Bears owning the early edge. It took only 1:31 to break the scoreless tie as a steal at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blueline turned into a chance that Matthew Pope buried past Scott Munroe. It would be the only blemish for the Penguin’s goaltender, who was stellar for the remainder of the contest and finished with 34 saves.
The score stayed the same through the second period despite the Bears outshooting the Penguins 14-5, but it was Wilkes-Barre/Scranton striking early in the third to make things level.
Defenseman Carl Sneep fired a long breakaway pass to Ben Street who snapped the puck into the back of the net just 26 seconds into the final frame.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ 20011-12 season opener is Saturday, October 8 at 7:05 PM versus the Hershey Bears. For more information, contact the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit www.wbspenguins.com.