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PENGUINS ICE CRUNCH TO WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Brandon DeFazio potted two goals and Scott Munroe made 34 saves as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won their fourth straight contest with a 3-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday at Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held a 2-0 cushion going into the third period, but Syracuse would get on the board at 5:37 when Kyle Cumiskey spun a pass to the left circle that Patrick Maroon wristed over the glove of Munroe. That score would hold up until the 18:14 mark of the same period with DeFazio skating down the right wing and bulleting a shot to the back of the net for his fifth of the year. Staking with the extra attacker and down 3-1, J-F Jacques pulled Syracuse within one with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would hold for the win. Munroe stopped 34 of 36 shots for his third win in a row. The Penguins’ penalty kill went unblemished on six opportunities against. The Crunch controlled play for much of the first period, but it was the Penguins hopping out to the 1-0 lead after Brandon DeFazio backhanded a rebound past Tarkki with 3:39 until the intermission. With just 38.9 seconds left in the period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went up by two on Ryan Craig’s third goal of the year. Philip Samuelsson pushed a Syracuse clearing attempt into the near corner where Colin McDonald threw a pass to the crease that Craig knocked inside the right post. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home on Saturday, December 17 to battle the Norfolk Admirals at 7:05 PM. It’s the Penguins’ Holiday Celebration where the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins nutcracker. The Penguins will also be wearing special Holiday Sweater jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the Penguins United Way Charity Fund and our Tickets for Tots program. The game will also feature the second night of the Tobyhanna Army Depot Teddy Bear Toss. For tickets and more information, contact the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit www.wbspenguins.com. – penguins –

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