WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – In his second start for the Penguins, Eric Hartzell made 25 saves for the first shutout of his American Hockey League career and helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 1-0 victory over the Binghamton Senators at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
It was a scoreless tie between the Penguins and Senators until 4:14 remained in the second period.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Philip Samuelsson was able to hold in a puck at the Binghamton blueline and push a pass down the right wall to Brian Gibbons. The Penguins center hit Harry Zolnierczyk on the far post for a backhand shot over the blocker of Senators goalie Nathan Lawson. The goal was Zolnierczyk’s team-leading ninth of the season.
Hartzell and the Penguins penalty kill ensured the lead stood, denying the Senators on three power play chances in the third period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
While shorthanded the Penguins nearly went ahead, 1-0, at the end of the first frame, but a backhander by Gibbons was determined to have crossed the goal line after time expired.
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