MINARD, TAFFE TEAM UP FOR PENS WIN
WILKES-BARRE, PA – Chris Minard picked up three points (1+2), including the game-winning goal, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Phantoms on Saturday night. The win was the first of the season for the Penguins after an 8-4 opening night loss to the Hershey Bears.
The Penguins wasted little time in taking the early lead, as Dustin Jeffrey took a Connor James feed and broke in for a shorthanded tally just 1:04 into the game. The goal was Jeffrey's first regular season professional score in just his second game.
Philadelphia tied the score late in the first as Andreas Nodl picked up his first of the year at 17:01.
Jonathan Matsumoto put the visitors in front midway through the game with a power play tally, before Minard struck for his first of the night to even things at 2-2 after 40 minutes.
Ben Lovejoy, who needed 56 games last season to record his first goal, pounced on a loose puck in the slot and banged home a power play goal of his own, beating Jean-Sebastien Aubin 1:40 into the third. Minard then took a nifty feed from Janne Pesonen, who slipped a puck through the crease from behind the net, finding the sniper in front of the net. His shot found the twine, giving the Penguins a two-goal cushion.
Darrol Powe finished off the scoring with his first goal of the season, and second point of the night.
Adam Berkhoel made 27 saves for his first win as a Penguin, and Jeff Taffe notched two assists in his first game back with the team since December of 2007.