MUNROE STARS IN PHILLY WIN VS. PENS
WILKES-BARRE, PA – Scott Munroe turned asided 28 of 29 shots, as the Philadelphia Phantoms posted a 4-1 win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday evening at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
The loss allowed the Phantoms (15-11-0-0, 30 points) to leap-frog the Penguins (13-10-1-1, 28 points) in the East Division standings.
Goaltending was the deciding factor in the game, as Munroe was spectacular at points, while David Brown stopped just 12 of 15 shots he faced.
“Their goalie made some big saves, we had some real good opportunities,” said head coach Dan Bylsma. “He made a great save on Mark Letestu on a two on one, a great pass from Billy Thomas. J.M. Daoust had a point blanked that he got a pad on. He got a pad on a couple from Dustin Jeffrey and Connor James. He made some real good saves that you could put on a highlight reel, and we didn’t get that save.”
The Penguins took an early 1-0 lead as Connor James streaked down the right side of the ice and took a nifty feed from Jeff Taffe on the doorstep, giving the speedy winger his first power play tally of the season, and ninth goal overall.
The lead lasted for just over two minutes, as Claude Giroux drew the Phantoms even off a nice setup by Jared Ross, giving the Philly forward his league-leading 11th goal of the season.
Jeff Szwez capitalized on a big rebound at the top of the crease six and a half minutes into the second period to give the visitors a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, and Patrick Maroon slipped a shot between Brown’s pads from an odd angle at 13:51 of the third.
Giroux found the empty net with six seconds to play to finish off the scoring.
The Penguins return to action on Wednesday night, when they take on the Norfolk Admirals at the Scope. Game time is 7:15pm.
NOTES: Dustin Jeffrey and Luca Caputi had their point streaks snapped at five games…James’ nine goals through 25 games equals his total from last season, accomplished in 64 contests.