Penguins Enter Break with Win over Marlies
Thompson’s team-leading 14th is game-winner
TORONTO, Ontario – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins headed into the AHL All-Star Break having won six of their last seven games after defeating the Toronto Marlies, 3-1, on Saturday at Ricoh Coliseum.
The Penguins’ Riley Holzapfel would break up the scoreless tie at 11:21 of the second period as he used a Marlies defenseman as a screen to beat goalie Mark Owuya to the stick side for his 13th goal of the season.
Toronto was able to knot the game in the third period, skating on a 4-on-3 advantage. Tim Connolly ripped a puck through traffic from the high slot that got by Jeff Zatkoff to make the score, 1-1.
It took just 59 seconds for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to regain the lead with Paul Thompson forcing a turnover and rifling a shot that clipped off of Owuya’s glove and into the net. The unassisted tally was his 14th of the season and fourth game-winning goal for the Penguins, both tops on the team.
Adam Payerl helped the Penguins build a two-goal cushion during a power play late in the game. The rookie center worked the puck into the Marlies zone and fired a low shot before depositing the rebound with 5:28 left in regulation.
Zatkoff raised his record to 13-12-0 with 27 saves in the contest. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 7-4-0-0 in the month of January.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, Feb. 1at 7:05PM. Fans can take advantage of the TK Ticket Deal, which includes two blue zone seats to Friday night's contest (expected to be Kostopoulos' first for the Penguins at the arena in eight years) for just $29.
This deal is available only through the Penguins ticket offices by calling 570-208-7367 or online by clicking here
Individual seats for all Penguins’ home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com
, and by calling 800-745-3000.
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