PENGUINS HOLD OFF LATE RALLY, TAKE 4-3 WIN
SYRACUSE, NY – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rattled off three goals in a span of 5:46 to jump out to a 4-1 third period lead over the Syracuse Crunch, then held off a late rally to take a 4-3 win Friday night at the Oncenter. With the win, the Penguins upped their record to 15-10-1-1 on the season. The Crunch dropped just their second home contest of the year, and saw the team’s record dip to 14-10-0-1.
With a number of call ups to Pittsburgh, and two players in transit from the NHL club, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looked for different personnel to step up against the Crunch. And Jon D’Aversa answered the call, pinching in during a goal mouth scuffle to pop home his first goal of the season 2:37 into the game.
That lead stood for 10 minutes before Derek MacKenzie beat Adam Berkhoel for his seventh goal in 15 games with the Crunch, and the game went to the first intermission tied at 1-1.
Neither Berkhoel nor his counterpart, Sebastien Dahm, would surrender a goal in the second period, but Janne Pesonen put the Penguins back in front with his sixth tally of the season four minutes into the third, giving him four points in his past two games.
Things got interesting from that point out.
Mark Letestu, who netted two goals in the Pens’ 7-3 win Wednesday in Norfolk, continued his hot streak with his fourth goal of the year at 9:05, and Luca Captui followed 45 seconds later with his sixth goal in the past 10 games to put the visitors up by three.
The Crunch put on a full court press late as Mike York tipped home an Aaron Rome shot at 18:04, and Craig MacDonald picked up the extra-attacker goal with 26 seconds left to make it 4-3. The Penguins won the ensuing faceoff and killed off the final seconds to take home their second consecutive win.