SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored five times in the final frame of regulation to power past the Syracuse Crunch, 6-3, at Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. Nick Drazenovic led a 3-for-9 performance on the man-advantage, registering a power play goal and two power play assists.
Trailing, 2-1, after forty minutes, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopped on a 5-on-4 advantage early in the third. Tom Kostopoulos evened the contest 55 seconds in the period, deflecting his second power play goal of the game over the shoulder of Crunch netminder Riku Helenius.
Less than four minutes after they had tied the game, the Penguins went back on the man-advantage and took the lead for good when Drazenovic fired a low wrist shot from the right circle that found in the inside of the near post.
The Crunch found themselves on the power play a short time later with a chance to pull even, but instead it Jayson Megna converting a shorthanded breakaway to put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ahead, 4-2, at 8:48 of the third.
Though Syracuse defenseman Matt Taormina pulled his team within one 1:38 after Megna’s tally, Harry Zolnierczyk potted his third goal of the season to help the Penguins regain their two-goal cushion with 5:40 left in regulation.
Syracuse took a 2-1 lead in the second period with a pair of special team goals. Vlad Namestikov tipped in a power play goal at 10:49. Working on a penalty kill, Evan Rankin then a 2-on-1 rush with Cedrick Paquette. Penguins goalie Jeff Deslauriers was able to stop the initial shot by Rankin, but Paquette backhanded in the rebound for a shorthanded tally at 14:39.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to take a 1-0 lead 2:32 before the first intermission while skating on a power play. Drazenovic fired a quick shot from the far circle that Kostopoulos was able to redirect by Helenius for his first goal of the season.
Deslauriers was victorious for the third time in as many starts with 26 saves on 29 shots. Helenius turned aside 21-of-26 for Syracuse.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host the Adirondack Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:05p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season ticket packages, including 22-game
plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at 570-208-7367.
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