Penguins Rally to Stun Phantoms
Quick goals by Thompson and DeFazio keys win
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Paul Thompson and Brandon DeFazio scored 20 seconds apart in the third period as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came from behind to defeat the Adirondack Phantoms, 3-2, on Sunday at Glens Falls Civic Center. The victory was Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s league-leading 21st on the road this season.
Down 2-1 after two periods of hockey, the Penguins tied the score with 6:49 remaining in regulation. Nick Petersen sent a shot wide of the Phantoms net, but followed the puck and sent a pass toward the crease that caromed off of Phantoms goalie Michael Leighton to the right post. Paul Thompson reached out to poke his ninth goal of the season across the goal line and even the match.
DeFazio then gave Wilkes-Barre.the lead for good, shrugging off a Phantoms defender in the slot before finding space over Leighton’s left shoulder, also for his ninth marker of the year.
The Phantoms were able to take a 1-0 lead with 5:20 until the first intermission on Matthew Ford’s eighth goal in 13 games with the Phantoms. Scott Munroe stopped Oliver Lauridsen’s tough-angle shot from the near corner, but couldn’t freeze the puck before Ford swooped in to tap in the rebound.
Still down by one entering the second period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied the match, 1-1, at 3:40 while working on the power play. After Alexandre Picard’s shot was blocked in the slot, Ben Street dug the loose puck out of a scrum and went backhand to the glove side of Leighton for his 19th goal of the year.
Adirondack jumped back on top four minutes later when a snapped stick on a Penguins’ clearing attempt led to an odd-man rush for the Phantoms. Garret Roe set up a wide-open Ford in the slot for his second of the game.
Munroe won his fourth straight start with 27 saves on 29 shots and pushed his record to 13-4-3. Leighton suffered the loss, turning aside 30 shots.
The Penguins went 1-for-5 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill. Adirondack had previously never lost at home in regulation when leading after the first (10-0-0-1) or second periods (11-0-0-1).
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home to face the St. John’s IceCaps on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:05PM. For tickets and more information, call the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit www.wbspenguins.com
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