PENGUINS STUFFED IN PRE-THANSKGIVING CONTEST
WILKES-BARRE, PA – David Laliberte and Darrol Powe each netted a pair of goals, and Scott Munroe stopped 25 shots to lead the Philadelphia Phantoms to a 5-1 win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday night.
The Phantoms (11-10-0-0, 22 points) used back-to-back shorthanded goals from Jared Ross and Powe to move ahead of the Penguins (10-9-0-1, 21 points) in the East Division standings. Ross beat two defenders to bury the puck with a backhander 17:30 into the game, and Powe scored four minutes into the second period to pad the lead.
Laliberte got credit for the Phantoms' third goal, but all of the hard work was done by Jonathan Matsumoto, who stickhandled around a Pens defender en route to the net, allowing his teammate to jump on the loose puck at the top of the crease for his third goal of the season.
Luca Caputi gave the Penguins life early in the third, tipping a Dustin Jeffrey feed through Munroe's five hold just 1:30 into the final period.
But Laliberte chipped his second of the night behind Adam Berkhoel six minutes later, and Power added an empty net tally to finish off the scoring.
The Penguins now head out on a three-game road trip, starting with a pair of games in Norfolk against the Admirals on Friday and Saturday.
NOTES: Deryk Engelland appeared in his 100th consecutive regular season game for the Penguins...The loss stretched Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's losing streak to three games, marking the first time since Oct. 7-14, 2007 that the team has dripped three straight decisions. All three of those losses came against Philadelphia...The two shorthanded goals against tied the team record for most allowed in a game. The last time it happened was April 6, 2005 against the Binghamton Senators. This is the fifth time in team history the Pens have allowed multiple shorthanded tallies in a game.