The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were less than seconds away from shutting out the Utica Comets, but thanks to a pair or former Penguins came away with a 2-1 shootout loss on Friday night.
The Penguins (30-20-3-5) carried a 1-0 lead into the final minute of play thanks to a Spencer Machacek goal that came 1:12 into the second period. The tally was Machacek’s seventh in 10 games since joining the Penguins, and his 16th of the season overall.
The 1-0 advantage held until former Penguin forward Brandon DeFazio beat Peter Mannino with 9.7 seconds remaining to tie the game up for Utica (25-26-3-4).
The 1-1 tie held into the shootout, where Mannino and Joacim Eriksson each stopped the first four shots they faced. But another former Penguin – Cal O’Reilly – beat Mannino in the fifth round, and Eriksson snuffed Jayson Megna’s attempt to give the home team a 2-1 victory in the first game between the clubs in New York state.
The Penguins continue their five-game road swing on Saturday night when they face the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:00pm.
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