SYRACUSE SQUEAKS BY PENGUINS, 2-1
WILKES-BARRE, PA –A pair of third period power play goals by Mike York and Tom Sestito allowed the Syracuse Crunch to take a 2-1 win over the Penguins on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
The win was just the third in the past 10 games for the Crunch, who raised their record above .500 to 17-16-2-2 on the year. The Penguins, meanwhile, suffered their second loss in the past three games, and fell to 21-13-1-1.
“That would be termed a disappointing loss,” said head coach Dan Byslma. “We didn’t start the game attentive to details, ready to execute…They were willing to get pucks in and go to work.”
Wilkes-Barre never seemed to get any momentum going, as the visitors outshot the Penguins 33-21 on the night.
“I always felt like on the bench we had another level to get to, and we didn’t get to it tonight,” said Bylsma.
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead with a Luca Caputi tally 8:26 into the first period, and that score held until the third period.
After killing off five Syracuse power plays, the Penguins penalty killers were finally solved, as Mike York jumped on an Aaron Rome rebound to the right of netminder John Curry for his eighth tally of the year 2:20 into the final frame.
The Crunch went ahead five and a half minutes later, taking advantage of a Reid Cashman holding call for Tom Sestito’s seventh of the season, which proved to be the game-winning goal.
“They caused us to take penalties and they got to the power play,” said Bylsma. “And their power play cashed in tonight after numerous chances. That got them a win.”
The Penguins will get another crack at the Crunch on Saturday night, when Syracuse pays another visit to the Wachovia Arena.