PENGUINS LOSE TO CHECKERS, 3-1

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Charlotte Checkers faced one another for the second night in a row at Bojangles’ Coliseum, but this time, the Penguins were on the losing end of a 3-1 final on Wednesday.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (36-18-4-2) pressed hard in the third period, but couldn’t muster the comeback to suffer its first loss in Charlotte in franchise history (5-1-0-0).

The two clubs played to a scoreless tie in the first 20 minutes of play, despite the Penguins forcing plenty of turnovers and generating several odd-man rushes.

Charlotte finally found the game’s first goal at 7:30 of the middle frame when Julien Gauthier muscled his way from the corner to the hashmarks and overpowered Anthony Peters with a heavy snap shot. The Checkers expanded their lead to 2-0 six minutes later on a power play goal generated on a tic-tac-toe setup finished by Greg McKegg.

As the Penguins entered the third period, they wasted no time peppering Alex Nedeljkovic with shots. The Checkers’ goalie continually stifled their efforts until Tom Sestito pitchforked a rebound through Nedeljkovic’s five-hole at 8:11 of the final frame. Daniel Sprong raced past Charlotte’s defense for a breakaway, was stopped by Nedeljkovic, but kept his feet moving to gather the loose puck and put it back on goal, creating the rebound opportunity for Sestito.

With the comeback in sights, McKegg dashed his former team’s hopes by notching an insurance marker for Charlotte with 5:23 left in regulation.

Peters recorded 27 saves, while the opposing Nedeljkovic posted 17 stops.

The Penguins’ next game is at home on Saturday, Mar. 17 against the Hartford Wolf Pack and serves as the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS SCORE IN BUNCHES TO BEAT CHECKERS, 5-2

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Quick-succession scoring led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 5-2 triumph over the Charlotte Checkers at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (36-17-4-2) picked up two pairs of goals in a matter of seconds throughout the course of the contest to win its third game in a row and earn points in six of its last seven.

The Checkers were on the Penguins early, dominating possession in the first eight minutes of the game. All of their offensive zone time culminated in a goal, as Valentin Zykov potted his league-leading 31st tally of the season at 8:52 of the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded swiftly though, as Zach Trotman and Tom Kostopoulos scored 31 seconds apart for the Penguins to shock the Queen City crowd and take a sudden 2-1 lead.

Zach Trotman throws a puck on net and ties the game, 1-1
Tom Kostopoulos takes a Gage Quinney feed and makes it 2-1

After a largely uneventful first half of the second period, the Penguins struck twice in quick fashion again. First, Tom Sestito forced a turnover by levying a crunching hit at the Checkers’ blue line, and Sam Lafferty delivered an on-the-money pass to Joseph Cramarossa for a breakaway goal. Twenty seconds after

Sam Lafferty sets up Joey Cramarossa for the eventual game-winner.

Lafferty earned his first pro point with the helper on Cramarossa’s tally, Teddy Blueger found the back of the net during the power play. Blueger’s man advantage marker gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 4-1 lead at 15:02 of the middle frame.

Teddy Blueger pokes home a power play goal to seal the deal.

Charlotte cut into the deficit with a power play goal of its own. Andrew Poturalski did the honors with a one-timer in the high slot with 3:02 left before the second intermission.

Still trailing by two late in the third period, Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci got aggressive and pulled his goalie for an extra attacker with 4:44 remaining in regulation. Charlotte’s bold move only resulted in Kostopoulos setting up Blueger for an empty net goal with 1:31 left in regulation.

Anthony Peters recorded 29 saves for the win. Charlotte goalie Alex Nedeljkovic posted 23 stops.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Mar. 14, and their opponent will be the Checkers once again. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration as they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Mar. 17.

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PETERS HOLDS DOWN THE FORT, PENGUINS OUST GRIFFINS, 2-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Goaltender Anthony Peters had a stellar night between the pipes for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Peters recorded 32 saves in the victory and played a big role in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (34-17-4-2) going a perfect five-for-five on the penalty kill against one of the league’s top power plays.

On the Penguins’ second penalty kill of the night, Joseph Cramarossa fed Adam Johnson for a breakaway chance. Johnson deked goaltender Tom McCollum, sliding the puck across the goal line for a shorthanded goal that opened the scoring at 12:45 of the first period.

The Griffins proceeded to out-shoot the Penguins, 11-5, in the first period and kept the barrage of shots coming through the second stanza, firing 13 shots in the middle frame. Peters was up to the challenge, turning away every puck he faced.

Late in the second period, the Penguins were assessed a bench penalty for too many men on the ice. Then they immediately saw Thomas Di Pauli called for a delay of game face-off infraction, giving the Griffins a full two-minute five-on-three man advantage. The Penguins’ penalty kill was brilliant once again, and Peters made two jaw-dropping stops on cross-crease one-timers orchestrated by Grand Rapids.

Eventually, the Griffins solved Peters and tied the game when Ben Street knocked in a rebound from a blocked shot at 7:58 in the third period.

The Penguins came right back and responded three and half minutes later, as Kevin Czuczman fired the puck through a mass of humanity and past a screened McCollum.

Grand Rapids never truly tested Peters with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, and so Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held on for the 2-1 win.

McCollum stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced in a losing effort.

The Penguins’ next game is Tuesday, Mar. 13, when they travel to North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Checkers. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration as they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Mar. 17.

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BLUEGER REPRISES ROLE AS OVERTIME HERO IN 3-2 WIN AT BINGHAMTON

 

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Teddy Blueger scored yet another overtime game-winning goal as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins downed the Binghamton Devils, 3-2, at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night.

Blueger notched his league-leading fourth overtime-deciding tally of the season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (34-17-4-2) to beat Binghamton for the fourth time in four meetings this season.

The Penguins got off to a hot start when Jean-Sébastien Dea used a shorthanded goal to give the team the first lead of the game at 4:41 of the opening frame. Gage Quinney tacked on another goal five and a half minutes later, shooting from an angle along the goal line and somehow snuck behind Eddie Läck.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton almost escaped the first period unscathed until Jacob MacDonald scores with 1.2 seconds left before the intermission. Binghamton lined up for an offensive zone face-off with 2.2 ticks remaining in the period when Michael Latta won the draw cleanly to MacDonald, who blasted a slap shot from the point into the Penguins’ net.

As power play opportunities began to mount for the Devils in the second period, the Penguins’ penalty kill held the home team’s man advantage unit at bay. By the end of the contest, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton successfully killed off all five of its opponents power plays throughout the game.

Despite the penalty killing prowess of the Penguins, the Devils found another late period goal to pull even, 2-2. Latta found a puck that skittered into the slot, spun a backhand shot towards the cage and tied the game with 1:41 left in the middle frame.

Both clubs’ goaltenders shined in the third, with Michael Leighton and Läck both making 14 saves on 14 shots faced in the final frame of regulation. Leighton, who was making his first start since Dec. 22, 2017, showed no signs of rust while facing the pressure-packed situation of a tie game in the third period.

The strong performance of Leighton and Läck sent the game to overtime, where Blueger worked his magic once again. Dea danced around a defending player in the corner of the Devils zone and powered his way to the front of the net. He had the puck poked off his stick, but the loose biscuit went right to Blueger who buried it to give the Penguins the win four minutes into the extra frame.

Leighton made 27 saves total in his return to the lineup, while Läck turned aside 29 of the shots he faced.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 10, against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night. Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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JOORIS SALVAGES POINT, BUT PENGUINS LOSE IN SHOOTOUT, 3-2

 

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scratched and clawed their way to a shootout loss in their final game of the weekend’s Midwest road trip, falling 3-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Sunday evening.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-17-4-2) peppered Anders Lindbäck with shots throughout the game, and it took until Josh Jooris shoved a puck across the goal line in the last minute of regulation for the Penguins to force overtime.

Both Lindbäck and Anthony Peters goaltenders made dazzling saves in the first period. Lindback robbed Gage Quinney on the power play with a diving effort midway through the frame, and Anthony Peters delivered an old-school, cartwheel, two-pad stack while the Penguins were on the penalty kill to keep the game even.

The Penguins dominated possession for most of the opening period, firing 20 shots at the net. However, the game’s first goal came on the Admirals’ second shot of the game. Anthony Richard picked off a pass and fed Frédérick Gaudreau on a shorthanded two-on-none rush at 10:38 of the first period.

Ethan Prow evened things up, 1-1, in the final minutes of the opening frame. Christian Thomas slid a pass from the wall to a wide-open Prow, who stepped up and rocketed a wrist shot over Lindbäck’s glove.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton once again out-possessed Milwaukee in the second stanza, but late in the period, the Penguins had trouble clearing the puck out of their zone, and the Admirals took advantage. Richard put the Admirals back on top, 2-1, when his shot following the failed clear deflected off of Thomas Di Pauli and sailed in the top right corner of the Penguins’ net.

Lindbäck continually turned aside the Penguins’ bids throughout the third period. In a last ditch effort to tie the game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled Peters for an extra attacker in the final minute of regulation.

A blocked shot skipped back to the point for the Penguins, and Ethan Prow dished it over to Jean-Sébastien Dea. Dea’s slapshot was stifled by Lindbäck, but Jooris would not be denied. He fought to collect the rebound and kept the Penguins’ hopes alive by tying the game, 2-2, with 39.3 seconds remaining.

Both goaltenders stood tall during an active overtime period, weathering the storm without allowing a goal. Lindbäck shut the door on Daniel Sprong during a breakaway in the extra session and stopped Jooris from reprising his role as hero in the waning moments of OT.

In the shootout, Justin Kirkland and Christian Thomas scored in the opening round, but neither team found the back of the net in rounds two and three. Richard notched the game-deciding goal for Milwaukee in round four.

Peters made 20 saves on the night, as well as two more in the shootout session. Lindbäck steered away 38 shots in regulation and overtime, and made three stops during the shootout.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 9, when they take the bus up I-81 to face-off with the Binghamton Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS SHUT-OUT BY DELIA, ICEHOGS

 

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ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell to the Rockford IceHogs, 3-0, on Saturday in a hard-hitting, penalty-filled contest at BMO Harris Bank Center.

Both teams had six power plays and combined for 66 penalty minutes throughout the course of the game but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-17-4-1) did not take advantage of all the special teams action in the second contest of its Midwest swing.

Anthony Louis put the IceHogs on the board first, redirecting in a pass from the boards while standing between the hashmarks at 8:47 of the opening frame.

Rockford nearly made it 2-0 when Luke Johnson stepped up to a loose puck in the slot during an IceHogs’ power play, but rang it off the post behind Étienne Marcoux with eight minutes left in the second period. Shortly thereafter, the Penguins nearly pulled even on a man advantage of their own when Adam Johnson tipped a shot over the glove of Collin Delia, but its trajectory carried it narrowly wide of the post. After those close calls, the second period ultimately came and went without any scoring for either side.

Even though the middle frame didn’t yield any scoring, it only took 10 seconds into the third period for Andreas Martinsen to put the IceHogs ahead, 2-0.

In an attempt to spark his teammates, Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea accepted a fight with IceHogs defender Viktor Svedberg. Dea, standing at five-foot-eleven, didn’t last very long against Svedberg, who’s listed at six-foot-nine, but the altercation saw Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head to a rare four-on-three man advantage.

The four-on-three power play was the Penguins’ sixth man advantage opportunity of the game, and despite some solid scoring chances, Delia stood tall.

Martinsen sealed the win for Rockford with an empty net goal when only 61 seconds remained in regulation.

Marcoux recorded 19 saves on 21 shots faced in his AHL debut, while Delia stopped 34 shots to post the first shutout of his pro career.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 4, when they continue their three-in-three set through the Midwest and face the Milwaukee Admirals. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS DEFEAT GRIFFINS, 4-2

Josh Jooris (#37) made his Penguins debut on Friday night.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made their first visit to Van Andel Arena in almost a decade and left with a 4-2 victory in tow, beating the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night.

It took Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-16-4-1) until 7:58 of the third period to grab its first lead of the game, but it managed to hold the defending Calder Cup Champions to just 19 shots throughout the course of the contest.

The Griffins wasted little time getting on the scoresheet, as Matt Puempel lit the lamp 1:43 into the game. Ben Street wheeled below the Penguins’ goal line then slid a pass to the front of the net that Tangradi tipped to a wide-open Puempel.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton used an early second period goal to even the score, 1-1. Adam Johnson raced down the ice on a four-on-two odd-man rush for the Penguins, but instead of passing, he skated behind the Griffins net and then fired a shot through Tom McCollum once he emerged on the other side of the cage. Johnson’s tally at 2:04 of the middle frame marked his eighth goal of the season and fourth goal in his last four games.

Grand Rapids pulled back on top, 2-1, midway through the second period when Tangradi tipped in a Puempel shot during their third power play of the game.

The Penguins knotted the score once again with a man advantage marker of their own. Kevin Czuczman’s bid from the left-side face-off dot was redirected by Garrett Wilson at 3:22 of the third period.

Teddy Blueger gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its first lead of the contest by hopping on a turnover right at the front of Grand Rapids’ net and depositing it behind McCollum at 7:58 of the final frame of regulation.

The Griffins pressured the Penguins greatly with the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton staved off a tying tally and sealed the victory with an empty net goal from Wilson.

Anthony Peters recorded 17 saves in the win, while McCollum posted 25 stops for the Griffins.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 3, when they continue their swing through the Midwest and face the Rockford IceHogs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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JOHNSON’S TWO GOALS PUSH PENGUINS PAST BEARS, 3-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Adam Johnson delivered one of the finest performances of his rookie season to propel the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-2 victory in a tight, back-and-forth match-up with the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Johnson found the back of the net twice as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (32-16-4-1) received one goal in each period.

Hershey struck first just 2:06 into the contest when Travis Boyd whipped a behind-the-back, backhand pass from below the goal line to Riley Barber who fired a one-time shot past Casey DeSmith. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wasted little time to respond, as team captain Tom Kostopoulos blasted in a feed from Gage Quinney.

The Penguins eventually grabbed their first lead of the afternoon with a power play goal at 15:56 of the middle frame. Ethan Prow fired a shot from the point which Johnson tipped past goaltender Pheonix Copley. Once again, there was a swift answer to a go-ahead goal, this time with Hershey’s Tyler Graovac completing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence 1:12 after Johnson’s man advantage marker.

Teddy Blueger got loose for a breakaway midway through the third period thanks to a sliding effort from Daniel Sprong, and Johnson gathered the rebound, allowing the Penguins to regain the lead.

Hershey pulled Copley for an extra attacker with 1:50 left in regulation, but couldn’t manage to get another puck past DeSmith.

The Penguins special teams shined bright on the afternoon, going a perfect three-for-three on the penalty kill and capitalizing on one of their two man advantage opportunities.

DeSmith made 23 saves, while Copley stopped 22 shots thrown his way.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 2, when they trek to the Midwest and face-off against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

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SPECIAL TEAMS BITE PENGUINS IN 3-1 LOSS TO CRUNCH

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had a tough time finding the back of the net in a Saturday night showdown that ended in a 3-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch at Oncenter War Memorial Arena.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (31-16-4-1) scored early but saw its opponent use shorthanded and power play goals to earn the victory.

Things got off to a promising start for the Penguins when Freddie Tiffels struck on the team’s second shot of the game. Gage Quinney fed Tiffels who was wide open in the slot, and the German rookie roofed it at 4:24 for his second goal of the season, both of which have come against the Crunch.

Syracuse started the second period on the penalty kill, but managed its AHL-leading 11th shorthanded goal of the season as Gabriel Dumont drove to the net and tied it up, 1-1.

The Crunch eventually built a 22-4 shot advantage on the Penguins, only for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to turn the tide and go on an 8-2 run in shots on goal. Despite the influx of chances, the rest of the middle frame came and passed without a goal. The score remained even heading into the final frame of regulation.

Syracuse scored on their first two bids of the third period, the first of which at 6:02 as Alexander Volkov coasted through the neutral zone, picked up a loose puck and beat Anthony Peters on the backhand. The Crunch added a power play tally on a redirect by Anthony Cirelli 2:44 later, making it 3-1.

The Penguins pulled Peters for an extra attacker with 100 seconds left in regulation and were even given a power play for a late six-on-four man advantage, but never mustered a goal.

Peters made 33 saves, included making 17 stops on 17 shots faced in the first period, while Connor Ingram faltered only once on 27 pucks sent his way.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 25, when they face-off against the Hershey Bears. Sunday’s game is also a Kids Free Sunday, with all children age 14 and under can enter the contest free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS USE OFFENSIVE OUTBURST TO BEAT ICEHOGS, 6-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ offense shined to defeat the visiting Rockford IceHogs, 6-3, on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (31-15-4-1) received goals from six different players throughout the course of the game, and Tom Kostopoulos recorded two assists in his 700th AHL game.

Joseph Cramarossa got the Penguins on the board first when he collected a rebound and fired it into the IceHogs’ net at 5:36 of the opening period. It marked Cramarossa’s fourth point (2G-2A) in his fourth game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since being acquired in a trade on Feb. 14.

Kostopoulos delivered a nifty pass to Daniel Sprong and then set the screen on Jeff Glass as the rookie sniper whipped home a power play goal to put the Penguins up, 2-0, at 8:04 of the first period. The IceHogs struck back a little over two minutes following Sprong’s team-leading 21st tally of the season, cutting their deficit in half. John Hayden spun a shot towards the Penguins’ cage, and Tyler Sikura got just enough of it on a redirect for the puck to slip through Casey DeSmith and make it 2-1.

The Penguins increased their lead back to two in the final minutes of the first period when Gage Quinney shot beat Glass.

After most of the second period came and went without a goal for either side, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored the lone tally of the middle frame with only 2:26 remaining before the intermission. Kostopoulos found Garrett Wilson who whistled a shot low along the ice and through Glass’ five-hole, bringing the score to 4-1.

Adam Johnson and Reid Gardiner tacked on goals in the final period, the latter of which notched his first of the season. Rockford fought back with goals by Chris DiDomenico and Anthony Louis in the third, but it was too little too late to combat the Penguins’ earlier offensive surge.

DeSmith denied 24 shots for the win, while Glass made 19 saves on the night.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 24, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County War Memorial. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Sunday, Feb. 25, and its opponent will be the Hershey Bears. Sunday’s game is also a Kids Free Sunday, with all children age 14 and under can enter the contest free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket.

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