PORTER SCORES TWICE AGAIN AS PENGUINS DEFEAT CRUNCH, 6-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter continued his strong play against Syracuse, posting his second two-goal performance in as many games against the Crunch, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins skated to a 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The win upped the Pens record to 5-1-1-0 (11 points, first in the Atlantic Division) on the season, while the Crunch fell to 4-3-0-0 (8 points, third in the North Division).

Porter, who also scored twice in the Penguins last meeting with Syracuse on Oct. 22, helped the Penguins build a sizable first period lead with two more tallies, bringing his season total to a team-leading four goals.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got on the board first, thanks to Carter Rowney’s tip-in goal at 3:52 of the first period. Porter then put the Penguins up 2-0, and later 3-0, by scoring his third and fourth goals of the season at 14:51 and 18:37 of the opening frame, respectively.

With a chance to chip away at the Penguins’ lead late on their first power play of the game in the final minute of the first period, Casey DeSmith denied Syracuse on a redirect attempt in the slot, maintaining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s three-goal advantage heading into intermission.

Tom Kostopoulos potted his first goal of the season at 13:54 of the second period, bringing the score to 4-0, before Mike Halmo snapped DeSmith’s shutout bid at 4:56 of the third when he found loose change at the right of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net.

Later, Patrick McGrath took advantage of a turnover right at the Crunch blue line and rifled a wrist shot a Kristers Gudļevskis. The Crunch goaltender couldn’t hang on to the high-velocity shot, and Jean-Sébastien Dea smacked the rebound out of mid-air to build the Penguins’ lead back up to 5-1.

Oskar Sundqvist added an insurance marker with the Penguins’ second man advantage goal of the game, bringing the contest to its final score of 6-1.

DeSmith finished the afternoon having made 22 saves on 23 shots faced, while Gudļevskis stopped 23 of the 29 pucks thrown his way.

McGrath, Barry Goers and Ethan Prow all recorded their first points of the season with assists scattered throughout the contest.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Nov. 4 against the Binghamton Senators at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Pens and Sens is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

SPOOKTACULAR SUNDAY FUN WITH THE PENS

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It’s an afternoon full of family fun with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this Sunday.

Join us on October 30th when the Penguins host the Syracuse Crunch at 3:05pm.  It’s our first KIDS FREE SUNDAY of the season, and fans ages 14 and under can get into the game for FREE with a paid adult ticket.

Get in the Halloween spirit by wearing your costume to the game, then stick around afterward for a free postgame skate.

Tickets for this spooktacular event are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7367.

KEVIN PORTER LEADS PENGUINS PAST CRUNCH, 3-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Porter factored in on all-three of the Penguins’ goals, and had the unique distinction of scoring two shorthanded goals in the same game, the first time that’s happened for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Dec. 23, 2006.

It took until 8:11 of the second period for the game’s first goal to be scored, when Porter was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway and picked the corner over the glove of Syracuse goalie Adam Wilcox.

One minute and 19 seconds later, on a different penalty kill, Porter gave everyone at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza a case of déjà vu by scoring a nearly identical shorthanded goal, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

On the same man advantage that Porter scored his second shorty, Cory Conacher notched a power play goal for Syracuse, cutting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead in half, 2-1. Conacher’s tally was the first power play goal the Penguins allowed all season.

Dominik Simon added an insurance marker for the Penguins 15:45 of the third period, making it 3-1 in favor of the home team. Porter recorded an assist on Simon’s goal, as did Reid Gardiner for his first professional point.

Casey DeSmith stopped 26 shots, earning the win in his season debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Wilcox made 28 saves at the opposing net.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is its first road game of 2016-17 and takes place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 23, against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Oct. 26 against the Albany Devils.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.