GUENTZEL, SESTITO TALLY THIRD PERIOD GOALS TO GIVE PENS WIN IN TORONTO
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came from behind again for a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday night.
The Penguins (26-7-3-0) entered the third period down 1-0 to the Marlies, but tallies from Jake Guentzel and Tom Sestito powered them to their fifth-straight win.
An exciting first period brought with it many quality chances for both teams, yet no scoring by the conclusion of 20 minutes.
In the middle frame, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued the press and almost had the game’s opening goal when Guentzel rocketed a shot off the crossbar at 13:27 of the second period.
The first tally of the game finally arrived at 15:37 of the second. Toronto’s Tony Cameranesi fired a high, sharp-angle shot past Tristan Jarry for his first goal of the season and giving the Marlies a 1-0 lead.
Guentzel, of course, would have a say in things before it was all said and done as he picked up a Toronto turnover and rifled the puck past Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks for an equalizer at 6:46 of the third period. The goal was Guentzel’s league-leading 20th of the season.
With 3:10 remaining in regulation, Sestito picked the top corner on an odd man rush and gave the Penguins the late 2-1 lead.
Jarry made 27 saves on 28 shots including several on a last-minute push by Toronto. Sparks recorded 32 saves on 34 shots faced.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 13 when they face the Rochester Americans at 7:00 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and their opponent will be the Hershey Bears.
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