CAGGIULA LEADS THE WAY IN WIN VS MONSTERS
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Drake Caggiula picked up three points (2+1) including the game-winning goal, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Cleveland Monsters, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The win raised Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s (23-23-4-5) mark to 2-0-2-0 against the Monsters (23-25-4-2) in this season’s series. It also gave the visitors three points out of four in the two-game weekend set.
How did Drake Caggiula do?
Cleveland scored the game’s first goal with Roman Ahcan finding twine at the nine-minute mark of the opening frame.
The Penguins responded roughly three minutes later.
Ty Glover was awarded a penalty shot when he was hooked off the puck during a breakaway. Glover used a tricky fake before sliding the puck five-hole on Monsters goalie Daniil Tarasov for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first penalty shot goal in over three years.
However, Cleveland pulled back ahead, 2-1, on a man-advantage marker from Carson Meyer at 15:12 of the first period.
Glover scored again midway through the second, giving him his first career multi-goal game in the AHL, kickstarting a rapid-fire exchange of offense.
Trey Fix-Wolansky put Cleveland back ahead 61 seconds after Glover’s goal, followed by a quick strike by Alex Whelan that put the Monsters ahead, 4-2.
It was all Penguins from there though.
Taylor Fedun rifled a shot through traffic and hit the back of the net at 16:46 of the second stanza, bringing the Penguins back within one.
Drake Caggiula buried a power-play goal 69 seconds later, evening the scales at four tallies apiece.
The game remained tied at 4-4 until Caggiula notched his second tally of the night – and second on the man advantage – with 6:01 left in regulation
Alex Nylander iced the game with an empty net goal – Nylander’s team-leading 25th score of the season, at 19:14.
Taylor Gauthier made 29 saves to record his seventh win this season.
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