BINGHAMTON, NY– En Fuego.
In any language, The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are hot, on fire, or any other adjective you could use for a team that is rolling. With a record of 9-0-0-1 in their last 10 games, they rolled into Binghamton on Friday for a date with the Devils.
Four different Penguins tallied goals, and Casey DeSmith made 31 saves to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 win at Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena.
It looked like it might be an easy night for the black and Gold when Ryan Haggerty netted his seventh of the season just 12 seconds into the contest. After Zach Aston-Reese collected a loose puck in the neutral zone. He found Haggerty on the Wing, and a shot from the near circle beat Ken Appleby inside the near post.
After Brandon Gignac beat DeSmith over the shoulder on the man-advantage midway through the period, Thomas DiPauli stuffed home the rebound of a Teddy Blueger wraparound with 18 seconds left, sending the Penguins to the locker room with the lead. Shots in the frame were 13-4.
That’s right, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had four shots and scored twice.
The Penguins killed off back to back penalties in the first half of the second. It looked like they might take the lead to the intermission, but Bracken Kearns had other ideas. With just less than 3 minutes left, he deflected a Joe Blandisi through DeSmith.
Two goals less than three minutes apart in the third blew the game open for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. At least, that’s what they thought.
An Adam Johnson one-timer off a Blueger feed at 9:55 beat Appleby top-shelf. At 12:08, Christian Thomas picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, cut to the slot and poked the puck under the Binghamton netminder’s left pad.
After Jarred Tinordi and Brandon Baddock scrapped at 14:30, the Devils threw everything they had at Desmith. Jacob Macdonald scored a rebound goal 1:03 later to cut the lead to one. However, it wasn’t enough and the Penguins escaped with two big points.
Notes: Penguins Forward Garrett Wilson left the team to tend to a personal matter in Canada. Meanwhile, Defenseman Andrey Pedan served the first of a three-game suspension for Charging Providence’s Jakub Zboril last weekend.
3) BNG-Jacob MacDonald (Goal, Assist)
2) WBS-Christian Thomas (Game-Winning Goal)
1) WBS-Teddy Blueger (Two Assists)
Up Next: The Penguins host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Wednesday at 7:05 P.M. EST.