Power Play Leads Senators Past Penguins
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - The Wilkes-Bare/Scranton Penguins saw their winless streak stretch to four games as they fell to the Binghamton Senators, 3-1, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Senators went 2-for-5 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.
The only goal of the first period came at 13:19 with Binghamton skating 5-on-4. Defenseman Andre Benoit lofted a shot from the center point that Hugh Jessiman tipped over the glove of Brad Thiessen.
The Senators crafted a 2-0 lead late in the second period as they struck for another goal on the man-advantage. Benoit snuck down from the blueline, took a backdoor pass and threw the puck up high on Thiessen. The Penguins' goalie was able to stop the initial shot and a rebound chance, but Mark Stone was able to deposit the loose puck with 5:45 left in the frame.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got on the board just as a 4-on-3 advantage in the third period was expiring. Holding the puck at the bottom of the far circle, Trevor Smith waited out Ben Bishop before beating the Senators goalie under the pads with a low wrist shot at the 8:10 mark.
With the Penguins pressing late in the game, Binghamton got a key insurance goal with less than four minutes remaining in regulation. Peter Wiercioch took a clean face off win and blasted a slapshot to the top corner of the net to make the score 3-1 for the Senators.
Bishop won his sixth straight start as he stopped 28-of-29 shots. Thiessen suffered the loss, making 24 saves on the night.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the road to battle the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30PM. Penguins Holiday Hat Trick and Stocking Stuffer ticket packages are available now by contacting the Penguins directly at 570-208-7367.
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