Penguins Come from Behind Twice for 6-4 Victory
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins erased two separate two-goal deficits and scored four-straight goals to beat the St. John's IceCaps, 6-4, in a seesaw game at Mile One Centre on Wednesday night.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (28-8-0-1) completed a four-game season sweep of the IceCaps and grew its winning streak to seven games.
The first minute of play featured a goal from the IceCaps when Max Friberg netted his sixth goal of the season and first with his new team since being traded on Jan. 7.
St. John's went up 2-0 as Mark MacMillan found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season at 9:44 of the first period.
The Penguins rose up and tied the game, 2-2, scoring two goals just 25 seconds apart. Dominik Uher scored his fifth goal of the season at 11:00 of the first period while Conor Sheary added his seventh of the year at 11:25. Sheary's goal extended his point's streak to seven games.
The IceCaps were able to take advantage of a four-on-three power play with just 1:35 remaining in the opening frame. Morgan Ellis blasted a slap shot into the Penguins net, making the score 3-2.
Bud Holloway pushed St. John's back into a two-goal lead, making the score 4-2 with another power play marker at 14:42 of the second period.
Once again, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored twice in quick succession to tie the game, this time with goals coming 1:19 apart. Matia Marcantuoni scored from a sharp angle for his second of the year in his first game with the Penguins since Oct. 24, cutting the IceCaps' lead to 3-2. Kael Mouillierat struck for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's first power play goal of the game, bringing the game to a 4-4 tie with two minutes left before the second intermission.
The Penguins assumed their first lead of the game with yet another power play goal, this time off of a one-timer by Scott Wilson, netting his league-leading 19th goal of the season 1:20 into the third. With assists on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's go-ahead goal, Conor Sheary took control of the league lead in assists (26), and Derrick Pouliot set a single-game career high with three assists on the night.
A blast off the stick of Clark Seymour and tip-in by Josh Archibald at 4:47 of the third period put the Penguins into a 6-4 lead and spelled the end of the night for IceCaps goalie Zach Fucale. Fucale was replaced by Eddie Pasquale between the pipes after Seymour's goal. Fucale finished the game with 10 saves on 16 shots.
Tristan Jarry held off a late flurry by and IceCaps team desperate to tie the score and avoid a four-game losing streak, but the rookie goalie held his ground for his 10th win of the season. Jarry ended up with 36 saves by the final buzzer, a career-high.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's next game is Saturday, Jan. 16 at Oncenter War Memorial Arena against the Syracuse Crunch. The Penguins are 2-1-0-0 against the Crunch this season. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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