Thursday started a back-to-back-to-back for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Their first opponent being the Rochester Amerks on the road. Eric Tangradi started the party 5 minutes into the first period with an unassisted goal to put the Pens up 1-0. Brian Strait joined in the fun with 2 minutes left in the first, deking around a Rochester defenseman and going top shelf with a wrister to give the Pens a two goal advantage heading into the second.
Although the Amerks dominated the second period, they couldn't stop the Pens' brigade. Colin McDonald gave the Pens a 3-0 lead after completing a beautiful tic-tac-toe play from Philip Samuelson and Bryan Lerg. With 1:12 left in the second, Bryan Lerg wanted to get on the score sheet in more than one way and he decided what better time to go coast-to-coast to score than on a 5-on-3? and he did just that. It was all Wilkes-Barre heading into the third.
Niko Dimitrakos gave the Pens' their fifth goal 3 minutes into the third. There was the dagger.
Netminder Brad Thiessen was four minutes away from his first shutout of the season when Rochester's Marcus Foligno rained on Thiess' parade by scoring his first professional goal.
Final score, 5-1 Pens. Next up, the Springfield Falcons back at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Scott Munroe got the start in between the pipes on Friday night but it was all Springfield to start. 2 minutes in the Falcons go up 1-0 on a PPG from St. Pierre. 3 minutes later, Drazenovic scores a shorthanded goal to give Springfield a 2-0 advantage, but Paul Thompson says, not so fast, as he cuts the lead to 1 ending the first period.
Second period up and the Pens only trail by a goal. Geoff Walker brightens the light at the end of the tunnel, tying the game up 8 minutes in. The Pens and Falcons go back and forth sharing the lead, but back to back powerplays gave the Falcons a two goal lead heading into the third.
Down by two and the Pens are facing quite the adversity. Brad Thiessen was now in the net. Bryan Lerg started the third period scoring cutting the Falcons lead to one once again but in the end, Springfield got the best of Wilkes-Barre with a final score of 7-4.
No rest for the weary as the Pens were right back into action Saturday evening against the Binghamton Senators.
A ton of goal trading ended the Sens and Pens to overtime. Mark Parrish scored e game-winner-to lead the Binghamton Senators to a 5-4 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
After some much needed rest, the Pens will start a four-game road stretch on Friday, October 21 in Springfield against the Falcons. Puck drops at 7:30 pm.
Lets Go Pens!