WBS Penguins Even Series With 4-2 Win

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Surprised that this is Ryan Craig's first AHL playoff run?

The team that scores first? 4-0. The road team in this series? 4-0. After dropping the first two games at home to the Norfolk Admirals, the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins have battled the last two nights to tie up the series at two. The pivotal Game 5 is scheduled for Friday night, once again at the Scope.

Vladimir Mihalik was crushed into the boards 18 seconds in and that created the first fight of the series, with Jesse Boulerice and Radko Gudas dropping the gloves.

Corey Potter got the Penguins a 1-0 lead about five minutes in before Johan Harju tied up the game late in the first frame. And the seesaw battle began. The Penguins got the lead back early in the second period when Brian Strait got his first goal of the playoffs. Brett Sterling was also involved on that goal.

Like the first period, Norfolk would tie it at two with Harju and Marc Antoine Pouliot on the ice. Pouliot would get the credit for the goal this time and it seemed a 2-2 tie would go into the third period. Not so fast, Radko Gudas took a slashing penalty and Pens captain Ryan Craig would make them pay for it, giving the Pens a 3-2 lead with 1:43 left in the middle frame.

The Pens held the Admirals to just seven shots in the third and sealed the deal with a Joe Vitale with less than five to go. Game over, Pens win 4-2.


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