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Trailing 3-1 heading into the third period, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins managed to make a comeback and send the game to overtime. But the Penguins fall short in overtime to the Providence Bruins tonight by a score of 4-3.
The six game win streak is over, but the seven game points streak continues. The point gained tonight has put the Pens in sole possession of first place in the East Division, one point more than the idle Hershey Bears. The Bears do have a game in hand.
The Penguins travel to Connecticut to take on the Whale Friday night, before traveling to Binghamton for a Saturday night match up with the Senators. Highland Park Hockey will be going on the road with the Penguins, giving you exclusive coverage of this weekend's road trip. Stay tuned right here this weekend for that!
It was Scott Munroe vs. Anton Khudobin in net. Brad Thiessen replaced Munroe 4:13 into the second period. Steve MacIntyre and Eric Tangradi were re-assigned to the AHL Penguins and played tonight. Peter Merth, Cody Chupp and Nick Petersen were sent to Wheeling.
The Bruins got an early 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game from Jordan Caron just 42 seconds in. They would make it 2-0 with 4:13 left in the opening period.
Matt Rust would steal a puck on a nice back check and feed Colin McDonald for his 12th of the season, cutting the lead in half to make it a 2-1 deficit heading into the first intermission. The shots were seven apiece.
But the Bruins would capitalize on the linesman getting in the way of a Joey Mormina clearing attempt, chasing Munroe from the game and giving themselves a 3-1 lead.
The Penguins would get 1:44 of 5x3 time after killing off a 5x3 of their own, but were unable to score. They headed into the 2nd intermission down two goals and shorthanded due to a Robert Bortuzzo crosschecking minor at the tail end of the second period.
The Penguins got to their game in the third period. Joey Mormina cut the lead to one 5:48 into the period with a nice head and shoulders fake at the blue line, then a shot wired to the top of the net that beat Khudobin to the blocker side.
Geoff Walker would bury a shot after gathering a loose puck behind the net to tie the game at three about halfway through the period, but the Penguins never took the lead. They would get it to overtime but the Bortuzzo turnover ended the game just 27 seconds into the extra session.