Not So Fast, WBS Pens Score Late and Win 2-1 in Shootout

Friday, January 3, 2014
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a 1-0 third period deficit to the Hartford Wolfpack, tying the game in regulation and winning 2-1 after six rounds of a shootout. It was the Penguins first shootout victory of the season.

Jeff Deslauriers got the start in net for the Penguins and won the goaltenders duel with Hartford's Dov Grumet-Morris, stopping 24 shots and five of six shooters in the shootout.

Interesting shooters for the Penguins in the shootout, as Zack Torquato and Brian Dumoulin each got a chance for WBS. Neither scored. Nick Drazenovic scored to tie the shootout at 1-1 after Danny Kristo led off the third round with a shootout goal for the Wolfpack. Paul Thompson won it for the Pens with a goal in the sixth round.

The Pens got into penalty trouble early in the first period, but successfully killed off 1:34 of five-on-three time to keep the game scoreless. From there the Pens started to gain momentum and carried play in the first ten minutes. The Wolfpack battled back and got some chances on Deslauriers at the tail end of the first period and headed into the first intermission in a scoreless tie.

The game remained scoreless after two periods, with more back and forth action. Both goaltenders made the necessary saves to keep the game deadlocked at 0-0 after 40 minutes and the Pens let a power play go by the wayside. They went 0-for-3 on the night with the man advantage.

After 46:36 of scoreless hockey, Wolfpack's Sam Klassen took a point shot that was able to get through Jeff Deslauriers and give the home team a 1-0 lead with 12:34 left in the game. Deslauriers got a piece of the point shot, but it blooped up and over him on it's way into the net. Oscar Linberg got the lone assist on the Wolfpack goal.

The Penguins found some more third period magic, out shooting Hartford 16-4 in the final frame and tying the game at 1-1 with 3:59 left in regulation. Darroll Powe tried to nudge a loose puck to his goaltender, Grumet-Morris, but Harry Zolnierczyk was in the right place in the right time, getting to the loose puck before the Wolfpack's goaltender and tying the game at 16:01. The Pens' lone goal was unassisted.

Zolnierczyk had a strong game, getting a game-high six shots on net. The Penguins top line generated offense consistently most of the night, but Grumet-Morris was equal to the task, stopping 35 of the 36 shots he faced and getting his team one point tonight.

Same lineup for the Pens as their most recent game on Tuesday night. Bobby Farnham (undisclosed) missed his second straight game after missing Monday's practice with what head coach John Hynes termed a maintenance day. Peter Merth (day-to-day) has been skating with the team and is close to returning to game action. C.J. Severyn has started skating and is still week-to-week. Adam Payerl is out long term with an upper body injury. The healthy scratches were Harrison Ruopp, Barry Goers and Carter Rowney.


Zolnierczyk - Drazenovic - Kostopoulos
Thompson - Carman - Zlobin
Uher - Torquato - Kuhnhackl
Leblond - Manderson - Sylvester

Samuelsson - Dumoulin
Harrington - Mikkelson
D'Agostino - McNeill


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