WBS Pens End BSens Win Streak With 4-1 Victory

Sunday, January 5, 2014
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ended the weekend on a positive note, ending the Binghamton Senators seven game win streak and defeating the BSens 4-1. The win moves the Penguins within one point of the East Division leading BSens.

Eric Hartzell stopped 23 of 24 shots to improve to 5-2-1 on the season. Anton Zlobin, Nick Drazenovic, Zack Torquato and Barry Goers scored goals for the Penguins in the win. The Pens are back in action at home Wednesday night against the Syracuse Crunch in another East Division match up.

Recap after the jump.

The Pens came out with a much better start in the first period today than they did last night. They were aggressive on the forecheck, forced turnovers and drew penalties.

They took a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period as Anton Zlobin found the rebound of a Barry Goers shot at the top of the crease. Zlobin slammed home the rebound to put the Pens in front with 9:43 left in the opening period. Zack Torquato also added an assist on the play.

From there, things got physical. Paul Thompson and Nathan Lawson made contact, drawing a goaltender interference call on Thompson. Moments later, Mark Boroweicki delivered a punishing body check on Zlobin in the corner, sending Zlobin hard to the ice.

The Pens added to their lead in the second period, making 2-0 just 4:14 into the middle frame after BSens defenseman Michael Sdao blocked a Tom Kostopoulos shot and left the game. 

As Sdao was leaving the ice during play, Scott Harrington kept a puck alive at the blue line and fed it into the corner to a wide open Zolnierczyk, who spotted a pass across to Nick Drazenovic for an easy tap in goal. 

The goal was Drazenovic's 7th of the season. Centering the top line, he and his line mates Zolnierczyk and Kostopoulos have been generating offense on a consistent basis.

Binghamton got back into the game when Pierre-Luc Leblond was whistled for a double minor for clipping BSens defenseman Mark Boroweicki with a high stick.

In the second half of the four minute power play, Matt Puempel nudged a puck to the middle to Cole Schneider, who fired a quick shot over Hartzell's glove to draw the BSens within one at 2-1 with 9:07 left in the 2nd.

Binghamton continued to pressure the Penguins the rest of the middle frame, but it was Zack Torquato with a great individual effort late in the period to extend the Pens lead to 3-1.

Torquato won an offensive face-off to himself in the corner and from a bad angle, flung a puck in on Nathan Lawson and it bounced in. The unassisted goal with 2:14 left in the period was a back breaker for Binghamton.

The Pens added to their lead 6:35 into the final period, when Paul Thompson brought the puck out from the corner and fed a pass to a wide open Barry Goers at the point. Goers shot beat Lawson, extending the Pens lead to 4-1. The goal was Goers' first AHL goal and he's been on the score sheet often as of late. He has a goal and four assists in six games with the AHL Penguins this season.

Eric Hartzell got the start in net. Barry Goers and Harrison Ruopp were in for Nick D'Agostino and Reid McNeill on defense. Up front, Carter Rowney was in on the 4th line for Cody Sylvester.

Injury Update: Bobby Farnham (undisclosed) missed his 4th straight game. Nothing new on a timetable for his return. Peter Merth (day-to-day), C.J. Severyn (week-to-week) and Adam Payerl (upper body, out 3-4 months) are still out.


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

Samuelsson - Mikkelson
Dumoulin - Goers
Harrington - Ruopp


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