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Wilkes-Barre defeats IceCaps 5-3 as Penguins win fifth straight

Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Wilkes-Barre defeats IceCaps 5-3 as Penguins win fifth straight

WILKES BARRE, Pa. - Riley Holzapfel and Dylan Reese each had a goal and an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 5-3 on Saturday for the Penguins fifth straight win.

The Penguins opened a 2-0 lead just over three minutes into the game with goals by Simon Despres and Warren Peters.

The IceCaps cut the lead in half when Jason Jaffray tapped a puck into the wide open cage behind goalie Jeff Zatkoff thanks to a great feed by Paul Postma.

St. John’s evened the score 3:45 into the second period as Julian Melchiori let loose a shot that was deflected past the left side of Zatkoff.

The Penguins took the lead for good during a 5-on-4 advantage late in second frame. Reese released a shot that tipped off of an IceCaps stick and trickled across the goal line with 19.8 seconds left.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Benn Ferriero and Spencer Machacek for the IceCaps traded goals in the third period before Holzapfel notched an empty-netter with 1:05 remaining in regulation.

Zatkoff made 13 saves for the Penguins. Pasquale turned aside 24 of 28 shots.

Notes: The victory was John Hynes’ 115th as head coach of the Penguins and pulled him into a tie for first with Glenn Patrick on the franchise’s all-time win list.

Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday