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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tops Hershey in AHL outdoor game

Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 8:32 PM / News

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tops Hershey in AHL outdoor game
Paul Thompson's goal 1:19 into overtime gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 victory against the Hershey Bears in the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium.

Paul Thompson's goal 1:19 into overtime gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 victory against the Hershey Bears in the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium.

Jayson Megna sprung Thompson for a breakaway, and Thompson fired the puck off the glove of goaltender Dany Sabourin and into the net for his team-leading 13th goal of the season and the win.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 17,311 fans. Temperatures were in the low 40s at game time, though a stiff wind made it feel much colder.

The game was scoreless until 15:40 of the second period, when Hershey's Jeff Taffe hit Tomas Kundratek in the high slot for a one-timer past Jeff Zatkoff.

Riley Holzapfel got the Penguins even with 12:13 remaining in regulation. Thompson flipped the puck from the near boards to an open area; Holzapfel caught up to it and beat Sabourin to the short side with a slap shot from the left circle.

Zatkoff stopped 24 of 25 shots for his 12th victory of the season. Sabourin made 18 stops for the Bears.

Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3