WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Patrick Maroon potted the game-winner at 1:21 of overtime as the Norfolk Admirals defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-2 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in their first meeting of the season.
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Awarded a power play just 27 seconds into overtime, Norfolk’s man-advantage unit went to work. Maroon found himself open near the far post for a cross-crease pass from Peter Holland and quickly tapped the puck behind goaltender Jeff Zatkoff for the decisive tally.
Brian Gibbons wristed home the first goal of the game from the high slot at the 4:14 mark of the first period. Sidestepping two Admirals, Gibbons shot the puck past the right side of Igor Bobkov, as linemate Jayson Megna set the screen.
The second period told a different story, as the Admirals dictated the pace, outshooting the Penguins 14-6. Chris Wagner tied the game 6:06 into the second, deflecting a Gabe Guentzel point shot under the blocker of Zatkoff.
After a promising Penguins rush, a loose puck picked up by Holland resulted in a breakaway goal for a 2-1 Admirals lead at 16:33.
The Penguins would tie the game late less than a minute later with Megna’s third goal of the year. Trevor Smith pushed forward on the faceoff and sent the puck over to Megna, who slid it under Bobkov’s legs. The Admirals goaltender finished with 23 saves on 25 shots.
Zatkoff turned aside 25-of-28 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will wrap up 2012 at home on New Year’s Eve where they will battle with their Eastern Division rivals Syracuse Crunch at 5:05 p.m.