WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The first two-goal game of Beau Bennett’s pro career helped lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 2-1 win over the Springfield Falcons on Wednesday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
|Beau Bennett scored both WBS goals in their 2-1 win on Wednesday. |
With neither team able to find the back of the net in the first, the Penguins rookie winger was responsible for all the scoring that made it 2-0 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton heading into the second intermission.
Skating down the left wing of the Springfield zone, Bennett winged a pass to the top of the near circle for Riley Holzapfel. Holzapfel waited for the Falcons defense to pass by before returning the puck to Bennett, who whistled a shot past goaltender Curtis McElhinney at 8:20.
Holzapfel and Bennett clicked again with 4:32 left in the second after a nice keep-in at the point by defenseman Dylan Reese. Holzapfel quickly slapped a shot from the right sidewall that McElhinney turned away with his blocker. The rebound came to a wide-open Bennett for the easy put-back and his third goal of the season.
The Falcons’ Tomas Kubalik foiled Jeff Zatkoff’s shutout effort when he deflected in Nick Holden’s point shot with 1:43 left in regulation. Zatkoff otherwise made 25 saves for his fourth win in five starts.
Bennett’s first goal ended a shutout streak of 167:00 for McElhinney that stretched back to Nov. 4 and spanned four games.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won seven of its last nine contests and is above .500 for the first time this season (7-6-0-0).
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins complete their homestand on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.