WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Nick Drazenovic’s goal at 1:02 of overtime was all that the Penguins needed, as Peter Mannino stopped all 25 shots he faced, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 1-0 victory against the Albany Devils on Saturday night.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Penguins (40-22-3-5, 88 points) who moved into sole possession of first place in the East Division, thanks to a 6-3 Binghamton Senators loss to the Norfolk Admirals.
The Penguins also saw their magic number for clinching their 12th consecutive trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs fall to five.
After the loss, Albany (35-22-5-8, 83 points) sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with six games remaining on the season.
The lone goal of the game came courtesy of strong pressure by Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos in the Albany end. His forechecking effort led to Joe Whitney coughing up the puck in the near corner, which Kostopoulos then fed to a streaking Drazenovic cross ice. Drazenovic’s initial one-timer was stopped by Keith Kincaid, but the rebound fell right to his backhand, and he swept home his 13th of the season into the top of the Albany cage for the win.