SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Peter Mannino stopped 16 shots en route to his second consecutive shutout, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 2-0 win over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night at the OnCenter. The win was the fifth in a row for the Penguins (35-20-3-5, 78 points), who remain one point behind the Binghamton Senators in the race for the East Division title.
Syracuse (24-28-4-6, 58 points) was held scoreless for the second straight game, and saw its winless streak stretched to three games (0-2-0-1).
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 1-0 lead just 7:38 into the contest as Spencer Machacek picked up his 17th goal of the season, and his eighth in 14 games as a member of the Penguins. It was also his second game-winner with Wilkes-Barre, and third overall this season.
Adam Payerl followed Machacek’s score up 10:01 later, netting his third of the season with a power play tally to complete the night’s scoring.
That would be all the offense the visitors would need, though, as Mannino extended his shutout streak to 162:20. He last allowed a goal at the 17:40 mark of the first period in a 5-1 win against the Hamilton Bulldogs March 14, and has now won four straight games and five of his past six starts. The only blemish in that time was a 1-0 shootout loss to the Utica Comets on March 7.