WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Trailing for most of the contest, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored three times in the third period to claim a 3-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators at Mohegan Sun Arena and sweep the best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
The Senators were able to strike first for the first time in the series and take a 1-0 lead five minutes after the opening faceoff. Mark Stone got a stick on an outlet attempt and hit a wide-open Matt Puempel in the slot for a wrist shot past the blocker of Brad Thiessen.
The score would remain the same through the middle frame into the third until Binghamton’s fourth power play of the game. Leading a shorthanded rush, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jayson Megna came down the right side and floated a pass to the crease that Zach Sill stabbed into the top corner to even the score with 12:28 remaining in regulation.
After going scoreless on their previous four man-advantages, it was the Penguins’ fifth 5-on-4 of the game that proved pivotal. With just 1:18 remaining in regulation, Trevor Smith whipped a pass from the goal line that Riley Holzapfel one-timed from in front and past the left pad of Binghamton goalie Nathan Lawson to put his team ahead for good, 2-1.
Megna added an empty-net goal with 28 seconds left and Mark Borowiecki pulled the Senators back with one on an extra-attacker tally that came with just 1.5 seconds left on the clock.
Thiessen picked up his first win of the postseason, making 19 saves on 21 shots. Lawson stopped 26 for the Senators.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s opponent for the Eastern Conference Semifinal is still to be determined.
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