Penalties Become Penguins’ Friend
Going to the penalty box actually helped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on two occasions Monday.
Garrett Wilson and Ben Sexton both scored off expiring Penguins minor penalties, and the Penguins pulled away late in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
Teddy Blueger scored twice for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which improved to 17-14-4-1. Tristan Jarry made 23 saves for his ninth win.
The turning point
Binghamton’s Colton White scored on a 5-on-3 power play 8:52 into the middle period to even the score at 2, and the Devils looked to have momentum. However, a second dose of puck luck put the Penguins back ahead.
After Wilson scored on a rush after exiting the sin bin in the first period, Kevin Czuczman hopped out of the box and passed the puck up ice to Sexton. The latter crossed the blue line and fired a wicked wrister in the high slot that beat goaltender Cam Johnson and immediately put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton back in control.
Anthony Angello scored three minutes later, and the game was never in doubt after that.
■ Angello became the third Penguin to reach double digits with his 10th tally. He was star No. 3.
■ Sexton’s goal was his fifth in the past week, and his game-winner earned him the No. 2 spot.
■ Blueger is on fire with six goals in his last six games and has 14 total. He also had a team-high six shots. He was a good choice as the top star.
Stat to know
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won seven straight games over Binghamton dating back to last season.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton appears headed in the right direction after Friday’s dud against Hershey, and it might be because the team is playing with an edge.
Pat McGrath kickstarted things with a fight win over Kurtis Gabriel, and the Penguins were involved in a plethora of scrums around the net and after whistles. If nothing else, they’ve shown the last two games that no one is going to push them around.
The team gets a much-needed three-day break now with a pair of Western Conference foes set to come to Pennsylvania.
■ Forward Joseph Cramarossa was suspended for this game after picking up an instigator and misconduct penalty in the final 5 minutes of Saturday’s win at Lehigh Valley. He is now able to return to game action.
■ Team captain Garrett Wilson was ejected from the game in the third period after receiving a match penalty for an illegal check to the head. The hit will be automatically reviewed by the AHL and further discipline could come later this week.
■ Ryan Haggerty and Linus Olund both returned to the lineup, with Wheeling call-up Cam Brown also getting a start on the team’s fourth line.
The Penguins host the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
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Penguins 1 3 1 — 5 Binghamton 1 1 0 — 2
First period: Scoring - 1, Bing, Schmelzer (Sharangovich, Kapla), 4:13; 2, WBS, Wilson, 16:10. Penalties - WBS, McGrath, fighting 5:11; Bing, Gabriel, fighting 5:11; Bing, Baddock, slashing 6:52; WBS, Czuczman, closing hand on puck 10:23; WBS, Wilson, roughing 14:02; Bing, Gabriel, roughing 14:02; Bing, Lappin, high-sticking 19:52; WBS, Lafferty, unsportsmanlike conduct 20:00; Bing, Rooney, unsportsmanlike conduct 20:00.
Second period: Scoring - 3, WBS, Blueger (Wilson, Ruhwedel), 4:01; 4, Bing, White (Pietila, Yakovlev), 8:52 (PP); 5, WBS, Sexton (Czuczman, Abt), 10:08; 6, WBS, Angello (Wilson, Dea), 13:16. Penalties - WBS, Wilson, elbowing 7:26; WBS, Czuczman, tripping 8:00; Bing, Pietila, slashing 16:13; WBS, Johnson, hooking 17:35.
Third period: Scoring - 7, WBS, Blueger (Prow), 19:14 (EN). Penalties - WBS, Lafferty, tripping 0:57; WBS, Wilson, match; check to the head (served by McGrath) 2:48; Bing, bench (too many men on ice, served by Speers) 7:48; WBS, Haggerty, roughing 9:39; Bing, Gryba, slashing and roughing (served by Studenic) 9:39; WBS, Hayes, hooking 12:33.
Shots on goal: WBS 7 9 9 - 25; Bing 13 5 7 - 25.
Goaltenders: WBS, Jarry (23 saves on 25 shots); Bing, Johnson (19 saves on 23 shots).
Power-play opportunities: WBS 0 for 5; Bing 1 for 7.
Referees: Guillaume Labonte and Jeremy Tufts. Linesmen: Neil Frederickson and Tyler Loftus.