WILKES-BARRE TWP. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins locked up the fourth seed in the AHL’s Eastern Conference playoffs Friday night. The Penguins clinched the fourth seed because Hershey lost 6-4 to Portland. They found out they’d definitely be playing the Bears because the other team that had a chance at the fifth seed, Connecticut, lost 6-5 in a shootout to Manchester. Hershey in the first round of the playoffs and will have home-ice advantage in the best-of-five series.
The night started well for the Penguins.
After a Bryan Lerg goal waved off thirty seconds into the game because the puck was kicked in, Ryan Craig at the top of the crease and directed in a Ben Street centering pass on a power play and they took a 1-0 lead at the 7:11 mark.
That turned out to be the high point of the evening for the Penguins. As Friday the 13th took effect
At 15:19, Binghamton’s Mike Hoffman backhand a shot past goalie Brad Thiessen to tie the score 1-1.
At 4:41 of the second period, Pat Cannone scored to give the B-Sens a 2-1 lead.
About four minutes later, Binghamton rookie defenseman Ben Blood received a match penalty for delivering a shoulder to the head of Penguins winger Brian Gibbons.
Gibbons returned to the game, but the Penguins floundered on the ensuing 5 minute power play that followed.
Binghamton put the game away with 3:17 left. Cannone dumped a puck around the left-wing boards and when Thiessen went behind his net to play it, it took odd bounce off the boards and toward the slot. David Dziurzynski shot into an empty net to make it 3-1.