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Lockport Express survives Wilkes-Barre Miners comeback, wins 5-4

Lockport Express, which led by three goals at one point, survived a comeback attempt by Wilkes-Barre Miners and clinched a 5-4 victory.

Lockport Express led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when Lockport Express\’ Christian Whitcomb scored at 7:06 in the second period to put Lockport Express up 4-1.

Lockport Express was led by Anthony Merante, who finished with one goal. Merante scored on the power play 5:20 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Lockport Express. A roughing penalty on Johannes Leitner had put Lockport Express on the power play.

Lockport Express was often in penalty trouble, totaling 12 minors and one major for 39 minutes in penalty time. Lockport Express surpassed its season average of 18.0 penalty minutes per game. Wilkes-Barre Miners was unable to stop Lockport Express from sending pucks towards the net, and Lockport Express eventually piled up 32 shots on goal. The defensemen of Lockport Express were also effective in Wilkes-Barre Miners\’ zone, and came away with two goals.

Others who scored for Lockport Express included Jordan Pocobello and Christopher Gasiewicz, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Lockport Express were Mark Friol, who had three and Justin Durkee, Daniel Golba, and Michael Crissy, who contributed one each.

Wilkes-Barre Miners forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 17.0 minutes per game Wilkes-Barre Miners had been spending in the box. Wilkes-Barre Miners\’ offense rang up 51 shots on Lockport Express\’ net. Wilkes-Barre Miners had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just two goals on 10 chances.

Wilkes-Barre Miners was led by Daniel Leisser, who racked up one goal and one assist. Leisser scored 13:45 into the third period to make the score 5-4 Lockport Express. Jonathan Wisten picked up the assist. Wilkes-Barre Miners additionally got points from Arturs Bush, who also registered one goal and one assist and Alexandr Lobachev, who also had one goal and one assist. Wilkes-Barre Miners also got a goal from Austin Bandura as well. More assists for Wilkes-Barre Miners came via Derek Bureau, who had one and Zoltan Eross, who had two.

Tyler Shotwell made 47 saves for Lockport Express on 51 shots. Lockport Express registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Zak Bouve rejected 27 shots on goal for Wilkes-Barre Miners.

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