Wilkes-Barre failed to take advantage of its power play opportunities and Lockport shook off a number of penalties to win, 5-2.
Lockport was paced by Mark Friol, who racked up one goal. Friol scored short handed 18:33 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Lockport. Lockport played down a man on Fankie Bodami\’s interference. Jordan Pocobello picked up the assist.
Lockport\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled 18 minors and one major for 51 minutes in penalty time. Lockport surpassed its season average of 39.0 penalty minutes per game. Lockport forced Wilkes-Barre goalie Mathieu Beaudet to work between the pipes, taking 58 shots. Lockport had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just two goals on nine chances.
Lockport additionally got points from Justin Durkee, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Lockport included Andrew Logar, Dylan Jenkins, and Christopher Gasiewicz, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Lockport were Nicholas Wilcox, who had three and Anthony Tomassi and Greg Terlov, who each chipped in one.
Wilkes-Barre was often in penalty trouble, totaling 15 minors and two majors for 60 minutes in penalty time. Wilkes-Barre had been averaging 45.0 minutes in penalties per game. Team could not crack Lockport\’s penalty kill and was held to one power play goal while having 10 opportunities to play with the man advantage.
Wilkes-Barre was helped by Stephen Aponik, who registered one goal. Aponik scored on the power play 6:09 into the second period to make the score 2-2. An interference penalty on Gasiewicz had put Wilkes-Barre on the power play. Derrick Wruble assisted on the tally. Wilkes-Barre also got points from Wruble, who also registered one goal and one assist. In addition, Wilkes-Barre received assists from Ryan Flanagan, who had one.