Haggerty, Pens Get Win With Hot Start
School’s out for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who played in their final weekday morning game of the season Tuesday.
Forward Ryan Haggerty was top of the class.
Haggerty scored in the game’s first minute and twice total, and rookie Chase Berger added his first professional tally as the Penguins continue to hang around in the playoff chase after a 3-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The win moved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within three points of fourth-place Providence. Both teams have six games remaining this season.
The turning point
The Penguins did all of their offensive damage in the game’s opening 6:33.
Haggerty drew a penalty and scored on a rebound one-timer on the ensuing power play for his first, and he later beat goaltender Jeremy Smith off a Penguins faceoff win.
Berger, after nearly scoring in his debut on Saturday, beat Smith with a wrist shot at 5:47.
With the comfortable 3-0 lead, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was easily able to withstand Bridgeport’s push in the third period.
■ Jeff Kubiak ended Tristan Jarry’s shutout bid midway through the final frame with a redirection in front, earning the Bridgeport forward third-star honors.
■ Berger became the 30th different player to score for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was the No. 2 star.
■ Haggerty, playing in his home state, moved past Teddy Blueger and became the highest-scoring Penguin this season with 22 tallies. He was the No. 1 star.
Stat to know
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued its success away from Mohegan Sun Arena, extending its point streak in road games to eight.
Simply put, the Penguins needed to win this game and did. They got off to a strong start and capitalized three times, which is more than often enough with the way Jarry has played the second half.
■ Forward Anthony Angello and defenseman Juuso Riikola were added to the team’s injury list and were officially listed as week to week, according to the radio broadcast. However, neither is expected to be out the remainder of the season.
Tim Erixon and Pat McGrath were put in the lineup as a result. Cedric Lacroix, who was recalled from Wheeling on Monday, was a scratch.
■ Bridgeport was missing a pair of its top players in Otto Koivula and Chris Bourque because of injuries.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton begins the first of its final two three-in-three weekends at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena against the last-place Binghamton Devils.
Penguins 3 0 0 — 3 Bridgeport 0 0 1 — 1
First period: Scoring - 1, WBS, Haggerty (Lafferty, Burton), 0:47 (PP); 2, WBS, Berger (Brown, Taylor), 5:47; 3, WBS, Haggerty (Miletic, Lafferty), 6:33. Penalties - Bri, Gionta, tripping 0:33; WBS, Cramarossa, interference 14:47; Bri, Stevens, cross-checking 14:47; WBS, Abt, tripping 19:43.
Second period: Scoring - None. Penalties - WBS, Lafferty, slashing 8:19; Bri, Wotherspoon, tripping 10:50; Bri, St. Denis, roughing and fighting 14:17; WBS, Taylor, fighting 14:17; WBS, Brown, hooking 18:01.
Third period: Scoring - 4, Bri, Kubiak (Hutton), 8:49 (PP). Penalties - WBS, Summers, cross-checking and unsportsmanlike conduct 7:55; Bri, Holmstrom, roughing 7:55; WBS, Czuczman, holding 13:50; WBS, Summers, cross-checking 16:07; Bri, Bernier, roughing 16:07; Bri, Lorito, tripping 16:30; Bri, Bernier, 10-minute misconduct 16:30; Bri, Holmstron, hooking 17:25; WBS, Erixon, holding 18:42.
Shots on goal: WBS 14 14 4 - 32; Bri 8 7 18 - 33.
Goaltenders: WBS, Jarry (32 saves on 33 shots); Bri, Smith (29 saves on 32 shots).
Power-play opportunities: WBS 1 for 5; Bri 1 for 5.
Referees: Reid Anderson and Jordan Deckard. Linesmen: Kevin Briganti and Nick Briganti.
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