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Ebbett powers Pens past Hamilton

March 08. 2014 10:23PM

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins offense truly clicked for half a period in Saturday’s matchup against the Hamilton Bulldogs at the FirstOntario Centre.

The Penguins scored three times - including twice on the power play, in the first 11 minutes of the second period to beat the Bulldogs 4-2. The win improves the Penguins to 31-20-3-5 and moves them from eighth to sixth overall in the Eastern Conference.

After Hamilton carried a 1-0 lead into the second period, the Penguins wasted no time evening things up.

Andrew Ebbett kicked off the scoring during a power play that carried over. Ebbett connected just 42 seconds into the period to make it 1-1 and notch his first of two goals on the night.

Less than two minutes later, Hamilton’s Martin St. Pierre was called for hooking, giving the Penguins their third power play of the night. It only took them three seconds to gain the lead when Tom Kostopoulos found the back of the net at the 2:21 mark for the Penguins second power play goal of the game.

Ebbett got the assist on the goal for his sixth multi-point game of the season.

And there was more to come.

Midway through the period Denver Manderson stuffed in a shot in front for his second goal of the season to give the Penguins a commanding 3-1 lead heading into the third period.

Hamilton wasn’t done, however.

Less than four minutes into the third period Mike Blunden made it 3-2 as Hamilton continued to press.

The offensive pressure earned the Bulldogs two power plays in the period and they outshot the Penguins 15-7, but failed to get another puck past Peter Mannino, who stopped 30-of-32 shots on the night for his second win in three starts since being recalled from Wheeling last week.

Ebbett scored his second goal of the night with an empty netter at the 19:03 mark after Hamilton pulled goaltender Robert Mayer for the extra attacker.

The Penguins wrap up their five-game road stint today in Toronto against the Marlies.


- C Zach Sill (injury), F Chuck Kobasew, F Anton Zlobin and D Barry Goers were scratched for the Penguins.

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