Lockport beats Wilkes-Barre 8-7 after comeback scare

Wilkes-Barre tried to dig itself out of a two-goal hole, but Lockport held on for an 8-7 victory.

Lockport took a 8-6 lead during the third period, only to have Wilkes-Barre storm back on a Johannes Leitner goal 17:13 into the third period to pull to one goal down.

Nicholas Siracuse was all over the ice for Lockport, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Siracuse scored the first of his two goals at 15:46 into the second period to make the score 4-3 Wilkes-Barre. Anthony Merante assisted on the tally. Siracuse\’s next tally made the score 5-5 with 18:02 left in the third period. Jacob Burford picked up the assist.

Lockport kept Wilkes-Barre\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Simeon Valonen made 32 saves on 40 shots. Lockport could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 18 minutes in penalties during the game.

Lockport also got points from Dillon Hayes, who also registered two goals and one assist, Daniel Golba, who also finished with one goal and two assists, and Merante, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Lockport included Jordan Pocobello and Ryan Logar, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Lockport were Peter Guido and Michael Crissy, who each chipped in one and Justin Durkee and Frank II Vecchio, who contributed two each.

Wilkes-Barre put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Lockport to score on any of its six power plays. Lockport was unable to stop Wilkes-Barre from sending pucks towards the net, and Wilkes-Barre eventually piled up 37 shots on goal. Wilkes-Barre outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, Wilkes-Barre averages 4.4 goals per contest. Wilkes-Barre could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 34 minutes in penalties during the game.

Wilkes-Barre was helped by Derek Bureau, who racked up one goal and two assists. Bureau scored on the power play 15:38 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre had gained a power play chance when Austin Kasperek was whistled for slashing. Arturs Bush provided the assist. Wilkes-Barre additionally got points from Bush, who also had one goal and one assist, Michael Tugo, who also finished with one goal and two assists, and Austin Bandura, who also grabbed one goal and two assists. Wilkes-Barre also had goals scored by Jonathan Wisten and Daniel Leisser, who each put in one. In addition, Wilkes-Barre received assists from Alexandr Lobachev, Logan Obes, and Mordy Munichman, who each chipped in one.

Giancarlo Muglia rejected 30 shots on goal for Lockport. Wilkes-Barre registered three goals on eight power play opportunities.