Wilkes-Barre tried its best to erase a three-goal deficit, but Roc City would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 6-5.
Roc City forced Wilkes-Barre\’s goalies to work all game long, getting 59 shots and forcing 53 saves. Devin Peterson made 40 stops and Mathieu Beaudet made 13. Roc City put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Wilkes-Barre to score on any of its five power plays. Roc City surpassed its usual scoring output this season. Roc City averages 3.4 goals per game. Roc City\’s penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as Roc City finished with 42 penalty minutes.
Roc City additionally got points from Cameron Clark, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Roc City included Brandon Corey and Cole Whitehead, who scored one goal each. More assists for Roc City came via Jared Tam-Grimshaw, who had two, Aidan Conolly and Zach Bucholz, who each chipped in one, and Sam Cammilleri and Anthony DePetres, who contributed three each.
Wilkes-Barre bested its season scoring average. This season, Wilkes-Barre averages 2.6 goals per contest. Wilkes-Barre could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 36 minutes in penalties during the game.
Wilkes-Barre was led by Ryan Flanagan, who tallied four goals and one assist. Wilkes-Barre also got points from Feist, who also registered one goal and one assist. In addition, Wilkes-Barre received assists from Ruben Gonzales and Hunter Hackling, who each chipped in one and Zacharia Ouladelhadjahmed and Derrick Wruble, who contributed two each.
Roc City\’s Justin Nevinger stopped 20 shots out of the 25 that he faced. Roc City registered two goals on seven power play opportunities.