Wilkes-Barre pulled out a 7-6 (OT) overtime victory over Roc City on a clutch goal by Daniel Leisser.
Wilkes-Barre came back from a three-goal deficit to capture the victory. Wilkes-Barre was down 5-2 after a power play goal by Roc City\’s Brian Wade at 10:06 in the second period. Wilkes-Barre knotted things up at 6-6 on a goal by Leisser at 7:44 in the third period.
Wilkes-Barre forced Roc City goalie George Collins to work between the pipes, taking 57 shots. Wilkes-Barre surpassed its usual scoring output this season. Wilkes-Barre averages 4.3 goals per game.
Wilkes-Barre also got points from Guillaume St. Germain, who also grabbed one goal and two assists, Michael Tugo, who also had one goal and one assist, and Derek Bureau, who also registered one goal and one assist. Wilkes-Barre also got a goal from Arturs Bush as well. In addition, Wilkes-Barre received assists from Brenden Walch, who had two and Francois Lacroix, Brett Welsh, and Jonathan Wisten, who contributed one each.
Roc City kept Wilkes-Barre\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Nolan Bivolcic made 37 saves on 43 shots. Roc City outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, Roc City averages 3.8 goals per contest.
Roc City was led by Wesley Austin, who racked up one goal and three assists. Austin scored on the power play 15:11 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Roc City. Roc City had gotten the advantage when Wilkes-Barre\’s Leisser was sent off for head contact. John Papas picked up the assist. Roc City additionally got points from Wade, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Papas, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Anthony DePetres, who also had one goal and one assist. Roc City also had goals scored by John Melcher and Sam Cammilleri, who scored one goal each. More assists for Roc City came via John Wise, Benjamin Myles, and Zach Bucholz, who each chipped in one.
Wilkes-Barre incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. George Collins made 50 saves for Roc City on 57 shots. Roc City totaled 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major and went 3-for-7 on the power play.