Wilkes-Barre holds on for 8-6 win against Skylands

Wilkes-Barre survived a determined comeback attempt by Skylands on the way to an 8-6 win.

Wilkes-Barre made the score 8-5 on a goal by Ryan Flanagan at 6:02 in the third period, and Skylands got as close as 8-6 when Alex Linquito scored 19:08 into the third period.

Wilkes-Barre forced Skylands\’ goaltenders to work without much rest, launching 42 shots and forcing 34 saves. Mathias Yttereng made 16 stops and Ryan Bartholomew made 18. Wilkes-Barre found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Wilkes-Barre has scored at the pace of 3.0 goals per game during the current campaign. Wilkes-Barre\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.

Wilkes-Barre also got points from Lucas Ethington, who also tallied two goals and one assist, Connor Landrigan, who also registered one goal and three assists, and Stephen Aponik, who also had one goal and one assist. Jackson Goodman also scored for Wilkes-Barre. More assists for Wilkes-Barre came via Derrick Wruble, who had two, Tanner Kahlau, who had three, and Matthew Emerick, Darrin Bruce Jr, Zacharia Ouladelhadjahmed, and Dylan Gulick, who each chipped in one.

Skylands was led by Hunter Ledwith, who finished with one goal and three assists. Ledwith scored on the power play 18:38 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Skylands. Skylands had taken the advantage when Wilkes-Barre\’s Ethington got sent off for too many men. Linquito picked up the assist. Skylands additionally got points from Cory Decosta, who also racked up one goal and two assists, Ernest Komarnitskii, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Linquito, who also registered one goal and two assists. Others who scored for Skylands included Tim Vant and Mike King, who each put in one. In addition, Skylands received assists from Cole Skelly, who had two and Jack Nussbaum and Antonio Martiniello, who contributed one each.

Mathieu Beaudet rejected 24 shots on goal for Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Skylands incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.