Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as Wilkes-Barre defeated Syracuse in a shootout 5-4 (1-0 SO).
The shootout featured 12 attempts between both teams.
Wilkes-Barre overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. Wilkes-Barre fell behind 2-0 after a power play goal by Syracuse\’s Jean-Philippe Picard at 12:40 in the first period. Wilkes-Barre tied things up at 4-4 on a goal by Alexandre Gauthier at 11:32 in the third period.
Syracuse was unable to stop Wilkes-Barre from sending pucks towards the net, and Wilkes-Barre eventually piled up 50 shots on goal.
Others who scored for Wilkes-Barre included Jonathan Wisten and Austin Bandura, who scored one goal each. In addition, Wilkes-Barre received assists from Brendon Walch, Lewis Hackling, Michael Tugo, and Derek Bureau, who contributed one each.
Syracuse forced Wilkes-Barre goalie Nolan Bivolcic to work between the pipes, taking 34 shots.
Bivolcic recorded 30 saves for Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Syracuse\’s Ludvig Kullen Dansarie stopped 45 shots out of the 49 that he faced. Syracuse incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.