Penguins turn things around; tie series with IceCaps

Brendan McCarthy
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  The Wilkes-Barre Penguins turned the tables on the St. John's IceCaps at Mile One Centre Wednesday night, taking a 3-1 decision to tie their best-of-seven American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal at 1-1. The series now switches to northeastern Pennsylvania for Games 3, 4 and 5 Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Wednesday's score was a reverse of the night previous, when the IceCaps won the opener. So was just about everything else in the game. Where  the IceCaps had dominated Game 1 and about was only prevented by the goaltending of Wilkes-Barre's Brad Thiessen, Game 2 saw the Penguins put on early pressure and never let up, but ran into a solid wall put up by IceCaps' netminder Eddie Pasquale and needed to get two goals in the third period to seal the victory. All of the Penguins' goals came on special teams. Erik Tangradi opened the scoring with a power-play marker midway through the first period and Jason Williams got another in a man-up situation five minutes into the third. A shorthanded tally by defenceman Joey Mormina two-and-a-half minutes into the third proved to be the game-winner for the Penguins. The IceCaps' only goal came on a power-play late in the first period when Derek Meech's shot from the blueline bounced off Ben Maxwell's leg and past Thiessen, who finished with 22 saves. Pasquale faced 38 shots. Twitter@telybrendan  

Organizations: IceCaps, Penguins, American Hockey League

Geographic location: St. John's, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre

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