WILKES-BARRE, P.A. (SYRACUSE CRUNCH) –
Casey DeSmith and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins blanked the Syracuse Crunch, 2-0, tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
The loss moves the Crunch to 6-4-2-0 on the season and 0-1-0-0 in the two-game season series against the Penguins.
Goaltender Martin Spencer turned aside 20-of-22 shots between the pipes for the Crunch, while DeSmith earned the shutout with 34 saves. Syracuse was unable to convert on six power play opportunities, but went a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
The Penguins opened scoring 3:53 into the game. Stefan Noesen skated the puck down the right wing and centered it for Andrew Agozzino to chip in from the slot. Kevin Czuczman recorded an assist on the opening tally.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton doubled their lead shorthanded 12:35 into the third period. Agozzino won the faceoff in the right circle and sent it back for Zach Trotman to score with a long right point shot.
The Crunch travel to face the Utica Comets on Monday at 3 p.m.