WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins needed 65 minutes and then some to sneak past the Albany Devils, 2-1, in a shootout Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Albany was competing in its second-straight shootout, coming off a 6-5 win at Norfolk Saturday.
The Devils were in the search for their first-ever victory against the Penguins. In the end, the shootout came down to David McIntyre being robbed by the outstretched pad of Brad Thiessen in the final round. The Devils move to 30-35-1-4 on the season, while the first-place Penguins improve to 51-18-0-1.
Mike McKenna still hasn’t lost in regulation in his last seven outings. He made 30 saves, not including three in the shootout. McKenna stood strong down the stretch, but arguable his best save came late in the second, making a glove save on Chris Collins on a shorthanded breakaway.
Across the way, Thiessen made 22 stops with four additional saves in the penalty-shot round.
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond found the back of the net for the seventh time this season. His goal came at 14:10 of the second period near the crease. Stephen Gionta and Darcy Zajac had the assists.
The only other regulation goal came off the stick of Ryan Craig while on the power play at 13:37 of the first. Like Leblond, Craig cashed in down low. Brett Sterling and Bryan Lerg were credited with the assists.
The last two games of the Devils six-game road swing take place this weekend. The team travels to Syracuse on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and to Hershey on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both outings can be heard on 104.5 FM “The Team” ESPN Radio or online at AHLLive.com.