Apr. 4—Penguins goaltender Alex D’Orio stole the show in the third period with a series of acrobatic saves.
But the Lehigh Valley Phantoms stole a late extra-attacker goal and shootout victory on Saturday.
Tyson Foerster wristed his second goal of the night past D’Orio with 49 seconds left, and his shootout goal held up for good measure in a 5-4 contest at Allentown’s PPL Center.
Drew O’Connor had a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which had a 4-2 lead in the second period but saw the Phantoms fight back to force overtime as they are prone to do.
For the second game in a row, the Penguins let their opponent score with six skaters on the ice.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had one clear that went wide of the empty net for icing, but then couldn’t get the puck out of the zone following the next faceoff.
D’Orio had made a couple of spectacular saves in the third, including one where he darted to his left to stymie Cal O’Reilly, but he could only lunge with his arm outstretched as Foerster didn’t miss to tie the game at 4.
D’Orio made another great save in the overtime period, but the Penguins didn’t generate any glorious scoring chances at the other end.
Coach Forrest’s takeaway
“When there’s an extra guy on the ice, you’ve got to put a little extra … work a little extra harder there to make up for that extra man. There’s certain scenarios where we don’t care if it’s an icing and we tried to be cute with it, and they were able to keep it in (the zone) and continue to wear us down. We were out there for a long time. It’s more of a learning lesson, bearing down in those certain situations. Hopefully, two times is enough.”
The house No. 3 pick was Phantoms goaltender Zane McIntyre, who made 32 saves, but really one Penguin deserved a selection. D’Orio, O’Connor or even Radim Zohorna (two assists) are all candidates.
Unfortunately, O’Reilly had already hurt the Penguins with a lucky goal off a blocked shot in the first and an assist. He was star No. 2.
Foerster’s goals were his fifth and sixth of the season, and Saturday marked his second straight multigoal game. He was the No. 1 selection.
Zohorna was in the lineup after being reassigned earlier in the day. He immediately slotted in on the power play and second line with O’Connor and Felix Robert.
Josh Maniscalco was once again the sixth defenseman for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and recently signed goaltender Tommy Nappier backed up D’Orio.
It’s a full week off for the Penguins, who return to the ice at home Saturday at 5 p.m. for a puck drop against Binghamton.
Penguins 3 1 0 0 0 — 4
Leh. Valley 2 1 1 0 1 — 5
First period: Scoring — 1, LV, O’Reilly (Day, Aliison), 4:47; 2, WBS, Robert (Czuczman, Zohorna), 5:43; 3, WBS, O’Connor (Currie, Zohorna), 10:35 (PP); 4, LV, Foerster (Wilson, Willman), 11:33; 5, WBS, Joseph (Currie, O’Connor), 19:39 (PP). Penalties — LV, Bigras, interference 9:26; WBS, Joseph, high-sticking 17:21; LV, Pouliot, slashing 18:52.
Second period: Scoring — 6, WBS, Drozg, 14:59; 7, LV, Allison (O’Reilly, Fitzgerald), 16:39. Penalties — None.
Third period: Scoring — 8, LV, Foerster (Bunnaman, Willman), 19:11. Penalties — WBS, Trotman, cross-checking 1:46.
Overtime: Scoring — None. Penalties — None.
Shootout: WBS — O’Connor no, Drozg no, Zohorna no. LV — Foerster goal, Allison no, Wisdom no.
Shots on goal: WBS 17 9 8 2 — 36; LV 10 9 9 2 — 31.
Goaltenders: WBS, D’Orio (26 saves on 30 shots); LV, McIntyre (32 saves on 36 shots).
Power-play opportunites: WBS 2 of 2; LV 0 for 2.
Referees: Mason Riley and Corey Syvret. Linesmen: Jud Ritter and Ryan Knapp.
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