In their 2011-12 regular season finale, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Webster Bank Arena.
Down by a score of 2-1 after two periods, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened up the contest on Bryan Lerg's 27th goal of the season. After a turnover by Bridgeport in its own zone, Paul Thompson would get two chances in close before sliding the puck to Lerg for the tap-in.
Skating on a power play with less than six minutes left in the regulation, the Sound Tigers would go back on top for good. Defenseman Matt Donovan faked a shot from the blueline and fed Rhett Rakhshani down low for the one-timer at 14:25 that completed the scoring.
After a scoreless first period, Brandon DeFazio gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 2:53 of the second when he stole a breakout pass behind the Bridgeport net and cut out in front to go high blocker side on goaltender Kevin Poulin.
Tyler McNeely was able to tie the score for the Sound Tigers on his second goal in as many games against the Penguins. The Bridgeport forward tipped Scott Oleksy's point shot past Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Scott Munroe at 6:03.
The Sound Tigers went up 2-1 with 6:05 until the intermission as Michael Haley's slow-rolling slapshot made it to the Munroe's crease where Tomas Marcinko shoved the puck across the goal line.
Munroe took the loss against his former team, stopping 25-of-28 shots and finishing the regular season with a 19-10-3 record. Poulin picked up his 26th victory for Bridgeport with 31 saves.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Hershey Bears on Friday, April 20 at 7:05 PM at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
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