Beyond The Benches

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Look To Hold Lead Over Providence Bruins


It is often said that in hockey “no lead is safe”.  This turned out to be true on Wednesday night when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins beat the Providence Bruins 5-4 in a 2OT thriller.

The P-Bruins had a 4-1 lead in the third period and fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center were positive their team was going to secure the Game 3 win. However, the WBS Penguins gained momentum after a powerplay goal by Tom Kostopoulos. Simon Despres and Conor Sheary each added goals that eventually sent the game to overtime. Despres was the double-overtime hero, scoring his second goal of the night.

As reported by the Providence Journal, P-Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t happy with his team’s third period performance.

“It’s disappointing,” said Cassidy. “But this is a group that learned the hard way all year and (Wednesday) we learned another lesson.”

The P-Bruins are all too familiar with losing leads to the WBS Penguins.  In last years Calder Cup Playoffs, the P-Bruins had a commanding 3-0 series lead.  The WBS Penguins went on to win the 7 game series.

Game 4 of this second round series is Friday, May 15, in Providence, where the P-Bruins will look to even the series.


Writer: Paula Marino is a graduate of Suffolk University. She loves all things Black and Gold. Paula can be reached on Twitter @powlamarino.