A great season was brought to an end on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, lost by one goal to the St. John's IceCaps in the final game of a seven game series. The Penguins were eliminated from the 2012 American Hockey League playoffs. The IceCaps will move on to the next round where the team will face the Norfolk Admirals.
The IceCaps got on the board first halfway through the first period. Thanks to a goal from Raymond Sawada, who had help from John Albert, the IceCaps got the early lead. During the second period, the Penguins finally answered with a goal from Ryan Craig. Eric Tangradi was credited with the assist. Approximately five minutes later, the IceCaps regained the lead with a power play goal from Aaron Gagnon. Both Jason King and Sawada were credited with assists. Not even one minute into the third period, Gagnon got his second goal of the night to give the IceCaps a 3-1 lead. Halfway through the period, the Penguins got a power play goal thanks to Colin McDonald. Jason Williams and Tangradi were credited with assists. Unfortunately, for the Penguins, neither team managed to get more goals. The IceCaps took the game by a score of 3-2. The thrilling home victory may give the IceCaps significant momentum going forward in the next round of play.
The Penguins had defeated the Hershey Bears, located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in the first round of the playoffs. The two rivals had played all five of the games in the five game series. The Penguins had gotten out to an early 2-0 record at home in the series before the series moved to the Giant Center in Hershey. The Bears managed to tie the series but in the end, once the series shifted back to the Mohegan Sun Arena, the Penguins won and the Bears were eliminated.
The IceCaps will be facing the Admirals on Thursday, May 17, for the first game in another seven game series. The Admirals will be a formidable opponent. The winner of the seven game series will move on to play in the championship series where the winner will take the Calder Cup for 2012. It will certainly be interesting to see how the playoffs continue to unfold. Unfortunately, both central Pennsylvania teams have already been eliminated from the playoffs.
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