On Saturday, October 20, 2012, the Wilkes-Barres/Scranton Penguins hosted the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This was the first home game of the 2012-2013 AHL season for the Penguins. The team had lost the first two games of the season and fans were likely hoping that this would be the one that would turn things around for the Penguins. Unfortunately, it was the Sound Tigers that took the win by a score of 3-2. It was a disappointing day for both the fans and players.
In the first period of the game, the Sound Tigers managed to get on the board first. In the middle of the period, Johan Sundstrom got the first goal of the game and both Ty Wishart and Calvin de Haan were credited with assists. Late in the first period, the Sound Tigers extended their lead thanks to a goal from Nino Niederreiter. Casey Cizikas and Matt Donovan got the assist on this goal. At the end of the first, the Sound Tigers held the lead by a score of 2-0. In the second period, the Penguins finally got on the board with a goal from Riley Holzapfel. Paul Thompson and Beau Bennett were credited with the assist. Unfortunately for the Penguins, as time started to wind down in the second, John Persson got one more for the Sound Tigers with help from David Ullstrom and Sundstrom. At the end of the second, the Sound Tigers were ahead by a score of 3-1. In the third, the Penguins managed to get one more thanks to Eric Tangradi. Both Simon Despres and Benn Ferriero got the assist. The Sound Tigers took the game by a score of 3-2.
Currently, the Penguins are in last place in the East Division of the Eastern Conference of the AHL. The team is off to such a bad start that it is also at the bottom of both the Eastern Conference and the league. The team has only had regulation time losses and has not been able to post any points. In the East Division, the Norfolk Admirals are undefeated and the Syracuse Crunch have just one loss in a game that went to shootouts. The Binghamton Senators are in the middle of the pack. The Hershey Bears have just one win. Luckily, there is still plenty of time for the Penguins to catch back up. The team still has almost the entire season left to go.
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