ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Players and coaches will say that games cannot be won in just one period. They will, however, say a game can be lost because of one bad period.
Friday night was proof. Ahead 2-1 with under seven minutes remaining in the second period, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins gave up three goals and never recovered, losing 4-2 to the Rochester Americans.
The just outplayed us in the second, Penguins coach John Hynes said. Rochester played very well and we were very careless with the puck.
And so a five-game winning streak is over. Goalie Brad Thiessen allowed four goals on 18 shots and was replaced by Jeff Zatkoff when the third period began. At the other end, David Leggio stopped 23 shots as the Amerks won their third straight game. That's something they have done just one other time this season, way back in October.
Brian Flynn's power-play goal tied the score at 13:26, Adam Pardy gave the Amerks their first lead with a goal at 18:21, then Kevin Sundher, while falling, managed to somehow chip a shot past Thiessen with 7.4 seconds to go in the period.
But the game may very well have been different had Bobby Farnham scored at 12:24. Steve MacIntyre made a slick pass out of the right corner, finding Farnham alone breaking to the net through the right circle.
Leggio, however, made the save and smothered it with his right leg. When Farnham chopped at Leggio's pad looking for a rebound, referee Mark Lemelin assessed a slashing minor.
Flynn scored on the ensuing power play. So instead of a 3-1 Pens lead, the score was tied 2-2.
That's my job to try to make saves when called upon, said Leggio, who was making his 13th consecutive start. Fortunately I was able to make a couple saves and other than that the team played awesome.
Leggio leads the American Hockey League in wins (21) and minutes played (2,061:30).
Chad Kolarik, one of three newcomers in the Pens lineup, and Zach Sill scored for the Pens, who play at Toronto today.
Kolarik was one of three players making their team debut. For one, right winger Tom Kostopoulos, it was a re-debut.
Kolarik was obtained in a trade on Thursday that sent Benn Ferriero to the New York Rangers organization, while Kostopoulos and defenseman Mark Eaton signed tryout contracts.
Kostopoulos has played 615 NHL games, including 81 a year ago with the Calgary Flames (four goals, eight assists, 12 points).
He's also Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's all-time leader in games (319), goals (97), assists (150) and points (247). Eaton has 627 games of NHL experience (1-3-4 in 62 games for the New York Islanders last season).
Kolarik made in instant impact by scoring on his first shift. He attacked through the right circle and shot through the legs of defenseman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, then kept charging to the net and shoveled his rebound past Leggio.
On the ice at the time of the goal for the Amerks was the Kevin Porter line. When Porter when the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey in 2008, Kolarik was his right winger.
Kolarik, 26, missed the entire 2011-12 season after suffering a knee injury in training camp with the New York Rangers but has proven this season that he's just fine.
He scored 16 goals, 19 assists and 35 points in 41 games for the Connecticut Whale before Thursday's trade.
First Period: 1. WBS, Kolarik 17 (Gibbons), 1:36. Penalties-Mormina Wbs (tripping), 11:38; Adam Rch (high-sticking), 15:05.
Second Period: 2. ROC, Pysyk 3 (Mancari, McNabb), 1:15. 3. WBS, Sill 1 (Payerl, Kostopoulos), 9:56. 4. ROC, Flynn 15 (Mancari, Pysyk), 13:26 (PP). 5. ROC, Pardy 1 (Varone, Rankin), 18:21. 6. ROC, Sundher 3 (Porter, Biega), 19:52. Penalties-Farnham Wbs (slashing), 12:24; Sundher Rch (high-sticking), 19:55.Third Period: Penalties-Kostopoulos Wbs (holding), 2:24; Mancari Rch (tripping), 3:35; Thompson Wbs (tripping), 19:49.
Shots on Goal: WBS 8-7-10-25. ROC 7-11-4-22.Power Play Opportunities: WBS 0-3; ROC 1-4.
Goalies: WBS, Thiessen 8-8-1 (18 shots-14 saves); Zatkoff 12-12-0 (4 shots-4 saves). ROC, Leggio 21-12-1 (25 shots-23 saves).Referee: Mark Lemelin. Linesmen: Brian Lemon, Chris Woodworth.