PORTLAND, Maine — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finally managed to get over the two-goal hump.
The timely spike in offense was just enough as the Penguins knocked off the Portland Pirates 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Chad Kolarik scored his second of the game on a power-play goal 38 seconds into the extra frame to lift the Penguins to the victory.
The game marked the first in nine that the Penguins managed to score more than twice.
Zach Sill lifted the Penguins into a 3-3 tie in the third period when he was credited with a goal after jamming the puck into the net after it appeared as if Portland goaltender Mike Lee had the puck smothered.
The goal came less than two minutes after Portland gained its first lead of the game. Chris Brown netted his second goal of the game in the opening two minutes of the third on a breakaway. Brown stripped the puck from Penguins defenseman Joey Mormina at the Portland blue line and beat Brad Thiessen with a wrister to the blocker side to push the Pirates to a 3-2 advantage.
The Penguins had drawn first blood with a power-play goal less than eight minutes into the game. An offensive zone face-off win by Brian Gibbons sent the puck back to Dylan Reese, who played across to Joe Morrow. The Penguins defenseman moved in and beat Lee with a quick wrist shot to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later the Penguins made it 2-0. Alex Grant started the play with a shot from high in the slot. Lee kicked out a big rebound to Kolarik and his shot was tipped home by Jayson Megna as he was angled into the Portland goaltender by a Pirates defender.
Portland got back on even terms in the latter stages of the second period when it scored twice in quick succession. Chris Conner struck first during a 4-on-4 situation when he beat Thiessen on a rebound with less than six minutes left in the period. Just 1:27 later, Brown connected on the power play when he took a pass from behind the net and roofed a shot just under the crossbar to tie the game at 2-2.
D Cody Wild, RW Chris Minella, C Phil Dupuis, RW Steve Macintyre were scratched for the Penguins.
Brian Dumoulin was in the starting lineup for his first pro game in his home state. The Penguins defenseman was born and raised in Biddeford, which is located less than 20 miles from Portland.