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PORTLAND, Maine – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were down early but definitely not out.


Despite giving up two early goals the Penguins rallied in the third for a 3-2 win over the Portland Pirates Saturday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.


The Penguins fell behind 2-0 before the ice had a chance to set but managed to recover and slowly chip away at the deficit.


“We felt as though we were playing well but we kind of got stung there by the two goals quick,” said Penguins head coach John Hynes. “We just had to stick with our game and try to continue to get better. I thought our mental toughness tonight was the thing that really helped us stick with it and play the right way.”


Trevor Smith capped the comeback victory with what turned out to be the game-winner midway through the third period. Joseph Morrow’s initial offering was blocked on the way to the goal and puck dropped to Smith who wasted little time depositing his 18th of the season.


Joey Mormina got the Penguins back on even terms in the opening moments of the third period. The Penguins defenseman jumped into the offensive zone to get his own rebound and hammered a shot by Portland goalie Chad Johnson to tie the game at 2-2.


The Pirates jumped into the lead less than four minutes into the game by scoring twice in 30 seconds.


Andy Miele received a pass in full stride at the Pens blue line and distanced himself from the defense before beating Jeff Zatkoff with a backhand high to the glove side.


Boris Valabik made it 2-0 on the next shift when his floating shot from just inside the blue line found its way past Zatkoff.


The Penguins actually had a chance to take over the game in the second period but failed to capitalize despite playing more than half of the period with the man advantage.


Brian Dumoulin delivered the lone strike when he finished off a tic-tack-toe passing play with a quick shot high to the blocker side. The goal, scored during a two-man advantage with just over seven minutes left in the period, got the Penguins to within one, trailing 2-1.


Power-play time continued for the Penguins when Maxim Goncharov was whistled for a boarding major and a game misconduct on a hit on Brian Gibbons. The Penguins managed only two shots during the extended man advantage and the period ended with the Pirates leading 2-1.


“I think the fact that we scored the goal on the five-on-three really helped mentally,” said Hynes. “I think if you go that long on the power play and you don’t score it’s a detriment. Even though we didn’t score on the five-minute major we still had scored. I thought I brought positive energy.”


The Penguins finished the period 1 for 4 with the extra skater in the second and 1 for 6 in the game.


NOTES: - D Cody Wild, RW Chris Minella, C Phil Dupuis, RW Steve Macintyre were scratched for the Penguins.


Penguins 3, Portland 2

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First Period: Scoring – 1. POR, Miele 13 (Werek) 3:24; 2. POR, Valabik 2 (unassisted) 3:54. Penalties – POR, Gormley (interference) 7:17; WBS, Grant (fighting) 15:23; POR, Dziurzynski (fighting) 15:23.


Second Period: Scoring – 3. Penguins, Dumoulin 5 (Reese, Smith) 12:36 power play. Penalties – POR, Goncharov (tripping) 8:34; POR, Brodeur (playing with a broken stick) 11:09; POR, Louis (high sticking) 11:38; POR, Goncharov (boarding major, game misconduct) 13:22; WBS, Peters (interference) 18:50.


Third Period: Scoring – 4. Penguins, Mormina 3 (Collins, Gibbons) 1:13; 5. Penguins, Smith (Morrow, Holzapfel) 10:23.


Penalties – POR, Valabik (roughing) 11:38; Penguins, Mormina (elbowing) 16:49.


Shots on goal: Penguins 10-7-10-27; Portland 10-6-7-23


Power-play Opportunities: Penguins 1-6; Portland 0-2.


Goaltenders: Penguins – Jeff Zatkoff 10-6-7-23 (23 shots - 21 saves); Chad Johnson 10-7-10-27 (27 shots -24 saves)


Starters: Penguins – G Jeff Zatkoff, D Dylan Reese, D Brian Dumoulin, LW Chad Kolarik, C Trevor Smith, RW Riley Holzapfel. Portland – G Chad Johnson, D David Rundblad, D Mathieu Brodeur, LW Nick Johnson, C Andy Miele, RW Jordan Szwarz.


Three Stars: 1. Brian Dumoulin (one goal); 2. Andy Miele (one goal); 3. Trevor Smith (game winning goal)


Referee: Jamie Koharski. Linesmen: Joe Andrews, Landon Bathe.


Attendance: 6,301Boris Valabik made it 2-0 on the next shift when his floating shot from just inside the blue line found its way past Zatkoff.


The Penguins actually had a chance to take over the game in the second period but failed to capitalize despite playing more than half of the period with the man advantage.


Brian Dumoulin delivered the lone strike when he finished off a tic-tack-toe passing play with a quick shot high to the blocker side. The goal, scored during a two-man advantage with just over seven minutes left in the period, got the Penguins to within one, trailing 2-1.


Power-play time continued for the Penguins when Maxim Goncharov was whistled for a boarding major and a game misconduct on a hit on Brian Gibbons. The Penguins managed only two shots during the extended man advantage and the period ended with the Pirates leading 2-1.


“I think the fact that we scored the goal on the five-on-three really helped mentally,” said Hynes. “I think if you go that long on the power play and you don’t score it’s a detriment. Even though we didn’t score on the five-minute major we still had scored. I thought I brought positive energy.”


The Penguins finished the period 1 for 4 with the extra skater in the second and 1 for 6 in the game.


NOTES: - D Cody Wild, RW Chris Minella, C Phil Dupuis, RW Steve Macintyre were scratched for the Penguins.


Penguins 3, Portland 2

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First Period: Scoring – 1. POR, Miele 13 (Werek) 3:24; 2. POR, Valabik 2 (unassisted) 3:54. Penalties – POR, Gormley (interference) 7:17; WBS, Grant (fighting) 15:23; POR, Dziurzynski (fighting) 15:23.


Second Period: Scoring – 3. Penguins, Dumoulin 5 (Reese, Smith) 12:36 power play. Penalties – POR, Goncharov (tripping) 8:34; POR, Brodeur (playing with a broken stick) 11:09; POR, Louis (high sticking) 11:38; POR, Goncharov (boarding major, game misconduct) 13:22; WBS, Peters (interference) 18:50.


Third Period: Scoring – 4. Penguins, Mormina 3 (Collins, Gibbons) 1:13; 5. Penguins, Smith (Morrow, Holzapfel) 10:23.


Penalties – POR, Valabik (roughing) 11:38; Penguins, Mormina (elbowing) 16:49.


Shots on goal: Penguins 10-7-10-27; Portland 10-6-7-23


Power-play Opportunities: Penguins 1-6; Portland 0-2.


Goaltenders: Penguins – Jeff Zatkoff 10-6-7-23 (23 shots - 21 saves); Chad Johnson 10-7-10-27 (27 shots -24 saves)


Starters: Penguins – G Jeff Zatkoff, D Dylan Reese, D Brian Dumoulin, LW Chad Kolarik, C Trevor Smith, RW Riley Holzapfel. Portland – G Chad Johnson, D David Rundblad, D Mathieu Brodeur, LW Nick Johnson, C Andy Miele, RW Jordan Szwarz.


Three Stars: 1. Brian Dumoulin (one goal); 2. Andy Miele (one goal); 3. Trevor Smith (game winning goal)


Referee: Jamie Koharski. Linesmen: Joe Andrews, Landon Bathe.


Attendance: 6,301


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