Dec 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Zach Sill (38) on the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Stays Alive; Tops St. Johns in Game 5

The Pittsburgh Penguins American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, are still breathing in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

After dropping three consecutive games to the St. Johns IceCaps, WBS ended their losing streak, and defeated the IceCaps 4-2 in the late stages of Game 5 Saturday night.

Heading into the second period down one, WBS received a goal from an ex-IceCap, Spencer Machacek, who was acquired by Pittsburgh early in the season. However, St. Johns would regain the lead with 5:55-minutes left in the stanza, and WBS went into the locker room down 2-1.

On the verge of being ousted from contention, WBS got a timely goal from Chuck Kobasew with 7:30-minutes remaining in the third, to knot the game up at two. And then, with 16-seconds left in regulation, Zach Sill – who was one of Pittsburgh’s hardest working players before he was sent down – buried what turned out to be the dramatic game-winner.

St. Johns would go on to pull their goalie, but Kobasew sent home the empty-net goal, and collected his second of the tilt to secure a Game 6 berth for WBS.

Pens’ goaltender Peter Mannino stood tall for WBS. Stopping 19-of-21 IceCaps’ shots, Mannino played a steady game for the Pens, and is one of the reasons WBS is still alive to fight another day.

The Pens will now look to keep their hopes intact next Tuesday, as WBS heads back to Newfoundland for Game 6. The contest is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

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