Conor Sheary’s three point night (2 goals, 1 assist) helped lead the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 5-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch in Game 3 Wednesday night as the Penguins earned a sweep in the best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
Sheary, Wilkes Barre’s leading scorer in the regular season (45 points) led the Penguins with five points in the series.
Derrick Pouliot (1 goal, 1 assist), Scott Wilson (1 goal, 1 assist) and Andrew Ebbett (1 goal, 1 assist) each had a goal and assist in the win.
Matthew Murray improved to 3-0 in the post-season in making 33 saves on 35 shots. Murray earned praise from his head coach for coming up big when the Crunch were pressuring.
“Last ten minutes, he was fantastic,” WBS head coach John Hynes said via the Citizens Voice. “He made some pretty big saves for us when the lead could have been cut even more and pressure came on. I thought he was very good all game, but in those pushes, a season is on the line. You know there’s going to be reckless abandon and hard play. He was out challenging shooters. He was very calm and he played well through traffic.”
Murray posted a 1.00 GAA and .965 save percentage in the series.
Kasperi Kapanen had four points in the series, including an assist in Game 3 where he setup Derrick Pouliot for a power play goal.
NHL draft and prospect insider Corey Pronman of ESPN covered the game last night. Kasperi Kapanen and Scott Wilson were two players to catch his eye. One of the biggest question marks for Kapanen this summer is going to be getting stronger as he’s a twig, listed at 180 pounds, and some believe that’s a generous weight for him.
On Kapanen skating is great, skill is great, work ethic/intagibles are there, the frame is a problem though, losing 1v1 battles vs big guys.