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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Takes 3-0 Win

Friday, December 23, 2005

By Brian Smith
Philadelphia Phantoms Correspondent

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Dany Sabourin stopped all 15 shots he faced while Konstantin Koltsov contributed a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phantoms on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started out the scoring on the power play with 9:44 left in the first period. The Penguins worked the puck free behind the Philadelphia net and Koltsov was able to step out in front. He stuffed the puck inside the left post for the 1-0 lead.

The score stayed that way all the way to the 4:06 mark of the third period, when Noah Welch made it a 2-0 game. Koltsov carried the puck down the right wing boards into the Phantoms zone and found Welch in the left circle. Welch snapped a shot into the high corner past Martin Houle the moment John Slaney stepped out of the penalty box, making it a shorthanded tally - just the second the Phantoms have allowed all year.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended their lead to 3-0 at 10:17 of the third. Jonathan Filewich dug the puck away from a Phantoms defenseman on the end boards and threw it out in front, where Maxim Talbot one-timed it high past Houle.

The 15 shots on net for Philadelphia marked a season low and compared to 26 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Penguins were 1-for-8 on the power play, while the Phantoms were 0-for-5. With the shutout, John Slaney was again held without a point and remains two points away from breaking the AHL record for points in a career by a defenseman.

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