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Pens take down Crunch, win fourth straight at home

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had a return to form on the power play Tuesday night, netting three goals on the man advantage to skate past the Syracuse Crunch, 4-3, at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.

Tyler Spurgeon recorded what proved to be the game-winning goal with 10:49 to play in the third period to lift the Penguins to their fourth straight win at home.

The win avenged a 5-1 loss to the Crunch just three days ago, and allowed the Pens to pull within one point of the idle Hershey Bears in the East Division standings. Hershey holds down the second spot with 89 points in 64 games, while the Penguins have 88 in 64.

After going two straight games without a power play goal, the Penguins went 3-for-7 on Tuesday, upping their league-leading percentage to 22.9 (83 goals in 363 attempts). The Crunch went 2-for-11 on the power play themselves.

Nolan Schaefer stopped 26 of 29 shots in the contest to earn his third win in a row and fourth in five starts since joining the Pens. Kurtis McLean, Jonathan Filewich and Rob Schremp also tallied for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Robert Nilsson added a pair of assists in the win.

Joakim Lindstrom recorded a goal and an assist and former Penguin Zenon Konopka had a pair of helpers in the loss for the Crunch.