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Saturday, February 28, 2015
By +Scott Leffler

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The Lockport Express lost a pair of games this weekend against the Wilkes-Barre Miners, first 7-4 on Friday, then a 4-3 shootout loss this afternoon.

The losses mark the team's fourth and fifth losses in a row, having lost three games to the Jersey Shore Wildcats last weekend. The team must win two of its next three to win the playoff series next weekend, also to be played against Wilkes-Barre — but this time at the Express-friendly confines of Lockport's Cornerstone CFCU Arena.

Friday night, Wilkes-Barre scored 7 goals against the Express' No. 1 goaltender, Tyler Shotwell en route to a 7-4 victory.

Derek Bureau and Daniel Leisser scored for the Miners in the first period, while Ryan Logar netted an unassisted goal for Lockport.

In the second period, Mark Friol tied the game for Lockport and Nick Siracuse put the Express ahead 3-2 before Bureau tied it back up for Wilkes- Barre.

The Miners scored four in a row in the third period, though. Goals came from Artus Bush, Guilluame St. Germain, Krystof Rykala and Leisser. Dillon Hayes tallied the Express' fourth goal at 16:25 to give the game the 7-4 final score.

Today's game, which started in the morning, saw the two teams trade goals in each of the first three regulation periods.

In the first, Bureau scored on the power play at 11:48, assisted by Bush and Austin Bandura. Jordan Pocobello tied it at 13:01, assisted by Siracuse.

The second period saw Jan Mendel score from Daniel Leisser at 1:37 to give the Miners a 2-1 lead. Christopher Gasiewicz combined with Siracuse and Anthony Merante at 15:55 to tie it again for the Express.

In the third frame, Krystof Rykala made it 3-2 for Wilkes-Barre, assisted by Hunter Hackling and Leisser at 5:53. Gasiewicz scored short handed at 7:48 to again tie it for Lockport.

After a scoreless overtime, the two teams went to a shootout, where the Miners had goals from Zoltan Eross, St. Germain, and Bureau. Lockport had goals from Frank Vecchio and Dillon Hayes.

Giancarlo Muglia stopped 42 of 45 shots for the Express today, while Nolan Bivolcic stopped 26 of 29 for the Miners.

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