Bulldogs hold off late rally, defeat Milton 62-55

JERSEY SHORE — The Bulldogs denied Milton’s late-comeback attempt and outlasted the Black Panthers, 62-55.

The win increased Jersey Shore’s record to 10-11.

“We did a lot of dumb things and let Milton crawl back into the game, but I am extremely proud of the way we hung on and kept our cool at the very end,” Jersey Shore coach Scott Munro said. “We were able to close out the win, when we could’ve very easily given that one away.”

Jersey Shore entered the fourth quarter with a 46-32 lead and appeared on track for an easy victory. But turnovers and sloppy defense allowed Milton to go on a quick 7-0 run early in the period to pull within seven of tying the game.

“Milton started pressing us a little bit, and instead of being composed and poised we decided to turn the basketball over,” Munro explained. “Milton sped us up and did a really good job of it. They’re an athletic team with good shooters and we knew that coming in.”

“We knew we couldn’t afford to turn the ball over, and we couldn’t afford to give up open looks, and we did both at the end of the game,” Munro added. “That’s what allowed them Dallas six days later.

The Penguins opened the scoring with their first power-play goal in five games. Guentzel tipped a Justin Schultz point shot behind Condon for the early lead.

Brassard evened the score at 4:18 of the second period with a blocker-side slap shot from the left faceoff dot.

The Penguins reclaimed the lead for good 52 seconds later with Guentzel’s second goal, a rebound from the top of the crease.

Murray made a sliding stop on Cody Ceci off the rush shortly after Guentzel’s goal, allowing Malkin and Aston-Reese to break it open.

Carl Hagelin pulled Condon out of position when he circled the net. An unsuspecting Condon thought Hagelin still had the puck, but he blindly dished it to Malkin, who dumped a spinning bad-angle backhander into a partially open net.

Aston-Reese made it a 4-1 game 1:20 later. He took a pass from Crosby off the rush and flicked a wrist shot that hit Condon’s glove and went across the line.

NOTES: Crosby and Phil Kessel both have nine-game home point streaks. Kessel’s matches his longest with the team. Malkin has points in five straight home games. … This was Ottawa’s first visit to Pittsburgh since the Penguins’ double-overtime victory in Game 7 of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals. … Senators F Nate Thompson missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury. … Pittsburgh scratched D Chad Ruhwedel, D Matt Hunwick and F Teddy Blueger. Forward Alexandre Burrows and defenseman Fredrik Claesson sat for Ottawa.

UP NEXT

Senators: Play two games at home starting Thursday against Buffalo.

Penguins: Continue a three-game homestand Thursday against Los Angeles.

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