Jeff Zatkoff made 23 saves Wednesday night and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored in the second and third periods for a 2-0 victory against the Portland Pirates at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Andrew Ebbett scored his fifth goal on a power play 4:34 into the second from Bryan Rust and Derrick Pouliot. Tom Kuhnhacki got his first goal on an empty-netter with 46 seconds left.

Dylan Reese of Portland had four shots on goal, as did Corey Trivino, who was signed to a pro tryout contract Tuesday after playing six games for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

Mike McKenna made 14 saves for the Pirates.


EASTERN SECTIONALS: Franz-Peter Jerosch, 13, of Yarmouth placed 10th in his intermediate men’s short program at the U.S. Eastern sectional figure skating championships at Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Jerosch lost points after missing a spin and received a score of 24.28.

His free skate is scheduled for Thursday. Jerosch also will skate in juvenile pairs Saturday with his partner, Lindsay Stevens, 15, of Westborough, Massachusetts.

Jordan Evans of Delaware leads the 12-skater competition with 38.06 points.


CARD CANCELED: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, canceled live racing for a second straight day after the track remained frozen following an early blast of wintry weather.

It’s the first time a frozen track has forced consecutive cancellations since Nov. 23-24, 1970. The 10 races set for Wednesday and Thursday were wiped out after crews were unable to thaw out the one-mile dirt track. Training also was scuttled.


AFRICAN CUP: Nigeria won’t get the chance to defend its title at the African Cup of Nations next year after drawing 2-2 at home to South Africa to miss out on the finals on the last day of qualifying.

Ivory Coast, Ghana and Mali managed to qualify for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea in January and February. Ebola-hit Guinea’s national team also will make the trip.

FIFA MEETING: The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA’s World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray.


2016 GAMES: The ruling body of world athletics said it will stage finals during the morning sessions of its program at Rio de Janeiro.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said that morning finals, which have not been held since the 1988 Games in Seoul, will be staged for 13 events. Eight will be track and field and five will be on the road, with three walking races and the two marathons.


NASCAR: The NASCAR championship-winning team Stewart-Haas Racing hired Rex Stump as its technical director.

Stump spent the last 18 years at Hendrick Motorsports.


VOLVO OCEAN RACE: Boats in the fleet headed for one of the most testing legs of the event between South Africa and Abu Dhabi with the threat of tropical storms awaiting them in the Indian Ocean.

– From staff and news services