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Nine is Fine — Pens WIN 3-0

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The most methodical win the Penguins have had in a while is also a record setting one as the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins defeat the Providence Bruins to set a franchise record for consecutive home wins in any season, winning their ninth at home by a 3-0 score over the Providence Bruins on Friday night.

Since the Penguins were so methodical with their game plan tonight., let’s not waste any time and get right to the meat on this blog post, shall we?

Lines were the same from Wednesday in Binghamton but since I didn’t share those, let’s do so now.

Scott Wilson – Kael Mouillierat – Conor Sheary
Kevin Porter – Carter Rowney – Dominik Simon
Dominik Uher – Oskar Sundqvist – Tom Kostopoulos
Tom Sestet – J-S Dea – Josh Archibald

Derrick Pouliot – Steve Oleksy
Tim Erixon – Will O’Neill
Reid McNeill – Niclas Andersen

Matt Murray – Tristan Jarry.

Scratches were Clark Seymour and Tyler Biggs. Maria Marcantuoni was sent to Wheeling before the game. Injury scratches remain Barry Goers and Tom Kuhnhackl.

First Period: Providence came in with the leagues best shots against total at 24.89 per game and the Penguins got to half of that with twelve shots in the period. One of them went in when Conor Sheary wired a shot past Providence starter Malcolm Subban and in when the Penguins were working hard down low. They actually wanted to swing the puck up to a defenseman but the passing lane was blocked so Sheary worked a little give and go with Kael Mouillierat and finished for a 1-0 Penguins lead. The Bruins only had 5 shots in the period.

Second Period: Mouillierat deflected in a Scott Wilson slap pass in for a 2-0 lead at 8:13 for the Penguins only power play of the game. Penguins just didn’t give the Bruins anything in the way of open opportunities. I don’t know if it is a systems thing or if the Penguins are really that good. But everything that they wanted to do tonight from an execution standpoint seemed to have worked.

Third Period: Providence came out with fire to open the period and hit a post but the Penguins and Murray made sure that they wouldn’t make it a 2-1 game. You had the sense that if the Bruins made it 2-1, the Penguins would lose all momentum, start to panic and then next thing you know it’s a 2-2 game. That never happened. Later, Reid McNeill shot a pass deliberately wide to Dominik Simon wheeling around the net and he snuck it past Subban to make it a 3-0 Penguins lead. Even with the P-Bruins going full 6-on-4 on a late power play with Subban pulled, they were never able to solve Murray.

Three Stars: 3) Kael Mouillierat (goal, assist, +1) 2) Conor Sheary (goal, +1) and 1) Matt Murray (29 save shutout)

Around the Division: They don’t play in our division anymore but the Binghamton Senators were shutout tonight by the Albany Devils tonight in Albany by a score of 4-0. That’s not the storyline here. What is is that the Senators had only SIX shots on goal in the entire game. No, really. Six.

Had to give that it’s own paragraph. And to think that the Penguins struggle at times against Binghamton. Go figure.

Anyway, Lehigh Valley needed a shootout to get past Hershey tonight in a wild game, 6-5 the final there…Springfield blanked Hartford 2-0….Utical beat Portland 4-1. Bridgeport was off.

Standings: Penguins (.882 percentage points) — Bridgeport (.675) — Hershey (.632) — Springfield (.559) — Lehigh Valley (.475) — Hartford (.450) — Portland (.438) — Providence (.342)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off tonight. They host the Brampton Beast tomorrow.

Here’s an infographic of the team record winning streak:

You’ll have to wait on video highlights cause I am still waiting on them at 10:45 p.m. If I can get to an edit tomorrow, I will certainly throw those in.

Gameday for Pens / Bears will hit the blog Saturday at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!


The ninth consecutive win on home ice is a record for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins as they blank the Providence Bruins 3-0 tonight. Matt Murray collected a 29 save shutout for the win. 

Goals scored in each period. One by Conor Sheary in the first, Kael Mouillierat on a power play in the second and Dominik Simon in the third. 

This was probably the most methodical game I’ve seen in some time from my seat. 

More to get to in a bit. 

GAMEDAY: vs. Providence 11/27

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Home Game: 9

AHL Game: 267

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Wednesday in Binghamton the Penguins won 4-3 in overtime with Derrick Pouliot scoring the game winning goal. For Providence, they were in Hershey and lost in overtime 2-1. Noel Acciari scored the only goal for the Bruins.

Last Meeting: October 9 in Providence, the Penguins won 2-1 in overtime. It was Scott Wilson scoring in overtime and Matt Murray turning aside 40 of 41 shots.

Record: For WBS 14-2-0-0 (28 pts. 1st place Atlantic Division) — For PRO: 4-9-4-1 (13 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: The Penguins return from the road where they are perfect at home. They need to take the Bruins seriously even through they are a last place team.

Referee(s): Evgeny Romasko

Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @WBSPenguins / @WBSGameDay / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky / @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / PRO: Nick Gagalis @NickGagalis

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep 

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Providence: WNRI 1380 AM

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Eyewitness News Fan Friday | tickets just $14 | $2 drafts (select drafts, 6-7:30pm)

Other Game to Watch: I like Hershey and Lehigh Valley in Allentown tonight. The Phantoms and Bears are getting hot again and this one should be a good time.

Next Five Games: HER 11/28, LV 12/4, HFD 12/5, @ HER 12/6, SYR 12/9

PouliOT — Pens WIN 4-3 (OT)

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If the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins had gone on to lose this game, the optimist would have said, “eh, we only play them six times this year, maybe it’s a matchup problem. styles make fights, you know!” while the pessimist would have said that the Penguins are a great team that struggle with bad ones and that way to give the AHL a nice blueprint on how to beat the Penguins.

Thankfully, none of that will happen as the Penguins beat the Binghamton Senators by a score of 4-3 in overtime with Derrick Pouliot scoring the game winning goal 3:55 into overtime.

Here’s how this one started. The Penguins were facing a kid by the name of Matt O’Connor, a rookie out of Boston University who is looking for his first AHL win of his career. Wilkes-Barre rolled out Matt Murray who has won every goaltending award imaginable in the AHL in the past year or so. So it was a matchup that heavily favored the Penguins.

4:23 into the game and the Penguins are up 2-0 from goals by Carter Rowney on his own rebound and Kael Mouillierat, his 300th pro point in just a span of 1:10. It was all falling apart for O’Connor, who couldn’t stop a nose bleed if he wanted to.

But then the Penguins just stopped attacking. Travis Ewanyk fights Reid McNeill to fire his side up, later Will O’Neill slashes Cole Schneider on a breakaway and the Binghamton Senators league worst power play strikes when Eric O’Dell one times a puck in past Murray and the Senators have life.

In the second period, the Penguins get some momentum going, but it’s halted on a transition play when Scott Wilson is whistled for holding the stick. Binghamton goes back to the power play and, you guessed it, scores again to tie the game at two a piece. It was Cole Schneider redirecting a Pat Mullen shot from the point past Murray and in for a tie game.

Shots in the second period were 20-3 Wilkes-Barre. It was an exact copy of last Friday where the Penguins were controlling the play and all the chances but could not get anything past the goaltender of the Binghamton Senators. All of a sudden O’Connor, who couldn’t stop a beach ball in the games first five minutes, was into a groove and stopping everything.

The Penguins had a 5-on-3 for :26 that I called a turning point of the game in the second period with the score tied. Binghamton and O’Connor kept the Penguins power play from striking the entire game.

I said before the third period started that it was a game that to this point would look like was being decided on special teams but really shouldn’t be with the way the Penguins were getting the chances but O’Connor just denying chance after chance but the Senators power play did strike twice to make it a 2-2 game.

Interesting sidenote, the Penguins have allowed a grand sum total of nine power play goals this season. The Binghamton Senators account for five of them.

In the third, Dominik Uher couldn’t get all of a perfect Tom Kostopoulos setup that would have made it 3-2. Instead it would be the Senators making it 3-2 when Ryan Dzingel stripped a Penguin and scored on Murray to make it 3-2.

The Penguins would get a power play but not register a single shot on goal. While the face-offs looked improved from last weekend, some were lost in key moments.

Dominik Simon finally cracked O’Connor and the game was tied. Carter Rowney was providing a screen in front and the puck went in.

Wilkes-Barre outshot Binghamton 29-6 in the last to periods. It wasn’t for a lack of effort or offensive chances, O’Connor got into a groove that he didn’t get out of.

In overtime, Matt Murray made three huge saves, two in succession, and Derrick Pouliot ended it a few minutes later:

Three stars were Cole Schneider with a goal, assist and a -1, Dominik Simon with a goal, assist and a +2 and Derrick Pouliot with the game winning goal and a +2 in that order.

Good teams find ways to win. I guess that’s the moral of the story.

Around the Division: Hershey beats Providence 2-1 in overtime…Lehigh Valley gets smoked in Utica 7-1…Albany beat Bridgeport 3-1. Hartford, Portland and Springfield were off.

Standings: Penguins (.875 percentage points) — Bridgeport (.675) — Hershey — (.639) — Springfield (.531) — Hartford (.474) — Portland (.467) — Lehigh Valley (.447) — Providence (.361)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers shutout the Reading Royals at home 1-0. Franky Palazzese had a 28 save shutout and Zack Torquato had the only goal of the game. The Nailers lead the North Division at the Thanksgiving break with 21 points over second place Toledo with 17. The Walleye have two games in hand, though.

Here are highlights of tonight’s game from the B-Sens…

Providence is in on Friday. Gameday for that will hit the blog Friday at 3 p.m.

Have a nice Thanksgiving everyone!


Looked like a replay of last Friday when the Penguins came up here and thrower a ton of shots at the B-Sens net but couldn’t score. 

Binghamton scores on two power play goals to even the game at two a piece after the Penguins opened up a 2-0 lead in the games first 2:43 and then take a lead in the third period, but the Penguins storm back to tie on a Dominik Simon goal late then a Derrick Pouliot winner in the three on three overtime. 

Lots more to get to when I get home for the full recap which should be up before midnight.

GAMEDAY: @ Binghamton 11/25

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Away Game: 8

AHL Game: 246

Who: Binghamton Senators

Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Saturday in Albany, the Pens won 5-3. Scott Wilson scored the go ahead goal at 14:52 of the third to go with a power play goal he scored in the second. For Binghamton, they were in Toronto Sunday and lost 6-4 to the Marlies. Cole Schneider had two assists and was named third star of the game.

Last Meeting: This past Friday, November 20, the Penguins 11 game winning streak was halted by the Senators as Binghamton won that contest 3-1. Dominik Simon scored the only goal for the Pens in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 13-2-0-0 (26 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For BNG: 5-10-1-0 (11 pts., 7th place North Division)

Why you should care: The Penguins are out for revenge against a Binghamton team that stopped the franchise record setting win streak last Friday. Look for a lot corrections to the mistakes made last Friday and for the Penguins to play a much more sound fundamental hockey game.

Referee(s): Kendrick Nicholson / Fred Leblanc

Linesmen: Francois Dussureault / John Everett

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @BSens_Hockey

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /binghamtonsenators

Instagram: wbspenguins / bsens_hockey

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TLTomVenesky // @SteinTime44

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For BNG: Grady Whittenburg @BSensRadio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Binghamton: Oldies 96.9

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: I like Bridgeport and Albany on this Thanksgiving Eve.

Next Five Games: vs. PRO 11/27, HER 11/28, LV 12/4, HFD 12/5, @ HER 12/6

Tuesday Tidbits 11/24

Coupla things to touch on this Tuesday night.

First, the Penguins announced their nine game TV schedule. All Saturday dates, beginning December 5 when the Penguins host the Hartford Wolf Pack. Here is the whole list, air time on WQMY-TV at 7 p.m.

  • Hartford on December 5.
  • Albany on December 12.
  • Lehigh Valley on January 30.
  • Portland on February 13.
  • Bridgeport on March 12.
  • Hershey on March 19.
  • Providence on March 26.
  • Bridgeport on April 2.
  • Providence on April 16.

The Penguins will bring back, “Chillin’ with the Penguins” as well, airing at 6:30 before each game.

On the injury front, Matia Marcantuoni is closer to return than Tom Kuhnhackl. Seth said that Marcantuoni participated fully in today’s practice.

Not out there yet, but the Penguins are recalling defenseman Clark Seymour from Wheeling according to the nightly ECHL transactions roundup. Seymour is second on the Nailers in points for defensemen with 4-5-9 and a +6 in 16 games played.

Finally, Sean Shapiro from Wrong Side of the Red Line had me on his blog to talk AHL All-Stars. I don’t know if you have heard, but they have changed the format this year in the AHL. You can read about that here then read Sean and my projections.

Pens head up I-81 for a date with the Binghamton Senators. Gameday for that will hit the blog Wednesday at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!


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