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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
Category Archives: Postgamer
December 7, 2013Posted by on
When Jeff Deslauriers came in at the start of the season I thought that the Penguins didn’t have a chance.
Boy, was I wrong.
The Penguins respond to a 5-0 shutout by the St. John’s IceCaps Friday last night with a 3-0 shutout of their own Saturday night. Jeff Deslauriers stops all 30 shots seen.
Has Deslauriers been the MVP of the team or, what? Every time he steps in the crease he gives the Penguins a chance to win.
I strung for the Great Jonathan Bombulie of the Citizens’ Voice tonight. Check out my story in the paper Sunday.
In it, I led with the fact that the Pens may be missing a large majority of their best players, but they still have a pretty intact blue line and goaltending department. The Pens got goals tonight from Tom Kuhnhackl, Brian Gibbons and Bobby Farnham then played prevent defense all third period and won the game.
Jeff Deslauriers vs. Eddie Pasquale
Two lineup changes: John Hynes went 11F/7D tonight. Peter Merth and Carter Rowney were out for Reid McNeill and Harrison Ruopp. Ruopp made his season debut for the Penguins.
First Period: About as inert a period you can get. With 5:27 left in the period, shots were 2-1 Penguins. It ended up 4-2 St. John’s at the end of the period. Best chances were a high slot shot by Gibbons and a Eric O’Dell cross ice saucer pass to Kael Mouillerat that Deslauriers made a cross ice post-to-post save on.
Second Period: IceCaps made their best efforts to jump ahead in the hockey game. I remember Mike O’Brien saying that the shots were 10-2 IceCaps at some point. Despite that, the Pens headed to a power play where Tom Kuhnhackl would score to break the deadlock. Brendan Mikkelson kept a puck in the far wall, fed Nick D’Agostino in the low far circle, he throws it at the net, it caroms off of Pasquale to Kuhnhackl who hacks and whacks and stuffs it past Pasquale.
Then, Mikkelson holds up Eric O’Dell on the half wall and Brian Gibbons comes in out of no where to pick O’Dell’s pocket to start a three-on-one up the ice with Cody Sylvester and Bobby Farnham. Gibbons passes to Farnham who touch passes back to Gibbons who scores an easy goal to put the Pens up 2-0.
Third Period: It took :21 for Bobby Farnham to find the back of the net for the Pens. Mike Carman tries a cross ice pass to Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. Defenseman Brenden Kichton puts a stick on the puck, but in the process sets the table for Farnham to step into one and laser it past Pasquale for a 3-0 lead.
Pens let off after that, and played prevent defense. Jeff Deslauriers made some sprawling saves in the period, most notably this one on Eric O’Dell, which will likely go on Deslauriers’ highlight reel.
Deslauriers first shutout of the year, and he’s tied for wins by goaltenders with 11.
Three Stars: 3) Bobby Farnham (goal, assist, +2) 2) Brian Gibbons (goal) 1) Jeff Deslauriers (30 save shutout)
Around the Division: Norfolk, hot on the heels of the division leaders, sweeps Syracuse this weekend with a 2-1 victory in Central New York. The Hershey Bears are halted by a resurgent Bridgeport Sound Tigers and lose 4-2. Binghamton gets a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the surprisingly good Albany Devils, who are just two points behind the Northeast Division leaders the Springfield Falcons who are the Penguins next opponent.
That means that, despite a patchwork lineup of ECHL call ups, your Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins are in sole possession of first place in arguably the best division in the AHL, the East Division.
Standings: Penguins 31 — Binghamton 30 — Norfolk 28 — Syracuse 25 — Hershey 21
Conference: 1) MCH (36) 2) SPR (32) 3) WBS (31) 4) BNG (30) 5) ALB (30) 6) PRO (29) 7) NOR (28) 8) STJ (27)
Wheeling Update: Nailers are a point factory right now. Nailers win 2-1 in a shootout over the Cincinnati Cyclones tonight and lead their division by 8 points.
SendToNews Highlights: Despite last night, a ton of good things to look at from a Penguins fan perspective tonight. Here you go.
Pens probably travel Sunday back to Wilkes-Barre, off Monday, and prep Tuesday for a home game vs. Springfield Wednesday.
Blog wise, barring anything huge, the Week 10 AHL Power Rankings will be here Monday afternoon.
Let’s Go Pens!!
December 6, 2013Posted by on
Jonathan Bombulie summed up the current state of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins lack of experience up front in a single tweet:
Career NHL games played by forwards in WBS lineup tonight: Kostopoulos 630 Leblond 40 Gibbons 5 That's it. That's the list.—
Jonathan Bombulie (@CVBombulie) December 06, 2013
The results were predictable. St. John’s goaltender Eddie Pasquale stops all of twenty shots faced and
Wheeling Wilkes-Barre loses 5-0.
The two teams rematch tomorrow night.
News of the day was the recall of Harry Zolnierczyk to Pittsburgh and Andrew Ebbett to injured reserve with a fractured ankle. Mike O’Brien said on the pre game show that Ebbett is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. He also stated that Nick Drazenovic is about a week away from returning. He is hopeful for a return Wednesday vs. his old team the Springfield Falcons.
Eric Hartzell vs. Eddie Pasquale. With the Zolnierczyk recall, it was all hands on deck up front for the Pens.
First Period: Bobby Farnham fought J.C. Lipon for the hit Lipon put on Tom Kuhnhackl a few weeks ago in Wilkes-Barre, where Lipon was suspended for the hit. The Pens struggled to get shots in close on Eddie Pasquale. Seemed that anything from the face-off dot or higher that the Pens shot at Pasquale, he saw like a beach ball.
Finally, just past the halfway mark of the period, Eric O’Dell wheeled around the Wilkes-Barre net, threw a weak shot at Hartzell and Carl Klingberg backhanded it home over the left shoulder of the Penguin net minder.
Other than that, Hartzell was pretty flawless otherwise for the Pens in the period, stopping shots in traffic, on a power play and even on a give away at the blue line that saw Patrice Cormier skate in unabated.
Second Period: Pens came out with much more life to start the period. They’d be rewarded with a power play, and that seemed to halt all momentum as the Pens would gain center red and dump and chase.
Then, Peter Merth and ex-Penguin Ryan Schnell are fighting for a puck along the wall and Blair Riley comes flying in with a check on Merth. Merth’s head collides with Schnell, cuts him badly, and then Merth and Riley fight. Merth would pick up the extra minor. Then, my AHL Live feed wet the bed. During the outage and me rushing to bring it back, Carl Klingberg scored his second of the game with a one timer in front for a 2-0 St. John’s lead. Then, Zach Redmond scores on a power play to extend the IceCaps lead to three.
The Penguins obviously weren’t doing themselves any favors taking lazy penalties. They needed to kill a carryover one heading into the….
Third Period: They would, then would get a power play but about fifteen seconds later would take a penalty. But that wasn’t the story of the period. It was this:
Eddie Pasquale monster saves vs. WBS 12/6 vine.co/v/hxYYUBunZIP—
Jason Iacona (@nafsnep) December 07, 2013
What little offense the Pens could muster at Pasquale and the IceCaps, the St. John’s net minder handled easily. This display was the most heat in his kitchen all night, and he came up with ten bell save after ten bell save.
Oh, that thing I said about the Pens getting a power play then taking one? Happened again. Seemed that any momentum the Pens got rolling they just applied the brakes themselves with dumb penalties.
Jerome Samson and Andrew Gordon strike in 1:05. Samson strips Brian Gibbons, skates the length, and fires a shot on Hartzell that was deflected by a stick. So, it badly changed the speed and the angle as the puck approached Hartzell. It was an ugly goal. Then, Zach Redmond fires a shot on goal that Andrew Gordon gets a stick on that appeared to be a high stick. I have an iPhone 5S that has a slo-mo camera on it. I looked at the goal again. It looked like, to me, that Gordon’s stick was legal at the point of contact then a split second later, as Gordon was raising his stick, illegal.
Referee Darcy Burchell must have saw it that way too, as he emphatically ruled goal and there wasn’t a replay.
That was it. Five goals scored against. Ain’t that enough?
Three Stars: 3) Eddie Pasquale (20 save shutout) 2) Zach Redmond (goal, assist, +1) and 1) Carl Klingberg (two goals, +2)
Around the Division: Hershey storms back after being down 2-0 in the second period and get by the B-Sens 4-2 in Binghamton. Norfolk does the same and wins 4-3 in a shootout in Syracuse for Brad Thiessen’s first win on North American soil this season.
Standings: Penguins 29 — Binghamton 29 — Norfolk 26 — Syracuse 25 — Hershey 21
Conference: 1) MCH (34) 2) SPR (30) 3) WBS (29) 4) BNG (29) 5) ALB (28) 6) PRO (27) 7) STJ (27) 8) NOR (26)
Wheeling Update: You’d think that you should feel sorry for the ECHL affiliate Wheeling. Yeah, no. The Nailers beat the defending Kelly Cup Champion Reading Royals 4-3 at home in a shootout. The Nailers are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games and are a point factory despite being stripped of all their players by call ups.
SendToNews Highlights: Are here. Not much to look at if you are a Penguin fan.
Rematch tomorrow on The Rock between these two teams. Gameday will be here at 2 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!
November 30, 2013Posted by on
With the state of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins now, with half of their scoring on recall to Pittsburgh, a dogfight in Hershey was going to be expected. The Bears are underachieving right now, and they did not want to get outclassed by their rivals in Wilkes-Barre by going 0-fer in the season going into December.
So the Penguins get a point tonight in Hershey with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Bears and lead the Eats Division coming into December.
They also accomplished this feat by yet another third period comeback, down 2-0 after the second intermission.
Jeff Deslauriers vs. David Leggio
Peter Merth was in for Dustin Stevenson. Dominik Uher needs “further evaluation” per Mike O’Brien on the pre game show from his upper body injury suffered Wednesday in Adirondack.
First Period: Pierre-Luc Letourneau Leblond and Joel Rechlicz fought in a dandy of a fight. Then, the Pens took a penalty and Stan Galiev scored to put the Bears ahead 1-0. Pens go 0-for-2 on the power play the rest of the way. The Bears really did a nice job of bottling up the Pens all period long.
Second Period: Pens fail to score on extended 5:00 major for charging on Garrett Mitchell on a hit from Brain Gibbons. Pens couldn’t do anything with it. Tempers flared as custom between these teams. Dave Leggio makes a nice save on Scott Harrington, Harry Zolnierczyk had about five chances all game to score but did not. Bears double the lead on a backhander just as a power play for them expires from Jeff Taffe.
Penguins really owned the period, but could not solve Leggio and gave up a goal to Taffe for a 2-0 deficit heading into the….
Third Period: Pierre Leblond scores his first goal for the Penguins on a firecracker of a shot from below the blue line to cut the Bears deficit in half. Hershey would then play full on prevent defense but Mike Carman would score in a scrum to tie the game late. Brian Gibbons and Harry Zolnierczyk were magic all night but just could not connect all night and missed one late. Deslauriers with a save on a Bear from the point. Penguins ice the puck three times in the final third seconds and it was onto…
Overtime: Mike Carman strips a Bear of a puck, feeds a streaking Kostopoulos but the captain misses. Then the Bears score with 6.6 left as David Kolomatis would receive a pass from the corner after Deslauriers directed a puck there. The Penguins goaltender was out of position as Kolomatis let loose and the Bears would take this one in overtime.
Three Stars: 3) Casey Wellman (two assists, +1) 2) Mike Carman (goal, +1) and 1) David Kolomatis (game winning OT goal, even)
Around the Division: Brad Thiessen loses in his 2013-14 AHL debut with the Norfolk Admirals 3-2 as the Providence Bruins sweep the weekend series with the Admirals. The Binghamton Senators lose 4-3 in a shootout to the St. John’s IceCaps and remain tied with Wilkes-Barre in points, but remains second in the division due to tiebreakers. The Syracuse Crunch bus broke down and arrived late for a game with the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls but the Crunch still won 1-0 anyway.
Standings: Penguins 29 — Binghamton 29 — Syracuse 24 — Norfolk 24 — Hershey 18
Conference: 1) MCH (34) 2) SPR (30) 3) WBS (29) 4) BNG (29) 5) ALB (26) 6) STJ (25) 7) SYR (24) 8) NOR (24)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers shutout the hapless Toledo Walleye 3-0 tonight in West Virginia. The Walleye have been shutout in three straight game. Anton Zlobin had a goal for the Nailers in the win.
SendToNews Highlights: Here they are. Or, alternatively, watch this…
Content wise, if anything breaks Sunday, I will have it here. If not, the Week 9 AHL Power Rankings will be here Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!!!
November 29, 2013Posted by on
It took 20 games, but the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins have their first shutout.
Against a divisional foe.
By a rookie goaltender starting his second ever AHL game.
For first place.
Anchored by a 25 save performance by Eric Hartzell, the Penguins get a goal from Harry Zolnierczyk in the second period and ride solid defense the rest of the way to win 1-0 over rival Binghamton and are now in first place in the division.
Nathan Lawson vs. Eric Hartzell
Dominik Uher was listed as out with an “upper body” injury. Carter Rowney made his WBS debut for Uher. Peter Merth took warmups but was the lone healthy scratch.
Pre-game, the Pens announced that Jeff Deslauriers was signed to an AHL contract for the rest of the year. This should surprise no one. It wasn’t a matter of if they were going to sign Deslauriers, it was a matter of when.
First Period: Penguins went 0-for-7 on the power play and it showed early, especially with the second one of the night in the first period where the Penguins couldn’t get a single thing going. Late, shorthanded, Brian Gibbons hits the top of the goal post and the puck goes in at the buzzer. Only problem is, the puck went down and not in then was pushed in but after time expired. Replay confirmed the call.
Second Period: Eric Hartzell must have had six eyes and eight legs this period because he had every puck hit him this period. A redirect from in close? Saved. Penguins defensive turnover? Dial 555-BAIL – Eric is there to bail you out. A shot that goes through nine bodies on the ice that mere mortal goaltenders never see? Insured by Hartzell, we keep pucks out of the net! He saw everything and let everything hit him, closed his angles and was on money all period.
Then, Brian Gibbons takes a puck off the near low corner, sweeps it to Harry Zolnierczyk for the backhander to put the Pens up 1-0. Pens kill a 4:00 Brian Dumoulin high stick call, thanks in large part to the stout penalty kill and one Eric Hartzell.
Third Period: More terrible power play by the Penguins. A scary moment when Hartzell goes down and doesn’t move. The arena was quiet because most fans knew there wasn’t another goaltender in Wheeling for a call-up. Turns out, by my eyes, it was nothing but a cramp, as I saw trainer Kyle Moore mouth “cramp” while walking to the bench. Binghamton would have a power play to mess with after, but Hartzell and the stellar Wilkes-Barre penalty killing unit would deny all chances.
Three Stars: 3) Nathan Lawsn (25 saves on 26 shots) 2) Harry Zolnierczyk (goal, +1) and 1) Eric Hartzell (25 save shutout)
Standings: Penguins 28 — Binghamton 28 — Norfolk 24 — Syracuse 22 — Hershey 16
Conference: 1) MCH (32) 2) SPR (28) 3) WBS (28) 4) BNG (28) 5) ALB (24) 6) NOR (24) 7) STJ (23) 8) SYR (22)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers win in Elmira vs. the Jackals 3-1. Anton Zlobin had a goal in the winning effort.
SendToNews Highlights: Better yet, how about a YouTube package?
Wilkes-Barre travels to Hershey tomorrow for a 7 p.m. gave with in-state rival Bears. Gameday for that will be up at 3 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!!!
November 27, 2013Posted by on
This headline is an all purpose one.
Since Phantoms are ghosts, and ghosts scare people, and you say “Boo!” to scare people, you have that angle.
When you don’t like something, you boo. I never like when the Penguins lose.
Wilkes-Barre lays an egg in Glens Falls, NY and lose 3-1 to the Adirondack Phantoms. The Phantoms bottled up the Penguins all night, especially in the second period onward, only allowing the Pens 12 shots on goal after the first period, where the Pens outshot the Phantoms 16-3.
Jeff Deslauriers vs. Yann Danis
Carter Rowney was the lone scratch for the Penguins. Peter Merth is day-to-day. Reid McNeill and Nick Drazenovic are week-to-week.
First Period: Penguins steamroll the Phantoms in the period, outshooting them 16-3. Phantoms won the game in this period by not going down multiple goals, as Danis was spectacular for Adirondack, only rearing one goal, on the power play to Tom Kostopoulos. Prior to, Brandon Manning had scored on the power play.
Second Period: The Pens played a great first five minutes then could not even muster a shot on goal, as it was noted in Adirondack that the Pens hadn’t registered a single shot on goal for the last three fourths of the period.
Some controversy with the second Adirondack goal scored by Petr Straka. Here, take a look:
Sorry about the letter boxing. I never remember to put my iPhone on landscape mode when shooting video.
Didn’t look like, to me, that that goal should have counted. Referee Geno Binda was the ref you saw there waving it off at the last second but T.J. Luxmore was the high ref and overruled the call WITHOUT replay. You decide.
Chris VandeVelde later pounces on a puck in the slot while the teams were 4-on-4 to put the Phantoms up 3-1. It would turn out to be all the insurance Adirondack would need.
Third Period: Dominik Uher took a puck up high in the second period, left with a towel on his mouth with the trainer and didn’t return. Pens get two power plays in the period but do not cash on either and that’s your ballgame.
Three Stars: 3) ben Holmstrom (assist, +1) 2) Brandon Manning (goal, assist, +1) and 1) Yann Danis (27 saves on 28 shots)
Standings: Binghamton 28 — Penguins 26 — Norfolk 24 — Syracuse 20 — Hershey 16
Conference: 1) MCH (30) 2) BNG (28) 3) SPR (27) 4) WBS (26) 5) NOR (24) 6) ALB (23) 7) STJ (23) 8) SYR (20)
Wheeling Update: Nailers shutout Cincinnati 3-0. Reigning ECHL player of the week Zack Torquato had a goal and an assist and was named first star of the game.
SendToNews Highlights: Aren’t up yet. Nothing much to see other than what I gave you above, but for the sake of completeness I will check later and link if one comes out.
Penguins back at it Friday vs. Binghamton. Looking ahead to that one, starting goaltender Nathan Lawson left the game with an apparent injury and Andrew Hammond came on in relief to start the second period.
Blog wise, I’ll have my First Quarter Grades here sometime tomorrow. I’m shooting for noon but only have the forwards done, so who knows. But they will be up, so check back at some point tomorrow.
Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s Go Pens!!
November 23, 2013Posted by on
Eric Hartzell is a name that Penguins fans will learn to know and learn to love in the future. The rookie goaltender making his first AHL start proved it tonight.
Bolstered by yet another strong third period, one that saw the Penguins score five goals and a 29 save performance by Hartzell.
The Penguins played an impotent 40 minutes of hockey and then come out gangbusters in the the third and absolutely steamrolled the St. John’s IceCaps and won 5-2 tonight in stunning fashion.
Eddie Pasquale vs. the aforementioned Eric Hartzell.
Zach Sill, Bobby Farnham and Nick D’Agostino were all back for the Penguins tonight so Denver Manderson, Cody Sylvester and Dustin Stevenson were scratched.
First Period: Not really much to write home about for the two teams. The most memorable thing that happened this period was something that didn’t happen for more than fifteen minutes. That was a shot by the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. The first came with 4:35 left in the period. Hartzell kept the Pens in it. He had a goal waved off on him when it was ruled that it was deflected in by a kick from a St. John’s skate and not the stick.
Second Period: More Hartzell bailing out the Pens, this time on a 4:00 power play for the IceCaps, who took it to the Penguins early and often in the first two periods. Finally, Eric O’Dell would score his first of two on a rebound from a blast from the point that put the IceCaps ahead 1-0.
With the way the game had gone to this point, it looked like that was all the IceCaps needed to put away the Penguins.
Hold on though, we still have another period to play.
Third Period: Tom Kostopoulos got it started on the power play on a hack and whack job that tied the game. :29 later, Bobby Farnham does a falling down roof job that puts the Penguins ahead 2-1. Then J.C. Lipon gets a 5:00 major match penalty for a check to the head to Tom Kuhnhackl, who would be fine, but the Penguins were not able to convert.
The Pens left way too much time on the board though, as with just under 7 minutes to play the IceCaps would go to the power play and cash to tie the game at two. Eric O’Dell again.
But hold on. More time on the clock, game wasn’t over.
You like :29 apart for two goals? How about :17 apart for two goals! One by Andrew Ebbett on the power play and another on a shot off the wall from Zach Sill over the pad of Pasquale and in. After the game that Pasquale had played from Friday and into two periods Saturday, a terrible goal to give up by him.
Jayson Megna would cash in on an empty netter when Bobby Farnham does all the work but does everything but score and that was your ballgame.
Three Stars: 3) Tom Kostopoulos (goal, assist, even) 2) Bobby Farnham (goal, assist, +3) and 1) Eric Hartzell (29 saves on 31 shots)
The thing about Hartzell that I liked was that every time the Pens scored, he would skate up to the tunnel and glove tap the guys on the ice that scored. Here, like this…
Around the Division: Hershey stops the Binghamton Senators seven game winning streak dropping them 5-2 in Hershey. The two teams rematch tomorrow. Syracuse is shutout 3-0 by the Hamilton Bulldogs up in Syracuse for their fourth loss in a row (0-3-0-1) and the Norfolk Admirals lose a lead late and lose in a shootout to the Portland Pirates 4-3 at Scope.
Standings: Penguins 26 — Binghamton 24 — Norfolk 22 — Syracuse 20 — Hershey 16
Conference: 1) MCH (29) 2) WBS (26) 3) SPR (25) 4) BNG (24) 5) ALB (23) 6) NOR (22) 7) SYR (20) 8) PRO (19)
Wheeling Update: Wheeling downs Fort Wayne in overtime, 5-4. Mike Ratchuk had two goals and two assists for the Nailers including the game winner. Anton Zlobin had a goal and an assist as well.
SendToNews Highlights: Are here. Worth checking out.
Edit: You can link to the SendToNews Package, or you can just watch below:
Pens off until a Thanksgiving Eve game in Glens Falls against the Phantoms. Blog wise, short of anything breaking Sunday will have the Week 8 AHL Power Rankings here Monday. Also, we are a game away from the quarter pole so that means First Quarter Grades are due. Look for those on Thanksgiving after the Adirondack game.
Let’s Go Pens!!!
November 22, 2013Posted by on
St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Eddie Pasquale has been a thorn in the side of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins for some time now.
Dating back to 2012, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals agains these same IceCaps, Pasquale’s heroics in that series propelled the St. John’s IceCaps to a Eastern Conference Finals berth.
Tonight, it was the same magic.
Pasquale stops 31 of 32 and his St. John’s IceCaps squeak by the Penguins tonight 2-1. Rematch tomorrow.
Jeff Deslauriers vs. the aforementioned Eddie Pasquale
Lineup was pretty much the same from Wednesday. Bobby Farnham was eligible to return but did not. Zach Sill was sent down by Pittsburgh at around 5 and was snot in time for the game.
First Period: Pens came out and flew all around the ice and threw shots on net that Pasquale saved. Finally, Jayson Megna set up Harry Zolnierczyk on a pass that Zolnierczyk buried past Pasquale for the Pens only goal of the game. Later, after a successful penalty kill, Travis Ehrhardt zipped one past Deslauriers for a tie game.
Second Period: This period was where Pasquale shone brightly. The score could have been and should have been 5-1 Penguins if not for stellar, and I mean stellar saves by the IceCaps net minder. Especially shorthanded. It appeared that there was some kind of forcefield around the net that Pasquale guarded. I remember a sequence in particular where he stoned Jayson Megna and Harry Zolnierczyk on sure goals on the same shift.
Later, Patrice Cormier gets around Brian Dumoulin and puts one past Deslauriers to put the IceCaps out front for good.
Third Period: Tom Kostopoulous thinks he scores. I do too. Only problem is, he didn’t. Puck hits the top of the crossbar, straight down and not in. Referee Trent Knorr reviewed it on replay and confirmed what I just described.
More Pasquale saves. It was his night. Nothing was getting by him. Even with some power play time late and even a 5-on-3, the Pens were not able to get one by Pasquale.
Three Stars: 3) Travis Ehrhardt (goal, +1) 2) Patrice Cormier (goal, +1) and 1) Eddie Pasquale (31 saves on 32 shots)
Around the Division: Binghamton obliterates Adirondack 6-2 in my game to watch tonight. Norfolk fights back and wins in overtime 3-2 over the Portland Pirates down in Virginia and the Syracuse Crunch lose in Montreal to Hamilton 4-1. Hershey was off.
Standings: Binghamton 24 — Penguins 24 — Norfolk 21 — Syracuse 20 — Hershey 14
Conference: 1) MCH (27) 2) BNG (24) 3) SPR 23 4) WBS (24) 5) ALB (21) 6) NOR (21) 7) SYR (20) 8) PRO (19)
Wheeling Update: Nothing to say here, the Nailers were off.
SendToNews Highlights: For you Eddie Pasquale fans, I offer the following…
These two teams rematch tomorrow. Gameday for this will be up at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Let’s Go Pens!!!