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Nipped By a Monarch — Pens LOSE 3-2

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The Monarchs beat the Penguins by a score of 3-2 tonight in a tightly contested, 50 minute affair.

Wait, what? Aren’t hockey games 60 minutes? Well, yes, dear reader, they are in fact 60 minutes. The Penguins just forgot to put it in drive the first 10 minutes of the game and fell behind 2-0. They scrapped and clawed their way back to a tie score in the second period, but :31 later the Monarchs scored the go ahead goal to lead for good. Wilkes-Barre got close, but not close enough to a point to where there were any more goals scored.

Full credit goes to the Manchester Monarchs for hanging in and either protecting the lead or not allowing the Penguins to score the tying goal. They lead the Eastern Conference for a reason and anyone who attended the game tonight saw why.

Jeff Zatkoff vs. J-F Berube

Lines were…

Scott Wilson – Andrew Ebbett – Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl - JS Dea – Tom Kostopoulos
Conor Sheary – Carter Rowney – Josh Archibald
Pierre Leblond – Dominik Uher – Bobby Farnham

Brian Dumoulin – Taylor Chorney
Scott Harrington – Philip Samuelsson
Reid McNeill – Derrick Pouliot

Zatkoff – Matt Murray

Dea was back in the lineup for Jayson Megna, who was recalled to Pittsburgh earlier today.

First Period: Manchester used speed and muscle to push the Penguins around. They did so on a power play for a 1-0 lead and then made it 2-0 on a two on one. A key penalty kill halfway through was the first positive thing that happened for the Penguins in the period. I felt at the time that if Manchester did score, things would spiral out of hand.

J-S Dea scored on a five on three for the Pens and Manchester nearly scored shorthanded on the left over penalty kill.

Second Period: Conor Sheary with a great individual effort dancing around Manchester defenders made it a tie game at two on the power play. But :31 later, Jordan Weal scored on a rebound that Zatkoff left to make it 3-2 Manchester. You didn’t know it at the time, but it would end up as a deflating goal which stood as the game winner.

Jeff Zatkoff had two saves that will end up on his highlight reel. Manchester just killed a penalty. As the player was exiting the box, a two on one developed. Zatkoff got over and made a tremendous toe save that kept the game a one goal deficit for the Penguins.

Third Period: Zatkoff made his second big save of the game on another cross ice pass that he got a pad on, although the replay showed that Nick Shore of Manchester kind of shot it right into his pad.

Time just ran out on the Penguins in the period. Manchester did a good job of bending but not breaking. The shots in the period were an even 10-10. The Penguins with a late power play and an extra attacker with Zatkoff pulled, never found the equalizer.

Three Stars: 3) JS Dea (goal) 2) Conor Sheary (goal, -1) and 1) Jordan Weal (goal)

Around the Division: Binghamton throttles Albany 7-0…Hershey nips Worcester 1-0 in another stellar performance by G Philipp Grubauer…St. John’s beats Lehigh Valley in overtime 2-1 and Portland destroys Norfolk 7-1.

Standings: Penguins 23 – Hershey 20 — Lehigh Valley 18 — Binghamton 16 — Norfolk 12

Conference: 1) MCH (25) 2) SYR (23) 3) WBS (23) 4) SPR (23) 5) BRI (22) 6) HER (20) 7) HFD (20) 8) PRO (19)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers lost 6-3 to the Elmira Jackals in New York. Zack Torquato and Nick D’Agostino had goals for the Nailers in the loss.

SendToNews Highlights: Are here.

Pens get some time off now and play again in Hershey on Wednesday. But the blog will be active. Monday I will have the Week 7 AHL Power Rankings. Tuesday I will have the First Quarter Grades and Wednesday is the game against Hershey. So check back then for all of this.

Let’s Go Pens!

Whitney is Allergic to Eggs — Pens WIN 5-1

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So with the Penguins up 4-0 in the game tonight, one that they would eventually win 5-1 over the Albany Devils, I had a great headline for the blog recap you are reading now in my head.

It was, “Deviled Eggs” – a play on would be back-to-back shutouts by tonight’s starting goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, (the eggs, representing zeroes) and and the opponent (the Albany Devils and the popular food item Deviled Eggs)

Then Joe Whitney scored at 6:59 of the third period for the Devils and busted up all of my plans. So that’s why the headline tonight reads as it does, in case you were wondering.

Anyway, to the game. One that the Penguins in large stretches just dominated. They scored two goals in the first period :18 apart and two in the second 2:41 apart to put away the Devils for good. There was no blown two goal lead on this night.

The aforementioned Jeff Zatkoff vs. Keith Kinkaid, making his first start for Albany since November 2.

The lineup tonight was the same as it was Wednesday. No call ups to Pittsburgh to note, which seems strange to me. D Harrison Ruopp’s name was on the AHL Transaction page this afternoon but there was no official press release by the Penguins nor any mention of it on the radio broadcast tonight.

First Period: Dominik Uher started things off with this goal that initially was waved off but after replay, referee Garrett Rank ruled a good goal. :18 later, Scott Wilson scored this goal on a rebound of his own stuff attempt to put the Penguins ahead 2-0.

The Penguins continued to dominate the Devils in all zones in the period.

Second Period: Josh Archibald with an elite deflection of this Philip Samuelsson blast made it 3-0 and later, Brian Dumoulin scored a weird one that Kinkaid must have never saw that made it 4-0. That ended Kinkaid’s night and Scott Wedgewood entered the game.

Penguins continued their domination. Bobby Farnham led a three on none but lost control of the puck. Farnham had a multi-point game for the first time this season and since February 25 of this year against Hershey.

Third Period: Jayson Megna stickhandled past a guy here and scored to make it 5-0. The yin and the yang was out for Megna as later he’d turnover a puck to Mike Sislo that Zatkoff was forced to make a save on.

Joe Whitney ruined the shutout bid for Zatkoff with a neat shimmy down the slot to put the Devils on the board. That goal breathed life into an otherwise lifeless Devils team but the Penguins held their ground and didn’t ever give up a second goal.

Three Stars: 3) Jayson Megna (goal, assist, +2) 2) Scott Wilson (goal, Assist, +2) and 1) Brian Dumoulin (goal, +3)

Reid McNeill (-1) Tom Kuhnhackl (even) Tom Kostopoulos (-1) Conor Sheary (-1) and Derrick Pouliot (-1) were the only players to not have at least a plus tonight for the Penguins. Dumoulin and Taylor Chorney were a +3 each. Chorney leads all defensemen in the AHL in the +/- category.

Around the Division: Binghamton beat Manchester in overtime in a testy affair 4-3…Lehigh Valley shutout Worcester 4-0 and Norfolk lost to Portland 2-1. Hershey was off. The Bears have three games in hand on the Penguins, who have played the most games in the AHL.

Standings: Penguins 23 — Hershey 18 — Lehigh Valley 17 — Binghamton 14 — Norfolk 12

Conference: 1) MCH (23) 2) WBS (23) 3) BRI (21) 4) SYR (21) 5) SPR (21) 6) PRO (19) 7) HER (18) 8) ALB (18)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off tonight.

SendToNews Highlights: Are here.

Manchester comes to town and should actually be in before the Penguins get there sometime early Saturday morning. Gameday for the 7:05 affair will be on the blog at 3 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!

Take a Long Walk Off a Short Pier — Pens WIN 2-0

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Here’s your recap of tonight’s game, a 2-0 Penguins win, in a nutshell.

After blowing consecutive 2-0 leads Friday and Saturday to the Syracuse Crunch and Hershey Bears, tonight was a methodical, structured win for the Penguins.

It was also very boring. There were few penalties called, not many hits, and even the two fights in the game weren’t anything that you are talking about at the water cooler tomorrow morning.

But the Penguins aren’t into entertainment value. You could be the most exiting team in the AHL and miss playoffs year after year. It was a needed win for Wilkes-Barre after the weekends disappointing losses.

Here’s what happened:

- Nothing in the first period.

- Andrew Ebbett scored a back door slam dunk goal when the Pens were on a 5-on-3 in the second period.

- Nothing much in the third. Pirates had great looks but a forgotten man in this snooze fest was Jeff Zatkoff making many good saves, 23 in total, keeping his team in it.

- Tom Kuhnhackl buried an empty netter with Portland goaltender Mike McKenna pulled. McKenna played a great game himself.

Three stars were: Tom Kuhnhackl with a goal and a +1, Andrew Ebbett with a goal and a +1 and Jeff Zatkoff with a 23 save shutout.

That’s the game in a nutshell. I don’t know how Tom or Jonathan are going to make this look pretty in Thursday’s papers.

News of the day was Pascal Dupuis’ blood clot. He’s out six months. Blood clots aren’t anything to mess with. They can kill you. The question is who, if anyone, will be recalled from Wilkes-Barre as there are no extra forwards in Pittsburgh currently. Both Jayson Megna and Andrew Ebbett played tonight. J-S Dea was scratched, but that could be due to the fact that he had four penalties in Hershey Sunday as Tom Kostopoulos was back from his family matters. Who knows at this point.

Divisionally, Lehigh Valley beat Hershey in a shootout 3-2. News of the day for the Bears was that they are sending another player to the AHL Hall of Fame and it’s a name that Penguins players may be familiar with. It’s goaltender Freddy Cassivi. News about that can be found here.

So the Pens lead the East Division with 21 points. Hershey has 18. Lehigh Valley has 15 and Norfolk and Binghamton has 12 each.

Manchester, Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre are your conference leaders as they are the best in their respective divisions. Manchester has 22 points, Bridgeport’s percentage is better than Wilkes-Barre so they have the second seed and then the Penguins are third. Syracuse (21) Springfield (19) and Albany, Hershey and Hartford (18 each) round out your top eight.

The Nailers won in a shootout earlier today over Elmira by a score of 3-2. Wheeling was down 2-0 with Eric Hartzell in goal and battled back to tie it at two a piece and win in a shootout. Hartnell stopped all four shooters he faced.

Here is your SendToNews package with highlights of the game.

But for a Thursday call up to Pittsburgh look for the next blog piece to be Friday’s setup in Albany at 3. I’ll have a word on who, if anyone, received the call to Pittsburgh to replace Dupuis covered in the game recap there.

Let’s Go Pens!

As the Wind Blows — Pens LOSE 3-2

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Depending on your point of view, this one went exactly the way you would have expected.

The Penguins, playing their third game in less than three days, go up 2-0 on Hershey but ultimately lose 3-2. Hershey did not play last night and were the more rested team at home.

Or, maybe there is a trend. The Bears played poorly in Syracuse on Friday, going up 1-0 on the Crunch then fishing five goals out of their nets. The Pens were up 2-0 after two goals by Jayson Megna and looked like they were cruising, despite the fact that they were being badly outplayed in the first period. It could have been a crushing blow to the Bears, but Hershey continued to surge as the Penguins faded.

Can the Penguins protect a lead? I think it may be too early to pin a finger on it.

Jeff Zatkoff vs. Philipp Grubauer

Lines were…

Scott Wilson – Andrew Ebbett – Jayson Megna
Adam Payerl – JS Dea – Bryan Rust
Conor Sheary – Carter Rowney – Josh Archibald
Pierre Leblond – Dom Uher – Bobby Farnham

Brian Dumoulin – Taylor Chorney
Scott Harrington – Philip Samuelsson
Reid McNeill – Derrick Pouliot

Jeff Zatkoff – Matt Murray

Adam Payerl was back in the lineup for Tom Kuhnhackl. Mike OBrien provided updates on the injured. Nick Drazenovic is still week to week with a lower body injury but could be upgraded to day to day this week by John Hynes. Anton Zlobin is week to week with a lower body injury, with no timetable on an upgrade.

First Period: Bears hemmed the Penguins in the zone for the better part of the first half of the period. The shots favored Hershey 7-1 at one point. Stan Galiev hit a post. The Penguins fourth line generated the most offense. Finally, Jayson Megna released this firecracker, which bounced off of Grubauer and off two posts and in. He picked a spot the size of a postage stamp. It was an impressive goal.

Second Period: Megna scored this goal on a breakaway when the teams were four-on-four. It was his third two-goal game in the month of November. J-S Dea took a delay of game penalty, one of his four minor penalties in the game, and the Bears scored to cut the deficit to one. You could feel the air slowly escaping the Wilkes-Barre balloon. Josh Archibald had an opportunity to re-establish the two goal lead but never actually shot the puck on the net, rather shooting about three feet wide of Grubauer.

Penguins had a power play that generated more shorthanded chances for the Bears than to the benefit of the Penguins. The Bears would score on another power play later when Connor Carrick leveled the game at two.

Then this skirmish involving Bobby Farnham. Farnham appears to leave his feet and hits Carrick, then fights Dane Byers. Farnham wasn’t assessed anything on that sequence other than the fight with Byers and Carrick was uninjured, so it will be interesting to see what, if anything comes down the line from the League as far as supplementary discipline. My take: Carrick was fine, Farnham has a history, no penalty on the play, so no suspension. But you cannot leave your feet when you throw a hit and you sure as hell can’t leave your feet when you throw a check if you have a history, so who knows what will happen with Farnham.

Chandler Stephenson was tripped on a breakaway and scored to make it 3-2 Bears. The Bears are two-for-two on penalty shots this season, both against the Penguins.

Third Period: Jeff Zatkoff did everything he could to keep the Penguins in the game, including this double stop on Dustin Gazley and Caleb Herbert.

Penguins had a power play. Dea hit the post and it looked like the puck crossed the line, but referee Kendrick Nicholson was on top of it and washed it out immediately and there was no follow up review.

More Zatkoff saves on a Bears power play, but the Pens would kill that and later, with Zatkoff pulled, were unable to find the equalizing goal.

Three Stars: Jayson Megna (two goals, +2) 2) Connor Carrick (goal, assist, even) and 1) Philippe Cornet (goal, -1)

Around the Division: There wasn’t any action. They all watched us.

Standings: Penguins 19 – Hershey 17 — Lehigh Valley 13 — Norfolk 12 — Binghamton 12

Conference: 1) BRI (21) 2) MCH (20) 3) WBS (19) 4) SYR (19) 5) SPR (19) 6) HFD (18) 7) ALB (18) 8 )WOR (17)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off.

SendToNews Highlights: Are here.

The Pens still lead the division by two points but Hershey has a pair of games in hand. Wilkes-Barre could really have opened up a lead and taken the games in hand equation out of the picture with another perfect weekend, but come on, nothing is easy with this team.

But for breaking news, my Week 6 Power Rankings hit the blog at 4 p.m. Monday. Check those out then.

Let’s Go Pens!

Crunched — Pens LOSE 3-2

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They did it to Hershey last night, too.

After being down 1-0 to the Bears, the Crunch rattled off five straight to win 5-1. They came to Wilkes-Barre and found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first and used the final 40 minutes to rally and beat the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins by the score of 3-2.

It was like water torture to an extent. You could see the lead dwindling away and the score was still 2-0 at the time. A Derrick Pouliot turnover at the midway point in the third put the Crunch ahead for good. Yanni Gourde scored two goals and Mike Angelidis the other.

Syracuse is a good team. The Penguins are too. You learn from this and become a better team for it.

Matt Murray vs. Kristers Gudlevskis

The Murray start is not surprising. Jeff Zatkoff is coming off of injury, and Murray has played well, so give him the start today while you maintain a healthy competition for who should be the number one guy in Wilkes-Barre.

Lineups were essentially unchanged from last night. Only Alex Boak took warmups and Adam Payerl did not. Scroll down to see who played where and on what line.

First Period: Pens jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when Conor Sheary shot a puck over a felled Gudlevskis for a 1-0 Penguins lead then Scott Wilson set up Andrew Ebbett on the power play with a great pass to make it 2-0. The goals came 1:05 apart.

But then, it seemed, the Penguins either stopped playing or slipped into neutral.

Second Period: Syracuse was buzzing all period. The Penguins only managed a shot on goal for a good portion of the opening of the period.

Then the turning point in my opinion. Gudlevskis stops both Bryan Rust and J-S Dea point blank. The Crunch then go the other way and score when a shot from the blue line is sent in softly towards Murray who’ drops the rebound right to Gourde who scored to make it 2-1.

The Penguins would weather the rest of the Syracuse storm and get out of the period up 2-1 heading into the….

Third Period: Gourde again on the power play. Set up on the near dot for a one time dart that Murrya had no chance on for a tie game. Penguins would get a power play but couldn’t score then Pouliot tries a home run clear from the corner right to a Syracuse stick. The puck end up in the net soon after when Mike Angelidis put it there. Pens would get another power play late but couldn’t score and then, with Murray pulled, couldn’t even set up for a shot at Gudlevskis.

To this point, the Penguins were undefeated when scoring a power play goal. That streak ended.

Three Stars: 3) Mike Angelidis (game winning goal, +1) 2) Andrew Ebbett (goal, even) 1) Yanni Gourde (two goals, +2)

Around the Division: Hershey was off and the Bears have two games in hand on the Penguins….Binghamton loses in Norfolk 3-2 and Lehigh Valley beats Toronto 3-2.

Standings: Penguins 19 – Hershey 15 — Lehigh Valley 13 — Norfolk 12 — Binghamton 12

Conference: 1) BRI (21) 2) WBS (19) 3) MCH (18) 4) SYR (19) 5) ALB (18) 6) HFD (17) 7) WOR (17) 8) SPR (17)

Wow, all five Northeast Division teams are in the top eight and there is just one East Division team in the top eight. Yes, I know it only November and not Thanksgiving yet. But I like to pay attention to this stuff in November, because the points are the same now as they are in April.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers fall tonight in Indianapolis to the Indy Fuel by a score of 3-2. Eric Hartzell took the loss in net for the Nailers. Shavertown native Patrick McGrath scored his first ever ECHL goal tonight. Matia Marcantuoni and Zack Torquato both had assists.

SendToNews Highlights: Packaged here.

Pens travel to Hershey tomorrow for a 5 pm game. The Bears are rested. Expect Zatkoff tomorrow in net and probably a lineup tweak here or there. Gameday setup hits here at 1 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!!

Rollin’ — Pens WIN 3-1

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The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins have won four in a row and five straight at home after tonight’s 3-1 win against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

This one wasn’t easy. There were a boatload of penalties called both ways and the Penguins were flat most of the game. But they did have an ace in the hole. It was the man in goal, Jeff Zatkoff, making his first start for the Penguins in about three weeks. Zatkoff was sharp all night long and kept the Penguins in the game to the very end.

It was the aforementioned Jeff Zatkoff vs. Rob Zepp. Sorry I didn’t have a Led Zeppelin pun in my headline or no place else in this blog recap. I’ll try and do better the next time.

Lines were….

Scott Wilson – Andrew Ebbett – Jayson Megna
Tom Kuhnhackl – JS Dea – Bryan Rust
Conor Sheary – Carter Rowney – Josh Archibald
Pierre Leblond – Dom Uher – Bobby Farnham

Brian Dumoulin – Taylor Chorney
Scott Harrington – Philip Samuelsson
Reid McNeill – Derrick Pouliot

Zatkoff – Murray

Adam Payerl participated in warmups but was scratches. Tom Kostopoulos is attending to a personal issue and is out the weekend. Barry Goers is cleared to play but with that Wilkes-Barre back six, good luck. Alex Boak is the extra man on D that was listed as a healthy. Nick Drazenovic is close but probably won’t play this weekend and Anton Zlobin is the longer of the two.

First Period: The Penguins were flat the entire first period. They managed to get on the board while on a five on three penalty when Andrew Ebbett threw a puck at Zepp which bounced right to Scott Wilson who roofed it to put the Pens on the board.

Let me use this space to say that referees Tim Mayer and Evgeny Romasko were downright awful tonight. At some point in a game there are going to be penalties. But to call nearly every infraction or near infraction is overkill and unnecessary. Look, it’s a tight game. There wasn’t a single fight the entire night, stay the hell out of the game with ticky-tack “roughing” calls while the play is going on (Dumoulin at 15:08 in the first) and concurrent interference and slashing calls (Megna and Robert Hagg at 16:46 of the third) – the ticket tonight said Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, not, “The Tim and Evgeny Show.” If this was my first game I attended as a fan, I probably would never return. The referees downright ruined tonight’s game.

Alright. Enough griping about officiating.

Second Period: Really no flow to the period thanks to Tim and Evgeny, it was becoming clear that the Penguins were just flat and that the Phantoms were running into Jeff Zatkoff, who made dazzling save after dazzling save.

Third Period: A Brandon Manning laser while the Phantoms were on the power play (go figure) tied it at one. About six minutes later, Bryan Rust hits the post and follows his shot and eventually stuffs one past Zepp to put the Pens ahead 2-1. Later, with the Phantoms empty net, Bobby Farnham would feed Dominik Uher who hit the open net to ice it to make it 3-1.

Three Stars: 3) Jeff Zatkoff (21 saves on 22 shots) 2) Scott Wilson (goal, assist, +1) and 1) Bryan Rust (goal, +1)

Around the Division: Hershey gives up five unanswered goals to Syracuse and lose 5-1 in Central New York….Binghamton beats Norfolk by a score of 5-2.

Standings: Penguins 19 – Hershey 15 — Binghamton 12 — Lehigh Valley 11 — Norfolk 10

Conference: 1) BRI (19) 2) WBS (19) 3) WOR (17) 4) ALB (18) 5) HFD (17) 6) SYR (17) 7) MCH (16) 8) PRO (15)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers lost 6-3 to the Orlando Solar Bears tonight at home. Matia Marcantuoni had a goal and an assist and Nick D’Agostino had an assist as well. Marcantuoni was named third star of the game and ex-Penguin Denver Manderson had a goal for Orlando.

SendToNews Highlights: Pens will put YouTube highlights up. Never assume, Jason. There weren’t YouTube highlights, so here is the SendToNews package.

Syracuse is in tomorrow. Crunch are better than you think. Gameday for that hits the blog at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!

Notorious D.E.A. — Pens WIN 5-4 (OT)

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This game, a 5-4 overtime win for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins had a bit of everything that the last two games had.

Friday against Hershey, the Penguins were getting good looks but couldn’t get anything past Philipp Grubauer. That was the first period of tonights game in a nutshell. Wilkes-Barre outshot Syracuse 13-4, but Andrei Vasilevskiy held firm and denied all shots coming his way.

In the second period, more of what the first period of Saturday nights game in Binghamton. A crisp, back and forth affair that saw four goals scored, two for both teams.

In the third, the Penguins jumped out to a two goal lead, similar to last nights game against Binghamton, only to see the lead dwindle then disappear when Syracuse fought back hard and tied the game. Binghamton never got to that point last night, but you get the idea.

Beau Bennett, on re-assignment from Pittsburgh, had 4 assists and was on the ice for all five goals scored. Jayson Megna had two goals. Taylor Chorney scored. I think we may have some strong representation for the AHL Player of the Week Award, usually announced by the League Monday at 2 p.m.

All in all, a perfect weekend for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. One that sees them ascend to the top of the division and tied for the conference lead coming into the middle of November.

Oh, Jean-Sebastien Dea scored the overtime game winner, his second in under two weeks (October 29 at Lehigh Valley) when Brian Dumoulin went to center the puck from out of the corner when it hit a Crunch players skate right to Dea who went bar down and in.

Scott Harrington, demoted from Pittsburgh today, was on the ice for Wilkes-Barre. He was in for Alex Boak. Bennett slotted in back on the top line and replaced Dominik Uher in the lineup.

Eric Hartzell started the third game in three days for the Penguins and stopped 24 of 28. I am not going to say that he is starting goaltender worthy quite yet, but he hasn’t lost yet and is doing what the backup is supposed to do.

The Penguins were 2 for 9 on the power play tonight. Derrick Pouliot scored from the blue line at the beginning of the third period and Taylor Chorney tallied his goal late in the second.

Syracuse scored their goals the following way: 1) Dalton Smith on a shot that deflected in when the Penguins were caught out on the ice for too long. Need to be better. 2) Tanner Richard on a cross ice / crease pass into his skates, he corrals it and fires it home top shelf falling down. More skill by him than anything on Hartzell. 3) Richard scores his second when Hartzell doesn’t completely seal off his post and the puck bounces off of him and trickles over the line and in. Bad goal to give up given the momentum Syracuse was building. 4) Dalton Smith again when Nikita Nesterov shoots from the blue line and Smith gets a piece of it on the deflection. This came on the power play. The discipline was nil to non-existent.

Three stars were Dea on the game winner in overtime, Megna with two goals and Bennett with four assists.

Around the Division: Hershey loses to Hartford 3-2. Norfolk, Binghamton and Lehigh Valley were all off.

Standings: Penguins 17 – Hershey 15 — Lehigh Valley 11 — Norfolk 10 — Binghamton 10

Conference: 1) HFD (17) 2) WBS (17) 3) WOR (15) 4) BRI (17) 5) ALB (15) 6) PRO (15) 7) HER (15) 8) POR (14)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers won at home against the Indy Fuel 4-3. Zack Torquato had two goals, Matia Marcantuoni had two assists. I think I sense a trend.

SendToNews Highlights: Howza bout some YouTube Highlights instead?

Power Rankings tomorrow at 4. If there is word on a Wilkes-Barre player getting player of the week, it will go up here before. Again, the League usually puts this out on Monday, but because there are two Monday games, they may wait till Tuesday. I’ll standby so you don’t have to.

Let’s Go Pens!


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