In lieu of the traditional recap, let’s look at the good, the bad and the ugly from tonight’s game, shall we?
The Good: Penguins only allow the Admirals 12 shots on goal the entire game and drew seven straight penalties over the span of the game. Chances were there, pretty much all game.
The Bad: 0-for-8 on the power play. 32 shots, no goals.
The Ugly: Russian goaltender Igor Bobkov played a stellar game, and the Penguins lose 1-0. The Pens now have scored just one goal in their last two games.
The above summarizes this otherwise boring game. It’s really hard to come up with words when the team gets shutout but looks good in the process while getting shutout, if that makes any sense.
The Admirals fourth line did it again. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond throws a puck on net that Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff doesn’t corral and Brayden Irwin stuffs it home in the scrum to put the Admirals out ahead 1-0 early in the third. It would prove to be all the run support Bobkov and the Admirals would need.
Personnel wise for the Penguins Chris Collins made his debut. Cody Wild took warmups but was scratched. Joey Mormina did not but he was healthy. The rest were injury scratches.
Alex Grant was clipped late in the third by Mat Clark and did not return. For his effort, Clark fought Adam Payerl.
That’s all I can make sense of tonight. Penguins take to the road in Binghamton tomorrow.
Three Stars: 3) Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (assist, +1) 2) Brayden Irwin (goal, +1) 1) Igor Bobkov (32 save shutout)
Around the Division: Syracuse dropkicks Binghamton 7-1 on the Southern Tier tonight. Robin Lehner took the loss. The B-Sens lost David Dziurzynski, Derek Grant and Eric Gryba to Ottawa earlier today. The Crunch are now off until Sunday, when they play the Penguins at 4 p.m. here in Wilkes-Barre. The Bears let a 2-1 lead slip on them and lost 3-2 in the Canadian version of the Steel City, Hamilton Ontario tonight in a shootout. The Bears have points in their last seven games and are, well, read on….
Standings: Binghamton 63 — Syracuse 62 — Penguins 53 — Hershey 53 — Norfolk 45
Conference: 1) SPR (65) 2) BNG (63) 3) PRO (59) 4) SYR (62) 5) POR (58) 6) WBS (53) 7) HER (53) 8) CT (52)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers lose 6-5 in Gwinnett, SC tonight. The Gladiators score three unanswered goals in the third period to stun the Nailers. Keven Veilleux was without a point and registered a -1.
SendToNews Highlights: Are here. Not much to look at from both a Wilkes-Barre and Norfolk perspective.
Gameday for tomorrows venture in Binghamton will be up here on the blog at 3 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!`