Chad Kolarik breaks out a four point performance and makes a big difference on the power play tonight, and the Penguins roll the Binghamton Senators 5-2.
This was a needed game for the Penguins, catching the Senators who have been decimated by call-ups, and was the first regulation win by Wilkes-Barre / Scranton against the B-Sens this season.
Brad Thiessen vs. Robin Lehner
Personnel wise, Joey Mormina and Cody Wild were in for Alex Grant and Mark Eaton. Grant took a shot to the head or upper body last night and Eaton is slowly working his way into game shape.
First Period: Adam Payerl paid off his taking out Nathan Lawson from the last time these two teams met on Tuesday with Jack Downing. The build-up last longer than the fight itself. Chad Kolarik scored on a power play right at the end of a 5-on-3 for the Penguins. There were a lot of penalties. 19 total between the two teams. Referees Ryan Murphy and Dave Lewis were active tonight.
Second Period: B-Sens started their push back with about 7:00 to go in the first period. It carried over to the second. Penguins had a power play. As they were lugging the puck through neutral ice, Cole Schneider picked it off, skated it in and Tyler Eckford skated in and cleaned up the rebound. Tie game. Penguins could have let this set them back, but they reset and pressed on. Trevor Smith corralled a loose puck in Lehner’s crease while on the power play to put the Pens up 2-1.
Third Period: Penguins stepped on the gas and pulled away. Trevor Smith scored again, fed by Kolarik. 3-1. Then, Gibbons picks off a puck, skates in and gets Lehner down and tucks a puck in behind him past his pads. 4-1. Dylan Reese would then deflect a pass in to make it 5-1 later for the Penguins third power play goal later. Binghamton would get one late to make it 5-2 but could get no closer.
There really was no flow in the game with all the power plays handed out but unlike last night where the Penguins were handed seven straight, they capitalized on three of them.
The top line of the Penguins made up of Smith, Kolarik and Riley Holzapfel had 10 points combined. Strength in goal has been there all season. Scoring has been hot and cold. No doubt the Penguins need the top line guys to go all the offensive heavy lifting, so to speak.
Three Stars: 3) Brad Thiessen (22 saves on 24 shots) 2) Trevor Smith (two goals, assist, even) and 1) Chad Kolarik (goal, three assists, even)
Around the Division: The Bears lost 2-1 in Toronto and had their seven game point streak snapped. Norfolk lost 2-1 in overtime to the Connecticut Whale in Hartford. The Crunch were off.
Standings: Binghamton 63 — Syracuse 62 — Penguins 55 — Hershey 53 — Norfolk 46
Conference: 1) SPR (65) 2) BNG (63) 3) PRO (61) 4) SYR (62) 5) POR (60) 6) WBS (55) 7) CT (54) 8) HER (53)
SendToNews Highlights: Are here. Lots to look at. Good times.
Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off tonight.
Penguins cap off the weekend with a 4 p.m. home game vs. the Syracuse Crunch. Gameday will be here at noon tomorrow.
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Let’s Go Pens!