Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Lieuwsers — Pens LOSE 4-0

RCH          vs.          WBS

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Penguins power play late in the third period was Pierre Leblond, Bobby Farnham and Carter Rowney. Not three guys that are necessarily offensive forces. But with the way this game went, a 4-0 loss to the Rochester Americans, Head Coach John Hynes would figure to give it a whirl and see how it goes.

Surprisingly, they did not score a power play goal.

Shocking, Wilkes-Barre as a whole hasn’t scored one, still, since Portland two weeks ago.

Whenever the team is shutout, there isn’t really a whole heck of a lot to recap. But, giving it the ol’ college try, I offer the following….

— Eric Hartzell vs. Nathan Lieuwen in net. Lieuwen came into this game with a 2.47 GAA and a nice .923 SV% which has got to be up there in the AHL as a top five or at the very least top ten save percentage.

— Hartzell’s night lasted 7:46, after giving up a goal to Luke Adam at 1:21 and one to Freddy Roy at 7:46. The goals weren’t necessarily all Hartzell’s fault. Rochester came out guns blazing to start and Adam cashed on a rebound for the 1-0 lead. Then Joel Armia shakes off two Pens players at the blue line and passes to a cutting Roy for a 2-0 lead. It was really a nice move by Armia that set up that goal that chased Hartzell.

— Penguins settle after that, but Rochester never really stopped with the pressure. In between a tussle with Bobby Farnham and Freddy Roy and some power play chances for both teams, Luke Adam puts a long shot off the net that Jeff Deslauriers saves with the pad, but also puts out an enormous rebound to Johan Larsson who scored to put the game away for the Amerks.

— I can’t really remember a good chance for Wilkes-Barre tonight. Denver Manderson and Carter Rowney had some looks in the second killing a penalty but that was about it.

— Penguins couldn’t do a thing in the third to mount any kind of a comeback. Armia shoots in a put away goal off a nice feed from Adam late to seal it. Ballgame.

— Seven wins in a row for the Rochester Americans.

Three Stars: 3) Freddy Roy (goal, assist, +2) 2) Luke Adam (goal, assist, +2) and 1) Nathan Lieuwen (26 save shutout)

Around the Division: Binghamton pastes Portland 7-1….Norfolk beats Syracuse 3-2 in a shootout….Hershey loses 4-1 to Adirondack in Philly 4-1.

Standings: Binghamton 61 — Norfolk 56 — Penguins 56 — Hershey 52 — Syracuse 41

Conference: 1) MCH (65) 2) SPR (61) 3) BNG (61) 4) NOR (56) 5) WBS (56) 6) STJ (55) 7) ALB (55) 8) HER (52)

Wheeling Update: Nailers lose a tough one to Kalamazoo 3-1. Peter Mannino stopped 28 of 30.

SendToNews Highlights: Not much to look at from a Penguins perspective. They are here if you are brave enough to look.

My Week 18 AHL Power Rankings will be up Monday. Something to watch Sunday though (besides the obvious) is Norfolk and Hershey from Hershey at 2 p.m. Whenever there is a game like this drawing so much interest from a market outside of both, you hope for a regulation win. Since Norfolk has a game in hand on the Penguins, this may be the only time you see this, but let’s go Bears!


Let’s Go Pens!!!

One response to “Lieuwsers — Pens LOSE 4-0

  1. John C February 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    To say “Pens Lose” is indicative of some sort of competition taking place. I saw no such thing tonight. They were scored on very early and it was over.

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