I really won’t know what to diagnose of this game, a 3-2 Penguins overtime loss to the Norfolk Admirals, until I see the two teams rematch tomorrow night.
The Admirals have been playing really poor hockey as of late. They went on a trip through New England last weekend and lost all three games played and were shutout twice. Not exactly a team that’s lighting the league on fire at current.
The Penguins meanwhile, jumped out to 1-0 and 2-1 leads and let them slip away, but earn the overtime loser point.
They do it over again at 7:15 in Virginia.
Matt Murray vs. Jason LaBarbera
Scott Wilson – Andrew Ebbett – Anton Zlobin
Tom Kuhnhackl – JS Dea – Bryan Rust
Dom Uher – Zack Torquato – Tom Kostopoulos
Pierre Leblond – Adam Payerl – Bobby Farnham
Brian Dumoulin – Taylor Chorney
Scott Harrington – Philip Samuelsson
Reid McNeill – Barry Goers
Matt Murray – Eric Hartzell
Yes, that’s Reid McNeill’s name, on the third D pairing with Barry Goers. We all thought following the Lehigh Valley game Wednesday that McNeill for sure broke his hand blocking a shot. We were all wrong.
Derrick Pouliot is day to day with an upper body injury and did not make the trip. Obie said on radio that Pouliot could be ready to go next week….Alex Boak took warmups…..Conor Sheary took the morning skate but is still day to day. Sheary is apparently closer to a return than Josh Archibald who is skating but still listed as day to day. Archibald is closer than Nick Drazenovic, who is still week to week.
First Period: Pens get two tries on the power play but don’t score. Bryan Rust takes this hard hit from Bryan Allen for some Bryan on Bryan violence but was fine. No penalty was called on the play.
Later, Barry Goers scored this goal, his first in 10 months to put the Penguins on the board. Edit: The goal was changed to Dominik Uher.
Norfolk responded with their first real threat of the game with some shots towards Murray, but nothing came of it.
Later, Nathan McIver issued this hit on Anton Zlobin in the corner which only drew a 2:00 minor. Zlobin went to the dressing room and did not return.
Brandon Yip scored his first goal of the night off of a rebound which handcuffed Murray.
All of the action that was present in the first period was pretty absent in the….
Second Period: This fight between Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Steve MacIntyre highlighted an otherwise average second period. Here’s the embed of the fight…
Please let me know on Twitter or here in comments if you can see the video of the fight on your device. Whether it’s mobile or computer.
Oh, this 2-on-1 save by Matt Murray was another highlight of the second period.
Third Period: Tom Kostopoulos scored this goal to put the Penguins ahead 2-1. But :34 later, Chris Wagner scored to tie the game again. After a review, referee Geno Binda confirmed the call on the ice. It looked at first pass that Wagner kicked the puck in but Binda took one look at the replay and confirmed his call.
In hindsight, that goal took all the wind out of the WBS sails. I can’t recall another good scoring chance after the Kostopoulos goal.
Overtime: Yip ended it rather quick. A Penguin blocked a shot on net that they never tracked, the puck was passed over to Yip who buried it for the game winner.
Three Stars: 3) Tom Kostopoulos (goal, +1) 2) Chris Wagner (goal, assist, +2) 1) Brandon Yip (two goals, assist, +2)
Around the Division: Hershey cruises in Manchester with a 4-0 win. The Bears have not allowed a goal in 159:36, when Jayson Megna scored a goal for the Penguins last Saturday….Binghamton wins in overtime against the Utica Comets 4-3. Comets goaltender Jacob Markstrom did not get the AHL all time shutout streak tonight. Lehigh Valley was off.
Standings: Hershey 12 — Penguins 11 — Lehigh Valley 9 — Binghamton 8 — Norfolk 6
Conference: 1) ALB (13) 2) HER (12) 3) WOR (9) 4) WBS (11) 5) HFD (9) 6) LV (9) 7) PRO (9) 8) BRI (9)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off tonight. They host the Reading Royals tomorrow at WesBanco Arena.
SendToNews Highlights: Aren’t up yet. Check back soon.
The two teams rematch tomorrow. Gameday will be up Saturday at 3:15.
Let’s Go Pens!