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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
It would have been a shame if the Penguins lost this game tonight.
Wilkes-Barre badly outshot and outplayed the Hershey Bears tonight through two periods of hockey and faced a 2-0 deficit on the scoreboard despite the 19-9 shots advantage through 40 minutes.
The Bears, to this point though, were capitalizing on opportunities in the game. The Penguins were too, they just couldn’t get anything by starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer.
Then, in the third period, the luck changed.
Taylor Chorney would get the Penguins on the board first with a power move to the net and slipped one past Grubauer to put the Penguins on the board at about the 10 minute mark.
The Pens knocked, and knocked, and knocked some more.
Then, with under 1:17 left and starting goaltender Matt Murray vacated from his crease, Taylor Chorney put a shot on net that went through bodies and Jayson Megna got the last of it to tie the game at two.
Then, at 1:01 of overtime, Megna ended it to give the Penguins the thrilling and much deserved 3-2 overtime come back win. The play was set up by a nice down low cycle by Beau Bennett who passed to Derrick Pouliot who found a wide open Megna at the far post who buried the game winner.
Prior to all of this, the two teams skated to a scoreless draw in the first period where the Penguins held the Bears to just two shots on goal. In the second, Hershey got their two goals when they started the second period full of vim and vigor. A Jon Landry cannon shot from the blue line eluded Murray with traffic in front of him. The Bears later doubled the lead with a laser by Casey Wellman.
There was a play in between Bears goals where Beau Bennett rang the pipe loudly. The puck must have popped in the air and hit Grubauer’s back and slid in the net. Referee Ryan Murphy had, “intent to blow” because he must have lost the puck and the would be goal didn’t count and wasn’t reviewable.
The Penguins stayed disciplined tonight. Hershey was held to just one power play, and that came with a minute of four on four before it. My keys to the game were stay out of the box and limit Hershey’s big guns. The Penguins did just that.
Three Stars were: 3) Derrick Pouliot (two assists, +1) 2) Taylor Chorney (goal, assist, +3) and 1) Jayson Megna (two goals, +3)
I thought Philipp Grubauer played well enough to garner at least third star honors. But circumstances being what they were, he gets left out.
Bobby Farnham, Pierre Leblond, Nick D’Agostino and Conor Sheary were your healthy scratches. Carter Rowney, Josh Archibald and Beau Bennett made their WBS debuts. Bennett played on a line with Andrew Ebbett and Jayson Megna. How many points would those three put up in a 76 game AHL season? 100? 125? 150?
Standings: Hershey 13 — Penguins 13 — Lehigh Valley 11 — Norfolk 10 — Binghamton 10
Conference: 1) HFD (15) 2) WOR (13) 3) HER (13) 4) ALB (14) 5) PRO (13) 6) BRI (13) 7) WBS (13) 8) SPR (13)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers lost to the Evansville IceMen 6-3 in Indiana tonight. Matia Marcantuoni had all three goals for the Nailers in the loss.
SendToNews Highlights: Are here in YouTube fashion:
Pens head up I-81 for a date with the Binghamton Senators tomorrow. Gameday for that will be here on the blog at 3 p.m. I’ll be making the journey also. I’ll have pictures of the newly renovated place with new video boards and stuff.
* – ran a pun contest on Twitter off of the Megna goals and Kaitlyn won two tickets to an upcoming Penguins game with the headline suggestion. And apparently a Megalodon was an actual thing. It was a shark. We here at Chirps from Center Ice strive to educate and humor at the same time.