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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
15 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
So with the Penguins up 4-0 in the game tonight, one that they would eventually win 5-1 over the Albany Devils, I had a great headline for the blog recap you are reading now in my head.
It was, “Deviled Eggs” – a play on would be back-to-back shutouts by tonight’s starting goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, (the eggs, representing zeroes) and and the opponent (the Albany Devils and the popular food item Deviled Eggs)
Then Joe Whitney scored at 6:59 of the third period for the Devils and busted up all of my plans. So that’s why the headline tonight reads as it does, in case you were wondering.
Anyway, to the game. One that the Penguins in large stretches just dominated. They scored two goals in the first period :18 apart and two in the second 2:41 apart to put away the Devils for good. There was no blown two goal lead on this night.
The aforementioned Jeff Zatkoff vs. Keith Kinkaid, making his first start for Albany since November 2.
The lineup tonight was the same as it was Wednesday. No call ups to Pittsburgh to note, which seems strange to me. D Harrison Ruopp’s name was on the AHL Transaction page this afternoon but there was no official press release by the Penguins nor any mention of it on the radio broadcast tonight.
First Period: Dominik Uher started things off with this goal that initially was waved off but after replay, referee Garrett Rank ruled a good goal. :18 later, Scott Wilson scored this goal on a rebound of his own stuff attempt to put the Penguins ahead 2-0.
The Penguins continued to dominate the Devils in all zones in the period.
Second Period: Josh Archibald with an elite deflection of this Philip Samuelsson blast made it 3-0 and later, Brian Dumoulin scored a weird one that Kinkaid must have never saw that made it 4-0. That ended Kinkaid’s night and Scott Wedgewood entered the game.
Penguins continued their domination. Bobby Farnham led a three on none but lost control of the puck. Farnham had a multi-point game for the first time this season and since February 25 of this year against Hershey.
Third Period: Jayson Megna stickhandled past a guy here and scored to make it 5-0. The yin and the yang was out for Megna as later he’d turnover a puck to Mike Sislo that Zatkoff was forced to make a save on.
Joe Whitney ruined the shutout bid for Zatkoff with a neat shimmy down the slot to put the Devils on the board. That goal breathed life into an otherwise lifeless Devils team but the Penguins held their ground and didn’t ever give up a second goal.
Three Stars: 3) Jayson Megna (goal, assist, +2) 2) Scott Wilson (goal, Assist, +2) and 1) Brian Dumoulin (goal, +3)
Reid McNeill (-1) Tom Kuhnhackl (even) Tom Kostopoulos (-1) Conor Sheary (-1) and Derrick Pouliot (-1) were the only players to not have at least a plus tonight for the Penguins. Dumoulin and Taylor Chorney were a +3 each. Chorney leads all defensemen in the AHL in the +/- category.
Around the Division: Binghamton beat Manchester in overtime in a testy affair 4-3…Lehigh Valley shutout Worcester 4-0 and Norfolk lost to Portland 2-1. Hershey was off. The Bears have three games in hand on the Penguins, who have played the most games in the AHL.
Standings: Penguins 23 — Hershey 18 — Lehigh Valley 17 — Binghamton 14 — Norfolk 12
Conference: 1) MCH (23) 2) WBS (23) 3) BRI (21) 4) SYR (21) 5) SPR (21) 6) PRO (19) 7) HER (18) 8) ALB (18)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off tonight.
SendToNews Highlights: Are here.
Manchester comes to town and should actually be in before the Penguins get there sometime early Saturday morning. Gameday for the 7:05 affair will be on the blog at 3 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!
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