He didn’t get a star of the game tonight, but he should have. Jeff Zatkoff kept the Penguins in this game for about 50 minutes before Ryan Dzingel scored twice in 3:33 as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins in a bit of a role reversal by a score of 3-0.
The Penguins recalled Eric Hartzell and signed Paul Cianfirni to a PTO this morning. The initial thought with that move was that Jeff Zatkoff was heading to Pittsburgh, but that was not the case. He started tonight and opposed Scott Greenham.
Lineup looked like this…
Tom Kostopoulos – Carter Rowney – Adam Payerl
Conor Sheary – J-S Dea – Josh Archibald
Tom Kuhnhackl – Nick Drazenovic – Jayson Megna
Pierre Leblond – Matia Marcantuoni / Sahir Gill and Dominik Uher
I know what you are saying, that’s 13 skaters there. But, Drazenovic fell ill during warmups and was a late scratch.
Taylor Chorney – Barry Goers
Nick D’Agostino – Alex Boak
Clark Seymour – Paul Cianfrini
Add Reid McNeil to the ones who were ill that missed the game. Obie didn’t even tweet Cianfrini as part of the line rushes, so unless he was befuddled by who was in / out, he may not have taken warmups, thinking that McNeill was in.
Other news of the day was that the Penguins had signed center Jim O’Brien to an AHL deal out of the KHL, but it was announced at around 3 p.m. today that the Hershey Bears had claimed him off of AHL waivers. O’Brien, late of Binghamton, would have obviously helped the Penguins but he needed to stay on waivers for 72 hours for any other AHL team to get him. The Bears had been struggling of late to score goals so they claimed him. It is what it is.
First Period: Penguins played a strong period, but made one mistake. A Barry Goers exit pass to Matia Marcantuoni never connected and Max McCormick intercepted, snaked in and scored on a backhand shot that beat Zatkoff. Binghamton bent but didn’t break in the period. Dea led a charge with Sheary and he slid the puck on the goal line but not across and Jayson Megna found himself free for a second but fired high.
Second Period: As the period wore on, it was becoming more and more evident that Jeff Zatkoff was keeping the Penguins in the game. Wilkes-Barre was being outshot 14-5 this period and 31-14 aggregate for the game. What shots Greenham did face, he saved with ease. The one power play of the period was awarded to the Pens and Binghamton dealt with it handily.
Third Period: Pens could not manage to score on an early power play. Zatkoff made some more big saves before Dzingel sprung into action. Barry Goers fell down trailing him and he scored on to make it 2-0. Penguins would have to kill a Binghamton penalty and nearly scored their first shorthanded goal of the year with Dominik Uher and Jayson Megna doing work on the penalty kill. Later, Binghamton would lead an odd man rush up ice that developed into a 4-on-2 and Dzingel cashed again to ice the game at that point and make it 3-0.
Three Stars: 3) Darren Kramer (two assists, +3) 2) Ryan Dzingel (two goals, +2) and 1) Scott Greenham (31 save shutout)
Around the Division: Hershey defeats Lehigh Valley 4-2. Norfolk was idle.
Standings: Penguins 37 — Hershey 34 — Lehigh Valley 31 — Binghamton 29 — Norfolk 24
Conference: 1) MCH (44) 2) SPR (43) 3) WBS (37) 4) SYR (43) 5) HFD (36) 6) HER (34) 7) BRI (32) 8) PRO (32)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off. They play in South Carolina this weekend, meaning that Wilkes-Barre will likely need to look elsewhere for reinforcements if McNeill and Drazenovic are not healthy enough to go tomorrow or beyond.
SedToNews Highlights: Are packaged here.
No rest for the weary. Bridgeport is in tomorrow for a 7:05 start. Gameday for that will be up here on the blog at 3 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!