That extra point that the Phantoms took home with them tonight may come back and haunt the Penguins.
That is because, after being up 4-3 to start the third with a full 2:00 of a power play to start with, the Penguins don’t score on the man advantage and then allow the Phantoms to rattle off 7 shots in a row and ultimately lose 5-4 in a shootout to Lehigh Valley tonight. The Penguins haven’t won a shootout all season.
With Hershey continuing to roll, winning tonight, the Penguins are now three points back of the Bears. Hershey burns off one of its three games in hand Sunday in Bridgeport.
Jeff Zatkoff vs. Rob Zepp.
Lineup the same, just swap out Adam Payerl for Pierre Leblond, with Lehigh Valley having both Jay Rosehill and Zack Stortini in the lineup.
First Period: If you were at the game or watched on AHL Live, you saw Zatkoff struggle with rebounds. Finally Taylor Leier pounced on one and opened the scoring.
But the Penguins went on a power play when Darroll Powe took a delay of game penalty. The Penguins are really using the power play to their advantage of recent and capitalized here, with Tom Kostopoulos getting a piece of a Brian Dumoulin shot for a tie game. The Penguins really pushed back after the Leier goal and were in control…
…until a lax defensive clear that left the puck on a tee for Adam Comrie who went high glove on Zatkoff to make it 2-1 Phantoms going into the…
Second Period: Conor Sheary scores :57 in sneaking in past the Phantoms D to tie the game at 2.
Penguins would find themselves on a 1:58 5-on-3 and Bryan Rust scored to make it 3-2 Penguins. But the see-saw would trend down for the Pens and they would see Jason Akeson score on a power play that tied the game at three again.
To this point, the game had a, “last shot wins” feel to it.
Bobby Farnham scored on a tip of a Nick D’Agostino shot to put the Pens ahead 4-3 going into the…
Third Period: Penguins had a full 2:00 of power play to work with, couldn’t manage a shot. They couldn’t manage a shot for about the first ten minutes. They took two straight penalties and killed them. They took a third and didn’t. Tie game again. Shades of Hershey a week ago it seemed. Things settled a bit after that. I had to collect my Jayson Megna pink jersey and was surrounded by clueless interns that held us in the zamboni den so I couldn’t see much of the second half of the third or any of…
Overtime: With about a minute left, the intern said, “let’s go out now” – but before that I asked to go out to watch overtime but was told that we couldn’t because the doors that the zambonis came out of were closed. Yes, hello. There is a door. This is me complaining. I hate complainers. You are perpetually unhappy if all you do is complain. I am not perpetually unhappy, nor a complainer. No one scored in overtime so it was onto the….
Shootout: Hynes went Wilson (no) Rust (yes) Ebbett for his first three. It was tied 1-1 after three and the Penguins elected to shoot first so Hynes sent Nick D’Agostino over the boards.
Wait. Nick D’Ago-who? D’Agostino? LOL, really?
Here’s what Hynes told Tom after the game regarding that decision:
He missed. Taylor Leier didn’t and the Phantoms took home the extra point.
Three Stars: 3) Nick Cousins (three assists, +1) 2) Brian Dumoulin (two assists, even) and 1) Jason Akeson (two goals, -1)
Around the Division: Hershey wins 5-2 at home against Portland….Norfolk beat Syracuse 2-1 in overtime. Binghamton was off.
Standings: Hershey 65 — Penguins 62 — Lehigh Valley 51 — Norfolk 47 — Binghamton 44
Conference: 1) MCH (68) 2) SYR (66) 3) HER (65) 4) SPR (62) 5) WBS (62) 6) HFD (61) 7) WOR (57) 8) PRO (57)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers lost in Toledo 5-2. Josh Archibald had an assist. J-S Dea had a goal.
SendToNews Highlights: Are here. I don’t know if Coal Street will add YouTube highlights or not.
Penguins off until next Saturday against Providence. During that time a lot of games will be played and the scoreboard will be watched. Hershey will burn off two games on the Penguins. I’ll look around the conference and see who else has games in hand on the Pens and may likely have blog pieces about that this week for content. Week 19 AHL Power Rankings will hit the blog at 11 a.m. Monday because there are four games played on President’s Day. My chart refresh will probably go up sometime Sunday.
Oh, if you were wondering what the exchange was between me and Megna when he game me the jersey…
I must be getting old. He called me sir.
Let’s Go Pens!