You could say that the Bridgeport Sound Tigers were playing their third game in three games and as with any team that does that, the legs are tired.
But don’t tell Tristan Jarry.
The rookie goaltender won in his professional debut with a dazzling 35 save performance to help the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins defeat the previously undefeated Sound Tigers by a score of 5-1.
The power play came through again and the defense and goaltending looked stout. It was a big win for a Penguin team that got run out of Southern Connecticut on a rail last weekend.
No lineup changes for the Penguins from last nights comeback win against Lehigh Valley. The only change was Jarry making his pro debut, opposing Stephon Williams in net for Bridgeport.
First Period: The Sound Tigers hadn’t trailed at all during the season, winning all five prior contests and beginning the season 5-0. That all changed on a power play when Tom Kostopoulos set up Kael Mouillierat on the doorstep of Williams:
Sound Tigers had a good couple shifts after the goal, but everything was to the outside to Jarry he saw with ease. Later, Oskar Sundqvist tipped in this long Will O’Neill shot from the blue line.
Second Period: Penguins expanded the lead to three goals with this nice garbage goal by Tom Sestito:
Then the Sound Tigers got a puck past Jarry on a four-on-three sequence. With Steve Oleksy and Mike Halmo in the box for roughing after an Oleksy hip check on Taylor Beck, Dominik Simon hooked Kevin Czuczman to make it 4-on3. A Ryan Pulock blast deflected off of the stick of a Penguin on the way in and Bridgeport was on the board to make it 3-1.
But the Penguins would re-establish the three goal lead on the power play again with this nice goal by Conor Sheary.
With Reid McNeill in the penalty box for slashing, Tristan Jarry made some nice saves on the penalty kill including this cool glove save of a shot by Czuczman.
Third Period: The Penguins were buzzing from behind the Sound Tigers net when Carter Rowney knocked this puck in for a 5-1 Penguins lead.
Wilkes-Barre had outscored its opponents by a score of 11-2 in the last five periods.
Teams traded a bunch of penalties. Shots at one point were something like 13-3 in favor of the home team but the Penguins locked them down the rest of the way after Jarry kept them out of the net.
Three Stars: 3) Oskar Sundqvist (goal, +1) 2) Conor Sheary (goal, two assists, +1) and 1) Tristan Jarry (35 saves on 36 shots)
Around the Division: Hershey got swept this weekend in Portland, losing today by a score of 5-2…Hartford trounced Syracuse 5-2.
Standings: Bridgeport (.833 percentage points) — Penguins (.750) — Hartford (.750) — Portland (.667) — Providence (.400) — Lehigh Valley (.333) — Hershey (.333) — Springfield (.000)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers bussed back from Norfolk and are getting ready for their home opener with the Brampton Beast this weekend.
SendToNews Highlights: Are here.
Pens have Monday off and will have this week to prepare for the Springfield Falcons in a home and home. The Week 2 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings will be up Monday at 4. I’ll update my stats chart board at some point this week based off of this weekends action. Check it out.
Let’s Go Pens!!