In just his second AHL game, Ty Loney is making an impact and a case for keeping him around and not sending him back to Wheeling.
Tonight, a 4-3 Penguins win over the Binghamton Senators at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Loney’s fourth line of he, J-S Dea and Tyler Biggs set up two goals including the game winner in the third period of a tight contest against a good opponent.
Tristan Jarry made his professional home debut against Binghamton’s Chris Driedger.
Conor Sheary – Kael Mouillierat – Josh Archibald
Tom Kuhnhackl – Carter Rowney – Dominik Simon
Dominik Uher – Oskar Sundqvist – Tom Kostopoulos
Ty Loney – J-S Dea – Tyler Biggs
Derrick Pouliot – Steve Oleksy
Niclas Andersen – Dave Warsofsky
Tim Erixson – Will O’Neill
Tristan Jarry – Matt Murray
Lineup Notes: Reid McNeill was scratched again. Tyler Biggs made his season debut. Scott Wilson was serving his suspension; Kael Mouillierat was coming off his.
First Period: Dominik Simon’s shot from the slot at 1:30 was all the offense that the first period saw. Carter Rowney tracked a puck off the near wall, passed it to Simon who ripped the shot from the high slot with Tom Kuhnhackl setting the screen in front of Driedger. It was only the ninth even strength goal scored by Wilkes-Barre all season.
Tristan Jarry saw the puck well, robbing Ryan Dzingel bearing down he left slot while the B-Sens were on a power play. Later, David Dziurzynski took a slapshot from the high slot with players buzzing around Jarry that the Penguins rookie netminder saw and tracked easily.
Second Period: Penguins scored at 1:30 in the first period. Well in the second period it took them one second longer to find the back of the net. Kael Mouillerat cleaned up a Conor Sheary to put the Pens ahead 2-0.
Pens could have stepped on it but seemed to let off after the Mouillerat goal. Later, the B-Sens cycle a puck for a good minute to Chris Carlisle on the far side who lets rip and goes bar down on Jarry.
1:10 later, Ty Loney made a cross ice pass to Tyler Biggs who finished off the pass to reestablish the two goal Penguin lead.
The Wilkes-Barre penalty kill had been one of the strengths of late, but it failed the Penguins in the second period. The B-Sens struck twice on the power play, rather quickly, with Cole Schneider doing the damage twice.
I got the sense that Binghamton wanted badly back in the game and would be undeterred. To this point, it worked.
Third Period: The fourth line struck for their second goal of the game when Ty Loney connected with J-S Dea for a goal that put the Penguins ahead 4-3 in the third period. This was a much more even period for Wilkes-Barre.
As time dwindled, the Penguins started to hunker down defensively. With Chris Dreidger pulled, the Sens never found the equalizer.
Three Stars: 3) Ty Loney (two assists, +2) 2) Cole Schneider (two power play goals, even) and 1) J-S Dea (game winning goal, even)
Around the Division: Lehigh Valley beat a good St. John’s team 5-1…Springfield is finally in the win column winning tonight in Bridgeport against the suddenly cold Sound Tigers. Everyone else was off on this otherwise light Wednesday night in the AHL.
Standings: Penguins (.857 percentage points) — Hartford (.786) — Bridgeport (.667) — Portland (.600) — Hershey (.583) — Lehigh Valley (.429) — Providence (.429) — Springfield (.250)
Wheeling Update: Nailers are in action again Friday when they host the Adirondack Thunder.
Pens are in action again Friday at home when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7:05
Let’s Go Pens!