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Dan Ellis Problems — Pens LOSE 5-0

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The following tweets by the men that write about this team for a living in the papers should tell you all you need to know about how this one went…

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So it was predictable. A 5-0 shutout, blowout loss ushers in the Clark Donatelli Era for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

Nothing went right tonight. Let’s get right to it.

Lines were…

Josh Archibald – Kael Mouillierat – Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl – Carter Rowney – Dominik Simon
Dominik Uher – Oskar Sundqvist – Tom Kostopoulos
Sahir Gill – J-S Dea – Ty Loney

Derrick Pouliot – Clark Seymour
Tim Erixon – Will O’Neill
Reid McNeill – Niclas Andersen

Brian Foster – Casey DeSmith

Injury Updates: Mike O’Brien stated that Matia Marcantuoni was off of injured reserve and was the healthy scratch as well as Harrison Ruopp. Steve Oleksy and Tom Sestito were, “close” and Tristan Jarry was, “week-to-week.” Tyler Biggs jobs Barry Goers in the, “month-to-month” category.

First Period: Bad first period for the Penguins, who 1:23 into the game, were down 2-0, then later 3-0 on another Bears goal, this time on the power play and the rout was on. Aaron Ness with a bomb of a shot at :34, Chris Brown from high slot at 1:23 then Madison Bowey skating in unmarked on the power play for Hershey. Wilkes-Barre only registered one shot on goal in the games first eight minutes, and the game conceivably could have been 5-0 with the Bears hitting two posts in the process.

Things settled in the games last five minutes and the period ended with the Bears outshooting the Pens 15-7.

Second Period: Penguins couldn’t cash in on their only power play of the period and the Bears cashed on theirs when Paul Carey swept in a rebound left by Foster that made it 4-0. Erik Burgdoerfer scored his goal against the Penguins (all of his goals this year have come against Wilkes-Barre) and it was 5-0.

Donatelli called time out and was very animated on the bench with his team which was in a 5-0 hole on the ice at their biggest rival.

Third Period: Casey DeSmith came in on relief for Brian Foster, faced a power play to open the period then a brief 5-on-3 but was able to keep the Bears out of his net. It was the most settled that the Pens looked all game, but at this point the game was lost.

Pens couldn’t score on a power play, the Bears were blocking tons of shots. Wilkes-Barre later hit a post when Reid McNeill narrowly missed breaking up the Ellis shutout.

Dan Ellis was in some pain with about two minutes to play in the period, but gutted it out for his first shutout of the season, a 22 save performance, and the first time all season that Wilkes-Barre has been shutout all season.

Three Stars: 3) Madison Bowey (goal, assist, even) 2) Carter Camper (three assists, +1) and 1) Dan Ellis (22 save shutout)

Around the Division: Binghamton beat Hartford at home 4-2…Lehigh Valley lost at home to Bridgeport 2-1…Albany beat Providence 4-1…Syracuse beat Springfield 3-1 and Portland was off.

Standings: Penguins (.768 points percentage) — Hershey (.633) — Bridgeport (.578) — Portland (.574) — Lehigh Valley (.467) — Providence (.467) — Springfield (.448) — Hartford (.433)

Wheeling Update: It was Dave Gove’s head coaching debut and that too was a sour one as Gove’s Wheeling Nailers were defeated by the Toledo Walleye in Toledo 4-1. That will cost the Nailers as they will now be seven back of division leader Toledo in the North Division.

Penguins are back in action tomorrow against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at home. Gameday for that will be up on the blog at noon for the 4:05 start.

Let’s Go Pens!

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