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Short Handed Shots — Pens LOSE 3-2

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Tristan Jarry faced a firing squad today. They wore white Providence Bruins jerseys and shot 50 pucks at him Sunday afternoon.

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins did not allow the top rated Providence power play unit to score with the man advantage today, scoring twice shorthanded. The Penguins had two shorthanded goals scored all season coming into this game.

The Penguins came up short this afternoon and lose 3-2. It was an effort that, but for all the shots in the first period, the Penguins could have came out on the better end of.

Tristan Jarry vs. Zane McIntyre

More videos in this postgame so if you didn’t link in direct, hit the jump to see the rest.

Lines were…

Carter Rowney – Kael Mouillierat – Dominik Simon
Josh Archibald – Oskar Sundqvist – Tom Kostopoulos
John McCarron – Jarrett Burton – J-S Dea
Tom Sestito – Matia Marcantuoni – Derek Army

Niclas Andersen – Harrison Ruopp
Reid McNeill – Clark Seymour
Tim Erixon – Will O’Neill

Tristan Jarry – Brian Foster

Lineup Changes: Every line was changed from last night’s blowout loss in Springfield. Ty Loney and Anton Zlobin were scratched for John McCarron and Jarrett Burton. Steve Oleksy was returned to Wilkes-Barre by Pittsburgh but wasn’t in the lineup. David Warsofsky’ long term conditioning assignment was up so he was recalled before noon then placed on waivers for purposes of re-assignment back to Wilkes-Barre.

With tomorrow being the trade deadline, eligible players that can be sent to the AHL need to be on the roster here in Wilkes-Barre by 3 p.m. in order to play on the AHL team in the future. Players like Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson, Bryan Rust, Derrick Pouliot and Matt Murray must be on the roster for the Penguins in order to be eligible to play in Wilkes-Barre for the rest of the season. If Warsofsky clears, he will be here. Tom Kuhnhackl and Kevin Porter will not as they were not placed on waivers today.

First Period: The Providence Bruins unloaded an offensive assault in the period, outshooting the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins 29-4.

No. That is not a misprint. I make a lot of misprints on this blog, but that one was anything but. The shots were twenty-nine to four Bruins.

Somehow, the Penguins drew first blood. Shorthanded, against the Bruins top rated power play. Carter Rowney…

Tristan Jarry had a fine save which set up the Rowney rush up the other end of the ice.

That was the third shorthanded goal scored by the Penguins this season and Rowney’s 14th goal of the season, tying him for second on the team.

Penguins had a power play they couldn’t do anything with then found themselves on a 5-on-3 against that they somehow didn’t allow Providence to score on. Jarry was under fire. This glove save was one of his finer ones…

Providence finally put in one of his 29 shots into the net, barely, past Jarry. Colby Cave had the goal…

Another angle, from behind the net…

Literally.

The 29 shots on goal by the Bruins were the most in the AHL since February 2012.

Second Period: Tristan Jarry was doing everything in his power to keep the Bruins out of his nets. The Penguins have been struggling lately. So what happens in the next sequence? Tristan Jarry tries to clear a puck but instead gives it straight to Noel Acciari who puts it right past Jarry and it’s 2-1 Bruins.

Another (far) angle…

Penguins were starting to match the Bruins chance for chance, but the one thing I was picking up on the AHL Live feed was that all of the Penguins shots were coming from the perimeter with McIntyre able to make the saves without any bodies in front of him.

Third Period: Pens started to match the Bruins chance for chance, were looking like they were building momentum then Seth Griffith finished off a four on two rush and it was 3-1 Bruins on this dart…

Tom Kostopoulos fought Colton Hargrove trying to do anything to rally his team into something. More penalties ensued which saw Kael Mouillierat receive a five minute major for cross checking. The Penguins finished the game shorthanded.

Dominik Simon made it interesting late…

But the Penguins never were able to get Jarry off and never found the equalizer.

Seth found this stat on the total shots a Wilkes-Barre goaltender has faced:

Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (47 saves on 50 shots) 2) Noel Acciari (goal, even) 1) Seth Griffith (game winning goal, assist, +1)

Around the Division: Springfield beat Portland 4-2…Albany beats Bridgeport 4-1…Lehigh Valley beats Hartford 2-1 and Hershey blows away Utica 5-1. 

Standings: Hershey (.649 percentage points) — Penguins (.634) — Portland (.602) — Providence (.582) — Bridgeport (.562) — Hartford (.518) — Lehigh Valley (.500) — Springfield (.445)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers lost at home to Elmira 3-1. Matt Tabrum had the goal. Franky Palazzese stopped 27 of 30 shots.

The chart refresh has been updated already. Head over there to take a look. My Week 21 AHL Power Rankings will hit the blog Monday at 4.

Let’s Go Pens!

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