You kind of expected that the Binghamton Senators would come out tonight and put up more of a fight than they did Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre.
They did tonight, And it still wasn’t enough. The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins win the game tonight by a score of 3-2 in overtime.
The Penguins were threw a lot of curveballs tonight. Three hit posts in the first period. They bottled up Binghamton to the tune of just 18 shots against but got scored on twice on the power play and at times appeared to be chasing the game at key moments but still somehow found a way to win the game. It was a big two points that they could have easily let slip away.
Tristan Jarry opposed Matt O’Connor
Dominik Simon – J-S Dea – Adam Krause
Mattias Plachta – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Jake Guentzel – Kael Mouillierat – Josh Archibald
Tom Sestito – Jarrett Burton – Teddy Blueger
Tim Erixon – Steve Oleksy
Niclas Andersen – Harrison Ruopp
Will O’Neill – Barry Goers
Tristan Jarry – Franky Palazzese
Lineup Notes: Blunger made his pro debut and took the spot of Dustin Jeffrey, who missed the game because his wife had a baby. Congrats to the Jeffrey family.
First Period: Period was divided into two halves. One, where the Pens took two penalties and got scored on the power play when Michael Keranen scored from the far dot while a Binghamton player was laying on Tim Erixon’s stick. Then the Penguins settled in the second half of the period and got a power play goal of their own by Tom Kostopoulos on the doorstep while the Penguins were on a 5-on-3.
Shots ended up being 9-3 in favor of the Penguins who despite the large shot difference, looked like they were chasing the game at times.
Second Period: Pens ran into more penalty troubles. On another five on three, Binghamton scored again when Casey Bailey one timed a shot from the far side to put the B-Sens up 2-1 again.
But the Penguins fought back and got a few power play opportunities and Tom Kostopoulos scored his second of the game on a tap in that tied it at two for the Penguins.
Third Period: Tom Sestito and Zack Stortini fought each other. Here is the video of the fight captured on my iPhone:
Binghamton headed to the power play and the thought was, ‘ here we go again’ but the Penguins did a fine job of not allowing the Senators a shot on goal during the power play.
Will O’Neill had a memorable shift. He created a two on one opportunity with him and Tom Sestito then skated all the way back to break up a B-Sens odd man rush all in the span of about thirty seconds.
Sestito had another chance to score when Jarrett Burton picked off a Senators exit pass and fed Sestito but he couldn’t tap the pass from Burton by O’Connor.
Overtime: Tristan Jarry had a big stop on Phil Varone in the first minute of overtime then Barry Goers pounced on a clear by the Senators, passed to Mattias Plachta who dropped it back to Goers who shot it. The puck hits the post, doesn’t cross the line before Kael Mouillierat poked it across to give the Penguins the overtime win.
The win was the Penguins fourth in a row and got them to 40 wins in the season. The 40 wins in a season is significant because the Penguins set an AHL record with 11 consecutive 40 win seasons.
All that is left is clinching a playoff berth. The magic number drops to 11.
Three Stars: 3) Jason Akeson (two assists) 2) Tom Kostopoulos (two goals) and 1) Kael Mouillierat (overtime game winning goal, assist)
Around the Division: Hershey beat Utica 2-1 in overtime to stay in lockstep with the Penguins for the division lead….Lehigh Valley beat Providence 4-3 to snap their long losing streak…Hartford beats Bridgeport 2-1 in overtime and Portland beat Springfield 4-3.
Standings: Penguins (.644 percentage points) — Hershey (.644) — Providence (.606) — Bridgeport (.590) — Portland (.577) — Hartford (.568) — Lehigh Valley (.470) — Springfield (.415)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers lost 6-4 in Kalamazoo to the Wings.
If I see any infographics or video highlights, I will try to work the edits in.
Pens are home Saturday night against Providence. I will not be at that game, as I will be with family for Easter but I still plan on having the Gameday setup and a postgame recap for you Saturday night some time.
Let’s Go Pens!