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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
15 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
So the theme of this series so far is, “first team to score, wins.”
Penguins won Game 1 4-0, the Bears win tonight in Game 2 by a score of 2-0. Justin Peters had a 27 save shutout.
Bears did all of their scoring in the second period on easily correctable plays. They got scored on shorthanded (just be better or more conservative) and then Carter Camper scored on a low angle shot that Casey DeSmith didn’t’ seal completely off on.
A goalie makes a mistake at the minor league level. It happens. If DeSmith makes that save, it’s still a 1-0 game and win for the Bears I think. I guess what I am saying is that this series has seven written all over it. These teams are so evenly matched.
Kael Mouillierat – Dustin Jeffrey – Daniel Sprong
Jake Guentzel – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Mattias Plachta – J-S Dea – Adam Krause
Sahir Gill – Teddy Blueger – Josh Archibald
Ryan Parent – Barry Goers
Tim Erixon – Harrison Ruopp
Will O’Neill – Steve Oleksy
Casey DeSmith – Tristan Jarry
Lineup Notes: Sahir Gill was in for the injured Dominik Simon, making his return from injury since February 23. Adam Krause took Simon’s place on the third line and Gill played on the fourth…Niclas Anderson had a baby boy (his wife did all the work) so he was out of the lineup and Steve Oleksy, back from assignment from Pittsburgh, took his place.
First Period: Pens played the Bears to an even first ten minutes then saw the Bears score twice on back to back shots.
Daniel Sprong turned a puck over in his own end on a power play, Dustin Gazley, in for the suspended Liam O’Brien, raced a puck up the ice on a two on one and passed to Sean Collins who danced around DeSmith and scored to make it 1-0 Bears…
DeSmith’s shutout streak ends at 104:34. He had stopped 58 straight shots. The Penguins have now given up three shorthanded goals in the postseason, tops amongst all teams.
Carter Camper doubled the Bears lead on a far side low angle shot that DeSmith didn’t seal completely off on. A goal that DeSmith wanted back, but it counted nonetheless.
Hershey would find its way onto the power play, but the Penguins killed it, with Tom Kostopoulos playing without a stick for much of the kill.
Shots were 10-5 Bears heading into the…
Second Period: Pens killed an early penalty then Dustin Jeffrey was stopped on a breakaway by Justin Peters…
Clerk Donatelli was shuffling the lines this period and even at the start of the game, with Gill moving up to the third line and the lines shuffling at every stoppage.
Pens had a power play but did little with it.
Then the Penguins started to come to life at even strength forcing Hershey into an icing call and Troy Mann to use his time out.
But the game can turn on an instant, ad after a too many men on the ice call against Wilkes-Barre, :05 later Steve Oleksy hooked Travis Boyd.
But the Penguins were able to kill off the entire five on three only allowing Hershey just two shots on the long two man advantage. Hershey was looking for the perfect shot and making too many passes.
Ryan Parent went to the room with an apparent lower body injury. The Penguins had a power play that carried over into the…
Third Period: Parent tested out the lower body injury before the teams started the third period but didn’t record a shift. Pens couldn’t score on the carry over power play and did not register a shot on goal. The Bears didn’t register a shot on goal util around the eight minute mark of the period but it was clear that they were content with sitting on the lead and not giving the penguins any chances.
Dustin Jeffrey was snakebitten tonight. He hit a post. But Peters was seeing everything tonight and was stopping deflected pucks, pucks shot through traffic and pucks in a pile of bodies.
Penguins inexperience was starting to show through as Jake Guentzel passed a shot at the top of the offensive zone that was nearly picked off by Sean Collins.
The Penguins, with DeSmith pulled. were never able to find the equalizer.
Three Stars: 3) Sean Collins (goal, +1) 2) Carter Camper (goal, +1) 1) Justin Peters (27 save shutout)
Game 3 goes off Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre. Gameday setup here on the blog at 3.
Let’s Go Pens!
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