Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

All Even – Pens WIN 2-1 (OT)

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Sunday morning. Tom Sestito had just been assigned to the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins from Pittsburgh. I saw the news and tweeted this at the time.

Sestito didn’t have a hat trick or anything, but the Bears ran around on the Penguins Saturday in Game 3 in a blowout win for Hershey without Sestito’s presence. Tonight, was a bit of a different story.

Pens win in overtime 2-1 that ties this best of seven at 2-2 with Game 5 Wednesday in Hershey and Game 6 back here in Wilkes-Barre. Tom Sestito did not score the game winning goal, but did pick up the primary assist on the game winner.

Tristan Jarry started Game 4 and opposed Justin Peters.

Lines were…

Kael Mouillierat – Dustin Jeffrey – Daniel Sprong
Jake Guentzel – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Mattias Plachta – J-S Dea – Sahir Gill
Tom Sestito – Teddy Blueger – Josh Archibald

Niclas Andersen – Steve Oleksy
Ryan Parent – Barry Goers
Will O’Neill – Tim Erixon

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

Warmups: A little hey how you doing…

Started by, who else, Tom Sestito. More on that with more pictures from our friends at Chocolate Hockey here.

First Period: Lively start by both sides but no scoring. Both goalies made spectacular saves, Peters with the glove on Rowney and Jarry with the stick on a Bears chance. Interestingly enough, both saves led to penalties from the other team. Neither team scored.

Second Period: Tom Kostopoulos collected a power play goal off of this redirect of a Will O’Neill shot and the Pens were on the board…

Bears got it right back when Carter Camper cashed on a rebound on a long power play by the Bears that started as a 5-on-3. Pens could never clear it and a tired corps could never clear the puck away from Jarry’s crease.

Pens were giving away the farm taking needless, silly penalties. A referee may let a borderline interference call go or a hard hit into the boards in playoffs, but not a high sticking call, holding the stick call or an elbow across the head of an opponent call five feet in front of him. You had all of these taken by the Penguins in the period.

Third Period: Penguins dominated the period 14-2 with shots, had three kicks at a power play can, but could not cash. They got close, but this is hockey, not horseshoes. Off to…

Overtime: Officiating being what it was, the Penguins found themselves on a power play when Jake Guentzel’s stick was held by Madison Bowey. Kael Mouillierat cashed in on this that tied the series at two a piece…

Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (22 saves on 23 shots) 2) Tom Kostopoulos (goal, even) and 1) Kael Mouillierat (game winning overtime goal, even)

Penguins were without the services of Niclas Andersen for much of the second half of the game, he was apparently injured. Also, Daniel Sprong was used sparingly also.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers force a Game 7 with a 8-3 blowout win over the Reading Royals. Brian Foster stopped 32 of 35 shots to pick up the win. The decisive Game 7 is Wednesday night in Wheeling.

Video highlights…

Overnight Fallout: From this tweet by Russ Hryvnak…

…set off a tweetstorm between Liam O’Brien and Sestito. I’m linking off because of profanity involved, so it’s neatly covered here by Chocolate Hockey and then again by Russian Machine Never Breaks. 

I will probably have an update to my charts sometime Tuesday.

Let’s Go Pens!

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