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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
14 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
Nothing too flashy with preseason recaps. AHL doesn’t have box scores to link to and the process is insignificant cause it doesn’t count in the end.
If you were to take one thing out of this game, a 4-1 Devils win tonight, it was that the Penguins struggled with the Devils speed all night. Albany cashed on four power plays tonight. That, and if you struggle to keep up with a team at even strength, your weaknesses are exposed exponentially when one of them are in the penalty box.
Maybe I am overthinking things. Anyway, here’s a look at the lines…
Nick Sorkin – Jarrett Burton – Reid Gardiner
Cody Wydo – Miloš Bubela – Derek Army
Gage Quinney – Sahir Gill – Ryan Haggerty
Christian Hilbrich – Adam Krause – Garrett Meurs
Tim Erixon – Ethan Prow
Ryan Segalla – Barry Goers
Reid McNeill – Michael Webster
Casey DeSmith – Leland Irving
DeSmith opposed Mackenzie Blackwood. I didn’t see where Albany put lines out. Lots of names I didn’t recognize. Ty Loney warmed up and played.
Pens scratches were a mile long. Erixon, Haggerty and Goers wore A’s.
First Period: Pens found themselves on the penalty kill three times in the period taking lazy stick penalties. Albany cashed in on the third attempt when either a puck bounced in off of Reid McNeill’s skate or went in off the stick of Jan Mandat.
DeSmith looked great in goal otherwise, stopping 6 of 7 shots including three highlight stops on a penalty kill.
Wilkes-Barre had quick transitioning attempts at Blackwood but were denied every time. Sahir Gill had a chance alone but shot right into the pad of Blackwood, later Ryan Haggerty danced around a guy but was shut down by the Albany netminder.
No fights in the period, which I thought was weird, being it’s the first press on game and guys are fighting for jobs.
Second Period: Penguins would get on the board when Reid McNeill hammered a shot from the blue line that was tipped in by Jarrett Burton.
Casey DeSmith was in midseason form, making more dazzling stops. Coal Street could cut up his highlights on just this game alone and they would last a month.
Leland Irving took over goal halfway through. Within the first minute he was required to stop three Albany attempts off of Penguins turnovers on the power play. DeSmith would stop 12 of 13 shots.
Devils would score when John Quenneville whipped in a shot past Irving for a power play goal and a 2-1 lead.
No fights in the second period. Weird for a preseason game with jobs on the line.
Third Period: It was becoming apparent that the Pens were not able to deal with Albany’s speed. More penalties by the Penguins resulted in more power play goals for the Devils, who tacked on two more in the period.
No fights in this game. Really strange.
Three stars were Ben Sexton, Jarrett Burton and Yan Mandat in that order.
Pens are back in action Saturday when they host the Hershey Bears Saturday at 7:05. If there is anything newsworthy to note Friday, check back then.
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