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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
13 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
The Penguins were in Hershey Sunday afternoon playing their final game of the preseason before the regular season gets going on Saturday at home against Hartford. They won 4-1 and finish 2-1 in preseason and sweep the Bears on the weekend series.
Here were the lines:
Jake Guentezel – Oskar Sundqvist – Reid Gardiner
Ryan Haggerty – Sahir Gill – Adam Krause
Dominik Simon – Gage Quinney – Cody Wydo
Christian Hilbrich – Miloš Bubela – Patrick McGrath
Reid McNeill – Tim Erixon
Brett Stern – Barry Goers
Ryan Segalla – Ethan Prow
Casey DeSmith – Doug Carr
DeSmith opposed Joe Cannata in a rematch of last night.
First Period: Joey Leach scored on a shot from the blueline that got past DeSmith either via a deflection or a screen and it was 1-0 Bears. Immediately after the face off, Ryan Haggerty dumps a puck in that Sahir Gill chases down and scored on past Cannata for a 1-1 game. Teams traded penalties with no one taking advantage. Cannata was needed when he denied Guentzel and Bubela with Jake on a 2-on-1 and Miloš on a breakaway.
Late, Gage Quinney as a result of a Bears turnover. Tim Erixon picked it off, skated in onside and passed to Dominik Simon who found Quinney who put the Penguins ahead 2-1 at the end of the period.
Second Period: Doug Carr took over the net duties for Casey DeSmith. DeSmith stopped 8 of 9 shots in the first period.
Pens traded power plays with the Bears. Past halfway, I heard Mike O’Brien say on radio that the Penguins didn’t have any shots on goal in the period.
Wilkes-Barre received a late power play and cashed. Dominik Simon made it 3-1 Penguins.
Wilkes-Barre would only manage five shots on goal in the period and the Bears only had four. Shots were 14-12 Penguins at the end of the second period.
Third Period: The Penguins haven’t had a fight in the preseason, and the most interesting thing that happened this far into the period was Garrett Mitchell and Patrick McGrath trying to get the fists flying, but before punches were thrown, the melee was broken up. So no fight.
Nothing really doing this period. Bears outshot the Penguins 16-9 in the period and the Penguins got a shorthanded goal late when the Bears pulled Cannata for an extra man for a 6-on-4 power play. Oskar Sundqvist would score the goal for the Pens.
Was actually expecting Hershey to obliterate the Penguins today with the Bears dressing a more seasoned lineup and the Penguins bringing half a team really. But it’s preseason and will be forgotten about tomorrow morning, so let’s not speculate any further than that.
So that will do it for preseason. Monday starts the 2016-17 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Previews. We start at noon Monday in the Pacific Division then noon Tuesday for the Central Division and then the North on Wednesday and closing it out with the Atlantic on Thursday.
Any news with re-assignments from Pittsburgh, Tom Sestito is on waivers Sunday, or additional cuts made to the Penguins, will be sprinkled in this week with the Previews.
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