Chirps from Center Ice

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

Shoot Pucks at Bears! — Pens WIN 5-4 (SO)

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I said Friday that once Garrett Wilson found himself his first goal of the season for the Penguins, that the floodgates would open and the wins would flow for Wilkes-Barre.

Wilson scored Friday, and the Penguins steamrolled the Senators 4-1.

Wilson scored Saturday, and the Penguins blew away the Sound Tigers 7-1.

This afternoon in Providence, the P-Bruins gave the Penguins a heck of a fight, but it was the AHL’s league best Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins skating away with a 5-4 shootout win over the Providence Bruins. Penguins sweep the weekend three in three.

Wait, where were you going with the Garrett Wilson angle? He scored the game winning goal in the bottom of the fourth round to salt the game away for the Penguins.

Tristan Jarry opposed Dan Vladar.

Lines were…

Jake Guentzel – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – Reid Gardiner
Garrett Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Sahir Gill – J-S Dea – Patrick McGrath

Reid McNeill – Chad Ruhwedel
Tim Erixon – Steve Oleksy
Cameron Gaunce – Ethan Prow

Tristan Jarry  — Casey DeSmith

Lineup Notes: There were none. First time for the Penguins this season I think there hasn’t been any lineup changes other than just the goaltender.

First Period: Relentless pressure by the Penguins to start the game. Wilkes-Barre had put 7 shots at Dan Vladar and he stopped them all. Then the Penguins found themselves on a quick developing 2-on-1 and Reid Gardiner scored his second in as many nights when this shot banked off of a P-Bruins defender and in…

Bruins would then find themselves on a power play and started to mount the pressure at Jarry and the Penguins. Later, a Jordan Szwarz shot from a ridiculously low angle beat Jarry for a tie game. I mean look at this shot…

Penguins would score on a power play when Oskar Sundqvist, parked just outside the crease of Vladar, scored on a nifty redirect that reestablished the Penguins lead at 2-1…

On that play, Garrett Wilson picked up his 100th AHL point.

Undeterred, the Bruins did something that teams haven’t done to the Penguins in eight straight games in regulation.

They scored a second goal.

A Danton Heinen shot from the high slot with Tim Erixon unintentionally screening Jarry made it a 2-2 game.

Felt like, at least to me, that Jarry seemed a bit uncomfortable in goal as some of his saves looked odd and it appeared that he was fighting the puck at times.

Second Period: Through some power plays that came and went, Tom Kostopoulos scores this goal at even strength that re-established the lead for the Penguins…

That clip doesn’t show the whole rush that started deep in the Penguins zone.

On that goal by Kostopoulos, Carter Rowney would join Garrett Wilson in the Century Club with his 100th point in the AHL. Four goals in four games for the Penguins captain.

Then the Penguins caught the P-Bruins on a sloppy line change. Providence chipped one in, Jarry raced up out of his crease and hit Sahir Gill who found a streaking J-S Dea breaking in alone at Vladar and scored to double the Penguins lead…

Ahh, but the Bruins would not go away quietly as ex-Penguin Alex Grant shot this puck that went in. It may have deflected on the way in but it counted nonetheless…

It was the first time all season (this is the tenth game) that the Penguins have allowed three goals against in a game. Shots were a healthy 33 for the Bruins and just 23 for the Penguins heading into the…

Third Period: The Bruins were steamrolling the Penguins from the jump of the third and again scored to tie the game at four a piece. Wayne Simpson scored a power play goal for the Bruins.

Pens only had two shots on goal about 15 minutes into the third then were awarded a power play. It was a good power play by Wilkes-Barre but a better kill for Providence. Time ran out and it was on to…

Overtime: A few chances both ways with the Penguins getting the better chances, but it was on to the…

Shootout: Garrett Wilson’s goal in the bottom of the fourth round was the only goal scored in the shootout and was enough to win it for the Penguins.

Three Stars: 3) Tom Kostopoulos (goal, +1) 2) Peter Cehlarik (goal, assist, -1) 1) Jordan Szwarz (goal, two assists, +1)

Around the Division: Hershey beats Rochester 5-3 at home Sunday afternoon. As good as the Penguins have been, the Bears have been just as good. Hershey has won five straight and have points in their last eight games…Springfield hosted Binghamton and lost 2-1. The Thunderbirds took only one point out of the weekend and are teetering in the wrong direction at this juncture.

Standings: Penguins (.850 percentage points) — Hershey (.700) — Lehigh Valley (.611) — Bridgeport (.600) — Springfield (.550) — Providence (.409) — Hartford (.350)

Wheeling Update: Nailers win 3-0 at home and shut out the Kalamazoo Wings. J.P. Anderson had a 24 save shutout. Nick Sorkin scored twice. I will have much more on the weekend that was for the Nailers in my Tuesday, “Wheeling Wrap” feature.

Pens have off Monday and will get back to work Tuesday most likely as they prepare for the Toronto Marlies who make their only stop of the season to Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Week 4 AHL Power Rankings hit the blog Monday at noon, Wheeling Wrap follows Tuesday at noon, followed by anything else deemed bloggable (Jake Guentzel made get Player of the Week, watch out for that Monday) I can find in the buildup to the Marlies matchup Friday.

Let’s Go Pens!

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