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First to Ten, Perfect on Sunday’s — Pens WIN 4-1

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It’s gotta be something about Sunday’s.

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins remain perfect on Sunday afternoon games and are the first team in the American Hockey League to ten wins as they beat the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 4-1. Two power play goals in the first period were enough cushion that the Penguins needed to pick up the win.

Here are some more nuggets for you.

Tristan Jerry opposed Magnus Hellberg.

Lines were…

Thomas DiPauli – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Garrett Wilson – Jake Guentzel – Dominik Simon
Reid Gardiner – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Ryan Haggerty – J-S Dea – Patrick McGrath

Reid McNeill – Chad Ruhwedel
David Warsofsky – Lukas Bengtsson
Cameron Gaunce – Stuart Percy

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

Lineup Notes: Thomas DiPauli, Reid Gardiner and Patrick McGrath were all in the lineup for the Penguins for Kevin Porter, Sahir Gill and Jarett Burton. Porter, if you were around this afternoon, was suspended for the game. I had words with video on that here. Defensively, Tim Erixon yielded to Stuart Percy. It was the pro debut for Lukas Bengtsson, who took the spot that Ethan Prow had last night. Also, the “Greek” line was busted up. With Porter suspended, Jake Guentzel put in work at second line center.

I don’t know what is up with Reid McNeill and why Donatelli and company keep playing him. Reid had three penalties Saturday night against Providence and looked frustrated. Perhaps there is insulating going on with Ethan Prow, but they should let the rookie play.

Lots of video here with this one, so if you didn’t link in direct, hit the jump.

First Period: Wilkes-Barre came out flying. Reid Gardiner blocked a shot / pass in the neutral zone, got a step on a man and scored to put the Penguins on the board first…

The domination by the Penguins continued. Hartford was not able to clear the puck, forcing them into taking a penalty. On the power play that followed after, Dominik Simon scored this goal…

And it was 2-0 Penguins.

Really a bad rebound to be given up by Hellberg. Simon pounced, took a step and scored.

Hartford started taking runs at some of the Penguins, looking for anything to get going. David Warsofsky struck late in the period on the second power play goal of the period for the Penguins…

The Penguins dominated the period in every facet, outshooting the Wolf Pack 14-5.

Second Period: The most interesting thing that happened in this scoreless period was this sequence featuring Garrett Wilson…

How often do you see that, 1) at all 2) where there was no penalty or 3) injury? You don’t.

Wolf Pack had a four on two transition that they were unable to score on, then hit a post. Nothing was going their way.

Third Period: The penalty parade continued for Hartford. Reid Gardiner was high sticked and this was the seventh penalty taken by Hartford this afternoon.

Penguins would kill that, but Penguin killer Marek Hrivik got his team on the board.

Hrivik walked David Warsofsky and beat Jarry with a nice shot. Hrivik is a stone in the shoe to the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. Including that goal, he has 10 points (2-8-10) in the last 10 games against the Penguins.

Penguins killed a penalty after that goal by Hrivik then a great forecheck by Garrett Wilson led to this goal by Ryan Haggerty…

Penguins ice the game away late with a big kill against a surging Hartford team and add another goal. These little things win you hockey games.

Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (22 saves on 23 shots) 2) Reid Gardiner (goal, even) and 1) Oskar Sundqvist (assist, +1)

Around the Division: Rochester cools off Springfield, beating the Thunderbirds in Central Massachusetts by a score of 3-2 and Lehigh Valley beats Hershey to win six in row by a score of 3-1.

Standings: Penguins (.808 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.708) — Bridgeport (.667) — Springfield (.577) — Hershey (.577) — Providence (.423) — Hartford (.308)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were in Brampton this afternoon and won 5-2. Adam Krause struck twice, one of those goals came on a power play, the only one scored in the game. The Nailers host the Beast on Tuesday morning, so the weekly Wheeling Wrap will get bumped to next Tuesday in what will be a jammed packed look back at the last two weeks for our ECHL affiliate.

Penguins posted video highlights:

Week 5 AHL Power Rankings will go up Monday at 4.

Let’s Go Pens!

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