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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins have a roster in a bit of flux right now. So in times of need, you need to rely on the veteran players that remain.
Those players today were Kevin Porter and Tom Kostopoulos.
A goal and two assists by Porter and three assists for Kostopoulos, and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins win this game 6-2 up on The Rock this afternoon / evening.
Tristan Jarry opposed Charles Lindgren.
News of the day before the game started was the re-assignment of Tom Sestito to Wilkes-Barre and the announcement that Thomas DiPauli had back surgery and is out for the next 10-12 weeks.
Couple things on that news. First, props to Coal Street for disclosing the injury details and the length of time that DiPauli will be out for. Assuming he had the surgery this week, DiPauli’s timetable will be the end of March, barring a setback. Second, it looks like with Chris Kunitz coming off of injured reserve that Jake Guentzel, despite being a scratch in the last Pittsburgh game, will be up for longer than we thought.
Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – Tom Kostopoulos
Garrett Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Danny Kristo – J-S Dea – Reid Gardiner
Sahir Gill – Jarrett Burton – Ryan Haggerty
Stuart Percy – Chad Ruhwedel
Cameron Gaunce – Ethan Prow
David Warsofsky – Tim Erixon
Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith
Lineup Notes: Danny Kristo and Sahir Gill jumped back into the lineup for the injured Thomas DiPauli and the healthy Patrick McGrath. Stuart Percy and Tim Erixon were in on the blue line for Barry Goers and Lukas Bengtsson.
First Period: St. John’s dominated the period with a lot of zone time and a bevy of shots, but Tristan Jarry turned them all aside. A bit of puck luck for Jarry as two separate IceCaps players fanned on wide open nets. But then the Penguins got a late power play and it was Danny Kristo scoring his first goal of the season and first with the Penguins on this nice screen by Oskar Sundqvist parked in front…
On that play, Chad Ruhwedel picked up his 100th AHL point.
Second Period: Wilkes-Barre would extend the lead by two with a pair of power play, yes, you read power play, goals.
They both came on a five on three :19 apart. First, Kevin Porter…
Porter dug the puck out of his skates, patiently waited for the players to fall like dominoes, and roof it over all of the humanity.
Then on the same power play, now five on four, Dominik Simon scored this nice backhanded goal as Lindgren just let a puck sit out in prime real estate…
The tweet that you just read from the Penguins was true, the Penguins were 3-for-4 on the power play today. This after going 1-for-28 coming in.
But there was a lot of time left to play in the period and referees Troy Murray and Andrew Will put the IceCaps on a five on three power play and Chris Terry hammered one in far post on a one timer to put the IceCaps on the board.
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton would re-establish the three goal lead on a nice deflection goal by Jean-Sebastien Dea in the final minute of the period…
Team leading seventh goal by Dea there and a great pass by Dominik Simon to set it all up. Jarry’s shutout streak ends at 95:28.
Third Period: Tim Erixon made it a four goal lead for the Penguins with his first goal of the season…
Dan Audette scored for the IceCaps that made it 5-2 when the Penguins blew a defensive assignment. Audette was parked right in front of the net and swept the puck past Jarry. After a referee review on account of a possible kick, the goal stood.
Josh Archibald scored a pretty goal as he flipped the puck over Lindgren that made it 6-2 Wilkes-Barre. Coal Street didn’t put a GIF out on that one, so just use your imagination.
Three Stars: 3) Sven Andrighetto (two assists, -1) 2) Kevin Porter (goal, two assists, even) and 1) Tristan Jarry (31 saves on 33 shots)
Notes: Oskar Sundqvist’s six game road point streak comes to an end as he was unable to find the scoresheet today.
Around the Division: Every team in the Atlantic picked up at least a point tonight. Starting in Hershey, the Bears lose in overtime 3-2 to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Bears took three out of a possible four points out of the miniseries with the Phantoms this weekend…Bridgeport stays hot with a 4-0 shutout win over the sorry Binghamton Senators. It’s the first shutout of the season for the Sound Tigers….Springfield beats Providence 3-2 in overtime. The Thunderbirds came back from a 2-1 deficit to win…The Hartford Wolf Pack beat the Toronto Marlies in the 6ix 3-2 this afternoon.
Standings: Penguins (.750 percentage points) — Bridgeport (.714) — Lehigh Valley (.690) — Hershey (.690) — Providence (.548) — Springfield (.500) — Hartford (.425)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers sweep the Utah Grizzlies with a 4-1 win Saturday. Doug Carr stopped 27 of 28. I’ll have more on the Nailers week that was Tuesday in the Wheeling Wrap.
Penguins and IceCaps rematch again Sunday from St. John’s again at 2:30 Wilkes-Barre time. Gameday setup will hit the blog Sunday morning at 10:30.
Let’s Go Pens!