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Catch a Tiger by His Tail — Pens WIN 4-1

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Here’s something to consider.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are 16-8 this season and a damn good hockey team.

Four of those eight losses have come against the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

What does that make the Penguins?

The best team in the AHL right now based off of percentage points. There are a lot off good teams in this league. Four of them are at the top of the Atlantic Division alone. Milwaukee is good. Stockton is a surprise, lots of good teams.

For the Penguins organization, who is as healthy as ever, the hope is that this run keeps on keeping on.

A 4-1 win this afternoon in Bridgeport by the Penguins.

Tristan Jarry vs. Stephon Williams.

Lines were…

Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – Tom Kostopoulos
Garrett Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Jake Guentzel – J-S Dea – Danny Kristo
Tom Sestito – Teddy Blueger – Reid Gardiner

Derrick Pouliot – Chad Ruhwedel
David Warsofsky – Stuart Percy
Cameron Gaunce – Lukas Bengtsson

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

Lineup Notes: Fourth line switch up again for Clark Donatelli’s crew as the line of Sestito-Blueger-Gardiner played Friday against Hershey and replaced Patrick McGrath, Jarrett Burton and Ryan Haggerty from last night’s win against the Bears. On defense, Lukas Bengtsson drew in for Ethan Prow. Josh Archibald left Saturday’s game with what appeared at the time to be a bad knee injury, but he actually was on the ice for warmups in Bridgeport and played.

First Period: Despite outshooting the Sound Tigers by a two to one margin (10-5) the Penguins trailed 1-0 off of a Kane Lafranchise goal with Josh Holmstrom screwing in front. J-S Dea left the game in the first period when a puck deflected by Ryan Pulock deflected up high and caught him in the mouth. Dea left the ice to the locker room for a repairs.

Reid Gardiner was robbed by this nice save by Stephon Williams…

Williams was dialed in, also stopping Jake Guentzel when the Penguins rookie weaved past all five Sound Tigers skaters but was denied by the Bridgeport netminder.

Second Period: Teddy Blueger collected his first professional goal with this deflection of a Jake Guentzel shot…

And in slow motion…

Pens nearly made it 2-1 but Stephon Williams dove over to stop Danny Kristo to keep it 1-1.

Pens went ahead on a David Warsofsky power play goal late in the second…

Third Period: Its as all about either preserving or extending the lead for the Penguins because with Bridgeport being rested having not played Friday, it could have been a different result had the Sound Tigers tied the game.

It didn’t happen.

Stuart Percy collected his first goal as a Penguin when his shot went off of Travis St. Denis stick and past Williams that made it 3-1 Wilkes-Barre.

Then Jake Guentzel just walked the dog on Williams and scored his goal of the game that made it 4-1 Wilkes-Barre.

No scoring the rest of the way as the Penguins were trying to preserve the lead and the Sound Tigers were shuffling line combinations to kickstart anything in their favor.

Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (26 saves on 27 shots) 2) Jake Guentzel (goal, assist, +2) and 1) David Warsofsky (goal, two assists, +1)

Around the Division: Hershey pounds Rochester 6-1 and Providence keeps their point streak running to 12 with a 2-1 shootout win at home against Hartford. Springfield is flying back from Newfoundland and Lehigh Valley was off.

Standings: Penguins (.729 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.700) — Hershey (.700) — Bridgeport (.667) — Providence (.620) — Springfield (.521) — Hartford (.375)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were handed a 4-2 loss at the expense of the Brampton Beast today in Canada. More Tuesday at noon in the Wheeling Wrap.

I will post video highlights if I see them.

The Week 9 AHL Power Rankings hit the blog Monday at 4.

Let’s Go Pens!

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