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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
13 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
Confession: I’ve been pining for weeks to get onto Snapchat. It’s the last social media frontier I have yet to conquer. So naturally, I have been trying to come up with ways to make it fun on Twitter and see if there was any possibility for me to join. So, before the game tonight, I tweeted this poll:
Let’s look at each one individually, shall we?
– A Penguins shutout anytime is sweet. Doing it against your biggest rivals is sweeter. If that would have happened, I would have gladly joined Snapchat.
– Tom Sestito is a stone in the shoe for Hershey Bears fans going back to the playoff series last year and his wars with Liam O’Brien. Sestito is known more for his fists than his goal scoring prowess. Easy choice to make to completely avoid joining Snapchat.
– No Penguin has every scored five goals in the history of the franchise. Come on, I’m being far fetched.
– A bench clearing brawl would end up on Puck Daddy and would be the talk of the hockey world. Also, the blog numbers would explode cause you know I would get video.
Sestito scoring two goals won the vote. So let’s get right into game action and see how this one went down, shall we?
After initial pressure from Hershey to open the game, Teddy Blueger and Tom Sestito found themselves on a quick developing two on one. Blueger fed Sestito and Tom scored to make it 1-0 Penguins…
:19 later, Sestito repaid the favor to Blueger and the Penguins doubled their lead before the Bears knew what hit them.
Sestito already had a goal and an assist. To think, in the back of my mind, I would actually have to join Snapchat with loads of game left….
Casey DeSmith was on point tonight. He came up big with some stops on the Bears to open the game then continued as Hershey continued to press before the end of the second period.
Garrett Wilson scored off a Hershey turnover that made it 3-0 Penguins.
That goal chased Bears starting goaltender Vitek Vanecek, who stopped just 9 shots.
Later, I tweeted this.
I am a man of my word….
No idea if his formal name is Thomas and if his middle initial starts with an F or not.
Sestito’s first two goal game game since February 2013 in the NHL with the Flyers and the last time he did it in the AHL was November 2011 was with the Adirondack Phantoms.
Jake Guentzel scored because the day ended in y to make it 5-0….
Penguins continued to press. Oskar Sundqvist nearly scored off a feed from Wilson which would have made it 6-0. Penguins had a full offensive zone cycle hemming the Bears in their zone.
Tom Sestito got his Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a fight against Tyler Lewington. Here’s the end of it:
Sestito was tossed on account of throwing an extra punch after the linesmen broke him and Lewington up. This sequence put Sestito over 1,000 penalty minutes in the AHL.
Darren Dietz busted up the shutout bid with a goal in the third period. Pens would not allow a second goal to bring back the ghosts of the last game against Hartford.
Longest. Lede. Ever.
News du jour from the day was Tristan Jarry and Chad Ruhwedel going back to Pittsburgh with Matt Murray still day to day and Brian Dumoulin still recovering from his broken jaw. Marc-Andre Fleury was sick and did not practice and with Pittsburgh playing four games next week you have to assume that Jarry will get his first NHL start.
Other news included Reid Gardiner mutually parting ways and returning to juniors, playing with his brother with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. I think this is a case of a good player just not getting enough playing time on account of happenstance with more established NHL-contracted players ahead of him on the depth chart. When Gardiner does expire his junior eligibility, it sounds like, at least from the vibe I am picking up, that he would be welcome back in Wilkes-Barre.
Three stars in the game were Garrett Wilson with a goal and an assist, Teddy Blueger with a goal and an assist and Tom Sestito with two goals, an assist and a fight. Also a blogger on a social media platform he knows nothing about.
Standings: Penguins (.742 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.688) — Providence (.662) — Hershey (.652) — Bridgeport (.547) — Springfield (.531) — Hartford (.412)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers beat the best team in the ECHL which is the Toledo Walleye by a score of 6-0. Sean Maguire with a 25 save shutout, his first as a professional. Nailers strike twice on the power play. Nick Sorkin and Garrett Meurs with two goals each.
Pens are back on home ice again Saturday against the Binghamton Senators. Gameday setup for this will hit the blog Saturday at 3.
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Let’s Go Pens!
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