Chirps from Center Ice

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

Mid-Winter Sweeps — Pens LOSE 3-2

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Well, let’s just forget about that weekend.

Three games. Three losses. Zero leads. A 3-2 loss in Providence this afternoon.

Trust the process. The Penguins are in the midst of a losing streak for the first time of the season. It’s the middle of February.  March starts next Wednesday. Head Coach Clark Donatelli and company will use this week of practice and the Penguins will come back back and better than ever this Friday in Utica.

Just trust the process.

Tristan Jarry vs. Zane McIntyre

Lines were…

Danny Kristo – Kevin Porter – Tom Kostopoulos
Jarrett Burton – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Dominik Simon – Teddy Blueger – J-S Dea
Tom Sestito – Ryan Haggerty – Patrick McGrath

Derrick Pouliot – Barry Goers
Brett Stern – David Warsofsky
Tim Erixon – Ethan Prow

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

Lineup Notes: Three changes for the Penguins. Brett Stern was in for Stuart Percy on defense, Sahir Gill and Christian Hilbrich were out for Ryan Haggerty and Danny Kristo. Kristo was placed on the top line.

First Period: Tommy Cross avenged the Kevin Porter hit on Rob O’Gara the last time these two teams met just :16 into the game with a fight with Porter.

Danton Heinen opened the scoring for the Bruins at 12:21 on a shot from Ben Marshall that put the Bruins on the board first…

The tweet says Marshall’s goal, but that was later changed. You can’t edit tweets.

Penguins would head to a power play and Dominik Simon would snipe one home to tie the game at one for Wilkes-Barre….

Nice find by Ethan Prow to hit Dominik Simon high in the slot. Simon did the rest.

Bruins started to push back on the Penguins to conclude the period and caught up and then passed Wilkes-Barre on the shot board. The Bruins weren’t able to score on a 4:00 double minor power play caused by a Derrick Pouliot high stick.

Second Period: Penguins were still held to one shot for a while to begin the middle frame. Then David Warsofsky’s stick breaks on a breakout that sent the Bruins up ice. Sean Kuraly then scored to make it 2-1 for the Bruins….

At the end of the period the physical play picked up. Tyler Randall and Patrick McGrath fought…

First time in a while I have seen McGrath get beat like that. He really couldn’t leverage and was a passenger.

Penguins would find themselves on a power play to conclude the period and then Sundqvist was slashed at the whistle which would give the Penguins over a minute of two man advantage leading into the…

Third Period: Derrick Pouliot would score on not the first two man advantage to open the period, but another penalty called by referees Mike Campbell and Jarrod Ragusin on this snipe of a shot that made it 2-2…

Relentless pressure by the Penguins looking for the third goal but the Bruins defense and Zane McIntrye kept the Penguins off the board.

Both McIntyre and his counterpart Tristan Jarry traded some ten bell saves. First was Jarry making a ridiculous stop on Anton Blidh after a linesman inadvertently took out David Warsofsky, and later was McIntyre with the two pad stack on a shot by Jarrett Burton off of a nice feed by Josh Archibald.

Jordan Szwarz one timed a Wayne Simpson pass past Jarry  to give the P-Bruins the lead with 4:04 left to play…

The Penguins with Jarry vacated and on another 6 on 4 power play, late were never able to find the equalizer.

Three Stars: 3) Dominik Simon (goal, -1) 2) Danton Heinen (goal, assist, +2) and 1) Jordan Szwarz (game winning goal, +1)

Around the Division: Lehigh Valley crushes Utica 7-4. T.J. Brennan had a hat trick in that one…Bridgeport continues to roll, 5-1 over Hershey. The Bears playoff chances are fading quickly…Springfield sweeps the weekend, beating Hartford 4-2. Future AHL Hall of Famer Mike McKenna picked up his 200th AHL win.

Standings: Penguins (.713 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.673) — Bridgeport (.667) — Providence (.651) — Hershey (.594) — Springfield (.471) — Hartford (.413)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off. They host the Brampton Beast Monday afternoon at 2.

If Providence puts out a highlight package I will run the edit in this spot.

The Week 19 AHL Power Rankings will hit the blog Monday at special President’s Day time at noon and the Wheeling Wrap will follow Tuesday at noon as well.

Trust the process.

Let’s Go Pens!

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