You just can’t give Hershey six power plays in a game and expect to win.
Especially a close game, in front of a big crowd on the road against a team out of a playoff spot right now.
Tristan Jarry played an outstanding game, stopping 25 of 27 shots, but he was beaten by the Bears momentum and Pheonix Copley was better, stopping 36 of 37.
Pens lose 2-1. The division is tightening up….
Tom Sestito – Kevin Porter – Tom Kostopoulos
Thomas DiPauli – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Dominik Simon – Teddy Blueger – J-S Dea
Jarrett Burton – Sahir Gill – Ryan Haggerty
Tim Erixon – Barry Goers
David Warsofsky – Frankie Corrado
Cameron Gaunce – Ethan Prow
Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith
Lineup Notes: DiPauli’s first game action since November 26. Frankie Corrado had his visa issues figured out and he was in the lineup as well.
First Period: Penguins jump out of a 1-0 lead on a redirect of an Oskar Sundqvist shot by Josh Archibald.
Pens didn’t allow the Bears a shot on goal for more than ten minutes and were smothering Hershey. It felt like the Penguins should be up two or more goals at the time but Copley was keeping Hershey in it.
Colby Williams scored to make it 1-1 when the Penguins couldn’t clear a pin balling puck. Pens had a 12-4 shot advantage going into the…
Second Period: Score remained 1-1 when Stan Galiev, the Penguin killer himself, scored on a deke that beat Time Erixon and Barry Goers and then finally Jarry, to put the Bears ahead 2-1. At the end of the period Copley would be needed again, this time stopping a Penguin two on one.
Third Period: But the penalty train continued for the Penguins and and momentum built up by the Penguins was killed or slowed down by the referees arm going in the air to but the Bears on the power play.
Tristan Jarry kept it a one goal game with some dazzling saves. Here is just one of those…
Bears power play after power play was met with Tristan Jarry save after save.
Pens didn’t register a shot on goal until halfway through the third, not a recipe for getting back into the game, but hard to do when you are constantly killing penalties 200 fee the other way.
Penguins, with Jarry vacated for the extra man, were never able to find the equalizer.
Three Stars: 3) Christian Thomas (two assists) 2) Stan Galiev (game winning goal, assist) 1) Pheonix Copley (36 saves on 37 shots)
Around the Division: Lehigh Valley beat Hartford 3-1 earlier in the day…Rochester beats Bridgeport 4-3 in overtime. Providence and Springfield were off.
Standings: Penguins (.693 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.670) — Providence (.658) — Bridgeport (.652) — Hershey (.612) — Springfield (.474) — Hartford (.412)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers were in Fort Wayne taking on the Komets and lost 4-3.
Pens bus to Hartford overnight for a 3 pm game against the Wolf Pack. Gameday setup for that will hit the blog Sunday at 11 am.
Let’s Go Pens!