Things are tightening up in the Atlantic Division. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are bearing down on the Penguins and if not but for the play and offensive output of one Barry Goers, the Penguins could likely be tied with the Phantoms heading into a huge weekend where the two teams meet for a home and home next Friday and Saturday.
Goers’ four points last night (two goals and two assists, the AHL changed the Dea goal to Goers this morning) and two assists tonight for Goers as the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins hold on to defeat the Providence Bruins 3-2.
Tristan Jarry vs. Zane McIntyre
Thomas DiPauli – Kevin Porter – Tom Kostopoulos
Dominik Simon – Teddy Blueger – Josh Archibald
Sahir Gill – J-S Dea – Adam Krause
Ryan Haggerty – Jarrett Burton – Patrick McGrath
David Warsofsky – Frank Corrado
Derrick Pouliot – Barry Goers
Tim Erixon – Ethan Prow
Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith
Lineup Notes: The Penguins sent Christian Hilbrich and Brett Stern to Wheeling earlier in the day. Patrick McGrath took Hilbrich’s spot in the lineup from last night.
First Period: Wilkes-Barre did their damage in the first period. :31 in, Dominik Simon pounced on a Providence turnover in the neutral zone and scored to make it 1-0 Penguins…
Penguins would take a penalty and it would be a theme for the evening. Noel Acciari scored :18 into the power play to even the game at one a piece. This would be the anomaly for the Penguins as they would finish the game 5-for-6 on the kill.
Penguins would then get two goals 1:09 apart that would chase Zane McIntyre, who all of a sudden after starting the season 15-0, has lost three straight games.
Josh Archibald deflected a Barry Goers point shot that would make it 2-1 then Patrick McGrath would carry a puck in and put it on net where McIntyre spilled a juicy rebound to Jarrett Burton who extended forward and lifted it over McIntyre for a 3-1 Penguins lead. Here they are…
McIntyre’s night was done, stopping 6 of 9 shots.
Enter Malcom Subban and the end of the scoring for the Penguins. Subban placed a flaming spirit on the Bruins but they were just not able to spark enough of a comeback.
Patrick McGrath fought Tyler Randell. You may read that and say, “yeah, the Bruins are being routed and need a spark” but only be partially correct. McGrath left the bench to engage with Randell. Here is the fight…
You can’t do that. It’s a violation of Rule 70.3 “Leaving the Players’ Bench” which carries an automatic six game suspension. Straight from the rulebook, in part…
70.3 Leaving the Players’ Bench – Players shall not be permitted to come on the ice during a stoppage of play or at the end of the first and second periods for the purpose of warming-up. The Referee will report any violation of this rule to the President for disciplinary action.
Except at the end of each period or for entering the game legally, no player may, at any time, leave the players’ bench. If it is necessary to proceed to the dressing room during the course of the game (and when it is required to proceed by way of the ice to access the dressing room), the player must wait for a stoppage of play and ensure there are not altercations in progress before proceeding.
The player who was the first player from either or both teams to leave the players’ (or penalty bench) from either of both teams shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next six (6) regular League and/or playoff games of his team.
Unless I am misinterpreting, which I don’t think I am, McGrath will miss the next six games due to the suspension and if he fights two more times, he’s suspended under the 10 fight rule in the AHL.
Clark post game to Tom…
Second Period: Wilkes-Barre continued to find its way to the penalty box but would manage to get out of the penalties by not allowing the Bruins to score. You almost got the feeling that if the Bruins did score, they would get another and the score would be tied but it never happened.
Matt Grzelcyk scored on a quick rush with a quick shot that brought the Bruins to within one. With the way that the game had settled since McIntyre was pulled, you knew it was just a matter of time.
Third Period: Penguins held on and kept the Bruins from tying it. Bruins actually took three penalties to the Penguins two while trailing which killed their chances at a comeback.
Subban did everything he could to keep his team in it but they were not able to get one more past Jarry and the Penguins would hold on.
Three Stars: 3) Matt Grzelcyk (goal, assist, +1) 2) Jarrett Burton (goal, +1) 1) Barry Goers (two assists, +2)
Around the Division: Lehigh Valley keeps the heat on the Penguins for first in the division with a 4-1 win over the Utica Comets….Albany defeats Bridgeport 4-1….Hershey crushes Binghamton 7-1 tonight….Springfield beats Hartford 5-2.
Wheeling Update: Natural hat trick by Johnny Daniels as the Wheeling Nailers beat the Quad City Mallards by a score of 6-4.
Pens are off till next Friday when they are in Allentown against the Phantoms for a home and home series with Lehigh Valley. AHL Power Rankings are here Monday at 4 and the Wheeling Wrap is here Tuesday. Make sure you turn your clocks ahead.
Let’s Go Pens!