J-S Dea is the Phantoms killer, three goals and two assists against Lehigh Valley so far this season.
But the shadow lurking in the dark, is the Latvian assassin, Teddy Blueger. Blueger came into tonight’s game with six assists and the most points against the Phantoms on the Penguins this season.
Blueger adds two more assists, bringing him to eight points against the Phantoms, and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins beat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms by a score of 4-1 Friday night and build up a five point lead on the Phantoms for first in the Atlantic Division.
Tristan Jarry opposed Alex Lyon.
Sahir Gill – Kevin Porter – Tom Kostopoulos
Thomas DiPauli – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Dominik Simon – Teddy Blueger – J-S Dea
Adam Krause – Jarrett Burton – Ryan Haggerty
David Warsofsky – Frankie Corrado
Tim Erixon – Ethan Prow
Brett Stern – Barry Goers
Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith
Lineup Notes: The Penguins signed draft pick Troy Josephs to an ATO and he took warmups but was scratched. Josephs comes from Calrksoin University where he led the team in goals, plus / minus and second on the team in points. He set career highs in everything in is senior year. Josh Archibald and Oskar Sundqvist were down from Pittsburgh, re-assigned Thursday, and Pittsburgh recalled Derrick Pouliot Friday morning. Word came down from practice Thursday that Stuart Percy is week to week with an upper body injury. Clark Donatelli is away this weekend attending to a personal matter so Chris Taylor ran the bench. Mark Recchi was seen on the Penguins bench during the game. Tristan Jarry started, and he has started every game against Lehigh Valley this season. Patrick McGrath served the first of his three game suspension.
First Period: Phantoms score the only power play awarded by referee Camron Voss when Max Lamarche scored from the far side and one timed a shot past Jarry that gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.
In an overall even period, the Phantoms hemmed the Penguins in for large portions and nearly scored a few more times but for the timely saves from Tristan Jarry. Lehigh Valley hit a post and really smothered the Penguins in the final minute of the period.
Second Period: Wilkes-Barre needed a big period and big response after getting steamrolled in the first period and got one.
Josh Archibald scored a shorthanded goal, his fourth such goal tying him in the AHL lead, when Lyon’s pass to a defenseman went off the boards to a forechecking Teddy Blueger who found Archibald cross ice that beat the Phantoms netminder which made it a 1-1 game…
Teddy Blueger picked up his seventh point against the Phantoms with the primary assist on the Archibald goal.
Ryan Haggerty made it 2-1 Wilkes-Barre when a shot from the opposite point caromed off of Lyon, who had no idea where the puck was where Haggerty banked it off of the Phantoms goaltender and made it 2-1 Wilkes-Barre…
As Taylor tweeted, Frank Corrado picked up an assist on the goal, his first with Wilkes-Barre.
Shots were 15-8 Penguins in the period and aggregate 22-17 Wilkes-Barre heading into the…
Third Period: Penguins came out with the same vim and vigor they exhibited in the second period, but Tristan Jarry remained on point and made this save which maintained the one goal Wilkes-Barre lead at the time…
Later, Kevin Porter won a face-off to Tom Kostopoulos and the Penguins captain wired one past the glove of Lyon which made it a 3-1 lead for the Penguins….
Jarry bailed out a Thomas DiPauli turnover at his own blueline to maintain the two goal lead the Penguins had.
Lehigh Valley pulled Lyon in favor of an extra attacker and had a brief 6-on-4 power play with Kevin Porter in the penalty box for a textbook boarding call. Obie and Nick mentioned it on the broadcast that it was a clean game between the two rivals from a perspective of shenanigans, and it was, which made it an excellent game for referee Cameron Voss, who I thought was exceptional tonight.
With Lyon vacated, Teddy Blueger wins a neutral zone face off, walks past two Phantoms defenders just staring at him and unselfishly dishes to Dominik Simon for the easy tap in empty net goal.
Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (29 saves on 30 shots) 2) Tom Kostopoulos (goal, +1) and 1) Josh Archibald (goal, +1)
Around the Division: Springfield beats Albany 2-1 in a shootout, Hershey somehow finds themselves in a battle with Hartford who has already been eliminated form playoff contention and beat the Wolf Pack 4-3 in overtime and Providence shuts out Bridgeport 3-0 at home.
Standings: Penguins (.702 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.661) — Providence (.637) — Hershey (.627) — Bridgeport (.621) — Springfield (.500) — Hartford (.387)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers beat the Adirondack Phantoms 5-2 up in Glens Falls, NY tonight. The two teams rematch tomorrow from Central New York. Sean Maguire picked up the win and first star honors, stopping 32 of 34 shots.
Pens and Phantoms rematch Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre. If you can’t make the game, it will be on TV. Gameday setup will hit the blog Saturday at 3 with all the details.
Let’s Go Pens!