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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
13 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
It took 268:49 before the Lehigh Valley Phantoms finally scored another goal on the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. It came in the third period of game where the Phantoms trailed by a goal. That goal proved crucial for the Phantoms as they needed just one point to punch a postseason playoff ticket, their first appearance since 2009.
In the hurry up again because it’s a work night and despite popular belief, this isn’t my job.
Casey DeSmith was backed up by Sean Maguire.
Lineup Notes: Was expecting two lineups tonight and wouldn’t have had any qualms with either, a preseason lineup full of rookies or a more experienced lineup full of regulars. We got the latter. Clark Donatelli is still pushing for the regular season title with Roy Sommer out in San Jose.
First Period: Anthony Stolarz left the game with a lower body injury, putting no weight on his left leg getting assistance off the ice. Alex Lyon replaced him. Garrett Wilson extracted his pound of flesh on Sam Morin with a fight. They continued to do this the entire time in the penalty boxes…
Teams traded penalties, Penguins got a double minor power play when Morin clipped Wilson with a high stick that drew blood but the Penguins got nothing out of it.
Second Period: Fast pace, lots of Penguins shots, no penalties, no goals. The type of period that this blogger loves on a work night.
Third Period: Wilkes-Barre finally breaks through when Teddy Blueger puts a shot off the pads of Alex Lyon and Dominik Simon swoops in and cleans up the rebound…
Phantoms would answer back about ten minutes later when Taylor Leier punched in a rebound to tie the score at one. It would be the first goal the Phantoms scored against the Penguins in 268:49 or a sum total of 104 consecutive shots in between goals.
Overtime: Came and went, really exciting, fast pace, edge of your seats stuff. Referees Evgenii Romasko and Terry Koharski let the two rivals play and stayed out of the picture after the first period as there were no penalties after the first.
Shootout: Corban Knight beat Casey DeSmith in the bottom of the second and Oskar Sundqvist couldn’t score in the top of the third.
Around the Division: Albany punches a postseason ticket at the expense of the Hartford Wolf Pack with a 6-3 win. Springfield beats Providence 4-3. The P-Bruins have to wait another day to lock up a playoff spot.
Standings: Penguins (.709 percentage points) — Phantoms (.655) — Providence (.642) — Hershey (.628) — `Bridgeport (.622) — Springfield (.480) — Hartford (.365)
If you are keeping track of the Kilpatrick race, which is top overall team in the AHL, Wilkes-Barre leads San Jose in percentage points .709 to .705. Two games left for both teams.
Sprong Watch: Daniel Sprong’s Charlottetown Islanders beat Cape Breton 3-2 in overtime to go up 3-0 in the series. Sprong had a goal. Charlottetown can sweep Thursday.
If Coal Street puts out a video highlight package, I will run the edit here.
Let’s Go Pens!
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