With about five minutes to play in 2-2 tie late in the third period, I thought to myself that this game that the Penguins were play ing was probably the most complete game that Wilkes-Barre has played in their sound season. You really can’t put your finger on a team until ten games into it I have always felt, but this game was a great overall game by Wilkes-Barre, who take down the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2 in a shootout.
Casey DeSmith still has not allowed a goal at even strength. That streak is up to 117:45. The two goal scored on Casey tonight were on first period power play goals.
DeSmith opposed Alexandar Georgiev.
Zach Aston-Reese — J-S Dea — Tom Kostopoulos
Garrett Wilson – Gage Quinney – Daniel Sprong
Tom Sestito – Teddy Blueger – Thomas Di Pauli
Dominik Simon – Jarrett Burton – Christian Thomas
Andrey Pedan – Lukas Bengtsson
Kevin Czuczman – Kevin Spinozzi
Chris Summers – Frank Corrado
Casey DeSmith – Tristan Jarry
Lineup Notes: Freddie Tiffels and Adam Johnson yielded to Zach Aston-Reese and Jarrett Burton up front. Dylan Zink was out for Kevin Spinozzi, making his AHL debut.
First Period: Hartford didn’t take long to kick off the scoring on a power play. Frank Corrado lost his stick, a shot by Adam Tambellini deflected off of Corrado to Scott Kosmachuk far side and he put it past DeSmith for a 1-0 Hartford lead…
The Penguins got a power play but couldn’t kick start anything and then Andrey Pedan took a tripping call and Hartford capitalized again on the man advantage going up 2-0 on this shot by Vinni Lettieri that beat a screened Casey DeSmith….
:34 later, Gage Quinney responds…
As Taylor mentioned, that is the third straight game where Gage Quinney has scored in. He’s coming for Sprong!
Second Period: Both teams traded power plays then Jarrett Burton put one off the post and in the tied the game for the Penguins…
Play was really setup by this save by DeSmith on Letteri prior to the Burton goal…
Daniel Sprong did not score in the game tonight but did look to set up his teammates several times tonight. He led a three on one and passed to Garrett Wilson but Wilson missed high, which would have gave the Penguins the lead.
Wilkes-Barre showed more aggression in the period and fought back to tie it.
Third Period: Nothing really went down notable in the third for either side. Pens had a power play they couldn’t score on. DeSmith didn’t see much rubber in the period, but he stopped the late flurry that the Wolf Pack put on him.
Overtime: Felt like Sprong was due for his goal, but it was a better save by Georgiev, in the splits, that denied him. Late, at the buzzer, Gage Quinney missed wide on a breakaway.
Shootout: Dominik Simon and Scott Kosmachuk failed to score in round one.
J-S Dea scored in round two…
Casey DeSmith stopped Joe Whitney in the bottom of the second…
..Daniel Sprong had a puck poke checked away from him in the top of the third by Georgiev which would have won it, so DeSmith had to come up with a save to win it.
Three Stars: 3) Alexandar Georgiev (41 saves on 43 shots) 2) Jarrett Burton (goal, +1) and 1) J-S Dea (shootout game winning goal, even)
Around the Division: The Providence Bruins get two goals in the third period to takedown the Belleville Senators 3-2 in a shootout of their own tonight….Lehigh Valley beats Binghamton in New York 4-3….Syracuse beats Springfield 4-1, the Thunderbirds are still winless to start the season at 0-6….Laval beats Bridgeport 6-3…Charlotte is shutout in Toronto 4-0 and the Hershey Bears are in the win column with a 4-2 win against the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins.
Standings: Providence 8, Lehigh Valley 11 (percentage), Charlotte and Wilkes-Barre with 8, Hartford with 7, Hershey with 3, Bridgeport with 2 and Springfield with 0.
Wheeling Update: The Nailers held their home opener tonight and won 4-2 against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Derek Army had first star honors with a goal and an assist. Cam Brown, who was in camp with Wilkes-Barre in preseason, had a goal and two assists. Colin Stevens picked up the win for the Nailers.
Power Rankings Monday at 4. If the Penguins put out highlights, I will edit them in.
Let’s Go Pens!