Remember this point come the Spring.
That’s because the Penguins deserved to straight up lose this game against the Hershey Bears.
The Bears, playing their third game in three nights, came into Wilkes-Barre against a Penguin team that had Saturday night off and stayed step for step with the Penguins.
The Penguins, having been idle the night before, went 0-for-7 on the power play including a long stretch of 5-on-3 time in the second period in where they failed to register a shot on goal. They registered just six shots on the power play all night, four of those coming in the first period on one power play. Penguins had 27 shots on goal all game.
To get a point and ultimately lose in the shootout 3-2 won’t sit well with the Penguins coaching staff. Make no mistake, this was a game the Penguins should have won handily.
Maybe if they played the game without a penalty the outcome would have been different. Where’s Jeff Smith when you need him.
Casey DeSmith opposed Pheonix Copley.
Zach Aston-Reese — J-S Dea — Ryan Haggerty
Garrett Wilson – Colin Smith – Daniel Sprong
Gage Quinney – Adam Johnson – Dominik Simon
Tom Sestito – Teddy Blueger – Freddie Tiffels
Andrey Pedan – Lukas Bengtsson
Dylan Zink – Kevin Czuczman
Jarred Tinordi – Chris Summers
Casey DeSmith – Colin Stevens
Lineup Notes: Christian Thomas traveled for Finland today to play in the Karjala Cup this week in Finland. Thomas DiPauli was a healthy scratch. These two made was for Freddie Tiffels and Colin Smith, making his Penguins debut. On defense, Jarred Tinordi made his Penguins regular season debut and was joined by Dylan Zink for Ethan Prow and Kevin Spinozzi on defense.
First Period: 1:18 into the game, Daniel Sproing scored. he hd his stick on the ice, Kevin Czuczman shot the puck to his stick and the physics of it all saw the puck deflect off Sprong’s stick and into the net to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead…
Game then devolved into a penalty fest. No flow and a parade to the penalty box.
Then s hot through traffic was redirected in by Wayne Simpson to draw the Bears even with the Penguins to tie the score at one all…
Second Period: Penguins found themselves on the right side of 1:39 of a two-man advantage but in that same two-man advantage failed to register a shot on Copley. Bears killed it easy after just watching the Penguins complete passes in the zone without attempting a shot.
Bears cashed on a power play when Travis Boyd made his shot count that made it 2-1 for Hershey…
Boyd lost the handle, regathered and snapped a shot off and it went in.
Dea hit the top of the cross bar on a late Penguins power play. Wilkes-Barre made a late push for the tying goal towards the end of the period.
Third Period: Zach Aston-Reese scored his first goal of the season on a wicked wrap-around attempt that went through Copley…
Colin Smith collected an assist on that play, his first point in a Penguin sweater.
Game evened out after that and they teams headed to…
Overtime: Penguins lost the game because they couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage today. They got a point because of the saves Casey DeSmith made in the game, none more memorable than this robbery on future Hall-of-Famer Chris Bourque….
The League didn’t let the GIF go for a few more seconds or else you would have seen Bourque lay on the ice lifeless like someone sucked his soul out of his eyeballs. Terrific save by Casey DeSmith who was outstanding again tonight.
Shootout: I don’t have a GIF of the goal that Wayne Simpson scored in the bottom of the first. He made a deke on DeSmith and scored. No Penguin scored in the three rounds, with Colin Smith here in the top of the third needing to score to extend it but failing…
Three Stars: 3) Daniel Sprong (goal, +2) 2) Zach Aston-Reese (goal, +1) and 1) Wayne Simpson (goal in regulation, goal in the shootout, -1)
Around the Division: Bridgeport shuts out Providence 6-0. Sebastian Aho had a hat trick, the second time that the Sound Tigers shut out the Bruins this weekend. The Bruins shut out the Bruins on Friday 1-0…Hartford beats Springfield 4-2 and Toronto, who is in Wilkes-Barre Wednesday, beats Lehigh Valley 5-1. The Checkers were the only Atlantic Division team not in action Sunday.
Standings: Lehigh Valley (.750 percentage points) — Penguins (.750) — Charlotte (.727) — Providence (.636) — Bridgeport (.545) — Hartford (.423) — Hershey (.417) — Springfield (.192)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers are off until this Friday when they host the Toledo Walleye.
If Coal Street puts out a video package, I will run the video here.
Power Rankings Monday at 4. But for breaking news elsewhere, check you back here on the blog for the Wednesday setup against the Toronto Marlies at 3 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!