Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

9, or 17 of 18, However You Like — Pens WIN 4-3 (OT)


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There is no such thing as a machine that prints money. Well, legally, and not controlled by the Federal Government at least.

There is, however, such a thing that churns out American Hockey League points right now and they skate in all white with yellow and black trim with a skating Penguin behind an upside-down triangle on their chests.

After falling down 0-2 to the Providence Bruins, the same Providence Bruins who ousted the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins last April, the Penguins storm back and respond with three straight goals only to see the Bruins score a late goal to tie with the extra man on but it would be the Penguins who would prevail in overtime with Ryan Haggerty getting the game winning goal just :20 into the extra frame.

Let’s talk about Ryan Haggerty for a second. Here is a guy who didn’t see action in the first seven contests for the Penguins. Now, Haggerty has eight points in just five games for Wilkes-Barre after a three point night tonight as the Penguins take down the Providence Bruins 4-3 in overtime to pick up their ninth straight game with at least a point, a 17 out of a possible 18.

Casey DeSmith opposed Zane McIntyre.

The Penguins didn’t have any lineup changes from Wednesday against Toronto, scroll down if you didn’t link in direct to see the lines.

First Period: 1:33 in, the Bruins scored when Matt Grzelcyk found Ryan Fitzgerald as he split a pair of Penguins defenders to give the visitors a lead early on.

There were two fights in the period, which is something you just don’t see anymore. Tom Sestito lost a fight with Chris Breen then Andrey Pedan ate league MVP Kenny Agostino for lunch in a separate fight.

Second Period: Pens found themselves in a bit of a hole when Colby Cave threw an end over end puck ay DeSmith that got by to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Here is a rad statistic from color man Nick Hart that nearly blew my socks off…

About two minutes later, Kevin Czuczman put a backhander through McIntyre’s five hole to get the Pens back within one…

McIntyre had a yeoman like effort on a Penguin power play at the end of the period.

Third Period: Game to this point had the feel of a heavyweight affair. Not so much like Wednesday against Toronto because it wasn’t filled with fights and the general bad blood that the Pens and Bruins had.

Jarred Tinordi let one rip from the point that got past McIntyre to tie the game for Wilkes-Barre.

Pens had a long 5-on-3 but were not able to get anything past McIntyre. Then, with 2:23 left, Andrey Pedan let one rip and Thomas DiPauli got a stick on it to put the Pens ahead 3-2…

…Call at the time was Pedan’s goal, but that was later reversed back to DiPauli.

Providence, undeterred by the circumstances, pulled McIntyre and then Ryan Fitzgerald scored his second…

So the game was headed to…

Overtime: :20 in, Czuczman set up J-S Dea who quickly found themselves on a 2-on-1 with Ryan Haggerty. Dea dished to Haggerty and that was the ballgame.

Three Stars: 3) Andrey Pedan (assist, +1) 2) Ryan Fitzgerald (two goals, +2) 1) Ryan Haggerty (game winning overtime goal, two assists, +2)

Around the Division: Springfield picks up an impressive win against Laval after falling in a 3-0 hole. The Thunderbirds win 6-4….Syracuse cools off Charlotte 5-3….Hershey smokes Lehigh Valley 6-1….Hartford beats Bridgeport 2-1.

Standings: Penguins (.792 percentage points) — Charlotte (.714) — Lehigh Valley (.667) — Providence (.625) — Hershey (.500) — Hartford (.464) — Bridgeport (.462) — Springfield (.233)

Wheeling Update: with a 5-3 win over the Nailers.Toledo splits the series with the Wheeling Nailers Reid Gardiner had two assists. Sean Maguire takes the loss after stopping 23 of 27 shots. The Nailers take on the Norfolk Admirals back at home at 3:05 Sunday.

Video Highlights: 

Pens take on the Hershey Bears Sunday afternoon in Hershey. Clark Donatelli revealed his starting goaltender to Tom…

Gameday setup hits the blog Sunday at 1.

Let’s Go Pens!

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