Chirps from Center Ice

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

Quality Over Quantity — Pens WIN 5-1

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The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins went into Hershey Sunday and made the most of their scoring opportunities, beating the Bears 5-1 with a paltry 13 shots on goal.

No, you read that right, five goals on just 13 shots on goal all game.

Hershey fired 32 at starting goaltender Casey DeSmith and but for a fluke bounce on a power play in the second period, it could have been a shutout.

One other back of the envelope stat about this game, the Penguins only had one power play that they made count, to the Bears five.

The Penguins sweep the week and have points in ten straight games now and 19 out of a possible 20.

DeSmith opposed Vitek Vanecek, making his season debut for the Bears.

Lines were…

Zach Aston-Reese — J-S Dea — Ryan Haggerty
Garrett Wilson – Jarrett Burton – Daniel Sprong
Adam Johnson – Colin Smith – Dominik Simon
Thomas Di Pauli – Teddy Blueger – Patrick McGrath

Andrey Pedan – Ethan Prow
Chris Summers – Kevin Czuczman
Jarred Tinordi – Zach Trotman

Casey DeSmith – Colin Stevens

Lineup Notes: Jarrett Burton replaced Gage Quinney and Patrick McGrath, making his season debut, replaced Tom Sestito. Lukas Bengtsson was a bit under the weather, and given his history with POTS, the coaching staff rested him today in favor of Ethan Prow.

First Period: Penguins jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with goals through the five hole of Vanecek. Jarred Tinordi with his second goal of the season here…

And then Daniel Sprong found Zach Aston-Reese for an easy tap in goal for a 2-0 Penguin lead…

Tinordi’s goal gave him back to back goals and doubled his output from last season when he was with the Tucson Roadrunners. Aston-Reese scored his second goal of the season, both coming against Hershey. Ethan Prow had the assist.

Good flow to the game, with both teams going up and down the ice and not a lot of stoppages. Casey DeSmith made this ten bell stop that caught the League’s attention…

Second Period: Bears get a goal from Dustin Gazley on the power play off a weird carom that snuck past DeSmith to cut the lead to one.

But just :58 later, the Penguins answer right back with a goal by Thomas DiPauli that re-established the two goal Penguin lead…

One minute later, Daniel Sprong toasted a Bears defense and made it 4-1…

Rout was on after that.

Third Period: Quick moving period for both teams with a lot of back and forth but a ton of zone time for Hershey, who outshot the Penguins 12-3 in the period and had two power plays to play with but could not get anything past DeSmith for however hard they tried. Daniel Sprong was awarded a penalty shot in the opening moments of the period but hit the post.

 

Three Stars: 3) Daniel Sprong (goal, +2) 2) Zach Aston-Reese (goal, +1) and 1) Casey DeSmith (31 saves on 32 shots)

Around the Division: Providence coughs up another two goal lead and loses in overtime, this time against the Springfield in Massachusetts this afternoon and lose 4-3. Laval beat Hartford 3-2 in overtime in Connecticut. Everyone else was off.

Standings: Penguins (.808 percentage points) — Charlotte (.714) — Lehigh Valley (.667) — Providence (.615) — Hershey (.467) — Hartford (.467) — Bridgeport (.462) — Springfield (.281)

Wheeling Update: beat the Norfolk Admirals at Wesbanco Arena this afternoon 5-3.Nailers Goalie Will King picked up the win and first star honors, stopping 39 of 42 Admirals shots. Garrett Meurs had two goals and Cam Brown had a goal and two assists. Reid Gardiner was held without a point. Nailers are back in action Tuesday in a kids day game against the Adirondack Thunder in West Virginia. Bring your earplugs.

As for the Penguins, they have one game this coming week, Friday in Binghamton and then have off the rest of the weekend.

Video Highlights: 

Week 6 AHL Power Rankings hit the blog Monday at 4.

Let’s Go Pens!

2 responses to “Quality Over Quantity — Pens WIN 5-1

  1. Richard November 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    You say except for a fluke goal,he would have had a shutout. If he doesn’t make a few spectacular saves, he wouldn’t have a shutout. I’m a Bear fan,but if not for DeSmith, the Bears would have had several more. There was a reason he was number 1 star. This is not an attempt to downgrade the Pens, who are really playing well,it is an attempt to compliment DeSmith.

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