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Boiling a Frog — Pens LOSE 4-3 (OT)


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Milwaukee tried this analogy Friday and it nearly paid off.

Rochester didn’t need to Saturday.

Hershey played the parable to perfection Sunday and won 4-3 in overtime against the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

If you don’t get the analogy, the proper way to boil a frog is just let it slowly warm itself in a pot of cold water until the water reaches a boil and it’s too late for the frog to do anything.

Metaphorically speaking, it’s an inability or unwillingness of someone or something to react to or be aware of threats that arise gradually.

How does this apply to today’s game? The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then got lulled into a trance that the Hershey Bears put them in with a ton of time left on the clock. After a Liam O’Brien goal set off Hershey’s annual teddy bear toss, it was only a matter of time before the Bears tied the game. At that point it was just a matter of whether the game would end in regulation or overtime.

It looked for a minute that the Bears would win in regulation after a failed Penguin clear, but :55 later Tom Sestito scored to send it to overtime. Chris Bourque ended it in overtime on a power play goal.

Simply put, Penguins had the early jump but were never able to put away the Bears, despite the two goal lead early. Hershey started punching back and the Penguins never countered.

3 out of 6 points for the weekend with no actual Penguin goaltender under contract to NHL Pittsburgh is something we would have all signed up for the minute Tyler tweeted on Thursday that Sean Maguire was sick and could miss the weekend.

Anthony Peters opposed Pheonix Copley.

Lines were…

Zach Aston-Reese — J-S Dea — Josh Archibald
Tom Sestito – Colin Smith – Christian Thomas
Garrett Wilson – Gage Quinney – Daniel Sprong
Jarrett Burton – Teddy Blueger – Thomas Di Pauli

Andrey Pedan – Lukas Bengtsson
Kevin Czuczman – Zach Trotman
Jarred Tinordi – Frank Corrado

Anthony Peters – Colin Stevens

Lineup Notes: Jarrett Burton, Tom Sestito and Gage Quinney were in for Adam Johnson, Ryan Haggerty and Dominik Simon. Chris Summers was out for Lukas Bengtsson who was back in. Christian Thomas played in his 300th AHL game.

First Period: Penguins struck first early when Gage Quinney returned to the lineup and made a splash, scoring here in this scramble…

Quinney’s line was the best line for the Penguins in the period, as Garrett Wilson hit a post during a sequence.

Peters was dialed in, stopping a point shot by Chris Bourque on a power play for Hershey.

Daniel Sprong was the first Penguin to 10 goals after he put this one in teh net off a nice setup from Gage Quinney…

… Garrett Wilson assisted on that goal, giving him an even 200 points in the AHL split with 110 goals and 100 assists.

Copley himself made a great save late on Zach Trotman as it settled 2-0 for the Penguins heading into the….

Second Period: Penguins negotiated through a bit of penalty trouble to start the period, then went a long period between whistles.

Then Liam O’Brien set the avalanche of bears for the Bears with this goal with 6:33 left in the period…

Teams actually came back out to continue play, Mattias Bau hit a post.

Third Period: Liam O’Brien collected his second goal of the game on a delayed call off of a nice pass by Chris Bourque that tied the game at two.

Hershey only did a GIF of the O’Brien goal that set off the bears. If you are going to do something, see it all the way through!

Teams trade goals :55 apart from one another when Andrey Pedan flubbed a clear not once but twice, then had a Jonas Siegenthaler shot go off of his skate and in to make it 3-2 Hershey.

But friend of the Bears Tom Sestito created a turnover, went to the net and finished off a nice pass from Josh Archibald that tied the game again, this time at 3…

Overtime: Garrett Wilson took a puck over the glass delay of game at the end of regulation, so that meant in overtime the Bears had a 4-on-3 power play.

Chris Bourque added another notch to what is quickly becoming an AHL Hall of Fame career…

Three Stars: 3) Jonas Siegenthaler (goal, +2) 2) Liam O’Brien (two goals, +3) and 1) Chris Bourque (overtime game winning goal, assist, -1)

Around the Division: Light day otherwise in the Atlantic Division with this being Sunday and all. Charlotte beats Springfield 4-3 and Providence beat Bridgeport 4-1.

Standings: Penguins (.700 percentage points) — Providence (.667) — Charlotte (.630) — Lehigh Valley (.630) — Bridgeport (.591) — Hershey (.521) — Hartford (.417) — Springfield (.380)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were not successful at home against the Fort Wayne Komets, losing earlier in the day Sunday 4-3. Goaltender Adam Morrison fell to 0-3 on the season since the trade with Rapid City, stopping 31 of 34 shots.

Video Highlights: 

Power Rankings hit the blog Monday at 4. But for any news worth mentioning, Wilkes-Barre is back in action Wednesday at Lehigh Valley. Gameday setup for that matchup will hit the blog Wednesday at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!

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