Wilkes-Barre / Scranton uses two goals in the third period and a pair of goals from Andrey Pedan to skate past rival Hershey 4-1 tonight at home.
This win is significant for a number of reasons. First, it keeps the Penguins in first place in the Atlantic Division. Second, it improves the Penguins already league best home ice advantage and record to 18-6-0-1. Finally, the Penguins beat Hershey, which is always great and the Bears have lost nine straight games.
This news coms with collateral damage. Conor Sheary is week-to-week up top with a lower body injury. Carter Rowney was activated off of injured reserve today and J-S Dea was sent back down but Dea and likely another player may rubber band back to Pittsburgh tomorrow because Patric Hornqvist suffered a lower body injury in Pittsburgh’s 7-4 win over Washington tonight. That player should be Zach Aston-Reese, who has 20 points in his past 20 games.
Oh, and locally…
Walking wounded is back again folks. What a time to be alive.
One other thing…
Tristan Jarry opposed Pheonix Copley
Lines were…all messed up. Not because of Haggerty leaving the game with injury alone, but J-S Dea wasn’t part of this Obie tweet…
Dea centered the top line and Patrick McGrath was a scratch.
Defense was Andrey Pedan – Ethan Prow; Kevin Czuczman – Frank Corrado; Kevin Spinozzi and Chris Summers. Anthony Peters backed up Jarry.
First Period: Tyler Graovac stripped Kevin Spinozzi, skated in, pumped faked and dished to Riley Barber, only the pass never made it to Barber. Gage Quinney was the sole Penguin back, made a good read on the pass that Graovac made, only to see it deflect off of his stick and into his own net and gave Hershey a 1-0 lead.
On a power play, Andrey Pedan would score his first of the game when a puck put on Copley by J-S Dea rebounded straight to Pedan who scored to tie the game at one…
Majority of action felt like it was played in front of Jarry, yet the Penguins only trailed the Bears 10-8 in shots. Penguins shots came in rushes mostly.
Second Period: Tight checking. Ryan Haggerty never came out for the period and wasn’t seen the rest of the game. Both teams traded power plays.
Third Period: Wilkes-Barre breaks in on a three on one and Pedan scores his second of the game to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. Nice dish by Greg McKegg, leading the rush, to Pedan for the score.
Wilkes-Barre makes it 3-1 with a perfect screen set by Garrett Wilson on Copley that allowed Kevin Czuczman to score to make it 3-1 for the Penguins.
Zach Aston-Reese had a secondary assist on that goal by Czuczman. That gives him 20 points in his last 20 games (7-13-20)
Hershey had a power play that lacked punch. They floated all night. They don’t look like the Bears team you would come to expect. I have people that some times tell me when things are going bad for the Penguins that they are, “not a team, just a collection of players.” I think that classification applies here regarding the way the Bears are playing right now.
With Copley pulled, Daniel Sprong set up Jarrett Burton for a doorstep tap in that iced the game away and made it 4-1 Penguins.
Three Stars: 3) Daniel Sprong (two assists, +1) 2) Tristan Jarry (25 saves on 26 shots) and 1) Andrey Pedan (two goals, +1)
Around the Division: Lehigh Valley scores a late goal to beat Charlotte 3-2 to keep the heat on the Penguins for tops in the Atlantic….Providence scores an overtime power play goal to beat Hartford 2-1…Springfield shuts out Bridgeport 1-0.
Standings: Penguins (.674 percentage points) — Lehigh Valley (.652) — Providence (.622) — Charlotte (.556) — Bridgeport (.556) — Hartford (.500) — Springfield (.479) — Hershey (.446)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers make it an organizational sweep night with a 7-3 win over the Indy Fuel. Troy Josephs had a hat trick.
Gameday setup for a big 1 vs. 2 matchup featuring the Penguins and Phantoms hits the blog Saturday at 3.
Let’s Go Pens!