Adam Johnson chipped in a pair of goals, Daniel Sprong also helped with two assists and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins take 4 of 6 points out of the weekend and defeat the Hershey Bears 3-2 Sunday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.
These two players played on the fourth line for the Penguins. When you have your parent team acquiring throw ins in a blockbuster trade to help the NHL team and essentially decline or are in no need of the players that Pittsburgh acquired in Tobias Lindberg and Vincent Dunn, your Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins are stacked.
Important, because the Penguins burned off a game in hand on Lehigh Valley, and also won with Providence also victor Sunday afternoon against Hartford.
It’s that time of year where every point counts.
Casey DeSmith opposed Pheonix Copley
Thomas Di Pauli – J-S Dea – Reid Gardiner
Garrett Wilson – Gage Quinney – Tom Kostopoulos
Tom Sestito – Jarrett Burton – Joseph Cramarossa
Adam Johnson – Teddy Blueger – Daniel Sprong
Kevin Spinozzi – Ethan Prow
Kevin Schulze – Kevin Czuczman
Jarred Tinordi – Jeff Taylor
Casey DeSmith – Anthony Peters
Lineup Notes: Greg McKegg was a scratch. He picked up a knock in the Syracuse game and is day to day. The Tom’s, Sestito and Kostopoulos, were back in after having Saturday off in Syracuse.
First Period: A no look pass from Travis Boyd to Riley Barber put the Bears on the board early on.
Immediately thereafter, Tom Kostopolous scored a one time from the mid-slot that tied the game.
It was one of those periods that everything notable happened in the first five minutes.
Second Period: Casey DeSmith made a ten bell save on a Hershey power play that kept the game tied at one.
Penguins scored on their first power play of the game when Adam Johnson deflected in an Ethan Prow shot from the point that put the Penguins ahead 2-1.
But then Tyler Graovac responded quickly thereafter on a tic tac toe play that DeSmith and the Penguins had zero chance on.
That angle didn’t give that play any justice, Graovac was wide, wide open.
Shots after two period was 16-14 in favor of the Bears. I don’t know if both teams were gassed at the tail end of their three in three weekends or if it was something else, but it was an even match heading into the…
Third Period: Daniel Spring was tripped entering the zone, on a delayed call he slid a pass to Teddy Blueger who put a shot on Copley and the rebound kicked straight to Johnson for the slam dunk for his second goal of the game and a Wilkes-Barre lead.
Hershey shot themselves in the foot with a late penalty that they were able to kill off, not before they had two great opportunities shorthanded.
With Copley pulled, the Bears were never able to find the equalizer.
Three Stars: 3) Tom Kostopoulos (goal, +1) 2) Daniel Sprong (two assists, +1) and 1) Adam Johnson (two goals, +1)
Around the Division: Providence shutout Hartford 2-0 and Bridgeport did the same to Charlotte, 1-0. All other teams in the Atlantic were off.
Standings: Lehigh Valley (.675 percentage points) — Penguins (.651) — Providence (.627) — Charlotte (.570) — Bridgeport (.527) — Hartford (.509) — Hershey (.474) — Springfield (.473)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers received Cody Wydo, Troy Josephs and Freddie Tiffels and the impact was immediate, Freddie Tiffels scored twice but the Nailers fell 3-2 to the Adirondack Thunder.
Pens have a light week practice wise…
AHL Power Rankings hit the blog Monday at 4. Trade deadline is Monday also. If anything affects Coal Street, then I will have a blog update Monday sometime.
Let’s Go Pens!