Chirps from Center Ice

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

Role Reversal? — Pens LOSE 4-3 (OT)

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The Syracuse Crunch have the leagues best power play at home and overall. That didn’t seem to faze the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins tonight who were successful on ten penalty kills tonight, getting stung just once.

The Penguins scored all three of their goals on the man advantage tonight and and at times you would think that the Penguins had the better power play between the two sides.

But the special teams was a footnote in a game where the Penguins lose Ethan Prow to possible injury, as Syracuse gets a late goal and wins it in overtime, 4-3 the final tonight from Syracuse.

Tristan Jarry opposed Eddie Pasquale.

Lines were…

Lineup Notes: Jarrett Burton was the only lineup change, yielding to Ryan Scarfo.

First Period: Crunch scored 1:01 in after a miscommunication between Tristan Jarry and Jeff Taylor, as Taylor Raddysh was the recipient of the snafu and the Crunch were on the board first.

But the Penguins got it right back when Garrett Wilson setup a screen and deflected in an Ethan Prow shot on a power play that tied things at one.

Collateral damage in the period as Ethan Prow blocked a shot on a Crunch power play here in this sequence.

First Period Highlights: More team should do this. Syracuse is the only team that I know that does this consistently.

Second Period: Ethan Prow did not return for the second period. The Penguins started taking penalty after penalty but managed to get out of it.

Then, Tristan Jarry connected with Adam Johnson, Johnson was hooked down and Anthony Angello cleaned up the mess to make it 2-1 on the power play.

The Penguins would connect on yet another power play goal when J-S Dea scored in the slot on a pass left by Garrett Wilson that made it 3-1.

Tristan Jarry was the best player in the period for Wilkes-Barre / Scranton. He helped kill off 1:28 of two man disadvantage and sprung Johnson for the sequence that setup the Angello goal.

He was bested by Alex Barre-Boulet on a late Crunch power play that closed it to one gaol for Syracuse heading into the third.

Second Period Highlights: Note to anyone on Coal Street that reads the blog, please try to do this.

Third Period: Eddie Pasquale had the save of the game when he went post to post to deny Sam Lafferty off on a two on one with Adam Johnson. The Penguins had to kill another 5-on-3 penalty against and got out of it OK.

Ross Colton scored on a great pass from behind the net to tie it at 3-3.

Which forced…

Overtime: Carter Verhaeghe, who didn’t have any puck luck at all in regulation, finally got one to go and the Crunch won the game.

Here is the whole overtime in case you want to watch it.

The Good: The Penguins scored three power play goals and were 10-for-11 on the penalty kill against the AHL and home best power play.

The Bad: If Prow is out for any extended amount of time with his injury, that’s going to sting. Kevin Spinozzi is tearing it up in Wheeling, he’s probably next man up because the Pens are already at the veteran limit….the officiating was a clown show tonight. No one wants to watch 18 total power plays awarded (7 for Wilkes-Barre to go with the 11 for the Crunch) and every face-off where a guy gets tossed.

Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (37 saves on 41 shots) 2) Ross Colton (goal, assist) 1) Carter Verhaeghe (overtime game winning goal)

Around the Division: Hartford with the sweep in Rochester this weekend, wins 5-1 against the Americans…Charlotte beats Bridgeport 3-1…Lehigh Valley crushes Hershey 6-1 and Providence beats Springfield 5-4.

Standings: Charlotte 48 — Bridgeport 41 — Lehigh Valley 37 — Springfield 35 — Penguins 35 — Hartford 31 — Providence 31 — Hershey 26

Wheeling Update: 

Box here.

Video Highlights:

Pens are off until they take on Lehigh Valley on December 26 at home. Gameday setup for that will be up Wednesday at 3. Until then, Merry Christmas and Let’s Go Pens!

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