Chirps from Center Ice

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

Preseason Game #2 – Pens 2, Bears 0

Second preseason game for the Penguins where they win 2-0 on an impressive 28 save performance from Emil Larmi.

Bears didn’t bring a full AHL crew with them to Wilkes-Barre, but it’s still live fire out there.

Apologies for formatting, typing this up on the fly in the phone.

Lines were:

Glad that this graphic is back for another season.

Larmi opposed Logan Thompson who was scheduled for the entire game, just like Larmi.

In the first, much like Wednesday, it took over ten minutes for the Penguins to register a shot on goal. This was against a lesser experienced team on paper in the Bears. Wilkes-Barre failed to convert on two power play chances.

Play of the period came when Hershey was on a power play and Emil Larmi flicked his pad out to deny a slam dunk sure goal for the Bears Brett Leason.

In the second, ten seconds into a Kale Kessy charging penalty, Sam Lafferty picked a spot and scored a power play goal to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Larmi continued to steal the show to this point, stopping the Bears on a 5×3 which led into a long power play chance on an Andrew Agozzino double minor for high sticking.

The Penguins netminder continued to weather the storm in the third. The Pens killed yet another penalty late when Hershey pulled Thompson for the extra man.

Joseph Blandisi finished off a two in one into an empty net that essentially sealed it.

Larmi finished the night with 28 saves.

Impressions: Whoever gets sent to Wheeling between Emil Larmi and Alex D’Orio is going to be an extremely difficult decision to be made for Mike Vellucci and company. Absent Jake Lucchini from Wednesday and maybe a guy like Lafferty with the goal in the second, the two best players thus far have been in goal. Nice to see the competitive fire between the two as well. Dustin Tokarski is likely the number one goalie, and may actually be number two if Casey DeSmith is somehow waived and makes it though to get the NHL Penguins cap compliant. But regardless, good competition brewing between D’Orio and Larmi.

In other news, the Penguins signed D Steve Oleksy to a PTO Friday. Nick summarized the transaction nicely:

So that concludes the home portion of the preseason games for the Penguins. The Pens are back at it Saturday at 7 in Hershey and Sunday afternoon in Allentown against Lehigh Valley. More then.

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