Chirps from Center Ice

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Point Lost — Pens LOSE 2-1 (SO)

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Let’s get one little bit of housekeeping out of the way here first. With the announcement that fans will be allowed back into the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in limited capacity beginning March 19, Coal Street announced on Tuesday that they are changing their start times for the following games:

Friday, Mar. 19 vs. Lehigh Valley
Wednesday, Mar. 24 vs. Syracuse
Friday, Mar. 26 vs. Hershey
Friday, Apr. 16 vs. Lehigh Valley

These games were scheduled to start at 5 and were the only remaining weekday games. The home contests on Saturday and Sunday all will begin at 5 as previously scheduled.

Anyway, they let the Crunch get away with a win tonight.

They largely dominated the game in all three zones and in all facets yet see the Crunch score a goal in the third to force overtime and lose 2-1 in a shootout.

It’s a point lost. In a regular season,  especially now in March in the thick of a playoff hunt, it would have been a bad, bad point lost.

But it’s a forced season being played amidst a pandemic, so it probably doesn’t matter in the long run.

But still, a bad point lost.

Here is how they lined up:

Taylor had the injury update:

First Period: Syracuse has six guys injured and a bunch on recall. Call them Wilkes-Barre North cause we are used to that around these parts. The Pens ran them around the rink. Shots were 7-2 Pens. No one scored. I was commuting home but they were saying on the broadcast that it was a sloppy period.

Second Period: Jon Lizotte broke the deadlock with this shot which deflected.

It stayed that way for much of the period. Syracuse, despite all of the injuries and call ups, were hanging around.

Third Period: Syracuse got the goal they were looking for from Cole Schwindt.

So not a snipe or a five on three against, an odd man rush and a tap in. You’ve got to be kidding me.

So of course, in a game where not much happened, Syracuse ground down the game to get it to overtime.

Overtime: They traded power plays and didn’t get a goal.

Shootout: Radim Zohorna scored for the Pens, Cam Lee and Freddy Gaudreau didn’t. Taylor Raddysh and Otto Somppi scored on theirs. Ball game.

Three Stars: 3) Jon Lizotte (goal) 2) Cole Schwindt (goal) 1) Spencer Martin (30 saves)

The Good: Yikes, I don’t know. I was worried about a let down game after that stellar week that they had last week, getting a full six points. We got it here. Good that they got a point?

The Bad: They should have ran the damn Crunch out of the rink tonight. They outshot them 31-19. They let the Crunch rob them of a point.

Turning Point: Cole Schwindt’s goal that brought it level was all the Crunch needed here. The Pens weren’t creating enough chances that Spencer Martin couldn’t handle easily. Everything else was a bonus.

They are back at it Saturday in Newark against the Binghamton Devils.

Let’s Go Pens!

Stay safe.

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