Chirps from Center Ice

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Close, But No Carrot — Pens LOSE 4-3 (OT)


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The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins were denied their attempt at their fourth straight win Saturday evening at home against the Hershey Bears.

A tight contest throughout, one where a pure goal scorer would have come in handy here, Hershey gets a goal from an unusual source and get it to overtime and Connor McMichael wins it overtime to give the Bears a 4-3 overtime win.

First Period: They went seventeen games where they saw the opponent score a goal. They scored first last night and again today. Sam Miletic plays a puck off the wall and goes back door for a quick 1-0 Pens lead.

Hockey is a funny, frustrating sport.

But the Bears quickly responded when Cam Schilling scored on a laser for a tie game. 

They went back and forth the remainder of the period without scoring.

Second Period: Felix Robert scored about five minutes in to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead. 

Alexei Alexyev scored when Lagace made a stop on a Kessy bid, was on his butt and the Bears sniper went upstairs for the goal that tied it at two.

Sense a trend?

Bears had 1:01 of two man advantage for and called timeout but nothing materialized.

Third Period: Will Reilly scored on a dart from the slot that gave the Pens a lead again.

Sense a trend?

Kale Kessy (of all people) comes up the ice and scores on a bit of a breakaway.

Sense a…OK, OK, you get it by now.

Teams traded a couple of good chances in the dying embers of regulation but it was off to…

Overtime: Connor McMichael sure loves his game winners. He scores on a breakaway and the Bears get the win and take the lead for the first time, for good.

Three Stars: 3) Sam MIletic (goal, assist) 2) Kale Kessy (goal, assist) 1) Connor McMichael (overtime game winning goal)

The Good: Win some, lose some. They looked good this afternoon and stayed step for step with Hershey.

The Bad: You will hear me harp on this for as long as necessary. They lack a true goal scorer and in yet another tight game, one would have come in handy.

Turning Point: Kale Kessy’s goal that tied it put the Pens on their heels a bit, gets the Bears a point and then McMichael’s heroics are just the icing on the cake.

They are back at it Wednesday against Binghamton on Cinco de Mayo.

Let’s Go Pens!

Stay safe.

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