Well, you can’t win them all.
After looking like world beaters Saturday night against Lehigh Valley, it seemed like the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins couldn’t get out of their own way Sunday, losing 4-1 to the Charlotte Checkers.
What may have helped is that the Checkers had a hell of a hand playing goal for them also.
Joey Daccord, a Seattle Kraken prospect playing in Charlotte this season with the Checkers dual affiliation, was lights out Sunday, stymieing the Penguins offense and stopping 26 shots. He was beat once, when the Penguins had a late power play and pulled starter Tommy Nappier for an extra attacker. Felix Robert was a beneficiary of a puck careening off of the back wall right to him for a goal, spoiling an otherwise stellar appearance by Daccord.
Juuso Riikola was a -3 today. The rest of the defensemen weren’t great either but Riikola was on the ice for two of the even strength goals against and was caught watching when Max McCormick skated in behind the defense midway into the third period which made it 3-0.
Tommy Nappier was the hard luck loser in goal. Kid can’t buy any run support when he is in the nets. His record in the AHL drops to 1-3 (going back to last years exhibition season)
Here’s how they lined up:
Lineup Notes: Felix Robert for Jan Drozg up front, the third line stayed intact. P.O. Joseph was sent down Sunday morning and replaced Chris Bigras. Alex D’Orio backed up.
“Minor” lower body injuries to Anthony Angello and Louis Domingue.
First Period: No scoring. Penguins had two power plays and didn’t score. Charlotte gave up two power play goals to Hershey the night prior, but their PK looked excellent.
Second Period: Lucas Carlsson’s shot through traffic goes in to open the scoring for the visitors:
Later, Chase Priskie with a shot that Alex True deflects in for a 2-0 lead on a power play.
Jonathan Gruden had no puck luck, multiple occasions for would be tap in goals didn’t go for him.
Third Period: Max McCormick with a stick lift on Michael Chaput and he’s in all alone for a goal.
Penguins respond with a goal late with Nappier pulled when Felix Robert breaks up the Daccord shutout bid.
I want to thank Taylor for allowing me to again run her video recaps of plays here on the blog this year.
Zac Dalpe hit an empty netter that made it the final, 4-1.
The Good: If you find something good that came out of this game, let me know.
The Bad: Man that defense stunk today. Look for changes Friday against Hartford, I would assume.
Turning Point: When they could’t score early on those two first period power plays nor muster anything indicative of a high danger scoring threat, you knew it was going to be an uphill battle.
I just noticed that the graphic doesn’t say who did what. True had a goal and an assist, Carlsson the same and Daccord stopped 26 of 27.
Around the Division: Could be worse, could be Lehigh Valley. Phantoms lose 2-1 to Hershey. Phantoms had eight power plays in that game to Hershey’s two. Hartford, here Friday, beats Providence 4-3 in a shootout. It’s the Wolf Pack’s third game in three days. Springfield beat Bridgeport 4-3 in a shootout also.
Standings: Too soon, but the Penguins are where I have them being at the end of the regular season, and that’s presently in sixth place. .500 right now. Again, it’s too soon. I’ll pick this up in due time.
Week of practice one would assume then a game Friday assist Hartford before a Saturday off then a road trip to Lehigh Valley. If not anything during the week, talk to you either Thursday or Friday for the Weekend Setup.
Let’s Go Pens!