Chirps from Center Ice

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

Pens 1 Amerks 5 – A Live Blog

I’m live blogging tonight because I have trash to put out when I get home and a job to get up for in the morning. Have I mentioned how much I just love weekday home games? I’m actually the sucker for not using a vacation day for Thursday. I have an inordinate amount of time I must use or lose by the end of the year, on top of all the Friday’s I take off.

5-1 throttling tonight. I’d give you a box but I figure you don’t like car crashes.

Anyway, the Rochester Americans are in town for the first time since January of 2019. It’s Filip Lindberg and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in the barrels tonight. Here’s how they line up:

Rochester didn’t post a line graphic. Looking at some of their tweets before games, they don’t. Anyway.

First Period: Troubling trend of failing to score on a power play continued as well as an even more troubling trend of giving up a short handed goal. Wilkes-Barre went 0/3 on the power play in the first and gave up a short handed goal via penalty shot to Mark Jankowski.

Shots in the first were 15-10. Season high shot total for the Pens if you’re scoring at home. They were generating chances 5v5 but haven’t (yet) had any luck there or on the power play.

Second Period: Amerks triple their lead with a power play goal by Jack Quinn…

Which is silly really because Quinn and Krebs did the same exact thing moments before and Wuinn whiffed on the shot. Quinn is the AHL’s reigning Rookie of the Month.

…and then later a weird play where a puck deflects off a skate and Ryan MacInnis gets credit for the goal.

Penguins finally get on the board with a backhand shot by Sam Poulin that cuts the deficit to two.

Wilkes-Barre could have got back in the game on the power play with a goal but it’s now 0/24 and that’s no good!

Matej Pekar has a shot bleed through the pad and go in for a 4-1 Amerks lead.

Third Period: Brett Murray bagged his first goal of the season which made it 5-1. Throwing salt in the wound. This was a power play goal. I’m jealous.

Penguins just couldn’t score on the power plays awarded tonight. Boatloads of shots (40+) but little to no traffic in front to cause havoc for Luukkonen.

0/26 heading into a weekend set against Charlotte. About that bold prediction from the Weekend Setup from earlier….

Three stars were 3) Peyton Krebs 2) Jack Quinn and 1) Ukko Pekka-Luukkonen

More Friday. Don’t like weekday games. More especially when they put a stinker out like that one.

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