Chirps from Center Ice

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

Monster Mash — Pens WIN 5-2


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I see a lot in Cleveland that I saw in the Penguins last month.

A decent team that just ran into bad luck.

It was the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins that had all the luck this weekend as they sweep the Monsters in Cleveland and pick up all four points in Ohio after defeating the Monsters 5-2 Saturday night.

Alex D’Orio started again and picked up the win.

Here’s how they lined up:

Lineup Notes: Felix Robert was back from his illness and went right to the top line, replacing Jan Drozg. Matt Bartkowski replaced Will Reilly.

First Period: Key to any team playing back to back games on the road after they won the night before is the hot start. Need a hot start to get things going.

The Penguins got the hot start they were looking for from the guy returning from illness.

This came on a power play. The Penguins were peppering Cam Johnson with shots on the power play and finally got one to go.

Cleveland had a bit of an expected push to conclude the period with a power play bu the Penguins were able to negotiate through without a problem.

Second Period: Momentum swings were the theme here in the second.

Penguins get two goals :33 apart from Nathan Legare (their second power play of the night) and Kyle Olson had the Monsters stunned.

But it was on another power play that the Penguins saw the momentum swing against them.

Brendan Gaunce scores a short handed goal and the Monsters were off to the races in the period.

But D’Orio stood on his head and kept Cleveland’s charges at bay. Honestly, this was a lead that they probably see go up in smoke a few weeks ago but this was a good stand that the Penguins put on and you could say they were lucky to get out of the period with the score the way that it was.

Third Period: The Penguins needed a response after the wave of momentum which shifted away from them and got in the form of a Jordy Bellerive goal just :29 in.

But it was Liam Foudy, short handed, that brought the Monsters back within two which gave Cleveland life.

D’Orio withstood a relentless charge by Cleveland to keep the lead at two. Then, with Cam Johnson pulled for an extra attacker. P-O Joseph hits an empty net for a 5-2 Penguin lead.

Three Stars: 3) Brendan Gaunce (goal) 2) Kyle Olson (goal) 1) Nathan Legare (goal, assist)

The Good: Two power play goals for.

The Bad: Two short handed goals against.

Turning Point: Bellerive’s goal :29 into the third re-establishing the three goal Penguin lead put it out of reach for the Monsters.

Around the Division: Hershey bests Bridgeport in overtime 2-1…Charlotte thumps Syracuse 6-1…Springfield beats Providence 3-2 in a shootout…Lehigh Valley shuts out Hartford 4-0.

Standings: Hershey .618 percentage points – Springfield .603 – Hartford .597 – Providence .591 – Charlotte .579 – Penguins .486 – Lehigh Valley .486 – Bridgeport .463

Wheeling Update: Nailers up big in Toledo. Box here.

Penguins did the video highlights last night so when they upload those I will work the edit in here.

Pens are back home this Wednesday against the Thunderbirds. The answer on whether they turned the corner yet or not will be answered next week. I’ll mention it in the Weekend Preview which will drop Wednesday morning. Power Rankings on Tuesday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Let’s Go Pens!

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