Chirps from Center Ice

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DenisenkOH NO! — Pens LOSE 5-4 (SO)


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The resilient Charlotte Checkers went down three times in this game Monday night and picked themselves up and eventually won the game with the Penguins 5-4 in a shootout.

After going down 1-0, the Checkers tie it. Then they go down 3-1, and battle back to 3-3. They even the score again 4-4 on a two man advantage in the third period.

Resiliency was the name of the game. Both teams had it, and the gimmick of the shootout gives the Checkers the extra point.

Grigori Denisenko had the game tying goal for the Checkers and shootout goal in the bottom of the fourth to win it.

Here’s how they lined up:

Lineup Notes: Taylor Fedun was back in on defense after missing the last game with what ended up being a minor injury, replacing Jack St. Ivany. Up front, Raivis Ansons and Lukas Svejkovsky were in for Corey Andonovski and Nathan Legare on the fourth line.

First Period: Pens couldn’t cash on a 3-on-1 and Charlotte comes the other way and cashes when Checkers captain Zac Dalpe scores on the backdoor to open the scoring.

Penguins would respond in kind with a pair of goals before the end of the period, getting goals from Filip Hållander on a tip and Jonathan Gruden on a shorthanded breakaway to give Wilkes-Barre a 2-1 lead heading into the middle frame. Here are the goals.

Second Period: Wilkes-Barre extends their lead to 3-1 with a nice Alexander Nylander tip here.

But the Checkers would not back down, evening the score before the dawn of the third period.

Logan Hutsklo hauls the mail up the ice and puts a shot on Tokarski that is saved but the rebound comes to Patrick Giles who scores to cut the deficit to one for the home team.

Then on a power play for Charlotte, the Penguins can’t get a clear and Aleksi Heponiemi scores on a laser of a shot that made it three all.

Third Period: Drew O’Connor scores on a power play that gives the Penguins a 4-3 lead.

Sick angle, great shot.

But Charlotte would see themselves on a two man advantages for 1:15 Grigori Denisenko scores to tie the game at four.

No more regulation scoring so they were off to…

Overtime: But hold on, they probably don’t even get to overtime if it weren’t for Dustin Tokarski, who made a bunch of ten bell saves in the third, none finer than this denial of a Connor Bunnaman chance late in the period.

On the overtime period, a couple of close chances, but no scoring.

Shootout: Here it is summarized in a  tweet from yours truly.

Three Stars: 3) Patrick Giles (goal) 2) Alex Nylander (goal, assist) 1) Grigori Denisenko (goal, assist, shootout game winning goal)

The Good: They scored two power play goals.

The Bad: So did their opponent.

Turning Point: One of those power play goals came on a two-man advantage. Gotta start disciplined late when you are nursing a lead in a back and forth game.

Around the Division: No one plays on a Monday in the AHL. What the hell are we even doing here?

Standings: Providence 24 – Charlotte 22 – Bridgeport 21 – Hershey 20 – Springfield 17 – Penguins 16 – Lehigh Valley 15 – Hartford 14

Wheeling Update: No one plays on a Monday in the ECHL either.

Video Highlights: 

These two teams rematch Wednesday.

Let’s Go Pens!

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