Chirps from Center Ice

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

Top Team Takedown — Pens WIN 3-1

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Another, rejected, headline would have been Houde Like a Frasca?

Anyway, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins took down the top team in the AHL Friday night with a 3-1 win at home and yet another masterclass in goal by Dustin Tokarski.

The Pens jump out to a 2-0 lead before the game is nine minutes old and ride their veteran goalie through a choppy third period and makes up some much needed ground on the first place Bears and the teams ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings.

Here’s how they lined up:

Lineup Notes: Jamie Devane is still injured. He was the only one listed out as such. Jordan Frasca makes his AHL debut. Ty Glover returned from injury.

First Period: Deflections were the name of the game. Jonathan Gruden with a deflection of a Xavier Ouellet shot for a 1-0 lead then about four minutes after that Tyller Sikura with a deflection of a Mitch Reinke offering and it’s 2-0.

Here are the goals.

Hershey made a push with about seven minutes left to play in the period and this was foreshadowing for the…

Second Period: No scoring, but the Bears outshot the Penguins 11-3 and had three power plays but the Penguins penalty killing was perfect. Dustin Tokarski was really dialed in.

Third Period: Seconds in, Drake Caggiula hit a post off a breakaway off of the opening face-off.

But then Sam Houde scored this pretty goal that make it 3-0 Penguins.

Second assist to Taylor Fedun, that’s his first point of the season.

Later…

Gabriel Carlsson breaks up the Tokarski shutout bid with a shot which may have deflected off of Mitch Reinke to make it 3-1 with :49 to play but that was as close as the Bears would get in this one.

Three Stars: 3) Jordan Frasca (10 PIM) 2) Sam Houde (goal) 1) Dustin Tokarski (29 saves)

The Good: The penalty kill and the goaltender. The Penguins make have had no business winning the game the way they did without that unit and that goaltender.

The Bad: Three straight penalties when you are getting steamrolled in the second period by a hungry, very good visiting team.

Turning Point: Going to go with all three penalty kills Wilkes-Barre managed to get out of free and clear in the second. One power play goal for and it’s a one goal lead and a totally new ballgame. Thankfully they never got there.

Around the Division: Lehigh Valley goes 3-0 against Providence with a 5-4 overtime win…Utica thumps Bridgeport 5-2…Syracuse beats Springfield 4-2…Hartford beats Grand Rapids 6-4 and Rochester beats Charlotte 4-2. Good out of town scoreboard night.

Standings: Hershey 37 – Providence 36 – Bridgeport 33 – Penguins 29 – Charlotte 27 – Lehigh Valley 26 – Springfield 25 – Hartford 23

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were defeated 6-3 by the Indy Fuel. All three Nailers goals come on the power play.

Video Highlights: 

These teams rematch Saturday at 6:05. More after.

Let’s Go Pens!

 

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