Chirps from Center Ice

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

Lucky Shots? – Pens LOSE 2-1 (SO)

Bit of a truncated blog post tonight as I have family in and a nephew I have to beat in NHL 2k23 later.

Game should not have been as close as it was. Hershey outclassed the Penguins in the first period yet it was scoreless. All the scoring was in the second period and then to a shootout where the Bears get the only goal.

Pens can figure out the way to beat the Bears, could have with the result, but didn’t.

Lines were as follows:

Lineup Notes: Pens called up Taylor Gauthier as Filip Lindberg is injured. Tyler had an update:

First Period: A Hershey shooting gallery, shots 15-5 Bears in the period, yet no goals. Dustin Tokarski was dialed in.

Second Period: They did themselves absolutely no favors taking penalty after penalty after penalty in the period. Not only were the Penguins getting killed in time of possession and shots on goal, they were taking too many careless penalties the eager referees easily called.

Ethen Frank, budding into a Penguins killer, responds in kind on a Hershey power play:

Penguins respond with a power play of their own when noted Bears killer Alexander Nylander scores to even the score at one a piece:

Somehow it was a tie game after two periods.

Third Period: Fast paced and action packed but no scoring. Penalties were down and that was nice to see.

Overtime: Fast paced and action packed, only with less players and no penalties.


Three Stars: 3) Zach Fucale (24 saves) 2) Dustin Tokarski (37 saves) 1) Connor McMichael (game winning shootout goal)

The Good: They stayed in lockstep with the best team in the league and got a point.

The Bad: They could have won, despite The fact they should have lost this in regulation.

Turning Point: The Nylander goal gave them the jam to get them to overtime and a point.

Around the Division: Hartford blows out Bridgeport 7-3

Standings: Will be a later edit.

Wheeling was off and I’ll look for video highlights.

Back at it Friday against Providence.

Let’s Go Pens!

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