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Jake Defeats You — Pens WIN 3-1

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The Albany Devils came in to Wilkes-Barre Wednesday night as the only undefeated team in the American Hockey League.

All good things come to an end.

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins hand the Devils their first loss of the season. A goal and an assist by Jake Guentzel, 19 strong saves by Tristan Jarry and a perfect 5 for 5 penalty kill by the Penguins and the Devils go down by a score of 3-1.

The aforementioned Tristan Jarry opposed Scott Wedgewood.

Lines were…

Jake Guentzel – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Dominik Simon – Sahir Gill – Reid Gardiner
Scott Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Jarrett Burton – J-S Dea – Ryan Haggerty

Reid McNeill – Chad Ruhwedel
Tim Erixon – Steve Oleksy
Cameron Gaunce – Ethan Prow

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

Lineup Notes: Season debut for Ethan Prow. Kevin Porter was listed as injured. As told to the WBS media after the game, he is day to day with an upper body injury, not caused by game action.  Pat McGrath, Adam Krause and Barry Goers were listed as the healthy scratches. McGrath took warmups.

First Period: Two good teams usually means that you will see pretty even hockey and this was the case the puck dropped tonight. The Penguins jumped out to an early shot lead, whether by design by the Devils or something else.

Penguins saw two power plays come and go, but then John Quenneville took a high sticking and interference call at the same time and the Penguins finally broke the dam and scored a power play goal when Chad Ruhwedel unleashed a snap shot that beat Wedgewood blocker side that put the Penguins on the board with a 1-0 lead.

Notable tidbit: This first period result was the first time all season the Albany Devils trailed heading into an intermission.

Second Period: Pens had all the power plays in the first, it was Albany who enjoyed them in the second.

It didn’t matter.

Josh Archibald scored a shorthanded goal unassisted that made it 2-0 Wilkes-Barre.

The Penguins took the lead in the AHL in shorthanded goals with three.

Albany’s woes continued, as even with power plays being handed to them left and right, they struggled. Defensive woes continued. Sahir Gill takes advantage and finds Jake Guentzel open and Guentzel buries his third of the year that made it 3-0.

Pens took control after that. Face off, they take it in and possess and cycle for a good 90 seconds. Devils can’t clear. They wear down and are visibly gassed and are just standing there and take a penalty.

Third Period: Albany replaced Wedgewood with Mackenzie Blackwood to start the period. Devils would get one back in the period when Nick Lappin crashed the net and scored to break up any hopes of a Tristan Jarry shutout bid at 8:05 of the period.

Pens had a long period of 5-on-3 for 1:41 but were unable to ice the game away at that point.

But time became the Devils enemy and with Blackwood vacated for an extra attacker, Albany was never able to put another puck past Jarry.

Three Stars: 3) Chad Ruhwwedel (power play goal even, seven shots) 2) Josh Archibald (power play goal, +1) and 1) Jake Guentzel (goal, assist, +1)

Guentzel has been on fire.

Around the Division: Two other games in the Atlantic Wednesday. Hershey was in Hartford and lost 3-2 in overtime. Box here. Providence was in Toronto and also lost in overtime by a score of 4-3. Box here.

Standings: Penguins and the Wolf Pack will lead the Atlantic with 8 points, Springfield 6, Hershey 5, Bridgeport 4, Providence 4, Lehigh Valley 3. That order may be off because the League orders teams on percentage points. I am bad at math and its a work night, I have to get home to be at my desk at 8:30. Close enough.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off.

Pens will skate again competitively Saturday in Springfield.

Let’s Go Pens!

Sigh-Mon, the Bears Lost! — Pens WIN 2-1 (OT)

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Three things I always want when doing this blog.

1) Thoughtful, original, content to provide you the reader. If I struggle putting words together then I know that people will struggle in reading it and probably not come back. 2,000 posts and climbing here on the blog, I’d say that’s not a problem.

2) Internet connection to see me through what I am trying to do in “covering” the team.

3) Silly pun headlines. Tonight I will admit is a bit of stretch.

Dominik Simon’s overtime game winning penalty shot goal is enough to give the Penguins the 2-1 overtime win over the rival Hershey Bears. It caps off a four point weekend (out of a possible six) where the Penguins only allowed a sum total of three goals all weekend. The defense is spectacular right now and the goaltending, excellent. This is what wins hockey games and ultimately championships.

Goofy puns and reasons for why I do things aside, Tristan Jarry opposed Vitek Vanacek Sunday afternoon.

Lines were…

Jake Guentzel – Tom Kostopoulos – Carter Rowney
Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – J-S Dea
Scott Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Patrick McGrath – Jarrett Burton – Ryan Haggerty

Reid McNeill – Chad Ruhwedel
Tim Erixon – Steve Oleksy
Cameron Gaunce – Barry Goers

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

Lineup Notes: No changes to the blue line. Patrick McGrath and Oskar Sundqvist were in for Reid Gardiner and Adam Krause. I don’t know why they took Gardiner out of the lineup, I said last night that there was no real reason to take him out.

First Period: Back and forth period between the two teams. Shots ended up 11-8 Bears due to in large part of the Bears dominating offensive zone time in the games first sequences. Both goalies made great saves on attempts by the other side.

The biggest play in the period was this disallowed goal by Tom Kostopoulous:

Referee Pierre Lambert was right there and immediately washed out the goal. The Penguins would challenge the call to no avail and if you look at the video (referees look at the overhead view) you could see Kostopoulos bend his leg to kind of redirect the puck into the net. Really sneaky play by Kostopoulos there, but the correct call of no goal was made by the officiating staff.

Second Period: Pens failure to cash on the power play bit them in this period. They had a regular power play then :55 of full five on three and were unable to score. So, as Hershey is able to dodge those bullets, they take the lead with this play:

That was Riley Barber. Play described by color man Nick Hart:

So the Pens were looking for any kind of spark, with the offense struggling this weekend getting shut out by Springfield Friday and sputtering along a bit Saturday in a win against Syracuse going into the…

Third Period: They got it. In the form of their big players.

First, Jake Guentzel tipped in this Chad Ruhwedel shot that tied the game at one:

Then, with the game clock winding down, Tristan Jarry made save after save keeping his team in it. You could tell that the Penguins were gassed in the third period of their third game in as many days. Jarry made the saves necessary to force…

Overtime: In overtime, both teams possessed the puck in the 3-on-3, but it was Dominik Simon that won the game when he was fouled from behind by Madison Bowey giving the Penguins an overtime penalty shot…

Bada boom.

Realest guy in the room!

How you doin’?!

So the Penguins allow just three goals all weekend and are by far the best defensive team in the Eastern Conference. They take home 4 out of a possible 6 points with two of their prized defensemen (Warsofsky and Percy) out of the lineup. Season is off to a bright start.

Three Stars: 3) Vitek Vanacek (33 saves on 35 shots) 2) Dominik Simon (overtime game winning penalty shot goal, +1) and 1) Tristan Jarry (30 saves on 31 shots)

Around the Division: The Albany Devils will come to town Wednesday night 5-0 after beating the Providence Bruins 4-3 in overtime today… St. John’s beats Hartford 5-2.

Standings: Springfield and Wilkes-Barre with 6 points a piece, Bridgeport and Hartford with 4, Lehigh Valley, Hershey and Providence all with 3.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off, they open a home and home with Kalamazoo next weekend.

Video highlights…

I’ll have my “Wheeling Wrap” feature Tuesday at noon here on the blog looking back at the weekend that was for our ECHL affiliate. Please check that out then. The Week 2 AHL Power Rankings hit the blog Monday at 4.

Let’s Go Pens!

Kevin’s Short Hands — Pens WIN 3-1

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Two shorthanded goal by Kevin Porter 1:19 apart in the second period were enough for Casey DeSmith and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins to get past the Syracuse Crunch by a score of 3-1. Porter assisted on a Dominik Simon goal in crunch time (no pun intended) in the third period also.

Strange game to recap really. Syracuse was a mess on the power play and there were a lot of them, 13 in total, but referees Keith Kaval and Pierre Lambert were forced into making the calls on what was blatant fouls.

Casey DeSmith opposed Adam Wilcox. It was DeSmith’s first start of the season.

Lines were…

Jake Guentzel – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – Reid Gardiner
Garrett Wilson – J-S Dea – Josh Archibald
Adam Krause – Jarrett Burton – Ryan Haggerty

Reid McNeill – Chad Ruhwedel
Tim Erixon – Steve Oleksy
Cameron Gaunce – Barry Goers

Casey DeSmith – Tristan Jarry.

Patrick McGrath skated warmups. Here were the lineup changes:

Stuart Percy is week to week with a lower body injury per Clark Donatelli as told to the WBS media after the game. More on him in a minute. Ethan Prow was recalled from Wheeling earlier today but did not dress. Barry Goers took his spot on the blue line. The biggest knock against Percy is that he cannot stay healthy. He missed a lot of time last year with the Toronto Marlies last year and hasn’t really played a full season since 2013-14. Remember though that Josh Archibald initially was considered week to week and he never missed a game. So who knows, but it doesn’t look good for Percy.

The other lineup changes were Oskar Sundqvist out tonight because he is still banged up and Donatelli didn’t want him to play three straight games this weekend. Adam Krause and Jarrett Burton were in for Sundqvist and Sahir Gill. Reid Gardiner bumped up to the second line.

First Period: Old teammates Reid McNeill and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond fought about midway through the period. This was the turning point for the Penguins in the game because they were being outshot and all of their shot attempts were being blocked. Leblond, the pro that he is in fighting, yoked up McNeill and didn’t allow much fists thrown, but Pierre was cut in the fight, either by a fist or the edge of a helmet.

Casey DeSmith was named second star of the game, and he earned it, as his key stops in the first period really kept the Penguins around. There wasn’t any scoring in the first period, but a lot of what happened in the first set things up for the game.

Second Period: Adam Wilcox had a great save in full splits on Carter Rowney while the Pens were on a power play. Pens were outshooting the Crunch 12-4 since the McNeill fight.

Then, Kevin Porter scored his first shorthanded goal. Porter got free after Reid McNeill got a stick on puck, cleared to Josh Archibald who found Porter who put it over Wilcox’s shoulder to make it 1-0 Penguins. It had been nearly 98 minutes between goals for the Penguins.

Penguins killed the Crunch power play easy, then had to kill another. Porter couldn’t do it again, could he? He could! He created a turnover and again, beat Wilcox over the shoulder to make it 2-0 Wilkes-Barre.

Cory Conacher would score on a change up of a shot while the Crunch were on the same power play that made it 2-1. The penalty kill run ended at 13.

Syracuse would continue to take penalties and the Penguins had a few good chances to score heading into the…

Third Period: Felt like to this point that the Penguins were nursing a 2-1 lead, given what happened the night prior against Springfield and the fact that you don’t normally see two shorthanded goals by the same player in the same game, and with this being only a one goal game, it sure felt like Syracuse was going to score, it was only a matter of time.

They didn’t. They continued to struggle on the power play and Casey DeSmith continued to make nice saves, getting over to stop a Tanner Richard one timer while the Crunch were on a power play.

Reid Gardiner is indeed that diamond in the rough type player I mentioned when I had the crazy idea to do brief blurbs on the bodies that the Penguins invited to training camp as part of a blog post. He has played like someone that does not want to be taken out of the lineup. Promoted to the second line tonight, Gardiner had a hell of a shift where he separated a man from a puck and created a scoring chance. You cannot take him out of the lineup right now.

Dominik Simon put home his first of the year at 15:45, a bar down and in shot that iced it for the Penguins.

DeSmith, with Wilcox vacated and the Crunch playing with an extra man, stopped any chance by the Crunch to come back. In one sequence, he had a nice save with a blocker and in another he gloved a Mike Halmo deflection from a Cory Conacher blast from the blue line.

Three Stars: 3) Dominik Simon (goal, +1) 2) Casey DeSmith (26 saves on 27 shots) and 1) Kevin Porter (two goals, assist, +3)

Milestones: Kevin Porter is the first player since Jonathan Filewich with two shorthanded goals in one game (December 23, 2006 vs. Norfolk) … Tim Erixon played in his 200th AHL game.

Around the Division: Hershey beats Bridgeport 5-2 in the Bears home opener…Hartford beats Lehigh Valley 5-4 in overtime. Phantoms scored three goals in the third to force overtime…Springfield wins in its home opener in front of a sold out crowd 5-4 in overtime against the St. John’s IceCaps. Providence was off.

Standings: Springfield with 6 points, Penguins, Hartford and Bridgeport with 4, Lehigh Valley with 3 and Hershey and Providence with 2.

Wheeling Update: Cincinnati beat the Nailers in Ohio tonight 2-1. Garrett Meurs scored the only goal for the Nailers in the loss. I’ll have more on the Nailers week as part of the Wheeling Wrap on Tuesday.

Video Highlights: Are here…

Pens travel to Hershey Sunday for a 5 p.m. meeting against the Bears. Gameday for this affair hits the blog Sunday at 1.

Let’s Go Pens!

Berra Luck Next Time — Pens LOSE 1-0

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I’m not a journalist, but games like these must be fun for those guys whose names you see in the paper after every Penguins game. Tom and Seth must love games like these.

Goaltender battle where there isn’t anything out of the ordinary extracurricular wise that steals away from the main game story. Player A scores the only goal for Team A and Team B can’t do anything to get a puck past Team A. Quotes on how guys fought hard and will take a positive out of giving up just one goal in a loss fills out whatever space the copy editor back at the sports desk allows for that night.

A 1-0 Springfield Thunderbirds win tonight. A seemingly harmless Ryan Horvat shot in the first period that Tristan Jarry can make a save on in his sleep gets by. Reto Berra stops all 23 shots sent his way and the Thunderbirds steal one in Wilkes-Barre.

One thing I noticed in stark contrast to the Hartford game last Saturday was Springfield’s speed. The Wolf Pack seemed stuck in mud all game and the Penguins ran circles around them. Not tonight. It was Springfield that took it to the Penguins early.

Reto Berra opposed Tristan Jarry.

Lines were…

Jake Guentzel – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – J-S Dea
Garrett Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Reid Gardiner – Sahir Gill – Ryan Haggerty

Reid McNeill – Chad Ruhwedel
Stuart Percy – Steve Oleksy
Cameron Gaunce – Tim Erixon

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

David Warsofsky was recalled by Pittsburgh earlier in the day. Derrick Pouliot was placed on injured reserve. The Penguins swapped out Patrick McGrath up front for Reid Gardiner, making his pro debut, and Warsofsky for Reid McNeill.

First Period: Thunderbirds jump all over the Penguins from the start, outshooting them 8-2. Then Ryan Horvat scores on his lucky shot that Jarry doesn’t get the pad down on and lets in for a 1-0 Thunderbirds lead.

Penguins get a penalty kill, it was perfect this evening, and get some jump from the success of the kill but aren’t able to manufacture a goal.

Second Period: Berra’s best save of the night came in full splits with the glove from a Stuart Percy blast from the blue line ticketed for the back of the net. Later, Cameron Gaunce was roughed giving the Penguins a power play. I thought at the time that it had the feel of a turning point, but Springfield blocked a ton of shots in the game.

Tristan Jarry made tremendous saves giving his team the opportunity to tie the game. I said in the Rapid Recap that I felt he was the better of the two goaltenders this evening despite the loss.

Third Period: The biggest thing to happen in this period was Josh Archibald leaving the ice after taking a puck to the mouth. The update after the game was that he was cut, and should be fine, as told to the WBS media.

Berra made one save at the buzzer with Jarry vacated for the extra man off of a deflection which would hav =e counted, but the Penguins never found the equalizer.

Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (22 saves on 23 shots) 2) Ryan Horvat (goal, +1) and 1) Reto Berra (23 save shutout)

Around the Division: Bridgeport beats Lehigh Valley 5-2. Sound Tigers struck three times in the second and twice in the third….St. John’s, after starting the season 0-3, spent all week in Providence this week and beat the Bruins 4-1. Hartford and Hershey were off.

Standings: Early days, but Springfield and Bridgeport with 4 points each, Wilkes-Barre, Hartford, Lehigh Valley and Providence with 2 and Hershey with 0.

Wheeling Update: Nailers were off. They are in Cincinnati Saturday.

If the Pens run a video highlight package tonight, I’ll edit it in here. There were no fights, so I don’t know what, other than the Horvat fluke goal and maybe a few saves from Berra and Jarry, they can come up with. It would make a blogger happy though.

Gameday setup for Saturday’s game against Syracuse hits the blog Saturday at 3.

It’s Always Sunny on Opening Night — Pens WIN 6-2

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Welcome back.

For the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, this was about as complete a game you will find.

Yes, I realize it is the first game, but these points matter as much in October as they do in January when you are slogging with half of your offense either hurt or on recall and defenders coming in on PTO’s and a bus load of Wheeling guys playing on a Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre.

Penguins win this one 6-2. All of the players you come to expect to have big games did. Jake Guentzel had a four point night (1-3-4) but Oskar Sundqvist stole the show. Easily the best player on the ice by far tonight, Sundqvist was making all the plays you would expect of someone that spent the late part of last season in the NHL and in playoffs.

It was what appeared to be a knee on knee hit by Tanner Glass that took Sundqvist out of the game in the second period. He returned for the start of the third but went back to the room and was not seen the rest of the night when the game was already well decided for the Penguins. Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli on Sundqvist’s status…

Penguins are back in action next Friday when they host the Springfield Falcons Thunderbirds.

Tristan Jarry opposed Mackenzie Skapski.

Lines were…

Jake Guentzel – Carter Rowney – Tom Kostopoulos
Dominik Simon – Kevin Porter – J-S Dea
Scott Wilson – Oskar Sundqvist – Josh Archibald
Patrick McGrath – Sahir Gill – Ryan Haggerty

Cameron Gaunce – Chad Ruhwedel
Stuart Percy – Steve Oleksy
David Warsofsky – Tim Erixon

Tristan Jarry – Casey DeSmith

First Period: Relentless pressure to open by the Penguins. Josh Archibald scored the first goal of the season for the Penguins with a nifty backhand after he snuck past the Hartford defenders who were out of whack the whole night by their own right.

There were a lot of unsung heroes in this game and Tristan Jarry was one of them. He won’t garner much attention because of the offensive explosion put on by the Penguins tonight but his saves kept his team in the game when they needed him to. Example: After the Penguins scored, Hartford broke in on a 3-on-1 and Jarry closed the door on them and made the save. What could have been a back and forth offensive affair just wasn’t because of the key saves made by Jarry throughout the night.

Penguins were skating the Wolf Pack in circles. It was really refreshing and fun to see.

Jarry was needed again when he stopped a Marek Hrivik breakaway after a giveaway by Dominik Simon.

Later, after a successful Penguins penalty kill, Nicolas Jensen put home an excellent turnaround shot that beat Jarry that tied the game at one.

The period ended tied, but don’t let the scoreline fool you, the Penguins dominated the period but were beat by a great shot by Jensen that made it look closer than it appeared heading into the…

Second Period: Pens stepped on the gas and accelerated away from the Wolf Pack and put the game away.

Carter Rowney on the power play. Perfect screen by Ryan Haggerty and great shot by Carter putting the puck where the goalie can’t see it. 2-1 Wilkes-Barre / Scranton.

Oskar Sundqvist with an excellent power move that made it 3-1. Stuart Percy spinned off of a Hartford defender, fed Sundqvist who went straight to the crease and backhanded one in past Skapski for a 3-1 lead. Sundqvist went to the dirty area and cashed.

Sundqvist would later leave the game after a nasty collision with Tanner Glass. Here is slow motion video I took of the hit on Sundqvist by Glass off of AHL Live Sunday morning…

Knee on knee? No penalty was called on the play. Will the Penguins send tape to the League for discipline? Remains to be seen.

Anyway, immediately after that series of events, watch Jake Guentzel score this goal.

I mean, seriously?

Pens could have responded with another fight, hung their heads or started making errors. Guentzel literally takes the puck off of the face off, skates in, its tripped, shoots in mid-air and while tumbling to the ice and scores to make it 4-1 Penguins and essentially ices the game away right there.

Third Period: Oskar Sundqvist returned to the game and played a bit in the third period before being taken off the ice when the game was already decided.

Period started with another big save by Jarry. He makes the initial save, leaves a rebound and gets over in time to deny the Wolf Pack a goal.

J-S Dea would find the back of the net on a defection of a Tim Erixon shot that made it 5-1 Penguins.

Patrick McGrath fought Tanner Glass for the hit earlier on Sundqvist:

That was McGrath’s second fight of the game and in today’s AHL that gets you ejected. McGrath has 8 more fights now before he is suspended.

I don’t like this rule. It totally allows for stuff like what happened to Sundqvist to go unanswered. You want to make the game safer? Call a penalty on Glass for the hit on Sundqvist (there wasn’t) and get Glass out of the game as soon as the hit happens. Fine and suspend for dangerous play. But no, police the game the wrong way by telling Patrick McGrath that he can no longer defend the valor of his teammates because he has fought twice in the game.

And if you are going to tell me that McGrath has no place in the game, I will tell you that Patrick himself had a hell of a showing for himself. He forechecked, caused turnovers and was generally raising (legal) hell out there tonight.

McGrath on his night and whether he knows about the 10 fight rule…

David Warsofsky scored on a power play that made it 6-1 Penguins. Wilkes-Barre was perfect on the penalty kill tonight (6/6) and perfect on the power play (2/2)

Tristan Jarry let in a late one on a lucky sequence featuring Matt Carey. Carey had a breakaway, Jarry made the initial stop. The puck hit the post back to Carey who banked the puck off of Jarry and in to make it a 6-2 game.

Three Stars: 3) Oskar Sundqvist (goal, assist, +2) 2) Carter Rowney (goal, assist, even) and 1) Jake Guentzel (goal, three assists, +3)

Around the Division: Bridgeport beat Providence 2-1 in their home opener. The P-Bruins are a surprising 0-2 to start the season…Binghamton shuts out Hershey 3-0 in their home opener. The Bears are an even more surprising 0-2….Lehigh Valley beats Springfield 4-2 in game that featured 15 power plays.

Standings: Pens / Wolf Pack and Phantoms will all lead the division with two points a piece. Everyone else is sitting on a big zero.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers lost in their home opener 3-2 in overtime to the Brampton Beast. I will link the box once the ECHL gremlins work their way out.

Video Highlights: 

Pens are in action next Friday. I will have the Week 1 AHL Power Rankings on the blog Monday at 4, a new feature called the “Wheeling Wrap” on Tuesday at noon and any newsworthy bits on the blog during the week.

Let’s Go Pens!

Preseason Game #3 – Hershey 1, Penguins 4

The Penguins were in Hershey Sunday afternoon playing their final game of the preseason before the regular season gets going on Saturday at home against Hartford. They won 4-1 and finish 2-1 in preseason and sweep the Bears on the weekend series.

Here were the lines:

Jake Guentezel – Oskar Sundqvist – Reid Gardiner
Ryan Haggerty – Sahir Gill – Adam Krause
Dominik Simon – Gage Quinney – Cody Wydo
Christian Hilbrich – Miloš Bubela – Patrick McGrath

Reid McNeill – Tim Erixon
Brett Stern – Barry Goers
Ryan Segalla – Ethan Prow

Casey DeSmith – Doug Carr

DeSmith opposed Joe Cannata in a rematch of last night.

First Period: Joey Leach scored on a shot from the blueline that got past DeSmith either via a deflection or a screen and it was 1-0 Bears. Immediately after the face off, Ryan Haggerty dumps a puck in that Sahir Gill chases down and scored on past Cannata for a 1-1 game. Teams traded penalties with no one taking advantage. Cannata was needed when he denied Guentzel and Bubela with Jake on a 2-on-1 and Miloš on a breakaway.

Late, Gage Quinney as a result of a Bears turnover. Tim Erixon picked it off, skated in onside and passed to Dominik Simon who found Quinney who put the Penguins ahead 2-1 at the end of the period.

Second Period: Doug Carr took over the net duties for Casey DeSmith. DeSmith stopped 8 of 9 shots in the first period.

Pens traded power plays with the Bears. Past halfway, I heard Mike O’Brien say on radio that the Penguins didn’t have any shots on goal in the period.

Wilkes-Barre received a late power play and cashed. Dominik Simon made it 3-1 Penguins.

Wilkes-Barre would only manage five shots on goal in the period and the Bears only had four. Shots were 14-12 Penguins at the end of the second period.

Third Period: The Penguins haven’t had a fight in the preseason, and the most interesting thing that happened this far into the period was Garrett Mitchell and Patrick McGrath trying to get the fists flying, but before punches were thrown, the melee was broken up. So no fight.

Nothing really doing this period. Bears outshot the Penguins 16-9 in the period and the Penguins got a shorthanded goal late when the Bears pulled Cannata for an extra man for a 6-on-4 power play. Oskar Sundqvist would score the goal for the Pens.

Was actually expecting Hershey to obliterate the Penguins today with the Bears dressing a more seasoned lineup and the Penguins bringing half a team really. But it’s preseason and will be forgotten about tomorrow morning, so let’s not speculate any further than that.

So that will do it for preseason. Monday starts the 2016-17 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Previews. We start at noon Monday in the Pacific Division then noon Tuesday for the Central Division and then the North on Wednesday and closing it out with the Atlantic on Thursday.

Any news with re-assignments from Pittsburgh, Tom Sestito is on waivers Sunday, or additional cuts made to the Penguins, will be sprinkled in this week with the Previews.

Preseason Game #2 – Penguins 4, Hershey 2

Nothing flashy again here recap wise for the second of three preseason Penguins games and the first of a weekend home and home against the Hershey Bears.

One piece of news before the recap. Kevin Porter and David Warsofsky cleared waivers at noon Saturday making them eligible for assignment to Wilkes-Barre.

The Penguins beat the Bears tonight 4-2. Even though it’s preseason, it’s always fun beating Hershey.
These were the lines put out by Coach Clark Donatelli for tonight’s game against the Hershey Bears:

First Period: Penguins were a lot quicker tonight then they were Wednesday. Hershey loses control of a puck in their zone, take a delayed penalty when Patrick McGrath wired one from the top of the slot in for a 1-0 Penguins lead. The fourth line was on the ice for that one as Nick Sorkin and Miloš Bubela assisted on the goal.

Later, Dustin Gazley went invisible for a second because the Penguins defenders must have forgot he was on the ice, as he skated in unabated and picked his spot on DeSmith and evened the game at one a piece.

Pens looked great on the penalty kill, DeSmith outstanding overall.

Second Period: Joe Cannata made a great pad stop on J-S Dea while the Pens were in two on one. Then Casey DeSmith got in on the pad action with a stop the other way.

Halfway through, Vitek Vanacek took over the Bears net. Casey DeSmith stayed in. I’m thinking some combination of Leland Irving and / or Doug Carr start Sunday in Hershey.

Hershey edged ahead when Dustin Gazley centered Hubert Labrie while the Bears were 3-on-1.

Pens had a power play after that. They spent the entire two minutes in cycling the puck and taking shots but were not able to put one past Vanacek.

DeSmith was up to his old tricks making spectacular saves.

DeSmith may push Jarry for starter once Tristan gets back from Pittsburgh. The brain trust up too may not rush Matt Murray back if DeSmith continues to play like this at the AHL level and Jarry so far at the NHL preseason level.

Third Period: Pens turned the game in their favor thanks to two penalties drawn by Oskar Sundqvist. Sundqvist got the first power play goal off a nice behind setup by Tom Kostopoulos, drew a holding penalty later when Reid Gardiner crashed the net to make it 3-2 Penguins.

Bears pulled Vanacek and Tim Erixon scored into the empty net from about 190′ away that iced the game away.

Pens rode out the Hershey storm the first five minutes of the period then took off and never looked back. I think DeSmith faced just one shot on goal the final ten minutes or so.

Some collateral damage. Josh Archibald was held crashing the net and went hard into Vanacek and did not return. He was helped off not putting any pressure onto his left leg. If there is a report by Tom or Seth later, I’ll run an edit or mention it in a future piece.

Wilkes-Barre closes out the preseason Sunday in Hershey at 5.