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McIntyre-d — Pens LOSE 5-2

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As I was stewing over a bad loss this afternoon by the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins at the tail end of a three in three, a tweet by Penguins beat writer Tyler Picotti shed some light on the current situation that the Penguins are in.

Now while I agree that back to back three in three weekends is bad scheduling, as you will see in a minute, the Penguins didn’t make any lineup changes and but for a swap on the fourth line Saturday, only one change all weekend to your forward corps.

Yes, Providence did play the same amount of three in three games (they were in Bridgeport last night) and yes, both teams didn’t have to travel far Saturday (Bridgeport and Hartford are not that far from Providence) so maybe the same 11 forwards that played all weekend just didn’t have it today.

The scoreline and shot board would indicate, Penguins fall 5-2.

Tristan Jarry opposed Zane McIntyre.

Lines were…

Lineup Notes: There were none. The Penguins used the same lineup that they did Saturday night in Hartford.

First Period: Terrible start by the Penguins who were outshot 17-3 in the period and had two goal scored on them in the process.

Ryan Donato on this wraparound attempt on the Bruins third power play of the game resulting from a puck over the glass penalty…

Donato beat Chris Summers there, but the Penguins were just overall watching.

Then Martin Bakos scored in a scramble play in front of Jarry where the puck got past the Penguins net minder a few times and off the post but not in the net…

Shots were 17-3 Bruins after the first period. It was a scatterbrain start for the Pens and it put them in a hole early heading into the…

Second Period: Bad to worse for the Penguins, who see the Bruins double their lead in the period.

Zach Senyshyn scored on a busted line change that made it 3-0.

Just walked in behind the D and scored.

Bruins connect on yet another power play goal as Joel Messner scored his first goal of the season that made it 4-0.

Shots at some point were 27-4 Providence. The Penguins were getting shellacked. No gap control, just letting the Bruins forwards walk all alone on them. Tristan Jarry could not be to blame for the scoreline.

Third Period: Penguins started on a carryover 5-on-3 power play from the second period but Providence’s penalty kill is tops in the AHL and the Bruins have yet to rear a power play goal against at home this season. Pens had some good looks, but the Bruins killed it all off.

Two goals a minute apart brought the Penguins to within two.

Derek Grant here on a nice setup by Tobias Lindberg…

…and Anthony Angello off of a gaffe by McIntyre to make it 4-2.

McIntyre stopped Jarrett Burton off of the next face-off, otherwise things could have gotten really weird in Providence.

Ryan Donato scores on his own rebound to put the Penguins hopes of a comeback on ice and makes it 5-2.

Yuck.

Final shots were 39-22 Bruins, who dominated from the drop of the puck, got cute at the half way point of the third period and nearly let it slip on them, but found the gas and got a put away goal by Donato to cap off a five point weekend.

Three Stars: 3) Ryan Donato (two goals) 2) Zach Senyshyn (goal, assist) and 1) Colby Cave (two assists)

Around the Division: Hershey got smashed in Syracuse Sunday evening and lost 7-2. The Crunch scored four power play goals. The only other teams in action in the Atlantic were Charlotte and Bridgeport who played each other today in Connecticut. The Sound Tigers won that game 4-2 for a perfect five game home stand.

Standings: Charlotte 22 — Bridgeport 19 — Springfield 16 — Lehigh Valley 16 — Penguins 16 — Hershey 15 — Hartford 13 — Providence 12

Wheeling Update: The Nailers play a kids day game on Tuesday against Toledo.

Highlights: Bruins didn’t have them Friday, so unless the Penguins tweet one like they did Saturday after the Hartford game, don’t expect them but if you check back later for the finals and standings look, check here anyway.

Wilkes-Barre is staying in Providence for a few more days until heading to Springfield for a Wednesday morning game against the Thunderbirds at 10:30. That means that the Gameday setup hits the blog here bright and early at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Let’s Go Pens!

Hot Start; Strong Finish — Pens WIN 4-1

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I am sure you have seen your fair share of hockey games where the team jumps out to a three or four goal lead early on in the first period only to have the other team methodically claw their way back and maybe even win the game.

The setup was there Saturday night in Hartford, but it never came to fruition and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins score Three goals in the first 4:31 of the game and coast to an easy 4-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The Penguins simply needed to score the first goal of the game tonight, whether it was three in the first five minutes of the game or with three seconds left in regulation, they just had to get the first goal first. Playing from behind has been a bit you a challenge.

Thomas DiPauli made sure of that. DiPauli scored his first goal of the season and added two assists in a fine game from the Penguins winger. Anthony Peters also needed a strong game after getting shellacked in his last outing last Sunday in Bridgeport where he was pulled after the first period.

Anthony Peters opposed Dustin Tokarski.

Lines were…

Lineup Notes: Patrick McGrath for Ryan Horvat on the fourth line. That was it. Defense pairings and line pairings were the same as they were Friday in Providence.

First Period: Three goals in the first 4:31. A hot start for the Penguins and a needed one at that, given the playing from behind that the Penguins have been doing in the past five games.

1:50 in, Thomas DiPauli scored when Will O’Neill held a puck onside, put a shot on net that was redirected away by Tokarski, but recovered by Anthony Angello who centered to DiPauli for the goal.

Less than two minutes later, Derek Grant scored to double the Penguins lead. He won a race to a puck and threw a puck on net that was redirected in inadvertently by Hartford defenseman Rob O’Gara and in.

Penguins add a third when Teddy Blueger threw a puck into a scrum and it got by Tokarski to make it 3-0 Wilkes-Barre.

What a start indeed, Taylor.

Anyway, Hartford head coach Keith McCambridge called timeout which settled his club a bit as the Wolf Pack didn’t allow another Penguin goal for the remainder of the period.

Wilkes-Barre had a pair of cracks on the power play but could not convert.

Second Period: Wolf Pack connect on a power play at the half way point of the period when Tim Gettinger put home a rebound of a John Gilmour shot from the point that got Hartford on the board and back to within two goals.

Just a little over a minute later, Teddy Blueger was behind the Hartford net when he pulled off a spin-o-rama pass to a cutting Jimmy Hayes who scored to re-establish the Penguins three goal lead.

Penguins had a power play late and set up a firing squad at Tokarski, but the Wolf Pack goaltender was able to turn away all of the would be chances.

Third Period: Anthony Peters stopped all 13 Hartford shots in the period. Some big stops on Tim Gettinger, on his stomach flopping in the crease to preserve the three goal lead for the Penguins. Derek Grant had two breakaways in the period but were not able to score on either.

Three Stars:

Thought that Anthony Peters deserved a star, stopping 31 of 32 shots. He did collect an assist on Derek Grant’s goal though, his first point in the AHL.

Around the Division: Bridgeport beats Providence 5-4 in overtime. Chris Bourque surpassed 700 points in the AHL….Hershey beats a suddenly slumping Springfield Thunderbirds team 3-2….Charlotte beats Lehigh Valley 7-4.

Standings: Charlotte 22 — Bridgeport 17 — Springfield 16 — Lehigh Valley 16 — Penguins 16 — Hershey 13 — Hartford 13 — Providence 10

Wheeling Update: The Nailers lose in overtime 3-2 to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Troy Josephs had a goal for the Nailers in the loss.

Highlights: Coal Street quick on them tonight.

Penguins head back to Providence tonight for a 3 p.m. start with the Bruins Sunday. Gameday setup will hit the blog at 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

Let’s Go Pens!

A Point in Providence — Pens LOSE 2-1 (OT)

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After a 13 goal explosion in Bridgeport Sunday, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins needed to tighten things up.

Success defensively. They allowed the opponent, tonight it was the Providence Bruins, just one goal in regulation on a busted tic-tac-toe play on a power play.

But, the offense sputtered at times with Bruins starting goaltender Dan Vladar stymying the Penguins with save after save after save, until Sam Lafferty struck with under five minutes to play to tie the game to force overtime.

Overtime was run and gun, as you would expect when you remove two skaters and go three on three, and the Bruins strike on a power play goal and take a 2-1 overtime decision from the Penguins Friday night.

Baby steps. The Pens lost their two leading scorers in Zach Aston-Reese and Garrett Wilson to recall to a sputtering Pittsburgh Penguins team earlier in the week. Perhaps the best team for the Penguins to face was the last place in the Atlantic Providence Bruins.

Tristan Jarry opposed the aforementioned Vladar.

Lines were…

Lineup Notes: With Garrett Wilson and Zach Aston-Reese in Pittsburgh, the forward lines were shuffled top to bottom. Johnson-Grant-Hayes was a new top line….Jarrett Burton replaced Aston-Reese on the second line with Lafferty and Haggerty….DiPauli moves up to the third line w/ Blueger & Angelo and Ryan Horvat jumped back in and Ölund drops from 1C to 4C w/ Lindberg.

On defense, there were new defensive pairings there as well. Czuczman and Elliott; Summers / O’Neill and Abt (for Taylor) with Prow.

Injury wise, Nick Hart mentioned that Zach Trotman is week to week with a lower body injury.

First Period:  Penguins were aggressive off the hop on their first shift; Ryan Haggerty flipped a puck in from center ice, Sam Lafferty tracked it down from behind the net and centered to Haggerty who put a good shot on Vladar.

Wilkes-Barre would take an offensive zone penalty and the Providence power play made them pay on a nice tic-tac-toe scoring play that Martin Bakos finished that game the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Fitzgerald to Jan Kovar to Bakos for the goal. Pens lost a mini scrum along the near wall there. Fourth straight game where the opponent scores first.

The Pens weren’t able to score on a late power play and it was noted on the broadcast that the Bruins were perfect going into tonight’s game on opponents penalty kills at home (12/12) – the Pens had a few late looks but could not solve Vladar.

Second Period: No scoring in the period, but loads of action. Bruins started with some early action, then Anthony Angello was denied in the high slot via a glove save by Vladar.

Then Ryan Horvat was chasing down a puck that was dying on an icing call and hit Emil Johansson. The initial call was a boarding call, but Trent Frederic, who was wreaking shop on the Pens prior to this, took it upon himself to fight Horvat.

Frederic picked up an instigating minor, a fighting major and a ten minute misconduct.

More heavy pressure from both teams as the period winded down, but neither goaltender blinked. A goalie battle was a-bruin’ in Providence.

Third Period: If the Penguins would have scored on a power play here which would have been the first goal scored by a visiting team on a power play against the Bruins, that would have carried more headlines. Penguins had three chances and were not able to score.

Sam Lafferty stripped Wiley Sherman at his own blue line and scored to tie the game late.

Penguins had a late power play which bled over to…

Overtime: I think I will Periscope overtime road games as long as I am able, like I did here…

You will see there that the Penguins weren’t able to score on the carryover power play time and that Tobias Lindberg takes a cross checking call. Bruins head coach Jay Leach calls time out, Providence keeps it in and in and in on the power play before Ryan Fitzgerald or Cody Goloubef scored to give the Bruins the extra point.

Here it is in a tweet:

Three Stars: 3) Dan Vladar (27 saves on 28 shots) 2) Martin Bakos (goal) and 1) Ryan Fitzgerald (overtime game winning goal, assist)

Around the Division: Lehigh Valley obliterates Springfield 8-2 in Allentown…Utica beats Hartford at home 4-3 in a shootout…Binghamton drops Charlotte 4-3 on the Southern Tier. Hershey and Bridgeport had the night off.

Standings: Charlotte 20 — Springfield 16 — Lehigh Valley 16 — Bridgeport 15 — Penguins 14 — Hershey 13 — Hartford 13 — Providence 9

Wheeling Update: Nailers crush Greenville in West Virginia 5-1. Renars Krastenbergs, Cam Brown and Troy Josephs were some of the goal scorers for the Nailers. Johnny Muse stopped 17 of 18.

I doubt Providence will have any highlights package, since they don’t even have a broadcaster, only one camera at the Dunkin Donuts Center and get by on the bare minimum as an AHL franchise. But if I see one, I will tweet it here.

Pens are staying in Providence till Tuesday. They are going to Hartford tomorrow. That Gameday setup will be here on the blog for you at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Let’s Go Pens!

Run and Gun, Not So Much Fun — Pens LOSE 8-5

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I said this in my Friday game recap after the first period of action against Hartford when it was 2-2 after 20 minutes of play…

Four goals in 10:50. The Penguins don’t like to play run and gun and would lose more than they would win playing that style, so the game at that point needed to slow down for success to occur.

An 8-5 setback in Bridgeport Sunday afternoon / evening. More like evening, despite the game ending at quarter to six on Sunday. It’s dark now. It didn’t start getting dark until 8:30 just a few weeks ago. Summer is a distant memory…

Anyway.

The run and gun style is not the style that the Penguins can play with any kind of success, they just don’t have the firepower up front to get it all to click at one time in one game. Sound Tigers go up 4-1 after the first Sunday, were up 7-1 at one point in the second period before the Penguins claw back in the third when the game was well decided.

Credit the Penguins for not giving up, not rolling over, not getting injured. They lost Zach Trotman at some point to an injury early in the second but ran out of time in trying to mount anything close to a comeback. It’s a weird game because the Penguins will win 90% of the games where they score at least five goals, but giving up four in the first to an opponent, facing a seven goal deficit to the opponent at some point in the game and no team anywhere is going to have success against their opponent.

So where do we go from here, 1-2 on the weekend? The start. The start for the Penguins both games Saturday and Sunday has been less than stellar. Nick Hart on radio hyped up the Penguins being, “ready” for the Sound Tigers and Ryan Haggerty talking about, “showtime” as he stepped off of the bus Sunday morning.

Haggerty was held without a point and was a -2.

But I am not picking on Haggerty. The Penguins simply were not ready to play today, down 3-0 before the half way point of the game. Anthony Peters got the start for Wilkes-Barre / Scranton but was relieved by Tristan Jarry in the second period onward. The Penguins are not going to want to have Jarry or Peters or whoever it is appear in three straight games back-to-back-to-back, The starts have been poor, (going down 2-0 in the first 12 minutes Saturday; the run and gun in the first Friday) and they need to improve, quickly.

Silver linings were Zach Aston-Reese’s hat trick and assist, Garrett Wilson’s three point (2-1) game and Ethan Prow’s three assist as Prow remains one of the best defensemen in the AHL. The Penguins connected on three power play goals.

Ask yourself this question. Would you rather lose 8-5 or win 8-5 but at some point cough up a six goal lead?

Game story after the jump because it’s going to be a lengthy one on your browser or phone if you didn’t link in direct.

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Fogarty’s Greatest Hits — Pens LOSE 3-2

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Before you start, yes, I know it’s John Fogerty. Work with me, people.

Steven Fogarty’s two goals tonight for the Hartford Wolf Pack and backup goaltender Marek Mazanec’s 35 save performance carry the Wolf Pack in a 3-2 win in Wilkes-Barre against the Penguins.

The Pens found themselves in penalty trouble again, giving up five chances to the visitors and getting scored on once, by Fogarty. It’s an area that they need to clean up and quick.

Another area to clean up is responding on back to back games. The Penguins are now 0-2-0-1 on games where they played the night before. Splitting weekend series is OK, but just OK. The Penguins are mired in the middle of the Atlantic Division now because if it.

No time to rest as the Penguins are right back at it Sunday afternoon in Bridgeport.

Tristan Jarry opposed the aforementioned Mazanec.

Lines were…

Notes: Stefan Elliott was in for Kevin Czuczman, the Penguins probably wanted to ease Czuczman back into things and not play him on back to backs and Jeff Taylor was in for Matt Abt. No changes up front to any of the forward lines.

Tristan Jarry appeared in his 100th AHL game for Wilkes-Barre tonight. He is the fourth goalie in Penguins history to match that feat.

First Period: :35 in, a slashing penalty was called on Thomas DiPauli and Fogarty bagged his first goal of the night on the power play with a back door tap in that gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead.

Penguins get it back late in the period as a puck stays onside and it put home by Ryan Haggerty to tie the game at one…

EDIT: Hold the phone on the above. Sam Lafferty on line one…

Second Period: Fogarty again. He led a two-on-one break while the teams were 4-on-4 and snapped a shot over Jarry’s glove to make it a 2-1 lead for Hartford.

Bobby Butler followed up about two and a half minutes later on a back door slam dunk goal that made it 3-1 Hartford.

Despite this, I had a feeling that the Penguins were still in it.

Zach Trotman gave me hope…

Face-off win by Teddy Blueger back to Trotman who stepped into one and scored.

Penguins would get no closer though. With a late power play that spilled over to the…

Third Period: …the Pens would have to kill separate tripping penalties by Sam Lafferty and Tobias Lindberg but couldn’t find the equalizing goal. Garrett Wilson came close, though…

With about 1:10 of 6-on-5 with Jarry pulled time to work with, the Penguins never found the equalizer.

Three Stars: 

Around the Division: Every team in the Atlantic Division faced off against the team they played Friday night. Those teams that lost on Friday all won on Saturday but for Charlotte, who is playing on a different planet right now as the first team to ten wins with a 3-2 win against the Providence Bruins. Bridgeport hands Springfield their first regulation loss of the season with a 5-2 decision…Rochester beats Hershey 4-1 and Lehigh Valley, who lost Friday in overtime to the Devils, get two late goals to tie then the overtime goal to win at home and repay the favor to defeat Binghamton 3-2.

Standings: Charlotte 20 – Springfield – 16 – Lehigh Valley 14 – Penguins 13 – Bridgeport, Hartford and Hershey all with 11 in that order – Providence 8

Wheeling Update: Nailers lose in their home opener against the Indy Fuel 5-3. John Muse was in net and took the loss. Troy Josephs had a pair of goals.

If I see a highlight package from Coal Street I will run it here.

Gameday setup for the Sunday affair in Bridgeport hits the blog Sunday at 11. Please don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour.

Let’s Go Pens!

Prow-er Play — Pens WIN 5-3

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Got in my truck just in time to hear Penguins play by play man Nick Hart use the headline to tonight’s game recap describing Ethan Prow’s third period power play goal which stood up as the game winner for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, who defeat the Hartford Wolf Pack 5-3.

Prow also added two assists and is among league leaders in +/-. These two teams rematch Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre.

Tristan Jarry, who had an eventful night to say the least, opposed Dustin Tokarski.

Lines were…

Lineup Notes: The return of Ryan Haggerty, Jarrett Burton and Kevin Czuczman…

First Period: Four goals in the games first 10:50 made for a wild start to a Friday night home game.

Hartford connected :22 into a power play to open the scoring. Lias Andersson scored to give the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead…

The Penguins would respond about three minutes later. A big hit by the returning Jarrett Burton, who I thought played a hell of a game on the fourth line, set up Tobias Lindberg here…

Collectively, I felt the fourth line played extremely well with Ölund centering Lindberg and Burton.

Penguins would score on a power play when Zach Aston-Reese put a shot on that Garrett Wilson deflected past Tokarski for a 2-1 Penguin lead…

But former All-Star John Gilmour would connect on another Hartford power play to even the game at two a piece.

Four goals in 10:50. The Penguins don’t like to play run and gun and would lose more than they would win playing that style, so the game at that point needed to slow down for success to occur.

Second Period: It did, to an extent, in the second period. Penguins came in waves at Tokarski, but the former Calder Cup winner had some key stops that kept his team in the game. Penguins found themselves in late penalty trouble but got out of it heading into the…

Third Period: Tom had a nice tweet summing up how the Penguins came out for the third…

Backing up, Sam Lafferty had a highlight reel, goal of the year candidate goal, that gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead. Just watch this…

Then, Lafferty put a shot on that was blocked on a Wilkes-Barre power play that Ethan Prow pounced on that gave the Penguins a 4-2 lead.

Ryan Haggerty laid a big hit on Libor Hajek that he had to fight Chris Bigras on and the Penguins were off to the races.

They couldn’t close it out when they had a :23 two man advantage, and then they let it slip a bit when Cole Schneider scored on an extended two man advantage for Hartford, that pulled the Wolf Pack to within one…

But the Penguins killed off the rest of the penalties (they did not have a good night overall, Hartford connected on three power play goals, but got the kill there) setting up Anthony Angello off of a face-off.

What a shot indeed.

Then,

But it wasn’t. Explanation by Taylor here…

Three Stars: 

Around the Division: Charlotte runs the record to 9-1, holding on to defeat the Providence Bruins 4-3. Those two rematch tomorrow in Charlotte… Binghamton clips the mercurial Lehigh Valley Phantoms in overtime 4-3… The Big Bear Machine is warming up! Hershey cools off Rochester 4-2. Those two rematch in Chocolatetown Saturday night… Springfield remains the only team in the AHL without a regulation loss with a 3-2 win at home against Bridgeport.

Standings: Charlotte 18 – Springfield 16 – Penguins 13 – Lehigh Valley 12 – Hershey 11 – Bridgeport 9 – Hartford 9 – Providence 7

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were off. They have their home opener (yes, on November 3) Saturday agains the Indy Fuel.

Highlights:

Gameday setup for the rematch vs. Hartford hits the blog Saturday at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!

Losing in a Shootout — Pens LOSE 4-3 (SO)

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Headline tonight doesn’t contain a pun. A run and gun affair in Hershey ends in a shootout loss for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. Something seemed off for the Penguins, who never trailed in the game, but never had more than a one goal lead in this Saturday night affair in Hershey.

Tristan Jarry appeared in net again for the Penguins in a back to back start and again was outstanding. Beat on a rim around and then shorthanded in the second and a blown assignment in the third. He opposed Ilya Samsonov, who won his first game in net for the Chocolate and White this season.

Penguins don’t score in the shootout round, Hershey elected to shoot first and scored in the top of the second and the third and take the extra point. Penguins lose 4-3.

Lines were…

Notes: No changes up front, same lineup as Friday at home. Will O’Neill returned and replaced Matt Abt. Ethan Prow and Jeff Taylor were paired up on defense.

First Period: :06 in, Liam O’Brien and Penguins captain Garrett Wilson dropped the gloves…

Wilson with a few stiff shots and the takedown.

Tristan Jarry looked dialed in as he was Friday at home. He had a glove save on one of the thirteen shots on goal for the Bears in the period. Then Stefan Elliott fell down and Liam O’Brien had a chance at Jarry that he made a save on.

Zach Aston-Reese scored the only goal in the period when a puck found his stick in his own end, he took it out and scored with a Bears defenders stick in his skates…

Chris Summers took a puck to the face in the final minute…

…and was helped off.

Shots were 13-5 Bears heading into the…

Second Period: Chris Summers returned for the second period but at some point Sam Miletic was lost to injury.

In the first minute of the period, Bears went for a dump in and the puck took a funny bounce where Mike Sgarbossa deposited it into the empty net when Jarry came out to play it.

Penguins re-establish the lead when Teddy Blueger raced and collected a puck off the side wall, then went back to the slot and flipped a puck past Samsonov to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead.

Penguins had two back to back power plays but they were a nightmare. So much so, that Hershey scored on one of them when Riley Barber snuck behind the Penguins defense and scored shorthanded.

Woof indeed, Taylor. Woof indeed.

Sam Miletic was injured in the second period. He was hit by Connor Hobbs. No penalty on the play. Here is the sequence…

Third Period: Adam Johnson found Ethan Prow for a wide open net off a nice pass that gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead.

But :51 later, Beck Malenstyn scored to tie the game again.

They lost him on defense, pass found him and connected.

Penguins had to kill a bunch of penalties which included a 5-on-3 against and got out of it. Tristan Jarry carried the Penguins to overtime.

Overtime: I Periscoped it. I remembered that I had that live streaming device and decided now was as good a time as ever to start a stream. Here it is, all 5:00, here for you.

If you didn’t click in and watch all eight minutes (there were stoppages) then you missed…

No scoring in overtime, so out was off to a shootout.

Shootout: Nothing doing in round one. Riley Barber went over Jarry’s glove in the top of the second, Jimmy Hayes was unsuccessful in his attempt and Shane Gersich scored in the top of the third to seal the extra point for Hershey.

That thing I talked about in the open? It could have been Sam Miletic who, it looks like, will be out for a bit.

Or something else, summarized here again by Tom…

Three Stars: 3) Tristan Jarry (35 saves on 38 shots) 2) Mike Sgarbossa (goal, assist) and 1) Riley Barber (goal)

Around the Division: Charlotte thumps Syracuse 6-3…Lehigh Valley beats Binghamton 5-2…Bridgeport beats Hartford 5-4…Springfield beats Providence 4-2.

Standings: Charlotte 16 – Springfield 12 – Lehigh Valley 11 – Penguins 11 – Hartford 9 – Bridgeport 7 – Hershey 7 – Providence 5.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers pick up their first win of the season with a 3-2 shootout win in Reading. Troy Josephs scored in regulation for the Nailers, he was assigned Saturday afternoon. John Muse picked up the win in his first regular season action of the season, stopping 37 of 39 and all four Royals shooters in the shootout.

Highlights: Hershey was the first, despite using the term I despise…

Penguins are off now until next Friday where they host the Hartford Wolf Pack for a pair of games next weekend on home ice before bussing to Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon. I will fill in news and notes as I get them here on the blog this upcoming week. The Week 4 AHL Power Rankings will be here on Thursday for sure.

Let’s Go Pens!