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Sunday, April 10, 2016

WBS Game Report: 4/10/16 vs Hershey by @jfoo1654

Pens look to leap frog the Bears

Goaltending Matchup:

WBS - Casey DeSmith 2GP, 1-0-0 1.50 GAA, .935 SV %

HER - Justin Peters 35GP, 15-8-7 3.07GAA .895 SV %

First Period Summary:

The Penguins started the line of TK, Rowney and Guentzel. Casey DeSmith was tested early and made a tough save. The next chance Hershey would get would wind up in the net, as Ryan Bourque buried a beautiful pass on a 2-on-1 rush with Jakub Vrana. After the early goal, the Pens responded and controlled play, and possession for the majority of the period. Both Power Plays for WBS didn't produce much other than a Will O'Neill bomb that hit Adam Krause and stayed out. The rough stuff began early and continued through the entire period. TK and Lewington threw down in a spirited bout, TK gets the decision victory. With 2:35 left to play in the period Jake Guentzel made a beautiful pass to TK in front who got good wood on the tip, but Peters got across and made a unreal glove save to keep the Pens scoreless. Hershey got their first PP late and it will carried over into the 2nd frame. Adam Krause made a late SH rush but was denied by Peters and the teams went back to the dressing rooms. A rowdy crowd here tonight in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens need to capitalize on it.

Second Period Summary:

The period started with the Pens on the PK, and Casey DeSmith made a diving save on Christian Djoos, who was all alone on the backdoor. With about 20 seconds to go in the kill, TK found himself shorthanded and in alone on Peters, but the goalie was up to the challenge yet again. The tempers continued to flare and after every whistle there was pushing and shoving. The penguins would kill two more penalties and then would regain control of the game. Shift after shift the Pens sustained offensive zone time, but couldn't beat Peters. Sure enough, Hershey had a harmless rush in which the puck went to the corner, where Garrett Mitchell made a no-look backhand attempt at the net. DeSmith wasn't ready, and it beat him 5-hole to put the Bears up 2-0. With 2:03 remaining, rookie Jake Guentzel made a strong power move to the net, and was hauled down by Bowey who would sit for 2:00. On the PP it looked like the home team would have to wait until the 3rd period to capitalize, but with 8 seconds on the clock Dustin Jeffrey unloaded a rocket from the half-wall, and Kael Mouillierat was there to tip it home. The roof nearly went into orbit and the Penguins surely felt good about the way they were playing. Shots were 25-12 after the period.

Third Period Summary:

The Penguins came out flying to begin the 3rd period, and they continued to possess the puck in the Hershey end for long stretches at a time. Ethan Prow made some very good passes allowing the Pens to successfully start the rush coming out of their own end. It was a great night for the Penguin youth, as Jake Guentzel would draw yet another penalty by playing strong on the puck and driving hard to the net. Although they failed to score on the man advantage, WBS continued to build on their momentum, and Dominik Simon would take a Will O'Neill breakout pass and skate in on Peters and slide a neat little shot behind the Bears Goalie. The building at this point was going absolutely insane, and it seemed like the Pens were poised to put the Bears to bed, but not even a minute later Mitchell found himself alone in front of DeSmith and buried it easily. WBS would tie the game yet again at the 15:42 mark when Carter Rowney buried the rebound of a Dustin Jeffrey shot, Will O'Neill picked up the secondary assist. From that point on it was shock and awe for the Pens as Chandler Stephenson scored off of the rush and Chris Bourque potted an empty netter, and just like that the Atlantic Division Title had slipped through their fingers.

Scoring Summary: 

1-0 1st HER 5:10 R. Bourque (11) from Vrana.
2-0 2nd HER 11:39 Mitchell (10) from Boyd.
2-1 2nd WBS 19:52 Mouillierat (18) from Jeffrey and O'Neill
2-2 3rd WBS 13:13 Simon (25) from O'Neill
3-2 3rd HER 14:14 Mitchell (11) from Stephenson and C. Bourque
3-3 3rd WBS 15:42 Rowney (23) from Jeffrey and O'Neill
4-3 3rd HER 18:09 Stephenson (7) from C. Bourque and Mitchell
5-3 3rd HER 19:28 C. Bourque (30) Unassisted

3 Stars of the Game:

3rd Star: Will O'Neill (3A)
2nd Star: C. Bourque (1G, 2A)
1st Star: Chandler Stephenson (GWG, 1A)

PostGame News, Notes, and Quotes- Will O'Neill set new career highs in Points and Assists by notching 3 of them tonight.

- Reid Mcneill left midway through the 2nd Period and did not return, Donatelli said afterwards, "The doctors are with Reid now, I should have a better read on that Tomorrow."

- Donatelli was asked if he felt that they left too many pucks lay in front of DeSmith, he responded saying "No, coming into the D Zone coverage we didn't stop, we didn't talk, and we didn't have good enough details. Hopefully we'll learn from it, we're heading into playoffs, and playoffs are tight."

- On the subject of attention to detail, Donatelli would add "We have to have better details, and it cost us the game tonight. It cost us two goals, the third and fourth goal, it was clearly, clearly nothing that Hershey did, it was all us. No talk, no communication, no stick detail, puck is in the back of our net."

- Donatelli on the feeling in the room postgame: "I told the guys to capture this moment, how do you feel? So when you go back out on the ice, talk and communicate, were going into the playoffs, and it's a game of inches. We're going to learn from this."

- Finally the head coach talked about his teams effort: "We beat ourselves tonight, that's a good hockey club over there, and we worked so hard to come back, and to beat ourselves like that it's not a good feeling. This is a really tough loss to swallow. We played a great game, our team battled and battled and battled and that's why it's so disheartening."

- He was asked about the Jarry situation and if he was told how long he will be gone, "No, no word on that, but I can keep you guys posted day-to-day as we go here. Hopefully we will know more about our situation Tomorrow."

Thanks for reading everyone, I appreciate it! I will be providing updates from practice all week, and I will be live from Press Row Friday Night in Allentown as the Pens take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms!

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