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Sunday, October 30, 2016

WBS @ Springfield Recap by @WBSJeff_PI


Starting Goalies - 

- WBS: Tristan Jarry (3-1-0; 1.25GAA; .950 SV Pct.)

SPR: Mike McKenna (1-1-0; 3.98GAA; .867 SV Pct.)

Starting Lineups:

- WBS: #15 Josh Archibald; #40 Oskar Sundqvist; #19 Garrett Wilson; #3 Reid McNeill; #2 Chad Ruhwedel

- SPR: #52 Mackenzie Weegar; #22 Logan Shaw; #14 Sena Acolatse; #13 Chase Balisy; #12 Ian McCoshen

First Period:

- A good first period of hockey both teams. The pace of the game was excellent and there was 7:36 of Game Play before the first whistle. Kevin Porter made his return after a one game absence and slotted into his usual spot centering the 2nd line. That line would be the most impressive of the stanza for WBS, as they controlled the puck in the Springfield zone for extended periods of time, and generated some quality scoring chances. Both Goalies were up to the task as the groups would trade chances until the Penguins capitalized in the closing minutes. On the play Haggerty entered the O-Zone with speed and would dump a puck behind the net. That puck would wrap around the glass and find Reid McNeill on the half-wall where he would fire a quick wrist shot towards McKenna. J.S. Dea was providing some net front presence and was able to get his stick on the shot and deflect it behind McKenna to put the Penguins ahead.

- Shots: WBS: 8 SPR: 8

- WBS PP: 0/1 PK: 1/1

- Scoring: WBS - 18:31 Dea(2) assisted by McNeill, Haggerty

Second Period:

- The Penguins took the momentum from scoring late in the first period and used it to dominate the majority of the middle frame. WBS would hem the T'Brids in their own zone and pepper Mike McKenna with 16 shots in all during the period. Compare that with 4 from Springfield and that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the 2nd stanza. The second line would continue to put together multiple long, dominant O-Zone shifts despite not being able to beat McKenna. Penguins hard working forward Ryan Haggerty, who has been excellent thus far this season, left the WBS bench about midway through the period and would not return. The pairing of Reid McNeill and Chad Ruhwedel really flexed their muscle throughout the first 40 minutes, playing physical and making quick, crisp first passes to exit the zone with speed. McNeill has clearly added some offensive skills to his stout defensive mindset.

- Shots: WBS: 24 SPR: 12

- WBS PP: 0/1 ; PK: 1/1

- Scoring: N/A

Third Period:

- As dominant as the Penguins were in the 2nd period, Springfield would flip the script and do just the same to WBS in the 3rd. Former Penguin Paul Thompson would score a net-front Power Play goal just over the midway point of the period, and the Pens would barely hang on from there. Tristan Jarry played well and the Thompson goal surely can't be pinned on the 2nd year pro, as the power forward found himself in front and buried a rebound opportunity. Ryan Haggerty didn't return for the period so Clark Donatelli was forced to mix and match his lines trying to find a spark. The Penguins had one excellent chance in the 3rd, which came on the Power Play. Domink Simon would ring one off of the crossbar after Tom Kostopoulos nearly scored on the near post of Mike McKenna. Springfield would pressure for most of the closing minutes but Jarry was on his game and pushed the Penguins into Overtime and assured they would make it a 4 Game Point Streak.

- Shots: WBS: 28 ; SPR: 23

- WBS PP: 0/1 ; PK: 1/2

- Scoring: SPR - 10:25 Thompson(2) assisted by Balisy, Acolatse

OT: 

- WBS would get the first chance of the 3-on-3 on a 2-on-1 rush during which they failed to get a shot on net. As a matter of fact, the shot missed the net and would spring Thunderbird Chase Balisy on a breakaway. He left no doubt about it as he faked forehand drawing a reaction from Jarry, switched the puck to his backhand and swept it into the empty net behind the net-minder. 

- Shots: WBS: 0 ; SPR: 2

- Scoring: SPR 1:30 Balisy(1) unassisted


3 Stars:

*** - WBS - #9 J.S. Dea (1G)
** - SPR - #15 Paul Thompson (1G)
* - SPR - #13 Chase Balisy (GWG, A)

Post Game Notes & Quotes:

- The Penguins are now 4-1-1-0 on the season for 9 Pts. That is good enough for first in the Atlantic Division. Both of the losses have come at the hands of the Thunderbir

- Ryan Haggerty did not return at any point after leaving during the 2nd period.

- Mike O'Brien mentioned that Stuart Percy will begin skating again soon, most likely this week.

- This is the Penguins' first loss this season when leading going into the 3rd period. 

- Expect Casey DeSmith in net when the Pens host Syracuse at 3:00pm this afternoon.

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