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Sunday, November 20, 2016

WBS @ Hershey 11/19/16 Recap and Post Game Reaction by @WBSJeff_PI

Captain Tom Kostopoulos scores the last minute equalizer.

Starting Goalies - 

WBSTristan Jarry (6-3-1; 1.88GAA; .932 SV Pct.)

- HER: Joe Cannata (5-1-2; 2.72GAA; .885 SV Pct.)

Starting Lineups:

WBS: #2 Ruhwedel, #24 Cameron Gaunce, #15 Josh Archibald, #40 Oskar Sundqvist' Thomas Di Pauli

- HER: #7 Darren Dietz, #24 Brad Malone, #32 Hubert Labrie, #18 Christian Thomas, Ryan Bourque

First Period:

- On the opening shift of this Saturday Night Rivalry showdown, Bears forward Brad Malone laid a thunderous hit on Josh Archibald in the corner. It pretty much set the tone for what kind of night it would be. As usual when these two get together, any time and or scoring opportunity comes with a steep price; health and safety. Hershey would dominate the majority of the period as evidenced by the shot count with 2 minutes to play; 10-1. The only goal of the frame came on a highlight reel type of goal scored by Jakub Vrana, his ninth of the season, when Travis Boyd skated around the net but left the puck on the near post with a behind the back pass where Vrana sniped it behind Tristan Jarry who had absolutely no shot to keep it out of the net. 

- Shots: WBS: 3 HER: 12

WBS PP: 0/0 ; HER PP: 0/2

- Scoring: 12:49 - HER - Vrana (9) from Boyd, Williams

Second Period:

- Tyler Lewington would take an early slashing penalty and give the struggling WBS Power Play a chance to even things up early in the second. They were unable to score despite quality zone time and some good passing, they just couldn't solve the Bears' shot blocking. Shortly following the Man Advantage, Cameron Gaunce would show tremendous instincts while stepping up to intercept a pass in the neutral zone. He followed that up with a pretty feed to Kostopoulos, who skated in tight to Cannata and slid a pass cross-crease right to the tape of a waiting Jake Guenztel. He made sure it found twine and the game was even at one apiece. The Pens would continue to mount some momentum and eventually found themselves with just under a minute of 5-on-3 Power Play time. They did not get set up on the mad advantage one single time, it was a full two minutes of Hershey stealing the puck and clearing it the length of the ice. Next thing you know, Christian Djoos makes a perfect feed to Liam O'Brien who found the open net to make it 2-1 Hershey. O'Brien was so open that he now owes Djoos a steak dinner. Late in the frame the physical play picked up and predictably boiled over when Carter Rowney made a big (clean) hit on a Bear facing the boards. Nathan Walker obliged and challenged Rowney to dance, and dance he did. The normally offensive minded Rowney showed some nice boxing skills and landed a big uppercut at one point. Rowney won the decision there, no question. In the final minute with Hershey on it's 4th Power Play of the game, Oskar Sundqvist picked the pocket of Djoos near center ice and skated in 2-on-0 with Archibald. Djoos may have made the play of the game diving and taking a tripping penalty to give Sunny a Penalty Shot. Sundqvist's attempt went wide to the glove side and Hershey would take a 2-1 lead to the intermission.

- Shots: WBS: 13 ; LV: 18

WBS PP: 0/3 ; HER PP: 0/4

- Scoring: 5:01 - WBS - Guentzel (7) from Kostopoulos, Gaunce ; 12:02 - HER - O'Brien (2) from Djoos, Monardo

Third Period:

- The Bears entered the third period with just under a minute left on their Power Play, but they wouldn't score on the man advantage. Unfortunately for the Penguins, they did however score just seconds after it expired. Chandler Stephenson made a perfect feed to the front of Jarry's crease where both Brad Malone and Christian Thomas appeared to get tips on it. It beat the young goalie clean, and the Bears took a commanding 3-1 lead. The Pens would get to their game and were applying pressure for a solid five minutes and then things got weird. A puck deflected off of Oskar Sundqvist outside of the face-off dot and shot straight up in the air. As the puck was coming down, Garrett Wilson lined it up and took a baseball swing from the dot and knocked it clean behind Cannata to make it a one goal game. Tristan Jarry played well and continued to make big saves until the final minute when Donatelli used his Time-Out and left his netminder on the bench. After the Penguins gained possession, Jake Guentzel teed up a wide open slap shot from the left hash and Kostopoulos was alone in front to bang home the rebound. After the WBS bench went wild amidst the silent Giant Center, this Saturday night affair was headed to 3-on-3 Overtime.

- Shots: WBS: 29 ; HER: 28

WBS PP: 0/4 ; HER PP: 0/4

- Scoring: 1:23 - HER - Thomas (7) from Stephenson, Lewington ; 6:24 - WBS - Wilson (3) from Sundqvist, Warsofsky ; 18:56 - WBS - Kostopoulos (6) from Guentzel, Sundqvist


Like a typical 3-on-3 overtime period the teams traded chances using all of the open ice. After Tristan Jarry made a big save and covered up, Carter Rowney and Jake Guentzel took the ice with Cameron Gaunce. They would win the ensuing faceoff and Guentzel blazed his way down the left wing and skated behind Cannata's net, then pushed a little pass to a battling Rowney in front. After two or three tries Rowney was able to sneak the puck across the goal line and cap a huge comeback effort from the Penguins. They have now won back-to-back OT games in this building, where wins have been really hard to come by for WBS.  

Scoring: 2:01 - WBS - Rowney (5) from Guentzel, Gaunce
3 Stars:

*** - Liam O'Brien (1G)

** - Tom Kostopoulos (1G, 1A)
* - Carter Rowney (1G)

Post Game Notes & Quotes:

- Dominik Simon missed his second game with an undisclosed injury, he is listed as day-to-day. Stu Percy and Tim Erixon were both healthy scratches, while Barry Goers was back in the lineup.

- WBS will make the trip south on I-81 to Hershey's Giant Center again on Thanksgiving Eve for what should be a big time rematch.

- Newly Acquired Danny Kristo is expected to make his WBS debut on Wednesday, here's what his coach had to say about the newest Penguin; "He's a 20 Goal scorer in this league, he's a good player and we're gonna give him a chance to play. We're happy to get him, but we'll miss Reid McNeill, I'm a big fan of Reid going all the way back to Wheeling."

- Carter Rowney came up an assist shy of the Gordie Howe Hat-Trick, but teammate Pat McGrath may have found his newest sparring partner. Rowney pummeled Nathan Walker in their late second period scrap.

- Clark Donatelli raved about Carter Rowney's all around presence tonight calling it, "his best game of the season so far. He was really strong, hard on pucks, that's the way he plays. He's a big leader for us out there."

Thanks so much for the interaction tonight during the game and to anyone reading my recap here! Follow me on twitter @WBSJeff_PI.

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