The Penguins and the IceCaps squared off for the second night of the weekend meeting, last nights game didn’t go as the Penguins had planned and tonight didn’t get off to a stellar start for the Penguins. A bad first period for WBS only getting three shots on goal the entire period like a ghost image of Pittsburgh’s first period against the Ducks only wish we had Gibbons here to start our scoring.
WBS went 0 for 1 on the power play, on a good note the WBS PK was on killing all 3 of the IceCaps power plays. Lipon and Uher did a little dancing during the first Uher got the first couple shots but Lipon seemed to have the upper hand.
End of the first period the Pens were looking at a 0 – 0 game but were way behind in shots on net something they would need to bring up in the second frame.
Penguins D’Agostino called for a double minor high sticking giving the IceCaps a great chance to pull ahead but the WBS penalty kill holds. St. John’s gets called for Goal Tender interference giving WBS a power play chance but it goes nowhere.
Simon Despres takes a cross checking penalty putting St. John’s on the power play just after The WBS power play and the IceCaps use it to take a 1 – 0 lead over the Pens, that’s where it would end with two in the books.
WBS would get a power play early in the third and that’s where it started Tommy Kostopoulos would even things up at one for the Pens giving them just the boost they needed. Just 29 seconds later Bobby Farnham would score making it two one Penguins adding more fuel to the scoring fire that was about to take place.
St. John’s would score later in the third getting the even up goal would be O’Dell his second of the game as well as St. John’s second of the game now two all. St Johns Fredheim would take a delay of game penalty shooting the puck over the glass and giving WBS the chance they were looking for, Andrew Ebbett would score on the WBS power play giving the Pens a one point lead now 3-2. Zach Sill would score just seconds later as the Ebbett goal was being announced firing from the sidewall and bouncing it off of a St Johns defender to give the Penguins a 2 goal lead now 4-2
The IceCaps pulled Pasquale hoping the extra attacker would give them some hope but Bobby Farnham intercepted a pass broke away down the ice and rang it off the post but his second effort put the puck in front of the net where J ayson Megna tipped it in for the fifth goal an empty netter putting the Penguins ahead by three, this was the best third period the Pens have had all season.
That’s where it would end tonight the Pens taking the IceCaps 5-2, things getting a little out of hand at the end some of the IceCap players taking out frustrations on the Penguins but all in all it ended on a good note the Penguins victorious. Hartzell did a great job in net tonight for the Penguins stopping some great shots yes he let two in but out of 31 shots, not a bad night.
On a related note St Johns J.C Lipon went head hunting on Tom Kostopoulos checking him in the head drawing a 5 minute major and a match penalty, let’s see what the league says on this one– thinking maybe some sort of penalty should be attached as well.
Coach Hynes had this to say about tonight’s game
Eric Hartzell also commented on tonight’s game