WBS Penguins Gameday: Penguins vs. Bears

WBS Last Game Recap:

Nick Johnson scored the Penguins’ lone goal on a first period power play and Grant Clitsome’s own power play tally at 17:32 of the first sparked Syracuse to a 4-1 victory over the Penguins. The Crunch received three second period goals from Maksim Mayorov, Derek Mackenzie, and Mike Radja to give the Crunch all the offense they needed. The loss ended a brief two game winning streak for the Penguins and extended Syracuse’s winning streak to five games. John Curry only made 17 saves on 21 shots to take the loss after being in goal for the Penguins’ two wins.

Three Stars:
3. Dan Fritsche (Syracuse): two assists, +1
2. Grant Clitsome (Syracuse): first period power play goal
1. Derek Mackenzie (Syracuse): two points (1+1)

Penguins Scratches:
Nate Guenin
Robert Bortuzzo
Ryan Bayda
Keven Veilleux

WBS Current Record: 23-24-1-1 (48 points; fifth in East Division)

Next Matchup:
Who: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Hershey Bears
When: Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Giant Center (Hershey, PA)

Last Meeting Recap:

Tim Wallace put the Penguins on the board first 45 seconds into the game, but Alexandre Giroux answered back 19 seconds later for a 1-1 tie. A second Giroux goal, as well as tallies from Oskar Osala and Boyd Kane, gave the Bears a 4-1 lead at the end of the first period. The Bears added to the onslaught in the first five minutes of the second period with Mathieu Perreault and John Carlson adding to the score sheet. John Curry was pulled for Brad Thiessen on a Patrick McNeill goal that gave Hershey a 7-2 lead. The Penguins would attempt a comeback on a Mark Letestu hat trick and goals from Tim Wallace and Luca Caputi, but Kane scored shorthanded with 1:06 left in the game to give the Bears an 8-6 win.

WBS News and Notes:

Tomorrow’s game was originally scheduled for tonight (February 6) but was postponed due to inclement weather in Hershey.

Aaron Boogaard, who has not played since January 9 against Manchester, was sent down to Wheeling yesterday.

Mark Letestu and Tim Wallace were called up to Pittsburgh about two hours before last night’s game.

About the Bears:

The Hershey Bears will face the Penguins tomorrow for one of three meetings this month between the two teams, but this game is the only February meeting at the Giant Center. Since last playing the Penguins on January 29th, the Bears have racked up three more wins. Their last game was a 3-2 shootout win over the surging Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday. They remain in first place with a 38-9-0-2 record and 78 points and are winners of 21 of their last 22 games.

Bears to Watch:
Andrew Joudrey scored two goals in Wednesday’s win and has 18 points on the season with a +22 rating.

Patrick McNeill has 11 points (2+9) in seven of Hershey’s last eight games.

Ali’s Analysis:

What does WBS need to do tomorrow? Well, let’s see, they’ve been booed off the ice by the home fans at Mohegan Sun Arena two weeks in a row…and it doesn't seem to phase them that much. The WBS fans treated them well compared to how Hershey fans will taunt them tomorrow. Motivation is everything and hopefully, an extra day to reflect on the loss to Syracuse will fire the Penguins up to get their second win against Hershey this season.

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