The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins opened their 2011-2012 season at home this past Saturday against the Hershey Bears. The Pens trailed by one after the first period but were able to tie the game at the start of the second thanks to a carried over powerplay. Despite having a perfect PK for the first 40 minutes, the Bears scored on a poweplay in the third to give them the lead and inevitably the win. Brad Thiessen turned aside 20-of-23 shots for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Dany Sabourin stopped 23 to help the Bears start the season 2-0-0-0.
There was no rest for the weary as the Pens were right back in action on Sunday facing the Connecticut Whale. With no scoring after 65 minutes of play, the Pens and Whale were headed to a shooutout. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault's goal, who beat Scott Munroe through the pads, was the deciding factor giving Connecticut the win.
Even with the SO loss, the Penguins penalty kill was 4-for-4 on the night and they lead in the shot department 41-24.
With a fresh batch of new faces, exciting young talent and skilled veteran presence, it's only a matter of time before the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins start clicking on all cylinders and they surely will.
The Pens will travel to Rochester to take on the Admirals for their first road game of the season this Thursday.
Lets Go Pens!