Beatdown in Chocolate Town, Pens Win 4-2

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins took care of business tonight, and the 4-2 score really doesn't reflect how one-sided tonight's game was.  The Pens have now swept the Bears in Hershey and made a statement should the two teams meet in the East Division's 2nd round.

This game featured the rough stuff early in the first period with Zach Sill and Jesse Boulerice dropping the gloves seven seconds apart. Ryan Schnell took care of Phil Oreskovic in the second period.

The first goal wouldn't be scored until the final minute with David Marshall getting a goal with 13.3 left. But the Penguins would take control of the game in the second period with three unanswered goals in a span of 5:37. First it was Brett Sterling with his team leading 27th goal. Nick Petersen made it 3-0 exactly 30 seconds later and really took the air out of the crowd and the Bears.

Bryan Lerg made it 4-0 and the Pens never looked back. Hershey would score two late goals to make it look like a close game but anyone who watched tonight's game will tell you that the Penguins were clearly the better team. 

The win gives this Penguins team the second most points in a season in the entire history of the AHL. While the game doesn't mean much in terms of the standings it was definitely a feel good win over a much hated rival.

The only bad news is that Bryan Lerg left the game in the third period with an apparent lower body injury. He did not return and was seen limping down the tunnel to the locker room.

The Pens gave some guys rest as Ryan Craig and Andrew Hutchinson sat and Viktor Ekbom and Andy Bathgate made his pro debut. All in all, a good win considering the Pens were without 5 of their regulars.

I'll throw a pregame post for tomorrow's game in the morning. The thread will be up at 2:30 p.m. EST.


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