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Too Many Crunch - Pens Lose 4-3

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Despite allowing four goals, Thiessen played better tonight.
What tonight's game really came down to was finishing chances. Bryan Lerg couldn't lift a puck over Jeff-Drouin Deslauriers leg pad, while Kyle Palmieri buried his best two chances.

I liked the efforts of Paul Thompson, Geoff Walker, Brian Gibbons and Matt Rust tonight - four guys making their case for a more prominent role in the WBS lineup. Overall, a good effort by the Penguins, but not finishing their chances cost them tonight.

Robert Bortuzzo, who was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre Scranton, played his first game back in the AHL and looked pretty good. He was physical in his own zone and had some good passes out of the defensive zone.

Ex-WBS forward Luca Caputi tallied an assist on both of Syracuse's second period goals, but other than that he was basically non-existent on the ice.

The Penguins are off until a trip to Norfolk on Tuesday and a game at the Scope. They then travel to St. John's for a pair of road games next weekend. Highland Park Hockey will have full coverage of next week's road games so stay tuned!

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