IceCaps Take Game One, Pens Lose 3-1

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
O'Reilly scored the lone WBS goal tonight.
A whacky start to the series. The Penguins got off to a sloppy start, turning pucks over and unable to getpucks deep. It was a shooting gallery the first 3:09 of the contest until IceCaps forward Aaron Gagnon was whistled for interference, sending the Penguins to their first power play of the series.

Cal O'Reilly didn't score a single goal for the Pens in 21 regular season games, but notched his 4th of the playoffs on the power play 4:42 into the game. Jason Williams got his team leading 8th assist and Colin McDonald got the secondary helper.

Other than that spurt of offense, the Penguins were bottled down in their own zone. They killed off two penalties and Brad Thiessen was the star. Thiessen also stopped Jason King on a penalty shot with 3:08 left in the opening period.

The Penguins took the 1-0 lead into the locker room despite being outshot 20-4.

The Penguins played better in the second period, outshooting the IceCaps 8-7 in the period, but surrendered the one goal lead on a Brian Gibbons turnover that led to a goal by Brock Trotter. Travis Ramsey and Spencer Machacek got the assists on the IceCaps goal that came 7:25 into the middle frame. The Penguins penalty kill improved to three for three as they killed off a Brandon DeFazio high sticking minor in the period.

The Penguins came out firing to start the third period, with a great opening shift by the Pens' fourth line of DeFazio, Zach Sill and Ryan Craig. But after a lengthy delay for a cut in the ice in the Pens offensive zone, Brock Trotter got a lead pass and scored his second breakaway goal of the night, giving the IceCaps a 2-1 lead.

The Penguins continued to battle but were unable to draw even. Then with 1:54 left, Thiessen came out to play a puck and turned it over and it was quickly in the back of the net. 3-1 IceCaps. The Penguins pulled the goalie with 1:20 to go but to no avail.

Game Two is tomorrow night at 6 p.m. EST at the Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland.


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