Penguins Return The Favor

Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Penguins responded after last night's loss with a 4-1 victory of their own tonight. It seemed the Penguins got back to playing how they were heading into this weekend: tight defensively.

"We talked about certain things we wanted to fix and had a good, complete effort tonight," Hynes said.

Tonight's game picked up right where last night ended, with Alex Grant and Josh Brittian dropping the gloves off the opening face-off.

Trevor Smith burned his former team, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 13:21 of the first period after a long pass out of the zone by goaltender Jeff Zatkoff caught the Admirals on a line change. Zatkoff got the lone assist on the goal. His 4th helper of the season, which I thought was unusually high for a goaltender.

The Pens came out to start the second period and got right back to work. Riley Holzapfel found Chad Kolarik and Kolarik's pass to Beau Bennett was right on the money as Bennett tallied his 7th goal of the season. The power play goal gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead just 47 seconds into the middle frame.

From there, the Admirals battled back, having one goal reviewed and disallowed before making it a 2-1 game while the Penguins were on a power play. Kolarik's point shot was stuffed, springing Patrick Maroon on a 2-on-0 breakaway with Peter Holland. Maroon to Holland to the back of the net made it a one goal game.

After opening the middle period on fire, the Penguins were on their heels at times as the 2nd period ended. They responded with a solid third period tonight.

Riley Holzapfel finished off another nice pass from Chad Kolarik halfway through the third and Warren Peters put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal with 1:02 to play.

The Penguins will bus back to Wilkes-Barre tonight, have the day off tomorrow and resume practice first thing Monday morning.


Jeff Zatkoff got the start in goal tonight for the Penguins after Brad Thiessen manned the WBS net last night.

Mark Eaton is back on the shelf and is day-to-day. As a result, Cody Wild made his season debut with the Penguins.

Dominik Uher was the healthy scratch up front, while Paul Thompson and Phil Dupuis are still out with upper body injuries.

The lines tonight:




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