Kuhnhackl To The Rescue, #WBSPens Improve to 5-0

Saturday, October 19, 2013
With two goals tonight, Tom Kuhnhackl has three goals in his last two games.
The Penguins power play came into tonight's game 5-for-15, but they needed five power plays before they clicked on the man advantage tonight and with not much time to spare.

With Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson in the box for holding with 2:20 left in regulation and the game tied at 2-2, Tom Kuhnhackl fired a wrist shot from the slot with 39.6 left in regulation to break the tie and give the Pens a 3-2 win tonight in Worcester. It was Kuhnhackl's 2nd goal of the game and his third in the last two nights.

Kuhnahckl's first goal of the night tied the game at 1-1 1:48 into the final frame. Andrew Ebbett and Adam Payerl added assists on the Pens first goal of the night.

After Jon McCarthy gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead early in the third period, Andrew Ebbett tallied his first goal of the season to once again bring the Penguins from behind, tying the game at 2-2. Ebbett's shot went bar down on Sharks netminder Harri Sateri, who finished the night with 20 saves on 23 shots.

Not the best 60-minute performance by the Penguins tonight, but as good teams often do, they find a way to stay in the game and capitalize on a late power play to remain undefeated at 5-0-0. Peter Mannino made his WBS Penguins debut and played pretty well, stopping 28 out of the 30 shots he faced tonight. The Penguins travel overnight to Manchester, New Hampshire to take on the Monarchs tomorrow afternoon. 

After player introductions for the Worcester Sharks home opener and problems with the ice at the DCU Center delayed the start of tonight's game by over 20 minutes, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were stalled by a slow start in the midst of a three games in three days weekend.

The Penguins didn't read into the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" tonight as Reid McNeill replaced Nick D'Agostino on the blue line and Mike Carman made his WBS debut, taking the spot of Bobby Farnham in the lineup up front. (Full lineup and roster notes at the bottom of the recap).  

Things got physical early as Curt Gogol ran Adam Payerl into the corner boards in the opening two minutes. Reid McNeill dropped the gloves with Gogol. On the next shift, Tom Kuhnhackl clipped Bracken Kearns, which started another near line brawl. Kearns dropped his gloves and started swinging at Paul Thompson. Brian Gibbons came in to protect an unsuspecting Thompson. All in all, 46 penalty minutes were handed out by referee Geno Binda in the first 1:54 of the game.

As the game settled down midway through the first period, the AHL Sharks started to get to their game. Freddie Hamilton fired a rebound from the slot that was wired to the top shelf, beating Pens goaltender Peter Mannino high to the glove side. It was the only goal that Mannino, making his WBS debut, allowed in the first period, as he stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced in the opening period to keep the Pens within one goal.

More rough stuff as the middle frame got underway as heavyweights Pierre-Luc Leblond and Nick Bonneau dropped the gloves off the opening face-off. Leblond wasn't done fighting in the 2nd period as he later challenged 6-7 defenseman Taylor Doherty to a bout.

The Pens outshot the Sharks 10-6 in the 2nd period, but couldn't capitalize on three 2nd period power plays. They waited until their 5th and final power play of the night in the third period to make some noise with the man advantage tonight.

Penguins Lines

Kuhnhackl - Ebbett - Payerl
Megna - Gibbons - Thompson
Uher - Drazenovic - Kostopoulos
Leblond - Sill - Carman

Despres - Samuelsson
Mikkelson - Harrington
Dumoulin - McNeill



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