Penguins Shutout 4-0 By Rochester

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Buffalo Sabres prospects in Rochester impressive in tonight's shutout victory.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell behind early and couldn't get one past Rochester Americans goaltender Nathan Lieuwen in a 4-0 home loss Saturday night.

With back-to-back losses on the weekend for the Penguins and a pair of wins by Norfolk, who beat Syracuse 3-2 in a shootout tonight, the Admirals leapfrog the Penguins for 2nd place in the East Division standings.

The Penguins continue their five-game home stand on Friday night, when the Portland Pirates come to Mohegan Sun Arena for a 7:05 p.m. EST face-off.

Another tough start for the Penguins in the first period again tonight. The Americans took an early 1-0 lead 1:21 into the hockey game when Luke Adam tallied his 19th game of the season.

Then Joel Armia made a nifty play at the WBS blue line, coming to a stop and deking around two WBS defenders. Armia fed an open Frederick Roy for a tap in goal through Hartzell's five hole, extending the Americans lead to 2-0 with 7:46 gone in the opening frame.

That goal spelled the end of Eric Hartzell, who was making his 5th straight start and second in back-to-back nights. Jeff Deslauriers replaced Hartzell, who stopped three of the five shots he faced.

The Pens had a chance to make it a one-goal game to start the second period, with 1:41 of carry over power play time, but we're unsuccessful with the man advantage. They got another power play chance 5:26 into the period, but again were unable to tally a power play goal. They went 0-for-5 tonight and have now gone 36 straight power plays without a goal. 

The Americans made it 3-0 in the waning moments of the 2nd period when a Luke Adam shot rebounded to Johan Larsson. Larsson beat Deslauriers for his 6th of the season to extend the lead to three goals heading into the third period. 

The Pens had some sustained pressure in the third period, out shooting the Americans 10-7, but were unable to net any goals due in large part to some big saves by Lieuwen. The 26-save shutout was Lieuwen's 2nd shutout at the AHL level. 

Joel Armia added the final goal of the hockey game to cap the scoring at 4-0 with 1:11 left in the 3rd period.


Eric Hartzell got the start in net, but was replaced 7:46 into the first period after allowing two goals on five shots. Jeff Deslauriers came in to replace Hartzell, stopping 15 of 17 shots in the final 52:14 of regulation.

Brian Dumoulin (lower body) didn't take the warmups tonight after leaving last night's game in the opening minutes of the 2nd period.

Barry Goers replaced Dumoulin in the lineup.

Zack Torquato was the healthy forward in the warmup skate, but wasn't in the lineup. He joined injured forwards Zach Sill and Adam Payerl as the scratched players.



Samuelsson - Despres
Harrington - Mikkelson
McNeill - Goers


WBS Scratches: Zach Sill (upper body), Zack Torquato (healthy), Adam Payerl (upper body) and Brian Dumoulin (lower body).


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