Subban Steals Show, Bruins Defeat Penguins 2-1

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins couldn't overcome a one-goal deficit in the third period, due in large part to the play in net by Providence Bruins' goaltender Malcolm Subban. Subban stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced, including a a bunch of saves in the final minute of regulation with the Penguins extra attacker on the ice.

The Penguins 6th round draft pick from 2011, Josh Archibald, made his pro debut tonight with the WBS Pens and spent most of the night on the 2nd line with Nick Drazenovic and Tom Kostopoulos. Archibald looked a little unsure of himself in the first two periods, but had a strong third period including two Grade A scoring chances in the final few minutes.

After signing an amateur tryout contract (ATO) on Saturday, Archibald joined the WBS Pens for his first practice with the team yesterday before playing tonight. Quick turnaround for Archibald, who just finished his junior season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Archibald is likely going to be in the lineup this weekend for a pair of games in Norfolk, due in large part to the fact that Dominik Uher is now out with an injury. With Uher, Harry Zolnierczyk, Spencer Machacek and Zach Sill still out of action, the AHL Penguins called up forward Carter Rowney from Wheeling.

Philip Samuelsson, who left in the 2nd period after an apparent upper body injury, did not return. If Samuelsson misses any extended amount of time, Barry Goers could be back in the lineup and it's possible Harrison Ruopp could be recalled from Wheeling for a 7th defenseman to travel to Norfolk this weekend.

Big pair of games coming up for the Penguins this weekend in Norfolk against the Admirals, who trail the Penguins by three points for second place in the East Division. The Pens trail division-leading Binghamton by one point.

After a bit of a flat start from the Penguins, the Bruins opened the scoring 3:50 into the opening period on Craig Cunningham's 22nd goal of the season. Former Penguins forward Nick Johnson tallied an assist on the play.

The Pens evened the game at 1-1 just 17 seconds into the middle frame, with Chuck Kobasew tapping home a rebound for his 6th goal in 5 games with WBS this season. With the primary assist, Andrew Ebbett extended his points scoring streak to nine games (3G-9A).

The physical play picked up in the second period, with several big body checks and a few questionable hits. One of those, Ben Sexton's boarding minor on an unsuspecting Bobby Farnham, caused a scrum at center ice. Pierre-Luc Leblond went after Sexton but it was Reid McNeill and Rob Flick dropping the gloves at 8:09 of the 2nd period.

From there, it seemed that no free passes were given and a body check was delivered whenever possible, regardless of who was carrying the puck or doing the hitting.

On a late 2nd period power play, Ryan Spooner gave the Bruins back the lead at 2-1 after a sneaky shot banked in off Mannino.


Peter Mannino got the start in net for the WBS Penguins tonight,

Harry Zolnierczyk missed his 4th straight game with an upper body injury. Spencer Machacek missed his third straight game with an upper body ailment as well, also serving as the team's veteran scratch.
Also add Dominik Uher (undisclosed) to the team's injury list.

Up front, Josh Archibald made his WBS and pro debut tonight in for the injured Uher.

Barry Goers was the healthy scratch on defense for the Penguins.


Bennett - Ebbett - Kobasew
Archibald - Drazenovic - Kostopoulos
Payerl - Manderson - Zlobin
Farnham - Carman - Leblond

Samuelsson - McNeill
Harrington - Mikkelson
Dumoulin - D'Agostino

WBS Scratches: Harry Zolnierczyk (upper body), Zach Sill (upper body), Spencer Machacek (upper body), Dominik Uher (undisclosed), Carter Rowney (healthy), Barry Goers (healthy), Alex Boak (ATO-healthy), Matia Marcantuoni (ATO-healthy), Conor Sheary (ATO-healthy)


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