Saturday's Morning Skate 10/18

Saturday, October 18, 2014
The WBS Penguins worked on fundamentals at the Toyota SportsPlex.
Now that the season is in full-swing, it's time to bring back the weekly Saturday morning feature recapping Friday night's action around the AHL.

With the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Newfoundland, Canada this weekend and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms up in Glens Falls, New York tonight I will be heading to Syracuse to see the former East Division rival Crunch take on last year's East Division champion Binghamton Senators.

After the jump, a look around the East Division games from last night.

Lehigh Valley - 4, Adirondack - 3 (OT)

The Phantoms won their home opener in dramatic fashion following Brandon Manning's point shot 1:24 into overtime. The Phantoms got two power play goals from Scott Laughton and a third period tally from Petr Straka in the win.

Shayne Gostisbehere was noticeable on the ice, adding two assists. Rob Zepp picked up his 2nd win in as many starts this season, turning aside 29 of the 32 shots he faced. The Phantoms improved to 2-0 on the season and finish a home-and-home series with Adirondack tonight in Glens Falls.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - 2, St. John's - 1 (OT)

In Newfoundland, the Penguins picked up their first win of the 2014-15 season over St. John's. Jayson Megna scored a game-tying third period goal and Reid McNeill scored off a point shot following a successful face-off win from Jean-Sebastien Dea in overtime to help the Penguins improve to 1-2 on the season.

Jeff Zatkoff got the start in net for the third straight game and after two rough games last weekend, bounced back to stop 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Anton Zlobin was a surprise healthy scratch for the Pens, while injured forwards Josh Archibald (upper body) and Conor Sheary (lower body) did not make the trip. The Penguins look to sweep the weekend series at Mile Once Centre tonight at 6 p.m. ET.

Binghamton - 3, Portland - 2

In Binghamton, the BSens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and held off the Pirates in the third period to preserve the 3-2 win. Buddy Robinson, Shane Prince and Aaron Johnson all tallied their first goals of the season. Goalie Andrew Hammond stopped 31 of 33 shots in the win. Binghamton travels to Syracuse tonight for a Saturday showdown with the Crunch.

Jordan Swarz and rookie Henrik Samuelsson - Pens defenseman Philip's brother - tallied goals for the Pirates. For Henrik, it was his first goal as a pro. Pirates goalie Mike McKenna stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced in the loss. Portland takes on Hartford tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Norfolk - 3, Manchester - 2

The Norfolk Admirals held off the Manchester Monarchs' third period assault in John Gibson's return to the AHL. Antoine Langaniere, Matt Bailey and Stefan Noesen tallied goals for the Admirals, while Gibson stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced for his first win of the season.

The Monarchs tied the game at 2-2 as Nick Shore's power play goal was scored in the final seconds of the 2nd period, but couldn't come back from an early third period goal despite out shooting the Admirals 11-6 in the final frame. David Van Der Gulik opened the scoring for the Monarchs, and Jean-Francois Berube stopped 21 of 24 shots in the loss.

Other Eastern Conference Scores

Bridgeport - 5, Albany - 4 (SO)
Syracuse - 3, Springfield - 2
Worcester - 2, Providence - 1

Saturday's Schedule

Bridgeport @ Albany at 5:05 p.m. ET
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton @ St. John's at 6:00 p.m. ET
Lehigh Valley @ Adirondack at 7:00 p.m. ET
Portland @ Hartford at 7:00 p.m. ET
Hershey @ Springfield at 7:00 p.m. ET
Binghamton @ Syracuse at 7:00 p.m. ET
Providence @ Worcester at 7:00 p.m. ET
Manchester @ Norfolk at 7:15 p.m. ET


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