Saturday's Morning Skate 11/29

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Scott Kosmachuk and the St. John's IceCaps take on the Penguins tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears enjoyed a rare Friday night off, but there was plenty of action around the AHL on Friday night, including six games that needed overtime to be decided.

Last night, I was live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey as the Albany Devils hosted the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the first of two games the teams play down there. The rematch is on Sunday, December 14th.

Tonight, I'll be live from PPL Center in downtown Allentown as the Phantoms return home to face East Division foe Norfolk at 7:05 p.m. ET. Follow @TonyAndrock_TCG on Twitter for full in-game coverage of tonight's AHL action.

I'll also be updating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game against the St. John's IceCaps tonight. Follow @H_P_Hockey on Twitter for in-game updates of that game.

East Division Standings (through 11/28's games)

1. Penguins (11-8-1-1) - 24 points
2. Hershey (10-7-1-1) - 22 points
3. Binghamton (8-8-2-1) - 19 points
4. Phantoms (8-8-2-0) - 18 points
5. Norfolk (8-11-0-0) - 16 points

Albany - 4, Lehigh Valley - 2

In Atlantic City, the Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead on first period goals from Reid Boucher, Ben Thomson and Graham Black before the Phantoms responded with two goals of their own in the 2nd period - a power play tally from Taylor Leier and a fortuitous bounce off an Albany defender credited as Petr Straka's 5th of the year.

That's as close as the Phantoms would get, however, as the Devils cashed in on a 3-on-1 rush in the final four minutes to win 4-2 despite being out shot 23-12 by the Phantoms in the final 40 minutes of regulation. Anthony Stolarz stopped 11 of 14 for the Phantoms in the 1st period before being replaced by Martin Ouellette (11 saves on 12 shots) for the final two periods. Scott Wedgewood stopped 27 of 29 for the Devils to pick up his third win of the season.

Phantoms forward Brett Hextall will likely be facing a suspension from the league under Rule 46.22 for receiving a game misconduct penalty for instigating a fight in the final 5:00 of regulation. By rule, the penalty requires an automatic one-game suspension that also carries a $500 fine.

The Phantoms return home to face Norfolk (8-11-0-0) tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET, while Albany returns to the Times Union Center for a Saturday night match up against Utica (14-4-2-0).

Norfolk - 2, Hartford - 0

In Hartford, the Admirals started the weekend out with a win as Yann Danis recorded a 35-save shutout - his first of the season - to lead Norfolk past the Wolfpack.

Max Friberg and Louis Leblanc tallied a power play goal and an assist each to pace the Admirals, who used the special teams to their advantage - going 2-for-6 with the man advantage and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Mackenzie Skapski stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced in the loss for Hartford, who travel to Bridgeport (10-6-1-2) tonight for a 7:00 p.m. ET face-off with the Sound Tigers. Norfolk continues their road trip Saturday with their first ever visit to the PPL Center to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (8-8-2-0) at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Binghamton - 6, Syracuse - 3

An action-packed Friday night in Syracuse saw the Binghamton Senators come away with a win in a wildly entertaining affair. After a pair of fights in the first six seconds of the game, Cole Schneider tallied his 5th and 6th goals of the season to give the BSens an early 1st period lead.

Philippe Paradis recorded a natural hat trick in the 1st period for the Crunch - including a shorthanded penalty shot goal to complete the hat trick - to give the Crunch a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes and the home team even led going into the 3rd before relinquishing the lead back to the BSens.

The BSens erupted for four goals in the final frame - a pair of goals from Shane Prince and a goal each from Derek Grant and David Dziurzynski (empty-net) - to blow open the game in a 6-3 win. Chris Driedger stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced to pick up his win of the season for the BSens, while Kristers Gudlevskis allowed five goals on 32 shots for the Crunch in the loss.

Binghamton returns home to host Rochester (9-10-1-0) tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET, while the Crunch travel to the Giant Center for a Saturday night matchup against the Hershey Bears (10-7-1-1).

Other Eastern Conference Scores

Manchester - 3, Bridgeport - 2 (OT)
Portland - 3, Providence - 2 (OT)
Springfield - 3, Worcester - 2 (OT)

Saturday's Eastern Conference Schedule

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


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