Saturday's Morning Skate 12/13

Saturday, December 13, 2014
East Division foes Lehigh Valley and Binghamton faced off last night.
All five teams in the East Division were in action last night.

Last night, I was in Binghamton taking in the BSens home win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Tonight, it's a trip to the PPL Center as the Phantoms return home to host rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Stay tuned here for full coverage of tonight's game with live in-game updates on Twitter -> @H_P_Hockey (left hand side of this website).

BREAKING NEWS: The Pittsburgh Penguins announced this morning they've recalled forwards Bobby Farnham and Bryan Rust. Pens also announce they've re-assigned forward Jayson Megna to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).

East Division Standings (through 12/12's games)

1. WBS Penguins (15-9-1-1) - 32 points
2. Hershey (13-10-1-1) - 28 points
3. Binghamton (12-9-2-1) - 27 points
4. Lehigh Valley (10-10-2-1) - 23 points
5. Norfolk (10-16-0-0) - 20 points

Penguins - 4, Bridgeport - 1

In Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins capitalized on a pair of second period  power play chances led by rookies Bryan Rust and Derrick Pouliot in route to a 4-1 win over the Sound Tigers. Rust tallied two goals, including his team-leading 10th of the season, while Pouliot added a goal and an assist and continued his dominance on the man advantage.

Jeff Zatkoff stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced to pick up his 8th win of the season for the Penguins. Kevin Poulin stopped 23 of the 27 that came his way in the loss for the Sound Tigers.

Rust, along with forward Bobby Farhnham, were recalled by Pittsburgh last night immediately following the game. Jayson Megna was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and will likely be in the AHL Pens' lineup tonight in Allentown when the Pens take on rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center at 7:05 p.m. ET

Binghamton - 3, Phantoms - 1

In Binghamton, the Phantoms got off to a good start and took an early 1-0 lead but the BSens hot streak continued as they rallied for three straight goals and a 3-1 win for their 5th win in their last six games.

Binghamton got a goal each from Brad Mills, Frederik Claesson and Shane Prince in the win. It was Mills' first game & first goal following a 20-game suspension under the AHL's new PED policy. Goaltender Andrew Hammond, in his first start with the BSens since returning from Ottawa, allowed a goal on his first shot before stopping the next 34 straight to pick up his 6th win of the season.

Zack Stortini tallied the Phantoms lone goal, while goaltender Rob Zepp kept his team in it with 37 saves on 40 shots. The Phantoms look to bounce back at home against the Penguins, while Binghamton has their sights set on second place in the division with a battle in Hershey approaching tonight.

Syracuse - 4, Hershey - 1

In Syracuse, it was the Hershey Bears jumping out to a 1-0 lead on Stanislav Galiev's power play tally before the Crunch responded with four unanswered goals. The Crunch got another dominant performance from rookie goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has now allowed just one goal in his last three games following up back-to-back shutouts with a 29-save performance Friday night.

The Crunch tied the game at 1-1 in the middle frame on team captain Mike Angelidis' 9th of the season before breaking the game open with the three goals in the third period by Joel Vermin, Dalton Smith and Henri Ikonen.

For the Bears, it was a long night after Galiev's power play goal - his 8th of the year. Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 of 30 shots in the loss. The Bears look to rebound at home when they host the BSens tonight.

Springfield - 3, Norfolk - 1

In Norfolk, the Falcons are still soaring high in first place in the northeast division following a 3-1 win over the Admirals at Norfolk's Scope Arena.

The Admirals received quite a roster boost when goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and left winger Dany Heatley were re-assigned by Anaheim on conditioning stints. Bryzgalov made his Norfolk debut last night in a losing effort, stopping 32 of the 34 shots that came his way. Heatley was a minus one with two shots in his Admirals debut.

The Falcons continue to get strong goaltending from Anton Forsberg, who stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced for his 12th win of the season. Marko Dano tallied a pair of goals and Sean Collins added an empty netter for the Falcons in the win. The two teams rematch in Norfolk again tonight.

Other Eastern Conference Scores

Hartford - 5, Worcester - 3
Manchester - 3, Portland - 1

Saturday's Eastern Conference Schedule

Binghamton @ Hershey, 7:00 p.m. ET
Syracuse @ Utica, 7:00 p.m. ET
Manchester @ Worcester, 7:00 p.m. ET
Penguins @ Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. ET
Portland @ Providence, 7:05 p.m. ET
Springfield @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m ET


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