Saturday's Morning Skate 12/27

Saturday, December 27, 2014
Ryan Dzingel led the BSens to a win over the Pens last night.
Another busy Friday night in the AHL saw a pair of East Division rivals square off.

Last night, I was in Binghamton as the BSens hosted and shut out a decimated Penguins squad.

Tonight, I'll be back at the PPL Center in Allentown as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms host the Norfolk Admirals. You can follow live in-game updates on Twitter (@TonyAndrock_TCG) or on the right hand column of this website.

East Division Standings (through 12/26's games)

1. WBS Penguins (17-11-1-2) - 37 points
2. Hershey (15-11-3-1) - 34 points
3. Lehigh Valley (13-11-4-1) - 31 points
4. Binghamton (13-13-2-1) - 29 points
5. Norfolk (12-17-0-0) - 24 points

Binghamton - 3, Penguins - 0

The Pens had been getting by with a less than ideal lineup for most of the month, but the lack of goal-scoring caught up with them last night despite a strong effort in net by Jeff Zatkoff (37 saves - 40 shots).

Zatkoff kept the Penguins in the game through two periods, stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced to that point, but a pair of nifty goals from Ryan Dzingel in the third period broke the game open and gave the BSens their first win in their last five games. It was also the first time the BSens defeated the Pens this season.

Max McCormick opened the scoring off a defensive zone turnover in the first period, and goaltender Scott Greenham picked up his first career AHL shutout with a 31-save performance.

The Penguins return home to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday night, while Binghamton travels to Hershey for a Saturday night face-off with the Bears.

Hershey - 4, Lehigh Valley - 2

In a gritty matchup at the Giant Center last night, the Bears rallied for three unanswered goals and a 4-2 win after taking Phantoms starting goaltender Anthony Stolarz out of the game - slamming his head off a goal post.

Stolarz didn't return and the Bears tallied two goals on backup Martin Ouellette. Defenseman Mark Alt also left the game with an injury and didn't return. The Phantoms called up goaltender Connor Knapp and defenseman Adam Comrie from ECHL Reading.

The Phantoms return home to host Norfolk tonight, while Hershey remains home to host Binghamton in another East Division matchup.

Other Eastern Conference Scores

Manchester - 5, Worcester - 4 (SO)
Bridgeport - 2, Providence - 0
Springfield - 2, Hartford - 1 (SO)
Syracuse - 3, Albany - 2 (OT)

Saturday's Eastern Conference Schedule

Providence @ Manchester, 3:00 p.m. ET
Springield @ Albany, 5:00 p.m. ET
Portland @ Hartford, 7:00 p.m. ET
Binghamton @ Hershey, 7:00 p.m. ET
Worcester @ Syracuse, 7:00 p.m. ET
Norfolk @ Lehigh Valley, 7:0 p.m. ET
Bridgeport @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. ET


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