WBS PENS: Strong Start Keys Win In Charlotte
With 27 wins entering Friday’s contest, the Charlotte Checkers are more than capable of erasing multi-goal deficits. But the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins didn’t give them any openings. The Penguins took a three-goal lead in the first period and skated to a 5-1 win at Bojangles’ Coliseum to improve to 19-15-4-1. Teddy Blueger and Anthony Angello each had a goal and an assist, and Ethan Prow chipped in with three assists. Turning point Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 28 saves to get the win, but one sequence in the first period was crucial in helping the Penguins stay comfortably ahead. After goals by Jarrett Burton and Linus Olund, the Checkers were buzzing around Jarry’s net. All-star selection Janne Kuokkanen had two shots in close, and Trevor Carrick fired a rising puck at the net. The 23-year-old netminder stopped each one. He made 15 saves in the period, and it set the tone for him and the team for the rest of the game. Three stars ■Angello has five points in his last four games and now sports a plus-minus rating of 17. He was star No. 3. ■The win was Jarry’s fourth straight, and he has allowed two or fewer goals in three straight starts. He was a deserving star No. 2. ■Blueger had a key goal in the first minute of the second period that gave the Penguins full control. He has 17 goals, only four off his career-high from last season. He was the No. 1 star. Stat to know The win snapped a six-game losing streak against Charlotte, including the teams’ three-game Atlantic Division playoff series in April. The takeaway It wasn’t a perfect game, but the Penguins didn’t let an early big lead change their attack. They kept pressuring and creating chances, especially late, and emphatically beat a team that coming in had only eight regulation losses. The penalty kill was good overall, and depth players such as Cam Brown and Ryan Scarfo had big nights to help the effort. It’s hard to critique much. Pens notes ■No injured Penguins made a return to the lineup, with Sam Miletic, Zach Trotman, Chris Summers and Ben Sexton all out. Brown was placed on the top line with Garrett Wilson recalled to Pittsburgh. Olund and Scarfo were also back in the lineup. Up next These two teams will battle again tonight at 6 at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The game will be streamed for free on AHLTV. Contact the writer: email@example.com; 570-821-2089; @CVPiccotti on Twitter Penguins 3 1 1 — 5 Charlotte 0 1 0 — 1 First period: 1, WBS, Burton (Prow, Scarfo), 2:56; 2, WBS, Olund (Abt, Erixon), 9:40 (SH); 3, WBS, Angello (Prow, Blueger), 16:27. Penalties - WBS, Angello, roughing 3:30; Cha, McKeown, roughing 3:30; WBS, Dea, hooking 8:51; Cha, Gauthier, holding 16:59. Second period: 4, WBS, Blueger (Brown, Angello), 0:39; 5, Cha, Poturalski (Saarela, McKeown), 11:01. Penalties - Cha, Poturalski, goaltender interference 3:47; WBS, Scarfo, fighting 10:18; Cha, Renouf, fighting 10:18; WBS, Angello, cross-checking 12:31; Cha, Renouf, interference 17:58; Cha, Sheppard, roughing and misconduct 19:49. Third period: 6, WBS, Dea (Prow, Johnaon), 14:02 (PP). Penalties - WBS, Brown, high-sticking 6:15; Cha, Fleury, slashing 8:18; Cha, Sanguinetti, slashing 13:52; WBS, Burton, slashing 16:24. Shots on goal: WBS 14-7-11—32; Cha 15-7-7—29. Goaltenders: WBS, Jarry (28 saves on 29 shots); Cha, Darling (9 saves on 12 shots) and Nedeljkovic (18 saves on 20 shots). Power-play opportunities: WBS 1 for 6; Cha 0 for 4. Referees: Michael markovic and Brandon Blandina. Linesmen: Tim Lyons and Scott Senger.