WBS PENGUINS: Brown Making An Impact, Moving To Top Line
WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli has known forward Cam Brown since the Massachusetts native was playing youth hockey.
So when Garrett Wilson’s promotion to Pittsburgh last week left an opening on the team’s top line, he knew the type of “feisty” presence Brown could provide in that role.
He did that and more against the best team in the AHL.
Brown had two points, including his first goal as a Penguin, in two games against the Charlotte Checkers and had noticeable chemistry with linemates Teddy Blueger and Anthony Angello.
“(Brown) fit right in,” Donatelli said Tuesday at the Toyota SportsPlex. “He made some plays offensively, he’s quick, he’s a competitor. ... So, he’s very effective.”
The games were only Brown’s 17th and 18th appearances in the AHL and third and fourth of the season. However, he had been on a tear in Wheeling — Brown was the ECHL’s most recent Player of the Month — before the Penguins recalled him on Dec. 30 and rode that momentum into the weekend.
The 5-foot-7 Brown was active around the Charlotte net in both games and scored with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton down 3-0 on Saturday to help shift momentum. The Penguins nearly rallied to tie the score in the final period before a late empty-net goal ultimately doomed them.
Blueger praised Brown not only as a capable offensive player that can protect the puck and has good vision, but also as a good defender.
Brown was quick to return the favor to his linemates, saying Blueger and Angello make the game “so easy.”
The Penguins are on the verge of one of their busiest stretches of the season, with four games upcoming in a six-day stretch. That means Brown should continue to get plenty of on-ice opportunities and build on his already strong season.
“Knowing the guys from (training) camp makes a huge difference, kind of being more comfortable in the locker room and around everyone,” Brown said. “It was a great opportunity, obviously, playing with Angello and Blueger, two unbelievable players. Just trying to take advantage of the opportunity I got there.”
Donatelli said Tuesday he thinks forward Sam Miletic will to be ready to return this weekend. The 21-year-old last skated Nov. 30 in Rochester.
Defensemen Chris Summers and Zach Trotman were also on the ice for practice and are getting close to returning.
With a blast of potentially severe winter weather set to hit Northeast Pennsylvania, the Penguins announced the start time of Saturday’s home game against the Hershey Bears has been moved to 3:05 p.m.
According to a news release, any fan with a ticket worried about travel to or from Mohegan Sun Arena can exchange it by contacting the team ticket office.
The Bears are scheduled to play in Bridgeport the next day, so the change will likely make their trip north quicker and safer.
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