Jarry Scores In Pens Victory
Two weeks ago, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry narrowly missed scoring a goal against the Hartford Wold Pack.
On Wednesday, he got a second chance and didn’t miss.
Jarry fired a puck into the empty Springfield Thunderbirds net late in the third period, scoring the first goal by a netminder in team history and helping the Penguins post an emphatic 5-1 win at MassMutual Center. The 23-year-old was pretty good executing his usual duties as well, stopping 30 of 31 shots against him.
Jarrett Burton, Linus Olund, Anthony Angello and Jimmy Hayes also scored for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which improved to 8-5-1-1.
The turning point
The outcome of the game was never in doubt as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took control with two goals in a 1:08 stretch late in the first.
Burton put the Penguins on the board by redirecting a point shot from Stefan Elliott past goaltender Michael Hutchinson. Then, Teddy Blueger won a puck battle behind the Springfield net and passed to Olund in the slot for the rookie’s second of the season.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored in the final 4 minutes of all three periods.
■ For a long time, it looked like Burton’s tally would be the game-winner. Instead, it ended up earning him third-star honors.
■ Ryan Haggerty is still mired in a scoreless streak, but continues to make plays. His two assists gave him four since returning from his injury and made him the No. 2 star.
■ Jarry became the 14th goaltender in AHL history to be credited with scoring a goal. More importantly, he got his first win since Nov. 2 and was the game’s top player.
Stat to know
Forty-three other goaltenders had suited up during the Penguins’ first 20 seasons without scoring a goal before Jarry’s tally on Wednesday.
It’s a little bit early to be talking about “must-win” games, but Wednesday’s felt like one for the Penguins and they responded.
They ended up going above .500 over their four-game road trip after departing Wilkes-Barre last Thursday and now have momentum heading into a showdown with one of the league’s best teams.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton still needs to play more disciplined, however. Three delay of game penalties for clearing the puck over the glass are inexcusable.
There were no major additions, other than defenseman Jeff Taylor sliding into the lineup for Matt Abt.
However, head coach Clark Donatelli did shake up his lines a little bit, bumping Derek Grant down to No. 3 center with Thomas Di Pauli and Angello and putting Sam Lafferty on the first line with Adam Johnson and Hayes.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will take on the Atlantic Division’s top team, the Charlotte Checkers, in the first of a two-game set at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
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Penguins 2 1 2 - 5
Springfield 0 0 1 - 1
First period: Scoring - 1, WBS, Burton (Elliott, Haggerty), 16:25; 2, WBS, Olund (Blueger, Haggerty), 17:33. Penalties - WBS, Czuczman, delay of game 17:44.
Second period: Scoring - 3, WBS, Angello (Grant, Di Pauli), 16:19. Penalties - WBS, Summers, delay of game 3:32; Spr, McCoshen, roughing 6:59.
Third period: Scoring - 4, Spr, Lowry (Thompson, Zolnierczyk), 18:21 (PP); 5, WBS, Jarry, 18:35 (EN); 6, WBS, Hayes (Johnson, Lafferty), 19:24. Penalties - Spr, Lowry, interference 0:28; WBS, Taylor, delay of game 10:36; WBS, Elliott, hooking 17:20; WBS, Di Pauli, roughing and 10-minute misconduct 18:53; Spr, Hawryluk, roughing and 10-minute misconduct 18:53.
Shots on goal: WBS 10 12 13 - 35; Spr 10 10 11 - 31.
Goaltenders: WBS, Jarry (30 saves on 31 shots); Spr, Hutchinson (30 saves on 34 shots).
Power-play opportunities: WBS 0 for 2; Spr 1 for 4.
Referees: Mitch Dunning and Beaudry Halkidis. Linesmen: Kyle Richetlle and Paul Simeon.