Friday, October 22, 2010

AHL Game 5: WBS 3, Hershey 2

Still Undefeated! For the past few years Hershey has been an unstoppable machine. Beat em' once, you're just plain lucky. Beat em' twice...well, that's just plain crazy talk. But this is a new season, a new team, and new goals. Oh, and did I mention that the Pens still haven't lost. Wilkes Barre/Scranton moved to 5-0-0 Friday night with a 3-2 win over the Hershey Bears to preserve their undefeated record and move into #1 in not only the division but the entire AHL. Perhaps equally important, they picked up their second win of the season and another 2 points on Hershey in a race that every point will likely count once February and March roll around. Much like Tim Wallace Sunday vs Charlotte, this was Joe Vitale's game. Vitale put the Pens up 2-0 with a pair of goals late in the first and early in the second to give the Pens the upper hand despite being outplayed for the most part by Hershey. Hershey finally found the goal late in the 2nd with a goal from Boyd Kane, but WBS answered back quickly with a powerplay blast from Robert Bortuzzo to hold their 2 goal advantage in the intermission. From there is was Brad Thiessen's game to lose, and was he ever sharp. In the third period alone, he was peppered with 14 shots (just one less than the Pens mustered all game) and though he did let one past, he was rock solid when it counted most to preserve a very important win for his team. Andrew Gordon was the one who did score for Hershey, with a very late goal that cut the deficit to one and made things very interesting, but they could get no further success on Thiessen. Much like the first game, general consensus was that the Bears played like the better team but also like the opener the Pens were the ones walking away with 2 points. (in fact it was even better this time because Hershey got 0) They may not have gotten very many shots on our old friend Dany Sabourin, but the ones they did were quality shots and they made them count. So, to those that may be concerned with the Pens lack of shots and the multitude of shots Hershey was able to put on Theissen, I will answer with a quote from football coaching legend Vince Lombardi. "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" Binghamton comes to town tomorrow, Let's Go Pens

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