As you probally know Chris Minard was sent back down to Wilkes-Barre Scranton. Just to continue his dominance. This guy is on a mission, most likely to prove to everybody that he wants another chance at the big guys. And he will, in all likeliness, get called back up sometime. Now I will go to the game summaries to tell you more about him and other Pens:
Since the last report the Baby Pens have won two in a row. On Oct. 31 both Pens traveled, the Baby Pens traveled to San Antonio to take on the Rampage, the Phoenix Coyotes AHL team, and the big Pens traveled to Phoenix. Now WBS was without leading scorer Chris Minard, who got a call up from Pittsburgh. John Curry is in net for the Pens. With the Rampage on the board first the score was 1-0, but about three minutes after that, Connor James netted a shorthanded goal (assisted by Dustin Jeffrey) to make it tied 1-1. About four minutes into the 3rd period Tim Wallace, an unlikely source, made it 2-1 with his first goal of the season, off a redirected shot from Jeff Taffe. eight seconds after that Jeff Taffe scored his seventh goal of the year (unassisted). John Curry stopped 31 of 32 shots and the Pens won 3-1 and Jeff Taffe took down his former team, San Antonio.
Now last night (Nov 2nd) vs. the Houston Aeros, Chris Minard, who was reassigned earlier yesterday, continued his amazing hot streak. After a scoreless period Minard got the first goal of the game 1:10 into the second. Dustin Jeffrey and Janne Pesonen, who was also sent down yesterday, got the assists. Houston tied it 1-1 less then three minutes later. Tim Wallace tallied his second goal of the year (asisted by Taffe and Filewich) at 9:08. Minard scored again when Jeff Taffe set him up for a goal 6:40 later to make it 3-1. In the third the Aeros netted goals seconds apart to make the score even at 3-3. But none other then Chris Minard would get his third goal of the game, 24 seconds after Houston scored, to win the game. It's over, 4-3. John Curry picks up the win and Minard gets a hat-trick. Jeff Taffe has a streak of 5 games with at least two points.
Read on for player updates:
Prospect Updates: Forwards/Defensemen/Goalies
Chris Minard: He has 10 goals, 6 assists, 16 points in just 8 games. He is leading the AHL in goals and is second in points.+10, 0 penalty minutes. WBS leading scorer. Played 2 games with PIT. Do you think he wants to play in the NHL?
Janne Pesonen: 2 goals and 9 helpers in 8 games. +10, 2 PM. I hope he gets another look soon in Pittsburgh. Played 1 game with PIT.
Jeff Taffe: 7 goals, 7 assists. Part of the dynamic Minard-Pesonen line. +10 8 PM. I think the parent Pens know what they have in Taffe (grinder/ 4th liner), but he puts up points in the AHL. Hopefully some of them can transfer over to the NHL. Played 1 game with PIT.
Bill Thomas: 1 assist in 3 games. Played a few games for PIT before being sent down.
Ryan Stone: 3 goals, 4 assists, 27 penalty minutes, 9 games. When he is not scoring, he is fighting or aggitating. He has two fights through 8 games, expect more.
Connor James: 3 goals, 2 assists, +4, nine games. He is a hard-working penalty killer, who though undersized, got call-ups last year so expect to hear his name sometime this year.
Dustin Jeffrey: 1 goal and 4 assists, 9 games. He seems to be getting better and more used to AHL play. His numbers should keep going up, though probally will spend all year with WBS.
Luca Caputi: 1 goal, 1 assist. Played in all 9 games. Starting off slow, but has talent. Caputi is young, and probally will spend all year with WBS.
Jonathan Filewich: 1 goal, 1 assist, minus 4, 9 games. He is improving, slowly.
D Ben Lovejoy: 2 goals, 3 assists, 14 PM. The leader among defense. If a defenseman is needed in Pittsburgh, he will probally get a look.
D Jon D'Aversa: 5 assists. Puck moving D-man. Most likely stick in WBS all year.
D Danny Richmond: He has 3 fights, 27 penalty minutes, and seems to be very tough on defense.
Goalie John Curry: 4 games, 2-1 record. 102 saves, with 11 goals against. 3.15 GAA and 903 save %. He played bad early on but has been lights out lately.
Daivd Brown: Terrible so far; 20 min of a game. 8 saves, 4 goals against, 12.00 GAA, 667 save %. Bounced between AHL and ECHL.
Others; F Aaron Boogaard 7 games, 25 PM, 2 fights- D T.J. Kemp 7 games 4 assists-D Jean-Philippe Cote 8 games 1 goal 2 assists, 2 fights 24 PM- D Deryk Engelland 4 fights 34 PM. WBS leader in both- F Tim Wallace 2 goals/checker. F Adam Heinrich is hurt so team has played some games with 7 d-men- random thought!
Around the Rink:
Tommy Goebel: Young guy in the ECHL. He is playing for the Wheeling Nailors, the Baby Pens ECHL team, and has been lighting it up down there with16 points- 7 goals and 9 assists- in 7 games.
Nick Johnson: 7 goals, 4 assist in 7 games playing with Goebel in Wheeling. Expect one or both of them to get called up to Wilkes-Barre Scranton.