After seeing their nine game season opening win streak come to an end Saturday night, blowing a two goal lead in the third period to the Syracuse Crunch, the Pens traveled back to Rochester Sunday for another tilt against the Americans.
The Pens went back to what was working for them all along, good goaltending and great defense. Brad Thiessen stopped 19 of 20 shots and remained perfect on the season at 6-0 and the Pens killed off two penalties early in the first period to set the tone. The Pens got goals from Dustin Jeffrey, who scored on a 2 on 1 rush with Brett Sterling, and Ryan Craig, who put home his own rebound after a nice assist from Nick Johnson.
Although Saturday's loss was obviously very disappointing for Pens fans, it was good to see the team respond well from their first loss and get right back to their winning ways the next night. The team is 10-1 now on the season and still off to a great start here in the early going. They are off until this Friday's home game against the Binghamton Senators. They will then travel to Worcester following the game and play the Icecats on Saturday night.
I will have an update during the week on the status of the team. Mainly who might be in goal for the next game, who will be in the lineup (Keven Veilleux vs. Geoff Walker) and the injury status of what was thought to be a minor morning skate mishap to defenseman Corey Potter.