After a disappointing loss in Toronto on Friday the WBS Penguins bounced back in Hershey Sunday evening, beating the Bears for the sixth time in seven tries this season. The win was a big one for the Pens, as they now have an eight point lead on the second place Bears with two games in hand.
Brad Thiessen was his normal self, stopping 15 of 16 shots and preserving the 4-1 win. The Pens defense was solid tonight, not allowing the Bears much of any offense. The Bears weren't able to muster more than six shots in any period and their lone goal was a deflected point shot on a power play.
Ryan Craig opened the scoring just 1:56 in, knocking a rebound past Nolan Schaefer. Schaefer, an ex-WBS Penguin goalie, was loaned to the Bears this past week by the Providence Bruins (one of few AHL moves made after the NHL trade deadline).
The line of Ryan Craig, Keven Veilleux and Geoff Walker was the Pens' best line today. Walker scored the Pens second goal and finished with a goal and an assist. Veilleux assisted on Walker's goal and was a +2. Craig assisted on Joey Mormina's goal to give the Pens a 3-1 lead late in the third, and finished the Bears and the scoring with an empty netter at the end. That's two goals and an assist for Craig tonight, and he was snubbed from the three stars of the game (probably because the game was played in Hershey).
The WBS Penguins improve to 45-17 on the season. They will practice tomorrow at the Coal Street Rink and host the Connecticut Whale on Tuesday night. I plan on attending the practice in the morning and will have Twitter updates while I'm there. Big win for the WBS Penguins tonight.
UPDATE: I will post something about practice with a focus on the AHL Clear Day Rosters tomorrow afternoon.