Down 3-1 with less than five minutes left in the second period, Tim Wallace knew the Pens needed to get one before the intermission. He not only scored near the end of the second, he also tied the game at three late in the third period. Wallace was also on the ice for Steve Wagner's game winning goal with 3:10 left in the game. The come from behind win gives the Pens their fourth victory, and they remain unbeaten on the season. More after the jump.
After giving up three goals on seven shots in the first period, John Curry got it together and shut out the Charlotte Checkers in the final two periods. The Checkers actually scored on two of their first three shots. They added a very soft goal at the end of the first period and took a 3-1 lead into the locker room.
But the Penguins continued to battle. They outshot the Checkers by at least five shots every period, and finished the game outshooting the Checkers 39-21. Wallace's first goal was a hard rising shot that was purely a goal scorer's goal.
Dustin Jeffrey assisted on the Pens' first three goals, and played very well all night. Nick Johnson notched two assists while Brett Sterling added a goal and an assist.
On a sour note, Sterling went down hard late in the third period and was helped off of the ice after a slight delay. Sterling was seen favoring his right leg/knee and was not putting any pressure on the right side as he left the ice. Hopefully nothing major, as Sterling is the team's top left wing and one of the better players on the team.
Jason DeSantis replaced Carl Sneep on defense and was paired with Joey Mormina on the third pairing.
Keven Veilleux and Ryan Craig did not play. Hopefully they will be able to play next weekend for the Pens two home games against Hershey and Binghamton on Friday and Saturday.
Sterling will probably be re-evaluated in Wilkes Barre, and I will continue to update the situation either tomorrow or Tuesday to see if he takes the ice for practice during the week.