Top Peformers of the Week:

Tim Wallace – 3 goals, +4

Tommy Goebel – 3 assists

Connor James – Game winning SO goal, 2 assists

John Curry – Saved 67 of 71 shots, 2-0 record

Game Summaries:

Jan 30, 2009

On Friday night, the best team in the AHL entered the Wachovia Arena. They left defeated.

The first period was quick and uneventful. Quintin Laing placed a shot past Curry, proving to be the only tally in the opening period.

Whatever was said in the Pens locker room seemed vital, as Tim Wallace scored his 5th of the season, only a minute into the second period.

All-Star Chris Bourque scored two goals of his own, placing the Bears back ahead with a 3-1 lead. But the Pens weren’t done.

Goebel fished the puck out of the corner and fed it to Caputi, who deked to the backhand on goaltender Neuvirth, scoring his 12th goal of the season. The Pens were within one.

With three minutes remaining, Dustin Jeffrey tied the game up when he let a slap shot fly from the point. It was his 5th goal of the campaign.

Overtime would prove nothing, so the game went to the shootout.

Janne Pesonen deked to the forehand and scored, looking like “liquid butter”. (-Bob Errey)

In the fifth and final round of the shootout, James roofed a forehand snap shot into the twine to seal the victory. The Pens win this one 4-3, in the SO.

Jan 31, 2009

This Saturday night contest would feature a bit of everything. There were five events on the fight card. Aaron Boogaard amassed 10 penalty minutes and Deryk Engelland earned 14 PIMS.

Once again, the opposition put themselves ahead first. Steve Kelly came through with a goal on the power play to start. This would be the only goal the Pens would allow the rest of the night.

Wallace scored two more goals in the second period alone, boosting his season total up to 7 goals.

With 2 minutes remaining in the second, Goebel and Caputi set up Engelland, who ripped a wrist shot home for his first goal of the year.

Late in the third, Caputi would also tally his 13th goal of the season. He now is tied for 1st in the league in rookie scoring. He, and Ben Maxwell of Manitoba both have 35 points (13g, 22a).

He decided to drop the gloves with Michael Blunden as well, giving him his first career AHL Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Transactions:

Forward Paul Bissonnette was demoted to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today. Currently, none of the injured forwards in Pittsburgh were announced to return.

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb 3 – @ Philadelphia Phantoms, 7:05

Friday, Feb 6 – San Antonio Rampage, 7:05

Sunday, Feb 8 – Norfolk Admirals, 5:05