WB/S Pens defeat Bridgeport 3-2; lead series 1-0
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins took part in their first playoff game of the year, opposing the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Wilkes-Barre would only need 1:22 to score their first goal in the post-season. Chris Minard tallied his first of the playoffs on the powerplay.
Rookie centerman Dustin Jeffrey would add another power play goal at the conclusion of the first period, solidifying a 2-0 Penguins lead.
Mid-way through the middle frame of the second period, Baby Penguins’ rookie of the year Luca Caputi buried a Tim Wallace pass to throw his team up by three goals. Jeffrey had the secondary assist.
Later in the second period, Trevor Smith and Rob Hennigar found the scoresheet for the Sound Tigers.
The third period was about shutdown defense and strong goaltending, and that is exactly what the Penguins found. John Curry stopped 30 of 32 shots faced, while defenders Ben Lovejoy and Joey Mormina blocked numerous shots and scoring attempts.
The fourth line of Jean-Michel Daoust, newly signed prospect Joe Vitale, and Paul Bissonnette has been a force to reckon with. While generating energy and momentum with huge hits, they have cycled the puck to perfection and are scoring at a rapid pace. Look for this line to blossom even more as the series progresses.
The Penguins take the ice again, tonight for Game 2 at 7:00 PM.