Holtby shutouts Baby Pens; lose 3-0
|The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped their first
game of the season tonight, a 3-0 decision to the Hershey Bears. But it
wasn’t a lack of effort.
The Penguins heavily outshot their opponents, 38 to 28 but young goaltender Braden Holtby seemingly shut the door and was sharp throughout every period.
The most notable scoring chances came from the stick of Luca Caputi, who was stoned point blank on three separate occasions. He is still searching for his first goal of the season.
Head coach Todd Reirden changed the lines up a little bit, moving Keven Veilleux from the fourth line to the second line, and demoting Tim Wallace back to the fourth line.
Although Veilleux played a strong first game, he wasn’t noticeable offensively in this one, but he did finish off several hard checks.
Veteran Ryan Bayda was inserted into the line-up, and played on the second line.
The scratches were Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Aaron Boogaard, Joey Haddad, Alex Grant, Jesse Boulerice, and Lane Caffaro. The only new scratch from last game was Russian playmaker Konstantin Pushkarev.
The assistant captain ‘A’ was rotated between Wallace, Bayda, and Nate Guenin.
Robert Bortuzzo was impressive on defense tonight, and shot the puck better than he did in training camp.
Eric Tangradi struggled offensively, and bobbled a few pucks that he lost in his skates.
The Baby Pens play again tonight, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, at 7:05.
|1||Holtby||Her||G||Shutout, 38 saves|
|3||Reid||Her||RW||1 G (GWG)|
|Per.||Time||Team||Goal||Assist 1||Assist 2|
|holding – 2 min
hooking – 2 min
roughing – 2 min
fighting – 5 min
fighting – 5 min
|hooking – 2 min|
interference – 2 min
tripping – 2 min
elbowing – 2 min
|slashing – 2 min
boarding – 2 min