W-B/S Weekend Recap
Friday Oct 23, 2009
Hershey 4 at W-B/Scranton 6
Aaron Boogaard seems to be sporting a new attitude this season as he has been very active and aggressive in the fighting department. It only took 4 minutes and 23 seconds for him and Greg Amadio to find each other at center ice. Decision Boogaard, in his 3rd regular season scrap of the year.
WB/S opened up the scoring just over 8 minutes into the first period, when Konstantin Pushkarev fed the puck to Ryan Bayda at the blue line. Bayda unleashed a ridiculous wrist shot, sniping goaltender Michal Neuvirth on his glove side. This would go down as Bayda’s 4th goal of the season, who is riding a hot streak already. Joe Vitale picked up his first career pro assist.
Three minutes later, the Penguins set up a beautiful power play goal on a tic-tac-toe play that ended in Wyatt Smith setting up Mark Letestu for his first of the season.
In the second period on another power play, Chris Conner is leading a rush and throws the puck on net. Luca Caputi is there and picks up a rebound like it is nobody’s business. Those are the goals that will make Caputi successful. This was his 3rd on the year.
Next, only a minute and ten seconds into the third frame, Conner feeds a saucer pass to Caputi in front of the net, who bats it out of mid air for his second goal of the game, and fourth of the campaign. Caputi and Bayda are the top two forward call-up candidates currently.
Only a few minutes later, Vitale feeds Ben Lovejoy, making his return to the line-up since being activated off of the IR, who snipes his first of the season top-shelf, from the point. Bayda was screening the goalie in front.
Finally, Tim Wallace would add his 2nd of the year with an empty net goal.
John Curry picked up the victory, stopping 29 of 33 shots faced.
Saturday Oct 24, 2009
W-B/Scranton 1 at Bridgeport 2
Instead of being a much more offensively active game, this game had more of a revenge-type atmosphere. The Penguins assembled a line of Wade Brookbank, Aaron Boogaard, and Jesse Boulerice made his WB/S debut. Trevor Gillies was suspended in a game earlier between these two teams for cheap shotting rookie Robert Bortuzzo in a scrum. Boulerice dropped the gloves with him not once, but twice, and the coaching staff of Todd Reirden and co. are very pleased with how he handled the situation.
Tough guy Joel “The Wrecker” Rechlicz also dropped the gloves with WB/S’ top fighter in Brookbank. Best fight of the night.
On the scoreboard, Letestu tallied his 2nd of the year on a nice wristshot. This kid can play hockey.
Not to mention, Brad Thiessen made his AHL debut in net and played a very strong game. He stopped 27 of the 29 shots, and made a very good first impression.