JS Dea has been recalled which is well deserved as he’ll likely serve as the 13th forward for the Penguins west coast road trip. Wydo also went down and back up with the ECHL, as he’s becoming very familiar with. No injury updates.
Wednesday Night (1/17/2018)
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Home) – 4-1 Win
Quinney slides in to Dea’s spot on the top line, and Smith slides back in after getting Saturday night off and will play on the 4th line for the night. Trotman and Corrado get back in for Prow and Spionzzi. The game was open, if not particularly exciting, for the first 15 minutes at which point Pedan took an undisciplined roughing penalty. On the ensuing powerplay, Lehigh Valley broke the deadlock through the stick of Philppe Myers ripping a one timer that deflected off the stick of Tinordi in front of the net. This put the game at 1-0 going into the first intermission. The Aston-Reese and Haggerty line, now with Quinney, get on clicking as they have been doing 5 and a half minutes into the 2nd intermission, as Aston-Reese passed it across the blue line to Haggerty, who dropped the puck for Quinney who attacked down into the high slot and shot over the glove of Tokarski to tie the game at 1. WBS then took a lead through their powerplay as McKegg drove down the right wing and put the puck to the front of the net where Aston-Reese had set up shop. His initial bid was rejected by Tokarski, but Christian Thomas was also lurking around the goal and dragged the puck to his forehand and roofed it for a 2-1 WBS lead. A 3-1 lead followed very shortly after with DiPauli winning a puck on the board and releasing Colin Smith and Blueger on a 2 on 1. Smith found Blueger through the stick to give a partial breakaway to Blueger who outwaited the goalie for a cool finish to a quick transition and a 2 goal lead that the Baby Penguins took into the 2nd intermission. In the 3rd, Lehigh Valley did put a puck in the back of the net, but thankfully for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the referees ruled that Phil Varone had interfered with Anthony Peters’ attempts to stock the point shot. Aston-Reese then got some great luck to put the game beyond doubt as he tried to bank pass it into the neutral zone, bounced the puck off of the linesman and back to himself, which he happily deposited into the empty net for a 4-1 lead.