HERSHEY – The first goal review in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history wiped out the game-tying tally by Phil Dupuis during Sunday's matchup against the Hershey Bears.
With the Penguins down 2-1 early in the third period, they appeared to tie it when the puck deflected through the crease – where Dupuis was posted, and into the net. But after referee Darcy Burchell reviewed the play on video, he waved off the goal ruling that it was kicked in by Dupuis. Minutes later Hershey scored to go up 3-1 and eventually defeat the Penguins 3-2.
While the call cost the Penguins a chance to tie things up, it didn't cost them the game.
In this instance, the review process worked, according to Dupuis.
I kicked it in with my skate, for sure. I tried to put it on my stick to put it in, but it ended up going straight off my skates, Dupuis said. That changed the game a little bit after that when they scored, but it was the right call.
The loss was the only down note in an otherwise successful weekend for the Penguins, during which they won two out of three.
Still, nothing would've been better than to cap the weekend with a win against the rival Bears.
It sucks, Dupuis said. It was the last game, it's against a rival team. We're going to have to spend the entire week thinking about this game.
Dupuis said that the team lacked the zip it had on Saturday night when it beat the Crunch in Syracuse. That was evident in the first period when the Penguins managed eight shots but not many legitimate scoring chances.
Hershey scored twice in the second period – including a shorthanded tally after Zach Hamill stripped Brian Dumoulin of the puck inside the blueline and raced down to the other end for a goal.
Adam Payerl made it 2-1 in the second period when he scored his first goal as a pro on a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle.
The Penguins offense clicked a little better in the third period as it outshot Hershey 6-1, but a few disruptions got in the way.
First, it was the disallowed goal followed by Hershey's third tally less than two minutes later.
Both teams had to have a response at the end of that (disallowed goal), Penguins coach John Hynes said. They handled it better than we did.
At the midway point, Trevor Smith was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct after he cross-checked Hershey defenseman Tomas Kundratek into the end boards.
The Penguins prevented Hershey from scoring on the power play and answered with a man-advantage goal of their own by Eric Tangradi to make it 3-2, but that was all they could muster.
We were hanging in there, getting opportunities to score and get ourselves going, Hynes said. We created enough opportunities to win the game, but we didn't finish.
After winning two-of-three this weekend, the Penguins are now 2-5-0-0.
We had a fairly good weekend in the fact we were able to get some wins, Hynes said. We definitely got better as a team. Tonight was disappointing, not in the fact that we didn't get a win, but the opportunity was there for us and we didn't finish.
First Period: None. Penalties – WBS, Despres (tripping) 5:16; HER, Kundratek (cross-checking) 10:44; HER, Marshall (interference) 17:35.
Second Period: 1. HER, Mike Carman 1 (Schilling) :14. 2. HER, Zach Hamill 2 (unassisted) shorthanded 13:29. 3. WBS, Adam Payerl 1 (Uher, Holzapfel) 15:20. Penalties – WBS, Mormina (interference) 7:23; HER, Orlov (tripping) 12:41.
Third Period: 4. HER, Ryan Stoa 3 (Beaudoin, Stafford) 4:39. 5. Eric Tangradi 5 (Ferriero, Bennett) power play 14:34. Penalties – WBS, Smith (cross-checking major, game misconduct) 9:05; HER, Kane (interference) 10:31; HER, bench – served by Galiev (too many men) 14:02.
Shots on goal: Penguins – 8-8-6-22 Hershey – 8-7-1-16
Power-play Opportunities: Penguins – 1 of 4 Hershey – 0 of 4
Goaltenders: Penguins – Jeff Zatkoff 1-4-0 (13 saves – 16 shots) Hershey – Dany Sabourin 2-2-0 (20-22)
Starters: Penguins – G Jeff Zatkoff, D Dylan Reese, D Brian Strait, LW Eric Tangradi, C Trevor Smith, RW Benn Ferriero Hershey – G Dany Sabourin, D Cameron Schilling, D Tomas Kundratek, LW Boyd Kane, C Mike Carman, RW Garrett Mitchell
1. HER, Ryan Stoa (game-winning goal) 2. HER, Zach Hamill (goal) 3. HER, Cameron Schilling (assist)
Referee – Darcy Burchell, Nicolas Leduc.
Linesmen – Ryan Daisy, Scott Pomento
Attendance – 7,874