After starting their season 0-4, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have won six of their last eight games making their record 6-6. Their most recent victory came when they defeated the Portland Pirates 4-3.
The Baby Pens jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Riley Holzapfel opening the scoring, his fourth of the season. Trevor Smith would add two. The Baby Pens dominated the first period but it was all Pirates in the second and third beating goaltender Brad Thiessen three times to tie the game at three.
The game would go to a shootout where Eric Tangradi would score winning the game for the Baby Pens.
There are plenty of future NHL-caliber players on the Wilkes-Barre roster.
Most people already know about Tangradi as he has played some games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. But there is Beau Bennett who has seven points in 12 games. Most people believe that in a year or two he will be playing alongside Sidney Crosby.
And the roster is loaded with defensemen. Dylan Reese, Joe Morrow, Brian Strait, Brian Dumoulin, and Simon Despres all have a chance to contribute for Pittsburgh in the near future. Some of these defensemen are NHL ready but the problem will be if and when the season starts there won’t be enough spots for all of them.
This is a good problem to have as we all saw how the Penguins defense ended last season.