Assistant general manager Bill Guerin gives his three impressions from the management booth of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ 5-2 Game 4 loss to Manchester.
1. We let one in early, 42 seconds into the game. They’re a veteran team, a good team. It’s tough to play from behind right off the bat.
2. We didn’t generate enough speed through the neutral zone.
3. We didn’t have enough offensive zone time.
Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box.
1. Weal Deal
Jordan Weal continued his hot pace by notching a hat trick, which gives him 10 goals this postseason. Weal is a dominant player. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, who finished with the American Hockey League's No. 1 defense in the regular season, was able to hold him in check at times this series, but tonight he was able to break out.
The Pens had a great opportunity to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period while on a power play. However, a misplayed puck led to a 2-on-1 for the Monarchs. Michael Mersch kept the puck and scored top shelf to give Manchester a 2-0 lead. The shorthanded tally was a backbreaker and turning point. Heading into the game, WBS ranked first in the AHL with a 34.6 percent success rate (9-for-26) on the man-advantage, which had given them life in a lot of games. But tonight, it did the opposite.
One bright spot for the Pens was the play of Bryan Rust. He has scored two goals in his last two games since returning from an injury, including a pretty tally in the third period tonight. On his goal he powered around a defender and then converted his own rebound.