Baby Penguins On The Ropes In AHL Playoffs

Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins are no longer playing hockey, their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, are still heavily involved in the AHL playoffs.

The question is, for how much longer?

The baby Penguins, as they are affectionately called by the Penguins faithful, are down three games to one in their second round series against the St. John’s IceCaps.  Although none of the games have been blowouts, the baby Pens find themselves on the wrong end of a series deficit, a series that could end tonight with another loss.

The series began on May 1st, with the IceCaps taking Game One with a 3-1 win.  Brock Trotter scored two for St. John’s, with Garth Murray adding a single.  Cal O’Reilly replied for the Penguins.

Game Two ended with a similar 3-1 score.  The difference?  It was the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squad that walked away with the win to even the series.  Joey Mormina, Jason Williams, and Eric Tangradi scored for the Pens, while Ben Maxwell replied for the IceCaps.

Game Three went into overtime in a hard fought battle for the series lead.  In the end, it was Brock Trotter who ended the game in the extra frame.  He also scored in regulation in the IceCaps’ 2-1 win.  Eric Tangradi replied for the baby Penguins.

Game Four was another sudden death affair, the second consecutive overtime game in this series.  As was the case before, it was the IceCaps squad who walked away with the 3-2 victory.  Ben Maxwell, Maxime Macenauer, and Derek Meech all tallied for St. John’s.  Tangradi and Colin McDonald replied for the Penguins.

So the stage is set for Game Five this evening.  By the time this entry sees the world wide web, the series could either be over or extended to a sixth game.  Time will tell if the baby Penguins can extend their series in the AHL playoffs.

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