The Jr A Pens headed to the CSHL Showcase on a down note after dropping a pair of 7-5 losses at home to Chicago. The Pens season was at stake as they could no longer afford to drop games.
The Pens made a series of transactions before the showcase by adding veteran goalie Sam Stroud and defensemen Beau Knupp. The Pens then made another move the day before the showcase deadline to solidify their goaltending situation by reacquiring goaltender Collin LeMay from Janesville (NAHL).
“ These additions are going to bolster our depth and push people to become better, “ said Head Coach Paul Taibi. “ The addition of Collin LeMay is huge for our club, but make no mistake Knupp and Stroud are just as important, “ added Coach Taibi.
The Pens started the showcase off with a game versus the tough Quad City Flames. This was a back and forth game that was in doubt the whole way until the Pens added a couple of empty net goals late to prevail 5-2. The Pens got goals from five different players and Collin LeMay made 28 saves in net.
The next game brought an improving Battle Creek team and the Pens defeated them 9-4. Sam Stroud made his first start in net and stopped 10 shots in the victory. Stefan Salituro recorded a hat trick and added an assist.
The third game of the showcase brought a rematch with the gritty Quad City Flames and the Pens held on to win 5-3. Nolan Trombetta scored two goals and Salituro added a goal and two assists. Collin LeMay had 29 saves in net for the victory.
The final game of the showcase was a rematch against Battle Creek and the Pens came out flying with six goals in the first period. The Pens went on to a 11-1 victory and finished the showcase with a perfect 4-0 record. Jayson Angus scored four times and added an assist for a five point afternoon. Justin Selep scored the two goals and D.J. Dinnison added a goal and three assists. Michael Hynes made 12 saves in goal to record the victory.
“ We played well all weekend, but by no means are we playing at the level that our staff expects, “ stated Coach Taibi. “ We need to improve in our own zone and we need to make better decisions with the puck, “ added Taibi.
The Pens host the Cleveland Lumberjacks this weekend at Blade Runners in Harmar, Pa. You can catch these games on Fast Hockey or follow the game events as they happen by following Point Streak’s Game Live Feature.