The young and inexperienced Junior A Penguins team has had to do a lot of growing up in the CSHL on the road. The Pens have played their last seven games on the road and finished the road trip up with a visit to play the always tough Quad City Flames.
The Pens also would be without their top goalie, as Colin LeMay was acquired by Janesville of the NAHL. The Pens would drop the first game of the road trip 6-5. In that game, the Flames would strike early on a power play, which was just a sign of things to come. The Flames would go on to score five power play goals on the night in twelve chances.
The Pens would battle back again and again, but would eventually run out of time in the end. Charles Williams lead the way with two goals and Jayson Angus continued his hot hand with a goal and an assist. In just his second start this season, Erik Ekberg took the loss in net.
Sunday afternoon would be a different story for the Junior A Pens as they would defeat a game Quad City team 6-4. Erik Ekberg responded well after getting pulled in Saturdays game with a 39 save performance in net. Nico Vecchio (pictured) would lead the way with two goals and Michael Kretz would add a couple of assists. Pat Schafer scored a short-handed goal for the Pens and Ben Hanus would add the game winner on a nice shot from the top of the circle midway thru the third period.
The Junior A Pens get the weekend off then host the Chicago Hitmen, one of the top teams in the CSHL.