The Junior A Pens found out how tough things are on the road in the CSHL when they traveled to Toledo for a one-game set. After a scoreless first, the Cherokee scored a shorthanded goal to go up 1-0. Nico Vecchio tied the score at one on a brilliant individual effort. Toledo added two more goals before the second period ended to put them up 3-1 after two.
Toledo would open the third with a goal to go up 4-1, but Charles Williams would score 37 seconds later to cut the lead to 4-2. Toledo would add to their lead less than three minutes later to go up 5-2, but the pesky Pens would battle back on a Jayson Angus power play goal to make it 5-3.
The Pens had many chances but could not bury the puck behind Toledo goaltender Ryan Wysocki. The final score Toledo 5-3 and the Pens power play was the difference in the game as it struggled by going 1 for 10.
The Junior A Pens traveled to Flint for a two-game weekend against the Junior Generals. The Pens jumped all over Flint from the beginning by building a commanding 7-0 lead after two periods. Jayson Angus scored a hat trick and Nolan Trombetta banged in two goals for the Pens. Trombetta would add three assists to cap of a 5 point night and D.J Dinnison would add two tallies in the third as the Pens won by a score of 10-2.
Erik Ekberg would make 41 saves in goal and get his first Junior A victory. The Pens power play was 4 for 7 on the night.
The Pens had to watch being overconfident as the Generals would come out hungry for a split at home on Sunday. The Pens built a 3-1 lead after one period behind single tallies from Ben Hanus, Nolan Trombetta and D.J Dinnison. The Pens would score six more goals over the next two periods for a 9-4 victory. Dinnison would add a second goal and Jayson Angus would deposit two more giving him six goals for the road trip.
Charles Williams had a five point night and both Pat Schafer and Ben Hanus would add a couple of assists each. The Pens power play stayed hot as it went 3 for 4 and was 7 for 11 in the weekend series versus Flint.
Michael Hynes made 38 saves in goal to record his first Junior A victory. The Junior A Pens also want to congratulate forward Zachary McKown for his play in the three-game road trip. McKown was called up from the Junior B Pens for the weekend and provided a glimpse of the future for the Pens with his solid play.
It does not get any easier for the Junior A Pens next weekend as they travel to St. Louis to play the defending Tier 3 A National Champion Junior Blues.