Heltion backstops Pens win–
Ryan Heltion was outstanding as he stopped 33 out of 34 shots to lead the Pens to their second consecutive win
Despite being outshot heavily in the early going, the Pens were able to weather the early Mountain Cat Storm barrage and at 8:35 Josh Fletcher with help from Steve Gieralowski gave the Pens the lead . Although being out shot 14-9 in the first the Pens seemed to shake off the rust as the period ended.
Period 2 was full of key moments, none bigger than a sequence in front of the Pens net that included several robberies from Pens Stingy goaltender Ryan Heltion. The Pens seemed to feed off his efforts and at 18:50 increased their lead to 2-0 on a Luke Pankowski goal. The Power play tally was set up by Steve Gieralowski and Eric Kowalecki.
Period three saw both teams exchange scoring chances and at 14:55 the Mountain Cats were finally able to solve Heltion to cut the lead to 2-1
The Pens then took advantage of a Late Michigan penalty and Zach Mckown picked off a break out pass and walked in and wired a Slap shot over the shoulder of the Mountain Cat goalie to seal the victory-
Coach Stuber was pleased with the team\’s puck movement.
Pens POWER their way past Cats
Pens Net 5 Power play tallies
The Pens came out flying in game two quickly establishing superiority as their speed forced the Mountain Cats into early penalty trouble. The Pens wasted no time denting the score board with a goal that was set up by hard work from River Ward and Justin Passaro and capped off by a quick accurate wrister from Luke Pankowski. The Pens didn\’t waste any time in getting their second goal which came on a power play as Bryan Hovanec converted a nice set up from Hunter Brett and the Pens would never look back. They would soon repeat their power play success as Nate Novacco finished off a Tic Tac Toe set up from Steve Gieralowski and Eric Kowalecki to extend the lead to 3-0. The Mountain Cats showed some life near the end of period one as they scored on a goal crease deflection to draw nearer at 3-1
Period Two saw the physical play picking up as several heavy body checks were dished out by the Pens. The Pens continued their Power play dominance as they notched their third of the game as Hunter Brett was able to knock in a Ty Honzo rebound, Zach Homitz got a helper as well with a nice pass and the Pens were not looking back at 4-1. Before the period ended it was Zach Homitz\’s turn to convert a Ty Honzo rebound into a goal and was also aided by a Hunter Brett helper and the period ended in the Pens favor 5-1.
Goaltender Jason Kumpfmiller was strong in net and did a fine job handling the puck allowing the Pens several quick break outs that lead to scoring opportunities, his rebound control was also very good in not allowing many second chances.
Period three saw the Cats jump on the score sheet in the early moments as they refused to go away quietly narrowing the deficit to 5-2 but several penalties extinguished any chances they might have had. Nate Novacco snapped in the Pens fourth power play goal with help from Zach McKown and Steve Gieralowski and the Michigan bus was warming up in the parking lot as the Pens salted away the victory with their sixth marker. The teams would then exchange goals with the Pens grabbing their fifth and final power play goal as Luke Pankowski scored goal compliments of a beautiful goal mouth feed from Zach McKown and the game would end at 7-3.
The Pens extended their winning streak to three. They received solid play also in the game from T J Skraitz, Mitchel Shaner , Jared Domhoff , Grant Chidester and Zachary Waggle.
Coach Stuber was pleased with his team\’s efforts in game two as his team improved to 3-1 in the Continental Hockey Association.
Coach Stuber will take his troops on the road next weekend as they will invade Suffolk for a pair of CHA games.