The Junior A Pens travelled to Chicago to take on the Force, a team they split with a couple of weekends ago in Pittsburgh. The Junior A Pens won the first game on Friday night 4-3 on an overtime goal by Kyle Rosendale.
Saturday night was going to be a big test for the young Penguins because they would play without injured captain, Ryan Kumpfmiller. The Pens met the challenge for 54 minutes playing a tight game and only trailing 1-0, but then things started to go wrong. \” We took a bad penalty and that seemed to get us off our game and then we started to get away from the game plan totally. The young guys tried to do too much and the veterans did not lead by example. Our goalie, Anthony Sweet played a solid game and gave us a chance to win, but we felt that it was more important to take selfish penalties then to try to win the game, \” said Coach Dorsey. The result was a 2-0 loss with two players receiving game suspensions heading into the biggest games of the year to date versus the four-time Hurster Cup Champions, Dubuque Thunderbirds. \” We have to understand as a group that sometimes you have to swallow your pride and do what is best for the TEAM. If we do not learn that, we will go nowhere as a TEAM, \” added Coach Dorsey.