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Penguins Look To Close Out Three-in-threes Stronger

November 23, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ first pair of three-in-three weekends started out simple enough, with the team splitting its first two games.

But Day 3 has been a different story, entirely.

The Penguins lost in convincing fashion twice, 8-5 to Bridgeport on Nov. 4 and 5-2 to Providence one week later. They’re looking to have a more complete weekend starting tonight, with a trip to face the Springfield Thunderbirds kicking off another such stretch.

In the process, the team will try to snap a cold streak of four losses in six games.

“We do have to get better on the Sunday of a three-in-three,” head coach Clark Donatelli said. “(It’s good) getting them out of the way and doing it when we have some bodies, and we’re not banged up come January and February.”

In general, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s schedule won’t be doing them any favors over the next few days.

Following this weekend, the Penguins have three more contests through the end of next week — giving them six games in a span of nine days.

That not only gives them less time to rest and prepare, but also poses a challenge to the Penguins’ younger players who are already trying to adjust to a step up in competition.

“They want to go, go, go, and sometimes less is more,” Donatelli said. “I’m glad we’re going through that process, and it gives them that idea that sometimes less is more and they have to watch their shift management.”

Following last Saturday’s loss to Charlotte, Donatelli said the team’s leadership group needed to do a better job of steering the team through swings in momentum and pushing back. The Penguins found themselves caught on the ice for long stretches and got away from the bread and butter of their game — getting pucks deep and forechecking.

The addition of captain Garrett Wilson, who was reassigned by Pittsburgh late last week, will help with that. As the rookies continue to get more game reps, the team can hopefully find the right formula and make a charge through the winter months.

“I hate making excuses and saying that’s a reason, but we’re a young team and we’re going to learn from this,” defenseman Chris Summers said. “The reality is that it’s early in the season. We do have time, and we’re still in the mix.”

Jarry to Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Thursday they would recall goaltender Tristan Jarry after Matt Murray was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said he expects Murray’s injury to be long-term.

Jarry had been on a roll with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring a goal and getting a win last Thursday before performing well in a loss to Charlotte.

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