Penguins Report: WBS vs. Rochester
- WBS lineup for Friday night's game (10:30 AM).
- Despres, Smith excited for first game (12:15 PM).
- Morning skate pics (11:30 AM).
- Zatkoff caged, literally (12:31 PM).
- Tweet, tweet (12:45 PM).
Lighthearted moment happened during the non-rostered players' skate a few moments ago.
Goalie Jeff Zatkoff was deep in his net when the cage actually got tipped over by a teammate and trapped him beneath. It was a bit of a struggle for him to emerge back out, but he eventually did and practice went on as normal. Stick taps to Reid McNeill and Riley Holzapfel for rushing to their goalie's aid!!
For a lot of the WBS Pens, Friday’s preseason contest against Rochester will be their first game action in a long time, and they can’t wait for the puck to drop.
“I’m excited,” defenseman Simon Despres said. “It’s been a few months since I’ve been in a real game. I can’t wait. I’m pretty nervous for this game. I want to get that first shift out of the way, get my first body check in and get into the game as fast as possible.”
“It’ll be exciting getting the first game in after a long summer,” forward Trevor Smith said. “I’ve been waiting a while to get back into it and get ready for the season.”
The game will be especially important to Smith, who signed this summer as a free agent with the Penguins, because it will be his first showcase for his new employer.
“It’s a new organization here, a new start for me,” he said. “There’s a little bit of nerves, but that will all calm down once the puck drops. I’ve been through it before. It’s just preseason to get all the little things out and get prepared, get the system down.”
Smith skated on a line with Benn Ferriero and Beau Bennett at the morning skate. The grouping has worked together in training camp and Smith likes the line’s potential.
“I think the line works pretty well,” Smith said. “We’ve got a lot of speed on both sides, and a lot of skill with Bennett and Ferriero has got a great shot. I think we’ll work well together. We just have to talk a lot and keep the puck moving.”
And the Pens are also hoping to have a good first showing for their home fans in the first home preseason game.
“I’m happy to play in front of our home fans in Wilkes-Barre,” Despres said. “It should be a good game, a good crowd and a lot of fun to play in.”
“I think we want to show the home fans what we’ve got this year,” Smith said. “The team has changed a little bit. We want to show them what we can do and what to expect.”
Here are some pics of the morning skate...
The ice surface at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Scoreboard with the Pens logo flags.
The brand-new beautiful big screen at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The team gathers for a lesson.
Coach Hynes talks to veteran Trevor Smith.
Coach Nasreddine draws up a play for rookie Dumoulin.
Dumoulin unleashes a shot from the circle.
Strait against the glass.
Thiessen makes a save on Peters' shot.
Coach Hynes can't break up a 2-on-1.
Hynes and goaltender development coach Mike Bales work with Killeen.
Bortuzzo (left) and Sill (right).
Pittsburgh-native Reese on the ice.
The new center board looks pretty nice. Fans will definitely love this.
--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens will host the Rochester Americans Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena for their first home preseason contest. The two teams battled Wednesday night at Sports Centre at MCC with WBS getting a 4-3 victory.
WBS used the following line combinations and defensive pairings at their morning skate.
The goalies were Killeen and Thiessen.