PENGUINS TAKE 2-1 EXHIBITION WIN
BINGHAMTON, NY – Nino Musitelli and Elgin Reid were credited with goals, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 2-1 win against the Binghamton Senators in preseason action on Friday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The game was also the first official game with Dan Bylsma in charge behind the Penguins bench. The recently promoted head coach said he felt right at home taking the charge of the troops.
“There’s certainly some adjustments to make [from being an assistant coach], but once you get the hang of it, once you make a mess up here or there, you remind yourself that ‘I don’t want to do that again,’” Bylsma stated. “And it doesn’t take long to feel comfortable back there.
Also seeing his first action for the Pens was goaltender Adam Berkhoel (pictured), who was signed as a free agent in July. The former Grand Rapids Griffins netminder stopped all 14 shots he faced during the first two periods to pick up the win, and to make a case for a spot on the Wilkes-Barre roster ahead of David Brown.
“Adam went in tonight, he had an opportunity to show what he can do. He stopped 14 of 14,” Bylsma said. “Tomorrow Dave Brown’s going to go in, he’s going to get the first two periods and see what he can do. I don’t think this is a difficult decision to make; the guy who is playing the best will be the guy. Berkhoel knocked the ball into Brownie’s court, Brown gets to knock it back tomorrow.”
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game, when Musitelli swooped in from behind the net to pounce on a loose puck. His backhand smack sent the biscuit fluttering over a prone Mitch O’Keefe.
Dustin Jeffrey was hauled down on his way to the Binghamton net five minutes into the second frame, and was awarded a penalty shot for his efforts. His attempt was blocked by O’Keefe’s right leg pad as he attempted to go wide on the first year pro, and the score remained 1-0.
The visitors eventually did go in front by two goals, as Reid was credited with a shorthanded tally at the 7:23 mark of the second period, although Luca Caputi appeared to get a piece of the puck as it made its way through traffic from the point.
Curtis Darling replaced Berkhoel at the beginning of the third period, allowing a rebound goal to Benoit Doucet at the 6:36 mark for the Senators’ only score of the night.
The Penguins were perfect on the penalty kill, snuffing all 11 disadvantages they faced.
“I thought Jordan Morrison was fantastic on draws, and he got more time on the PK because of that, got time on the five-on-three because of that,” he said. “Mark Letestu’s a guy who didn’t get time on the PK for us any time in his career, and he was out there and did a good job on draws, did a good job on battles.”
The Penguins and Senators will face off again on Saturday evening at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.