TROY TO THE WORLD - BODIE’S HAT TRICK SENDS MARLIES PAST PENS
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Troy Bodie notched the first regular-season hat trick against the Penguins at home since opening night of 2008, as the Toronto Marlies won a 4-3 see-saw battle over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
Bodie opened the scoring at 14:52 of the first period, after each team traded scoring chances. The Penguins would receive back-to-back penalties to Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Conner, and the Penguins would get superb blocking from defenseman Nate Guenin and solid goaltending from John Curry to keep Toronto off the board. The 5-on-4 would also be killed off, but the Penguins couldn’t clear the puck and Bodie ended up roofing a shot out of a goalmouth scramble for the 1-0 lead just as the power play ended.
The Penguins would tie the score at 16:35 with a sixth attacker on the ice. Conner ended up drawing a hooking penalty and immediately fed the puck behind the net to Jeffrey, who touched it into the slot where Ben Lovejoy snuck in from the point to snap home his fourth goal of the season.
The hosts took the lead just 24 seconds into the second frame, as Jeffrey stickhandled around a prone Marlies netminder Adam Munro and backhanded in his 8th goal. The goal was also Jeffrey’s 30th point of the season.
The see-saw tilted back in the Marlies’ favor as they tied the score just 26 seconds later on a blocker-side wrist shot by defenseman Brendan Mikkelson. Toronto blew the game open with two more unanswered goals, both by Bodie, as he completed the hat trick at 1:38 of the third.
Tim Wallace wouldn’t let the hosts lay down though, as he followed up his own rebound to beat Munro at 4:24 to pull the Penguins within one. But with Curry pulled for the extra attacker, the Penguins would take a penalty and were unable to maintain pressure in the game’s final minute.
The Penguins finished 0-for-5 on the power play, but were an especially good 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The Penguins will have a week off for the upcoming Christmas holiday, and will return to action next Saturday night at 7:05 pm for a match with the Albany River Rats. Great seats are still available for the East Division battle.