Penguins 3 - Sound Tigers 2 (SO)
Nolan Schaefer lived through a nightmare Friday night in Bridgeport, allowing two goals on bad individual mistakes, but stopping XXX shots in the shootout to post a 3-2 win against the Sound Tigers.
The win allowed the Pens to keep pace with the Hershey Bears and Norfolk Admirals in the East Division standings, as both of the front runners posted wins on Friday.
Peter Ratchuk gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead midway through the game, winding up with a slapshot from the point on the power play. The goal was Ratchuk's first since being reacquired by the Penguins at the trade deadline, and his 17th all-time with the club.
Bridgeport finally got on the board, with a little help from Schaefer. The Pens' netminder played a dump in during a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton power play, and accidentally pushed the puck into his own net to even the score. Allan Rourke, the last Bridgeport skater to touch the puck, was rewarded with the goal.
Jason Deitsch, signed to a tryout contract just two games ago, recorded his first AHL point by banging home a feed from Ratchuk in the slot at 13:02 to put the Penguins back in front.
A second miscue by Schaefer led to the second Sound Tigers goal. The Pens' netminder misplayed a puck behind the net on a bridgeport dump, and Frans Nielsen was there to pick up the loose rubber and tap it into an empty net with four-and-a-half minutes to play.
After a scoreless overtime, in which the Pens outshoot the Tigers 3-0, Schaefer came up big, stopping four of six shots to record the victory. Robert Nilsson scored twice during the shootout, including the deciding shot, while Kurtis McLean chipped in with a tally of his own.
The Penguins continue their four-game road trip in Syracuse on Saturday night at 7:30pm, before wrapping up their trek in Rochester for a meeting with former Penguin Noah Welch and the Americans at 6:05 on Sunday.