The WB/S Pens pulled together as a band of brothers today and decided they were going to overthrow one of the AHL's most elite teams.
Chris Conner, Eric Tangradi, Nick Johnson, Brett Sterling, Dustin Jeffrey, Ryan Craig and Tim Wallace are in Pittsburgh (NHL).
That would be their 7 leading scorers. The Baby Pens didn't even put up seven against the Bears when those top forwards were in the line-up.
A mixture full of AHL-only contract players and Wheeling/ECHL call-ups made up the front end.
The normal defense remained intact, and Brad Thiessen had another phenomenal performance in between the nets.
Half of the Pens goals were scored by everyday players Zach Sill, Andrew Hutchinson, Brian Strait and Robert Bortuzzo.
The second half were made up of newly promoted players such as David Marshall, Ben Street, and heavyweight fighter Ryan Schnell.
Street is starting to solidify himself as a WB/S regular and possibly even an NHL prospect.
The swagger and confidence in Bortuzzo's game and post-goal celebration is what makes him an animal.
Schnell's tally was his first career AHL goal, and Andrew Orpik's two assists were his first two points as a WB/S Penguin.
The bottom line is that today's performance and execution is how you play hard-nosed, physical Penguins hockey.
Keven Veilleux, being forced to step into a top-6 role with all of the call-ups, is starting to show signs of dominance.
BeastMode was everywhere on the ice, crushing defenseman into the end boards, cycling the puck around hard, and generating offense.
On the Pens third goal by Strait, the goal that took the wind of out the Hershey's sails, Veilleux was challenged to a scrap by Patrick Wellar.
Instead of obliging, Veilleux bumped off of him, went straight to the net, and caused the main screen in front.
The organization should be very proud of what these guys accomplished today, alone.
What a special team.
WB/S is 40-15.
3. Keven Veilleux- Best game of his professional career. An absolute force in every aspect of the game.
2. Brad Thiessen - Stopped 21 of 22. Is playing like a legitimate NHL starting goaltender.
1. Zach Sill - Set the tone of the game with his goal, 75 seconds in. He knows his role - bring a spark, and some energy.