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Angello comes up big in prospects’ 2-1 victory


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BUFFALO, N. Y. -- Anthony Angello is 6 feet 5, 209 pounds, and looks the part of a power forward.

Today, he played it, too.

Angello scored the game-winning goal in the Penguins' 2-1 victory against New Jersey in a prospects tournament game at HarborCenter with a classic power move.

The Penguins were on a power play when Angello took a pass from Sam Lafferty near the crease before moving to the front of the net and throwing a backhander past Devils goalie Akira Schmid at 4:12 of the second period.

"I put my butt in front of the net and just kind of inched my way forward," Angello said.

That's something Mike Vellucci, who will coach Angello in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, expects to see from him a lot.

"He's got to be around the net," Vellucci said. "He's got great hands. He's a big body. I talked to him at our first practice (Thursday) about if he plays the game the right way and listens to me about the power play, he can score a lot of goals down low."

Although the goal was Angello's only point of the game, it wasn't the only time he had an impact on the game. In fact, he was responsible for quite a few impacts.

"Playing physical is definitely one of my strengths," Angello said. "Yesterday (during a 4-3 loss to Boston), I wasn't as physical as I should have been. Today, I went out and played hard and imposed my will, and things turned out all right for us. It's something I have to do on a consistent basis. Play hard, play tough, play mean and get the job done."

• Penguins goalie Alex D'Orio stopped 36 of 37 shots, and was the primary reason the Penguins were able to even their tournament record at 1-1. "He was the difference in the game," Vellucci said. "He was outstanding." Vellucci will have a big say in whether D'Orio plays in Wilkes-Barre or Wheeling this season, so D'Orio's play against New Jersey certainly could work in his favor when the Baby Penguins' new coach is making roster decisions. "It's always nice to make a first impression," D'Orio said.

• The Penguins killed an extended two-man disadvantage for the second game in a row, as defenseman John Marino and winger Chris Brown took minors eight seconds apart early in the third period. New Jersey scored on its first power play, but was stopped on the six that followed. That was the opposite of Friday's game, when Boston failed to score on its first five tries with the extra man, but got the game-winner in its 4-3 victory on the sixth.

• The Penguins, who started well in that 4-3 loss to Boston, gave up the first five shots of the game against New Jersey and fell behind early, as Graeme Clarke of New Jersey scored a power-play goal at 3:48 of the opening period, just 27 seconds after Penguins forward Jordy Bellerive was penalized for slashing.

• Vellucci gave a positive review to Kirsten Welsh, the Robert Morris alum who worked the lines in the Penguins' game for the second day in a row. "It's no big deal," he said. "She did a great job. She got in there with the scrap (between Penguins right winger Brandon Hawkins and New Jersey's Nicholas Canade) and looked fine. It was no big deal. I thought she had a really good game. Both games, actually. Really good."

• Center Chase Berger, who played at Penn State and is under contract to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, set up the Penguins' first goal with a clean faceoff win to Jan Drozg, who threw a wrist shot past Schmid from the top of the left circle.

• New Jersey opted against dressing forward Jack Hughes, the first player selected in the June draft, but the Penguins didn't seem terribly disappointed that they didn't have to face him. "It would have been nice to see him play today," Vellucci said. "But they get to do whatever they want with the first overall pick."

• Marino, acquired from Edmonton for a sixth-round draft choice this summer, continued to get involved in the offense, moving aggressively to join rushes when the opportunity arose. "He's a good, solid player," Vellucci said.

• Vellucci moved Nathan Legare to the first line with Sam Poulin and Lafferty. The Penguins' other lines were Sam Miletic-Jordy Bellerive-Anthony Angello, Jake Lucchini-Chase Berger-Jan Drozg and Chris Brown-Billy Moskal-Brandon Hawkins. The defense pairings -- Niclas Almari-Calen Addison, Pierre-Olivier Joseph-John Marino and Michael Kim-Jon Lizotte -- were the same as Friday when the game began, but Vellucci shuffled those combinations as it progressed.

• The Penguins scratched defensemen Liam Ross and Zach Lauzon and right winger Josh Williams for the second game in a row, while left winger Renar Krastenbergs sat after playing against Boston.

• There are no games scheduled for Sunday. The Penguins will close out the tournament with a game against Buffalo's prospects Monday at 12:30 p.m.

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