By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese has tested positive for COVID-19, head coach Mike Sullivan said Monday.
Per Mike Sullivan, goaltenders Tristan Jarry and Filip Lindberg will split duties tonight.
— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) September 27, 2021
#Pens HCMS announces forward Zach Aston-Reese has tested positive for Covid. He’ll enter the league protocols and obviously will not be available in the interim
— Josh Getzoff (@PensJG) September 27, 2021
Mike DeFabo says according to Sullivan, it’s the first in-season positive COVID-19 test for the team since the pandemic began. There were a few players and coaches in protocol last year with false positives or close contacts, he says.
Zach Aston-Reese IS vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a breakthrough case. The Penguins are just waiting for one player (who they are not naming due to medical privacy) to get his second shot and then they will be 100% vaccinated throughout the entire team.
— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) September 27, 2021
DeFabo reports Aston-Reese is vaccinated, and the Pens are just waiting for one player to get his second shot before they’re 100% vaccinated.
The Pens will take the ice against the Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena Monday night. It’s the first preseason game.
Let's get this started!
Here's the lineup for our first preseason game ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/KAQZqXDFsc
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 26, 2021