PENGUINS WEEKLY – 10/18/2016

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Penguins open season with convincing 6-2 victory

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1-0-0-0) prepares for three games in three days

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 15 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Hartford 2

The Penguins received contributions from six different goal scorers, but perhaps none bigger than Jake Guentzel’s four points (1G-3A). Josh Archibald scored the Pens’ first goal of the season just 1:48 into the game. After Hartford tied the game late in the first period, the Penguins pulled back ahead with a power play goal from Carter Rowney at 5:51 of the second. Oskar Sundqvist and Guentzel combined for goals 2:09 apart, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 4-1 lead. Jean-Sébastien Dea and David Warsofsky both got in on the scoring, making it 6-1 before Hartford’s Matt Carey tucked in a final tally with 1:25 remaining in the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was perfect on the special teams front, going two-for-two on the power play and successfully killing off all six of Hartford’s man advantage opportunities.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Springfield for the first time under the “Thunderbirds” name. Last year, the Florida Panthers’ affiliate went 4-1-0-1 against the Penguins, but four of the six games were decided by one goal.

Saturday, Oct. 22 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse

The Penguins and Crunch split their 2015-16 season series right down the middle, 2-2-0-0, and their head-to-head records over the past six seasons have been a dead heat, too (20-18-1-1). Syracuse is tied for the most goals for in the league through two games (10).

Sunday, Oct. 23 – PENGUINS at Hershey

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton heads to the road for the first time this season, but the trip isn’t a long one. In their first meeting of 2015-16, the Penguins downed the Bears, 7-0. Game time is scheduled for an early 5:00 p.m. start.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ 6-2 win on Saturday was the club’s greatest margin of victory in a season opener since 2005 when it defeated Bridgeport, 8-1.

– Jake Guentzel is the third player in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history to earn four points in the team’s season opener (Erik Christensen, 4G, 2005; Ryan Whitney, 4A, 2005).

– Josh Archibald’s goal 1:48 into Saturday’s contest was the Penguins’ fastest goal in a season opener.

– With an assist on Saturday, Tom Kostopoulos is three points shy of reaching his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

– Oskar Sundqvist has recorded at least one point in both of his AHL season opening games.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                          GP       W         L        OTL     SOL       PTS           Pt%

1. PENGUINS              1          1           0          0          0            2            1.00

2. Lehigh Valley          1          1            0          0          0            2            1.00

3. Springfield              2          1            1            0          0            2           .500

4. Bridgeport              2          1            1            0           0            2           .500

5. Hartford                  2          1            1            0           0            2           .500

6. Providence             3           1           2            0           0           2           .333

7. Hershey                   2          0           2           0           0           0           .000

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*              1           1          3           4

Carter Rowney              1           1           1           2

Oskar Sundqvist           1           1           1           2

David Warsofsky          1           1           1           2

six players tied             1                                     1

 

GOALIES                 GP     W-L-OT-SO       GAA      Sv%     Shutouts

Tristan Jarry                1           1-0-0-0        2.01      0.923            0

Casey DeSmith*       0          0-0-0-0      0.00     0.00            0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Oct. 21          Springfield        Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 22        Providence       Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 23       Hershey            Giant Center                      5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sun, Oct. 13          ADD        (RW) Reid Gardiner             Signed to SPC