PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/4/17

 

Penguins kick off 2017 with a victory, prepare for three-in-three

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (21-7-3-0) still owns AHL’s No. 1 overall spot

 

Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 2

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened the season series (2-2-0-0) against the T-Birds and extended its season-high winning streak to seven games. Jake Guentzel had his first career hat trick.

Friday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Providence 5

The Penguins fell 5-2 against the P-Bruins and saw their season-high winning streak come to an end in their last home game of the calendar year

Saturday, Dec. 31 – PENGUINS at Binghamton

Before the calendar flipped to 2017, the Penguins dropped a 3-2 New Year’s Eve contest to the Senators. Sahir Gill recorded his first goal of the year.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hartford 2

Chad Ruhwedel had an assist and the game-winning goal in his return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Tristan Jarry made 25 saves, including 15 in the third period, helping the Pens hang on.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

The Bears (18-7-5-2) return to the Pens’ home rink for the first part of a weekend home-and-home. The last time the Bears played the Pens, Oskar Sundqvist had four goals in a 6-2 win.

Saturday, Jan. 7 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton

It’s Star Wars night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, as the Penguins try to strike back and avenge a 3-2 loss to the Senators suffered on New Year’s Eve.

Sunday, Jan. 8 – PENGUINS at Hershey

The Penguins start their season-long seven-game road stretch that lasts until Jan. 21. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-0-0-0 in the third game of three-in-threes this season

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ seven-game win streak from Dec. 10 to Dec. 27 established a season-high.

– Clark Donatelli was named head coach of the Atlantic Division at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. He is the fifth Penguins coach to lead a team at the AHL All-Star Classic (Joe Mullen, Todd Richards, John Hynes, Jay Leach).

– Jake Guentzel was named CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for December, a month in which he racked up 17 points (11G-6A) in 10 games.

– Guentzel leads the entire AHL in goals (18), and leads all rookies in points (34).

– Tristan Jarry’s 14 wins are tied four ways for the most in the league.

– Tom Kostopoulos is 11 points away from his 500th in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS         32         22        7          3          0         47          .734

2. Lehigh Valley      31         21         8          2          0         44          .710

3. Providence          33        19        7          4          3         45          .682

4. Hershey               32         18        7          5          2         43          .672

5. Bridgeport           31          17       14         0          0        34          .548

6. Springfield          30         12      12         4          2          30          .500

7. Hartford               33          11       18         3          1          26          .394

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*           27        18        16        34

Oskar Sundqvist        30        14        16        30

Tom Kostopoulos      32         9         13        22

David Warsofsky        21         5         17         22

two players tied                                               19

 

GOALIES                GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Tristan Jarry            20       14-5-1         2.14        0.921          1

Casey DeSmith*    12         8-2-2        2.38        0.911          0

* = rookie

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Jan. 6           Hershey             Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 7          Binghamton      Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 8         Hershey             Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sun, Jan. 1        (D)   Chad Ruhwedel        Reassigned from loan by PIT

Sun, Jan. 1        (D)   David Warsofsky      Reassigned from loan by PIT

Sun, Jan. 1        (G)   Tristan Jarry               Reassigned from loan by PIT

Thu, Dec. 29   (G)   Doug Carr                                            Signed to PTO