PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/28/17

 

Penguins split weekend thanks to thrilling overtime win

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (38-15-3-0) will conclude seven-game road stretch with games at Hershey, Hartford

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS 1 at Utica 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell short of a third period comeback and dropped its fourth game in a row. Tom Kostopoulos netted the Penguins’ only goal in the game, a power play goal at 8:50 of the final frame. The Penguins’ penalty kill was a perfect five-for-five on the night.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 3 (OT)
Barry Goers saved his first goal of the season for the perfect moment, burying the overtime game-winner that lifted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to its first victory at PPL Center this season. The Penguins edged ahead to a lead in the season series, as well, 3-2-0-0. Kostopoulos scored again for his 20th tally of the season, securing the sixth 20-goal season of his career. Tristan Jarry finished the game with 34 saves, including three in overtime.

 

The Week Ahead

Saturday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS at Hershey
After a rare six-day layoff, the Penguins renew their rivalry with the Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won six-straight against Hershey this season, and boasts an 8-2-0-0 record in 10 meetings in 2016-17. However, four of the Penguins’ eight triumphs over the Bears this season have come in overtime. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Tom Sestito has seven points (3G-4A) in six games against Hershey this season.

 

Sunday, Mar. 5 – PENGUINS at Hartford
The Penguins take on the Wolf Pack for the first time since they met in the first game of the calendar year on Jan. 3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton emerged victorious in that contest, 3-2, staying undefeated in four clashes with Hartford this season. In fact, the Penguins have averaged 4.75 goals per game in their four games against the Wolf Pack.

 

Ice Chips

– With Saturday’s win, the Penguins improved to 22-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– Tom Kostopoulos became the 10th player in AHL history to have a 20-goal season at the age of 38 or older.

– Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 56 of the team’s games this season.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.3%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-28 rating.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (23).

– Jarry is one of only six goalies who have faced over 1000 shots this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 56 38 15 3 0 79 .705
2. Providence 56 33 14 5 4 75 .670
3. Lehigh Valley 54 34 17 3 0 71 .657
4. Bridgeport 54 34 18 1 1 70 .648
5. Hershey 56 28 17 8 3 67 .598
6. Springfield 55 22 24 7 2 53 .482
7. Hartford 55 20 30 3 2 45 .409

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 56 20 24 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
David Warsofsky 41 12 26 38
Oskar Sundqvist 50 16 21 37
Kevin Porter 52 8 26 34

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 35 23-11-1 2.28 .920 1
Casey DeSmith* 20 14-4-2 2.32 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Sat, Mar. 4        Hershey            Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 5       Hartford            XL Center                           3:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu, Feb. 23    (RW)   Danny Kristo               Traded by PIT to CAR

Sat, Feb. 18      (RW)   Josh Archibald                 Reassigned by PIT

Sat, Feb. 18      (D)       Brett Stern                              Signed to PTO

Fri, Feb. 17        (LW)    Christian Hilbrich         Recalled from WHL