PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/9/18

Penguins take five-game win streak north of the border

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (21-10-2-1) to visit Belleville, Laval for the first and only time this season

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bridgeport 2 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie the game with 23.5 seconds left in regulation and then win just 26 seconds into overtime. Ryan Haggerty and Greg McKegg tallied to even the score, and then Teddy Blueger’s third overtime game-winning goal this season sent the crowd home happy.

Friday, Jan. 5 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 2
A three-goal third period assisted the Penguins in beating the Thunderbirds for the second time this season. McKegg and Haggerty scored for the second game in a row. Haggerty’s 13th goal of the year turned out to be his third game-winner this season.

Saturday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Belleville 0
The Penguins wrapped up their homestand with authority, shutting out the Senators in Belleville’s first ever visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Christian Thomas led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with two goals and an assist, while Casey DeSmith recorded his second clean sheet of the season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 12 – PENGUINS at Belleville
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to repeat its last game’s result as they tangle with Belleville again. The Senators, the sixth-place team in the North Division, were outscored 12-1 last weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS at Laval
The Penguins take on the Rocket for the second time this season. Their first meeting was a high flying thriller, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton emerging victorious in overtime, 6-5. Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. puck drop will be a showdown between the Penguins’ third ranked offense (3.59 goals per game) and the Rocket’s 28th ranked defense (3.47 goals against per game).

 

Ice Chips

– Penguins Daniel Sprong and Casey DeSmith were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star team for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, New York on Thursday, Jan. 4.

– DeSmith’s inclusion on the Atlantic’s All-Star squad marks the fourth year in a row that a Penguins’ goalie has been named to the AHL All-Star Classic (Jeff Zatkoff, 2015; Matt Murray, 2016;  Tristan Jarry, 2017).

– Garrett Wilson is on a four-game point streak and has six points (1G-5A) since the holiday break. Points in four-straight games ties an AHL career high for Wilson.

– Teddy Blueger leads the AHL in overtime goals (3).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 35 22 10 3 0 47 .671
2. PENGUINS 34 21 10 2 1 45 .662
3. Lehigh Valley 37 21 11 2 3 47 .635
4. Charlotte 36 21 14 0 1 43 .597
5. Bridgeport 34 16 13 4 1 37 .544
6. Hershey 37 17 16 1 3 38 .514
7. Hartford 37 14 17 3 3 34 .459
8. Springfield 37 14 21 1 1 30 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Jean-Sébastien Dea 34 8 14 22
Ryan Haggerty 24 13 8 21
Teddy Blueger 34 10 11 21
Zach Aston-Reese 32 5 14 19
Kevin Czuczman 30 1 18 19

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 17 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 6 3-2-0 2.94 .902 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Jan. 12          Belleville           Yardmen Arena                  7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 13        Laval                  Place Bell                             4:00 p.m.

Wed, Jan. 17      Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 9         (RW) Reid Gardiner               Reassigned to WHL

Sun, Jan. 7         (D) Frank Corrado                     Reassigned by PIT

Fri, Jan. 5           (G) Sébastien Caron               Released from PTO

Wed, Jan. 3       (G) Sébastien Caron                        Signed to PTO