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As All-Star Break approaches, Penguins travel to Bridgeport and Binghamton

Prow, Blueger continue stellar seasons for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (20-18-4-1)

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 18 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Rochester 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Rochester brought a high-octane affair to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, and the Penguins attempted to stage a third-period comeback that fell short. Anthony Angello tallied twice for the Pens, and Sam Miletic notched an assist in his return from injury.

Saturday, Jan. 19 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hershey 5
Special teams were the name of the game on Saturday, as the Penguins fell to their bitter rival. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored twice on the power play, but Hershey racked up three man advantage markers and a shorthanded goal en route to victory.

Monday, Jan. 21 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 1 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ran into a hot goaltender on Monday afternoon, but would not be denied in the end by gutting out a low-scoring, OT win. After two periods of scoreless hockey, Lehigh Valley took a brief lead before Adam Johnson evened things up. Ethan Prow’s 12th goal of the season allowed the Penguins to triumph in overtime. The Pens out-shot the Phantoms, 46-28.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 23 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport
The Penguins get set for their second school day game of the season and their first of two at Bridgeport. This midweek battle is set for a 10:30 a.m. puck drop at Webster Bank Arena, where the Penguins are 0-2-0-0 this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did win its first school day game of the year back on Nov. 14 at Springfield, the day on which Tristan Jarry scored the first goalie goal in franchise history.

Saturday, Jan. 26 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s last game before the All-Star Break is also the club’s last visit to Binghamton this season. The Pens are undefeated all-time against the Devils (7-0-0-0).

 

Ice Chips

– Penguins All-Star selection Ethan Prow has the second-most goals among AHL defensemen this season (12) and sixth-most points (30).

– Both overtime game-winners scored by the Pens this season have come from defensemen (Kevin Czuczman, Ethan Prow).

– Teddy Blueger has seven goals and five assists for 12 points in his last nine games.

– Adam Johnson has goals in three-straight games for the Penguins and a five-game point streak overall (4G-3A).

– Rookie Anthony Angello established a career-best five-game point streak that ended on Monday. In three seasons at Cornell University, Angello never had a point streak that exceeded four contests.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

1. Charlotte Checkers (30-10-4-0, 64 PTS)

2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (23-15-4-2, 52 PTS)

3. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (22-15-3-2, 49 PTS)

4. Springfield Thunderbirds (19-14-6-4, 48 PTS)

5. Providence Bruins (20-16-6-1, 47 PTS)

6. W-B/Scranton Penguins (20-18-4-1, 45 PTS)

7. Hershey Bears (20-20-0-2, 42 PTS)

8. Hartford Wolf Pack (19-19-2-2, 42 PTS)

 

TEAM LEADERS

Skaters
Teddy Blueger… 43 GP: 18 goals + 17 assists = 35 points

Ethan Prow… 42 GP: 12 goals + 18 assists = 30 points

Adam Johnson… 43 GP: 13 goals + 13 assists = 26 points

Anthony Angello*… 41 GP: 14 goals + 10 assists = 24 points

Sam Lafferty*…  41 GP: 5 goals + 19 assists = 24 points

Goalies
Tristan Jarry…  23 GP: 12-8-3  / 2.79 GAA  /  .910 sv%

Anthony Peters…  17 GP: 6-8-2  / 3.31 GAA  /  .888 sv%   /  1 shutout

* = rookie

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDUE

DATE                 OPPONENT       LOCATION                       TIME      

Wed, Jan. 23   Bridgeport         Webster Bank Arena     10:30 a.m.

Sat, Jan. 26      Binghamton       Floyd L. Maines Arena    7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Jan. 19     (D) Dan Fick                                       Signed to PTO

Sun, Jan. 20       (C) Joseph Blandisi                         Assigned by PIT

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