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Penguins head west for games against Rockford, Milwaukee and Grand Rapids

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-19-4-1) special teams ignite ahead of Western Conference visit

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 1 – PENGUINS 7 vs. Cleveland 2

The Penguins established an early lead and never looked back in their high-action tilt with the Monsters. Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton’s power play went two-for-four with man-advantage markers from Ethan Prow and Jean-Sébastien Dea. Sam Miletic led the Penguins with four points (1G-3A) and Tristan Jarry recorded 33 saves. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept its season series with Cleveland, going 4-0-0-0.

Saturday, Feb. 2 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Bridgeport 2

Early scoring led to the end of the Penguins’ four-game win streak. Ethan Prow notched the only goal for the Penguins on the power play, sandwiched between two first-period strikes by Bridgeport. The Pens’ penalty kill remained unblemished, going five-for-five on the evening.

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 6 – PENGUINS at Rockford

The Penguins begin their Midwest road trip by taking on the IceHogs for the first of two season meetings. Rockford is defending a four-game win streak, and goalie Anton Forsberg has not allowed more than three goals since Dec. 28, 2018.

Friday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS at Milwaukee

Milwaukee hosts the second and final matchup between the Admirals and Penguins. The Penguins’ hot power play will be tested against the Admirals’ penalty kill, the third-best P.K. in the league (85.9%).

Saturday, Feb. 9 – PENGUINS at Grand Rapids

The Penguins visit the Griffins for the last of two meetings against Grand Rapids. In the clubs’ first game of 2019, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton secured a shootout victory over Grand Rapids, 3-2. The Griffins’ Chris Terry is tied for the AHL lead in goals (24) and sits tied for ninth in points (43).

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has converted on seven of its last 24 power play opportunities, a success rate of 29.2 percent.

– Ethan Prow has extended his career-best point streak to 10 games (5G-7A) with goals in three straight games.

– Prow’s power play goal against Bridgeport marked his eighth of the season, the second most among blueliners in the league.

– Joseph Blandisi scored the first goal in his first three contests as a member of the Penguins, and he has points in all four games played with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3G-3A).

– The Penguins’ four-game win streak was their second-longest of the season, but the first time they put together four regulation/overtime wins in a row.

DIVISION STANDINGS

1. Charlotte Checkers (31-11-6-0, 68 PTS)

2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (25-17-4-2, 56 PTS)

3. Providence Bruins (24-16-6-1, 55 PTS)

4. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (25-17-3-2, 55 PTS)

5. Springfield Thunderbirds (21-17-6-4, 52 PTS)

6. W-B/Scranton Penguins (23-19-4-1, 51 PTS)

7. Hershey Bears (23-20-0-3, 49 PTS)

8. Hartford Wolf Pack (19-23-3-2, 43 PTS)

TEAM LEADERS

Skaters
Teddy Blueger^… 45 GP: 21 goals + 18 assists = 39 points

Ethan Prow… 46 GP: 15 goals + 19 assists = 34 points

Adam Johnson… 47 GP: 14 goals + 17 assists = 31 points

Anthony Angello*… 45 GP: 15 goals + 10 assists = 25 points

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

Goalies
Tristan Jarry…  27 GP: 15-9-3  / 2.75 GAA  /  .912 sv%

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

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                              TIME        

Wed, Feb. 6    Rockford           BMO Harris Bank Center     8:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 8        Milwaukee       UWM Panther Arena           8:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 9        Grand Rapids   Van Andel Arena                  7:00 p.m.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 29       (C) Teddy Blueger                          Recalled by PIT

Fri, Feb. 1          (D) Dan Fick                              Released from PTO

Mon, Feb. 4       (D) Tim Erixon                                    Signed to SPC

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