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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton making a habit of sudden-death overtime

Penguins (5-4-1-1) have points in three-straight games, all of which have gone past regulation

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 1 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 3 (SO)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled out a shootout victory in a tense game against its turnpike rival. The Penguins built a 3-0 lead on goals by Sam Lafferty, Stefan Noesen and Anthony Angello, but the Phantoms stormed back and forced overtime. In the shootout session, the Penguins were perfect, using conversions from Noesen and Joseph Blandisi to get the win.

Saturday, Nov. 2 – PENGUINS 3 at Springfield 4 (SO)
Despite out-shooting the Thunderbirds, 44-22, in regulation and overtime, the Penguins’ never managed to dispatch of their opponent and lost in a six-round shootout. Blandisi tallied twice for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in regulation, and Dustin Tokarski recorded 19 saves in his Penguins debut.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Pens and Phantoms reset for a rematch of their bout from Friday. The season series is even at one win apiece for both sides, and both of the previous games were on Lehigh Valley’s home ice. The Penguins are 19-10-1-2 all-time at PPL Center.

Friday, Nov. 8 – PENGUINS at Utica
The AHL’s top two goal scorers go head-to-head when the Penguins visit the Comets. Stefan Noesen leads the league with 11 goals, while Utica’s Reid Boucher sits in second place with 10 tallies. Seven of the last nine games between the Penguins and Comets were decided by one goal and five of those games went to overtime.

Saturday, Nov. 9 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squares off with Syracuse for the first time this season, and it will be Stranger Things Night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The two clubs split their season series last year and both of those games required overtime.

 

Ice Chips

– Stefan Noesen joins Chris Minard (2008-09) as the only players to score 10 or more goals in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first 10 games of a season. However, Noesen is the first player in team history to score 10 goals in his first 10 games as a Penguin.

– Noesen has scored the most goals in the AHL (11), and he is also tied for the second-highest point total in the league (14).

– Andrew Agozzino is on a seven-game point streak, amassing eight points (3G-7A) in that time.

– Rookie defenseman Jon Lizotte is on a career-high four-game point streak, and he has recorded back-to-back multi-point games.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                        GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS     Pts%

1. Hartford                 12         8          1           0          3          19        .792

2. Springfield            12         8          4          0          0         16        .667

3. Providence           13         7          4           0          2          16        .615

4. Hershey                12          6          4           1           1           14        .583

5. Lehigh Valley       10         4          2           1            3          12        .600

6. PENGUINS           11          5          4           1           1           12       .545

7. Charlotte               10         4          5           1           0         9        .450

8. Bridgeport            12          2          7           2            1          7        .292

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                      GP      G       A      PTS

Stefan Noesen              11       11        3        12

Andrew Agozzino         10       3       8        11

David Warsofsky           11        1        8        11

Sam Miletic                    11        1        5         6

Jon Lizotte*                   10      0        6         6

GOALIES                      GP     W-L-OT     GAA      SV%    Shutouts

Casey DeSmith             8        4-3-0       3.36       .882           0

Emil Larmi*                    3         1-1-1         4.05       .882            0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                            TIME      

Wed, Nov. 6     Lehigh Valley     PPL Center                            7:05 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 7          Utica                   Adirondack Bank Center     7:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 9        Syracuse            Mohegan Sun Arena            7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Oct. 31          (C) Sam Lafferty                           Reassigned by PIT

Tue, Oct. 31          (RW) Brandon Hawkins            Reassigned to WHL

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