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Penguins on a roll with five-game winning streak

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (10-5-1-1) has multiple defensemen chipping in on offense

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 13 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Hershey 0 (SO)
Casey DeSmith went the distance for his second consecutive shutout, not only holding the Bears off the scoresheet in regulation, but also throughout overtime and three rounds of a shootout. Stefan Noesen had the only conversion of the shootout, lifting the Penguins to victory.

Friday, Nov. 15 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 1
Andrew Agozzino tallied twice in the opening frame, and Kevin Czuczman and Ryan Haggerty chipped in the second and third periods for the Penguins to avenge their shootout loss to Springfield from earlier in the month. Even though his shutout streak came to an end, DeSmith posted a season-high 41 saves.

Saturday, Nov. 16 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
After three games in Allentown, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosted its PA Turnpike rival for the first time this season. It was a successful defense of home ice, as Sam Miletic and David Warsofsky both turned in one-goal, one-assist outings while Dustin Tokarski shut the door on his former team with 31 stops.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 22 – PENGUINS at Springfield
The Penguins face-off against the Thunderbirds for the third time this month. Both teams have one win in the season series thus far. Springfield just received forward Dryden Hunt from Florida (NHL) this week, who had 44 points (23G-21A) in 51 games with the T-Birds last season.

Saturday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Charlotte square up for the first time this season, marking the first time Mike Vellucci will coach against his championship-winning squad from last year. Furthermore, David Warsofsky’s brother, Ryan Warsofsky, is in his first season as Checkers’ head coach.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 187:06 of game time without allowing a goal before that streak was snapped on Friday.

– Defensemen have scored in four of the five wins during the Penguins’ current streak (Kevin Czuczman, David Warsofsky, Zach Trotman x2).

– Stefan Noesen has the second-most goals in the AHL (11). He is also tied for second in power-play goals (5).

– Wednesday marked the third time in team history that the Penguins played to a 1-0 shootout final, the last occurring on Nov. 7, 2012.

– The Penguins have killed 21-consecutive opponent power plays.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                        GP        W          L        OTL     SOL     PTS     Pts%

1. Hartford                 17          11           1           0          5         27        .794

2. PENGUINS           17         10         5           1            1         22        .647

3. Springfield            18         11           7          0          0         22        .611

4. Providence           18          9          7           0          2          20        .556

5. Hershey                18           8          6           2           2         20        .556

6. Lehigh Valley       16          6          5            1           4          17          .531

7. Charlotte               14         6           6            2          0          14         .500

8. Bridgeport            18          4          10          3            1          12          .333

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                      GP      G       A      PTS

Stefan Noesen             17       11        6        17

Andrew Agozzino        16       6        9        15

David Warsofsky          17        2       10       12

Sam Miletic                   17        2        8        10

Adam Johnson              9         0        7         7

 

GOALIES                      GP     W-L-OT     GAA      SV%    Shutouts

Dustin Tokarski             3         2-0-1         1.62       .935            0

Casey DeSmith            12       7-4-0        2.52       .916             2

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                        TIME      

Fri, Nov. 22       Springfield         MassMutual Center         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 23     Charlotte            Mohegan Sun Arena       7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Nov. 16     (C) Joseph Blandisi                           Recalled by PIT

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