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Penguins’ defense and goaltending among AHL’s best

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11-6-1-1) looks to continue stonewalling opponents in last games of November

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 22 – PENGUINS 4 at Springfield 2
Andrew Agozzino scored twice and Adam Johnson racked up two assists in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s weekend-opening win at Springfield. The Penguins scored the first three goals of the game, only to see the Thunderbirds storm back with two tallies. Stefan Noesen sealed the victory with his 12th goal of the season late in the third period, while Casey DeSmith held down the fort with his second-straight 40-save showing.

Saturday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Charlotte 1
The Penguins and Checkers faced off for the first time this season, and it took until less than five minutes were left in the third period for either side to break the scoreless deadlock. Charlotte’s Chase Priskie scored on the Checkers’ sixth power play of the game, granting them a narrow 1-0 win.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
In preparation for Turkey Day, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to feast on its in-state rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The season series is even at two wins apiece, including the Pens’ most recent home triumph over the Phantoms, a 2-1 win on Nov. 16.

Friday, Nov. 29 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms square off for a rematch of their pre-Thanksgiving tilt. This is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s fourth visit to PPL Center this season, where it is 1-2-0-0 so far this year, but 19-11-1-2 all-time.

Saturday, Nov. 30 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
Bridgeport visits Northeastern Pennsylvania for the first time this season, looking to avenge a shootout loss suffered at the hands of the Penguins back in October. The Sound Tigers currently rank last in the Atlantic Division.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed 1.70 goals against per game in November, fewest in the American Hockey League.

– Stefan Noesen is tied for second-most goals (12) and power-play goals (5) in the AHL. He also ranks second overall in penalty minutes (54).

– David Warsofsky leads all league defensemen with 64 shots on goal.

– Among goalies that have played at least 200 minutes this season, Dustin Tokarski leads the AHL with a 1.48 goals against average and his .942 save percentage ranks second.

– Saturday was Dustin Tokarski’s first regulation loss while playing under Mike Vellucci. He was previously 14-0-1, including playoffs.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                        GP        W          L        OTL     SOL     PTS     Pts%

1. Hartford                20         11           4         0           5          27        .675

2. Providence           21          11            7          1           2          25        .595

3. PENGUINS           19         11           6           1            1          24        .632

4. Springfield            21         12           9         0          0         24         .571

5. Lehigh Valley       19          8            6          1           4         21          .553

6. Hershey               20         8           8          2           2         20         .500

7. Charlotte               17           7           7           3          0         17          .500

8. Bridgeport            21          6          11           3           1          16          .381

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                      GP      G       A      PTS

Stefan Noesen             19       12       6        18

Andrew Agozzino        18       8        9        17

David Warsofsky          19       2        12       14

Sam Miletic                   19        2         9        11

Adam Johnson              11       0         9         9

 

GOALIES                      GP     W-L-OT     GAA      SV%    Shutouts

Dustin Tokarski             4          2-1-1         1.48       .942            0

Casey DeSmith            13       8-4-0       2.48       .920            2

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                        TIME      

Wed, Nov. 29   Lehigh Valley    Mohegan Sun Arena       7:05 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 29       Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 30     Bridgeport         Mohegan Sun Arena       7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Nov. 23       (C) Joseph Blandisi                        Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Nov. 25     (C) Justin Almeida          Reassigned by PIT to WHL

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