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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton closes out six-game home stand this week

The Penguins (17-14-3-2) play a trio of hot opponents, including first-place Wolf Pack

 

Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Dec. 31 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 5 (SO)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Springfield ended 2019 with a wild, back-and-forth affair that saw six first-period goals and multiple lead changes, but ultimately the Penguins fell in the shootout. Anthony Angello and Jordy Bellerive both had two-assist games.

Friday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Hershey 6
On his 29th birthday, Andrew Agozzino scored twice for the Penguins. However, his offense couldn’t match the four-goal second period by Hershey, which led the Bears to victory. Angello notched his second consecutive two-assist game.

Saturday, Jan. 4 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Springfield 6
United on the same line for the first time, Sam Miletic and Adam Johnson unloaded one-goal, one-assist performances. Bellerive tied the game early in the third period, but three goals in 2:24 for Springfield was the Penguins’ undoing.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
Charlotte comes to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the second time this season, and it makes its return coming in hot. The Checkers have won seven of their last eight games.

Friday, Jan. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
One week after facing off in their first games of 2020, the Penguins and Bears go at it again. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton remains the only team to beat Hershey since the start of December, as the Bears have won 13 of their last 14.

Saturday, Jan. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hartford face-off for the first time this season. The Wolf Pack own the Atlantic’s best record (21-8-2-5), but are without their All-Star goalie, Igor Shesterkin. Dating back to 2012, the Pens are 27-7-2-1 against Hartford/CT.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored first in four-straight games.

– On Friday, Jan. 3, Andrew Agozzino was named to the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic. This was Agozzino’s third All-Star nod.

– With either a goal or an assist, Anthony Angello factored in on 11 of the Penguins’ last 19 goals (7G-4A).

– Thomas Di Pauli has five points (3G-2A) in his last four games.

– Di Pauli made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh on Jan. 4 at Montréal.

– Casey DeSmith has recorded the fifth-most saves in the AHL (624)

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                       GP        G         A        PTS

Andrew Agozzino^       35        14        17        31

Sam Miletic                    35         8         17       25

Stefan NoesenX             22        14         8        22

Anthony Angello           36        13         6         19

Adam Johnson                21         4         14        18

GOALIES                     GP    W-L-OT     GAA       SV%    Shutouts

Dustin Tokarski            11       6-3-1         1.65        .938            1

Casey DeSmith          24     10-9-2       2.95        .904           2

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh
X = no longer in organization

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME     

Wed, Jan. 8       Charlotte           Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 10          Hershey            Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 11          Hartford            Mohegan Sun Arena       7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Jan. 4         (C) Thomas Di Pauli                          Recalled by PIT

Sat, Jan. 4         (C) Cole Cassels                                   Signed to SPC

Mon, Jan. 6      (C) Thomas Di Pauli                      Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 6      (C) Andrew Agozzino                        Recalled by PIT