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PENGUINS WEEKLY #18

Penguins Open Five-Game Home Stand on Wednesday
Weekly Rewind
Fri., Jan. 24 – Penguins 1 at NORFOLK 4
Devante Smith-Pelly’s two power play goals led the Admirals to a 4-1 win over W-B/Scranton in the first of a two-game set at the Scope.  Zach Sill tallied his third of the year for WBS.
 
Sat., Jan. 25 – Penguins 2 at NORFOLK 1 (SO)
Eric Hartzell made 33 saves through overtime and was 8-for-8 in the shootout to help the Penguins edge Norfolk, 2-1. The Pens’ Tom Kuhnhackl notched the lone goal of the shootout.
 
Sun., Jan. 26 – Penguins 0 at HERSHEY 2
Philip Grubauer stopped all 21 shots he faced as Hershey blanked W-B/Scranton, 2-0.  Dustin Gazley and Jeff Taffe each registered a goal and an assist for the Bears. 
 
The Week Ahead
Wed., Jan. 29 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
The Crunch have dropped four straight to fall to 17-18-2-4 on the season and sit in fifth place in the East Division.  Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis is tied for the AHL lead with four shutouts.
 
Fri., Jan. 31 – PENGUINS vs. Norfolk
Norfolk is on a six-game point streak (3-0-0-3) and, with a record of 22-13-1-7, has inched to within two points of the second-place Penguins.  Smith-Pelly has recorded points in nine of his last 10 games (8g-4a). 
 
Sat., Feb. 1 – PENGUINS vs. Rochester
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Penguins and Americans.  W-B/Scranton defeated Rochester, 3-1, on Nov. 20 at Blue Cross Arena.   The Americans are on a four-game winning streak and tied for second in the North Division at 19-15-3-3. 
Ice Chips
- Eric Hartzell picked up the first shootout win of his pro career, stopping all eight shooters he faced in a 2-1 decision over the Admirals on Saturday.
- Hartzell has allowed two goals or less in his last seven starts.     
- Saturday’s eight-round shootout was the longest for
W-B/Scranton since an eight-round affair versus Providence on March 29, 2013, in which the Penguins fell, 3-2.
- W-B/Scranton remains perfect when leading after the first (12-0-0-0) and second (14-0-0-0) periods. 
- Defenseman Simon Despres ranks fourth in the AHL with a +18 rating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STANDINGS
TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1. Binghamton 43 27 13 0 3 57
2. PENGUINS 43 25 14 1 3 54
3. Norfolk 43 22 13 1 7 52
4. Hershey 42 22 14 3 3 50
5. Syracuse         41   17   18    2 4 40
TEAM LEADERS
Player GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 40 15 12 27
xBrian Gibbons 23 9 18 27
Harry Zolnierczyk 34 13 11 24
Nick Drazenovic 32 8        15      23   
Brendan Mkkelson 42 3 20 23
         
Player W-L-T GAA SO Sv%
Jeff Deslauriers 16-11-2 2.38 1 .902
Eric Hartzell 8-3-1 1.85 2 .927

 

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