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PENGUINS WEEKLY #24

Penguins Tied For First after Successful Road Weekend
Weekly Rewind
Fri., Mar. 7– Penguins 1 at UTICA 2 (SO)
Brandon DeFazio tied the score for Utica with 7.2 seconds remaining in regulation and Cal O’Reilly notched the lone goal of the shootout to help the Comets rally to collect a 2-1 win.  Spencer Machacek scored his seventh goal in his 10th game since being acquired by the Penguins. 
 
Sat., Mar. 8 – Penguins 4 at HAMILTON 2
Andrew Ebbett and Tom Kostopoulos each converted on the power play in the opening minutes of the second period to help the Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs. Peter Mannino stopped 30 shots in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
 
Sun., Mar. 9 – Penguins 4 at TORONTO 3 (SO)
Nick Drazenovic’s extra-attacker goal with 12.9 seconds left in the third period forced an eventual shootout, where Jeff Deslauriers stopped 4-of-5 Marlies skaters to lift the Penguins to the 4-3 triumph.  Scott Harrington and Anton Zlobin also netted goals for the Pens.
 
The Week Ahead
Fri., Mar. 14 – PENGUINS vs. Hamilton
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hamilton meet for the second and final time this season. The Bulldogs have a record of 25-18-1-4 and are in fifth place in the North Division after dropping their last three contests.
 
Sat., Mar. 15 – PENGUINS vs. Norfolk
Norfolk has picked up points in all five meetings this season against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, going 4-0-0-1.  The Penguins and Admirals (32-19-1-7) are currently knotted for the top spot in the East Division.  The Admirals won 12 in row on the road versus the Penguins. 
Ice Chips
- Nick Drazenovic’s marker with the extra attacker on Sunday versus Toronto was the Penguins’ first on the road since Jayson Megna did it on February 15 against Hershey.
- Peter Mannino’s win over the Hamilton Bulldogs last Saturday was his first for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Oct. 19 at Worcester.  
- Mannino has allowed two goals or less in all four appearances since being recalled from Wheeling on Feb. 28.
- Andrew Ebbett posted two goals and three assists over the Penguins’ three-game, three-day weekend.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STANDINGS
TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1. Norfolk 59 32 19 1 7 72
2. PENGUINS 60 32 20 3 5 72
3. Binghamton 58 33 20 3 4 71
4. Hershey 59 30 22 3 4 67
5. Syracuse         58 23 26 4 5 55
TEAM LEADERS
Player GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 57 21 21   42
Nick Drazenovic 49 12 24 36
Brendan Mkkelson 59 6 26 32
Harry Zolnierczyk 49 17 14 31
xBrian Gibbons 28 11 19 30
         
Player W-L-T GAA SO Sv%
Peter Mannino 3-1-1 2.22 0 .915
Eric Hartzell 10-7-1 2.30 3 .908
Jeff Deslauriers 19-15-3 2.60 1 .895

 

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