Sat., Oct. 12 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hershey 1
Chris Conner’s goal with 2:38 left in regulation broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the win. Brian Gibbons evened the contest with a shorthanded goal in the second period and assisted on Conner’s game-winning goal.
Jeff Deslauriers made 18 saves in net for W-B/Scranton.
Sun., Oct. 13 – Penguins 6 at SYRACUSE 3
The Penguins scored five goals in the third period and went 3-for-9 on the power play to skate past the Crunch, 6-3. Nick Drazenovic recorded a goal and two assists, while Tom Kostopoulos converted twice on the power play. Deslauriers won his third straight start with 26 saves on 29 shots.
The Week Ahead
Fri., Oct. 18 – PENGUINS vs. Adirondack
The Penguins swept the four-game season last year against the Phantoms. F Petr Straka is currently tied for the rookie lead in assists with four. WBS travels to face Adirondack on Nov. 27 in Glens Falls.
Sat., Oct. 19 – Penguins at WORCESTER
W-B/Scranton and Worcester have split their season series each of the last year. The Penguins have an all-time record of 11-9-1-1 versus the Sharks. The Sharks have only played one game so far this season – a 4-3 loss to Syracuse last Saturday.
Sun., Oct. 20 – Penguins at MANCHESTER
The Penguins’ 3-1 loss to the Monarchs on the final day of the regular season last year ended a five-game winning streak against Manchester. The Monarchs have gone 3-0-0-1 to start the 2013-14 season, helped in part by AHL Player of the Week, goaltender Martin Jones. He went 3-0-0 last weekend while allowing only four goals on 91 shots.
- The Penguins’ five-goal output in the third period on Sunday at SYR was the first time they have scored five times in a period since Dec. 9, 2009, also on the road versus the Crunch.
- This is the third time in franchise history that WBS has started the season with three straight wins (2005-06 & 2010-11).
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored as many shorthanded goals (2) as power play goals they have allowed (2).
- Tom Kostopoulos is three assists from his 300th as a pro.
- Chris Conner recorded the game-winning goals in WBS’s first two wins of the season and is tied for the AHL lead.
- Defensive partners Simon Despres and Philip Samuelsson rank first in the AHL, each with a +6 plus/minus rating.
- WBS has outscored opponents 10-1 in the third period through three games this season.
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