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PENGUINS WEEKLY #30

Penguins to Face Senators in First Round of Calder Cup Playoffs 
Weekly Rewind
Fri., Apr. 18 – Penguins 4 at BINGHAMTON 5
In what was a battle for the East Division title, a furious rally by the Penguins fell a goal short as they were defeated by the Senators, 5-4, at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. W-B/Scranton spotted Binghamton a five-goal lead before starting the comeback.  Adam Payerl and Bobby Farnham (SHG) each registered a goal in the second period before Andrew Ebbett and Chuck Kobasew combined to pull the Pens within one late in regulation.  W-B/Scranton outshot Binghamton 26-7 in the third period, but could not record the equalizer.
 
Sat., Apr. 19 – Penguins 0 at UTICA 2
Making his first professional start, Matt Murray stopped 23-of-25 for the Penguins, but was outdone by Joacim Eriksson, who turned away all 27 shots he faced for a 2-0 Comets win.
 
The Week Ahead
Fri., Apr. 25 – Penguins at BINGHAMTON – Game 1 ECQF
Sat., Apr. 26 – Penguins at BINGHAMTON – Game 2 ECQF
For the second straight postseason, W-B/Scranton and Binghamton will face off in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.  Last year, the Penguins swept the best-of-five series, winning each game by a score of 3-2.  This is the third-ever playoff meeting between the two teams.
 
The Penguins went 3-3-1-1 in 2013-14 against the Senators, including a 3-0-1-0 record at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Mark Stone led Binghamton scorers with seven points (2g-5a) in three games.  Nick Drazenovic was the high-scorer for
W-B/Scranton with eight points (2g-6a) in six contests.  Goalie Andrew Hammond posted a record of 4-1-0 this season versus the Penguins.   
Ice Chips
-  Goaltenders Jeff Deslauriers and Eric Hartzell were awarded the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for recording the league’s goals against average this season.  It was the third time in four years that Pens goalies have earned this honor. 
- W-B/Scranton finished the season ranked second in shorthanded goals with 14. 
- The Penguins had a record of 32-4-0-3 this season when scoring first.  
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill success rate at home was third-best in the AHL at 87.1% (148-for-170). 
- Andrew Ebbett’s 12-game assist streak (12a) was tied with Charlotte’s Ryan Murphy for the longest in the AHL this year.                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STANDINGS
TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1. x Binghamton 76 44 24 3 5 96
2. x PENGUINS 76 42 26 3 5 92
3. x Norfolk 76 40 26    3 7 90
4. Hershey 76 39 27 5 5 88
5. Syracuse         76 31   32 4 9 75
TEAM LEADERS
Player GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 71 22 25 47
Nick Drazenovic 63 13 29    42
Andrew Ebbett 44 13 27 40
Brendan Mkkelson 73 8 30 38
Harry Zolnierczyk 57 18 18 36
         
Player W-L-T GAA SO Sv%
Peter Mannino 11-4-1 1.56 4 .932
Jeff Deslauriers 20-15-3 2.58 1 .895

 

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