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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 1/29/13

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #16
WBS Takes Six of Last Seven Entering Break
Pens start February with three-game, three-day weekend

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
 
Wednesday, January 23: PENGUINS 3, IceCaps 0
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first period and Brad Thiessen stopped 26 shots to lift the team to a 3-0 shutout of the St. John’s IceCaps.
 
The Penguins needed only 2:32 to go up, 1-0, as Alex Grant one-timed a Riley Holzapfel feed to the back of the net for a power play goal.   Philip Samuelsson would add his second tally of the season 10 minutes later and Holzapfel struck with 2:19 to go in the period to build a commanding lead for WBS
 
Trevor Smith also chipped in two assists for the Penguins. 
 
Friday, January 25: Penguins 2, AMERICANS 4
Rochester broke open a second-period deadlock, scoring four times en route to a 4-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Blue Cross Arena. 
 
After Zach Sill put the Penguins ahead, 2-1, at the halfway point of the second with his first goal of the season, the Americans lit the lamp three times over a span of 6:26 and never looked back.  Mark Pysyk (1g-1a) and Mark Mancari (2a) each notched two points for Rochester. 
 
Chad Kolarik made quite the debut for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring with the first shot on his first shift in his first game with the team to make it, 1-0, 1:36 into the first.
 
Saturday, January 26: Penguins 3, MARLIES 1
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were able to pull away in the third period to record a 3-1 win over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. 
 
For the third time in the Penguins’ last five games, Riley Holzapfel scored the first goal of the match, breaking a scoreless tie at 11:21 of the second.  Though Toronto’s Tim Connolly knotted the score seven minutes into the third, Paul Thompson answered 59 seconds later to give Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the lead for good.
 
Rookie center Adam Payerl added his second of the season, notching a power play goal with 5:38 left in regulation.  Goalie Jeff Zatkoff made 27-of-28 saves for his second straight win. 

 

UPCOMING GAMES
 
Friday, February 1, 7:05 PM: PENGUINS vs. Monarchs – 102.3 the Mountain
Manchester has lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak and occupies third place in the Atlantic Division (21-19-2-2).  Tyler Toffoli is tied for second in the AHL with 20 goals scored, while teammate Linden Vey is tied for ninth in points with 37 (11g-27a).  In their only other meeting this season, Jeff Zatkoff shutout his former team, making 33 saves as the Penguins triumphed, 3-0, on Nov. 2. 
 
Saturday, February 2, 7:05 PM: PENGUINS vs. Phantoms – MyNetworkTV, 102.3 the Mountain
It was three weeks to the day that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosted Adirondack for their first regular season match-up and it was the Penguins eking out a 2-1 victory.  The Phantoms are winless in their last three games (0-2-1-0) and are in fifth in the Northeast Division (17-21-2-1).  Marcel Noebels is on a three-game road goal scoring streak.  WBS next plays Adirondack on Feb. 22 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
 
Sunday, February 3, 2:00 PM: Penguins at BEARS – 102.3 the Mountain
The rivalry between the Penguins and Bears continues on Super Bowl Sunday with game 10 out of 12 in this years’ season series.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has taken two straight versus Hershey, who had won five of the previous six meetings.  The Bears have gone four consecutive games without a victory (0-2-1-1) and are in fourth place in the East (20-19-2-2), one point behind the Penguins.    Jeff Taffe is tied for second in the AHL in assists (29) and tied for sixth in points (38). 
 
PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 1/29/13…
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Chad Kolarik 43 17 19 36
Riley Holzapfel 41 13 15 28
Trevor Smith 42 11 13 24
Beau Bennett 32 6 18 24
Paul Thompson 39 14 8 22
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Jeff Zatkoff 26 13-12-0 3 2.08 .916
Brad Thiessen 18 8-8-1 3 2.62 .903

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 1/29/13…
TEAM
GP
W
L
OTL
SOL
PTS
1. Binghamton Senators 
41
27
10
1
3
58
2. Syracuse Crunch
41
25
10
2
4
56
3. PENGUINS 
42
21
18
2
1
45
4. Hershey Bears
43
20
19
2
2
44
5. Norfolk Admirals
42
18
21
2
1
39
 
ICE CHIPS…
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won six of its last seven games.   
- Paul Thompson tallied two game-winning goals last week – Sunday at Hershey and Saturday at Toronto.  He leads the Penguins with five and also notched both game-winners in the two-game season sweep of the Marlies. 
- Brad Thiessen’s 26-save shutout on Wednesday again St. John’s was the third in his last six starts. 
- Riley Holzapfel has goals in four of his last five and potted the first goal in three of those games.  
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
01/24/2013 Chad Kolarik    C ADD Loaned from Pittsburgh (NHL)
01/239/2013 Mark Eaton D ADD Signed to PTO
01/23/2013 Tom Kostopoulos RW ADD Signed to PTO
 
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