PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE 10
PENGUINS PERFECT DURING SHORT WEEK OF PLAY
WBS part of three-way tie for first in East Division
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7: Penguins 1, SENATORS 0…
Scott Munroe stopped all 25 shots he faced and Matt Rust’s first professional goal was the game-winner in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 1-0 road win over Binghamton.
Rust’s unassisted tally came during a faceoff win at 4:51 of the first. The shutout was Munroe’s third of the season.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10: Penguins 4, BEARS 2…
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton notched four unanswered goals to skate away with a 4-2 win versus Hershey at the Giant Center. Eric Tangradi and Byan Lerg scored three minutes apart at the beginning of the third period to break open a game deadlocked at 1-1. Lerg, Tangradi and Colin McDonald each registered a goal and an assist.
Munroe earned his fourth win with 33 saves on 35 shots. The Penguins held the Bears’ vaunted power play scoreless on four opportunities.
Colin McDonald was +4 on Saturday against Hershey, tying teammate Ben Street for the Penguins’ and AHL’s season high…Three of Scott Munroe’s four wins have come against the Binghamton Senators as have two of his three shutouts…The Penguins’ win over the Bears was their eighth straight at the Giant Center…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton plays four of its next five games on home ice…The Penguins are tied with Oklahoma City for the second most road wins in the AHL.
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
12/12/2011 - Jason Williams (C), ADD Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/10/2011 - Jason Williams (C), DEL Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/10/2011 - Peter Merth, (D) ADD Signed to PTO
12/07/2011 - Dan Henningson, (D) ADD Signed to PTO
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 7:05 PM: PENGUINS vs. Senators
The Penguins and Senators (9-16-1-1) face each other for the sixth time out of ten this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won four consecutive meetings against Binghamton after their 1-0 victory last Wednesday. The Senators fell further back into fifth place of the East Division after dropping all three contests last week.
Binghamton has led after the second period just three times this season. They are 3-0-0-0 in those contests. The Senators also rank 30th of 30 AHL teams on the penalty kill with a conversion rate of 75.2% (79-for-105). Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 41-27-4-3-2 against Binghamton in the all-time series.
FRIDAY, December 16, 7:30PM: Penguins at CRUNCH…
The season series between the Penguins and Crunch approaches its halfway point with a trip to the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. Syracuse has lost four of its last six, but made it two victories in a row against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a 5-2 win at home on December 3. The Penguins are 1-2-0-0 against the Crunch this season and have an all-time record of 48-45-52-3.
The Crunch own the second best power play in the AHL both overall (24.3%) and at home (24.1). Kyle Palmieri, Syracuse’s leading scorer and the league’s top goal scorer with 17, is currently on recall with the Anaheim Ducks. Patrick Maroon is on a five-game point streak (2g-4a).
SATURDAY, December 17, 7:05PM: PENGIUINS vs. Admirals…
This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the Penguins and Admirals (16-10-0-1). Both teams are currently in a tie for first place in the East with the Hershey Bears. Norfolk has won six of its last eight games including a 5-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on November 29 at the Scope.
Cory Conacher leads first-year players in points (32), goals (16) and shares the lead in power play points (14). Mark Barberio ranks first among defensemen in points (21) and assists (18). The Admirals have scored the most goals on the road in the AHL with 53 and have a record of 9-6-0-0 away from the Norfolk Scope.
The Penguins have a 62-36-1-7-1 record all-time versus the Admirals.
MONDAY, December 19, 7:05PM: PENGUINS vs. Devils…
The Penguins open their 2011-12 season series against the Albany Devils on Monday. The Devils (12-10-2-1) are in third place in the Northeast Division, but have fallen in three of their last four games. Monday’s match opens a stretch that will see Albany play six of eight games on the road.
The Devils are 10-0-2-1 in games decided by one goal and are the only team in the league to not have lost in regulation in that category. They have also held the lead after the first period this season only four times – fewest in the AHL – but are undefeated when doing so.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 50-19-3-2-2 in the all-time series against Albany.
DECEMBER 17th = HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Fewer than 500 tickets remain for the Penguins game against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday at 7:05 PM. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will be wearing special Holiday Sweater Jerseys that night which will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the Penguins United Way Charity Fund. Join in on the fun and wear your favorite Holiday sweater that evening. In addition, the first 5,000 fans in attendance with receive a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Nutcracker.
CHILLIN’ WITH THE PENGUINS…
Fans will get an up close and personal look at the Penguins on TV, as CHILLIN’ WITH THE PENGUINS hits the airwaves this season. The half hour show will feature Penguins broadcasters Tom Grace and Mike O’Brien chatting with Pens players, and will allow fans to ask questions directly to their favorite Penguins with an interactive Q&A session in each episode.
The show will feature two Penguins players or coaches each week, and will be taped in front of a live audience inside the Ice Rink at Coal Street Park (40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre). Ten shows will be taped this season, and aired at 6:30pm as a lead in to Penguins home games being broadcast on MyNetwork TV.
The next taping will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 15. Admission to each taping is free and open to any Penguins fans in the area.
Tickets for all upcoming Penguins home games are available at the PennStar Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, through any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets can be purchased via phone by calling 1-800-745-3000. Additionally, full and partial season ticket plans for the 2011-12 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Hockey are on sale, and available by calling 570-208-PENS (7367).
All 80 regular-season Penguins games can be heard live on the home for Penguins hockey, 102.3 The Mountain, and on-line at www.wbspenguins.com. Games may also be viewed on-line at www.ahllive.com. AHL Live, powered by NeuLion, is the official video provider of the American Hockey League.
13th ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR TOSS…
The Penguins are asking fans to bring an unwrapped new plush toy out to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the 13th Annual Teddy Bear Toss. There is just one game left to help the Tobyhanna Army! Come on down on Saturday, December 17 when the Penguins take on the Norfolk Admirals and bring your teddy bears!
During the first intermission, fans can toss their stuffed toys onto the ice, where they will be collected by members of the Tobyhanna Army Depot and later distributed to less fortunate children throughout the area as part of “Operation Santa Claus.” Over 14,000 teddy bears have been collected during the 12-year history of the event.