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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE 11

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE 11

Logjam for Top Spot in East Division Continues
 
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13:  PENGUINS 4, Senators 2…
Colin McDonald found the back net of twice to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators and the 500th regular season win in team history.  
 
Zach Sill’s tip-in goal at 8:01 of the third was the game-winner for the Penguins as Binghamton managed all of its offense during a pair of two-man advantages.
 
Brad Thiessen stopped 22 out of 24 shots for the Penguins.
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16: Penguins 3, CRUNCH 2…
Brandon DeFazio potted two goals and Scott Munroe made 34 saves as the Penguins won their fourth straight contest with a 3-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch.
 
DeFazio bulleted a shot to the back of the net with 1:46 left in regulation for his fifth of the year and the eventual game-deciding tally.  Ryan Craig also scored for the victors. 
 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill was a perfect 6-for-6 against Syracuse.
 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: PENGUINS 2, Admirals 5…
Five different players lit the lamp as the Norfolk Admirals ended the Penguins’ winning streak, 5-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
 
Goals by Bryan Lerg and Ben Street helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton battle back from a 2-0 deficit, but Tyler Johnson’s goal at 7:06 of the second period put the visitors back on top for good.
 
Brad Thiessen suffered the loss, stopping 10 of 13 shots in 47:06 of work.  Scott Munroe came into the game in relief after Johnson’s goal, but Thiessen returned to the net to start the third.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19: PENGUINS 1, Devils 2…
Mike Hoeffel’s first two goals of the season were the only offense the Albany Devils needed to defeat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 2-1, on Monday. It was the Devils franchise’s first-ever win against the Penguins, who were undefeated through their first 14 meetings. 
 
Ben Street’s 2-on-1 tally evened the contest early in the third, but Hoeffel provided the game-winner with 4:38 remaining in the contest. 
 
Scott Munroe’s three-game winning streak came to end despite making 24 saves on 26 shots.
 
PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 12/21/11…
PLAYER GP G    A    PTS
Colin McDonald   29 8 17 25
Ben Street   26 11 11 22
Bryan Lerg      30 11 10 21
x-Eric Tangradi   23 10 8 18
x-Jason Williams 20 3 14 17
 
                            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  GP REC SO GAA SV%
Brad Thiessen  21 11-7-2 2 2.54  .897
Scott Munroe 13 5-3-2 3 2.26 .919
 
501 AND COUNTING…
Last Tuesday’s triumph over the Binghamton Senators was the Penguins’ 500th regular season victory.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reached the milestone in its 13th season – the second fastest of the 30 teams currently in the AHL.  Only the Hartford/Connecticut franchise achieved the feat quicker, notching number 500 in its 12th season of play.
 
THE MUN-EY MAN…
Scott Munroe’s three-game winning streak was snapped on Monday against Albany, but he still is tied for 10th in the AHL with a 2.26 goals against average.  He has allowed only six goals over his last four starts, including a shutout of the Binghamton Senators on December 7. 
 
ICE CHIPS…
Ben Street has scored in five consecutive home games…Colin McDonald has registered points in each of his last five games, totaling three goals and four assists…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is tied for the second-best road win total in the AHL with 12...Brandon DeFazio is tied for the rookie lead with three game-winning goals….Monday’s loss to Albany was the Penguin’s first in regulation this season when holding an opponent to fewer than three goals.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 12/21/11…
  TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1. Hershey Bears 29 16 8 3 2 37
2. Norfolk Admirals 30 18 11 0 1 37
3. PENGUINS 30 16 9 1 4 37
4. Syracyse Crunch 27 12 12 2 1 27
5. Binghamton Senators 31 11 18 11 1 24
 
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
12/21/2011   Eric Tangradi    LW   ADD     Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/20/2011   Chris Barton     LW   DEL     Returned on loan to Wheeling (ECHL)
12/20/2011     Dan Henningson      D   DEL   Released from PTO
12/20/2011   Peter Merth        D   DEL   Released from PTO
12/19/2011   Brian Strait     D   ADD   Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/19/2011   Carl Sneep   D   ADD   Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/18/2011   Paul Thompson      RW   ADD   Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) from Wheeling (ECHL)
12/17/2011   Carl Sneep   D   DEL   Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/17/2011   Jason Williams   C   DEL   Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/17/2011   Paul Thompson     RW   DEL   Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)
12/16/2011   Alexandre Picard    D   DEL   Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/16/2011    Eric Tangradi   LW   DEL     Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/15/2011   Alexandre Picard     D   ADD   Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/15/2011   Jason Williams   C   ADD   Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
12/13/2011      Chris Barton    LW   ADD    Recalled from loan to Wheeling (ECHL)
12/13/2011      Jason Williams       C   DEL     Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
                                         
                                           
                                     
                                         
                                                  
                                   
                     
 
 
    

 

       
 
 
                   
 
 
             
                                        
                                    
 
UPCOMING GAMES
 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 7:05 PM: PENGUINS vs. Bears
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 7:00 PM: Penguins at BEARS
The Penguins renew their rival with the Bears with meeting seven and eight in the 12-game season series.  Hershey (16-8-3-2) currently sits in a tie for first place in the East Division with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Norfolk.  The Bears have won seven of their last nine, but had a three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in a 6-3 loss against the Admirals. 
 
Keith Aucoin (8g-39a-47pts) and Chris Bourque (16g-27a-47pts) remain number one and two in league scoring and assists.  Hershey’s top-ranked power play (31.3%) helps lead an offense that is tied for second in the AHL at 3.66 goals per game.
 
The Penguins have won eight straight at the Giant Center including a 4-2 victory on December 10.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the season series 4-1-0-1. 
 
BEARS TEAM LEADERS as of 12/21/11…
PLAYER GP G   A PTS
Keith Aucoin  29 8 39 47
Chris Bourque 29 16 27 43
Jacob Micflikier   29 11 25 36
Graham Mink   23 11 14 25
Ryan Potulny   15 8 10 18
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
       
  GP REC SO GAA SV%
Dany Sabourin  12 7-4-1 2 2.72 .909
Braden Holtby 18 9-7-1 1 2.76 .895
 
 
                 
 
                   
 
SATURDAY, December 31, 5:05 PM:  PENGUINS vs. Sound Tigers…
This will be first game out of four between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers (11-14-3-1) are in the midst of a six-game losing streak that has seen them fall below .500 and into fifth place in the Northeast Division. 
 
Bridgeport is 2-2-0-0 against the East Division this season. The team is ranked 29th in the league with 3.45 goals allowed per game.  The Sound Tigers are the only team in the league that has a losing record when leading after the first period (2-3-0-1).  Nino Niederreiter is on a three-game road goal scoring streak.
 
The Penguins are 26-19-0-6-3 all-time against the Sound Tigers. 
 
SOUND TIGERS TEAM LEADERS as of 12/21/11…
PLAYER  GP G A PTS
x-Tim Wallace  24 9 11 20
Jeremy Colliton 24 7 10 17
Casey Cizikas   29 5 11 16
x-David Ullstrom 17 12 2 14
Justin DiBenedetto  21 9 5 14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
  GP REC SO GAA  SV%
Anders Nilsson 12 5-6-1 0 3.16 .902
Kevin Poulin   15 6-9-0 0 3.39 .891
                            
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS/PROMOTIONS…
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.
 
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION…
Join us at 5:05 PM on New Year’s Eve as the Penguins face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the first time this season.  The first 5,000 fans through the door will receive a Penguins reusable grocery bag. 
 
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