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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 12/18/12

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #10
WBS Travels to Face Sens and Crunch
Penguins try to get back into win column before holiday break

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
 
Wednesday, December 12: Penguins 3, DEVILS 6…
Devils forward Bobby Butler tied a franchise record, recording four goals and five points as Albany doubled up Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 6-3, at Times Union Center. 
 
With the score tied, 1-1, heading into the second period, the Devils broke the game open in the opening two minutes as Harri Pesonen scored 44 seconds before Butler picked up his second goal of the night.  Butler later completed his hat trick, while notching the eventual game-winner on a shorthanded breakaway goal.
 
Riley Holzapfel, Brian Dumoulin and Jayson Megna each scored for the Penguins. 
 
Friday, December 14: PENGUINS 1, Senators 3…
Binghamton was an opportunistic 2-for-5 on the power play in a 3-1 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 
 
The Senators staked a 2-0 lead as Hugh Jessiman converted on the man-advantage at 13:19 of the first and Jakob Silfverberg later scored with 5:45 left in the second period during a 5-on-4. Trevor Smith would pick up a 4-on-4 tally midway through the final frame to get the Penguins within one, but Peter Wiercioch helped seal the win for Binghamton, finding the back of the net with less than four minutes left in the contest.
 
Saturday, December 15: Penguins 0, CRUNCH 4…
Syracuse shutout Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the road for the first time since Mar. 25, 2011 in a 4-0 win on Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.
 
Brett Connolly’s goal at 14:35 of the first was the only marker needed for the Crunch as goaltender Dustin Tokarski was perfect on 29 shots for his first shutout of the season.  Syracuse went 2-of-6 on the power play with Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn each registering a goal and an assist. 
 
UPCOMING GAMES
 
Wednesday, December 19, 7:05 PM: Penguins at SENATORS… 102.3 the Mountain
Binghamton has yet to fall in regulation to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in three games (2-0-0-1) this season after a 3-1 win last Wednesday.   The two teams have combined for just eight goals in their three meetings with the Senators holding a 5-3 edge.  Trevor Smith has scored both of the Penguins’ regulation goals against Binghamton.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won a 1-0 shootout on Nov. 7.
 
Saturday, December 22, 7:30 PM: Penguins vs. CRUNCH…  102.3 the Mountain
The Penguins take on the Crunch for the second Saturday in a row as they meet for the fifth time this season.  Syracuse evened the season series at two wins a piece with a 4-0 shutout victory on Dec. 15.  Syracuse’s Brett Connolly leads all scorers head-to-head with five points (2G-3A) in four games.  Riley Holzapfel has been responsible for the Penguins’ two game-winners versus the Crunch this season.    
 
PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 12/18/12…             
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Beau Bennett  25 5 16 21
Riley Holzapfel  25 8 10 18
Benn Ferriero 25 3 14 17
Trevor Smith 23 9 7 16
Eric Tangradi 22 10 4 14
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Jeff Zatkoff 16 10-6-0 3 2.00 .922
Brad Thiessen 9 3-5-1 0 3.56 .879
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 12/18/12…
TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1. Syracuse Crunch 26 17 6 1 2 37
2. Binghamton Senators 22 14 6 1 1 30
3. PENGUINS 25 13 10 1 1 28
4. Hershey Bears 27 13 12 1 1 28
5. Norfolk Admirals 24 11 12 1 0 23
 
ICE CHIPS…
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed only five power play goals in 11 road games this season and owns the top road penalty-killing unit in the AHL at 91.5% (54-for-59).
- The Penguins are now 10-3-0-1 with Steve MacIntyre in the line-up. 
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
12/18/2012 Ryan Zapolski G DELETE Releasd from PTO
 

 

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