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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE 14

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE 14

W-B/S Perfect During Three-Game Road Trip
Road winning streak stretches to seven games
 
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10:  Penguins 3,  ADMIRALS 2…
The first two-goal game of Paul Thompson’s pro career led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 3-2 win over the Admirals at the Norfolk Scope. 
 
The Penguins rookie lit the lamp twice in a 26-second span during the first period to allow his team to jump ahead to a 2-0 lead.  Ben Street provided the eventual game-winner on the power play later in the frame. 
 
Michele Ouellet and Cory Conacher potted goals for Norfolk to complete the scoring. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Brad Thiessen stopped 24 shots to record the victory.
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14: Penguins 6, ST. JOHN’S 4…
The Penguins scored three shorthanded goals in a 6-4 win over the IceCaps in their first-ever meeting.  Bryan Lerg set a season high for points, converting on the power play and penalty kill and later assisting on Joey Mormina’s game-winning shorthanded tally. 
 
Ben Street beat David Aebischer on a penalty shot at 16:40 of the second period for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first shorthanded goal of the night.   Brad Thiessen denied Carl Klingberg at 8:23 of the third in St. John’s penalty shot attempt. 
 
The Penguins received two goals from captain Ryan Craig including the empty-netter that sealed the win with 52 seconds left in regulation.
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15: Penguins 4, ST. JOHN’S (OT)…
Ben Street’s third straight two-point game helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-3 overtime victory and the weekend sweep of St. John’s.
 
Bryan Lerg opened up the scoring at 14:00 of the first with his second shorthanded goal in as many games.  Street tipped in the deciding tally at 1:33 of overtime after the IceCaps rallied in the third period from a 3-1 deficit.
 
Jason William registered a pair of assists in the game, while Scott Munroe turned aside 37 shots to gather his eighth win of the season. 

 

PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 1/16/12…
PLAYER   GP   G   A   PTS
Ben Street   35   14   15   29
Colin McDonald   35   8   21   29
Bryan Lerg   39   15   13   28
x-Eric Tangradi   30   14   12   25
Jason Williams   28   4   19   23
PLAYER   GP   REC   SO   GAA   SV%
Brad Thiessen   27   14-10-2   2   2.88   .884
Scott Munroe   16   8-3-2   3   2.47   .911

 

POWER ON THE PK…
The Penguins scored four shorthanded goals in three periods during their two-game sweep of the St. John’s IceCaps last weekend.  Bryan Lerg led the charge with a pair of shorthanded tallies to raise his season total to four and pull into a tie for the league lead with Hershey’s Chris Bourque.  Joey Mormina notched his second shorthanded marker of the season on Saturday and now leads all defensemen in that category.  Ben Street had the most dramatic of shorthanded goals, converting a penalty shot in the first game against the IceCaps.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now tied for first in the AHL with nine shorthanded goals scored in 2011-12. 
 
DYNAMIC DUO…
The goaltending tandem of Brad Thiessen and Scott Munroe has been stringing together wins at a consistent pace to help the Penguins go 6-2-0-0 in their last eight games.  Thiessen has won three of his last four to raise his win total to 14.  Munroe has been victorious in six of his last seven starts and has the 15th-best GAA in the league at 2.47. 
 
ROAD WARRIORS…
Going perfect in their three games last week, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has now won seven straight on the road.  The streak is one short of the AHL season high, set by the Penguins earlier this year from Oct. 13 – Nov. 11.  The Penguins are 16-3-0-2 on the road and have the second-best road win total (16) and road winning percentage (.810) in the league.
 
ICE CHIPS…
Ben Street has posted a goal and an assist in each of his last three games and registered the game-winning tally in two of those contests…The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are one away from the 1000th regular season game in team history…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 8-0-0-2 in road games decided by one goal, joining St. John’s as the only other team without a regulation loss in that category…The Penguins have won the last six games in which they have scored first. 
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 1/16/12…
  TEAM   GP   W   L   OTL   SOL   PTS
1. Hershey Bears   39   24   8   4   3   55
2. Norfolk Admirals   39   23   13   1   2   49
3. PENGUINS   39   22   12   1   4   49
4. Syracuse Crunch   37   17   15   3   2   39
5. Binghamton Senators   42   16   24   1   1   34
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
01/13/2012     Colin McDonald   RW   ADD   Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
01/13/2012   Patrick Killeen     G   DEL   Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)
01/13/2012    Steve MacIntyre    LW     ADD   Loaned from Pittsburgh (NHL)         
                                    
UPCOMING GAMES
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 7:05 PM: PENGUINS vs. Monarchs
The Penguins play host to the Manchester Monarchs (21-18-0-2) for the first time this season in what will be the third meeting in the four-game season series.  The Monarchs are still looking for their first win of 2012, having lost six in a row since a win over Providence on Dec. 31.  They stand in third place in the Atlantic Division.
 
Manchester goalie Jeff Zatkoff is tied for sixth in the American Hockey League with a 2.21 goals against average and has a .930 save percentage that ranks fourth. The Monarchs defense ranks 10th with 2.73 goals allowed a game despite allowing 32.6 shots per contest – fifth most in the league. 
 
The Penguins are 1-0-0-1 versus the Monarchs this season after two games played in Manchester.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will battle Manchester once more on March 24 at home.  The Penguins are 9-4-0-1 all-time versus the Monarchs.
 
MONARCHS TEAM LEADERS as of 1/16/12…
PLAYER   GP   G   A   PTS
Dwight King   41   7   17   24
Marc-Andre Cliche   41   11   12   23
Brandon Kozun   39   10   11   21
Linden Vey   39   10   9   19
Patrick Mullen   35   5   14   22
PLAYER   GP   REC   SO   GAA   SV%
Jeff Zatkoff   21   10-7-1   0   2.21   .930
Martin Jones   24   11-11-1   0   2.77   .915
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 7:05 PM:  PENGUINS vs. Crunch…
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 3:00 PM:  Penguins at CRUNCH…
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wraps up the weekend with a home-and-home series against Syracuse (17-15-3-2). The Crunch are on a four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) that has kept them in fourth place in the East Division with 39 points. 
 
Patrick Maroon leads a Syracuse offense that ranks fourth in the AHL, averaging 3.24 goals a game.  The fourth-year pro has compiled 39 points (16-23a), tying him for sixth in the league.  Teammate Luca Caputi has posted points in five consecutive games (2g-5a) for a total of seven.
 
The Penguins fell to 2-3-0-0 this season against the Crunch after a 4-3 loss at home on Jan. 7.   Peter Holland has put up four goals and four assists in five matches against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Kyle Palmieri has twice recorded the game-winner against the Penguins.  
 
After the weekend, the two teams will face off once more this season – Feb. 25 in Wilkes-Barre.  The Penguins are now 49-26-5-2-3 in the all-time series against the Crunch.
 
CRUNCH TEAM LEADERS as of 1/16/12…
PLAYER   GP   G   A   PTS
Patrick Maroon   36   16   23   39
x-Kyle Palmieri   23   21   10   31
Peter Holland   33   13   15   28
x-Nick Bonino   19   6   16   22
Dan Sexton   37   5   17   22
PLAYER   GP   REC   SO   GAA   SV%
Iiro Tarkki   24   9-11-2   1   2.80   .915
x-Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers   14   6-7-0   0   3.86   .877
 
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 Wednesday, January 18.  Admission to each taping is free and open to any Penguins fans in the area.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS/PROMOTIONS…
Friday’s contest against the Manchester Monarchs on January 20, and all Friday home games, is a Dollar Dog and Draft Night.  Fans can purchase dollar dogs while supplies last, and fans 21 years of age and older may purchase select draft beers also for just $1 from 6:00-7:30pm. 
 
On Saturday, January 21 when the Penguins battle the Crunch, the first 5,000 fans will receive a Brad Thiessen Bobblehead, courtesy of Chrysler.   
 
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.
 
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