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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 2/19/13

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #19
Team Drops Three of Four During Busy Week
WBS preps for another three-game weekend

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
 
Tuesday, February 12: PENGUINS 1, Senators 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton piled up 98 penalty minutes, but it was Binghamton racking up the goals in a 5-1 win at Mohegan Sun Arena. 
 
Shane Prince struck 5:29 into the match for the Senators and Derek Grant doubled their lead seconds after the Penguins had killed off a five-minute major power play.  In the second period, Binghamton converted shorthanded (David Dziurzynski), even strength (Pat Cannone) and on the power play (Jack Downing over a span of 5:08 to build a 5-0 cushion.
 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton broke up the shutout bid at 3:35 of the third on the power play with Dominik Uher’s first pro goal. 
 
Friday, February 15: PENGUINS 0, Admirals 1
Brayden Irwin’s first goal of the season was all Norfolk needed offensively to down Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night. 
 
The Admirals forward broke a scoreless tie at 3:17 into third, while Igor Bobkov turned aside 32 shots from the Penguins.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owned a 32-12 shot advantage in the game. 
 
Saturday, February 16: Penguins 5, SENATORS 2
The top line of Riley Holzapfel (3a), Chad Kolarik (1g-3a) and Trevor Smith (2g-1a) combined for 10 points to lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 5-2 win over the Senators in Binghamton. 
 
Though Tyler Eckford’s shorthanded goal 4:42 into the second knotted the game at one, Smith’s power play goal with 4:31 remaining in the period put the Penguins ahead for good. 
 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled away with three goals in the third period, including Brian Gibbons’ shorthanded marker at 4:36.  Brad Thiessen made 22 saves for WBS. 
 
Sunday, February 17: PENGUINS 0, Crunch 3
For the second time in three games, the Penguins were held scoreless as the Crunch skated to a 3-0 win at Mohegan Sun Arena. 
 
After two periods without a goal, Kyle Wilson and Brett Connolly each scored 1:23 apart to break open the game.  Wilson added his second of the game later in the same period.  Riku Helenius recorded his fourth shutout of the year, making 23 saves. 
UPCOMING GAMES
 
Friday, February 22, 7:05 PM: Penguins at PHANTOMS (Wells Fargo Center) – 102.3 the Mountain
This will be the first road game for the Penguins in their season series with the Phantoms.   Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the home portion of the series, earning a 2-1 win on Jan. 12 and a 3-0 shutout victory on Feb. 2.  The Penguins have an all-time record of 13-6-1-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL) against Adirondack.
 
Saturday, February 23, 7:05 PM: PENGUINS vs. Whale – MyNetworkTV, 102.3 the Mountain
The Whale have won five straight to go above .500 for the first time this season and now sit in second place in the Northeast Division with a record 25-21-4-2.  Connecticut is second in the AHL with 10 shorthanded goals on the season.  The Whale were victorious in their first meeting this season versus the Penguins, recording a 2-0 shutout on Jan. 5 at XL Center. 
 
Sunday, February 24, 3:00 PM: Penguins at SOUND TIGERS – 102.3 the Mountain
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton heads to Bridgeport for the fourth and final regular season meeting against the Sound Tigers.  The Penguins own a 2-1-0-0 series lead after downing the Sound Tigers, 3-1, back on Nov. 16.  Bridgeport (22-21-2-2) is in third place in the Northeast, six points behind the Whale.
 
PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 2/19/13…
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Chad Kolarik 52 19 24 43
Riley Holzapfel 51 16 18 34
Trevor Smith 51 16 16 32
Beau Bennett 34 7 18 25
Paul Thompson 39 14 8 22
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Jeff Zatkoff 32 16-15-0 3 2.01 .916
Brad Thiessen 22 10-9-1 4 2.59 .903

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 2/19/13…
TEAM
GP
W
L
OTL
SOL
PTS
1. Syracuse Crunch
50
30
14
2
4
66
2. Binghamton Senators 
50
30
15
1
4
65
3. PENGUINS 
51
26
22
2
1
55
4. Hershey Bears
51
24
20
3
4
55
5. Norfolk Admirals
50
22
24
3
1
48
 
ICE CHIPS…
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored nine goals in its last two wins, and two goals in its last four losses. 
- The Penguins have allowed only two power play goals over their last nine games (42-for-44) and have climbed to the top of the AHL’s penalty kill ranking (88.3%).
- W-B/S is 11-17-2-0 against East Division opponents and 15-5-0-1 versus the rest of the league. 
- Jeff Zatkoff leads all active AHL goaltenders with a 1.98 goals against average.   
- Chad Kolarik’s four-point night tied a career high set as a member of the Connecticut Whale against WBS on Jan. 16, 2011.
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
02/14/2013  Beau Bennett LW DEL Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
02/14/2013  Dylan Reese D ADD Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
02/13/2013  Reid McNeill D DEL Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL
 
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