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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 2/4/13

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #17
WBS Sweeps Three-Game Weekend
Team has won nine of ten, five in a row at home

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
 
Friday, February 1: PENGUINS 4, Monarchs 1
Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff just missed recording a second straight shutout against his former team, but otherwise stopped 21 shots as the Penguins upended the Monarchs, 4-1, in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
 
A scoreless tie was broken by Joe Morrow midway through the second period, but the floodgates were officially opened later thanks to the efforts of the Penguins’ penalty kill.  Trevor Smith potted a shorthanded goal with 1:17 left in the second and Zach Sill did the same 1:32 into the third period.
 
Riley Holzapfel made it 4-0 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 35 seconds before Vincent LoVerde got Manchester on the board with his first of the season.
 
Saturday, February 2: PENGUINS 3, Phantoms 0
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton limited Adirondack to 20 shots and Brad Thiessen stopped them all in a 3-0 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 
 
Warren Peters’ first of his two-goal game proved to be the game-winner, coming at 10:53 of the opening period.  Alex Grant doubled the Penguins’ lead with 47.7 seconds until the second intermission with his third goal of the season. 
 
Peters completed the scoring with 1:31 left in regulation as he tallied his seventh of the year.
 
Sunday, February 3: Penguins 2, BEARS 1 (OT)
Chad Kolarik’s power play goal with 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Penguins to a 2-1 win over the Bears at GIANT Center on Sunday afternoon.
 
As was the case in their last meeting on Jan. 20 at the AHL Outdoor Classic, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to rally past Hershey despite a 1-0 deficit in the third period. Boyd Kane had put the Bears ahead on the man-advantage at 9:34 of the second.  Riley Holzapfel was able to respond for the Penguins with 7:57 left in regulation. 
 
Jeff Zatkoff stopped 20 shots to gather his fourth win in a row and raise his season record to 15-12-0. 

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, February 8, 7:30 PM: Penguins at ADMIRALS – 102.3 the Mountain
Saturday, February 9, 7:15 PM: Penguins at ADMIRALS – 102.3 the Mountain
The Admirals are still looking for their first win in February after dropping their first two games this month.  Norfolk (18-23-2-1) is in fifth place in the East Division.  This will be the third meeting out of eight this season the Penguins and Admirals.  Norfolk claimed a 3-2 overtime win on Dec. 29 in Wilkes-Barre, while the Penguins evened the series on Jan. 15 with a 4-2 victory on the Admirals’ home ice.  The Penguins will play the Admirals in three of their next four games. 
 
PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 2/4/13…                  
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Chad Kolarik 46 18 19 37
Riley Holzapfel 45 15 15 30
Trevor Smith 45 12 14 26
Beau Bennett 32 6 18 24
Paul Thompson 39 14 8 22
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Jeff Zatkoff 28 15-12-0 3 2.00 .918
Brad Thiessen 19 9-8-1 4 2.47 .907

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 2/4/13…

TEAM
GP
W
L
OTL
SOL
PTS
1. Binghamton Senators 
43
27
12
1
3
58
2. Syracuse Crunch
23
25
12
2
4
56
3. PENGUINS 
45
24
18
2
1
51
4. Hershey Bears
45
21
19
3
2
47
5. Norfolk Admirals
44
18
23
2
1
39
 
ICE CHIPS…
-          Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won nine of its last ten games and five in a row at home.     
-          The Penguins have given up just eleven goals over their last ten games.
-          Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ranks second in the AHL in both goals allowed (2.31) and shots allowed (25.49).
-          Jeff Zatkoff has won four straight starts, allowing just one goal in each game. 
-          Brad Thiessen has registered four shutouts in his last eight starts while going 6-2-0, with a 1.32 GAA and a .947 save percentage. 
-          Riley Holzapfel has scored in six of his last eight games (6g) and also added three assists.
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
02/01/2013 Chris Barton C ADD Signed to PTO
 
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