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W-B/S Victorious in Lone Game of Week
Penguins host St. John’s before three-game road swing

SUNDAY, MARCH 4: Penguins 3, PHANTOMS 2…
With less than seven minutes in regulation, Paul Thompson and Brandon DeFazio each scored over a span of 20 seconds to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rally for a 3-2 win over Adirondack at Glens Falls Civic Center.
Ben Street tallied the Penguins’ first goal of the game with his 19th of the season, tying the contest at one with a power play goal four minutes into the second.
Matthew Ford notched both of the Phantoms’ goals.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Scott Munroe won his fourth straight start with 27 saves on 29 shots.  Adirondack had previously never lost at home in regulation when leading after the first (10-0-0-1) or second periods (11-0-0-1). 
Bryan Lerg   57   22   22   44
Colin McDonald   51   12   31   43
Ben Street   54   19   22   41
Jason Williams   45   10   25   35
Geoff Walker   51   15   18   33
x-Brad Thiessen   37   20-14-2   2   2.88   .885
Scott Munroe   26   13-4-3   3   2.72   .900
Of the 18 games remaining on the Penguins regular season schedule, 14 are against opponents outside the East Division…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starts a four-game road stretch on Friday, matching their previous season long that came Oct. 21 – 29…Defenseman Joey Mormina has posted an assist in each of his last four games…Brandon DeFazio’s goal on Sunday against Adirondack was his ninth of the season and fourth game-winning tally of the year.  He is now tied for second among rookies in game-winning goals. 



  TEAM   GP   W   L   OTL   SOL   PTS
1. Norfolk Admirals   60   39   18   1   2   81
2. PENGUINS   58   33   18   2   5   73
3. Hershey Bears   59   31   19   4   5   71
4. Syracuse Crunch   58   24   26   4   4   56
5. Binghamton Senators   59   23   32   2   2   50
03/05/2012    Brian Strait   D   DEL   Recall from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
03/01/2012   Cody Wild     D   ADD   Recalled from loan to Wheeling (ECHL)
03/01/2012   Matt Rust     C   ADD   Recalled from loan to Wheeling (ECHL)
03/01/2012   Philip Samuelsson   D   ADD   Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) from Wheeling (ECHL)
02/29/2012   Cody Chupp      C   DEL   Returned on loan to Wheeling (ECH
02/29/2012   Cody Wild     D   DEL   Loaned to Wheeling (ECHL)
02/29/2012   Matt Rust     C   DEL   Loaned to Wheeling (ECHL)
02/29/2012   Philip Samuelsson   D   DEL   Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)
TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 7:05 PM:  PENGUINS vs. IceCaps…
St. John’s snapped a three-game winless streak with a 5-2 win over the Binghamton Senators on Sunday.  With a record of 34-15-5-2, the IceCaps lead the Atlantic Division and are second overall in the Eastern Conference.
Tuesday night’s game against the Penguins will conclude a seven-game road trip for the IceCaps that has seen them go 2-3-0-1.  Defensemen Paul Postma (39) and Jason DeSantis (35) ranks third and fifth among blueliners in points scored. 
The Penguins are 2-0-0-0 versus the IceCaps this season after sweeping a two-game set in St. John’s on January 14 and 15.  This is St. John’s first-ever visit to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 7:05 PM:  Penguins vs. BRUINS…
Providence has dropped five straight to fall to 26-28-3-3 on the season and into fifth place in the Atlantic.  This is the final of two meetings between the Penguins and Bruins. 
Providence goaltender Anton Khudobin currently ranks second in the AHL with 1165 saves and is third in minutes played (2358:03).  The Bruins have scored the second-fewest first period goals this year with 36.
The Bruins are 2-5-0-0 this season against the East Division with one those victories coming on a 4-3 overtime win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on January 25.  The Penguins are 10-4-0-4-1 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) all-time versus Providence. 
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 7:00PM:  Penguins vs. SOUND TIGERS…
Bridgeport has been the best since the beginning of the calendar year, going 19-2-0-2 in 2012.  The Sound Tigers’ overall record of 31-19-3-3 has them placed in a tie for the top spot in the Northeast Division with the Connecticut Whale. 
The Sound Tigers has three players amongst the top four rookies in plus/minus rating.  Casey Cizikas – currently on recall with the New York Islanders – is second at +25.  With a +14 rating, Steve Oleksy and Matt Donovan are both tied for third. 
The Penguins took the opening match of the four-game season series with a 4-2 win over Bridgeport on New Year’s Eve.  The two teams will wrap their schedules with a home-and-home series on the final weekend of the regular season.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the all-time series with a record of 27-19-0-6-3.
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 3:00PM:  Penguins vs. FALCONS…



The Springfield Falcons have fallen back to .500 (27-27-3-2) after going 0-2-0-1 in their last three contests.  The Falcons are tied fourth in the Northeast Division with the Adirondack Phantoms and are three points out of the final playoff position in the conference. 
Martin St. Pierre is 10th in league scoring with 52 points (10g-42a) and is tied for fourth with 42 assists.  The Falcons are tied for the second in the AHL with 10 shorthanded goals scored this season. 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Springfield split their previous two meetings with both teams winning on the road. The Falcons will visit the Penguins for their final head-to-head clash on March 25.  The Penguins are 9-6-1-2-0 in the all-time series versus Springfield. 
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  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 76 regular-season Penguins games can be heard live on the home for Penguins hockey, 102.3 The Mountain, and on-line at  Games may also be viewed on-line at  AHL Live, powered by NeuLion, is the official video provider of the American Hockey League.


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