PENGUINS MAKE IT FOUR WINS IN A ROW
Team wins four straight to stay perfect on road
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28: Penguins 5, CRUNCH 3...
The Penguins won their third straight game in defeating the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night at Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.
After the Crunch battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the second period, the Penguins would strike in the first two minutes of the third. Nick Petersen started things off 51 seconds in with an even-strength marker and, exactly a minute later, Brandon DeFazio made the score 4-2.
Syracuse pulled within a tally as Jean-Francois Jacques converted shorthanded at 3:51 of the third, but Eric Tangradi would secure the victory for the Penguins on an empty-net goal with 12 seconds remaining.
Brad Thiessen also notched his third win in a row with 35 saves on 38 shots.
The Penguins clicked on their first power play of the match to break the scoreless tie at 9:21 of the opening period as Jason Williams to find the back of the net for his first of the season.
Geoff Walker helped up its Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead to two with four minutes left in the period as he sped around a Syracuse defender and slid a pass to the far post that Colin McDonald fired home.
Syracuse got on the board midway through the second frame thanks to a power play goal by Peter Holland. He then evened the match at two all six minutes later, taking advantage of a turnover behind the Penguins’ net.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29: Penguins 4, MONARCHS 1.... Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wrapped up an unblemished four-game road stretch by defeating the Manchester Monarchs, 4-1, on Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The victory was the fourth in a row for the Penguins and raised their perfect road record to 5-0-0-0.
Already leading 1-0 heading into the second period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton built the lead to three with the help of two players who put the game away last night against Syracuse.
Eric Tangradi scored at the five minute mark and Nick Petersen made it 3-0 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1:23 later with a power play tally. That goal would bring goalie Jeff Zatkoff into the game in relief of Marty Jones, who finished with 14 saves on 17 shots.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton added to its goal total at 12:20 of the third when Niko Dimitrakos beat Zatkoff with a quick shot after Brian Gibbons won an offensive zone draw.
The Monarchs managed to put a small dent in Brad Thiessen’s stat sheet with five minutes left the in game as Brandon Kozun completed a 3-on-2 rush during a man-advantage. Thiessen needed only 17 saves to notch his fourth straight win.
The Penguins’ power play put them up 1-0 for the second consecutive evening as Gibbons put back the rebound from Colin McDonald’s slapshot at 13:13 of the opening frame.
PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 10/24/11...
LERG KEEPS ON TRUCKING... Though his goal-scoring streak ended at five games after being held scoreless on Friday, Bryan Lerg’s point streak reached seven in a row as he recorded assists both Friday and Saturday night. Lerg now has six goals and six assists in his last seven games and is tied for the longest active point streak in the AHL.
ROAD COOKIN’... The Penguins maintained their perfect road record after sweeping a four-game stretch away from their home ice. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 5-0-0-0 in road contests and joins San Antonio as the only other team in the American Hockey League without a loss of any kind in away games.
TANGRADI CONTINUES TO TALLY... Eric Tangradi has posted points in seven of the Penguins’ nine contests this season. He is currently tied for second on the squad with nine points (5g-4a) and his five goals places him second on the Penguins.
FIRST BLOOD... Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored the first goal six times this season, tying them for fourth in the league. The Penguins are 5-0-1-0 when scoring first and have the fifth best winning percentage (.917) when doing so.
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL... Brad Thiessen has flashed the form that made him AHL Goaltender of the Year last season. The third-year pro has allowed just five goals over his last four starts as he has posted four wins in a row, a shutout, a 1.25 GAA and a .952 save percentage.
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS...
|Saturday, 10/15||RW||Nick Petersen||ADD||Loaned from Pittsburgh|
|Tuesday, 10/18||D||Brian Strait||DEL||Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh|
|Monday, 10/24||LW||Devin Didiomete||DEL||Released from PTO|
|Thursday, 10/27||D||Robert Botuzzo||ADD||Loaned from Pittsburgh|
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7:05PM: PENGUINS vs. Bears... The Penguins will host the Hershey Bears (6-2-2-0) on Friday for the first time since they fell, 3-2, in their season opener on October 8. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to exact some revenge on October 22 in a 3-1 victory over the Bears at the Giant Center. Friday’s match-up is third of twelve this season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leading the all-time series 48-44-5-3-2 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL).
Hershey is once again led by Keith Auction who is tied for first in the AHL with 16 points (3g-13a). Chris Bourque sits just behind his teammate in that category, having tallied 14 points (6g-8a) and ranking tied for fifth in the league. The Bears’ power play is clicking at 30.6% (15-for-49) and helping drive an offense that is putting up 3.70 goals per game.
The Bears took a 2-1 decision against the Binghamton Senators yesterday to pull two points ahead of the Penguins into second place in the East Division.
BEARS TEAM LEADERS as of 10/31/11...
SATURDAY, November 5, 7:05PM: Penguins at SENATORS... Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hits the road to face the Binghamton Senators (5-4-1-0) for the second time this season. After going winless in their first three games, the Senators used a 5-4 overtime victory over the Penguins on October 15 as a springboard to record five wins in six games.
Fourteen-year veteran Mark Parrish paces the Senators with seven points (5g-2a) in nine games. Binghamton’s penalty kill ranks 27th in the league at 73.8% (31-for-42), but has a 81.0% (17-for-21) success rate on home ice. The Senators have been outscored 15-6 in the second period.
Binghamton occupies fourth place in the East Division, one point behind the Penguins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the all-time series 37-27-4-3-2.
SENATORS TEAM LEADERS as of 10/31/11...
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 10/31/10...
UPCOMING EVENTS/PROMOTIONS... 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 5:45pm on Monday, November 7. Admission to each taping is free and open to any Penguins fans in the area.
Friday’s contest against the Hershey Bears on November 4, 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. The first 5,000 fans will receive a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Team Photo, courtesy of Unigraphic.
Tickets for these and 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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