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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 4/16/13

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #27
WBS Clinches Playoff Berth for 11th Straight Year
Penguins conclude regular season at home versus WOR and MCH

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS                                                                        
Saturday, April 13, Penguins 3, ICECAPS 0
Dominik Uher notched the first multi-goal game of his pro career and Jeff Zatkoff gathered his fifth shutout of the season as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins downed the St. John’s IceCaps, 3-0, at Mile One Centre.
 
Uher broke a scoreless tie with 2:09 left in the first period, deflecting home his second goal of the season.  He then doubled the Penguins’ lead at 9:08 of the second with a veritable carbon copy of his first tally.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton added its third goal of the match 2:14 later on Paul Thompson’s 19th of the year.
 
Jeff Zatkoff made 18 saves for his seventh straight win and second shutout in a row.
 
Sunday, April 14, Penguins 5, ICECAPS 4 (OT)
Chad Kolarik continued his recent hot streak, notching his second hat trick of the season and the game-winning goal in overtime as the Penguins swept the weekend set with a 5-4 win over the IceCaps. 
 
After St. John’s Will O’Neill broke a 3-3 tie at 11:54 of the third period, Kolarik took matters into his own hands. Less than three minutes later, Kolarik had evened the contest again with his 30th goal of the season.  His end-to-end rush and wrist shot tally at 2:09 of the overtime gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the victory.
 
Alex Grant registered two assists and Trevor Smith chipped in a goal and an assist.  Dominik Uher netted his third marker in two games.  Goalie Brad Thiessen stopped 19-of-23 to go to 16-11-2 on the season.
 
UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, April 19, 7:05 PM – PENGUINS vs. Sharks – 102.3 the Mountain
Worcester (30-33-4-6) was officially eliminated from playoff contention after an overtime loss on Saturday versus the Norfolk Admirals. The Sharks have just one win in their last 12 games (1-8-3-0) and are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division.  Worcester has been outscored 49-83 in the second period, but opponents only hold a 124-125 edge in the other two periods combined. 
 
Sunday, April 20, 7:05 PM – PENGUINS vs. Monarchs – 102.3 the Mountain, MyNetworkTV
Manchester (35-31-3-4) is currently vying for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the eight seed with three games left to play.  The Monarchs have won four in a row with goaltender Martin Jones getting all four victories and allowing only seven goals.  Manchester has scored the most second-period goals this season (83). Linden Vey is tied for fourth in the league in assists (44) and points (65)
 
PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 4/16/13…
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Chad Kolarik 74 31 36 67
Trevor Smith 73 23 29 52
Riley Holzapfel 74 19 30 49
Derek Nesbitt 66 26 21 47
Brian Gibbons 68 8 21 28
 
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Jeff Zatkoff 48 26-19-0 5 1.91 .921
Brad Thiessen 31 16-11-2 4 2.70 .902

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 4/16/13…
TEAM
GP
W
L
OTL
SOL
PTS
1. Syracuse Crunch
73
41
21
6
5
93
2. Binghamton Senators 
73
42
23
1
6
92
3. PENGUINS 
74
42
28
2
2
88
4. Norfolk Admirals
73
37
31
4
1
49
5. Hershey Bears
73
34
30
3
6
79
 
ICE CHIPS…
- In Sunday’s overtime win versus the IceCaps, Chad Kolarik potted his second hat trick of the season and his team-leading seventh game-winning goal.  He has recorded three of the team’s last four game-winning tallies. Kolarik has also totaled 15 points (8g-7a) in his last 10 contests.
- Kolarik now ranks third in the AHL in both points (67) and goals (31) and is second with 15 power play goals. 
- Jeff Zatkoff picked up his fifth shutout of the season on Saturday at St. John’s while winning his seventh straight start.  The Penguins goalie has recorded back-to-back shutouts with a scoreless streak of 126:44.  He also leads the league with a 1.91 goals against average.        
- After notching just one goal in his previous 49 games, Dominik Uher picked up three in two games over the weekend against the IceCaps.    
- Defenseman Alex Grant has compiled seven points (2g-5a) in his last five games.    
- The Penguin’s overtime win on Sunday over St. John’s was their league-leading seventh of the season. 
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton clinched their 11th consecutive playoff appearance on Saturday – the longest active streak in the AHL. 
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
04/16/2013 Peter Merth D ADD Signed to PTO
04/10/2013 Derek Nesbitt LW ADD Traded from Peoria (AHL)
 
CHILLIN’ WITH THE PENGUINS TAPING ON THURSDAY…

 The next CHILLIN’ WITH THE PENGUINS taping will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, Apr. 18 with Brian Gibbons and Dominik Uher as this week’s guests.   Admission to each taping is free. The show will be taped in front of a live audience inside the Ice Rink at Coal Street Park (40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre) and aired on MyNetworkTV this season at 6:30 P.M. on the Saturdays of that week’s taping.

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