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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 4/22/13

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #28
WBS to Face Senators in First Round of Playoffs
Best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal begins Saturday in Binghamton

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
                                                                          
Friday, April 19, PENGUINS 2, Sharks 4
A 2-2 tie late in regulation quickly turned into a two-goal victory win as Freddie Hamilton’s two shorthanded goals helped pushed Worcester past Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena. 
 
After Adam Comrie put the Sharks ahead, 2-1, on the power play at 6:00 of the third, the Penguins responded seven minutes later on Riley Holzapfel’s 21st goal of the season.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was awarded a man-advantage with 2:52 to play, but it was Hamilton striking for Worcester and again soon thereafter with an empty-net insurance goal.
 
Adam Payerl notched his third of the season for the Penguins 3:08 into the contest.  Jeff Zatkoff had his six-game winning streak come to an end, stopping 21-of-24s. 
 
Saturday, April 20, PENGUINS 1, Monarchs 3
Martin Jones made 36 saves for Manchester as the Monarchs were able to secure a playoff berth on Saturday night, thanks in part to their 3-1 win over the Penguins. 
 
The game would remain scoreless until 31 seconds into the third period when David Kolomatis roofed a wrist shot to make it 1-0 for Manchester.  Midway through the same period, Andy Andreoff potted the eventual game-winner with Manchester on the power play. 
 
The Penguins pulled within one with 79 seconds remaining - skating on a man-advantage and with the extra attacker – as Paul Thompson netted his 20th of the year to make the score, 2-1.  Tanner Pearson put the game out of each a short time later, scoring into the empty net.  Brad Thiessen suffered the loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 17 saves on 19 shots. 
 
UPCOMING GAMES
 
Game 1 - Saturday, April 27, 7:05 PM – Penguins at SENATORS – 102.3 the Mountain
Game 2 - Sunday, April 28, 5:05 PM – Penguins at SENATORS – 102.3 the Mountain
The Penguins fell in the 2012-13 season series against the Binghamton Senators, going 4-6-0-0, but closed out the head-to-head match-up with three straight victories. The Senators missed the postseason last year after taking home the Calder Cup in 2011.  Binghamton finished the regular season in second place in the East Division with a record of 44-24-1-7.  The Senators have reached the playoff five times in their 11-year history and have an all-time record of 26-19. 
 
Game 3 - Thursday, May 2, 7:05 PM – PENGUINS vs. Senators – 102.3 the Mountain
Game 4 (if necessary) - Saturday, May 4, 7:05 PM – PENGUINS vs. Senators – 102.3 the Mountain
Game 5 (if necessary) - Monday, May 6, 7:05 PM – Penguins at SENATORS – 102.3 the Mountain
 
FINAL PENGUINS TEAM LEADERS as of 4/22/13…
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Chad Kolarik 76 31 37 68
Trevor Smith 75 23 31 54
Riley Holzapfel 76 21 30 51
Derek Nesbitt 67 26 21 47
Brian Gibbons 70 8 22 30
 
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Jeff Zatkoff 49 26-20-0 5 1.93 .920
Brad Thiessen 32 16-12-2 4 2.68 .902

FINAL EAST DIVISION STANDINGS as of 4/22/13…
TEAM
GP
W
L
OTL
SOL
PTS
1. Syracuse Crunch
76
43
22
6
5
97
2. Binghamton Senators 
76
44
24
1
6
96
3. PENGUINS 
76
42
30
2
2
88
4. Hershey Bears
76
36
31
3
6
81
5. Norfolk Admirals
76
37
34
4
1
79
 
ICE CHIPS…
- Chad Kolarik finished the regular season tied for third in the AHL in points (68) and goals (31), first in power play points (30) and second in power play goals (15) and shots (243). 
- Jeff Zatkoff ended 2012-13 with the league’s best goals against average at 1.93.
- Zatkoff and Brad Thiessen won the AHL’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for the league’s lowest GAA.  It is the third time Penguins goaltenders have won this award.          
- Trevor Smith wrapped up his regular season with a six-game point streak (2g-6a) and was also tied for second in the AHL with 20 power play assists.      
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owned the best defense in the league, allowing just 2.34 goals per game, and were also tied for first in shots allowed at 25.7    
- The Penguins’ penalty kill was tops in the league this season with an 87.2% success rate (307-for-352). 
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
04/18/2013      Steve MacIntyre           LW       DEL      Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
04/17/2013      Anton Zlobin                LW       ADD     Signed to ATO
04/17/2013      Matia Marcantuoni        RW       ADD     Signed to ATO
 
PLAYOFF TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW…
Tickets for individual playoff games are on sale now to the general public and are available at the Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, through any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at ticketmaster.com.  Tickets also can be purchased via phone by calling 1-800-745-3000.
 
Playoff ticket packages are available by contacting the Penguins Front Office at (570) 208-PENS and include a Penguins playoff T-Shirt with each seat purchased.   
 
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