PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #29
W-B/Scranton Returns Home Up 2-0 in Series
Penguins host Game 3 on Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Saturday, April 27 – Penguins 3, SENATORS 2
Chad Kolarik’s two-goal game included the deciding tally in overtime as the Penguins took down the Senators at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
Brian Gibbons opened up the scoring with a power play goal at 10:58 of the first and Kolarik followed six minutes later to make it 2-0 for the Penguins. During a 5-on-4 advantage Shane Prince cut Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead in half just before the intermission. Mark Stone later evened the match for Binghamton with 2:57 left in the second period.
Kolarik’s overtime marker came at 8:18 of the extra session. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 34-of-36 for the Penguins.
Saturday, April 28 – Penguins 3, SENATORS 2
Warren Peters’ goal with 1.6 seconds remaining in the second period proved to be the game-winner in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 3-2 victory over Binghamton in Game 2 of the series.
A 1-1 tie in the second period was broken open when Chris Collins scored his fifth career playoff goal for the Penguins at the 12:03 mark. Peters then doubled the lead for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton just before the intermission.
Jeff Zatkoff was stellar for the second straight start, making 35 of 37 saves.
Riley Holzapfel put the Penguins ahead just 2:48 into the first with a power play tally. Chris Wideman got Binghamton within a goal with a 6-on-4 goal coming with 18.6 seconds left in regulation.
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
The Penguins have won five straight against the Senators dating back to the 2012-13 season series, including four in a row at Binghamton. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 3-0 all-time at home in the playoffs versus Binghamton. The Senators went 3-1-0-1 against the Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena this season. Binghamton’s first-round series record is 2-2.
PENGUINS PLAYOFF LEADERS as of 4/29/13…
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Chad Kolarik 2 2 0 2
Brian Gibbons 2 1 1 2
Riley Holzapfel 2 1 1 2
Brian Dumoulin 2 0 2 2
Trevor Smith 2 0 2 2
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Jeff Zatkoff 2 2-0 0 1.87 .945
- Chad Kolarik’s two-goal game on Saturday was the Penguins’ first in the playoffs since Colin MacDonald performed the feat in Games 1 and 2 of last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal versus Hershey.
- Jeff Zatkoff stopped 69 out of 73 shots over the weekend to register a goals against average of 1.87 and a .945 save percentage.
- With Saturday’s win, the Penguins are now 22-16 in overtime in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s combined all-time record in Games 1 and 2 is 23-33. The team is 41-32 in Game 3 through 5.
- Riley Holzapfel’s power play tally on Sunday was the first playoff goal of his AHL career.
- A span of one year and 357 days passed between playoff goals for Chris Collins as a member of the Penguins. Collins tallied the go-ahead goal on Sunday in Binghamton and also found the back of the net in Game 6 at Charlotte on May 6, 2011.
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
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.