PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE 5
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4: PENGUINS 4, Bears 0…
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it five wins in a row, blanking the Hershey Bears, 4-0, on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Joey Mormina tallied a pair of goals and goaltender Brad Thiessen stopped 19 shots to help Wilkes-Barre Scranton gather its first home win of the year.
For the sixth straight game, the Penguins picked up the first goal as Colin McDonald’s redirect banked off the skate of a Hershey defenseman and inside the near post at 2:47 of the period.
Mormina then put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton up, 2-0, with 1:45 left in the first when the blueliner worked in behind the net and was able to knock in the rebound from his initial wraparound attempt.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made the score 3-0 just 46 seconds in the middle period on a Jason Williams breakaway goal. Braden Holtby would come into the game in relief of Dany Sabourin, who finished with 10 saves on 13 shots.
Mormina gathered his second goal of the game on an empty netter with time dwindling down. Thiessen’s victory was also the fifth straight for the goaltender and his second shutout of the season.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5: PENGUINS 2, Senators 1( SO)….
The Penguins extended their winning streak to six games with a 2-1 shootout win over the Binghamton Senators on Saturday at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton broke the scoreless tie at 8:05 of the second thanks to a strong forecheck. Brandon DeFazio tapped a pass over to Zach Sill who sent a knuckler under the glove of Robin Lehner for his first of the season.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton seemed poised to make it back-to-back shutouts to complete the weekend, but a power play goal by Mike Hoffman with 1:54 left in regulation would even the score.
In the shootout, Bryan Lerg put the Penguins on top in round five and Thiessen denied the ensuing chance by Jim O’Brien to seal the win. Colin McDonald and Niko Dimitrakos also converted for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Thiessen stretched his personal win streak to six games with 28 saves on the night. He has allowed only a goal per contest over his last six starts.
THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING….
The Penguins own the longest winning streak in the American Hockey League this season. Their six consecutive wins began on October 21 at Springfield and have helped lift the team to second place in the East Division with a record of 7-2-1-1.
SOME MORE ROAD COOKIN’…
In their lone road game of the week, the Penguins downed the Binghamton Senators on Saturday, 2-1, in the shootout. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 6-0-0-0 in road contests and joins San Antonio (2-0-0-0) as the only other team in the league to have a perfect record away from home. The Penguins have outscored opponents 22-7 on the road.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored the first goal eight times this season, tying them for second in the league. The Penguins are 7-0-1-0 when scoring first and have the fourth-best winning percentage (.938) when doing so.
Brad Thiessen continues to pile up the victories, mimicking the Penguins’ six-game win streak. The third-year pro has allowed just six goals over his last six starts and has posted 2 shutouts, a 1.00 GAA and a .962 save percentage during that span. His 1.80 goals against average overall is fourth best in the AHL.
STONEWALLIN’ – PART 2…
The Penguins lead the league with a 2.09 goals against average. They have already notched two shutouts on the season and have held opponents to one goal or less seven times in 11 games.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO END….
Bryan Lerg’s point streak was halted at eight games as he was held scoreless on Saturday in Binghamton. He did however score the deciding goal in the shootout to give the Penguins the win. Lerg compiled six goals and seven assists during his streak to take the team lead in points with 13.
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
Wednesday, 11/2 D Boris Valabik ADD Loaned from Pittsburgh
Thursday, 11/3 D Alexandre Picard DEL Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh
Friday, 11/4 D Robert Bortuzzo DEL Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh
Monday, 11/7 D Robert Botuzzo ADD Returned on loan from Pittsburgh
Monday, 11/7 C Cody Chupp DEL Released from PTO
WEDNESDAY, November 9, 7:15 PM: Penguins at ADMIRALS
SATURDAY, November 12, 7:05 PM: PENGUINS vs. Admirals
The Penguins will make their first trip of the season to Norfolk as they play the Admirals (8-4-0-1) on Wednesday at the Norfolk Scope. The Admirals blanked the Providence Bruins, 3-0, on Sunday to leap over the Penguins into first place in the division.
Norfolk owns the best offense in the American Hockey League, registering 3.92 goals per game. The team is led by rookie Carter Ashton, whose 16 points (11g-5a) ranks tops among first-year players and tied for third overall. He also leads all scorers in the AHL with 11 goals. Mark Barberio is the top scoring defenseman in the league with 11 points (2g-9a).
The Penguins will play host to the Admirals on Saturday at Mogehan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The two teams will meet eight more times this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the all-time series 63-34-1-7-1 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL).
FRIDAY, November 11, 7:00PM: Penguins at BEARS…
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton handed Hershey (6-3-2-0) a 4-0 loss in the Bears’ only game of the weekend. Hershey is 1-2-0-1 in its last four games and dropped back into third place in the East Division, two points behind the Penguins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the season series 2-1-0-0 and has held Hershey’s offense to just one goal in the last two games.
Keith Aucoin continues to pace the Bears with 16 points (3g-13a) and is tied for third in the league in points and tied for first in assists (13). Hershey’s power play dropped below the 30-percent conversion rate for the first time this season after going 0-for-6 on Friday versus the Penguins. The Bears are still clicking a 27.3% rate (15-for-55), good for 4th in the league,
Hershey plays five of its next six games at home, beginning with Binghamton on Wednesday. The Penguins hold the 61-52-4-6-3 advantage in the head-to-head series.
The first 5,000 fans in attendance at Saturday’s game versus the Admirals will receive Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playing cards, courtesy of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
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.
THANKS 4 GIVING….
The Penguins are teaming up with our friends Rocky, Sue and Lissa over at 98.5 KRZ to help make Thanksgiving a little better for those in need.
Your favorite morning radio team is putting together a team of volunteers to help do all the prep work at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen for that week’s Thanksgiving dinner.
You can help out and have some fun by joining the effort. Bring your kids or your co-workers on Tuesday, November 22 and help us slice & dice hundreds of pounds of potatoes, carrots & onions. The kitchen is also be accepting cash & food donations.
The Penguins are chipping in too with a great ticket deal. Purchase a ticket to our home game on Friday, November 25 against the Hershey Bears, and we’ll throw in a Penguins hat and voucher food for a hot dog, soda and popcorn. Plus $4 for each ticket sold will go back to help out the soup kitchen.
Tickets for the Thanks 4 Giving deal are $23 (Red Zone), $21 (Gold Zone) and $18 (Blue Zone). Call the Penguins at 208-7367 to order yours today (make sure you mention the THANKS 4 GIVING deal).
If you would like to volunteer to help out at the kitchen, send an email to: email@example.com. Make sure you include your name and the number of volunteers in your group.