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PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE - 5/28/13

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE #33
Penguins Reach Conference Final, Split Weekend with Crunch
Historic comeback versus Providence sends WBS to third round

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
                                                                          
Game 7 - Wednesday, May 22 – Penguins 5 vs. BRUINS 0
The Penguins exploded for four goals in the second period en route to a historic 5-0 win in Game 7 against the Bruins that capped off Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s rally after being down 0-3 in the series. 
 
Chad Kolarik’s power play goal 4:44 into the middle frame proved to be the game-winner as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton padded its lead later in the period.  Warren Peters, Adam Payerl and Zach Sill each found the back of the net over a four-minute span late in the second.  Trevor Smith completed the scoring with 4:35 left in regulation.
 
Brad Thiessen made 34 saves for his second shutout of the playoffs and fourth of his postseason career. 
 
Game 1 - Saturday, May 25 – Penguins 4 vs. CRUNCH 2
A two-goal performance from defenseman Alex Grant helped lift Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-2 over Syracuse at Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.
 
Grant opened the scoring just 1:55 after the first faceoff as the Penguins never trailed in the contest.  With the score tied, 2-2, in the second period, Christiaan Minella potted his first career playoff goal to put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ahead once again at 9:24.  Grant added a power play tally with 55.8 seconds remaining until the intermission to provide some insurance for the Penguins going into the break. 
 
Brad Thiessen turned aside 24-of-26 shots in winning his fifth straight start of the playoffs. 
 
Game 2 - Sunday, May 26 – Penguins 2 vs. CRUNCH 3
The Crunch outshot the Penguins, 38-17, on Sunday at the War Memorial, but it was Dmitry Korobov’s shorthanded goal that helped Syracuse to a 3-2 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton that tied the series.
 
With Syracuse owning a 15-1 shot advantage in the opening period, Dan Sexton who broke through on the power play with 64 seconds left in the period.  After Matt Taormina made it 2-0 for the Crunch in the second period, Joey Mormina responded on the man-advantage just a minute later for W-B/Scranton. 
 
Korobov put Syracuse ahead, 3-1, with his shorthanded marker coming at 11:40 of the second period.  The Penguins pulled within a goal on Riley Holzapfels’s fourth of the playoffs, at 14:02 of the third. 
 
UPCOMING GAMES
 
Game 3 – Wednesday, May 29, 7:05PM – PENGUINS vs. Crunch – 102.3 the Mountain
Game 4 – Friday, May 31, 7:05PM – PENGUINS vs. Crunch – 102.3 the Mountain
Game 5 – Saturday, June 1, 7:00PM – Penguins at CRUNCH – 102.3 the Mountain
*Game 6 – Monday, June 3, 7:05PM – PENGUINS vs. Crunch – 102.3 the Mountain
*Game 7 – Wednesday, June 5, 7:00PM – Penguins at CRUNCH – 102.3 the Mountain
 
This is the second meeting in the Calder Cup Playoffs between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse.  The Penguins’ first-ever postseason series came against the Crunch in the 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winning in five.  Syracuse returns to the playoffs for the 11th time in its 19 seasons of play.  This year marks the first time the Crunch have made the Conference Finals since 1995.  Syracuse is 40-42 in the Calder Cup Playoffs.  The Penguins have extended their streak of playoff appearances to 11 and are in the Conference Final for the fourth time in team history.    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has an all-time playoff record of 83-76. 
 
PENGUINS PLAYOFF LEADERS as of 5/28/13…
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Trevor Smith 12 5 8 13
Chad Kolarik 12 5 6 11
Riley Holzapfel 12 4 5 9
Four players tied with 8 points        
 
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Brad Thiessen 9 6-2 2 1.27 .958
Jeff Zatkoff 4 2-2 0 4.62 .858
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
05/28/2013 Olli Maatta D ADD Signed to ATO
05/28/2013 Scott Harrington D ADD Signed to ATO
 
ICE CHIPS…
- The Penguins become the first team in American Hockey League history to rally from three games down in a playoff series and win the seventh game on the road.
- Thiessen leads all AHL goaltenders in the playoffs with a 1.27 goals against average and a .958 save percentage.        
- Trevor Smith notched a goal and assist in four straight games (4g-4a) from May 18 – May 25.         
- Brian Gibbons is second overall in the playoffs with five power play assists and tied for second with seven power play points (2g-5a). 
- Brian Dumoulin (2g-6a) and Joey Mormina (1g-7a) are tied for the league lead among defensemen with eight points.
- Dumoulin ranks first among rookies and blueliners with six power play points (2g-4a).
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has the top power play unit in the Calder Cup Playoffs at 25.4% (16-for-63).
 
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