PENGUINS WEEKLY RELEASE 6
PENGUINS HAVE WON NINE OF TEN, MOVED INTO FIRST PLACE
WBS heads to New England for three-game set
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9: Penguins 4, ADMIRALS 2…
Eric Tangradi scored twice to lead to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the Norfolk Admirals at the Norfolk Scope. The win lifted the Penguins into first place in the East Division for the first time this season.
After the two teams traded power play goals early in the first, the Penguins went up 2-1 at 13:27 when Ben Street picked up a turnover by Norfolk goalie Dustin Tokarski and wrapped the puck into the open net.
The Penguins then went up by two 3:12 before the first intermission as a scramble in front of the Admirals’ crease resulted in Simon Despres notching his second marker of the season.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie pulled Norfolk within one with 3:19 left in regulation, but Tangradi took away any ensuing drama on an empty-net goal with 22 seconds remaining in the contest.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11: Penguins 5, BEARS 4 (OT)…
Simon Despres beat Dany Sabourin with a wrist shot 57 seconds into the overtime to give the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center. The Penguins’ winning streak reached eight games and their road record a perfect 8-0.
With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on top, 3-2, coming into the third, Keith Aucoin tied the contest at 4:03, but Colin McDonald would give the Penguins the edge once again four minutes later.
Hershey was able to pick up a point and force the extra session on a late power play goal by Mattias Sjogren, with 2:24 left in regulation.
Thiessen gathered his league-leading ninth win with 21 saves on 25 shots.
Seeming as though they would finish up the second period down 2-1, the Penguins instead found themselves up by a goal at the intermission thanks to back-to-back goals. The game was tied up with 23.5 seconds remaining on Paul Thompson’s goal and, sixteen seconds later, Ryan Craig then made it 3-2.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12: PENGUINS 3, Admirals 5…
The Norfolk Admirals tallied four goals in the final period – including three on the power play – to cap off a 5-3 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The loss ended the Penguins’ and goaltender Brad Thiessen’s winning streaks at eight games.
Though Norfolk trailed 3-1 going into the third, the visitors quickly came roaring back with consecutive markers on the power play.
Cory Conacher tapped the rebound to the back of net at 1:56 and Mark Barberio evened the score at 8:26 on the next Admirals’ man-advantage.
Three minutes later, Norfolk went ahead for good as Dana Tyrell squeezed a low shot through the pads of Thiessen to put his team up, 4-3. Conacher added an empty-power play goal with 2.4 seconds left in regulation to complete the scoring.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton seemingly broke open a tied game at the start of the second period with two goals scored over a span of 56 seconds. Skating on a 5-on-4 advantage, it was Ben Street beating Dustin Tokarski cleanly from the left dot to make the score, 2-1, less than a minute into the frame. Niko Dimitrakos then gave the Penguins a two-goal cushion, handling a 2-on-1 rush himself with a wrist shot just inside the left post.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15: PENGUINS 3, Senators 0…
Scott Munroe turned aside all 25 shots he faced to help the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-0 win over the Binghamton Senators at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
The game remained a scoreless tie until the 8:33 mark of the second period as Nick Petersen got two chances on a loose puck in front of the Binghamton net and whacked it home for this third goal of the season.
The Penguins would take a three-goal cushion into the locker room after they tallied twice in the last two minutes of the frame. Paul Thompson made it 2-0 with 1:23 left in the second, deflecting Matt Rust’s shot through the pads of Mike McKenna.
Brian Gibbons added another goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1:12 later when he one-timed a drop pass from Jason Williams into the top left corner of the net.
EIGHT WAS ENOUGH….
The Penguins saw their AHL-season best eight-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday in a 5-3 loss to the Norfolk Admirals. The win streak helped vault Wilkes-Barre/Scranton into first place in the East Division for the first time this season. The Penguins win short of tying their all-time record of nine straight wins in one season, accomplished five times previously.
SOME MORE ROAD COOKIN’…
The Penguins took two decisions on the road this past week to up their record to 8-0-0-0. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now the lone team in the American Hockey League that is undefeated on the road. The Penguins have outscored opponents 31-13 on the road. Dating back to 2010-11, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won 12 straight regular season road games.
Ben Street was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 13, 2011.
Street erupted for eight points on two goals and six assists, along with a plus-5 rating, in three games last week.
On Wednesday night in Norfolk, Street had three points in the first period and scored the goal that put the Penguins ahead for good as Wilkes-Barre grabbed a 4-2 victory, passing the Admirals and moving into first place in the East Division. On Friday in Hershey, Street was a plus-4 and registered four assists, including setting up the game-winning goal in the Penguins’ 5-4 overtime victory. And back home on Saturday, Street finished the week by scoring a power-play goal in what would be a 5-3 loss to Norfolk.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored first in ten of its last eleven games. Friday’s contest at Hershey saw an eight-game streak with the first goal come to end, but the Penguins came back the following night against Norfolk to open a 1-0 lead. The Penguins would fall in the contest, 5-3, marking the first time they had lost in regulation when scoring first. The team got back into the win column on Tuesday with a 3-0 shutout of the Senators. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 9-1-1-0 overall this year when scoring first.
JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS….
Scott Munroe’s 25-save effort on Tuesday versus Binghamton was his second shutout of the season, but only his first win of the year. Munroe was the starting goaltender for the Penguins in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Connecticut Whale on October 9. He becomes the first goaltender in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history to record two shutouts in his first three starts with the team.
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…
11/15/2011 Dustin Jeffrey C DEL Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh
11/14/2011 Ryan Schnell F ADD Recalled from loan to Wheeling (ECHL)
11/12/2011 Matt Rust C ADD Signed to PTO
11/11/2011 Eric Tangradi LW DEL Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL)
11/09/2011 Dustin Jeffrey C ADD Conditioning loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
11/09/2011 Steve MacIntyre LW ADD Conditioning loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)
11/08/2011 Matt Rust C DEL Released from ATO
11/08/2011 Ryan Schnell LW DEL Loaned to Wheeling (ECHL)
FRIDAY, November 18, 7:00 PM: Penguins vs. PIRATES
The Penguins begin a three-game swing through New England with a Friday night match-up against the Portland Pirates. The Pirates currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division with a record of 6-7-0-1, but are 2-0-0-0 on a four-game homestand after a 4-2 win over Adirondack on Tuesday.
Portland’s offense is led by rookie Andy Miele, who has posted five goals and eight assists for 13 points in eight games. Defenseman Nathan Oystrick is tied for fourth among blueliners with 10 points (4g-6a). The Pirates have been outscored 14-21 this season in the third period.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Portland will face off three more times this season. The Penguins trail in the all-time series 8-11-1-0-0.
SATURDAY, November 19, 7:00PM: Penguins at MONARCHS…
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will make its final trip to Manchester during the 2011-12 regular season, battling the Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Monarchs occupy third place in the Atlantic Division with a 7-9-0-1 record and 15 points.
The Monarchs own the eighth best defense in the league, allowing 2.65 goals per game. Manchester is tied for seventh in the AHL with an 86.7% success rate on the penalty kill at home. Jeff Zatkoff made 46 saves on Saturday in a 2-1 win over the Worcester Sharks. It was the second highest save total recorded by a goaltender in the AHL this season.
The Penguins will host the Monarchs on January 20 and February 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 8-4-0-0 all-time against Manchester.
SUNDAY, November 20, 4:00PM: Penguins at SHARKS…
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton visits the Worcester Sharks for their only meeting this season at the DCU Center. The Sharks are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division at 5-4-0-2, but have played only 11 games, fewest in the AHL thus far. Worcester has gone 1-4-0-1 in its last six games after beginning the season 4-0-0-1.
The Sharks rank second in both shots taken per game (35.5) and shots allowed (26.7). Tyson Sexsmith has the second lowest goals against average in the league at 1.80. Mike Connolly is tied for fourth among rookies with 13 points (5g-8a)
The Sharks will play the Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena on March 17 to complete the season series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the all-time series 8-6-0-1-1.
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 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 food voucher 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include your name and the number of volunteers in your group.
PENS & PINS…
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be holding their 2nd annual “Pens & Pins” Charity Bowling Tournament on Sunday, December 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, Wilkes-Barre. All proceeds will go to support Allied Services, an organization providing health care and support services throughout the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins players and coaches will be chosen randomly to captain five-person teams of fans in a two-game format. The registration fee is $50 per person or $200 for a team of five and includes two games of bowling, free shoe rental, pizza and soda and a commemorative 2011 “Pens & Pins” T-shirt. Fans can register by calling the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS.