PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/21/21

December 21, 2021 Nick Hart
Pens Weekly

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton regroups during holiday break, will return with busy week

PENGUINS WEEKLY – Penguins (9-10-1-2) continue their rivalry series with the Hershey Bears in December

 

Penguins Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Dec. 14 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Hershey 4
Less than a week after Hershey stunned Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in overtime on Teddy Bear Toss night, the Bears returned to the scene of the crime and downed the Penguins again. Hershey goaltender Pheonix Copley shut down the Penguins until Pierre-Olivier Joseph broke through late in the third period. With the goal, Joseph not only snapped Copley’s shutout bid, but he became the first Penguins defenseman to reach 10 points on the season.

Saturday, Dec. 18 – PENGUINS 3 at Hershey 8
Valtteri Puustinen (1G-1A) and Chris Bigras (2A) led the Penguins’ offense with two points each, but the Bears’ firepower proved to be too much for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In their first meeting at Giant Center this season, Hershey out-scored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-1, in both the first and second periods, then scored a pair of special teams goals in the final frame. Jordy Bellerive, Puustinen and Matt Bartkowski accounted for the Penguins’ tallies.

 

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, Dec. 21 – PENGUINS at Toronto
POSTPONED – TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 22 – PENGUINS at Rochester
POSTPONED – TBA

Monday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Once again, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts the Hershey Bears. The Penguins are still searching for their first win of the season series against their I-81 rival. The Bears have started 3-0-0-0 against the Penguins for the first time since 2012-13. Hershey has only started a season 4-0-0-0 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton once, and that was during the 2002-03 campaign.

 

Ice Chips

– Pierre-Olivier Joseph is on a three-game point streak, amassing five points (2G-3A) in that span.

– Chris Bigras’ next game will be his 300th pro game.

– After recording no points in his first nine games as a Penguin, defenseman Mitch Reinke has three assists in his last four games.

– Valtteri Puustinen racked up seven shots on goal on Saturday, tied for the second-most by a Penguins player this season. The highest was eight shots on Nov. 10, also by Puustinen.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                      GP       W         L       OTL     SOL     PTS     Pts%

1. Springfield          25        15         7         2            1        33       .660

2. Hartford               22        13        6          2           1          29       .659

3. Providence         22        11         7         3           1         26        .591

4. Hershey               23        12         8          2           1         27        .587

5. Charlotte            27         14          11         2          0         30       .556

6. PENGUINS       22         9       10          1          2          21       .477

7. Bridgeport          27         9         14         1            3         22       .407

8. Lehigh Valley    23          6         11         4           2          18       .391

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                       GP        G         A       PTS

Valtteri Puustinen       22         7         8          15

Jordy Bellerive              20          3          9        12

Félix Robert                   18          6          5         11

Pierre-Olivier Joseph   15          3          8          11

Radim Zohorna            20          4          5          9

 

GOALIES                       GP     W-L-OT     GAA       SV%    Shutouts

Matt Jurusik*x                 2          1-1-0       2.00      .926           1

Louis Domingue            9         3-3-2        2.54      .922            0

Filip Lindberg*                7        4-2-0       2.76        .915            0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh
X = currently in ECHL

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                OPPONENT      LOCATION                                   TIME      

Mon, Dec. 27     Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena                  7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sun, Dec. 19    (LW) Drew O’Connor                                Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Dec. 20    (G) Matt Jurusik                                     Released from PTO

 

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