PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/11/22

January 11, 2022 Nick Hart
Pens Weekly

 

Penguins making preparations for three-in-three, rivalry weekend

PENGUINS WEEKLY – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (9-14-1-3) to play first home games since Dec. 27

 

Penguins Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 7 – PENGUINS 5 at Utica 6 (SO)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pushed the top team in the AHL to the limit, but the thriller ended in a shootout loss. Alex Nylander tallied two assists in his Pens debut, and Valtteri Puustinen had the first three-point game of his AHL career (2G-1A).

Saturday, Jan. 8 – PENGUINS 0 at Hershey 3
The Penguins went from Upstate New York to Chocolatetown, PA, but fell victim to their I-81 Rival. Hershey goalie Hunter Shepard blanked Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a 20-save shutout.

Sunday, Jan. 9 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 3
A tenacious, pugilistic performance by the Penguins saw them control the pace of play, but it still wasn’t enough to down the Bears in their rematch from a night before. Mitch Reinke scored his first goal as a Penguin early in the third period, and Radim Zohorna tallied an extra-attacker goal late, as well.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 14 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returns to home ice for a clash against its other in-state rival. The Penguins are 3-1-0-0 against the Phantoms this season, but haven’t met since Nov. 3.

Saturday, Jan. 15 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Tables turn as the Penguins head down to PPL Center for the second game of a home-and-home with the Phantoms. Lehigh Valley enters the weekend on an eight-game point streak (6-0-1-1).

Sunday, Jan. 16 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squares off against Hershey for the seventh time this season, and the seventh time in 12 games. The game is also a Kids Free Sunday, where kids ages 14 and under can attend free of charge with a paid adult ticket.

 

Ice Chips

– Pierre-Olivier Joseph has seven points (2G-5A) in his last seven games.

– Alex Nylander’s second assist on Friday was his 100th AHL point.

– Nylander has three points (3A) in his three games since joining the Penguins.

– The last time Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a three-in-three weekend played exclusively against in-state opponents was Apr. 8, 9, 10 of the 2015-16 season. The Penguins went 1-2-0-0 in those games. Dominik Simon led the team with three goals, while Dustin Jeffrey and Will O’Neill both recorded three assists.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                      GP       W         L       OTL     SOL     PTS     Pts%

1. Springfield         30       18         9          2          1        39       .650

2. Hershey             31        18       10         2          1        39       .629

3. Hartford             28       15         9          2          2        34       .607

4. Providence        26        13         9         3          1        30       .577

5. Charlotte            29       15        12         2          0        32       .552

6. Lehigh Valley     27         9         11        5          2        25       .463

7. Bridgeport         35        12        16        3          4        31       .443

8. PENGUINS        27          9         14        1         3        22       .407

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                        GP        G         A        PTS

Valtteri Puustinen        27         7          9         16

Alex Nylander               26         8          7         15

Jordy Bellerive               25        4          9         13

Pierre-Olivier Joseph    19        3         10        13

Félix Robert                   23         6          5         11

 

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 = no longer in the organization

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                OPPONENT      LOCATION                                   TIME      

Fri, Jan. 14        Lehigh Valley    Mohegan Sun Arena                  7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 15       Hershey             PPL Center                                  7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 16      Hershey             Mohegan Sun Arena                  3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Jan. 7           (C) Radim Zohorna                        Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Jan. 10      (C) Radim Zohorna                                 Recalled to PIT

Mon, Jan. 10      (RW) Anthony Angello                           Recalled to PIT

Mon, Jan. 10      (LW) Drew O’Connor                   Reassigned from PIT

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY – Individual game tickets and season-ticket packages for the 2021-22 season are on sale now. Full-Season, 22-game, 12-game, Flexbook and Premium Seating plans are available by reaching out to the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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