PENGUINS WEEKLY – 10/24/23
Penguins look to carry momentum from home opener into new week
WEEKLY – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2-2-0-0) has its first two matchups with rival Hershey on the docket
Penguins Weekly Rewind
Friday, Oct. 20 – PENGUINS 0 at Hartford 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton began the weekend in Hartford, but was unable to solve former Penguin Louis Domingue. Domingue stopped all 35 shots while the Wolf Pack built a three-goal lead and tacked on two empty netters. It was also a chippy contest featuring two first-period fights. Corey Andonovski and captain Taylor Fedun both dropped the gloves for the Black & Gold.
Saturday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Springfield 1
The home opener of the Penguins’ 25th season was a success as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took care of business against the Thunderbirds. Joel Blomqvist made 31 saves en route to his first AHL win. A breakaway goal from Vinnie Hinostroza early in the second period opened the scoring. Rem Pitlick’s power-play goal at 9:03 of the third period broke a 1-1 tie, and Jansen Harkins potted an empty-net goal put the Pens ahead for good.
The Weekly Ahead
Wednesday, Oct. 25 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton clashes with the Hershey Bears for the first time this season. The teams played 12 times last season, each winning six matchups. Six of those 12 games required overtime or a shootout to find a winner, as well.
Saturday, Oct. 28 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins look for revenge against the Wolf Pack as they welcome Hartford to NEPA for a Saturday night tilt. The Pack enters this week as the Eastern Conference’s lone unbeaten team, outscoring opponents 16-4 in their four games.
Sunday, Oct. 29 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will make its first visit to Giant Center this season for its second game against Hershey in five days. Bears forward Ethen Frank has notched three goals in five games this season, all of which have been power-play goals.
– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 13-9-3-0 all-time in its home openers.
– The Penguins’ penalty kill is 12-for-13 (92.3%), which ranks third in the Eastern Conference.
– The Penguins have not scored or allowed a first-period goal yet this season.
– Dating back to last season, Vinnie Hinostroza has 11 points (5G-6A) in his last 10 AHL games.
– Joel Blomqvist’s win on Saturday meant that six of the last seven Penguins rookie goalies have emerged victorious in their first home game with the team.
* = rookie
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Wed, Oct. 25 Hershey Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 28 Hartford Mohegan Sun Arena 6:05 p.m.
Sun, Oct. 29 Hershey Giant Center 3:00 p.m.
Fri, Oct. 20 (C) Radim Zohorna Recalled by Pittsburgh
Fri, Oct. 20 (C) Jansen Harkins Reassigned by Pittsburgh