Penguins Weekly Release #8



WBS PUSHES WIN STREAK TO FIVE GAMES

Hynes tied for first on team’s all-time win list

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Friday, November 30: PENGUINS 5, Crunch 3…

Riley Holzapfel’s three-point night (1g-2a) and Trevor Smith’s two goals helped the Penguins to a 5-3 win over the division-leading Crunchand a 10-2-0-0 record in the month of November

With the score knotted, 1-1, in the second period, Holzapfel assisted on Beau Bennett’s go-ahead tally at 8:49 and later provided the primary helper on Brian Dumoulin’s power play goal late in the frame built a two-cushion for WBS

Holzapfel also notched a 5-on-4 brekaway goal halfway through the third period that proved to be the eventual game-winner. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 23-of-26 shots for his fifth win in a row.

Saturday,December 1: PENGUINS 5, IceCaps 3…

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held St. John’s to just 16 shots in defeating the IceCaps, 5-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Penguins would get out to a fast start as Simon Despres and Warren Peters each scored in the first 3:07 of the game to jump ahead, 2-0. A steady St. John’s rally would have the contest tied late in the second before Dylan Reese’s power play goal with 19.8 seconds until the intermission put WBS ahead for good.

Benn Ferriero added an insurance goal early in the third and Riley Holzapfel clinched the win on an empty-net tally with 1:05 remaining. Jeff Zatkoff recorded his 10thwin of the season with 13 saves.

UPCOMING GAMES

Friday, December7, 7:05 PM: PENGUINS vs. Bears…102.3 the Mountain

The Penguins will try to gather their first win against the Bears on home ice as Hershey comes to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Bears were victorious in the first three meetings of the season before the Penguins earned a 4-0 shutout win on Nov. 21 at GIANT Center. Hershey (9-11-1-0) had a three-game winning streak stopped on Sunday by the Norfolk Admirals.

Saturday, December 8, 7:05PM: PENGUINSvs. Pirates…MyNetworkTV; 102.3 the Mountain

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton completes its home portion of the four-game season series against the Pirates when Portland comes to town on Saturday. The Penguins edged the Pirates, 4-3, in the shootout on Nov. 10. Portland (10-9-1-1) has won four of its last six games and is currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, but just two points out of first. Alexander Bolduc is tied for fifth in the league with 22 points (12g-10a).

Penguins Leaders as of 12/3/12
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Beau Bennett 20 5 11 16
Riley Holzapfel 20 7 8 15
Trevor Smith 20 7 6 13
Benn Ferriero 20 2 11 13
Two players with 11 points
GOALIE GP REC SO GAA SV%
Jeff Zatkoff 15 10-5-0 3 1.81 .930
Brad Thiessen 5 3-2-0 0 3.25 .884
East Division Standings as of as of 12/3/12
# Team GP W L OTL SO PTS
1 Syracuse Crunch 20 13 5 1 1 28
2 Senators 18 12 4 1 1 26
3 PENGUINS 20 13 7 0 0 26
4 Hershey Bears 21 9 11 1 0 19
5 Norfolk Admirals 20 9 11 0 0 18

 

ICE CHIPS…

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won five straight, six in a row at home and went 10-2-0-0 in the month of November.

-The Penguins are 9-2-0-0 against out of division opponents

-Wilkes-Barre/Scrantonis undefeated when scoring three or more goals (9-0-0-0).

-Head Coach John Hynes earned his 115th victory with the Penguins on Saturday and is now tied with Glenn Patrick for firston the team’s all-time wins list.

-Riley Holzapfel compiled five points (2g-3a) over the Penguins’ two wins last weekend.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scrantonis 11-2-0-0 since Robert Bortuzzo returned to the lineup.

PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS…

12/01/2012 Dominik Uher C Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) from Wheeling (ECHL)

12/01/2012 Keven Veilleux RW  Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) from Wheeling (ECHL)

11/30/2012 Dominik Uher C  Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)

11/30/2012 Keven Veilleux RW Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)

PRACTICE SCHEDULE…

Tue Dec. 4 OFF

Wed Dec. 5 Practice Ice Rink at Coal Street 10 am

Thu Dec. 6 Practice Ice Rink at Coal Street 10 am

Fri Dec. 7 Pre-game skate Mohegan Sun Arena 10 am

Home Game vs. Hershey 7:05 pm

Sat Dec. 8 Pre-game skate Mohegan Sun Arena 10 am

Home Game vs. Portland 7:05 pm

Sun Dec. 9 OFF

Mon Dec. 10 Practice Ice Rink at Coal Street 10 am

*-Practices at the Ice Rink at Coal Street are free and open to the public.

CHRISTMAS JERSEY AUCTION THIS WEEKEND…

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans will have a chance to own one of the team’s limited edition Christmas Jerseysduring a silent auction this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. These game-worn jerseys will be up for bid at both Penguins home games over the weekend –Friday,Dec. 7 versus the Hershey Bears and Saturday, Dec. 8 against the Portland Pirates. The silent auction will be located on the concourse behindSection 108 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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