The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continued their dominance of the American Hockey League with a home-and-home sweep of the rival Philadelphia Phantoms over the weekend, improving their record to a league-leading 11-0-1.
The Baby Penguins have 23 points on the year, good for first place in the East Division of the Atlantic Conference, as well as in the overall standings.
Marc-Andre Fleury continues to be the top goaltender in the AHL, ranking first in the league in goals-against average (1.49), first in wins (7) and third in save percentage (.938). But the Baby Pens showed their depth in net over the weekend as backup Dany Sabourin backstopped a 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Sunday night.
Despite the loss of high-scoring Erik Christensen and Ryan Whitney – both recent call-ups by the parent Pittsburgh Penguins – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton keeps chugging along as the highest scoring team in the league.
Two rookies – Daniel Carcillo and Ryan Stone – were among the goal-scorers Sunday as the Baby Penguins won in Philadelphia. Others netting goals that night were Matt Hussey and Tomas Surovy.
Meanwhile, rookies Noah Welch and Stephen Dixon each scored their first professional goals on Saturday as the Penguins defeated Philly, 5-4 in a game that went to a shootout.
Welch, who has taken over at the point on the power play in Whitney’s absence, also chipped in an assist in that home-ice win over the Phantoms.
With Christensen in the NHL, Michel Ouellet is now the team’s leading scorer with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 12 games. Hussey is next at 6-7-13, followed by Carcillo (5-7-12), Surovy (5-7-12) and Colby Armstrong (5-6-11).
The Baby Penguins are back in action Friday as they visit the Portland Pirates.