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Penguins Still Atop the AHL, First Team to 10 Wins

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (10-2-1-0) proves its mettle with bounce-back performances

by Nick Hart @WBSPenguins / Media Release

Weekly Rewind
Friday, Nov. 11 - PENGUINS 0 vs. Toronto 3
In a showdown of the Eastern Conference's top two teams, Toronto shut-out Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for just its second regulation loss of the season. Thomas Di Pauli made his pro debut for the Penguins.
 
Saturday, Nov. 12 - PENGUINS 3 vs. Providence 1
The Penguins bounced back from their Friday night loss with a gritty victory over the Bruins in which they spread their scoring over all three periods. Casey DeSmith made 28 saves between the pipes, improving his personal record to 4-0-0.

Sunday, Nov. 13 - PENGUINS 4 at Hartford 1
An excellent start stunned the Wolf Pack, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored three times in the first period. Dominik Simon and David Warsofsky both scored power play goals for the Pens, and Ryan Haggerty potted his first with the black and gold. Lukas Bengtsson made his AHL debut.
 
The Week Ahead
Wednesday, Nov. 16 - PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins take on their PA rival for the first time this season. The Phantoms come into the contest on a six-game win streak. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the 2015-16 season series, 7-4-1-1, and is also 9-1-1-1 all-time at PPL Center.
 
Friday, Nov. 18 - PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
Bridgeport comes to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for their first visit this season. The Sound Tigers have found back-to-back shootout wins since losing 7-1 to the Pens on Nov. 5.

Saturday, Nov. 19 - PENGUINS at Hershey
Giant Center hosts the Penguins-Bears rivalry for the second time this season. In their previous meeting this season, the Pens triumphed in overtime on a Dominik Simon penalty shot.
 
Ice Chips

  • The Penguins hold first place in the AHL and became the first team in the league to earn its 10th win with Sunday's victory.
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's power play ranks as the league's best, clicking at 90.6%.
  • Jake Guentzel is tied for the AHL's rookie lead in goals (6) and stands atop the entire league in plus-minus (+12).
  • Rookie Casey DeSmith's .962 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.
  • Rookie Reid Gardiner has goals in three of his last four games.
  • Kevin Porter's next game with be his 300th in the AHL.
  • Ryan Haggerty is on a three-game point streak (1G-2A).

DIVISION STANDINGS
TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%

1. PENGUINS 13 10 2 1 0 21 .808
2. Lehigh Valley 12 8 3 1 0 17 .708
3. Bridgeport 12 8 4 0 0 16 .667
4. Springfield 13 7 5 1 0 15 .577
5. Hershey 13 6 4 2 1 15 .577
6. Providence 13 4 6 2 1 11 .423
7. Hartford 13 3 8 2 0 8 .308
 
TEAM LEADERS
SKATERS GP G A PTS

Jake Guentzel* 13 6 7 13
Carter Rowney 13 3 7 10
Oskar Sundqvist 12 5 4 9
Kevin Porter 11 4 5 9
Tom Kostopoulos 13 4 4 8
Chad Ruhwedel 13 2 6 8
 
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA Sv% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith* 4 4-0-0 1.00 0.963 0
Tristan Jarry 9 6-2-1 1.76 0.935 0
 
    * = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh
 
UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
   
Wed, Nov. 16 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 7:05 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 18 Bridgeport Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 19 Hershey Giant Center 7:00 p.m.
 
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Wed, Nov. 9 ADD (D) Chad Ruhwedel Reassigned by PIT
Wed, Nov. 9 DEL (LW) Tom Sestito Recalled by PIT
Thu, Nov. 10 ADD (D) Lukas Bengtsson Assigned by PIT
Thu, Nov. 10 ADD (D) Thomas Di Pauli Assigned by PIT
 
PRACTICE SCHEDULE
DATE LOCATION TIME
  
Wed, Nov. 16 Pre-Game Toyota SportsPlex 10:00 a.m.
Game PPL Center 7:05 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 17 Practice Toyota SportsPlex 11:30 a.m.
Fri, Nov. 18 Pre-Game Mohegan Sun Arena 10:00 a.m.
  Game Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 19 Game Giant Center 7:05 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 20 DAY OFF
Mon, Nov. 21 Practice Toyota SportsPlex 10:30 a.m.
Tue, Nov. 22 Practice Toyota SportsPlex 10:30 a.m.

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