WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Thanks to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Rochester Americans, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have clinched the American Hockey League regular-season title, guaranteeing the team home-ice advantage throughout the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Penguins, holders of a record of 55-20-0-1 (111 points), have four games remaining in the regular season. The Portland Pirates were the closest team to the Penguins, and now have a record of 44-22-6-2 (96 points) with six games remaining and cannot mathematically take the points lead.
The win marks the first time in franchise history that the Penguins claim the top record in the American Hockey League.
The team needs just two points to tie the franchise record for points in a season (113), set by the 2005-06 team.
The Penguins also earned their 29th home victory of the season, breaking a franchise record for most home wins in a single season registered by the 2005-06 (28-8-2-2) and 2006-07 (28-11-1-0) teams.