Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins News and Notes: Nov. 18, 2011

Alison MyersCorrespondent INovember 18, 2011

Photo: Anthony Fabrikant/AFC Media Photography
Photo: Anthony Fabrikant/AFC Media Photography

With one week to go until Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are thankful for how their performance has given them a nice place in the AHL’s East Division standings.

In this week’s edition of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins News and Notes, get caught up on the latest player movement, find out which player received AHL honors for his contributions to the team and read into how the Pens are still undefeated on the road.



Penguins Defeat Bears to Stay Perfect Away from Home

The Penguins defeated their intrastate rival, the Hershey Bears, last Friday night to keep their perfect road record intact.

WBS came back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to take the victory. Ben Street had four assists in the 5-4 overtime win, while Carl Sneep had two helpers.

The Pens were on their way to a 4-3 win in the third period, but Hershey’s Mattias Sjogren scored on a power play with 2:24 remaining in the game. The power play came from a Joey Mormina interference call at 16:29.

In overtime, Simon Despres wasted no time helping the Penguins get two points, as he scored just 57 seconds into the extra frame.


Ben Street was honored by the AHL for an outstanding performance last week, even in a disappointing loss. (Anthony Fabrikant/AFC Media Photography)
Ben Street was honored by the AHL for an outstanding performance last week, even in a disappointing loss. (Anthony Fabrikant/AFC Media Photography)

Pens Split a Pair of Home Games

Following last Friday’s games, the Penguins returned to Mohegan Sun Arena for a pair of home games against the Norfolk Admirals and the Binghamton Senators.

Against Nofolk, the Penguins had a 3-1 lead after two periods on goals from Street, Jason Williams and Niko Dimitrakos. But, in the third period, Norfolk scored two goals, including a pair from Cory Conacher, to leave Wilkes-Barre with a 5-4 win. Trevor Smith and Mark Barberio each had two assists in the comeback.

On Tuesday, the defending Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators came to town. This time, the Penguins got a 3-0 lead in the second period and held on to it to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing matchup.

Nick Petersen had a goal and an assist in the win, while Williams and Matt Rust each had two helpers. Scott Munroe earned his first shutout of the season with 25 saves in goal.


Street Honored by AHL

On Monday, the AHL named Ben Street the league’s Player of the Week for his performance during the week of Nov. 7-13.

Street had eight points during the Penguins’ three games last week and also posted a plus-five rating. He currently has 10 points and a plus-eight rating through the team’s first 12 games and is third on WBS in scoring.

He is in his second season with Wilkes-Barre and had 23 points in 36 games last year—a campaign he split between WBS and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.


Jeffrey and MacIntyre Recalled; Tangradi Sent Down

The player carousel revolved once again in the Penguins organization. Dustin Jeffrey and Steve MacIntyre were called back up to the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Eric Tangradi was sent back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

MacIntyre posted 14 penalty minutes in four AHL games and had a highlight-reel fight in last Saturday’s game with Norfolk. Jeffrey had one assist in two games.

Tangradi played in two games with Pittsburgh, where he had a minus-one and went scoreless. He has 12 points in 12 games with Wilkes-Barre this year and is second on the team in scoring while leading the Pens with seven goals.


Current Record and Upcoming Schedule

The Penguins currently have a record of 10-3-2 for 22 points and first place in the AHL’s East Division. They are in second place in the league’s Eastern Conference.

Their next five games are as follows:

Friday, Nov. 18: at Portland Pirates, 7 p.m. EST

Saturday, Nov. 19: at Manchester Monarchs, 7 p.m. EST

Sunday, Nov. 20: at Worcester Sharks, 4 p.m. EST

Wednesday, Nov. 23: vs. Syracuse Crunch, 7:05 p.m. EST

Friday, Nov. 25: vs. Hershey, 7:05 p.m. EST


Watch and Listen

All Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins games are broadcast on their flagship radio station, 102.3 the Mountain. Tom Grace calls the action, while Mike O’Brien acts as color commentator.

Games can also be viewed on AHL Live. The cost to watch is $6 per game, and a variety of season packages are available.