WBS Penguins Gameday: Penguins vs. Adirondack

WBS Last Games Recap:
The Manitoba Moose came into Wilkes-Barre last weekend for a two game matchup to conclude the season series between the two teams. Saturday’s game brought solid offense for the Penguins, yet the defensive struggles continued. The Penguins ended up losing 6-4 despite going three for four on the power play. Luca Caputi scored twice with a power play goal in both the second and third periods, while Dustin Jeffrey scored the Pens’ other power play goal 4:13 into the first period. However, Sergei Shirokov scored twice before the end of the first to give the Moose a 3-1 lead the Penguins would not come back from. Eric Tangradi had the Penguins other goal in the second period and Brad Thiessen took another loss in net.

On Sunday, the Penguins bounced back with a 3-1 victory. Manitoba once again took an early lead, but this time, Ben Lovejoy had the answer at 15:21 of the first period. Manitoba would not gain anymore offense as Tim Wallace and Luca Caputi gave the Penguins insurance goals in the second and third periods. Casey-Pierro Zabotel tallied his first AHL point with an assist on Wallace’s goal and John Curry stopped 31 of 32 shots to earn his first win in net since January 8 against Lowell.

Saturday’s Three Stars:
3. Matt Pettinger (Manitoba): one goal, two assists, +3
2. Luca Caputi (WBS): two goals, one assist
1. Sergei Shirokov (Manitoba): two goals, +1’

Sunday’s Three Stars:
3. Ben Lovejoy (WBS): one goal, one assist
2. Tim Wallace (WBS): one goal, +1
1. John Curry (WBS): 31 saves on 32 shots

Next Matchup:
Who: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Adirondack Phantoms
When: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

News and Notes:
Nick Johnson and Mark Letestu were recalled to Pittsburgh on Saturday and played in Pittsburgh’s games against Detroit and Buffalo. Letestu tallied his first NHL goal in Monday’s 5-4 victory. Both were re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.

Ryan Bayda re-aggravated his knee injury over the weekend against Manitoba and is expected to miss more time. He may need surgery, but the extent of the injury is unknown.

Joe Vitale missed three games after being hit with a puck during Friday’s morning skate. He is expected back in the lineup for tonight’s game.

Keven Veilleux is officially done for the season after having shoulder surgery. Although he could have been back for a playoff run, that is no longer a possibility.

After this weekend, WBS’ current record is 22-23-1-1 for 46 points and 5th place in the East Division

Last Penguins/Phantoms game:
After the Phantoms took two games from the Penguins on December 12-13, the Penguins got revenge on December 28 with a 4-3 win in Wilkes-Barre. Dustin Jeffrey scored two Penguins goals and Lane Caffaro tallied his first professional goal and assisted on Jeffrey’s second goal. Jeffrey finished with a three point night (including an assist on Caffaro’s goal). John Curry stopped 32 out of 35 saves to earn the win; the second of a four game winning streak for the Penguins.

About the Phantoms:

The Philadelphia Adirondack Phantoms are playing their first season in Glens Falls, New York. The team was relocated from Philadelphia to Glens Falls due to the planned demolition of the Wachovia Spectrum. Their ownership group is trying to plan for an arena in the Allentown area but until that plan comes to fruition, they are playing in the Glens Falls Civic Center, which is no stranger to hockey. It was originally the home of the Adirondack Red Wings; who played in the AHL from 1979-1999.

The Phantoms have a record of 22-22-2-1 which puts them in fourth place in the East Division with 47 points. Their last game was a 2-1 loss to Rochester on Sunday. Adirondack played three games last weekend and all ended by 2-1 scores, but the team only won one of those games; a matchup with Binghamton. Adirondack’s power play is ranked last in the AHL with a mere 11.6% success rate.

The Penguin Connection:
Krys Kolanos was traded to the Penguins in the 2005-2006 season. He played 18 games and put up 18 points.

Joey Mormina played defense for the Penguins in the 2008-2009 season. He had 11 points and 71 penalty minutes.

Phantoms to Watch:
Stefan Legein has 19 goals this season; including three shorthanded goals. He had a four game goal scoring streak and a five game point streak on December 12-13 vs. the Penguins.

David Laliberte and Patrick Maroon are each on a four game point streak. Laliberte has five points in four games, and Maroon has six in the last four. On the season, Laliberte has 28 points (11+17) and Maroon has 27 points (6+21).

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