BABY PENS KEEP ROLLING; NOW 13-0-1
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continued their dominance of the American Hockey League with two more victories over the weekend – including a 6-0 thumping of the highly-regarded Portland Pirates on Saturday night in Portland.
The Baby Penguins are now 13-0-1 for 27 points, giving them a seven-point lead over Portland and Hershey in the overall AHL standings. They continue to lead the league in scoring with 67 goals – despite the recent recalls of big guns Erik Christensen and Ryan Whitney by the parent Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tomas Surovy scored two goals, Kenny Corupe added three assists and Dany Sabourin stopped all 28 shots in the 6-0 romp at Portland Saturday. Michel Ouellet, Stephen Dixon, Daniel Carcillo and Matt Hussey also scored for WB/S.
Then, on Sunday, the Baby Pens extended their team-record road winning streak to nine games with a 5-4 win at Hartford. They rallied from early deficits of 1-0 and 3-1 to claim the victory on Ouellet’s short-handed goal with 2:33 remaining. Ouellet now has scored in nine straight games.
Armstrong, Carcillo, Corupe and Arpad Mihaly netted the other goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Sabourin improved his record to 6-0.
Ouellet leads the team and ranks third in the league in scoring with 23 points on eight goals and 15 assists. Other top scorers included Surovy (7-8-15), Armstrong (6-8-15), Carcillo (7-7-14) and Hussey (7-7-14).
Rookie defensemen Noah Welch and Ryan Lannon lead the team in plus-minus rating – with Welch checking in at plus-14 and Lannon at plus-13.
The Baby Pens resume action with a home-and-home series against the Norfolk Admirals this weekend – Friday in Norfolk and Saturday in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.