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BABY PENS FALL IN SHOOTOUT; STILL UNBEATEN IN REGULATION

Monday, 12.05.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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BABY PENS FALL IN SHOOTOUT; STILL UNBEATEN IN REGULATION

More than two months into the 2004-05 American Hockey League season, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins still haven’t lost a game in regulation time.

The Baby Pens fell in a shootout at Hershey on Sunday – the final was 3-2 – and that result “dropped” them to 20-0-2-1 on the year, good for 43 points and first place in the overall AHL standings.

WB/S leads the East Division by nine points over second place Hershey.

Sunday’s shootout loss also snapped AHL-record road winning streak at 15 games, dating back to April 10 of last season.

Rookie Jonathan Filewich scored a clutch goal in the third period to tie the score at 2-2 and force overtime in Hershey. Earlier in the game, Tomas Surovy netted his 15th goal of the year.

On Saturday night, the Baby Pens had extended their road winning streak to 15 games with a 3-2 win at Norfolk.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s streak is all the more amazing when you consider that five key players have been recalled by the parent Pittsburgh Penguins since the start of the season – Erik Christensen, Ryan Whitney, Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Hussey and Michel Ouellet.

“I’m speechless,” coach Michel Therrien said after Saturday’s win at Norfolk. “There’s a lot of character. Winning is contagious. They don’t want to lose.”

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