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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took three of a possible four points last weekend, improving their record to 18-4-1-2 on the season, good for 39 points and second place in the Eastern Conference.

The Penguins began the weekend in Hamilton, where they battled the Bulldogs in a 2-1 shootout loss. Daniel Carcillo netted the Penguins' lone regulation tally, then added another score in the shootout. Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers stopped 36 shots during the first 65 minutes of play, then turned aside six of nine attempts in the shootout. The SOL snapped Deslauriers' personal winning streak at six games.

The Pens returned home the following night to face the high-flying Chicago Wolves, who entered the game with an AHL best 118 goals, and average of 4.72 per game. But the Pens jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first period goals by Jonathan Filewich and Tim Wallace, and never looked back en route to a 5-3 victory. Filewich added a second goal before the first period was out, while Carcillo and Joe Jensen also tallied for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Andrew Penner stopped 23 of 26 shots, and the Penguins snapped the Wolves' string of consecutive games with five goals at four contests.

The Penguins return to action this Friday night, when they host the Toronto Marlies at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza, then take on the Philadelphia Phantoms at home on Saturday night. Both games start at 7:05pm.

The Pens conclude their weekend with a Sunday afternoon road contest against the Syracuse Crunch at 5:00pm.

Season ticket plans and partial packages for the 2006-07 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey are on sale now, and available by calling 208-7367.

FANTASTIC FIRSTS

Joe Jensen, Grant McNeill and Jon Awe all made their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debuts during the Penguins' 2-1 shootout loss in Hamilton on December 8.

Tim Wallace and Jensen both netted their first career AHL goals in the Penguins' 5-3 win over the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night.

FIVE IN A ROW FOR CARCILLO

Penguins left wing Daniel Carcillo carries a five-game goal streak into this week's action. The longest goal scoring streak in the AHL this season is six games, a feat shared by Worcester's Mathieu Darche and Hartford's Ryan Callahan.

Carcillo's string of five straight games is the longest on the team since Erik Christensen tallied in five consecutive contests between October 21-29, 2005.

ALL-STAR VOTIN UNDERWAY

Voting for the RBK Hockey 2007 AHL All-Star Classic is now underway at www.theahl.com. Voting runs through Sunday, January 7. The 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic will take place on January 28-29 at Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Toronto Marlies

PENGUINS STREAKS

Daniel Carcillo has a five-game goal streak (5 goals). Matt Carkner has a five-game assist streak (5 assists).

PENGUINS LEAGUE LEADERS

- Tom Gilbert is tied for eighth among league defensemen with 16 points (3+13=16) and tied for 16th among all rookies with 16 points.

- Rob Schremp is tied for 13th among rookies with 17 points (4+13=17).

- Tyler Kennedy is tied for 19th among rookies with 15 points (5+10=15).

- Jonathan Filewich is tied for 23rd overall with 25 points (13+12=23), tied for 11th with 13 goals and tied for 12th with six power play goals.

- Matt Carkner is 10th in the league with 74 penalty minutes.

- Wade Skolney is 20th in the league with 64 penalty minutes.

- Jeff Deslauriers is tied for fifth in the league with 10 wins, is third with a 2.04 GAA and tied for fourth with a .921 save percentage.

- Andrew Penner is tied for fourth in the league with two shutouts and tied for 10th with eight wins.

POWER PLAY

The Penguins currently have the top ranked power play in the American Hockey League, striking at a 23.4% rate (37 goals/158 attempts). The Penguins home power play is second in the league at 25.0% (17 goals/68 attempts). The Pens road power play ranks fifth overall at 22.2% (20 goals/90 attempts).

PENALTY KILL

The Penguins rank ninth overall with an 85.4% penalty kill rate (19 goals against/130 attempts). The Pens road penalty kill is tied for fifth at 88.0% (9 goals against/75 attempts). The Pens home penalty kill is 20th in the league at 81.8% (10 goals against/55 attempts).

RECENT TRANSACTONS

12/12/2006 Ryan Glenn (D) ADD Signed to PTO

12/09/2006 Arpad Mihaly (LW) DEL Released from PTO

12/09/2006 Jon Awe (D) DEL Released from PTO

12/08/2006 Jon Awe (D) ADD Signed to PTO

12/07/2006 John LeClair (LW) ADD Returned on loan from Pittsburgh (NHL)

12/06/2006 Grant McNeill (D) ADD Recalled from loan to Wheeling (ECHL)

UPCOMING OPPONENTS

Toronto Marlies - Friday, December 17 - 7:05pm @ Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza

- RECORD: 10-14-2-2, 24 points, Fifth Place in North Division

- LEADING SCORERS:

o Points: Eric Westrum (126)

o Goals: Eric Westrum (9)

o Assists: Eric Westrum (17)

- LEADING GOALIES:

o GAA: Jean-Francois Racine (2.69)

o Wins: Jean-Francois Racine (5)

o Save%: Justin Pooge (.908)

- SEASON SERIES: This is the second of two meetings between the teams. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a 3-2 win in Toronto on October 28.

NOTES: The Marlies are 1-4-0-1 in their past six games.

Philadelphia Phantoms - Saturday, December 16 - 7:05pm @ Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza

- RECORD: 9-13-1-0, 19 points, Seventh Place in East Division

- LEADING SCORERS:

o Points: Mark Cullen (19)

o Goals: Stefan Ruzicka and Ryan Potulny (7)

o Assists: Mark Cullen and Marty Murray (13)

- LEADING GOALIES:

o GAA: Scott Munroe (3.30)

o Wins: Martin Houle (5)

o Save%: Scott Munroe(.898)

- SEASON SERIES: The Penguins and Phantoms have met twice so far this season, with the Phantoms taking a 5-4 win in Philadelphia on Nov. 4 and the Penguins posting a 3-2 victory at the Spectrum on Nov. 17. The clubs will meet 10 times in total this season.

- NOTES: Former Penguins head coach Joey Mullen will return to the Wachovia Arena for the first time since being named a Phantoms assistant earlier this year.

Syracuse Crunch - Sunday, December 17 - 5:00pm @ Onondaga County War Memorial

- RECORD: 8-16-0-1, 17 points, Sixth Place in North Division

- LEADING SCORERS:

o Points: Joe Motzko (22)

o Goals: Geoff Platt (12)

o Assists: Joe Motzko (15)

- LEADING GOALIES:

o GAA: Ty Conklin (3.33)

o Wins: Tomas Popperle (6)

o Save%: Ty Conklin (.905)

- SEASON SERIES: The Penguins posted a 6-1 win in Syracuse on Oct. 13, while the Crunch handed the Pens a 5-3 loss in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 29. The club's will meet eight times this season.

- NOTES: Crunch goaltender Ty Conklin and defenseman Filip Novak were recalled by Columbus on Dec. 11...Syracuse tough guy Brandon Sugden announced his retirement on Dec. 7.
 
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