Penguins Take 8-0 Road Record to Hershey

This Saturday, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will take their 8-0 road record to Hershey to face off with the defending Calder Cup Champion Bears. This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in the young 2010-2011 AHL season.

Before we look ahead to Hershey, let’s take a look at how the Penguins achieved their perfect record away from Mohegan Sun Arena:

Special Teams:

The Penguins are ranked fourth in the AHL when playing on the man advantage away from Wilkes-Barre. They have eight power play goals, scoring on an extra player in every road game but one. Four Penguins players (Andrew Hutchinson, Tim Wallace, Nick Johnson and Dustin Jeffrey) have posted two power play goals apiece.

Wilkes-Barre is also ranked sixth in penalty killing on the road. They have shorthanded goals from Jeffrey, Wallace and Joe Vitale. Jeffrey also has a shorthanded assist.

Goaltending:

Brad Thiessen and John Curry were named co-recipients of the AHL’s Goaltender of the Month Award for October. The two combined for a record of 8-0-0 and a save percentage of .935 with a 1.84 GAA.

Thiessen remains undefeated with an 8-0 record. In last Saturday’s matchup against the Worcester Sharks, he made 38 saves as the Penguins posted a 2-0 win. He also stopped 18 of 19 shots as the Pens defeated the Albany Devils on Tuesday night.

Thiessen is in the top 10 in many of the AHL’s goaltending categories, including wins (eight), save percentage (.936) and GAA (1.74). Curry is in the top 20 in GAA with a 2.64 average.

Persistence:

Although they had two weak showings at home this year (a 4-3 loss to Syracuse on November 6 and a 5-1 loss to Binghamton on November 12), the Penguins have always responded on the road.

After losing to Syracuse two weeks ago, the Penguins traveled to Rochester to face the Americans. Just two days after storming back from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4, the Pens pulled out a closely fought 2-1 victory.

The Penguins have shown the ability to come back from adversity, and that will take them far this year.

What’s Next?

Tomorrow night, the Penguins will take their perfect road record to Hershey, PA to face the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears. This will be the fourth matchup between the two teams in the young 2010-11 season.

The Bears and the Penguins last met on October 30 in Hershey, where the Penguins skated to a 6-2 victory. Chris Conner, who is currently with the Pittsburgh Penguins, had a three point night with two goals and one assist. Johnson had two assists. Curry stopped 30 of 32 shots to help the Penguins remain undefeated.

Hershey currently sits in third place in the East Division with a record of 9-5-0-1 for 19 points. Wilkes-Barre is in first place by a five point margin and currently holds a record of 12-2-0-0 for 24 points.

Both teams are in action tonight before tomorrow’s matchup. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will take on the Norfolk Admirals at home, while Hershey travels to face the Binghamton Senators.

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