Albany takes 2-0 series lead Jamie McBain scored a late third period goal as the Albany River Rats defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-2 on Friday night at the Times Union Center to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven East Division Semifinals. The series now shifts to Wilkes Barre for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday. The Penguins who entered the series as under-dogs got a strong game from top prospect Eric Tangradi who according to sources could be added to the Penguins playoff roster as early as Wednesday, if Wilkes Barre is eliminated.
Ben Hanowski Born: 10-18-1990 Position: Winger Height: 6-2 Weight: 198-pounds Hometown: Little Falls, Minn. Current Team: St. Cloud State University Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 3rd round pick TIOPS Scouting Report Hanowski had a prolific high school hockey career scoring 73 goals and 135 points (73-62-135) in 31 games, for Little Falls (2008-2009) during his senior season. Strengths: Exceptional puck skills, when it comes to his stick handling/goal scoring ability. – Has a knack for scoring goals – Elusive when a defender is closing on him – Good at moving the puck in tight – Smart two way player – Hard worker, student of the game – Performed well in testing drills at Penguins July prospect camp in drills that had an emphasis on quick feet Weaknesses: Not an exceptional skater, lacks breakaway speed but has quick feet. – Overall Skating ability – Body needs to fill out – Needs atleast two-threeRead More »
Bayda scores 6th goal of the season in loss A four point night from Victor Stalberg and two goals from Pittsburgh native Christian Hanson, helped the Toronto Marlies get past the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-2 Sunday afternoon in front of 2,768 fans at Ricoh Coliseum. The Penguins failed to contain the Marlies top line of Stalberg, Hanson and Mike Zigomanis who joined the Marlies two weeks ago on a professional tryout. The Stalberg – Zigomanis – Hanson line combined for 9 points as Hanson and Stalberg led the way for Toronto. The loss was the Penguins first regulation defeat in their past six games. Wilkes Barre outshot Toronto 36-28 as Brad Thiessen (24 saves) took the loss. The two bright spots for Wilkes Barre was Ryan Bayda who scored his 6th goal of the season in the second period and top prospect
Manitoba 2 – Wilkes Barre 1 Daren Machesney made 26 saves and went 5-5 in the shootout as the Manitoba Moose defeated the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1, Friday night. In the second of back-to-back games, it was another tight defensive game between the two squads. Dustin Jeffrey (1) scored on a penalty shot for Wilkes Barre but the Penguins were unable to solve Machesney for most of the night. Penguins goaltender John Curry made 25 saves and was named the games No. 3 star. Wilkes Barre (5-2-1-1), travels to Toronto on Sunday for a matchup with the Toronto Marlies. Notes Eric Tangradi missed his 5th consecutive game with a shoulder injury. Tangradi did travel with the team and has been cleared for contact. He is questionable for Sunday’s game. Nick Johnson missed his second consecutive game with an ankle injury. Johnson did not travel with the team and will notRead More »
Wilkes Barre 6 – Binghamton 3 The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play and got goals from six different players as the Penguins beat the Binghamton Senators 6-3 Friday to earn their first road win of the season. Wilkes Barre (2-2) was led by winger Chris Conner who opened the scoring 42 seconds into the game with a breakaway goal. Conner (goal, assist) earned the games #1 star and has been Wilkes Barre’s top forward through the first four games of the season. The return of forward Mark Letestu sparked a much improved power play Friday night. Letestu had two assists, both on the power play as Wilkes Barre was 3-for-5 on the man advantage. Nick Johnson (1), Ryan Bayda (1) and Konstantin Pushkarev each scored power play goals. Letestu also played a factor in Nick Johnson having his best game of the season. The two linematesRead More »