Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Weekly
Fri., Apr. 17 - PENGUINS 0 vs. Albany 4
Scott Clemmensen turned away all 22 shots, backstopping Albany to a 4-0 victory over the Penguins. Joe Whitney and Darcy Zajac each recorded a goal and an assist for the Devils. Matt Murray suffered his first home loss since Jan. 31.
Sat., Apr. 18 - PENGUINS 5 vs. Norfolk 4
Jayson Megna netted his first hat trick as a professional, leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 5-4 win over Norfolk in its regular season home finale. With the victory, the Penguins clinched the fourth seed and home-ice advantage in the first round of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Sun., Apr. 19 - Penguins 5 at LEHIGH VALLEY 1
Sean Escobedo recorded his first professional goal and added two assists to send the Penguins past the Phantoms, 5-1, in the team's final regular season game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton received multi-point efforts from Tom Kuhnhackl (1G-1A), Carter Rowney (2A), and Connor Sheary (2A). Jeff Zatkoff stopped 32-of-33 shots for his third consecutive win.
The Week Ahead
Fri., Apr. 24 - PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Sat., Apr. 25 - PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
The Penguins and the Crunch start a best-of-five series over the weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. In 2013, the Crunch defeated the Penguins, four games to one, in the Eastern Conference Finals. In 2001, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton eliminated Syracuse, three games to two, in the Western Conference Division Semifinals.
The Crunch finished the season second in the Northeast Division with a record of 41-25-10-0. Jonathan Marchessault ranked fourth in the league with 67 points (24G-43A). Syracuse went 14-4-4-0 versus East Division teams this year.
- The Penguins goaltending duo of Matt Murray and Jeff Zatkoff won the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for allowing the fewest goals in the regular season.
- W-B/Scranton has won the award three straight years and four of five seasons under Head Coach John Hynes.
- The team's 163 goals allowed this season is a franchise best.
- With two assists in the regular season finale, Connor Sheary passed Tom Kostopoulos and Andrew Ebbett for the team lead in points. Sheary is the first rookie to lead the Penguins in points since Toby Petersen in 2000-01.
- W-B/Scranton finished the regular season tied with the Utica Comets for the best winning percentage on the road with a 22-10-3-3 record (.658%).
- The Penguins' 13 consecutive trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs is the longest active streak in the AHL.
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