Saturday's Morning Skate 11/22

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Penguins look to start another winning streak.
Another busy Friday night in the AHL as four of the five East Division teams were in action last night.

I was in Allentown at the PPL Center last night as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms won their third straight game - all at home - to remain perfect on their five-game home stand. I'll be back at PPL Center tonight as the Phantoms host St. John's. Follow @TonyAndrock_TCG for full coverage of tonight's game.

I'll also have some updates of tonight's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game against Manchester. Follow @H_P_Hockey for live in-game updates.

East Division Standings (through 11/21's games)

1. Penguins (11-7-1-0) - 23 points
2. Hershey (8-6-1-1) - 18 points
3. Phantoms (8-6-1-0) - 17 points
4. Binghamton (6-8-2-0) - 14 points
5. Norfolk (6-10-0-0) - 12 points

Phantoms - 4, Worcester - 0

In Allentown, the Phantoms continued their success at home with a big shutout win over the Sharks. It's the Phantoms 3rd straight win and they look to remain perfect on their current five-game home stand when they host St. John's tonight at the PPL Center.

Rookie goaltender Anthony Stolarz enjoyed a night of firsts - his first home start, his first win & shutout with a spectacular 39-save performance in front of his family in friends who came out to support him.

Blair Jones has made an immediate impact upon his arrival from Philadelphia, setting up the Phantoms' first two goals. Brandon Manning tallied a goal for the 4th straight game, while Robert Hagg added a goal and an assist.

Penguins - 5, Albany - 1

The Pens put together a dominant performance up in Albany last night, getting goals from five different players and a strong outing in net from Jeff Zatkoff to cruise to a 5-1 win.

The Pens scored a pair of quick goals - one pair 18 seconds apart by Dominik Uher and Scott Wilson and another pair from Brian Dumoulin and Josh Archibald - before Jayson Megna tallied his 9th of the season to put the icing on the cake. Megna was recalled by Pittsburgh this morning.

The Penguins return home to face Manchester tonight, while Albany travels to Binghamton for a Saturday night match up with the BSens.

Binghamton - 4, Manchester - 3 (OT)

In a back-and-forth game in Binghamton, it was BSens rookie forward Ryan Dzingel landing the final blow in an overtime win for the home team. Andrew Hammond stopped 39 of 42 for the win, while Jean-Francois Berube allowed four goals on 32 shots for the Monarchs.

Chris Wideman and Cole Schneider tallied a goal and an assist each in the win for the BSens, while Nick Shore paced the Monarchs offensively with two goals in the loss. Manchester travels to Wilkes-Barre to take on the Penguins, while the BSens remain home and host Albany tonight

Portland - 2, Norfolk - 1

In Norfolk, the Pirates rebounded from a shutout loss on Wednesday with a win over the Admirals in the first of two games between the teams at Norfolk Scope Arena this weekend.

The Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half of regulation and relied heavily on goaltender Mike McKenna from there, as the Pirates netminder stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced to preserve the Pirates' win. Jordan Martinook and Evan Oberg tallied goals in the win for Portland.

Recently signed goaltender Yann Danis stopped 19 of 21 for Norfolk, who drew within one goal in the final minute of the 2nd period on Chris Wagner's 7th goal of the season. The two teams rematch tonight in southern Virginia.

Other Eastern Conference Scores

Adirondack - 4, Syracuse - 1
Springfield - 5, Bridgeport - 2
Providence - 4, Hartford - 1

Saturday's Eastern Conference Schedule

Worcester @ Hershey, 7:00 p.m. ET
Providence @ Springfield, 7:00 p.m. ET
Utica @ Syracuse, 7:00 p.m. ET
Albany @ Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. ET
St. John's @ Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. ET
Manchester @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. ET
Portland @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. ET
Bridgeport @ Hartford, 7:30 p.m. ET


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