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The Playoff Perspective



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Every season is different. For that matter, every team is different. Over the course of 76-game regular season schedule, each squad goes through adversity, evolves and develops its own personality. For all players involved, the hope is that their team in this season has found the right recipe that not only equals a spot in the playoffs, but also ends with championship glory. Some players have been there before and literally tasted victory. For others, the proverbial “second season” has proved to be elusive over the course of a career. Many are in the first year as a pro and will be getting their initiation into playoff hockey in the big leagues. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are in an enviable position as the American Hockey League regular season comes to a close this weekend.

Riding a seven-game win streak and a stretch of nine straight contests with a point (8-0-0-1), the Penguins seem to fall under the category of teams “playing their best hockey at the right time of the year.” What this translates to for the playoffs is still to be determined, but it has everyone in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton excited about the potential. Sixth-year veteran Trevor Smith need not look too far in the rearview mirror to remember what it takes to win a championship. There was no hotter team in the history of sport than the Norfolk Admirals were in 2011-12. Smith and the Admirals finished the regular season on a record 28-game winning streak and steamrolled the competition in the post season en route to the Calder Cup.

Unlike Norfolk last year, Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton was teetering on the cusp of a playoff berth with a few weeks ago. It was Smith and the rest of the leadership in the locker room that helped steer the team back onto a winning path.

“You come to this organization and there are no individuals,” stated Wild. “The team chemistry is through the roof. Guys like playing for each other. Guys like blocking shots for one another. Guys like fighting for each other.”

“We got together with about 10 or 12 games left in the regular season when we didn’t have a playoff spot,” he said. “We knew we had what it takes to be a playoff team and a championship team. Everyone has picked it up and bought in. We know what’s at stake.”


————————— It wasn’t until his fourth professional season that Cody Wild made his first appearance in the postseason. Having split his previous three years between the AHL and ECHL, the playoffs were not in the cards for the defenseman. Originally tabbed for depth along the blueline as the postseason began, Wild found himself in the line-up to begin the first-round series against Hershey after fellow defenseman Simon Despres was recalled to Pittsburgh. Wild scored his first-ever playoff goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton skated to a 7-2 win against the Bears and a commanding 2-0 series lead. The next day Despres would return to WilkesBarre/Scranton and Wild would be out of the line-up for the rest of the Penguins’ playoff run. Though appreciative for the experience last season, Wild is bullish on this year’s version of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

It is difficult to have as much playoff success at the college level than Brian Dumoulin experienced at Boston College. During his three years at BC, Dumoulin won three Beanpot Championships, three Hockey East titles and was an NCAA Champion in both 2010 and 2012. Now in his rookie year and already having played almost twice as many games as he would have at collegiate level, Dumoulin is bracing for a different type of playoff experience. “Obviously in college, it’s a single elimination in the playoffs and you have all week to gear ramped up for games [during the regular season].” Dumoulin commented. “At this level, you’re just going and going.” It’s that kind of single-game mindset though that Dumoulin feels served the Penguins well in recent weeks and will into the playoffs. “We were in a dogfight to get into the playoffs. As a team, we were playing like every game meant something and that every game might be our last. That’s what has made close as a team heading into the playoffs.” Though the paths and perspective of each player may differ, one can easily pick out the similar themes in their stories. With the Calder Cup Playoff just over the horizon, the focus in the Penguins locker room seems to be aligning at the exactly the right time.

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Penguins Playoff Opponents

................................................................................................................................ With playoffs just around the corner, the potential scenarios and opponents for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have dwindled. They enter the final week of the regular season in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 42-28-2-2 record and 88 points. They sit just four points behind the Binghamton Senators, who themselves are battling with the Syracuse Crunch for the East Division crown. With Binghamton or Syracuse the most likely first-round opponent for the Penguins, we size up the competition. Binghamton Senators (42-23-1-7) – 92 points Remaining Games – 4/19 vs. MCH, 4/20 vs. HER and 4/21 @ SYR WBS vs. BNG 2012-13 Record: 4-6-0-0 In a season series that saw six of the first 10 meetings occur before the end of the NHL lockout, the Senators dominated early, going 5-0-0-1 versus the Penguins. The lone victory for the Penguins came in a rare 1-0 shootout victory on Nov. 7 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After a tough 5-1 home loss to Binghamton on Feb. 12, the Penguins finished strong versus the Senators with the three straight wins to close out the season series. Mid-season acquisition Chad Kolarik posted eight points (3g-5a) in just four games versus Binghamton. Notables: • Binghamton leads the league with 19 shorthand goals and forward Derek Grant is the top shorthanded goal-scorer in the AHL with five. • The Senators have one of the best home records in the league at 24-8-1-3. Playoff History: Even though Binghamton has only made playoffs once in the past seven seasons, they made their lone appearance count by winning the 2011 Calder Cup in a six-game series against the Houston Aeros. The Senators have an all-time record of 26-19.

Syracuse Crunch (41-21-6-5) - 93 points Remaining Games - 4/19 vs. NOR, 4/20 vs. WOR and 4/21 vs. BNG WBS vs.SYR 2012-13 Record: 3-5-0-0 In this season’s eight-game series against the Crunch, the Penguins started off strong, winning three of the five first contests as former Crunch player Riley Holzapfel potted two of three game-winning goals. With the coming of the New Year, Syracuse began to dominate the series. Syracuse wrapped up the season series with three consecutive wins and two straight. Of the eight meetings with the Crunch, Jeff Zatkoff has started seven and only allowed 13 goals.


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Notables: • Syracuse leads the league in offense, scoring 3.23 goals per game, while center Tyler Johnson leads all active players with 33 goals scored. • Left wing Ondrej Palat ranks first among all active players in plus/minus at +24. Playoff History While Syracuse has made the playoffs ten out of its 18 seasons as a team, the team is still searching for its first Calder Cup Final appearance. The closest the Crunch have come was in 1995-96 when they made it to the Conference Final before falling to Rochester in five games. The last time Syracuse faced Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the playoffs was 2001 as the Penguins were victorious, 3-2, in the best-of-five series. Syracuse’s all-time playoff record is 32-41. Note: All statistics and records as of 4/17/13.


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Frank Calder, the National Hockey League’s president at the time, was instrumental in the forming of the new league, and his name would be given to its championship trophy. The first Calder Cup was won by the Syracuse Stars in 1937; the 76th championship was captured by the Norfolk Admirals last spring. LEGENDS

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The Wilkes-Barre/Penguins’ Best of 2012-13

....................................................................................................................................... The 2012-13 season was one of ups and downs for the Penguins. Thankfully, the peaks were higher than the valleys over the course of the regular season and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton seems to be trending upward again at the perfect time. In a season of many fine performances, we talk a look at the best.


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Nov. 4th, 2012 - Paul Thompson’s Natural Hat Trick vs. Bridgeport After the first period between WilkesBarre/Scranton and Bridgeport ended in a 1-1 draw, Paul Thompson took the game into his own hands and turned the deadlock into a commanding Penguins lead in a span of 11 minutes and 23 seconds. The Pens forward started his scoring frenzy off at the eight minute mark of the second with a swift shot from the circle that beat the Sound Tigers net minder, Kevin Poulin, far side over the glove. Less than five minutes later, Thompson came across the blue line and took a sneaky wrist shot that also found the back of the twine. With 37 seconds left in the period, he

capped off the natural hat trick when he fired a shot from the sideboards that snuck its way through the legs of Poulin. It was the first hat trick of Thompson’s pro career and helped kick start a successful November for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Jan. 20th, 2013 - OT Win at the AHL Outdoor Classic One of the biggest rivalries in the American Hockey League took to the ice at Hersheypark Stadium for the 2013 AHL Outdoor classic. After falling behind late in the second period on a one-timer goal by Tomas Kundratek, the Penguins found themselves needing to make up some ground in the third. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton found life with 12:13 left as Riley Holzapfel finished off a feed from Paul Thompson to tie the game. The momentum carried into overtime as a great pass from Joey Mormina would send a streaking Thompson on a breakaway, where he beat Hershey goaltender Dany Sabourin just

under the glove to send the road team into a frenzy.

April 14th, 2013- Kolarik Nets Hat Trick & OT Winner

March 10th, 2013 – Penguins Rally in Manchester

Having already clinched a playoff spot the previous night with a 3-0 shutout of the St. John’s IceCaps, the Penguins looked to extend a six-game winning streak. As the game progressed, Chad Kolarik showed why he is one of the top goal scorers in the AHL.

Paying a visit to Verizon Wireless Arena in early March, the Penguins quickly fell behind 3-0 in the first period. WilkesBarre/Scranton would find some life late in the second stanza as Bobby Farnham and Chad Kolarik each scored just 28 seconds apart to cut the deficit to one.

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The character and determination shown in the Penguin’s ability to rally in hostile territory helped set the tone for what has been a torrid end to the regular season for the team.

The hat trick was Kolarik’s second of the season and first as a Penguin. The feat would add to a tremendous weekend that included the clinching of an 11th consecutive playoff spot for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


All hopes of a Pens comeback seemed to be dashed at the start of the third when the Monarchs increased their lead to 4-2. Zach Sill would pull the Pens within one with 9:57 left to play on a great individual effort. With 4:10 remaining in the game, Kolarik dished the puck to defenseman Dylan Reese, who roofed a wrist shot over goalie Martin Jones to even the score. After a stalemate in overtime, the teams headed to a shootout where Jeff Zatkoff denied all four shooters he faced and Trevor Smith converted for the decisive tally to finish off a 5-4 comeback win on the road.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward would start off his afternoon, by rifling home a power play goal with 2:11 left in the first period to make it, 1-0, for the Penguins. After a back-and-forth battle saw St. John’s hold a 4-3 edge late in regulation, Kolarik would utilize his scoring touch to lift the Penguins to victory. Stealing a puck in the slot with 5:17 left in the third, Kolarik sent a wrister inside the near post to knot the game, 4-4. In the overtime period, Kolarik wrapped up the game and his hat trick, going end-to-end before firing the puck past the blocker of goalie Eddie Pasquale.

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