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p. 26......................Getting to Know: Harry Zolnierczyk

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ANswering the Call

P.2 | Breakaway 2013-14 Season

By: Russ Hryvnak


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The phone rings. It is coach John Hynes

– and two assists in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s

calling. You answer it and he tells you

first six contests, he seemed a worthy

some big news. You’re headed to

candidate to get a chance in the NHL.

Pittsburgh. You have been called up.

On October 24, that opportunity came.

This has been the case for five

“One of my goals was to get called up this

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin forwards

year and get some games in,” Megna said.

this season. Harry Zolnierczyk, Chris

“It was a big thing for me, a dream come

Conner, Jayson Megna, Zach Sill and now

true that I have waited my whole life for.

Brian Gibbons have all been sent to help

When you get to practice with some of the

at the National Hockey League level.

best players in the world you pick up a lot of

With a combined 13 games under

details. You try to emulate them and do the

their belts, these players are gaining

things that make them so successful.”

valuable experience and helping

The second-year pro is finding his own

Pittsburgh stay among the top teams in

success this season at both the AHL and

the Eastern Conference.

NHL level. Upon returning to the AHL,

Playing in six of those games was 23-year

Megna scored twice over the past weekend.

old Jayson Megna. After tallying three goals

Having a single goal against both Syracuse

– including two shorthanded game-winners

and Hershey, he currently has seven points in eight games.

With Pittsburgh he was able to net two goals

I think when you have two guys on the ice al-

and an assist for three points in six games.

ways looking for each other, especially with the

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is currently tied for first in the East Division. With Megna in the lineup,

speed that we have, that is what contributes to our success together.”

the Penguins are a staggering 8-0. “I’m trying to

Gibbons, now in his third professional season,

be consistent on a shift to shift basis,” Megna

played his first NHL game this past Monday

said. “If I score or not, I need to bring my speed

against the Anaheim Ducks. In dramatic fash-

and compete level into every game. I try to

ion he collected two points on the night, one of

disrupt plays on defense by using my speed. On

which was his first NHL goal. Joining the likes

offense, I try to join in on the rush or get pucks

of Mario Lemieux and Evgeni Malkin, Gibbons is

deep. If I’m working hard and winning those

one of only 14 Penguins to score a goal in their

battles I think that gives us more time on offense

NHL debut. Oddly enough, Malkin was the

and the more time you spend on offense, the

primary assist on the goal.

better the chance you have to win.”

Megna waited one more game before scoring

With many key players coming and going

his first two NHL points. In his second appear-

through the locker room due to call-ups, you

ance for Pittsburgh, he tallied an assist against

might think it would affect the team negatively.

the Carolina Hurricanes and followed it up his

Megna says that is not the case at all. “I don’t

first NHL goal. Pittsburgh’s Captain, Sidney

think that we think about it that much,” he said.

Crosby, shot the puck towards the net, where

“I’m very happy to see the other guys get called

it defected off of Megna’s shin pad and past

up. Zach Sill and now Brian Gibbons both got

the goalie. “It’s not the way that I dreamed my

their first NHL call-up and played their first NHL

first NHL goal, but I’ll take it any way I can get it.

games. I know what they have been through

They don’t ask how it went in, they just ask how

and I know how hard it is to get there. In the

many. It’s pretty cool to have Sidney Crosby

locker room, all the guys are happy that others

and Brooks Orpik assist on your first NHL goal.

are getting called up.”

My parents were there that night too, so it will

Out of Megna’s seven points on the season, six

be one I will always remember.”

of them were directly connected to Gibbons.

With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton off to a great start

The two young forwards have been like peanut

this season, it is likely that more call-ups will be

butter and jelly this season. “I think that we have

coming. With a roster as deep and talented as

good chemistry,” Megna said. “Gibbons is obvi-

this year’s you can be certain that it will benefit

ously a very shifty player, he is always looking to

both the AHL and NHL clubs. Whenever the

make that nice pass.

Pittsburgh Penguins are in need, you can be sure that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will answer the call.

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OBIE'S OBSERVATIONS Hello Penguins fans and welcome back to this month’s edition of Obie’s Observations. It is a jam-packed East Division once again this season with all five teams at .500 or better. Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton has either been in first place or one point behind all season thus far with Binghamton, Norfolk and Syracuse keeping pace for a very top-heavy division. Hershey has also overcome a tough start and isn’t lurking far behind. No surprise here, it is once again going to be season-long battle for supremacy in the East. - With that being said, the Penguins have to feel pretty good about their 6-1-0-2 record against East Division opponents so far. - It is still almost unbelievable how many offensive chances the Penguins have been able to create from their penalty kill. Every time they gain possession of the puck, they are off to the races. Brian Gibbons and Jayson Megna have been dynamic while shorthanded. Often working together as a forward pair, they have formed a chemistry that has seemed to produce a goal-scoring chance on almost every PK. It has been that kind of work, while shorthanded, that has helped both players receive the first NHL call-ups of their careers. - Simon Despres’ continued development has been eye-opening. The Penguins blueliner dazzled at times on offense during his first two seasons as a pro, but purists will love the job Despres has been doing this year on the other side of the ice. It is one thing to sacrifice point production in order to refine your defensive game, it is another thing to lead the entire league in plus/minus. Despres, along with Samuelsson, have been tasked with shutting down the opponent’s top line every game and the two are also the top pairing on the penalty kill. The funny thing is that even as Despres has worked on becoming a shutdown defenseman, he is on pace for a career high in points this season.

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- It is a great moment any time a player receives his first NHL call-up, but I think almost everyone was smiling a little wider when Zach Sill got the call from Pitt. Having spent almost the entirety of his career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the fifth-year pro had played in 272 AHL games before getting his shot up top. For a player who works hard every shift on the ice and does all the little things that don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet, it was a well-deserved promotion. - Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers continues to be an unsung storyline for the Penguins. While his goals against average and save percentage may not be otherworldly, he has been racking up the wins. Doing exactly what the Penguins need – making all the stops he should and also coming up with two to three big saves per game. - John Hynes preaches team toughness and this year’s Penguins team has been more than willing to stick up for each other when needed. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is amongst the league leaders in fighting majors and when you see the likes of Brian Dumoulin and Brian Gibbons dropping the gloves, you know that the team is ready to go to battle.


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GETTING TO KNOW: Harry Zolnierczyk Position: Left Wing Number: #7 Height: 5’11” Weight: 175 Shoots: Left DOB: April 14, 1988

Who has been the biggest influence on your career outside of your parents? I think it would have to be my friends and teammates I played with. You surround yourself with good people to be successful and that’s what I think I’ve tried to do. Surround myself with good guys and good friends.

Birthplace: Toronto, ON Hometown: Toronto, ON

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Last Amateur Team: Brown University (NCAA, 2007-11)

How did you end up at Brown University? I actually played my midget hockey in Toronto and then I played two years of Tier-2 Junior in the BCHL out in Alberni Valley. I was scouted out of that to Brown University. Devin

Who was your favorite team growing up? The Toronto Maple Leafs.

Timberlake, who I played with in Alberni Valley, and I both went there a year after each other, it was pretty cool.

Who was your favorite player? Doug Gilmour. I just loved the way he played. He was fast and a bit of an agitator. Running around banging bodies and scoring. He looked good, he was fun to watch.

What was your first car? It was a 2005 blue Volkswagen Jetta. We called it the Blue Lambo. Fun car, a little six-speed that got the job done.

What was your first job?

How did you score?

My first real job was probably building decks

It was a faceoff play, I won the draw and they

for a company called Sunset Decks. I was

kind of jumped out on it toward the top of the

about 15 or 16. My dad told me I had to work in

circle. It was a little bit of a turnover and Max

the summer.

Talbot made a nice pass to me. I was down on the hash marks of the wall and came in

If you had a plane fueled up, ready to go anywhere right now for a week’s vacation where would you go?

on the left side. Anderson came out to poke check and I brought it to my backhand and chipped it over him up top. It was pretty exciting.

Hawaii. What was your celebration like? If they were filming a movie about the life

I think I did a double fist pump or something

of Harry Zolnierczyk, what actress is

like that.

playing the love interest? Rachel McAdams.

What TV show is top on your DVR list? Probably Revenge and Homeland right now.

What’s your favorite meal? Chicken and pastry. One of my mom's makes specialties, I love it.

What song or artist is dominating your iPod right now? I love the song Timber by Pitbull and Kesha

If you could skate in on a breakaway on

and Wop by J. Dash.

any goaltender, who would it be? Felix Potvin.

What’s your favorite sports movie? Remember the Titans.

What’s been your favorite hockey memory?

What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

I think it would have to be my opportunity to

It’s probably the first one I ever went to. Me

be fortunate enough to play in the NHL. To

and a couple buddies went on a road trip to

score my first NHL goal, in my first game, on

see Green Day.

my first shot was pretty special. It was against Craig Anderson in Ottawa late in the game. I think it made it 6-1 or something like that with only 45 seconds left, but I still celebrated pretty hard. My mom was in the stands, she got to watch it.

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