Pens net fifth straight win with shutout of IceCaps

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came away with their fifth straight victory, shutting out the St. John’s IceCaps, 3-0, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.  Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen stopped 26 shots for his third shutout of the year.
 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck early and often in the first period, running out to a 3-0 lead.  Controlling the puck by the far post during a power play, Riley Holzapfel found Alex Grant pinching in from the point for a one-time shot past IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale at 2:32.  Trevor Smith gathered the second assist on Grant’s second goal of the season.
 
Phillip Samuelsson also scored his second goal of the year, flinging a wrist shot from the blueline to the back the net to double Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 12:23.
 
Late in the same period, Holzapfel added his 12th marker of the year, slapping home a Paul Thompson rebound at the near circle to make it a three-goal cushion with 2:19 to go.
 
Both Thompson and Smith contributed two assists on the night, with Thompson’s point streak extending to four games .
 
Thiessen’s shutout was the third in his last six starts.  Pasquale was relieved after the first period by back-up goaltender Chris Carrozzi, who held the Penguins scoreless over the remaining forty minutes of hockey.
 
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head north to battle the Rochester Americans on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:05PM.  Tune in on 102.3 The Mountain and AHLLive.com.
 
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