WILKES-BARRE TWP. – The last time Wilkes-Barre Scranton's Brad Thiessen faced the Adirondack Phantoms, he limited them to one goal in a 2-1 win on Jan. 12.
On Saturday, he did even better.
Thiessen stopped all 20 shots he faced to blank the Phantoms 3-0 and earn his fourth shutout of the season. Warren Peters had a pair of goals in the Penguins' win – his first multi-goal game since Dec. 26, 2011.
The Penguins improve to 23-18-2-1 on the year and have won three straight. They've won eight of their last nine games, allowing just 10 goals during the span. On the season, the Penguins have allowed 103 goals – fewest in the Eastern Conference.
Saturday's win was the result of a balanced effort by the Penguins that saw all facets of their game work relatively flawlessly. Thiessen had the shutout, the penalty kill was perfect, Adirondack was limited to 20 shots and the offense finished plays.
It was one of the more thorough games, said head coach John Hynes. A good 60-minute effort from the goaltender, through the defense and up through all our forwards.
Peters put the Penguins on the board first when he deflected a Joseph Morrow slapshot from the point to beat Adirondack goaltender Scott Munroe. The goal came midway through the first period and was the first for Peters since returning from an injury last week. It would turn out to be the game-winner.
He's done a lot of good things for us, Hynes said. You can start to see his leadership, experience and desire to win. It's nice to see he's getting rewarded for his hard work.
In the other end, Thiessen picked up where he left off the last time the Penguins faced the Phantoms.
The Phantoms did make Thiessen earn the win, testing him several times in the second period. His best save came with four minutes left in the period when a slapshot from the point was deflected in front. Thiessen quickly re-adjusted to the puck and smothered it on the ice for the save.
The Penguins added a late goal when Grant punched in a loose puck at the doorstep to make it 2-0 heading into the third period.
Peters scored his second goal with less than two minutes to play when he converted a nice pass from Tom Kostopoulos to seal the 3-0 win and his first multi-goal game as a Penguin.
They've been hard to come by personally. Tonight was a good night, he said. Hopefully it's the start of many more.
The Penguins head to Hershey today for a 2 p.m. matchup against the Bears. The Penguins lead the Bears by three points for third place in the East Division.
Peters hopes Saturday's balanced attack carries over into today's contest.
We needed that. It's a long weekend and we needed contributions from everybody, he said. We did that tonight.
NOTES: D Cody Wild, D Mark Eaton (injury), RW Beau Bennett (injury), RW Paul Thompson (injury), C Phil Dupuis (injury) and LW Steve MacIntyre were scratched for the Penguins. … After being a healthy scratch for 23 games this season, Grant now has three goals in his last seven games.
First Period Scoring – 1. WBS, Warren Peters 6 (Gibbons, Morrow) 10:53. Penalties – WBS, Sill (elbowing) :10; WBS, Reese (interference) 1:23; WBS, Peters (interference) 5:58; ADK, Akeson (interference) 11:34; ADK, Sim (slashing) 16:49; ADK, Syvret (hooking) 19:08.
Second Period Scoring – 2. WBS, Alex Grant 3 (Gibbons, Farnham) 19:12. Penalties – ADK, Zolnierczyk (roughing) :33; WBS, Kostopoulos (holding) 2:38; ADK, Zolnierczyk (roughing) 16:17; WBS, Kolarik (roughing) 16:17; ADK, Eddy (fighting) 17:45; WBS, Payerl (fighting) 17:45.Third Period Scoring – 3. WBS, Warren Peters 7 (Kostopoulos) 18:29. Penalties – ADK, Bordson (holding) 4:27; ADK, Bordson (high-sticking double minor) 6:56; ADK, Zolnierczyk (diving) 7:48; WBS, Megna (hooking) 7:48; ADK, Lauridsen (fighting) 10:41; WBS, Sill (instigating, fighting, misconduct) 10:41; ADK, Konan (boarding) 15:13.
Shots on goal
Adirondack – 8-9-3-20
Penguins – 8-13-11-32
Adirondack – 0 of 5
Penguins – 0 of 8
Adirondack – Scott Munroe 9-11-1 (29 saves – 32 shots)
Penguins – Brad Thiessen 9-8-2 (20-20)
Adirondack – G Scott Munroe, D Matt Konan, D Erik Gustafsson, LW Eric Wellwood, C Jon Sim, RW Andrew Johnston
Penguins – G Brad Thiessen, D Joey Mormina, D Alex Grant, LW Adam Payerl, C Zach Sill, RW Tom Kostopoulos
1. WBS, Brad Thiessen (20 saves, shutout) 2. WBS, Warren Peters (two goals) 3. WBS, Brian Gibbons (two assists)
Referee – Ryan Fraser, Trevor Hanson. Linesmen – Scot Pomento, Bob Goodman
Attendance – 8,040