Chiodo blanks Monarchs

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Andy Chiodo made 27 saves to shutout the Manchester Monarchs and lead the Penguins to a 2-0 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 9,916 at Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday.

The shutout was Chiodo’s first of the season, raising his record to 5-4-0. Chiodo has made 58 saves on 59 shots this weekend after stopping 31 of Albany’s 32 shots in Friday night’s 3-1 win.

After a scoreless first period, Jonathan Filewich started the scoring with his 19th of the season for the Pens at the 3:07 mark of the second period. Guillaume Lefebvre and Kurtis McLean picked up the assists on the goal.

Krystofer Kolanos picked up his 11th of the season, and first as a member of the Penguins, with an empty net goal with 35 seconds left in the third, to ice the victory.

Manchester goaltender Barry Brust played well in the losing effort, giving up just one goal on 28 shots.

With the win the Penguins (42-16-3-3, 90 pts.) keep pace with the Hershey Bears who also won on Saturday and trail the Penguins by just two points in the race for the East division lead. Manchester (36-22-2-4, 78 pts.) remains in third place in the Atlantic division.

Elsewhere on Saturday:

  • Curtis McElhinney stopped all 28 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season in Omaha’s 5-0 win over Cleveland.
  • Frederic Cassivi made 27 saves on 28 shots to help Hershey to a 4-1 win over Portland.
  • Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves shutting out Philadelphia in a 5-0 win for Hamilton.
  • Daniel Paille scored a natural hat trick in Rochester’s 6-2 win over Manitoba.
  • Eric Nickulas scored 45 seconds into overtime to give Providence a 3-2 victory over Springfield.
  • David LeNeveu made 25 saves to earn his first shutout of the season in San Antonio’s 2-0 win over Iowa.
  • Jon DiSalvatore and Gavin Morgan scored shootout goals for Peoria to help Peoria to a 4-3 win over Chicago in front of 10,812 at Allstate Arena.
  • Albany beat Lowell 3-2, helped by a goal and an assist by Petr Vrana
  • In his second game since being traded from the New Jersey Devils organization, Aleksander Suglobov scored twice to help Toronto to a 4-2 win over Syracuse.
  • Danny Bois scored twice to help Binghamton to a 3-1 win over Hartford.
  • Jeremy Colliton scored two goals and added an assist, and Wade Dubielewicz made 30 saves to help Bridgeport to a 5-2 win over Norfolk.