Wilkes-Barre Watch: Guentzel never cooled off


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Jake Guentzel scored a hat trick Tuesday. — KDP PHOTOGRAPHY

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ holiday break seemingly came at the least opportune time for rookie center Jake Guentzel. After returning from his first stint in Pittsburgh, he was red hot with five goals and four assists in the previous six games.

But as the Binghamton Senators and Springfield Thunderbirds found out, it appears the former third-round draft pick hasn’t cooled off one bit.

Guentzel scored two goals — including the game winner in the third period — and added one assist against Binghamton on Monday and added three more goals Tuesday against the Thunderbirds. Guentzel now leads the AHL in goals with 17 and has quickly re-established himself as one of the league’s most dynamic offensive threats.

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