PREVIEW: Bears vs Penguins – November 19, 2016

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins make the quick trip down I-81 to face the Hershey Bears tonight at 7:00pm This is the second meeting between the clubs this season, after the Penguins took a 2-1 overtime win on October 23. Dominik Simon ended that game with a penalty shot winner.


DATE:  Saturday, November 19, 2016
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Giant Center
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ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-2-1 (19 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jakub Vrana 8
ASSISTS  Chris Bourque 12
POINTS  Chris Bourque 16
PIM  Tyler Lewington 50
WINS  Joe Cannata 5
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.16

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Paul Carey carries an 11-game scoring streak (3+8) into tonight’s game, as well as a seven-game assist streak. He has one point in 13 of the 15 games he’s dressed for this season.

NEWS AND NOTES:After dropping three straight game from Nov. 11-13, the Bears have rebounded and won two consecutive contests, including a 5-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch last night. Chris Bourque had three points (2+1) in that game…Bourque is tied for fourth in the league with 16 points and third overall with 12 assists…Jakub Vrana is tied for third with eight goals…Tyler Lewington is second in the league with 50 penalty minutes…The Bears are 6-1-1-1 on home ice this season for 14 points.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  10-3-1-0 (21 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel & Oskar Sundqvist  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  8
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  14
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.40

WHO’S HOT:  Oskar Sundqvist has five points (2+3) in his past four games, and has points in eight of the past nine Penguins contests (5+5=10). He recorded his sixth goal of the season in Friday night’s win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He had five goals in 41 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Tom Kostopoulos picked up his second game-winning goal of the season on Friday night, giving him 22 for his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career, first on the team’s all-time list…Casey DeSmith allowed multiple goals in a game last night for the first time this season, but remains atop the AHL goaltending leaders board in goals against average (1.40) and save percentage (.949)…Jake Guentzel is tied for first among rookie scorers with 14 points and second in goals with six.

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