PREVIEW: PENS vs BEARS – DECEMBER 9

Hershey vs Penguins

 

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears meet in a matchup of heated rivals and AHL leaders. The Penguins are currently tied with the Bears for the most points (31) in the league this season, with Wilkes-Barre holding a slight lead in the Atlantic Division standings via points percentage. Friday night’s game is the fourth meeting between the teams this season, and the first in NEPA. The Penguins have a 2-1-0-0 mark against the Bears so far this season, with both victories coming in overtime.


DATE:  Friday, December 9, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
TICKETS:  Mohegan Sun Arena box office or 570-208-7367

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 13-4-4-1 (31 pts) | Second in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Christian Thomas 11
ASSISTS  Travis Boyd 15
POINTS  Travis Boyd 21
PIM  Tyler Lewington 63
WINS  Joe Cannata 8
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.10

WHO’S HOT:  Forward TRAVIS BOYD carries a seven-game point streak (4+6=10) into this weekend’s action. Boyd scored four goals in a three-game span from November 26-December 3. He ranks ninth overall in the AHL with 21 points (6+15) while his 15 assists are tied for sixth.

NEWS AND NOTES:CHRIS BOURQUE is two points shy of 600 for his AHL career…The Bears have scored the first goal of the game 15 times this season (most in the AHL) and are 11-0-3-1 in those games…Former Penguins forward ZACH SILL hit the century mark last Sunday, notching an empty net goal against Syracuse for his 100th AHL point.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  14-4-3-0 (31 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel, Oskar Sundqvist, J.S. Dea  7
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel, Tom Kostopoulos  10
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  17
PIM  Patrick McGrath  39
WINS  Tristan Jarry  9
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.82

WHO’S HOT: Captain TOM KOSTOPOULOS has five points (0+5) in his past three games, and has eight points (2+6) in his past seven contests.

NEWS AND NOTES: The next time CHAD RUHWEDEL hits the ice, he will be appearing in his 200th AHL game… DOMINIK SIMON has four goals this season, and three of those are game-winning tallies. He’s tied for first in the league with that total…Tristan Jarry is tied for their in the league with nine wins this season…CASEY DeSMITH is the only net minder to play at least 420 minutes this season and not suffer a regulation loss…TEDDY BLUEGER and TOM SESTITO could both make their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season debuts this weekend after being reassigned to the team by the Pittsburgh Penguins this week.