Penguins start week right with win before three-in-three weekend
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (43-18-3-0) looks ahead to trio of playoff-caliber teams
Friday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kicked off a back-to-back set with Lehigh Valley by rattling off four unanswered goals en route to a big win. Josh Archibald scored a shorthanded goal to turn the tide. Dominik Simon tallied for the third-straight game.
Saturday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
The Penguins attempted a valiant third period comeback, but ran out of time to drop the second game of their home and home with the Phantoms. Tom Kostopoulos scored on the power play, and Oskar Sundqvist struck shorthanded for the club’s eighth shorty of the season.
Tuesday, Mar. 21 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hartford 2
The Pens made it a perfect seven-for-seven against the Wolf Pack this season thanks in large part to a two-goal outburst from Ryan Haggerty. Zach Aston-Reese made his pro debut and scored the game-winning goal.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Mar. 24 – PENGUINS at Syracuse
The North Division-leading Crunch play host to the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins in their final meeting of the season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-1-0-0 against Syracuse this season.
Saturday, Mar. 25 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms face one another for the fourth time in March. The season series is knotted at four wins each, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has emerged victorious in its last two visits to PPL Center.
Sunday, Mar. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Utica
The Comets will come into Sunday’s matinée motivated, as they currently sit just one win outside the North Division playoff bubble. Sunday’s contest is also a Kids Get In Free game.
– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has already matched its win total from last season (43).
– Zach Aston-Reese is the first Penguin to score in his pro debut since Kasperi Kapanen (Apr. 8, 2015).
– Dominik Simon is on a five-game point streak, tying an AHL career high. He also has 12 points (4G-8A) in his last 11 games.
– The Penguins have outscored the Wolf Pack 38-13 this season.
– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.9%).
– David Warsofsky leads the AHL with a plus-31 rating and he tops all defensemen with 13 multi-point games this season.
– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (25).
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UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Fri, Mar. 24 Syracuse Onondaga War Memorial 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Mar. 25 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 7:05 p.m.
Sun, Mar. 26 Utica Mohegan Sun Arena 3:05 p.m.
Mon, Mar. 21 (D) Derrick Pouliot Reassigned by PIT
Mon, Mar. 21 (D) Frank Corrado Recalled by PIT
Mon, Mar. 21 (C) Oskar Sundqvist Recalled by PIT
Mon, Mar. 21 (D) Ryan Segalla Recalled from WHL