Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (0-1-0-0) searches for its first win of 2017-18 against Lehigh Valley, Syracuse
Saturday, Oct. 7 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Charlotte 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened its 19th season of play and quickly saw one of its young stars, Daniel Sprong, light the lamp early in the first period. Thomas Di Pauli also notched a shorthanded goal for the Penguins, but their new Atlantic Division foe, the Charlotte Checkers, had two shorties of its own in store to counter. Charlotte used its special teams attack of one power play goal and two shorthanded goals to defeat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on its home opener.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Oct. 13 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins look for their first win of the season as they renew their rivalry with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 7-4-0-1 against Lehigh Valley last season, including a franchise record shutout streak that lasted more than three games (268:49). The Phantoms are 1-0-0-1, and most recently lost in a shootout to Hartford.
Saturday, Oct. 14 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms face-off once again in the second match-up of their weekend home-and-home. The Penguins have seen much success in the Phantoms’ barn since their relocation to Allentown in 2014. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a 13-3-1-1 all-time record at PPL Center.
Sunday, Oct. 15 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton closes out its first three-in-three weekend of the season with a Sunday matinée at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, the Syracuse Crunch. The contest is also the first Kids Get In Free Sunday of the year. Kids age 14 and under enter free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket. Syracuse is off to an 0-1-1-0 start to the season, with its last game being an overtime loss to Rochester.
– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 10-9-0 in home openers and 9-10-0 overall in its season openers.
– Seven different players made their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins regular season debut on Saturday: Kevin Czuczman, Adam Johnson, Andrey Pedan, Daniel Sprong, Chris Summers, Christian Thomas and Zach Trotman.
– Thomas Di Pauli’s goal on Saturday was the first shorthanded tally of his pro career.
– Saturday night was the first time since Mar. 19, 2013 vs. Worcester (Freddie Hamilton) that the Penguins allowed two shorthanded goals to the same player in one game.
– Tom Sestito is four games away from playing his 500th professional game.
|3. Lehigh Valley||2||1||0||0||1||3||.750|
|Thomas Di Pauli*||1||1||0||1|
* = rookie
UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Fri, Oct. 13 Lehigh Valley Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 14 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 7:05 p.m.
Sun, Oct. 15 Syracuse Mohegan Sun Arena 3:05 p.m.
Wed, Oct. 4 (D) Kevin Spinozzi Signed to PTO