Penguins carry five-game win streak into rivalry weekend
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (6-2-0-0) set for state supremacy skirmish
Friday, Oct. 27 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hershey 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton saw its I-81 rival erase a 2-0 deficit, but Dominik Simon’s third period power play goal gave the Penguins their fourth-straight win. Tristan Jarry turned aside 30 shots and stood tall amidst a late-game barrage from the Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also scored its first extra attacker goal of the season when Jean-Sébastien Dea found the back of the net during a delayed penalty in the first period.
Saturday, Oct. 28 – PENGUINS 5 at Bridgeport 2
The Penguins saw multi-point nights from a handful of players, but perhaps no performance was more key than that of Ryan Haggerty, who notched two tallies in his first game of 2017-18. Adam Johnson also scored his first goal as a pro while Jarry earned the “W” in back-to-back starts for the team’s fifth in a row.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Nov. 3 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell in its last visit to PPL Center, but still owns a daunting 13-4-1-1 all-time record in Allentown. The Phantoms recently saw a six-game winning streak come to an end, but their high-flying forward Danick Martel leads the league with 10 goals. Through two contests this season, the Penguins and Phantoms are deadlocked at 1-1-0-0 records.
Sunday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Penguins return to home ice for a Sunday matinée with the Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 13-6-0-0 in its last 19 games against Hershey, but 11 of those games were decided by a one-goal margin. This match-up will take place during the Penguins’ first-ever Harry Potter Day and is also a Kids Get In Free Sunday. Children aged 14 and under receive free admission to the game with the paid purchase of an adult ticket.
– Daniel Sprong leads the AHL in power play goals (5) and is tied for the rookie lead in goals (7) and points (10).
– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, seven of Sprong’s 12 AHL goals have come on the power play.
– Dominik Simon is currently on a four-game point streak (1G-4A).
– Saturday was Jean-Sébastien Dea’s 200th AHL game and thus his 200th game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is the 29th player in team history to skate in 200 games with the Penguins.
– Saturday was Ryan Haggerty’s third multi-goal game with the Penguins and the fifth of his pro career.
– Tom Kostopoulos is two games away from his 700th AHL game.
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|four players tied||5|
* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh
UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Fri, Nov. 3 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 7:05 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 5 Hershey Mohegan Sun Arena 3:05 p.m.
Mon, Oct. 23 (G) Casey DeSmith Recalled by PIT
Wed, Oct. 25 (G) Colin Stevens Signed to PTO
Mon, Oct. 30 (G) Casey DeSmith Reassigned by PIT
Mon, Oct. 30 (G) Tristan Jarry Recalled by PIT