The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head down the turnpike to face off with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center on Wednesday, December 6.
The Penguins (13-5-1-1, 28 pts, .700 pts%) sit atop of the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, with the Phantoms (13-7-1-2, 29 pts, .630 pts%) holding down fourth place.
Wednesday night’s contest is the fifth of 12 meetings between the clubs this season.
|Friday, October 13||Lehigh Valley||WBS||5-0, Win|
|Saturday, October 14||WBS||Lehigh Valley||3-2 Loss|
|Friday, November 3||WBS||Lehigh Valley||6-5 SOW|
|Wednesday, November 22||Lehigh Valley||WBS||4-2 Win|
|Wednesday, December 6||WBS||Lehigh Valley||7:05pm|
|Saturday, December 23||Lehigh Valley||WBS||5:05pm|
|Wednesday, December 27||Lehigh Valley||WBS||7:05pm|
|Wednesday, January 17||WBS||Lehigh Valley||7:05pm|
|Friday, January 26||Lehigh Valley||WBS||7:05pm|
|Saturday, February 3||Lehigh Valley||WBS||7:05pm|
|Sunday, February 18||WBS||Lehigh Valley||5:05pm|
|Saturday, April 14||WBS||Lehigh Valley||7:05pm|
The Penguins posted a .500 record during their recent three-games-in-three-days weekend, posting a 5-4 OT win against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday, December 1; dropping a 5-2 decision to the Rochester Americans on Saturday, December 2; and falling in the extra frame to the Hershey Bears, 3-2, on Sunday at the Giant Center.
The Phantoms picked up three of a possible four points over the weekend, downing the Bears, 7-2, on Friday night, before defeating the Laval Rocket, 5-4, in overtime on Saturday. Both games took place in Allentown.
Goaltender Colin Stevens recorded the win in his AHL debut on Friday night, stopping 29 shots in the 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Admirals.
Netminder Anthony Peters made his WBS debut the following night in a 5-2 defeat against the Rochester Americans. Peters, who was signed to a PTO by the Penguins from the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, spent his first AHL season with Rochester. He appeared in seven games with the Amerks in March and April of 2015.
Teddy Blueger posted his first career multi-goal game on Saturday against Rochester. Blueger’s five goals through 20 games this season are just two shy of his 2016-17 total of seven, which came over 54 games played.
Jean-Sebastien Dea’s OT goal on Friday was his first game-winner of the season, but the 14th of his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career. That ties him with Tomas Surovy and Scott Wilson on the team’s all-time list, trailing only Tom Kostopoulos (24). It was also his third career OT winner (10/29/14 @ Lehigh Valley; 11/9/14 vs. Syracuse).
Josh Archibald returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment from Pittsburgh, and posted three points (1+2) in three games over the weekend, including a shorthanded goal in the Penguins win over Milwaukee.
Wednesday night’s game will be just the eighth road contest for the Penguins. Only the Tucson Roadrunners have played fewer games away from home so far this season.
Center Phil Varone is tied for fourth in the AHL with 25 points, and tied for fourth with 18 assists.
Forward Greg Carey ranks third among AHL skaters with 12 goals this season.
Lehigh Valley is 13-1-1-1 when scoring three or more goals this season and is 11-1-0-1 when allowing three goals against or fewer.
Penguins forward Tom Sestito spent parts of three seasons (2010-13) with the Phantoms when they were based out of Glens Falls, NY, recording 20 points (11+9) and 167 penalty minutes in 46 games with the club.
Phantoms captain Colin McDonald spent the 2011-12 season in Wilkes-Barre, posting 49 points (14+35) in 68 games.
Left wing Chris Conner spent parts of three seasons (2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14) with the Penguins, recording 76 points (28+48) inn 87 games with the club.
Defenseman Will O’Neill spent the 2015-16 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording career highs in assists (42) and points (50) while representing the Penguins at the AHL All-Star Classic.