The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Springfield Thunderbirds meet for the first of four meetings this season on Wednesday, December 13.
The Penguins (14-7-1-1, 30 pts, .652%) sit in third place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Thunderbirds (10-17-1-0, 21 pts, .375%) hold down eighth place.
|Wednesday, December 13||Springfield||WBS||7:05pm|
|Friday, January 5||Springfield||WBS||7:05pm|
|Wednesday, February 7||WBS||Springfield||7:05pm|
|Friday, April 13||WBS||Springfield||7:05pm|
The Penguins posted a 4-1 victory over the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at the Giant Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got first period goals from Christian Thomas, Daniel Sprong and Thomas Di Pauli en route to the win. Zach Trotman tallied a third period marker as well, and Sean Maguire made 18 saves for his first AHL victory this season.
The Thunderbirds suffered a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon. The defeat saw Springfield’s December record fall to 1-4-0-0.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s nine home wins are tied for third in the AHL, behind only the Providence Bruins and Rockford IceHogs 10 apiece.
Daniel Sprong is tied for seventh in the league with 12 goals and tied for second with seven power play goals. Those numbers also tie him for first place in both categories among rookie skaters.
Sprong is also tied for sixth among rookies with 19 points.
Thomas DiPauli’s eight goals place him in a tie for eighth among rookies,
Springfield’s road record is just 2-10-1-0 (5 pts, .192%), placing the team 30th in the 30 team league in the category. The Thunderbirds are averaging less than two goals per game when away from the Mass Mutual Center (25 goals in 13 games).
The Thunderbirds are the most penalized team in the AHL with 479 penalty minutes.
Alexandre Grenier leads the Thunderbirds and is tied for 11th in the league with 23 points. His 16 assists are tied for 10th overall.
Forward Bobby Farnham spent parts of three seasons (2012-15) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 39 points (17+22) and 666 penalty minutes in 191 games.
Defenseman Tim Erixon spent two seasons (2015-17) wit the Penguins, recording 37 points (7+30) in 119 games.