The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin a weekend swing through Connecticut when they face off with the Hartford Wolf Pack tonight at 7:15pm.
The Penguins (15-7-1-1, 32 pts, .667%) currently hold down second place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Wolf Pack (10-12-3-2, 25 pts, .463%) sit in seventh place in the eight team division.
Tonight’s game is the second of six meetings between the clubs this season.
|Saturday, October 21||Hartford||WBS||3-2 SOW|
|Friday, December 15||WBS||Hartford||7:15pm|
|Friday, December 29||Hartford||WBS||7:05pm|
|Sunday, January 21||WBS||Hartford||5:00pm|
|Saturday, March 17||Hartford||WBS||7:05pm|
|Friday, March 30||WBS||Hartford||7:15pm|
The Penguins recorded five consecutive goals to overcame a 3-1 deficit and post a 6-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Wednesday night. Daniel Sprong scored twice for the Pens, upping his team-leading goal total to 14 on the season. Greg McKegg and Pat McGrath each recorded their first AHL goals of the season, and Andrey Pedan and Ryan Haggerty recorded a goal and an assist each. Casey DeSmith recorded his 10th win of the season in net.
Hartford jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then hung on to post a 5-3 victory over the Thunderbirds last Sunday. Vinni Lettieri led the offense for the Wolf Pack, posting two goals and adding an assist. It was the first two-goal game of the rookie forward’s career.
Daniel Sprong is tied for fifth among rookies with 21 points, leads all first-year players with 14 goals and is tied for first with seven power play tallies. Sprong is tied for second among all AHL skaters in goals scored and power play goals.
Forward Ryan Haggerty has recorded 10 goals in his first 14 games this season. He netted 11 in 58 games with the Penguins last year. His plus-12 rating leads all Penguins skaters.
Casey DeSmith returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week, and recorded his 10th AHL victory this year with his 24 save performance against the Thunderbirds on Wednesday. His 10 wins are tied for firth in the league.
WOLF PACK NOTES
Hartford is currently on a five-game point streak (3-0-1-1). Four of their past five games have been decided in extra time (one in overtime, three in a shootout).
The Wolf Pack holds the fourth ranked power play in the league with a 20.5% success rate (24 PPG/117 chances).
Vinni Lettieri is tied for 12th overall and tied for fourth among AHL rookies with 11 goals. Lettieri is also tied for fifth overall and third among rookies with six power play goals.
Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev is third in the league in minutes played with 1030:08.
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.
Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.