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Penguins prep for Devils, Phantoms and Festivus

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-2-1) has scored 15 goals in its last four games

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Springfield 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rattled off five unanswered goals en route to stunning Springfield, 6-3. Greg McKegg scored his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to kickstart a comeback, followed by a two-tally outburst from Daniel Sprong. Zach Aston-Reese had three assists, while Shavertown native Patrick McGrath sealed the “W” with his first goal of the season.

Friday, Dec. 15 – PENGUINS 3 at Hartford 7
The Penguins went into Friday having won 10-straight games against the Wolf Pack, but couldn’t make it 11. The Pens allowed seven goals for the first time since Jan. 28, 2012. However, Sprong managed to score for the fourth contest in a row.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS 2 at Bridgeport 3 (OT)
In a back and forth, well-contested game by both teams, the Sound Tigers used an overtime power play to secure the extra point in the standings. Casey DeSmith posted 30 saves in a losing effort, while Aston-Reese forced OT with his first goal since Nov. 12.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 22 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
The Binghamton Devils step through the doors of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for their first time in the team’s regular season history on Friday. The Penguins already took on the Devils once in their barn, defeating them, 4-3.

Saturday, Dec. 23 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins will air their grievances on Festivus Night against their in-state rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The season series between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley has been tight so far, with the Pens holding a narrow 3-2-0-0 edge through five games.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals (15), shots on goal (82), and also tied for most power play goals among rookies (7).

– Zach Aston-Reese’s three-assist game on Wednesday was his second three-assist game of the season and the third three-point game of his career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 4-0-1 when tied after two periods last week, one of only three teams who are undefeated in regulation in that scenario (min. three instances).

– Ryan Haggerty is in a five-way tie for the best shooting percentage in the AHL (33.3%).

– Thomas Di Pauli ranks second in the AHL in insurance goals with four this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 27 18 7 2 0 38 .708
2. Charlotte 29 19 9 0 1 39 .660
3. Lehigh Valley 30 18 9 1 2 39 .652
4. PENGUINS 26 15 8 2 1 33 .635
5. Bridgeport 27 13 11 2 1 29 .542
6. Hartford 29 11 12 3 3 28 .500
7. Hershey 29 12 14 0 3 27 .463
8. Springfield 31 12 18 1 0 25 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 25 15 7 22
Ryan Haggerty 16 10 6 16
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 26 6 8 14
Kevin Czuczman^ 22 1 13 14
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Sean Maguire 4 1-1-0 2.19 .924 0
Casey DeSmith 15 10-3-2 2.60 .914 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                              TIME    

Fri, Dec. 22       Binghamton      Mohegan Sun Arena             7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 23     Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena            5:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Dec. 16       (D) Kevin Spinozzi                              Signed to SPC

Mon, Dec. 18    (C) Jarrett Burton                       Recalled from WHL

Mon, Dec. 18    (D) Jeff Taylor             Reassigned by PIT from WHL

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