The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins kick off the holiday weekend as their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 7:05pm.
The Penguins (15-8-2-1, 33 pts, .635%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (9-14-3-1, 22 pts, .407%) take up the basement slot in the North Division.
Tonight’s game is the second of six meetings between the clubs this season.
TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
LISTEN: WILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS: Eyewitness News FAN FRIDAY ($14 lower bowl tickets), select draft beers just $2 from 6-7:30pm, postgame autographs from Jeff Taylor and Freddie Tiffels
|Friday, November 17||WBS||Binghamton||4-3 WIN|
|Friday, December 22||Binghamton||WBS||7:05pm|
|Saturday, January 27||Binghamton||WBS||7:05pm|
|Friday, March 9||WBS||Binghamton||7:05pm|
|Saturday, March 24||WBS||Binghamton||7:05pm|
|Saturday, April 7||Binghamton||WBS||7:05pm|
The Penguins had a rough trip through Connecticut only able to draw one of a possible four points last weekend. The Penguins were able to force Overtime against Bridgeport with goals from Greg McKegg and Zach Aston-Reese as well as a strong effort from Casey DeSmith who stopped thirty of thirty-three.
Binghamton got their first regulation win of December on multi point nights from Viktor Loov, Kevin Rooney, and Tim Kennedy against the Belleville Senators. Ken Appleby was able to stop twenty of twenty-two for the win.
Daniel Sprong is fifth among active AHL rookies with 22 points, leads all first-year players with 15 goals and with seven power play tallies. Sprong is tied for fourth among all active AHL skaters in goals scored and third in power play goals.
Zach Aston-Reese has four points in his last three games. In just 34 AHL games he has accumulated 21 points, all the while recording the second most penalty minutes among rookies this season with 40.
The Penguins locker room had a significant change to the landscape recalling four players from Wheeling in the ECHL, goaltender Michael Leighton being acquired via trade, and defenseman Kevin Czuczman being returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after another trade by Pittsburgh.
Newly acquired Michael Leighton is a multi-record holder, as the AHL’s all time leader in career shutouts with 50, the most saves in an AHL game with 98, and having played in the longest game in AHL history.
Binghamton has gone 2-5-0-1 in the month of December, with only one win in regulation. In total this year Binghamton is 5-6-1-1 on the road.
Binghamton is ranked third in the AHL in short handed goals for, scoring 6 times while down a man, four of those off the stick of Kevin Rooney.
Michael Latta was recently acquired from the Tucson Roadrunners and notched Binghamton’s first goal against Belleville on Saturday.
Devils Defender Brian Strait returns to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time since being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
— Info compiled by Jonathan Kliment