PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs. WOLF PACK, DECEMBER 29, 2017


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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will meet their divisional foe the Hartford Wolf Pack for the third time this season at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (16-10-2-1, 35 pts, .603%) are ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while The Wolf Pack (13-13-3-3, 32 pts, .500%) sit in sixth in the same division.

Friday’s game is the third of six meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:          7:05 p.m.
PLACE:       Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:     AHLLive.com
LISTEN:      WILK News Radio
TICKETS:   570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS:  Eyewitness News FAN FRIDAY, featuring $14 lower bowl tickets, $2 draft beers from 6-7:30pm, and postgame autographs.


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21  WBS  Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15  Hartford  WBS   7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29  WBS  Hartford   7:05pm
Sunday, January 21  Hartford  WBS   5:00pm
Saturday, March 17  WBS  Hartford   7:05pm
Friday, March 30  Hartford  WBS   7:15pm

RECENT ACTION – WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

In another tight battle with their turnpike rivals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came up short against Lehigh Valley at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night, falling 5-4. The Phantoms came out hungry and put two up on Casey DeSmith in the first period, before the Penguins Colin Smith and Gage Quinney came back to tie it in the second frame.

However, less than two minutes after the Quinney tally, an explosion of goals occurred with Lehigh Valley scoring twice in a span of 1:37, with Tyrell Goulbourne and Chris Conner finding the net. But Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returned fire 17 seconds later with a Garrett Wilson goal.

The third period was played like a chess match between the teams, with neither one blinking as they attacked and countered each move. Phil Varone netted an empty net goal late in the game to extended the Phantoms’ lead to 5-3, before Adam Johnson scored with 11 seconds remaining to make it a one goal game. The Penguins pushed, but couldn’t complete the comeback in the final seconds of play.

RECENT ACTION – HARTFORD

The Wolf Pack dropped a 5-1 contest to their in state rivals, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, last Saturday night. The Wolf Pack fell behind by four goals before they broke the shutout bid from Christopher Gibson with a goal from Ryan Sproul with 1:28 to go in the game.


PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL rookie lead in goals (15) and tops all active rookies in power play goals with seven.

Garrett Wilson skated in his 300th AHL game on Wednesday.

Colin Smith’s next game will be his 300th in the AHL. He has 58 goals and 123 assists for 181 points through 299 AHL contests.


WOLF PACK NOTES
Peter Holland leads the Wolf Pack with 30 points (11G,19A) in 30 games this season.

Vinni Lettieri leads team rookies with 21 points (12G, 9A) in 31 games this season

The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 20.7%

Hartford has 100% success against the Penguins power play so far this season


CONNECTIONS
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.

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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