The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the road again, as they make a quick trip down I-81 to play their in-state rival, the Hershey Bear,s at Giant Center at 7 p.m. tonight.
The Penguins (17-10-2-1, 37 pts, .617%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (14-16-0-3, 31 pts, .470%) rank two slots behind the Penguins in sixth place.
Tonight’s game is the sixth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.
|Friday, October 27||WBS||Hershey||>3-2 WIN|
|Sunday, November 5||WBS||Hershey||> 3-2 SOL|
|Sunday, November 12||Hershey||WBS||> 5-1 WIN|
|Sunday, December 3||Hershey||WBS||> 4-3 OTL|
|Sunday, December 10||Hershey||WBS||> 4-1 WIN|
|Saturday, December 30||Hershey||WBS||7:00pm|
|Wednesday, January 24||Hershey||WBS||7:00pm|
|Friday, February 2||WBS||Hershey||7:05pm|
|Sunday, February 25||WBS||Hershey||7:05pm|
|Sunday, March 18||WBS||Hershey||3:05pm|
|Tuesday, April 3||WBS||Hershey||7:05pm|
|Sunday, April 15||Hershey||WBS||5:00pm|
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and posted a 5-1 victory. Daniel Sprong’s second hat trick of the season and second four-point performance (3G-1A) of the year helped to secure the victory for the Penguins, while Anthony Peters posted his first win in a Penguins uniform, stopping 27 shots.
The Hershey Bears scored a 4-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. Mathias Bau’s second period goal at 16:16 stood as the game-winner, and Chris Bourque notched three assists in the winning effort. The Bears power play went 1-for-3 on the evening along with a perfect 3-for-3 penalty kill. Pheonix Copley got his first win in goal since December 3, stopping 26 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Daniel Sprong from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday morning, and returned forward Dominik Simon to the club. Simon has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with the AHL Pens this season.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also summoned Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner from the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday morning.
Teddy Blueger now has points in each of his last four games (3+3=6)
Colin Smith has five points (1+4) in the season series with Hershey to lead both teams.
The Penguins lead the season series three games to two, with two of their victories coming at Giant Center.
Chris Bourque leads the Bears in all major offensive categories, with 11 goals, 28 assists, 39 points and five power play goals.
Dustin Gazley is three points from 100 while wearing a Hershey jersey.
Nathan Walker made his 2017-18 AHL debut last night, after starting the season with the Washington Capitals. Walker posted one goal and four penalty minutes in the NHL, and notched an assist in his first game back with the Bears.
Penguins forward Christian Thomas spent the 2016-17 season with the Bears, and led the team in goals (24) and power play goals (12). His goals, assists (25) and points (49) totals were all career highs.
Bears center Zach Sill spent parts of five seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time list with 277 games played. Sill recorded 73 points (33+40) and 315 penalty minutes with the Penguins betweenez 2009 and 2014.