The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will kick off 2018 against their divisional foe, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
The Penguins (18-10-2-1, 39 pts, .629%) maintain fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Sound Tigers (16-12-2-1, 35 pts, .565%) sit in fifth in the same division.
Wednesday night’s game is the third of six meetings between the clubs this season.
|Saturday, October 28||Bridgeport||WBS||> 2-5 WIN|
|Saturday, December 16||Bridgeport||WBS||> 3-2 OT Loss|
|Wednesday, January 3||WBS||Bridgeport||7:05pm|
|Sunday, March 25||WBS||Bridgeport||3:05pm|
|Friday, April 6||WBS||Bridgeport||7:05pm|
|Sunday, April 8||Bridgeport||WBS||3:00pm|
The Penguins closed out 2017 with a 2-1 overtime win against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Saturday. Zach Aston-Reese scored in regulation to give the Pens a 1-0 lead, before Dominik Simon scored in the extra frame to cap the victory. With his goal. Anthony Peters recorded his second win in as many nights, stopping 20 of 21 shots on Saturday night.
The Sound Tigers welcomed the Binghamton Devils to Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night, and closed out 2017 by recording a 5-0 victory. Bridgeport received second period goals from Josh Ho-Sang, Kyle Schempp and Ryan Bourque, with additional markers by Tanner Fritz and Travis St. Denis in the third. The Sound Tigers held the Devils to only 19 shots on goal, as Christopher Gibson recorded his second shutout of the season.
The Penguins come into Wednesday’s action on a two-game win streak, having swept the final weekend of 2017 with victories over Hartford and Hershey.
Three Penguins lead the season series against the Sound Tigers with three points: Ryan Haggerty (2+1), Zach Aston-Reese (1+2), and Christian Thomas (1+2)
Since singing his second PTO with the Penguins, Anthony Peters has posted a 2-0-0 record with a .959 save percentage.
The Penguins lead the season series over the past five years with a 12-6-2-0 record against the Sound Tigers.
Aston-Reese now has three points (2+1) in his last four games.
SOUND TIGERS NOTES
Tanner Fritz recorded a goal and two assists on Saturday to add to his team lead of assists (25) and points (35).
Bridgeport comes in with the division’s best penalty kill percentage (87.1%), having not given up a power play goal since Dec. 1 against Utica. They’ve killed each of their past 46 attempts.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers enter Wednesday with a winning streak of their own having won three straight games and have points in five of their last six.
Penguins defenseman Kevin Czuczman spent two seasons with the Sound Tigers from 2014-16, accumulating 22 points (5+17) and 151 penalty minutes.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Andrey Pedan also spent time in Bridgeport from 2012-15, totaling 15 points (5+10) in 42 games.