PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs THUNDERBIRDS, JANUARY 5, 2018

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to continue their hot streak against the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (19-10-2-1, 39 pts, .641%), winners of three straight, continue to climb the Atlantic Division standings, and are now in third place.

The Thunderbirds (14-19-1-1, 30 pts, .429%) are in the eigthh and final spot in the same division, but have points in five of their past six games (4-1-0-1).

Tonight’s game is the second of four meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Wednesday, December 13  WBS  Springfield  6-3 WIN
Friday, January 5  WBS  Springfield   7:05pm
Wednesday, February 3  Springfield  WBS   7:05pm
Friday, April 13  Springfield  WBS   7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in overtime, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Ryan Haggerty netted his 12th goal of the season midway through the third period, before Greg McKegg evened the score on a late power play with goaltender Anthony Peters pulled for an extra attacker. Teddy Blueger needed just 26 seconds to put home his third OT tally of the season.

The Springfield Thunderbirds survived a game with many ups and downs before emerging victorious, 5-4, against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at the XL Center.

The team’s entered the third period tied at 2-2 before Juho Lammikko put Springfield up at 3:32. Hartford struck for back-to-back goals at 4:25 (Joe Whitney) and 9:39 (Neal Pionk) to retake the one-goal lead. But former Penguin Bobby Farnham potted his second goal of the game with five minutes to play, before Josh Brown recorded his first goal of the season with just five seconds to play to secure the win for Springfield.


PENGUINS NOTES
Teddy Blueger has now scored three of the Penguins six overtime game-winners this season, and leads all AHL skaters in that category.

Since singing his second PTO with the Penguins this season on Dec. 28, Anthony Peters has won all three of his starts, and has posted a .902 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average.

Defenseman Kevin Czuczman has an assist on four of the Penguins’ six overtime goals this season.


THUNDERBIRDS NOTES
Anthony Greco has the eighth most shots on goal in the league with 103. The four players ahead of him are tied for fourth with only one more shot.

Springfield leads the AHL in times shorthanded (180), but they also have drawn the second-most power plays (170).


CONNECTIONS
Forward Bobby Farnham spent parts of three seasons (2012-15) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 39 points (17+22) and 666 penalty minutes in 191 games.

Defenseman Tim Erixon spent two seasons (2015-17) wit the Penguins, recording 37 points (7+30) in 119 games.


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