The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return from their Dad’s weekend in Canada to face off against their divisional rival, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wednesday night at 7:05pm.
The Penguins (23-10-2-1, 49 pts, .681%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (23-12-2-3, 51 pts, .638%) rank one slot behind the Penguins by mere percentage points.
Tonight’s game is the eighth of 12 meetings between the clubs this season.
|Friday, October 13||WBS||Lehigh Valley||5-0 WIN|
|Saturday, October 14||Lehigh Valley||WBS||3-2 Loss|
|Friday, November 3||Lehigh Valley||WBS||6-5 WIN|
|Friday, November 22||WBS||Lehigh Valley||4-2 WIN|
|Saturday, December 6||Lehigh Valley||WBS||5-0 Loss|
|Saturday, December 23||WBS||Lehigh Valley||3-2 Loss|
|Wednesday, December 27||WBS||Lehigh Valley||4-5 Loss|
|Wednesday, January 17||Lehigh Valley||WBS||7:05pm|
|Friday, January 26||WBS||Lehigh Valley||7:05pm|
|Saturday, February 3||WBS||Lehigh Valley||7:05pm|
|Sunday, February 18||Lehigh Valley||WBS||5:05pm|
|Saturday, April 14||Lehigh Valley||WBS||7:05pm|
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Laval Rocket and came away with a 4-3 victory at Place Bell on Saturday afternoon. Andrey Pedan’s first career hat trick led the way, while Teddy Blueger also chipped in a goal, helping the Penguins to their seventh consecutive victory. In a very physical game, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton power play was able to find some traction as well, going two-for-six on the man advantage. Anthony Peters did his part, landing his fifth straight victory by stopping 23 of 26 shots.
Lehigh Valley trawled down the turnpike to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears in a divisional matchup on Sunday afternoon, and took home a 2-1 overtime win. T.J. Brennan scored just 44 seconds into overtime to seal the victory, while Nicolas Aubé-Kubel’s 11th tally of the year forced the extra frame. Alex Lyon captured his 10th win of the season, stopping 28 of 29 Bears chances.
Ryan Haggerty and Andrey Pedan recorded the first ever back-to-back hat tricks in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history on Friday (Belleville) and Saturday (Laval).
Pedan became just the second defenseman in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history to net a hat trick, following in the footsteps of Alex Picard, who accomplished the feat on March 17, 2012 against the Worcest Sharks.
Haggerty’s 16 goals are tied for 14th in the league, and are a new personal best for the fourth-year forward. He recorded 15 goals in 2014-15 with the Hartford Wolf Pack, with his 15th coming in his 73rd game of the season. He netted his 16th in his 25th game this year.
Haggerty is averaging 1.04 points per game, tied for 19th in the AHL.
Kevin Czuczman is second among AHL defensemen and tied for 18th overall with 20 assists this season.
Anthony Peters has won five straight games since signing his second PTO with a goals against average of 1.79 and a save percentage of .929.
Phil Varone is second in the AHL in points (40) and tied for third in the AHL in assists (29).
Phantoms Chris Conner has scored seven goals this season, and three of them have come against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
TJ Brennan scored his 141st career goal on Sunday against the Bears, the second-most among AHL defensemen all-time. That tally pulls him to within 25 goals of the all-time record, held by former Penguins and Phantoms great John Slaney, who had 166 in his Hall of Fame career.
Dustin Tokarski has not lost in regulation in five appearances against the Penguins this season.
Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14, registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.
Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season, tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.
Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, with 49 points (14+35) to his credit.
Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013 when the team was located in Adirondack. He accumulated 20 points (11+9) in that time.
Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career leading 50 shutouts there.
- Compiled by Jonathan Kliment