The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins make their third stop on a four-game road stint, as they travel down I-81 to play their instate rival, the Hershey Bears, tonight at 7 p.m.

The Penguins (24-11-3-1, 52 pts, .667%) have the top spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (17-18-3-4, 41 pts, .488%) reside in sixth place in the same division.

Tonight’s game is the seventh of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Giant Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 27 WBS Hershey 3-2 WIN
Sunday, November 5 WBS Hershey  2-3 SOL
Sunday, November 12 Hershey WBS  1-5 WIN
Sunday, December 3 Hershey WBS  4-3 OTL
Sunday, December 10 Hershey WBS  1-4 WIN
Saturday, December 30 Hershey WBS  1-2 OT WIN
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

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday Afternoon at XL Center and fell in overtime, 1-0. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out quickly with 21 shots in the opening frame, the most the team has generated in one period all season long. However, none of the 42 shots they posted in the game found a hole to get through. Anthony Peters backstopped the Penguins through 60 minutes of regulation before the Wolf Pack’s Vince Pedrie ended the game 2:25 into the extra frame.

The Bears stepped outside to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, dropping the contest 5-2. Lehigh Valley scored twice early before Nathan Walker brought the Bears to within one, but a Chris Conner breakaway put the Phantoms ahead for good. Travis Boyd scored late before the Phantoms posted two empty net goals to end it. The defeat extended the Bears’ losing streak to five games, their longest of the season.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
Colin Smith has five points (1+4) in the season series with Hershey, and leads both teams active players.
Right Winger Ryan Haggerty’s next game will be his 200th AHL game.
The Penguins lead the season series four games to two and have collected at least a point in each meeting.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored opponents 27-12 during the 2018 calendar year.

BEARS NOTES
Chris Bourque is tied for the lead in points in the AHL with 42 (12+30).
Bourque also played his 700th AHL game on Saturday night, in which he tallied his 681st point (231+450).
Center Zach Sill’s next game will be his 450th AHL game.
Defenseman Colby Williams next game will be his 100th AHL game.

 

CONNECTIONS
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 between 2009 and 2014.

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