The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 7:05pm.
The Penguins (25-12-3-1, 54 pts, .659%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (12-23-5-2, 31 pts, .369%) take up the basement slot in the North Division.
Tonight’s game is the third of six meetings between the clubs this season.
|Friday, November 17||Binghamton||WBS||4-3 WIN|
|Friday, December 22||WBS||Binghamton||4-3 WINOT|
|Saturday, January 27||WBS||Binghamton||7:05pm|
|Friday, March 9||Binghamton||WBS||7:05pm|
|Saturday, March 24||Binghamton||WBS||7:05pm|
|Saturday, April 7||WBS||Binghamton||7:05pm|
The Penguins finished a four-game road trip against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at PPL Center, falling 5-2. Daniel Sprong started the scoring just 56 seconds into the game. The Phantoms Greg Carey tied it up at the 5:06 mark, before Zach Aston-Reese gave the Penguins back their lead 1:20 later. That was the last goal for the Penguins as the Phantoms scored four unanswered to finish it off. Anthony Peters stopped 25 of 30 attempts.
The Devils welcomed the Utica Comets to the Floyd. L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday and dropped a 3-1 decision.The Comets tallied a goal apiece in the first and second period before Binghamton answered in the third with a Bracken Kearns goal. The Devils pulled goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood late for the extra attacker and paid the price as the Comets added another goal to make the final 3-1.
AHL All Star Daniel Sprong is second among AHL rookies with 19 goals, and is 3rd with 7 power play tallies. Sprong will head to Utica for the All-Star Break following tonight’s game.
Teddy Blueger has the lead in points on the season series with four (2+2), scoring twice in the Dec. 22 meeting, including the overtime winner.
Zach Aston-Reese has scored in the past two games.
Binghamton has gone 2-8-0-0 in the month of January. Binghamton is 6-10-2-2 on the road this season.
Kevin Rooney has four shorthanded goals, which leads Binghamton. The Devils are tied for third in the AHL in short-handed goals for, scoring seven times while down a man.
Jacob McDonald is tied for the lead in Assists and leads the team in Points. He had the lone assist on last nights tally.
Devils Defender Brian Strait returns to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for only the second time since being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013).
compiled by Jonathan Kliment