PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BEARS – FEBRUARY 2, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins returns from the All Star Break to play their instate rival, the Hershey Bears, on home ice tonight.

The Penguins (26-12-3-1, 56 pts, .667%) have the top spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (17-32-3-4, 41 pts, .456%) reside in last place in the same division.

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

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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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  4-0 WIN
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 scrapped with the Binghamton Devils on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, and came away with a 4-3 OT win in their final game before the All-Star Break.  Goals from Jean-Sébastien Dea and Gage Quinney were answered by two Devils powerplay tallies. Garrett Wilson scored late in the third, before the Devils tied it 35 seconds later. Zach Aston-Reese got the eventual game-winner, his third goal in three games, two of them being game-winners.

Hershey traveled to Webster Bank Arena on Saturday to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, dropping the contest, 3-1. This marked the eighth straight loss for the Bears, the first time since the 2001-02 season they have seen such a streak (12 games from 12/28/01-1/18/02). The Bears kept it close going into the third, but after cutting the lead in half were unable to find the equalizer with Phoenix Copley pulled. Bridgeport finished it off with an empty net goal for the win.


PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong leads the season series with Hershey with eight points (4+4).
The Penguins lead the season series five games to two, and have collected at least a point in each meeting.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outscored 0pponents 37-20 in the month of January, going 8-2-1-0 on the month.

BEARS NOTES
Chris Bourque is tied for the lead in points in the AHL with 43 (12+31). He is also three games from appearing in his 700th AHL game.
Dustin Gazley’s next appearance will be his 250th AHL game.
Despite their record Hershey is 10-0-1-2 when they lead after 20 minutes.

CONNECTIONS
Penguins forward Christian Thomas (currently on Olympic duty with Team Canada) 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.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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