PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS – FEBRUARY 3, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be celebrating the fight against cancer during Pink in the Rink Night, as they host another battle with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (27-12-3-1, 58 pts, .674%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (27-13-3-3, 60 pts, .652%) rank one slot behind the Penguins in second place.

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

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOTIONS: Pink In The Rink night to support the American Cancer Society; Pink Stick Auction; McCarthy Tire All-Star Poster giveaway


SEASON SERIES

DATE  HOME  ROAD   TIME/RESULT 
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    4-1 WIN
Friday, January 26  Lehigh Valley  WBS    5-2 Loss
Saturday, February 3  WBS  Lehigh Valley    7:05pm
Sunday, February 18  Lehigh Valley  WBS    5:05pm
Saturday, April 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS    7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcomed the Hershey Bears to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night, posting a 4-1 win over their foes from Chocolatetown – their seventh straight victory on home ice. The Penguins saw the Bears take an early lead as Riley Barber scored 6:22 into the game. But Andrey Pedan played the hero, as he tied it two minutes before the end of the first period and tallied the eventual game winner 5:34 into the third off of a Greg McKegg drop pass. Kevin Czuczman and Jarrett Burton each got insurance markers as Tristan Jarry stopped 25 of 26 Hershey shots.

Lehigh Valley hosted the Charlotte Checkers at PPL Center on Friday night, and saw recent call-up John Muse turn in a 38 save performance that helped them hang onto a 3-2 victory. With goals from T.J. Brennan, Chris Conner, and Cole Bardeau, the Phantoms were able to sneak a victory through a see-saw contest that saw each team get a lead and then relinquish it, before Bardeau nabbed his third of the season with three minutes remaining to seal the victory.

PENGUINS NOTES
Kevin Czuczman tallied a goal on Friday night, giving him goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his AHL career.

Since returning from Pittsburgh on January 24, Daniel Sprong has recorded six points (1+5) in four games.

Jean-Sebastien Dea has points in 10 of the past 12 games his has played in for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dating back to December 22 (4+7)

Andrey Pedan tallied twice Friday night, his second multi goal game of 2018. Pedan now has seven goals on the season, tying his career high.

Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has a 1.69 goals against average and .935 save percentage in that time.

The Penguins’ 18-6-0-1 mark at the Mohegan Sun Arena is the best home record in the AHL.

PHANTOMS NOTES
Lehigh Valley has the best away record in the Atlantic Division, going 13-8-0-2 away from PPL Center

With his goal against Charlotte last night, defenseman T.J. Brennan became the first blueliner in AHL history to compile eight double-digit goal campaigns. Through his nine-year professional career, Brennan has now recorded 144 goals, 265 assists and 409 total points across 556 career AHL outings.

With Friday’s victory, the Phantoms improved to 19-0-2-1 when leading after two periods this season.

CONNECTIONS
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) during that time.

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, playing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career leading 50 shutouts there.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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