The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Syracuse Crunch, as they hit the road to Oncenter War Memorial Arena tonight at 7:00pm.
The Penguins (31-15-4-1, 67 pts, .657%) currently sit in second place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Crunch (32-18-2-3, 69 pts, .627%) rank second in the North Division.
Tonight’s game is the fourth of four meetings between the clubs this season.
|Sunday, October 15||WBS||Syracuse||6-1 WIN|
|Friday, November 24||Syracuse||WBS||5-2 Loss|
|Saturday, November 25||WBS||Syracuse||3-4 Loss|
|Saturday, February 24||Syracuse||WBS||7:00pm|
The Penguins’ opened up the offense to defeat the visiting Rockford IceHogs, 6-3, on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton received goals from six different players (Joseph Cramarossa, Daniel Sprong, Gage Quinney, Garrett Wilson, Adam Johnson, and Reid Gardiner) throughout the course of the game, and Tom Kostopoulos recorded two assists in his 700th AHL contest. Casey DeSmith denied 24 shots for the win.
After two scoreless periods, Michael Bournival scored twice in the final frame to give the Crunch a 2-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday in Syracuse. The home team was held scoreless on three power play opportunities and went a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Eddie Pasquale earned the win with 31 saves in net for the Crunch.
Joseph Cramarossa has recorded four points (2G-2A) in as many games since becoming a member of the Penguins following a trade with the Stockton Heat on Feb. 14.
Tom Kostopoulos played in his 700th game Friday Night and recorded two assists to mark the occasion.
The Penguins are now 8-1-1-0 when Gage Quinney scores a goal this season. He tallied Friday night against Rockford.
Daniel Sprong ranks second among AHL rookies with 21 goals, and third with 42 points. He picked up a goal and an assist on Friday.
Defenseman Kevin Schulze made his 2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut in Friday night’s win over the IceHogs.
Casey DeSmith moved into a tie with Dany Sabourin for ninth place on the team’s all-time wins list with his 38th career victory on Friday night.
After a 2-1 win on Friday, goaltender Eddie Pasquale is now 4-1-1 with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage since joining Syracuse via trade.
In his first year with the Crunch, Carter Verhaeghe has 29 points (10+19) in 36 games. His 0.81 points per game is most among active Crunch players.
Since joining the Crunch on a Professional Try-Out (PTO), 25-year-old Olivier Archambault has seven points (4+3) in 11 games while playing to a plus-6 rating.
Tom Sestito played parts of three seasons with the Crunch tallying 60 points (25+35) in 154 games from 2007-2010
Michael Leighton played nine games for the Crunch earlier this season, posting a 3-3-2-0 record in his time with the Crunch
Reid McNeill played 190 games for the Penguins between 2012 and 2017. He posted 25 points (4+21) in that span
Compiled by Jonathan Kliment