The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to close out another three games in three nights weekend against their instate rival, the Hershey Bears, at Mohegan Sun Arena at 3:05 p.m. Sunday.
The Penguins (31-16-4-1, 67 pts, .644%) hold the second spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (23-25-4-4, 54 pts, .482%) reside in sixth place in the same division.
Today’s game is the ninth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.
|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||0-4 WIN|
|Friday, February 2||WBS||Hershey||4-1 WIN|
|Sunday, February 25||WBS||Hershey||3:05pm|
|Sunday, March 18||WBS||Hershey||3:05pm|
|Tuesday, April 3||WBS||Hershey||7:05pm|
|Sunday, April 15||Hershey||WBS||5:00pm|
The Penguins had a tough time finding the back of the net in a Saturday night showdown that ended in a 3-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch at Oncenter War Memorial Arena. Things got off to a promising start for the Penguins when Freddie Tiffels struck on the team’s second shot of the game. But Syracuse got scoring from Gabriel Dumont, Alexander Volkov and Anthony Cirelli to make it 3-1. Anthony Peters made 33 saves, included 17 stops on 17 shots in the first period.
Vitek Vanecek stopped 36 shots for the Bears, but the home team still fell to the Rockford IceHogs in overtime, 4-3, on Saturday at Giant Center. The Bears managed three goals from Riley Barber, Liam O’Brien and Travis Boyd, on just 14 shots, and finished the night 2-for-8 on the man-advantage and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Penguins have gone 6-0-1-1 in the season series and have not lost in regulation to the Bears since April 14th 2017
Daniel Sprong continues to lead all Penguins players in almost every offensive category with 42 points (21+21) and nine power play goals
The Penguins are now 8-1-1-0 when Gage Quinney scores a goal this season. He tallied Friday night against Rockford.
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.
Despite being absent while representing the United States at the Winter Olympics, Chris Bourque continues to lead the Bears with 45 points (12+33)
Riley Barber leads the team in goals scored with 18 having played in 55 games this season
Despite their record Hershey is 17-0-0-2 when they lead after 40 minutes
The Bears have posted points in each of their past six games (5-0-1-0)
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.
compiled by Jonathan Kliment