The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday for the third and final time this season. The home team has won all four previous matchups this season.
The Penguins (36-18-4-2, 78 pts, .650%) are ranked second the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while The Wolf Pack (27-29-5-3, 62 pts, .484%) sit in seventh in the same division.
Saturday’s game is the fifth of six meetings between the clubs this season.
TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
WATCH: AHLLive.com and WBRE locally
LISTEN: WILK News Radio
PROMOTION: St Patrick’s Day Jersey Auction
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
|Saturday, October 21||WBS||Hartford||3-2 SO WIN|
|Friday, December 15||Hartford||WBS||7-3 Loss|
|Friday, Decmber 29||WBS||Hartford||5-1 WIN|
|Sunday, January 21||Hartford||WBS||1-0 OTL|
|Saturday, March 17||WBS||Hartford||7:05pm|
|Friday, March 30||Hartford||WBS||7:15pm|
The Penguins and Charlotte Checkers faced one another for the second night in a row at Bojangles’ Coliseum, but this time, the Penguins were on the losing end of a 3-1 final on Wednesday. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pressed hard in the third period, but couldn’t muster the comeback, and suffered its first regular season loss in Charlotte in franchise history. Charlotte found scoring from Julien Gauthier and former Penguin Greg McKegg, who put in two for the Checkers. The Penguins lone goal came off a Tom Sestito rebound through Nedeljkovic’s five-hole at 8:11 of the final frame. Anthony Peters recorded 27 saves.
The Hartford Wolf Pack welcomed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the XL Center on Friday night, as they snapped a six-game losing skid with a 4-3 shootout victory. Hartford’s Filip Chytil, Cristoval Nieves, and Dan DeSalvo all tallied in the second frame. Lehigh Valley had goals from Cole Bardreau and Mark Friedman before Nicolas Aube-Kubel tallied the lone goal in the third to force overtime. Nothing could be decided in overtime and the skills competition decided the final point as Dan DeSalvo put one by John Muse to break the losing streak. Marek Mazanec stopped 28 of 31 in the victory.
Teddy Blueger leads the AHL with four overtime goals.
Blueger’s four OT goals is also the most in a single season in Penguins history, and has him tied with Carter Rowney and Tom Kostopoulos for the franchise’s all-time lead.
Daniel Sprong currently ranks in a tie for third among all AHL rookies in goals (21), points (44) and shots on goal (146).
WOLF PACK NOTES
The Wolf Pack are 2-1-0-1 in four meetings with the Penguins on the year, but have only a regulation loss and a shootout defeat to show for two previous trips to Wilkes-Barre.
Cole Schenider leads the Wolf Pack in points with 39 (14+25).
Scott Kosmachuk is in second on the team in scoring. Eight of those goals have come off of power play tallies.
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.
Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.
Compiled by Jonathan Kliment