The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home to face off against their divisional foe, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, at 3:05pm today.
The Penguins (38-19-6-2, 84 pts, .642%) have points in four straight contests (2-0-2-0), and sit in second place in the Atlantic Division. The Sound Tigers (31-26-5-3, 70 pts, .538%) sit in fifth place, just outside of the final playoff spot in the same division.
Todays’s game is the fourth of six meetings between the clubs this season.
TIME: 3:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
LISTEN: WILK News Radio
PROMOS: Kids 14 and younger FREE with paid adult ticket; free postgame skate (bring your own skates); Princess Day featuring A Moment of Magic
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
|Saturday, October 28||Bridgeport||WBS||2-5 WIN|
|Saturday, December 16||Bridgeport||WBS||3-2 OT Loss|
|Wednesday, January 3||WBS||Bridgeport||3-2 OT WIN|
|Sunday, March 25||WBS||Bridgeport||3:05pm|
|Friday, April 6||WBS||Bridgeport||7:05pm|
|Sunday, April 8||Bridgeport||WBS||3:00pm|
The Penguins scored early and often through the first half of the game, but still needed the shootout to nab a 5-4 win over the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night. The Penguins Jarred Tinordi, Joseph Cramarossa, Andrey Pedan, and Garrett Wilson all beat Mackenzie Blackwood in regulation, while the Devils saw Jacob MacDonald, Nick Lappin, Blake Speers, and Mario Lucia all answered in response to force extra time. It took eight rounds of a shootout to decide the game, but Wilson nabbed the win for the Penguins with a show-stopper shootout goal. Michael Leighton made 37 saves in regulation and overtime, plus seven in the shootout, to record his third win with the Penguins – all coming against the Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton remained unbeaten in five games against Binghamton this season.
Casey Bailey scored his eighth power-play goal of the season on Friday, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers suffered a 4-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena. Kristers Gudlevskis made 26 saves for the Sound Tigers in his return to Syracuse, where he spent the previous four seasons manning the crease. Bailey scored his 15th goal of the season overall and his team-leading 17th power-play point.
Zach Trotman is two games away from 200 AHL contests
Daniel Sprong is second among AHL rookies in goals (24) and points (51).
Andrey Pedan set a new personal best for goals in a season with his eighth last night in Binghamton. He picked up seven during the 2015-16 season with Utica.
Fellow defenseman Jarred Tinordi also established a new personal best for goals in a season with his fourth of the year last night against the Devils. He netted three with Hamilton in 2013-14.
The Penguins have lost only twice when leading after two periods, and have a 22-1-1-0 record in that situation
The Penguins lead the season series over the past five years with a 13-6-2-0 record against the Sound Tigers.
SOUND TIGERS NOTES
Travis St. Denis leads the Sound Tigers with 38 points (20+18)
Bridgeport also comes in with the division’s best penalty kill percentage (85.2%).
Goaltender Christopher Gibson is tied for fifth in the league with a 2.31 goals against average. His four shutouts are also tied for fourth.
Penguins Defenseman Kevin Czuczman spent two seasons with the Sound Tigers from 2014-16 accumulating 22 points (5+17) and 151 penalty minutes.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Defenseman Andrey Pedan also spent time in Bridgeport from 2012-15 totaling 42 games for 15 points (5+10).
Compiled by Jonathan Kliment