The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins pay their final visit of the season to the XL Center as they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday. The home team has won four of the previous five matchups this season.
The Penguins (39-20-6-2, 86 pts, .642%) are ranked second the Atlantic Division, while the Wolf Pack (31-30-5-3, 70 pts, .507%) sit in sixth in the same division.
Friday’s game is the sixth and final meeting between the clubs this season.
|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||1-4 Loss|
|Friday, March 30||Hartford||WBS||7:15pm|
The Penguins used a second period surge to defeat the visiting Providence Bruins, 5-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night. Daniel Sprong scored his team-leading 25th and 26th goals of the season within the opening minutes of the middle frame to spur Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on to beat their rival, and reclaim second place in the Atlantic Division. Aside from a big night from Sprong, the Penguins’ Joseph Cramarossa, Teddy Blueger, and Jarred Tinordi all contributed to the victory. Jakub Zbořil and Anton Blidh tallied for the P-Bruins. Both Tristan Jarry and Zane McIntyre ended up with 27 saves on the night.
The Wolf Pack battled the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center and ended up finding the victory in a shootout by a final score of 4-3 on Wednesday night. Hartford’s Vinni Lettieri, Brandon Crawley, and Adam Tambellini all scored in regulation. The Wolf Pack won their league-high ninth shootout game, getting just one necessary goal from Scott Kosmachuk in the third round, while the Thunderbirds could not beat Alexandar Georgiev on their attempts.
By scoring on Wednesday night, defensemen Jarred Tinordi established a new career high in goals with five this season.
With his goal on Sunday, Pedan upped his point total to 22 (9G-13A) this season, surpassing his previous career-best of 21 points in 2015-16.
Daniel Sprong leads the series with six points (5+1) and, with two goals Wednesday night, moved into a tie for first in the AHL rookie goal scoring race (26). He is also second among all rookies with 53 points this season.
Garrett Wilson has six points (2+4) in his past five games, and carries a three-game points streak (1+3) in to tonight’s game.
Joseph Cramarossa has 10 points (6+4) in 20 games with the Penguins since being acquired from the Stockton Heat. He had 10 points (3+7) in 37 games with his former team.
Michael Leighton is 3-0-0-0 in his time with the Penguins with all three wins coming beyond regulation against the Binghamton Devils.
WOLF PACK NOTES
The Wolf Pack have won the last two games between themselves and the Penguins, and are 3-1-0-1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the season. That includes wins in both of the Penguins’ earlier visits to Hartford, 7-3 on December 15 and 1-0 in overtime January 21.
Vinni Lettieri leads the team in goal scoring with 21. He has six more than the next closest Wolf Pack member.
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