PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BEARS – APRIL 3, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome their in-state rival Hershey Bears to Mohegan Sun Arena at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.

The Penguins (40-21-6-2, 88 pts, .638%) continue to look to secure their playoff berth while holding second spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (29-33-4-5, 67 pts, .472%) reside in seventh place in the same division and will miss the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Today’s game is the eleventh of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
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   3-2 WIN
Sunday, March 18 WBS Hershey   6-4 WIN
Tuesday, April 3 WBS Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, April 15 Hershey WBS  5:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a tenacious battle to the Providence Bruins, 3-1, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night. The Bruins scoring came from Adam Payerl, Trent Frederic, and Jordan Swarz. The Penguins only goal on the night came from Jean-Sébastien Dea. Tristan Jarry made 24 stops in the loss.

 

The Bears welcomed the Laval Rocket to Giant Center for the first time in franchise history and walked away with a 6-3 victory on Saturday evening. Mathias Bau tallied twice while Garrett Mitchell, Dustin Gazley, Jeremy Langlois, and Hampus Gustafsson also found the back of the net. Pheonix Copley stopped 20 of 23 attempts for the victory.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins have gone 8-0-1-1 in the season series against the Bears, and have not lost in regulation to Hershey since April 14, 2017.

Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals scored and is second in points with 55. He is just six points behind Manitoba’s Mason Appleton total of 61, despite playing in 13 fewer games.

Sprong’s 27 goals are tied for seventh among all AHL scorers, and his five game-winning tallies are tied for 11th.

Sprong now has points in nine of his past ten games, totaling six goals and five assists in that span.

Chris Summers is six games from 450 in his AHL career.

BEARS NOTES

Hershey’s Nathan Walker is one point from 100 in his AHL career

Mathias Bau scored for the first time in 23 games on Saturday night, tallying twice

Despite their record Hershey is 20-1-0-2 when they lead after 40 minutes

Chris Bourque leads the Bears in points with 50 (14+36)

Joe Whitney is one game away from 450 AHL games

CONNECTIONS
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