The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Rochester Americans square off for the second and final time this season, when they meet up in NEPA on Friday night.
The Amerks took the first meeting back on November 30 in Rochester by a 1-0 score.
It’s another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY, with discounted tickets available in the lower bowl, $2 draft beers from 6-7:30pm, and postgame autographs from Jeff Tayler and Linus Olund.
Get your tickets by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367, or CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE.
Friday, January 18
Rochester Americans (22-13-2-0, first in North Division)
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
SATURDAY’S START TIME CHANGED TO 3:05PM
The Americans will have a new face in the lineup tonight, after the Buffalo Sabres acquired Taylor Leier from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The Sabres/Amerks said goodbye to fourth-year forward Justin Bailey in the transaction.
There will be several familiar faces for Penguins fans on the Rochester bench. Former Pens assistant coach Chris Taylor is the Americans bench boss; Rochester assistant coach Toby Petersen spent parts of three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2000-01, 2002-04), representing the team in the 2001 All-Star Game; and recent Penguins Kevin Porter and Scott Wilson are currently suiting up in red, white and blue.
Rochester’s leading scorer, C.J. Smith, has points in four straight games (5+3), and recorded his second career hat trick in the Amerks’ 5-1 win over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night.
Smith’s 16 goals on the season are tied for 15th in the AHL.
Rochester defenseman Zach Redmond has seven game-winning goals this season, tops in the league. His 16 goals are the most among all AHL defensemen, and his 32 points are one behind Lehigh Valley blueliner T.J. Brennan for the top spot.
Goaltender Scott Wedgewood is tied for fourth in the league with 14 wins this season.
Penguins forward Teddy Blueger had his five-game point streak snapped on Saturday in Charlotte, but still has nine points (7+2) in his past eight games.
Blueger’s 17 goals this season are tied for 10th in the AHL.
Anthony Angello is tied for sixth among all AHL rookies with 12 goals scored this season.
Fellow Penguins rookie Sam Lafferty is tied for 17th among first year players with 24 points (5+19).
Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, or by contacting the Penguins’ offices at (570) 208-7367.
Fans can also keep up with the Penguins through the AHL’s brand new high definition streaming service, AHLTV. Subscriptions for AHLTV include live and archived games, begin at just $44.99 for the remainder of the 2018-19 regular season. Fans can visit theahl.com/AHLTV now to register for a free AHLTV account and purchase 2018-19 subscriptions.