Penguins head west for games against Rockford, Milwaukee and Grand Rapids
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-19-4-1) special teams ignite ahead of Western Conference visit
Friday, Feb. 1 – PENGUINS 7 vs. Cleveland 2
The Penguins established an early lead and never looked back in their high-action tilt with the Monsters. Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton’s power play went two-for-four with man-advantage markers from Ethan Prow and Jean-Sébastien Dea. Sam Miletic led the Penguins with four points (1G-3A) and Tristan Jarry recorded 33 saves. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept its season series with Cleveland, going 4-0-0-0.
Saturday, Feb. 2 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Bridgeport 2
Early scoring led to the end of the Penguins’ four-game win streak. Ethan Prow notched the only goal for the Penguins on the power play, sandwiched between two first-period strikes by Bridgeport. The Pens’ penalty kill remained unblemished, going five-for-five on the evening.
The Week Ahead
Wednesday, Feb. 6 – PENGUINS at Rockford
The Penguins begin their Midwest road trip by taking on the IceHogs for the first of two season meetings. Rockford is defending a four-game win streak, and goalie Anton Forsberg has not allowed more than three goals since Dec. 28, 2018.
Friday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS at Milwaukee
Milwaukee hosts the second and final matchup between the Admirals and Penguins. The Penguins’ hot power play will be tested against the Admirals’ penalty kill, the third-best P.K. in the league (85.9%).
Saturday, Feb. 9 – PENGUINS at Grand Rapids
The Penguins visit the Griffins for the last of two meetings against Grand Rapids. In the clubs’ first game of 2019, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton secured a shootout victory over Grand Rapids, 3-2. The Griffins’ Chris Terry is tied for the AHL lead in goals (24) and sits tied for ninth in points (43).
– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has converted on seven of its last 24 power play opportunities, a success rate of 29.2 percent.
– Ethan Prow has extended his career-best point streak to 10 games (5G-7A) with goals in three straight games.
– Prow’s power play goal against Bridgeport marked his eighth of the season, the second most among blueliners in the league.
– Joseph Blandisi scored the first goal in his first three contests as a member of the Penguins, and he has points in all four games played with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3G-3A).
– The Penguins’ four-game win streak was their second-longest of the season, but the first time they put together four regulation/overtime wins in a row.
1. Charlotte Checkers (31-11-6-0, 68 PTS)
2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (25-17-4-2, 56 PTS)
3. Providence Bruins (24-16-6-1, 55 PTS)
4. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (25-17-3-2, 55 PTS)
5. Springfield Thunderbirds (21-17-6-4, 52 PTS)
6. W-B/Scranton Penguins (23-19-4-1, 51 PTS)
7. Hershey Bears (23-20-0-3, 49 PTS)
8. Hartford Wolf Pack (19-23-3-2, 43 PTS)
Teddy Blueger^… 45 GP: 21 goals + 18 assists = 39 points
Ethan Prow… 46 GP: 15 goals + 19 assists = 34 points
Adam Johnson… 47 GP: 14 goals + 17 assists = 31 points
Anthony Angello*… 45 GP: 15 goals + 10 assists = 25 points
Sam Lafferty*… 41 GP: 5 goals + 19 assists = 24 points
Tristan Jarry… 27 GP: 15-9-3 / 2.75 GAA / .912 sv%
Anthony Peters… 17 GP: 6-8-2 / 3.31 GAA / .888 sv% / 1 shutout
* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh
UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Wed, Feb. 6 Rockford BMO Harris Bank Center 8:05 p.m.
Fri, Feb. 8 Milwaukee UWM Panther Arena 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 9 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 7:00 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 29 (C) Teddy Blueger Recalled by PIT
Fri, Feb. 1 (D) Dan Fick Released from PTO
Mon, Feb. 4 (D) Tim Erixon Signed to SPC