The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Utica Comets meet for the first time this season on Saturday night in NEPA. The Pens have an all-time record of 4-3-2-1 against the Comets, and the teams will finish up their 2018-19 schedule on April 12 in Utica.
Saturday, February 16
(27-19-4-2, third in North Division)
Mohegan Sun Arena
The Comets enter Saturday night’s game on a five-game point streak (4-0-1-0).
Former Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton joined the Comets on a PTO last month, and has posted a 4-1-0-0 since joining the team. He has appeared in four of Utica’s past five games, going 4-0-0 in that span and allowing just eight goals.
Utica head coach Trent Cull spent one season as a player with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, posting 26 points (11+15) in 71 games during the 2000-01 season.
Jean-Sebastien Dea enters Saturday night’s game ranked sixth all-time in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history with 284 games played, one game behind Dennis Bonvie.
Dea’s 162 points are also fifth in team history, four behind Shane Endicott in fifth place.
Dea’s 72 career goals are tied for fifth in team history with Toby Petersen, one behind Shane Endicott in fourth place, and three back of Tim Wallace’s third place total of 75.
Ethan Prow has points in 17 of his past 20 games (7+14=21).
Joseph Blandisi has nine points (4+5) in seven games since joining the Penguins on January 20.
After starting his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career with a 0-2-0 mark, John Muse has won his past three starts, with a 1.96 goals against average in that time.
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, which include live and archived games, begin at just $49.99 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.