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Penguins look to carry momentum from comeback into upcoming divisional games

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (28-23-6-3) has its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Mar. 6 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton met a Keystone State rival for a midweek match-up that unfortunately went the other team’s way. The Phantoms scored once in each period en route to the 3-1 win. Adam Johnson scored the Pens’ lone goal, his 17th of the season.

 Friday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Hartford 3 (SO)
The Penguins and Wolf Pack played a thrilling contest that led to a jaw-dropping overtime period, but after 65 minutes of breakneck action, the game was still tied. Bobby Butler scored the lone goal of the shootout, granting Hartford the win. Ethan Prow recorded a man advantage marker in the third period to tie the game.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Syracuse 3 (OT)
The Penguins started slow, but barnstormed the Crunch in the third period to come back and ultimately win in overtime. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tallied twice on the power play in the third period to force the extra frame, and then received the game-winner from rookie Sam Miletic 94 seconds into OT.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Mar. 13 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton gets another crack at Lehigh Valley this Wednesday, except this time, the contest will be on the Phantoms’ turf. The Penguins won both of their previous visits to PPL Center this season, scoring 12 goals in those two games.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – PENGUINS vs. Providence
The Penguins’ annual St. Patrick’s Day game will be an important one, as they face-off against one of the teams ahead of them in the Atlantic playoff hunt, the Providence Bruins. Providence’s Paul Carey has six goals and eight points in his last five games.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Toronto
Toronto makes its only visit to NEPA this season to close out a three-in-three weekend. The Marlies are in their own battle for the playoffs in the North Division, currently in third place.

 

Ice Chips

– Ethan Prow is third among AHL defenseman in goals (17), second in power play goals (9) and tied for fourth in points (43).

– The Penguins’ last five power play goals have all come in the third period and tied the game in all of their respective contests.

– Jimmy Hayes’ two-point game on Saturday earned him his 100th AHL point.

– Tristan Jarry is one of two goalies with a save percentage above .910 that has yet to record a shutout (Anton Forsberg).

– The Penguins’ five overtime game-winning goals this season have come from five different players; Kevin Czuczman, Ethan Prow, Teddy Blueger, Adam Johnson and Sam Miletic.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

1. Charlotte Checkers (39-15-6-1, 85 PTS)

2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (36-19-5-2, 79 PTS)

3. Hershey Bears (33-22-2-4, 72 PTS)

4. Providence Bruins (31-22-7-2, 71 PTS)

5. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (30-25-3-3, 66 PTS)

6. PENGUINS (28-23-6-3, 65 PTS)

7. Springfield Thunderbirds (26-24-7-5, 64 PTS)

8. Hartford Wolf Pack (26-28-6-3, 61 PTS)

 

TEAM LEADERS

Skaters

Ethan Prow… 59 GP: 17 goals + 26 assists = 43 points

Teddy Blueger^… 45 GP: 21 goals + 18 assists = 39 points

Adam Johnson… 59 GP: 17 goals + 21 assists = 38 points

Ryan Haggerty… 54 GP: 15 goals + 16 assists = 31 points

Sam Lafferty*… 54 GP: 8 goals + 22 assists = 30 points

Goalies

Tristan Jarry… 36 GP: 18-11-7 / 2.68 GAA / .914 sv%

Anthony Peters… 19 GP: 6-10-2 / 3.28 GAA / .890 sv% / 1 shutout

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT       LOCATION                        TIME      

Wed, Mar. 13     Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 16        Providence       Mohegan Sun Arena       7:05 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 17       Toronto              Mohegan Sun Arena       7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Mar. 11     (C) Joseph Blandisi                            Recalled by PIT

Mon, Mar. 11     (C) Trevor Yates                          Recalled from WHL

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