Wilkes-Barre/Scranton prepares for key weekend in playoff push
Penguins (34-26-7-3) ride wins in four of last five into games against Devils, Phantoms
Wednesday, Mar. 27 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Providence 0
Tristan Jarry recorded his first shutout of the season as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton notched an all-important win against one of the teams it’s chasing for a playoff spot. Jake Lucchini added his second tally of the season in the opening frame and Sam Miletic added the insurance tally early in the third.
Saturday, Mar. 30 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Springfield 4
Ryan Haggerty posted the lone tally for the Penguins midway through the second period, but it was sandwiched between two pairs of Thunderbird goals. The black and gold saw their three-game win streak come to a close.
Tuesday, Apr. 2 – PENGUINS 3 at Bridgeport 1
The Penguins erupted for three goals in the first seven minutes of their 3-1 downing of the Sound Tigers. Haggerty lit the lamp twice, while Chase Berger recorded his first pro goal.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Apr. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Binghamton for the first time this season, but are 8-0-0-0 all-time against the Devils. The Devils currently reside in last place in the North Division and have only won three of their last 18 games.
Saturday, Apr. 6 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Phantoms will be looking for revenge after the Penguins completed a come-from-behind victory in overtime in front of the fans at PPL Center the last time these teams met.
Sunday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The final matchup between the clubs in regular season will likely be an important one, as both teams are fighting for a playoff spot. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hasn’t lost at Lehigh Valley yet this season, going 4-0-0-0 with 5.25 goals per game.
– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill operated at an 88.9 percent success rate in March.
– Tristan Jarry started 13 of the Penguins’ 14 games in March, posting a 2.34 goals against average, .930 save percentage, one shutout and a record of 6-4-3.
– Rookie Sam Miletic is on a career-best six-game point streak (2G-5A).
– Ryan Haggerty has nine points (6G-3A) in his last six games.
– Chris Brown recorded his first AHL point with an assist on Chase Berger’s first AHL goal on Tuesday.
– Five of the eight games between the Penguins and Devils have gone to OT.
1. Charlotte Checkers (46-16-7-1, 100 PTS)
2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (40-22-6-3, 89 PTS)
4. Hershey Bears (38-24-3-4, 83 PTS)
4. Providence Bruins (35-24-8-3, 81 PTS)
5. PENGUINS (34-26-7-3, 78 PTS)
6. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (34-28-4-3, 75 PTS)
7. Springfield Thunderbirds (29-27-9-5, 72 PTS)
8. Hartford Wolf Pack (28-32-7-3, 66 PTS)
Ethan Prow… 69 GP: 17 goals + 29 assists = 46 points
Ryan Haggerty… 64 GP: 22 goals + 19 assists = 41 points
Adam Johnson^… 63 GP: 18 goals + 22 assists = 40 points
Teddy Blueger^… 45 GP: 21 goals + 18 assists = 39 points
Sam Lafferty*… 64 GP: 11 goals + 25 assists = 39 points
Tristan Jarry… 45 GP: 23-14-8 / 2.56 GAA / .919 sv%
John Muse… 7 GP: 5-2-0 / 2.28 GAA / .926 sv% / 1 shutout
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
Fri, Apr. 5 Binghamton Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Apr. 6 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 7:05 p.m.
Sun, Apr. 7 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 3:05 p.m.
Fri, Mar. 29 (C) Chase Berger Signed to ATO
Sat, Mar. 30 (LW) Renārs Krastenbergs Reassigned to WHL
Mon, Apr. 1 (LW) Cédric Lacroix Recalled from WHL