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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

 

Weekly Rewind

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.

 

Ice Chips

– 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.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

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)

 

TEAM LEADERS

Skaters

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

Goalies

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.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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

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