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Penguins prepare for trio of games against Keystone State rivals

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1-2-1-0) will air two home games on WQMY MyNetworkTV

 

Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Feb. 20 – PENGUINS 1 at Hershey 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck first, but couldn’t conjure a comeback when one of Hershey’s rookies went off for his first pro hat trick. Zach Nastasiuk’s first goal as a Penguin put his team on top, 1-0, on the power-play 6:27 into the first period. However, Hershey’s Connor McMichael responded with a man- advantage marker less than two minutes later. McMichael went on to add a goal early in the middle frame and an empty-netter in the third, accounting for all three of the Bears’ goals.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Penguins get another crack at the Bears, looking for their first victory over their bitter rival this season. Both of the previous games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against Hershey came down to the wire, a 3-2 loss at home and then the most recent fall at Giant Center. All four of Connor McMichael’s goals in the AHL have come against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and all three of Hershey’s goals on the power play this season have been in games against the Penguins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has not allowed to power-play goal against to anyone other than Hershey.

Friday, Feb. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The first regular season showdown between the Penguins and Phantoms will take place on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Lehigh Valley is led by a cavalcade of young players, including 18-year-old Zayde Wisdom. Wisdom has tallied a pair of goals in back-to-back games.

Saturday, Feb. 27 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The second game of a home-and-home for the Penguins and Phantoms is slated for Saturday at PPL Center. Last season, the home team went 7-1-1-1 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley’s season series.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored a power-play goal in each of its first four games. The Grand Rapids Griffins and Rochester Americans are the only other teams to do so this season.

– The Penguins franchise record for consecutive games with a power-play goal to start a season is six, established in 2007-08.

– Nick Schilkey is the only Penguins player to have recorded a point in each of the team’s four games thus far.

– Saturday’s game at Hershey marked the first game of the 2020-21 season for Anthony Angello, Frédérick Gaudreau and Max Lagacé. Angello had not played since Mar. 3, 2020, Lagacé since Mar. 7, Gaudreau since Mar. 11.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                      GP        W         L         OTL       SOL      PTS       Pts%

1. Lehigh Valley       4          3          0            1            0            7         .875

2. Rochester            5           4          1            0            0           8         .800

3. Hershey               5           3          0           2             0           8         .800

4. Utica                     5           3          1            0             1            7         .700

5. Binghamton        5          2          2            0            1             5         .500

6. PENGUINS          4           1          2            1             0            3         .375

7. Syracuse               5           1           3           1              0           3         .300

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                      GP         G            A          PTS

Nick Schilkey                 4           0            4            4

Jon Lizotte                     4           0            3             3

Cam Lee*                       4            0           3             3

Jordy Bellerive^             3            2            0            2

Josh Currie^                    3            2            0            2

GOALIES               GP      W-L-OT      GAA       SV%       Shutouts

Max Lagacé             1          0-1-0        2.03       .931               0

Emil Larmi^            3           1-1-1          3.66       .893              0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                  OPPONENT      LOCATION                        TIME     

Wed, Feb. 24    Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena       1:00 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 26         Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena      1:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 27        Lehigh Valley     PPL Center                       1:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Feb. 19     (C) Frédérick Gaudreau               Reassigned by PIT

Fri, Feb. 19     (RW) Anthony Angello               Reassigned by PIT

Fri, Feb. 19     (G) Max Lagacé                             Reassigned by PIT

Fri, Feb. 19     (G) Emil Larmi                                    Recalled by PIT

Fri, Feb. 19     (C) Josh Currie                                    Recalled by PIT

Fri, Feb. 19     (C) Jordy Bellerive                             Recalled by PIT