PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs THUNDERBIRDS, JANUARY 5, 2018

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to continue their hot streak against the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (19-10-2-1, 39 pts, .641%), winners of three straight, continue to climb the Atlantic Division standings, and are now in third place.

The Thunderbirds (14-19-1-1, 30 pts, .429%) are in the eigthh and final spot in the same division, but have points in five of their past six games (4-1-0-1).

Tonight’s game is the second of four meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS: Eyewitness News Fan Friday ($14 lower bowl tickets) | Select draft beers available for just $2 (6-7:30pm) | PA Lottery Giveaway (Fans 18 and older)



SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Wednesday, December 13  WBS  Springfield  6-3 WIN
Friday, January 5  WBS  Springfield   7:05pm
Wednesday, February 3  Springfield  WBS   7:05pm
Friday, April 13  Springfield  WBS   7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in overtime, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Ryan Haggerty netted his 12th goal of the season midway through the third period, before Greg McKegg evened the score on a late power play with goaltender Anthony Peters pulled for an extra attacker. Teddy Blueger needed just 26 seconds to put home his third OT tally of the season.

The Springfield Thunderbirds survived a game with many ups and downs before emerging victorious, 5-4, against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at the XL Center.

The team’s entered the third period tied at 2-2 before Juho Lammikko put Springfield up at 3:32. Hartford struck for back-to-back goals at 4:25 (Joe Whitney) and 9:39 (Neal Pionk) to retake the one-goal lead. But former Penguin Bobby Farnham potted his second goal of the game with five minutes to play, before Josh Brown recorded his first goal of the season with just five seconds to play to secure the win for Springfield.


PENGUINS NOTES
Teddy Blueger has now scored three of the Penguins six overtime game-winners this season, and leads all AHL skaters in that category.

Since singing his second PTO with the Penguins this season on Dec. 28, Anthony Peters has won all three of his starts, and has posted a .902 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average.

Defenseman Kevin Czuczman has an assist on four of the Penguins’ six overtime goals this season.


THUNDERBIRDS NOTES
Anthony Greco has the eighth most shots on goal in the league with 103. The four players ahead of him are tied for fourth with only one more shot.

Springfield leads the AHL in times shorthanded (180), but they also have drawn the second-most power plays (170).


CONNECTIONS
Forward Bobby Farnham spent parts of three seasons (2012-15) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 39 points (17+22) and 666 penalty minutes in 191 games.

Defenseman Tim Erixon spent two seasons (2015-17) wit the Penguins, recording 37 points (7+30) in 119 games.


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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs SOUND TIGERS, JANUARY 3, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will kick off 2018 against their divisional foe, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (18-10-2-1, 39 pts, .629%) maintain fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Sound Tigers (16-12-2-1, 35 pts, .565%) sit in fifth in the same division.

Wednesday night’s game is the third of six meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:          7:05 p.m.
PLACE:       Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:     AHLLive.com
LISTEN:      WILK News Radio
TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, October 28  Bridgeport  WBS > 2-5 WIN
 Saturday, December 16  Bridgeport  WBS  > 3-2 OT Loss
 Wednesday, January 3  WBS  Bridgeport   7:05pm
 Sunday, March 25  WBS  Bridgeport   3:05pm
 Friday, April 6  WBS  Bridgeport   7:05pm
 Sunday, April 8  Bridgeport  WBS   3:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins closed out 2017 with a 2-1 overtime win against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Saturday. Zach Aston-Reese scored in regulation to give the Pens a 1-0 lead, before Dominik Simon scored in the extra frame to cap the victory. With his goal. Anthony Peters recorded his second win in as many nights, stopping 20 of 21 shots on Saturday night.

The Sound Tigers welcomed the Binghamton Devils to Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night, and closed out 2017 by recording a 5-0 victory. Bridgeport received second period goals from Josh Ho-Sang, Kyle Schempp and Ryan Bourque, with additional markers by Tanner Fritz and Travis St. Denis in the third. The Sound Tigers held the Devils to only 19 shots on goal, as Christopher Gibson recorded his second shutout of the season.



PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins come into Wednesday’s action on a two-game win streak, having swept the final weekend of 2017 with victories over Hartford and Hershey.

Three Penguins lead the season series against the Sound Tigers with three points: Ryan Haggerty (2+1), Zach Aston-Reese (1+2), and Christian Thomas (1+2)

Since singing his second PTO with the Penguins, Anthony Peters has posted a 2-0-0 record with a .959 save percentage.

The Penguins lead the season series over the past five years with a 12-6-2-0 record against the Sound Tigers.

Aston-Reese now has three points (2+1) in his last four games.


SOUND TIGERS NOTES
Tanner Fritz recorded a goal and two assists on Saturday to add to his team lead of assists (25) and points (35).

Bridgeport comes in with the division’s best penalty kill percentage (87.1%), having not given up a power play goal since Dec. 1 against Utica. They’ve killed each of their past 46 attempts.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers enter Wednesday with a winning streak of their own having won three straight games and have points in five of their last six.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Kevin Czuczman spent two seasons with the Sound Tigers from 2014-16, accumulating 22 points (5+17) and 151 penalty minutes.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Andrey Pedan also spent time in Bridgeport from 2012-15, totaling 15 points (5+10) in 42 games.


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FORMER PENS WELCH, KOLARIK NAMED TO USA OLYMPIC SQUAD

Noah Welch played parts of two seasons (2005-07) with the Penguins, and represented the team at the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic.

Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Noah Welch and forward Chad Kolarik were named to the 2018 United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team on Monday.  The tournament, which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea from February 9-25, will be the first since the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Norway, not to feature National Hockey League players.

TEAM USA ROSTER

Welch, 35, was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round (54th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.  He spent parts of two seasons (2005-07) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 50 points (14+36) in 104 games.

A native of Brighton, MA, Welch was voted a starter for the PlanetUSA All-Star Team at the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg, Manitoba while with the Penguins.  He has appeared in 209 AHL games with the Penguins, Rochester Americans and Chicago Wolves, recording 77 points (19+58).

Welch appeared in 27 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins between 2005-07, recording six points (2+4), before being traded to the Florida Panthers for Gary Roberts.  He appeared in 75 NHL games with the Penguins, Panthers, Tampa Bay Lighting and Atlanta Thrashers, recording nine points (4+5) and 58 penalty minutes.

For the past seven seasons, Welch has been playing in Sweden, and currently is a member of Vaxjo HC.

Chad Kolarik recorded 33 points in 35 games with the Penguins during the 2012-13 season.

Kolarik, 31, was acquired by the Penguins from the New York Rangers for Benn Ferriero on January 24, 2013.  He appeared in 35 regular season games with the Penguins that year, posting 33 points (15+18), and added 11 points (5+^) in 15 Calder Cup Playoff games for the team.

The Abington, PA native spent parts of five seasons in the AHL with the Penguins, San Antonio Rampage, Syracuse Crunch, Springfield Falcons, Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale, recording 209 points (98+111) in 277 games.  Kolarik also appeared in six NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Rangers, recording one assist.

Kolarik has been playing overseas for the past five seasons, and currently leads the Mannheim Eagles (Germany) with 31 points (19+12) in 32 games this season.

Team USA’s Olympic schedule features preliminary-round play against Slovenia at 7:10 a.m. ET on Feb. 14 from the Kwandong Hockey Centre; Slovakia at 10:10 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre; and Olympic Athletes from Russia at Gangneung at 7:10 a.m. on Feb. 17.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS SIMON, RE-ASSIGNS THREE TO WBS


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Dominik Simon from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Casey DeSmith, Andrey Pedan and Garrett Wilson have all been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Simon, 23, has skated in six NHL games with Pittsburgh this year, collecting a pair of assists. Both helpers came on Dec. 9 against Toronto, the first multiple-point game of his NHL career. Simon has four assists in 11 career NHL contests over the past three years.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Simon scored the overtime game-winning goal against the Hershey Bears on December 30 (see video above) after returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton that day. Simon’s goal brought his season totals in the AHL to four goals, 13 assists and 17 points in 21 games. He has points in 14 of 21 games.

Pittsburgh originally drafted the Prague, Czech Republic native in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is this Wednesday, January 3, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS AT BEARS, DECEMBER 30, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the road again, as they make a quick trip down I-81 to play their in-state rival, the Hershey Bear,s at Giant Center at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Penguins (17-10-2-1, 37 pts, .617%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (14-16-0-3, 31 pts, .470%) rank two slots behind the Penguins in sixth place.

Tonight’s game is the sixth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:  7:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Giant Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 27 WBS  Hershey >3-2 WIN
Sunday, November 5 WBS  Hershey  > 3-2 SOL
Sunday, November 12  Hershey  WBS  > 5-1 WIN
Sunday, December 3  Hershey  WBS  > 4-3 OTL
Sunday, December 10  Hershey  WBS  > 4-1 WIN
Saturday, December 30  Hershey  WBS   7:00pm
Wednesday, January 24  Hershey  WBS   7:00pm
Friday, February 2  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, February 25  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, March 18  WBS  Hershey   3:05pm
Tuesday, April 3  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, April 15  Hershey  WBS   5:00pm

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and posted a 5-1 victory. Daniel Sprong’s second hat trick of the season and second four-point performance (3G-1A) of the year helped to secure the victory for the Penguins, while Anthony Peters posted his first win in a Penguins uniform, stopping 27 shots.


The  Hershey Bears  scored a 4-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. Mathias Bau’s second period goal at 16:16 stood as the game-winner, and Chris Bourque notched three assists in the winning effort. The Bears power play went 1-for-3 on the evening along with a perfect 3-for-3 penalty kill. Pheonix Copley got his first win in goal since December 3, stopping 26 shots.


PENGUINS NOTES

The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Daniel Sprong from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday morning, and returned forward Dominik Simon to the club.  Simon has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with the AHL Pens this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also summoned Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner from the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday morning.

Teddy Blueger now has points in each of his last four games (3+3=6)

Colin Smith has five points (1+4) in the season series with Hershey to lead both teams.

The Penguins lead the season series three games to two, with two of their victories coming at Giant Center.


BEARS NOTES

Chris Bourque leads the Bears in all major offensive categories, with 11 goals, 28 assists, 39 points and five power play goals.

Dustin Gazley is three points from 100 while wearing a Hershey jersey.

Nathan Walker made his 2017-18 AHL debut last night, after starting the season with the Washington Capitals.  Walker posted one goal and four penalty minutes in the NHL, and notched an assist in his first game back with the Bears.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins forward Christian Thomas spent the 2016-17 season with the Bears, and led the team in goals (24) and power play goals (12).  His goals, assists (25) and points (49) totals were all career highs.

Bears center Zach Sill spent parts of five seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time list with 277 games played. Sill recorded 73 points (33+40) and 315 penalty minutes with the Penguins betweenez 2009 and 2014.


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PITTSBURGH RECALLS SPRONG; REASSIGNS SIMON


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Daniel Sprong from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Forward Dominik Simon has been re-assigned to WBS.

Sprong, 20, recorded his second hat trick of the season yesterday against Hartford, bringing his season totals to 18 goals, 10 assists and 28 points in 29 games. His 18 goals rank second overall in the AHL, while his 28 points are 15th-best. Sprong has seven power-play goals, which ranks fifth (tied) in the league.



The 6-foot, 180-pound Sprong recorded six points (3G-3A) in his final two games before getting recalled. His first professional hat trick came back on October 20 against the Laval Rocket.

Simon, 23, has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. In parts of three campaigns with the team, the native of Prague, Czech Republic has posted 110 points (43+67) in 158 games with the AHL club.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Saturday, Dec. 30, when they travel down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS FOUR FROM WBS ON THURSDAY


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goalie Casey DeSmith, defensemenn Andrey Pedan and Frank Corrado, and forward Garrett Wilson from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defensemen Kris Letang and Chad Ruhwedel, and forward Bryan Rust, have been placed on injured reserve. Letang has been retroactively placed on IR dating back to December 24.

DeSmith, 26, saw relief action in two earlier games for Pittsburgh this year. His most recent NHL appearance was December 9 against Toronto when he stopped eight of nine shots in 38 minutes. At the AHL level, he is 10-5-2 with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 17 games.

Pedan, 24, joined the Penguins in October in a deal from the Vancouver Canucks. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound blueliner has played in 13 career NHL games, all with the Canucks. This year, Pedan has 10 points (2G-8A) and is plus-5 in 26 AHL games with WBS.

The New York Islanders originally chose Pedan in the third round (63rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. He is a native of Kaunas, Lithuania.

Corrado, 24, is joining the Penguins for the third time this season. Earlier this year he played in three games for Pittsburgh, posting an even plus/minus while averaging 11:06 minutes per game.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Corrado has eight points (1G-7A) and a plus-6 in 19 AHL contests with WBS. His plus-6 ranks second on the team among defensemen.

Corrado has skated in 74 career NHL games with Vancouver, Toronto and Pittsburgh, producing three goals, five assists and eight points.

Wilson, 26, is in his second season in the Pittsburgh organization. He spent the entire season with WBS last year before joining the Penguins as a ‘Black Ace’ practice squad member during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

This season, the 6-foot-2, 199-pound native of Barrie, Ontario has 14 points (6G-8A) and a team-high 54 penalty minutes in 25 games. He has played in 34 career NHL regular-season games, and six NHL playoff contests, all with the Florida Panthers.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 29 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Friday’s game between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hartford is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with upper and lower bowl tickets available for $14 and $2 select draught beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs. WOLF PACK, DECEMBER 29, 2017


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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will meet their divisional foe the Hartford Wolf Pack for the third time this season at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (16-10-2-1, 35 pts, .603%) are ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while The Wolf Pack (13-13-3-3, 32 pts, .500%) sit in sixth in the same division.

Friday’s game is the third of six meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:          7:05 p.m.
PLACE:       Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:     AHLLive.com
LISTEN:      WILK News Radio
TICKETS:   570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS:  Eyewitness News FAN FRIDAY, featuring $14 lower bowl tickets, $2 draft beers from 6-7:30pm, and postgame autographs.


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21  WBS  Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15  Hartford  WBS   7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29  WBS  Hartford   7:05pm
Sunday, January 21  Hartford  WBS   5:00pm
Saturday, March 17  WBS  Hartford   7:05pm
Friday, March 30  Hartford  WBS   7:15pm

RECENT ACTION – WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

In another tight battle with their turnpike rivals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came up short against Lehigh Valley at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night, falling 5-4. The Phantoms came out hungry and put two up on Casey DeSmith in the first period, before the Penguins Colin Smith and Gage Quinney came back to tie it in the second frame.

However, less than two minutes after the Quinney tally, an explosion of goals occurred with Lehigh Valley scoring twice in a span of 1:37, with Tyrell Goulbourne and Chris Conner finding the net. But Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returned fire 17 seconds later with a Garrett Wilson goal.

The third period was played like a chess match between the teams, with neither one blinking as they attacked and countered each move. Phil Varone netted an empty net goal late in the game to extended the Phantoms’ lead to 5-3, before Adam Johnson scored with 11 seconds remaining to make it a one goal game. The Penguins pushed, but couldn’t complete the comeback in the final seconds of play.

RECENT ACTION – HARTFORD

The Wolf Pack dropped a 5-1 contest to their in state rivals, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, last Saturday night. The Wolf Pack fell behind by four goals before they broke the shutout bid from Christopher Gibson with a goal from Ryan Sproul with 1:28 to go in the game.


PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL rookie lead in goals (15) and tops all active rookies in power play goals with seven.

Garrett Wilson skated in his 300th AHL game on Wednesday.

Colin Smith’s next game will be his 300th in the AHL. He has 58 goals and 123 assists for 181 points through 299 AHL contests.


WOLF PACK NOTES
Peter Holland leads the Wolf Pack with 30 points (11G,19A) in 30 games this season.

Vinni Lettieri leads team rookies with 21 points (12G, 9A) in 31 games this season

The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 20.7%

Hartford has 100% success against the Penguins power play so far this season


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 27, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come back from the holiday break to finish out a two-game set against the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (16-9-2-1, 35 pts, .625%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (19-9-2-2, 42 pts, .656%) rank one slot ahead of the Penguins in third place.

Wednesday’s game is the seventh of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCHAHLLive.com
LISTENWILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13 WBS Lehigh Valley   5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14 Lehigh Valley WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3 Lehigh Valley WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22 WBS Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6 Lehigh Valley WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23 WBS Lehigh Valley   3-2 Loss
Wednesday, December 27 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Wednesday, January 17 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm
Friday, January 26 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Saturday, February 3 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Sunday, February 18 Lehigh Valley WBS  5:05pm
Saturday, April 14 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms engaged in a tightly contested affair in both teams’ final game before the holiday break, with the Phantoms narrowly pulling off a 3-2 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Teddy Blueger scored for the third time on the weekend and Ryan Haggerty netted his 11th goal of the season. But Oskar Lindblom, Chris Conner, and Corban Knight all posted multi-point nights for the Phantoms en route to the victory. Casey DeSmith was solid in net stopping 29 of 32 shots for the Penguins, while Dustin Tokarski turned away 39 of 41 on the other side.


PENGUINS NOTES
Teddy Blueger notched his third goal of the weekend in the last matchup and now has a career-best nine goals this season.

Zach Aston-Reese also grabbed an assist on Saturday night, to continue his climb up the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton assist leader board. He now ranks second among active AHL Penguins in helpers this season with 11.

Michael Leighton is the all time shutout leader in the AHL with 50. He recorded his first win as a Penguin against Binghamton last Friday night.


PHANTOMS NOTES
With a three-point night against the Penguins on Saturday, Oskar Lindblom vaulted himself into third on the Phantoms in points this year with 23.

Chris Conner has scored six goals this season, with two of them coming against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Phantoms have players represented in the top three of goals, assists and points so far, this season. Danick Martel (17) and Greg Carey (16) sit at second and third respectively for goals, Phil Varone is tied for the lead for assists (25) and in second for points (34).


CONNECTIONS
Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14 registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, recording 49 points (14+35) with the Penguins.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season, tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played in 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013, when the team was located in Glens Falls, NY. He accumulated 20 points (11+9) during that time.

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career record 50 shutouts there.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 23, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their holiday weekend with a Festivus for the rest of us celebration as the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 5:05pm (SPECIAL START TIME).

The Penguins (16-8-2-1, 33 pts, .648%) currently sit in third place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (18-9-2-2, 40 pts, .645%) sit one slot back in fourth place.

Tonight’s game is the sixth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS: Festivus Celebration (Jersey Auction), Player Card Strip #3 courtesy of Grotto Pizza


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13  WBS  Lehigh Valley  5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3  Lehigh Valley  WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22  WBS  Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6  Lehigh Valley  WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23  WBS  Lehigh Valley   5:05pm
Wednesday, December 27  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Wednesday, January 17  Lehigh Valley  WBS   7:05pm
Friday, January 26  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Saturday, February 3  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Sunday, February 18  Lehigh Valley  WBS   5:05pm
Saturday, April 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS   7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins received two-goal performances from Teddy Blueger and Jarrett Burton to defeat the Binghamton Devils in overtime, 4-3,  on Friday  night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Penguins survived a three-goal outburst by Binghamton from the first period, forced extra time, and eventually earned Michael Leighton his first victory in a Penguins uniform.

Lehigh Valley was on the short side of a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday night against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Phil Varone, Oskar Lindblom, and Reece Wilcox all tallied multi-point nights for the Phantoms as Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 35.


PENGUINS NOTES

With two goals last night, Teddy Blueger surpassed his career high of seven goals, achieved last season.  It took Blueger just 27 games to hit the mark this year.  He recorded seven in 54 games last year.

Jarrett Burton recorded the first multi-goal game of his AHL career on Friday night against Binghamton, including the goal that tied the game and forced overtime.

Michael Leighton is the all time shutout leader in the AHL with 50. He got his first win as a Penguin against Binghamton on Friday night.


PHANTOMS NOTES

Lehigh Valley has points in eight of their last ten games. In six of those eight they got the victory.

The Phantoms have players represented in the top three of goals, assists and points so far this season. Danick Martel (17) and Greg Carey (16) sit at second and third, respectively, in goals; Phil Varone is third in assists (25) and in a three way tie for second in points (33).


CONNECTIONS

Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14, registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season (2015-16), tallying 50 points (8+42).

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, with 49 points (14+35) to his credit.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013 when the team was located in Adirondack. He accumulated 20 points (11+9)

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL record 50 shutouts there.


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