PREVIEW: PENGUINS at DEVILS – MARCH 24, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, as they travel to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (37-19-6-2, 82 pts, .641%) currently sit in second in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (22-33-7-3, 54 pts, .415%) take up the sixth slot in the North Division.

Tonight’s game is the fifth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, November 17 Binghamton WBS 4-3 WIN
Friday, December 22 WBS Binghamton 4-3 OTWIN
Saturday, January 27 WBS Binghamton 4-3 OTWIN
Friday, March 9 Binghamton WBS 2-3 OTWIN
Saturday, March 24 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, April 7 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Penguins erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime, but ultimately fell in the extra frame, 5-4, to the Utica Comets at Adirondack Bank Center on Friday night. Coming from behind to extend the game past regulation for the second contest in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reduced their magic number to clinch a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs down to 11. Utica’s Michael Carcone. Michael Chaput (2), and Zac Lynch all socred in regulation for the Comets, while Jean-Sébastien Dea, Daniel Sprong,Tom Kostopoulos, and Gage Quinney tallied for the Penguins.The Comets seized the win thanks to Ashton Sautner just 1:15 into the extra session. Tristan Jarry recorded 33 saves.

Nick Lappin recorded his third hat trick of the year on Friday night as the Devils ended a three-game road trip with a 4-2 win over the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena. Rochester got tallies from Stuart Percy and Sahir Gill. The Devils had Nathan Bastian opened the scoring, but it was Lappin’s night as he tallied four times and was able to lead the Devils to victory over the Americans who have now lost four straight. Eddie Lack stopped 29 of 31 for the win.

 

PENGUINS NOTES

Teddy Blueger leads the season series in points with six (3+3)

Two of Blueger’s three goals have been overtime winners

Zach Trotman is three games away from 200 AHL contests

Daniel Sprong continues to find success this season adding two points against Utica (1+1). Sprong has the second most points among AHL rookies this season with 50 (24+26)

DEVILS NOTES
Jacob MacDonald leads the Devils in points (48) with nine of those points coming on power play goals.

Bracken Kearns has continued to provide veteran leadership appearing in every game for the Devils’ bringing his AHL total to 729.

Jagger Dirk signed an amateur tryout after playing the past four seasons at St. Francis Xavier University where he totaled 73 points (15+58) in 114 games played.

Nick Lappin continues to lead the Devils in goals (28) with a hat trick Friday night, while Jacob MacDonald leads the team in assists (32)

CONNECTIONS
Devils Defender Brian Strait faces the Penguins again after being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at COMETS – MARCH 23, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins make their only trip to the Adirondack Bank Center this season to face off against the Utica Comets on Friday night.

The Penguins (37-19-5-2, 81 pts, .643%) have secured points in their past two games, and currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, while the Comets (31-23-6-4, 72 pts, .563%) are currently in the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division.

Friday’s game is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME  ROAD  TIME/RESULT 
Saturday, February 17 WBS Utica 5-4 OTL
Friday, March 23 Utica WBS  7:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins put forth a strong offensive effort in a match-up with the Toronto Marlies, twice coming from behind, before falling in overtime, 4-3, at Ricoh Coliseum on Tuesday night. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earned a valuable point in the standings with the loss in extra time. Toronto saw Kyle Baun, Andrew Nielsen, and Calle Rosén all score in regulation, while the Penguins Daniel Sprong, Garrett Wilson, and Ethan Prow found twine in regulation. Both Tristan Jarry and Garrett Sparks had to face barrages and stood tall for their team, but it would be the Marlies night as Adam Brooks put the game away on a two-on-one 1:17 into OT.

The Comets topped the Marlies by a score of 3-1 on Sunday evening at the Ricoh Coliseum. Mason Marchment scored the Marlies lone tally late in the first, but Tanner MacMaster scored his first professional goal and Zack MacEwen fired a slapshot past Marlies goaltender Calvin Pickard to take a 2-1 lead. Patrick Wiercioch extended the lead to 3-1 before Thatcher Demko and the Comets defense shut the door on Toronto’s high-powered offense to secure the victory. Demko finished with 38 saves to improve his record to 21-11-6.

PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong is second among AHL rookies in goals (23) and third in points (48).

Last Sunday’s game between the Penguins and Hershey Bears was Ethan Prow’s 100th AHL contest.

Tuesday’s game between the Penguins and Marlies was Jean-Sebastien Dead’s 250th AHL contest.

Teddy Blueger leads the AHL with four overtime goals.

Blueger had his first three-point night of the season and second of his career on Sunday, scoring a goal and two assists.

COMETS NOTES
Andrew Cherniwchan topped his 2016-17 goal total of four and now sits one away from his career high of seven, which he reached in 2014-15 with Providence.

With an assist Sunday night, Cam Darcy now has points in four of his last five games and has collected five points (3+2) during that timespan.

The Comets penalty kill was able to right the ship after allowing three power play goals last Friday night. Utica turned in a perfect 5-for-5 performance Sunday night against Toronto after killing all three deficits it faced on Saturday. They have killed off 15 of their last 19 penalties.

CONNECTIONS
Jayson Megna spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins scoring 66 points (40+26) in 144 games.

Frank Corrado spent two seasons with Utica from 2013-15 appearing in 94 games adding 33 points (13+20)

Andrey Pedan spent three seasons with the Comets scoring 45 points (15+30) in 139 games

Tom Sestito played 10 games in Utica in 2014-15 adding one goal

Comets coach Trent Cull played 71 games for the Penguins scoring 26 points (11+15) in 2000-01

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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SUNDAY FUNDAY WITH SPECIAL FRIENDS THIS WEEK

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be cerebrating with some princesses doing good for the community, as well as honoring a local hockey pioneer, when they return home this Sunday to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 3:05pm.

It’s PRINCESS DAY, featuring our friends from A Moment of Magic foundation.  These princesses, who volunteer their time to raise the spirits of children in need, will be on the concourse for photos with our little fans throughout the game.  Dress your little royal up and stop by to say hi, and bring a new coloring book for their charity drive.  They also have a special ticket deal available, with $4 for each ticket purchased going back to their organization (ask for the Moment of Magic deal when you call the Penguins).

We’ll also be highlighting the contributions of Don Tweedy, who has mentored and taught generations of youth hockey players in Northeast PA during the afternoon.  If you’ve played the sport as a youngster in NEPA, you’ve undoubtedly received Don’s training.

It’s also our final KIDS FREE SUNDAY of the regular season, with fans ages 14 and younger able to get into the game for FREE with a paid adult ticket.  And stick around for another chance to hit the arena ice with a FREE postgame skating session (skates not provided, please bring your own).

Tickets for Sunday’s game are available now by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at MARLIES – MARCH 20, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head over the border one final time this regular season to take on the Toronto Marlies on Tuesday night at Ricoh Coliseum.

The Penguins (37-19-4-2, 80 pts, .645%) hold on to second place in the Atlantic Division by percentage points over Providence, while the Marlies (44-16-1-1, 90 pts, .726%) are in first in the North Division and have already clinched a playoff spot.

Tuesday’s game is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m. EST
PLACE: Ricoh Coliseum
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT 
Wednesday, November 8 WBS Toronto 4-2 WIN
Tuesday, March 20 Toronto WBS  7:00pm


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins found themselves down early, but erupted with offense in the second half of the game to beat the Hershey Bears, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Bears scored a pair of early goals, and led 3-1 after 20 minutes of play, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton notched five goals in the final two periods of play, including a pair from Thomas Di Pauli, to emerge victorious and remain unbeaten in regulation against its bitter rival this season (8-0-1-1). Etienne Marcoux came on in relief of Anthony Peters and denied 17 of 19 shots he faced to earn his first win in the AHL.

The Marlies had a five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in a hard-fought 3-1 effort against the visiting Utica Comets at Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies Mason Marchment had their lone goal, while Utica’s Tanner MacMaster, Zack MacEwen and Patrick Wiercioch all tallied for the home club. Calvin Pickard made 34 saves in the game, his second straight start for Toronto.

PENGUINS NOTES
Jean-Sébastien Dea’s next game will be his 250th AHL game.

Teddy Blueger has five points in his past four games (3+2).

Tom Kostopoulos picked up three assists on Sunday against Hershey, and now has six points (1+5) in his past four games.

Etienne Marcoux became the seventh Penguins goaltender to record a win this season with his victory on Sunday against the Bears. Marcoux was released from his pro tryout contract with the Penguins on Tuesday, and will report back to the Indy Fuel (ECHL)

MARLIES NOTES
Ben Smith is three goals away from 100 career AHL goals.

Frederik Gauthier’s next game will be his 150th AHL game.

Ben Smith leads all active Marlies with 50 points (24+26), and is tied for 16th in the AHL in scoring.

The Marlies have the top record in the league at 44-17-1-1 (90 pts, .714%). They’ve also allowed a league-low 135 goals against this season.

CONNECTIONS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Defender Frank Corrado played parts of two seasons with the Marlies. He appeared in 25 games and 15 points (1+14)

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS JOORIS


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

Jooris, 27, has played in two games with the Penguins since being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes at the Trading Deadline. Overall this year, Jooris has skated in 33 NHL games with the Pens and Hurricanes, producing six points (3G-3A).

The Penguins hit the road for a three game road trip, starting on Tuesday night against the Toronto Marlies.  They return home next Sunday, March 25, to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 3:05pm.  It’s another Kids Free Sunday, with children ages 14 and under admitted for FREE with a paid adult ticket.  It’s also Princess Day, and our friends from A Moment of Magic will be on hand to greet the young fans.  We’ll also be celebrating the career of local hockey pioneer Don Tweedy on the afternoon.

Tickets are available by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs WOLF PACK – MARCH 17, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday for the third and final time this season. The home team has won all four previous matchups this season.

The Penguins (36-18-4-2, 78 pts, .650%) are ranked second the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while The Wolf Pack (27-29-5-3, 62 pts, .484%) sit in seventh in the same division.

Saturday’s game is the fifth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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PROMOTION: St Patrick’s Day Jersey Auction
TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office

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  5-1 WIN
Sunday, January 21 Hartford WBS  1-0 OTL
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  7:05pm
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION
The  Penguins and Charlotte Checkers faced one another for the second night in a row at Bojangles’ Coliseum, but this time, the Penguins were on the losing end of a 3-1 final on Wednesday.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pressed hard in the third period, but couldn’t muster the comeback, and suffered its first regular season loss in Charlotte in franchise history. Charlotte found scoring from Julien Gauthier and former Penguin Greg McKegg, who put in two for the Checkers.  The Penguins lone goal came off a Tom Sestito rebound through Nedeljkovic’s five-hole at 8:11 of the final frame. Anthony Peters recorded 27 saves.

The Hartford Wolf Pack welcomed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the XL Center on Friday night, as they snapped a six-game losing skid with a 4-3 shootout victory.  Hartford’s Filip Chytil, Cristoval Nieves, and Dan DeSalvo all tallied in the second frame. Lehigh Valley had goals from Cole Bardreau and Mark Friedman before Nicolas Aube-Kubel tallied the lone goal in the third to force overtime. Nothing could be decided in overtime and the skills competition decided the final point as Dan DeSalvo put one by John Muse to break the losing streak. Marek Mazanec stopped 28 of 31 in the victory.

PENGUINS NOTES

Teddy Blueger leads the AHL with four overtime goals.

Blueger’s four OT goals is also the most in a single season in Penguins history, and has him tied with Carter Rowney and Tom Kostopoulos for the franchise’s all-time lead.

Daniel Sprong currently ranks in a tie for third among all AHL rookies in goals (21), points (44) and shots on goal (146).

WOLF PACK NOTES
The Wolf Pack are 2-1-0-1 in four meetings with the Penguins on the year, but have only a regulation loss and a shootout defeat to show for two previous trips to Wilkes-Barre.

Cole Schenider leads the Wolf Pack in points with 39 (14+25).

Scott Kosmachuk is in second on the team in scoring. Eight of those goals have come off of power play tallies.

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.

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TONS OF FUN THIS WEEKEND WITH THE PENGUINS

It’s a jam-packed weekend for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans, with a pair of home games featuring lots of FUN!

This Saturday night, the Penguins welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack to NEPA for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at 7:05pm. The Pens will be wearing special Shamrock Sweaters, which will be auctioned off during the game, plus we’ll have Irish-themed entertainment during our intermissions, and other activities throughout the night.

Sunday afternoon will be extra special for our young fans, as we host Super Hero Day, sponsored by Knoebels, at 3:05pm.  Kids 14 and under can get into the game against the Hershey Bears for FREE with a paid adult ticket, and the first 1,000 youngsters through the gates will receive a $5 ride book courtesy of our friends at Knoebels.

Dress up as your favorite super hero and visit our kids table to have your photo taken for our social media costume contest.  Then stick around afterward for our free postgame skating session on the arena ice (bring your own skates if you want to participate).

Get your tickets for Saturday and Sunday by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

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PITTSBURGH REASSIGNS JOORIS TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Josh Jooris to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Jooris, 27, skated in two games with Pittsburgh over the weekend. He has played in 33 NHL contests this year split between the Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes, recording six points (3G-3A).

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Mar. 14, and their opponent will be the Checkers once again. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration as they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Mar. 17.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack 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 Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at CHECKERS – MARCH 13 & 14, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be looking for a little redemption when they face the Charlotte Checkers for a pair of games at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Tuesday and Wednesday night. The Checkers took the first two meetings between the divisional foes in Wilkes-Barre earlier this season.

The Penguins (35-17-4-2, 76 pts, .655%) continue to hold on to the second spot in the Atlantic Division following a sweep of their weekend contests, while the Checkers (35-24-0-3, 73 pts, .589%) are ranked fourth in the same division.

DATES: Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Bojangles’ Coliseum
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT 
Saturday, October 7 WBS Charlotte 5-2 Loss
Friday, December 8 WBS Charlotte 2-1 Loss
Tuesday, March 13 Charlotte WBS  7:05pm
Wednesday, March 14 Charlotte WBS  7:00pm


RECENT ACTION

Anthony Peters stood tall between the pipes for the Penguins, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Peters recorded 32 saves in the victory and aided the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalty kill, which went a perfect five-for-five against one of the league’s top power play units. The Penguins saw Adam Johnson and Kevin Czuczman fire pucks past Tom McCollum, while former Penguin Ben Street tallied for the Griffins.

The Checkers poured on the offense against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night, skating to a 7-3 win on home ice – and even their goaltender got in on the action. Former Penguin Greg McKegg opened the scoring at 11:37 of the first frame for the Checkers, who also got first period scores from Roland McKeown and Trevor Carrick. Hartford cut the lead to 3-2 with a pair of second period goals, but Warren Foegele and Patrick Brown reestablished the two-goal cushion by the 13:35 mark of the third. Cole Shneider and Noclas Roy traded goals to make it a 6-3 game, before the showstopper highlight came down, as goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic collected the puck and launched it the length of the ice into the empty net, becoming the 13th netminder in AHL history to score a goal.

PENGUINS NOTES
Before 2017-18, the Penguins had not faced the Checkers since playing them in the East Division Finals in 2011.

Daniel Sprong leads the season series in goals with two.

With a goal Friday night against Binghamton the Penguins move to 9-1-1-0 when Gage Quinney scores this season.

Jean-Sebastien Dea picked up a pair of points (1+1) in Friday night’s 3-2 overtime victory against the Binghamton Devils, establishing a new career-high for points in a season in the process. Dea enters this week with 38 points, two better than his previous best of 36, set in 75 games during the 2015-16 season.

Teddy Blueger also established a new personal best for points in a season with 32 with his OT goal against the Devils on Friday night.

Blueger leads the team in game winning-goals with five, and also paces the AHL with four overtime goals this season.

Goaltender Michael Leighton returned to action on Friday against Binghamton for the first time since December 22. In two games for the Penguins this season (both against the Devils), Leighton has posted a 2-0-0 record with a 2.34 goals against average and .917 save percentage.

Sam Lafferty made his pro debut with the Penguins on Saturday night against Grand Rapids, going scoreless and even in his first AHL game. He was selected in the fourth round (113th overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

CHECKERS NOTES

Nedeljkovic became the 13th goaltender in AHL history to score a goal on Saturday night. It was the second of his pro career, as he also scored with ECHL Florida last season.

In addition to leading all AHL net minders in goals, Nedeljkovic also leads the league in wins with 27.

The Checkers won their fourth straight game on Saturday, marking their fourth such streak this season.

Warren Foegele’s 25th goal of the season set a new franchise record for the most by a Checkers rookie in a single season.

Greg McKegg’s goal Saturday gave him four points (1+3) in his first five games as a Checker.

The Checkers have a power-play goal in four consecutive games (4-for-12).

CONNECTIONS
Checkers defenseman Philip Samuelsson spent parts of four seasons (2011-2015) with the Penguins, recording 45 points (6+39) in 197 games.

Greg McKegg played 28 games with the Penguins this season tallying 12 points (5+7) before being traded for Josh Jooris.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs GRIFFINS – MARCH 10, 2018


For the first time in over nine years, the puck will drop between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Grand Rapids Griffins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, as the teams face off tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (34-17-4-2, 74 pts, .649%) close out the weekend holding onto second place in the Atlantic Division, while the defending Calder Cup Champion Griffins (31-21-1-6, 69 pts, .585%) sit in third place lead in the Central Division.

Saturday’s game is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, March 2 Grand Rapids WBS 2-4 WIN
Saturday, March 10 WBS Grand Rapids  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins battled to a 3-2 overtime victory against the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday evening. The Penguins regulation scoring came early, as Jean-Sébastien Dea and Gage Quinney both put up goals in the first period. But for the third time in three games between the clubs, the Devils forced overtime. The home team erased the two-goal deficit with goals from Jacob MacDonald and Michael Latta, sending the game to the extra frame. It took until the final minute of overtime to decide a winner as Teddy Blueger notched his team leading fifth game-winning goal of the season, and his fourth that has come in overtime. Michael Leighton made a successful return to the lineup, turning aside 27 Binghamton chances in his first game since facing the Devils back on December 22. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has now won all four contests against the Devils this season.

Troy Grosenick’s 36 saves steered the Milwaukee Admirals to a 4-1 win over the Griffins on Saturday at Van Andel Arena. The Griffins saw their lone goal come off the stick of Joe Hicketts, while Milwaukee found the scoring touch from Mark Zengerle, Alexandre Carrier, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Trevor Smith. Grand Rapids had several pushes, but was unable to squeeze another one by the 2016-17 AHL goaltender of the year, Troy Grosenick. Matej Machovsky sustained his first AHL loss, finishing with 26 saves for the Griffins.

PENGUINS NOTES
With his overtime winner Friday night, Teddy Blueger leads the Penguins in game-winning goals with five.

Blueger’s four OT goals this season are the most in a single campaign for the Penguins, passing Chad Kolarik (2012-13) and Carter Rowney (2015-16), who each had three in a season.

Blueger’s four overtime goals also tied for the top spot for the Penguins all-time. He joins Tom Kostopoulos and Carter Rowney at the top of that list.

Daniel Sprong currently ranks third among all AHL rookies in goals (21) and is tied for second in power play goals (9).

Jean-Sébastien Dea tallied his third shorthanded goal last night, which leads the team

Michael Leighton made his triumphant return to the lineup and is now 2-0-0-0 while wearing a Penguins jersey. Both of Leighton’s starts have come against Binghamton and both games have been decided by a Teddy Blueger overtime winner

GRIFFINS NOTES

Head coach Todd Nelson holds a 298-185-15-46 (0.604) record as an AHL head coach and needs two more victories to become the 20th head coach in the 82-year history of the AHL to reach 300.

The Griffins have points in 12 of the last 13 road contests (10-1-0-2), including eight in a row.

Grand Rapids has scored a power play goal in five of its last six games, going 6-for-17 (35.3%) during that stretch. The Griffins place third in the AHL with a power play percentage of 21.3%.

Matt Lorito leads the team with 22 power play points (7+15).

Despite being fourth on the Griffins with power play points, Matthew Ford’s 11 PPGs tie for second in the league.

Ben Street registered a goal and an assist last Wednesday to mark his 100th career point as a Griffin. He did so in 116 games, which ranks as the 10th fastest in franchise history to reach the century mark.

CONNECTIONS
Ben Street played parts of two seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2010-12. In 107 games he tallied 80 points (39+41)

Griffins’ leading scorer Eric Tangradi was a prominent part of the Penguins organization from 2009-13 when he was traded to Winnipeg. In 178 games he put up 121 points (60+61)

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