PREVIEW: PENGUINS at WOLF PACK, JANUARY 21, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to Connecticut for the second time this season to matchup with the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center. The home team has won all three previous matchups this season.

The Penguins (24-11-2-1, 51 pts, .671%) are ranked atop the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while the Wolf Pack (16-20-3-3, 36 pts, .452%) sit in eighth in the same division.

Sunday’s game is the fourth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: XL Center
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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  5:00pm
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  7:05pm
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were unable to crack the goal column in on Friday night, falling to the Providence Bruins, 1-0, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Both netminders were stellar throughout the game, with the lone goal, a power play tally, scored by Tommy Cross midway through the third period. Anthony Peters stopped a season-high 42 shots in the loss, while. Zane McIntyre stopped all 28 shots he faced to snuff out the Penguins’ eight-game win streak.

The Hartford Wolf Pack welcomed the Utica Comets to the XL Center on Friday night and snapped a three-game skid with a 3-2 overtime victory. Hartford’s Ryan Sproul scored the two regulation goals before Utica tallied twice in the third to force overtime. Rookie Filip Chytil scored his seventh of the year to secure the victory for the Wolf Pack. Marek Mazanec started in goal but was injured halfway through the third and had to be replaced by Alexandar Georgiev.

PENGUINS NOTES

The Penguins began their recent eight game win streak by beating Hartford 5-1 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Dec. 29

Canadian Olympian Christian Thomas leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with four game-winning goals this season

Since the calendar changed to 2018 the Penguins have outscored their opponents 27-11.

WOLF PACK NOTES
Cole Schneider has played in all 42 games for the Wolf Pack and ranks second in assists (18) and points (25) for the team
The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 19.2%
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 at BRUINS, JANUARY 19, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to continue their hottest stretch of the season as they go for their ninth straight victory when they visit the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time this season.

The Penguins (24-10-2-1, 51 pts, .689%) continue to hold onto the top spot in the Atlantic Division, while the Bruins (22-12-3-1, 48 pts, .632%) are just one spot behind despite a recent four-game slide.

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


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Dunkin Donuts Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Providence 4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19 WBS Providence  7:05pm
Friday, February 9 Providence WBS  7:05pm
Sunday, February 11 Providence WBS  3:05pm
Wednesday, March 28 WBS Providence  7:05pm
Saturday, March 31 WBS Providence  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hosted the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza extended their winning streak to eight-games with a 4-1 victory. Zach Aston-Reese tallied three points (1+2) on the night, as he assisted on both the tying Gage Quinney and the winning Christian Thomas tallies. Andrew Peters was stellar in net again, stopping 22 of 23 Phantoms attempts, bringing his win streak since signing his second PTO to six games.

The Providence Bruins welcomed the Springfield Thunderbirds into Dunkin’ Donuts Center last Sunday, with the road team skating away with a 5-2 victory. The Bruins got goals from Colton Hargrove and Kenny Agostino just 29 seconds apart in the first period, but those would be the only tallies they were able to get on the day. Jordan Binnington got the start in net for the Bruins, but allowed three goals on 19 shots before making way for Zane McIntyre in relief.


PENGUINS NOTES
With two assists Wednesday night, Ryan Haggerty took over the team scoring lead with 29 points(16+13).

Haggerty has points in seven straight games dating back to December 30. He has posted 12 points (5+7) during that stretch.

Andrey Pedan was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 15 after recording five points (3G-2A) and a plus-5 rating in two games.

The Penguins have notched five hat tricks in 2017-18, most in a single season in team history.

Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has won six straight starts, posting a 1.66 goals against average and .946 save percentage in that time.

Christian Thomas has posted the game-winning goal in three of the Penguins’ past four victories.


BRUINS NOTES
Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins with 33 points (9+24) in 32 games this season.

Swedish rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson leads all Bruins rookies with 11 goals, 14 assists and 25 points.

Jordan Binnington has the third highest save percentage in the AHL this season (.931).

Providence is ranked fourth with the fewest goals against, having only given up 100 goals in 38 games.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins Defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins (2011-15) where he played 150 games and netted 56 points (13+43).

Bruins head coach Jay Leach spent the 2015-16 season on the Penguins’ bench, and posted a 2-0-1-0 mark as the team’s interim head coach.

Bruins right winger Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton playing 130 games and posting 31 points (10+21).

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, JANUARY 17, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return from their Dad’s weekend in Canada to face off against their divisional rival, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wednesday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (23-10-2-1, 49 pts, .681%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (23-12-2-3, 51 pts, .638%) rank one slot behind the Penguins by mere percentage points.
Tonight’s game is the eighth of 12 meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:  7:05 p.m.
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
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LISTEN:  WILK 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   4-5 Loss
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 took on the Laval Rocket and came away with a 4-3 victory at Place Bell on Saturday afternoon. Andrey Pedan’s first career hat trick led the way, while Teddy Blueger also chipped in a goal, helping the Penguins to their seventh consecutive victory. In a very physical game, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton power play was able to find some traction as well, going two-for-six on the man advantage. Anthony Peters did his part, landing his fifth straight victory by stopping 23 of 26 shots.

Lehigh Valley trawled down the turnpike to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears in a divisional matchup on Sunday afternoon, and took home a 2-1 overtime win. T.J. Brennan scored just 44 seconds into overtime to seal the victory, while Nicolas Aubé-Kubel’s 11th tally of the year forced the extra frame. Alex Lyon captured his 10th win of the season, stopping 28 of 29 Bears chances.


PENGUINS NOTES

Ryan Haggerty and Andrey Pedan recorded the first ever back-to-back hat tricks in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history on Friday (Belleville) and Saturday (Laval).

Pedan became just the second defenseman in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history to net a hat trick, following in the footsteps of Alex Picard, who accomplished the feat on March 17, 2012 against the Worcest Sharks.

Haggerty’s 16 goals are tied for 14th in the league, and are a new personal best for the fourth-year forward. He recorded 15 goals in 2014-15 with the Hartford Wolf Pack, with his 15th coming in his 73rd game of the season. He netted his 16th in his 25th game this year.

Haggerty is averaging 1.04 points per game, tied for 19th in the AHL.

Kevin Czuczman is second among AHL defensemen and tied for 18th overall with 20 assists this season.

Anthony Peters has won five straight games since signing his second PTO with a goals against average of 1.79 and a save percentage of .929.


PHANTOMS NOTES

Phil Varone is second in the AHL in points (40) and tied for third in the AHL in assists (29).

Phantoms Chris Conner has scored seven goals this season, and three of them have come against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

TJ Brennan scored his 141st career goal on Sunday against the Bears, the second-most among AHL defensemen all-time. That tally pulls him to within 25 goals of the all-time record, held by former Penguins and Phantoms great John Slaney, who had 166 in his Hall of Fame career.

Dustin Tokarski has not lost in regulation in five appearances against the Penguins this season.


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, tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.

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) in 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 leading 50 shutouts there.

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at ROCKET, JANUARY 13, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their Canadian tour as they arrive in Quebec to take on the Laval Rocket at Place Bell with a special 4:00 start time.

The Penguins (22-10-2-1, 47 pts, .662%) look to build on a six-game win streak that has them leading the Atlantic Division, while the Rocket (16-17-5-2, 39 pts, .488%) are in the fifth spot in the North Division.

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


TIME: 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: Place Bell
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 20 WBS Laval 6-0 WIN
Saturday, January 13 Laval WBS  4:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins posted their second win against the Belleville Senators in a week, sweeping the season series with a 6-2 victory on Friday night. Ryan Haggerty recorded the first hat trick of his professional career, while Anthony Peters stopped 19 shots to record his fourth straight win between the pipes. Christian Thomas, Garrett Wilson, and Jean-Sébastien Dea also tallied for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Laval Rocket hosted Hartford Wolf Pack at Place Bell on Friday night and exploded for three goals in the first period, two off the stick of Adam Cracknell, culminating in a 4-2 victory for the Rocket. Hartford pulled back within one during the second period, but a Matt Taormina power play tally finished off the Wolf Pack. Zachary Fucale was solid in net, slamming the door on 27 of 29 Hartford attempts.


PENGUINS NOTES
Ryan Haggerty tallied his first professional Hat Trick on Friday night giving him six points in four games (5+1) since the new year.

Haggerty established a new single-season career-high by recording his 16th goal of the season in Friday night’s win. Haggerty’s previous high of 15 goals came with the Hartford WolfPack in the 2014-15 season, when it took him 73 games to hit that mark. He netted his 14th, 15th and 16th with the Pens in his 25th game this season.

Haggerty’s 16 goals tie him for 12th place in the AHL.

Christian Thomas has four goals and five points in his past three games, and carries a three-game goal streak into today’s action.

Garrett Wilson is on a five-game point streak and has seven points (2G-5A) since the holiday break. Points in five-straight games is an AHL career high for Wilson.

Penguins power play has now tallied three goals in their last 12 attempts making them .250 on the new year.


ROCKET NOTES
Left Winger Chris Terry leads the AHL with 41 points and is tied for first with 19 goals.

Adam Cracknell has a three-game point scoring streak (3+1)

Laval is tied for first in power play goals for in the North Division (32), but the Rocket rank last in the AHL with a 76.3 penalty kill percentage.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at SENATORS, JANUARY 12, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are north of the border for their first ever matchup against the Belleville Senators at Yardman Arena.

The Penguins (21-10-2-1, 47 pts, .662%) look to continue their five game hot streak that has them ranked second in the Atlantic Division, while the Senators (15-20-0-3, 33 pts, .434%) sit in the sixth 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:    Yardman Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, January 6 WBS Belleville 6-0 WIN
Friday, January 12 Belleville WBS  7:00pm

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode two goal nights from Christian Thomas and Jean-Sébastien Dea to a commanding 6-0 victory over the Belleville Senators last Saturday night. Thomas came up with the game-winner when he rocketed home the first goal of the game by unloading a wicked wrist shot that went up and over Belleville goalie Chris Driedger at 7:47 of the first period. With the AHL All-Star rosters being officially announced Casey DeSmith came out to show the Senators why he was named to the Atlantic Division team, all 24 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season.

The Belleville Senators coughed up a first period lead to the Rochester Americans on Wednesday night, before being able to tie the game up with just 15 seconds left in regulation before and winning the game, 3-2, in overtime. Jordan Murray scored the winning goal 3:18 into the extra frame. Andrew Hammond made his successful return to the Senators roster after being sent down from Colorado as he stopped 21 of 23 shots from the Americans.


PENGUINS NOTES

Ryan Haggerty has points in four straight games (2+2=4)

Garrett Wilson is on a four-game point streak and has six points (1+5=6) since the holiday break. Points in four-straight games ties an AHL career high for Wilson.

Teddy Blueger has now scored three of the Penguins six overtime game winners, and leads the AHL in that category.

SENATORS NOTES

Right wing Gabriel Gagne leads the Sens with 12 goals this season, and has 15 points in 37 games. Last year her recorded six points (2+4) in 41 games.

Ethan Werek leads the Senators with 19 points (9+10). Werek’s four power play goals lead the team.

Goaltender Andrew Hammond, who leads the Senators with an 8-6-2 mark, was recalled by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.


CONNECTIONS
Chris Kelly and Christian Thomas played on the first line together for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup tournament last month in Davos, Switzerland. Thomas and Kelly, who led the team to the tournament title, each notched an assist in the tournament, and were named to the Canadian Olympic Team on Thursday.

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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
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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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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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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
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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

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

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.

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information