DISCIPLINE KEY TO GAME TWO SUCCESS FOR PENGUINS


The Charlotte Checkers finished the regular season with the third-ranked power play in the American Hockey League. So giving them seven chances on the man advantage on Friday night was bound to come back and haunt the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Charlotte’s Valentin Zykov, who had 17 power play goals during the regular season, tallied on his team’s sixth opportunity last night to force overtime, where the Checkers won the game, 3-2.

Head coach Clark Donatelli knows the Pens can’t afford a repeat of the penalty box parade tonight.

“We’ve got to be disciplined and stay out of the box,” he said. “They have a really good power play. That gave them momentum and was the difference in the game. Five-on-five, I like our chances.”

The winning tally came 3:18 into overtime, as the Checkers swarmed the crease in front of goaltender Tristan Jarry. The Penguins protested at the time, saying that Zykov interfered with the netminder on Lucas Wallmark’s winner.

Donatelli isn’t dwelling on the end of the game, though.

“It doesn’t matter. It is what it is,” he said. “We were pinned in the zone for a minute there, and we should have had the puck out.”

No one is panicking after the first game according to the Penguins head coach.

“It’s a series, this is not one game,” said Donatelli. “We didn’t think we were going to come in here and sweep anyways. It’s another game [Saturday] and then we’ll take it one game at a time.

“It’s been close all year, all the games we’ve played against them. And we assume it’s going to be close again [Saturday].”

The Penguins and Checkers face off in Game Two at 6:00pm on Saturday night, before the series heads to Wilkes-Barre for Game Three on Thursday evening at 7:05pm.

Calder Cup Playoff ticket packages (which include a $6 voucher good for food or merchandise for each game), as well as individual game playoff tickets, are on sale now through the Penguins front office.  Get yours by calling 570-208-7367, or fill in the form before to request more info from a Penguins representative.

GAME PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BEARS – APRIL 15, 2018

Hershey vs Penguins

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2017-18 regular season wraps up against their instate rival, the Hershey Bears, at Giant Center today at 5:00 p.m.

The Penguins (44-22-6-3, 97 pts, .647%) have secured home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, clinching the second spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (30-36-4-5, 69 pts, .460%) are last in the same division and will miss the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Today’s game is the 12th and final meeting between the clubs this season.

TIME: 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Giant Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 27 WBS Hershey  3-2 WIN
Sunday, November 5 WBS Hershey  2-3 SOL
Sunday, November 12 Hershey WBS  1-5 WIN
Sunday, December 3 Hershey WBS  4-3 OTL
Sunday, December 10 Hershey WBS  1-4 WIN
Saturday, December 30 Hershey WBS  1-2 OT WIN
Wednesday, January 24 Hershey WBS  0-4 WIN
Friday, February 2 WBS Hershey  4-1 WIN
Sunday, February 25 WBS Hershey  3-2 WIN
Sunday, March 18 WBS Hershey  6-4 WIN
Tuesday, April 3 WBS Hershey  5-3 WIN
Sunday, April 15 Hershey WBS  5:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms traded goals in the final two minutes of regulation, but the Phantoms came out on top in a shootout, taking a 2-1 win, on Saturday night at PPL Center. Garrett Wilson cracked the goose egg for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton late in the contest, but the goal was not enough as Chris Conner came back with the equalizer for Lehigh Valley a minute later. Nic Aubé-Kubel scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round, granting Lehigh Valley the victory in its final game of the season. Michael Leighton made 30 saves on the night and denied three Phantoms attempts in the shootout, while Alex Lyon turned aside 26 shots in regulation and overtime and went four-for-four on saves in the shootout.

The Bears returned home and wrapped up the season series with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers with a 2-1 win on Saturday at Giant Center. Hershey dictated the majority of play and grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a goal from Jonas Siegenthaler. Mathias Bau scored the game-winner in the second, while Bears goaltender Vitek Vanecek’s work load remained light with only four additional required stops in the second period. Bridgeport ended Vanecek’s bid for his third shutout of the season when Casey Bailey snapped a quick shot past the Hershey netminder at 5:17 of the third period.

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins have gone 9-0-1-1 in the season series and have not lost in regulation to the Bears since April 14th 2017

Daniel Sprong established a new franchise record for goals by a rookie with his 31st tally of the season on Friday night in Springfield.

Despite only playing in nine of the 11 matchups between the Penguins and Bears this season, Daniel Sprong leads the series in points with 14 (5+9).

The Penguins continue to be tough to beat with a third period lead, going 28-1-1-0 on the season when leading after two frames.

Chris Summers played in the 450th game in his AHL career Saturday night.

BEARS NOTES
Despite their record, Hershey is 20-1-0-2 when they lead after 40 minutes

Chris Bourque leads the Bears in points with 53 (17+36).

Bourque scored three goals last weekend, giving him 196 in his Hershey career. The forward now sits alone in sole possession of seventh place all-time in franchise history in goals.

Defenseman Connor Hobbs has collected five points (1+4) in his past three games. He posted the first multi-point game of his career (1+2) last Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, then returned to the ice Saturday in Charlotte with two assists. Hobbs has registered 16 points (3+13) in 42 games during his rookie season.

Captain Garrett Mitchell’s next game will be his 400th AHL game

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 between 2009 and 2014.

compiled by Jonathan Kliment

GAME PREVIEW: PENGUINS at PHANTOMS – APRIL 14, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their divisional rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, at PPL Center Saturday at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (44-22-6-2, 96 pts, .649%) are still fighting to secure home ice advantage in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, as they rank second in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division. The Phantoms (46-19-5-5, 102 pts, .680%) have already locked up the division title.

Tonight’s game is the twelfth and final meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: PPL Center
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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  4-1 WIN
Friday, January 26 Lehigh Valley WBS  5-2 Loss
Saturday, February 3 WBS Lehigh Valley  2-1 WIN
Sunday, February 18 Lehigh Valley WBS  2-1 WIN
Saturday, April 14 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Penguins held on to secure two important points in the standings with a 3-2 triumph against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at MassMutual Center. Daniel Sprong opened the game’s scoring at 15:50 of the first period. Teddy Blueger and Zach Trotman also tallied, with Trotman scoring the game winner at 11:33 of the final frame. The win gave the Penguins a season sweep of Springfield. Tristan Jarry made 28 saves for the victory.

Danick Martel scored twice and Isaac Ratcliffe buried his first professional goal Friday evening, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms downed the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 5-2, inside PPL Center. Reece Willcox and Mike Vecchione rounded out the scoring for the Phantoms in front of goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who turned aside 29 of Bridgeport’s 31 total shots.

PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong established a new franchise record for goals by a rookie with his 31st tally of the season last night.

Despite only playing in nine of the 11 matchups between the Penguins and Phantoms this season, Jean-Sébastien Dea is tied for the lead in points in the series with 10 (5+5).

The Penguins continue to be tough to beat with a third period lead, going 28-1-1-0 on the season when leading after two frames.
Chris Summers next game will be his 450th AHL game

A point in tonight’s game secures home ice advantage for the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs for the Penguins.

PHANTOMS NOTES
With Friday’s triumph, the Phantoms have posted their highest point total (102) since the Philadelphia Phantoms ended the 2004-05 campaign with 103 standings points before capturing the 2005 Calder Cup Championship.

Friday’s victory also continued Lehigh Valley’s recent stellar play on home ice, as the Phantoms earned their sixth straight home victory and the 16th win over the team’s last 19 games at PPL Center (16-1-2).

Friday’s game marked the ninth multi-point effort and fifth multi-goal game this season for Martel, who has now matched his career high for points in a single season (40).

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)

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013 playing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career leading 50 shut outs there.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

GAME PREVIEW: PENGUINS at THUNDERBIRDS – APRIL 13, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their quest for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs against the Springfield Thunderbirds, Friday night at Mass Mutual Center.

The Penguins (43-22-6-2, 94 pts, .644%) still hold the second spot in the Atlantic Division with a three-point advantage over Providence, while the Thunderbirds (32-34-5-2, 71 pts, .486%) are in the seventh spot in the same division, but carry a three-game winning streak into tonight’s game.

Friday’s game is the fourth and final meeting between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mass Mutual Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Wednesday, December 13 WBS Springfield 4-2 WIN
Friday, January 5 WBS Springfield 6-3 WIN
Wednesday, February 3 Springfield WBS 3-1 WIN
Friday, April 13 Springfield WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Penguins exploded with offense in the first period, and leaned on their goaltender in the later stages of the game, to secure a 5-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena on Sunday. Anthony Peters recorded 41 saves for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while Adam Johnson scored twice 1:17 apart midway through the opening frame. Christian Thomas and Patrick McGrath tacked on tallies at 12:41 and 16:03 of the first period, respectively, and Gage Quinney notched a goal of his own to round out the scoring.

The Thunderbirds dominated the action from start to finish in a 2-0 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday night at the XL Center. Harri Sateri finished with 26 stops in the shutout win. Joel Lowry and Anthony Greco provided the offense for the Thunderbirds. Springfield’s offense ended the night with 48 shots.

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins clinched a playoff berth for the 16th straight season last Saturday evening. The 16-year postseason streak is the longest current streak in the AHL.

Garrett Wilson’s 40 points this season are a new career high.

With 30 goals on the season, Daniel Sprong has tied the franchise record for most goals by a rookie, set by Michel Ouellet in 2003-04.

Sprong’s goal output this year marks the first 30-goal season by a Penguin since Chris Minard (34) in 2008-09.

THUNDERBIRDS NOTES
Anthony Greco is atop the AHL with most shorthanded goals (6) and leads the AHL in shots with 244.

Springfield is tied for third in the AHL in power play opportunities (327), but they also top the league for the most shorthanded goals against with 14.

Harri Sateri was 3-0-0 in three starts on the road for Springfield last week, stopping 82 of 84 shots for a 0.67 goals-against average and a .976 save percentage, which earned him player of the week honors.

Curtis Valk leads the Thunderbirds in both points (59) and assists (40). His lead in both categories is in double digits over the next closest Thunderbird.

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) with the Penguins, recording 37 points (7+30) in 119 games.

GAME PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs SOUND TIGERS – APRIL 6, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their final home stand of the year against their divisional foe, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (41-21-6-2, 90 pts, .643%) continue to seek points as they look to secure the second playoff position in the Atlantic Division, while the Sound Tigers (35-27-5-3, 78 pts, .557%) sit just outside of a playoff spot in the same division.

Todays’ game is the fifth of six 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, October 28 Bridgeport WBS/td> 2-5 WIN
Saturday, December 16 Bridgeport WBS 3-2 OT Loss
Wednesday, January 3 WBS Bridgeport  3-2 OT WIN
Sunday, March 25 WBS Bridgeport  3-6 Loss
Friday, April 6 WBS Bridgeport  7:05pm
Sunday, April 8 Bridgeport WBS  3:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins fended off a late comeback attempt by the Hershey Bears to defeat their I-81 rival, 5-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Tuesday night. Tristan Jarry backstopped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to victory and the Penguins improve to 9-0-1-1 against the Bears this season. The Penguins saw Teddy Blueger, Garrett Wilson, Sam Lafferty, Daniel Sprong, and Jean-Sébastien Dea all score, as Hershey had goals from Connor Hobbs, Anthony Peluso, and Mathias Bau. Jarry made 30 saves in the win for the Penguins.

The Sound Tigers scored twice on the power play Tuesday morning to earn a 3-2 win against the Providence Bruins at Webster Bank Arena. Travis St. Denis netted the game-winner midway through the third period, while Casey Bailey and Kellen Jones also beat goaltender Dan Vladar. Eamon McAdam made 23 saves to guide the Sound Tigers to their fourth win in the last five games. The Sound Tigers finished the game 2-for-5 on the power play, while its penalty kill went 1-for-1.

PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team on Wednesday, and leads all rookies in goals scored (28) and is second in points (57). He is just four points behind Manitoba Moose forward Mason Appleton’s total of 61, despite playing in 12 fewer games.

Sprong’s 28 goals are tied for seventh among all AHL scorers, and his five game-winning tallies are tied for 11th.

Sprong now has points in ten of his past eleven games, totaling seven goals and six assists in that span.

Sam Lafferty recorded his first professional goal in the Penguins win over the Hershey Bears on Tuesday. Lafferty has three points (1+2) in eight games with the Penguins since signing an amateur tryout contract on March 7 after the completion of his senior season at Brown University.

The Penguins have lost only twice when leading after two periods and have a 25-1-1-0 record in that situation.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has the second-best home record in the AHL at 25-9-1-1 (.722%). Only the Lehigh Valley Phantoms have a better mark at 25-6-3-2 (.764%).

The Penguins lead the season series over the past five years with a 13-7-2-0 record against the Sound Tigers.

SOUND TIGERS NOTES
Travis St. Denis leads the Sound Tigers with 44 points (23+21)

Bridgeport also comes in with the division’s best penalty kill percentage (84.6%).

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have four players with over 400 games of AHL experience on their active roster
Bridgeport’s Power Play has gone 24% against the Penguins this season

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’s Defenseman Andrey Pedan also spent time in Bridgeport from 2012-15 totaling 42 games for 15 points (5+10).

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BEARS – APRIL 3, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome their in-state rival Hershey Bears to Mohegan Sun Arena at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.

The Penguins (40-21-6-2, 88 pts, .638%) continue to look to secure their playoff berth while holding second spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (29-33-4-5, 67 pts, .472%) reside in seventh place in the same division and will miss the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Today’s game is the eleventh of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.

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

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 27 WBS Hershey  3-2 WIN
Sunday, November 5 WBS Hershey   2-3 SOL
Sunday, November 12 Hershey WBS   1-5 WIN
Sunday, December 3 Hershey WBS   4-3 OTL
Sunday, December 10 Hershey WBS   1-4 WIN
Saturday, December 30 Hershey WBS   1-2 OT WIN
Wednesday, January 24 Hershey WBS   0-4 WIN
Friday, February 2 WBS Hershey   4-1 WIN
Sunday, February 25 WBS Hershey   3-2 WIN
Sunday, March 18 WBS Hershey   6-4 WIN
Tuesday, April 3 WBS Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, April 15 Hershey WBS  5:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a tenacious battle to the Providence Bruins, 3-1, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night. The Bruins scoring came from Adam Payerl, Trent Frederic, and Jordan Swarz. The Penguins only goal on the night came from Jean-Sébastien Dea. Tristan Jarry made 24 stops in the loss.

 

The Bears welcomed the Laval Rocket to Giant Center for the first time in franchise history and walked away with a 6-3 victory on Saturday evening. Mathias Bau tallied twice while Garrett Mitchell, Dustin Gazley, Jeremy Langlois, and Hampus Gustafsson also found the back of the net. Pheonix Copley stopped 20 of 23 attempts for the victory.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins have gone 8-0-1-1 in the season series against the Bears, and have not lost in regulation to Hershey since April 14, 2017.

Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals scored and is second in points with 55. He is just six points behind Manitoba’s Mason Appleton total of 61, despite playing in 13 fewer games.

Sprong’s 27 goals are tied for seventh among all AHL scorers, and his five game-winning tallies are tied for 11th.

Sprong now has points in nine of his past ten games, totaling six goals and five assists in that span.

Chris Summers is six games from 450 in his AHL career.

BEARS NOTES

Hershey’s Nathan Walker is one point from 100 in his AHL career

Mathias Bau scored for the first time in 23 games on Saturday night, tallying twice

Despite their record Hershey is 20-1-0-2 when they lead after 40 minutes

Chris Bourque leads the Bears in points with 50 (14+36)

Joe Whitney is one game away from 450 AHL games

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 between 2009 and 2014.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BRUINS – MARCH 31, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome a potential first round playoff foe, the Providence Bruins, to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Saturday night.

The Penguins (40-20-6-2, 88 pts, .647%) have regained second place in the Atlantic Division after winning twice in their last two games, while the Bruins (40-23-3-2, 85 pts, .625%) sit just three points behind in the same division, but bring with them a two-game losing streak.

Tonight’s game is the sixth and final regular season meeting between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office

SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, November 11 WBS Providence 4-3 WIN
Friday, January 19 WBS Providence 1-0 Loss
Friday, February 9 Providence WBS 4-0 Loss
Sunday, February 11 Providence WBS 3-2 WIN
Wednesday, March 28 WBS Providence 5-2 WIN
Saturday, March 31 WBS Providence  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins got a third-period equalizer to force overtime, and Daniel Sprong notched the deciding goal in the extra frame for a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center on Friday night. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton received a three-point effort from Christian Thomas (2+1), as well as a regulation goal from Zach Trotman, before Sprong capped it off in overtime. Michael Leighton stopped 30 shots to remain unbeaten (4-0-0) with the Penguins.
The Bruins fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Friday night, 2-0, in their final trip of the season to the PPL Center. The P-Bruins were shut out for the fifth time this season while Jordan Binnington made his 24th start of the season in net. Lehigh Valley got goals from Greg Carey and TJ Brennan and Dustin Tokarski stopped all 22 shots he faced. Providence was 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins achieved 40 wins for the 13th season in a row, a league record.

Daniel Sprong potted the OT winner last night for his team-leading 27th goal of the season. His goal total is the second-highest for a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rookie all-time, trailing only Michel Ouellet’s 30 goals in 2003-04.

Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals scored, and is second in points with 54. He is just six points behind Manitoba’s Mason Appleton total of 60, despite playing in 13 fewer games.

Sprong’s 27 goals are tied for seventh among all AHL scorers, and his five game-winning tallies are tied for 11th.

Sprong now has points in eight of his past nine games, totaling six goals and four assists in that span.

BRUINS NOTES
Despite losing to Lehigh Valley last night, a loss by Bridgeport to Springfield on Friday dropped Providence’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot to six.

Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins in every major offensive category and sits in third in the AHL in points

Jordan Binnington has the second best goals against average in the AHL this season with 1.98

Zane McIntyre is tied for first with the most shutouts in the AHL with 6. Two of those have come against the Penguins

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

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at WOLF PACK – MARCH 30, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins pay their final visit of the season to the XL Center as they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday. The home team has won four of the previous five matchups this season.

The Penguins (39-20-6-2, 86 pts, .642%) are ranked second the Atlantic Division, while the Wolf Pack (31-30-5-3, 70 pts, .507%) sit in sixth in the same division.

Friday’s game is the sixth and final meeting between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 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  1-0 OTL
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  1-4 Loss
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION

The  Penguins used a second period surge to defeat the visiting Providence Bruins, 5-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night. Daniel Sprong scored his team-leading 25th and 26th goals of the season within the opening minutes of the middle frame to spur Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on to beat their rival, and reclaim second place in the Atlantic Division. Aside from a big night from Sprong, the Penguins’ Joseph Cramarossa, Teddy Blueger, and Jarred Tinordi all contributed to the victory.  Jakub Zbořil and Anton Blidh tallied for the P-Bruins.  Both Tristan Jarry and Zane McIntyre ended up with 27 saves on the night.

The Wolf Pack battled the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center and ended up finding the victory in a shootout by a final score of 4-3 on Wednesday night. Hartford’s Vinni Lettieri, Brandon Crawley, and Adam Tambellini all scored in regulation.  The Wolf Pack won their league-high ninth shootout game, getting just one necessary goal from Scott Kosmachuk in the third round, while the Thunderbirds could not beat Alexandar Georgiev on their attempts.

PENGUINS NOTES
By scoring on Wednesday night, defensemen Jarred Tinordi established a new career high in goals with five this season.

With his goal on Sunday, Pedan upped his point total to  22 (9G-13A) this season, surpassing his previous career-best of 21 points in 2015-16.

Daniel Sprong leads the series with six points (5+1) and, with two goals Wednesday night, moved into a tie for first in the AHL rookie goal scoring race (26).  He is also second among all rookies with 53 points this season.

Garrett Wilson has six points (2+4) in his past five games, and carries a three-game points streak (1+3) in to tonight’s game.

Joseph Cramarossa has 10 points (6+4) in 20 games with the Penguins since being acquired from the Stockton Heat.  He had 10 points (3+7) in 37 games with his former team.

Michael Leighton is 3-0-0-0 in his time with the Penguins with all three wins coming beyond regulation against the Binghamton Devils.

WOLF PACK NOTES
The Wolf Pack have won the last two games between themselves and the Penguins, and are 3-1-0-1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the season.  That includes wins in both of the Penguins’ earlier visits to Hartford, 7-3 on December 15 and 1-0 in overtime January 21.

Vinni Lettieri leads the team in goal scoring with 21. He has six more than the next closest Wolf Pack member.

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

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BRUINS – MARCH 28, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome a potential first round playoff foe, the Providence Bruins, to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wednesday night.

The Penguins (38-20-6-2, 84 pts, .636%) are in third place in the Atlantic Division, while the Bruins (40-21-3-2, 85 pts, .644%) sit just one point ahead in the same division.

Tonight’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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LISTEN:    WILK News Radio
TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, November 11 WBS Providence 4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19 WBS Providence 1-0 Loss
Friday, February 9 Providence WBS 4-0 Loss
Sunday, February 11 Providence WBS 3-2 SOWIN
Wednesday, March 28 WBS Providence  7:05pm
Saturday, March 31 WBS Providence  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins couldn’t muster the same comeback magic they showed earlier in the week as they closed out their three-in-three weekend set with a 6-3 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Sunday afternoon. The Pens fell behind by a 4-0 score early, before Chris Summers netted his first goal of the year. Bridgeport quickly recaptured the four-goal lead, before Jean-Sebastien Dea and Andrey Pedan tallied back-to-back power play goals. But that was as close as the home squad would get, and the Sound Tigers tacked on an empty net goal to complete the scoring. The Penguins finished the game two-for-six on the power play, while their penalty kill unit was put to work 11 times on the afternoon. Tristan Jarry stopped 25 shots for his first regulation loss in the AHL since Oct. 14, 2017.

The Bruins defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday, 6-1, on Saturday night to sweep their two-game homestand against the first-place team in the Atlantic Division. The P-Bruins got two goals each from Peter Cehlarik and Joona Koppanen, along with goals from Colby Cave and Zach Senyshyn, while Jordan Binnington made his 23rd start of the season in net. Lehigh Valley’s Philippe Myers broke up Binnington’s shutout at 6:56 of the third period, but that was all the division leaders could muster as Binnington stopped 18 of 19 shots.


PENGUINS NOTES
When the Penguins lead after two periods they have only lost two times, winning 23 of 25 games.

Daniel Sprong is second among AHL rookies for goals (24) and points (51) this season. He is the fifth Penguins rookie to record 50-plus points in a season (Toby Petersen – 67 in 2000-01; Tom Kostopoulos – 58 in 1999-00; Matt Murlye – 58 in 2002-03; Rob Schremp – 53 in 2006-07).

Tom Kostopoulos’ next game will be his 650th with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


BRUINS NOTES
Jordan Szwarz and Tommy Cross lead the Bruins with three points in the season series

Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins in every major offensive category, with 21 goals, 40 assists, 61 points and 11 power play goals.

Jordan Binnington has the third best goals against average in the AHL this season with 1.97

Zane McIntyre is tied for first with the most shutouts in the AHL with six. Two of those have come against the Penguins.


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

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs SOUND TIGERS – MARCH 25, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home to face off against their divisional foe, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, at 3:05pm today.

The Penguins (38-19-6-2, 84 pts, .642%) have points in four straight contests (2-0-2-0), and sit in second place in the Atlantic Division. The Sound Tigers (31-26-5-3, 70 pts, .538%) sit in fifth place, just outside of the final playoff spot in the same division.

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

TIME: 3:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
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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  3-2 OT WIN
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 scored early and often through the first half of the game, but still needed the shootout to nab a 5-4 win over the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night. The Penguins Jarred Tinordi, Joseph Cramarossa, Andrey Pedan, and Garrett Wilson all beat Mackenzie Blackwood in regulation, while the Devils saw Jacob MacDonald, Nick Lappin, Blake Speers, and Mario Lucia all answered in response to force extra time. It took eight rounds of a shootout to decide the game, but Wilson nabbed the win for the Penguins with a show-stopper shootout goal. Michael Leighton made 37 saves in regulation and overtime, plus seven in the shootout, to record his third win with the Penguins – all coming against the Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton remained unbeaten in five games against Binghamton this season.

Casey Bailey scored his eighth power-play goal of the season on Friday, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers suffered a 4-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena. Kristers Gudlevskis made 26 saves for the Sound Tigers in his return to Syracuse, where he spent the previous four seasons manning the crease. Bailey scored his 15th goal of the season overall and his team-leading 17th power-play point.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
Zach Trotman is two games away from 200 AHL contests

Daniel Sprong is second among AHL rookies in goals (24) and points (51).

Andrey Pedan set a new personal best for goals in a season with his eighth last night in Binghamton. He picked up seven during the 2015-16 season with Utica.

Fellow defenseman Jarred Tinordi also established a new personal best for goals in a season with his fourth of the year last night against the Devils. He netted three with Hamilton in 2013-14.

The Penguins have lost only twice when leading after two periods, and have a 22-1-1-0 record in that situation

The Penguins lead the season series over the past five years with a 13-6-2-0 record against the Sound Tigers.

SOUND TIGERS NOTES
Travis St. Denis leads the Sound Tigers with 38 points (20+18)

Bridgeport also comes in with the division’s best penalty kill percentage (85.2%).

Goaltender Christopher Gibson is tied for fifth in the league with a 2.31 goals against average. His four shutouts are also tied for fourth.

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’s Defenseman Andrey Pedan also spent time in Bridgeport from 2012-15 totaling 42 games for 15 points (5+10).

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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