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

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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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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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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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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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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at DEVILS – MARCH 9, 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 (33-17-4-2, 72 pts, .643%) currently sit in second in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (19-30-6-3, 47 pts, .405%) take up the sixth slot in the North Division.

Tonight’s game is the fourth 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 WIN OT
Saturday, January 27 WBS Binghamton 4-3 WIN OT
Friday, March 9 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, March 24 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, April 7 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins scratched and clawed their way to a point in their final game of the weekend’s Midwest road trip, falling in the shootout, 3-2, to the Milwaukee Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Sunday evening. Frédérick Gaudreau and Anthony Richard tallied for the Admirals, while Ethan Prow and Josh Jooris netted goals for the Penguins. In the shootout, Justin Kirkland and Christian Thomas scored in the opening round, before Richard notched the game-deciding goal for Milwaukee in round four. Anthony Peters made 20 saves on the night, as well as two more in the shootout session, for the Penguins.

Nick Lappin scored three goals and added an assist as the Binghamton Devils routed the visiting Utica Comets in a penalty-filled game on Sunday night, 7-2, at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The Devils saw multi-goal games from Lappin and Blake Pietila (2), as well as tallies from Ben Thomson and Brian Strait. The Comets got scores from Andrew Cherniwchan and Reid Boucher. Eddie Lack stopped 24 of 26 for the win, while Richard Bachman stopped 25 in the loss before being replaced by Thatcher Demko.

PENGUINS NOTES
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won all three meetings with the Devils this season by 4-3 scores.

With his game winner last weekend Teddy Blueger is tied with Daniel Sprong for the team lead with four.

Adam Johnson has six points (4G-2A) in his last seven games.

The Penguins signed forward Sam Lafferty to an amateur tryout agreement earlier this week. Lafferty just wrapped up a four-year career at Brown University, during which he earned 29 goals and 50 assists for 79 points in 124 games.

Daniel Sprong currently ranks third among all AHL rookies in both goals (21) and power play goals (9).

DEVILS NOTES
Jacob MacDonald leads the Devils in points (40), 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 722 for his career.

Christoph Bertschy is four games away from 200 in his AHL career.

Nick Lappin leads the Devils in goals (23), while Tim Kennedy and Bracken Kearns lead the team in assists (26).

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 ADMIRALS – MARCH 4, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will try to close out another three game in three night weekend with a victory when they face the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday night at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

The Penguins (33-17-4-1, 71 pts, .645%) sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, while Admirals (28-24-4-1, 61 pts, .535%) sit in sixth place in a crowded Central Division.
Sunday’s game is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 6:00 p.m. EST
PLACE: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD  TIME/RESULT 
Friday, December 1 WBS Milwaukee  5-4 OTW
Sunday, March 4 Milwaukee WBS  6:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins fell to the Rockford IceHogs, 3-0, on Saturday in a hard-hitting, penalty-filled contest at BMO Harris Bank Center. Both teams had six power plays and combined for 66 penalty minutes throughout the course of the game but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton could not take advantage of all the special teams action in the second contest of its Midwest swing. Anthony Louis and Andreas Martinsen (2) put up the three goals for the IceHogs. Étienne Marcoux recorded 19 saves on 21 shots faced in his AHL debut.

Goalie Troy Grosenick stopped 36 shots in his Admirals debut, leading Milwaukee to a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday at Van Andel Arena. Grosenick turned aside all but one shot in his first game since being acquired from the San Jose Barracuda. Milwaukee saw scoring from Mark Zengerle, Alex Carrier, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Trevor Smith.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
Garrett Wilson scored his first AHL hat trick when these teams met in December

Jean-Sébastien Dea scored the overtime winner December 1st.

In games following being being shut out this season the Penguins have posted a 2-1-1-0 record

Kevin Czuzczman played his 250th AHL game Friday night. During his tenure he has tallied 79 points (17+62).

ADMIRALS NOTES
Rookie Emil Pettersson leads the teams in both points (39) and assists (27) this season

Bobby Butler has 21 goals for the Admirals this season, which leads the team.

John Ramage is eight games away from 300 in his AHL career

CONNECTIONS
Milwaukee left wing Harry Zolnierzyck spent the 2013-14 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 36 points (18+18) in 57 games with the Penguins.

Admirals center Trevor Smith skated in 75 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2012-13 season, recording 54 points (23+31).

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at ICEHOGS – MARCH 3, 2018


For the first time in franchise history, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visit the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night at BMO Harris Bank Center.

The Penguins (33-16-4-1, 71 pts, .657%) continue to hold second place in the Atlantic Division, while the IceHogs (28-24-3-3, 62 pts, .535%) are in fifth place in a very tough Central Division.

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

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: BMO Harris Bank Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, February 23 WBS Rockford 6-3 WIN
Saturday, March 3 Rockford WBS  6:00pm

RECENT ACTION
The Penguins made their first visit to Van Andel Arena in almost a decade and left with a 4-2 victory in tow, beating the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night. It took Wilkes-Barre/Scranton until 7:58 of the third period to grab its first lead of the game, but it managed to hold the defending Calder Cup Champions to just 19 shots throughout the course of the contest. The Griffins received goals from Matt Puempel and Eric Tangradi, while the Penguins saw scoring from Adam Johnson, Garrett Wilson (2), Teddy Blueger. The Griffins pressured the Penguins greatly with the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton staved off a tying tally and sealed the victory with an empty net goal from Wilson. Anthony Peters recorded 17 saves in the win.

Frederick Allard converted on a turnover for the game-winning goal with just over five minutes remaining, and the Milwaukee Admirals put the game out of reach with two more late tallies, leading to a 4-1 victory over the IceHogs Friday night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Cody Franson scored the IceHogs’ lone goal of the game, one-timing a pass from Tyler Sikura at 15:16 in the second period to tie the contest at 1-1. Rockford netminder Jeff Glass stopped eight of 11 pucks in the loss.

PENGUINS NOTES

The Penguins are undefeated against Central Division teams so far this season (3-0-0-0). After winning last night, they have now defeated Grand Rapids, Rockford and Milwaukee.

With two goals last night, Garrett Wilson has scored three goals in the last four games.

Daniel Sprong is tied for second among AHL rookies with 21 goals and third among first-year skaters with 44 points. He’s also tied for 10th overall in the league in goals and tied for 15th in points.

After going 13 games without a point, Adam Johnson has four goals and six points in his past five contests.

With his game-winner last night, Teddy Blueger has now tied Daniel Sprong for the team lead with four GWGs.

ICEHOGS NOTES
With an assist on Wednesday against the Texas Stars, Adam Clendening set the IceHogs all-time records for both points and assists for a Rockford defenseman. Clendening notched his 135th point and 111th assist of his IceHogs tenure.

Matthew Highmore potted his 21st goal of the year last weekend against the Hershey Bears, setting the team’s AHL franchise record for rookie goals in a single season. Highmore surpassed Tanner Kero’s previous record of 20 goals from the 2015-16 season.

CONNECTIONS
Adam Clendening spent six games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2015-16 notching three assists and a plus-4.

Michael Leighton spent two seasons (2014-16) with Rockford, appearing in 88 games and posting a 50-21-12-10 record.

Ryan Haggerty played 36 games for the IceHogs in 2015-16, scoring 13 points (9+4).

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at GRIFFINS – MARCH 2, 2018


The puck will drop between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Grand Rapids Griffins for the first time in a decade on Friday night at Van Andel Arena.

The Penguins (32-16-4-1, 69 pts, .651%) come in to another three game in three night weekend holding onto second place in the Atlantic Division, while the defending Calder Cup Champion Griffins (31-19-1-6, 69 pts, .605%) also sit in second place in the Central Division.

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

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Van Andel Arena
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DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT 
Friday, March 2 Grand Rapids WBS  7:00pm
Saturday, March 10 WBS Grand Rapids  7:05pm

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Adam Johnson delivered one of the finest performances of his rookie season to propel the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-2 victory in a tight, back-and-forth match-up with the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Johnson found the back of the net twice as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton received one goal in each period. Hershey saw goals from Travis Boyd and Tyler Graovac, Johnson and team captain Tom Kostopoulos tallied for the victors. The Penguins special teams shined bright on the afternoon, going a perfect three-for-three on the penalty kill and capitalizing on one of their two-man advantage opportunities. Goaltender Casey DeSmith made 23 saves, while Pheonix Copley stopped 22 shots thrown his way.

A pair of goals by Eric Tangradi and 30 saves from Tom McCollum helped the Grand Rapids Griffins claw out a 3-2 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena. After missing the last six games due to injury, Tangradi needed all of 49 seconds to help the Griffins jump on top. Ben Street staked Grand Rapids to a two-goal advantage less than six minutes later. The Roadrunners saw Dylan Strome and Jens Looke tie it up. Tangradi tallied his second goal of the night and team-leading 24th of the season to again give the Griffins the lead. Tucson desperately pushed for a late equalizer, pulling their netminder for much of the final three minutes, but McCollum and the Griffins stood their ground to improve to 11-3-1-1 in their last 16 home games.

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins are undefeated against Central Division teams so far this season (2-0-0-0). They have defeated Rockford and Milwaukee, two of the three teams they will take on in their upcoming road trip.

With two assists on Sunday, Daniel Sprong recorded his team-leading 12th multi-point game this season.

Sprong is tied for second among AHL rookies with 21 goals and third among first-year skaters with 44 points. He’s also tied for 10th overall in the league in goals and tied for 15th in points.

After going 13 games without a point, Adam Johnson has three goals and five points in his past four contests.

At Monday’s NHL trade deadline, Pittsburgh dealt Greg McKegg in exchange for Josh Jooris, who was then assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Jooris has skated in 31 NHL games this season and has also accumulated three points in five AHL games.

GRIFFINS NOTES
After improving its record to 12-1-0-2 in its past 15 games, and 21-4-0-3 in its last 28, Grand Rapids has moved back into second place in the Central Division, pushing its winning percentage over .600 for the first time this season.

With 298 combined wins as a head coach for Oklahoma City (176) and Grand Rapids (122), Todd Nelson is just two shy of becoming the 20th coach in AHL history to earn 300 regular season victories.

The Griffins have three players tied in first for points with 45. Goal scoring leader Eric Tangradi (24+21), assist leader Ben Street (11+34), and Matt Puempel (19+26).

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

Leading scorer Eric Tangradi was a prominent part of the Penguins organization from 2009-13, before being traded to Winnipeg. In 178 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he put up 121 points (60+61).

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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