PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BEARS – FEBRAURY 25, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to close out another three games in three nights weekend against their instate rival, the Hershey Bears, at Mohegan Sun Arena at 3:05 p.m. Sunday.

The Penguins (31-16-4-1, 67 pts, .644%) hold the second spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (23-25-4-4, 54 pts, .482%) reside in sixth place in the same division.

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

TIME: 3:05 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  3:05pm
Sunday, March 18  WBS Hershey  3:05pm
Tuesday, April 3  WBS Hershey  7:05pm
Sunday, April 15  Hershey WBS  5:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins had a tough time finding the back of the net in a Saturday night showdown that ended in a 3-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch at Oncenter War Memorial Arena. Things got off to a promising start for the Penguins when Freddie Tiffels struck on the team’s second shot of the game. But Syracuse got scoring from Gabriel Dumont, Alexander Volkov and Anthony Cirelli to make it 3-1. Anthony Peters made 33 saves, included 17 stops on 17 shots in the first period.

Vitek Vanecek stopped 36 shots for the Bears, but the home team still fell to the Rockford IceHogs in overtime, 4-3, on Saturday at Giant Center. The Bears managed three goals from Riley Barber, Liam O’Brien and Travis Boyd, on just 14 shots, and finished the night 2-for-8 on the man-advantage and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins have gone 6-0-1-1 in the season series and have not lost in regulation to the Bears since April 14th 2017

Daniel Sprong continues to lead all Penguins players in almost every offensive category with 42 points (21+21) and nine power play goals

The Penguins are now 8-1-1-0 when Gage Quinney scores a goal this season. He tallied Friday night against Rockford.

Casey DeSmith moved into a tie with Dany Sabourin for ninth place on the team’s all-time wins list with his 38th career victory on Friday night.

BEARS NOTES
Despite being absent while representing the United States at the Winter Olympics, Chris Bourque continues to lead the Bears with 45 points (12+33)

Riley Barber leads the team in goals scored with 18 having played in 55 games this season

Despite their record Hershey is 17-0-0-2 when they lead after 40 minutes

The Bears have posted points in each of their past six games (5-0-1-0)

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

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at CRUNCH – FEBRUARY 24, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Syracuse Crunch, as they hit the road to Oncenter War Memorial Arena tonight at 7:00pm.

The Penguins (31-15-4-1, 67 pts, .657%) currently sit in second place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Crunch (32-18-2-3, 69 pts, .627%) rank second in the North Division.

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

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Oncenter War Memorial Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Sunday, October 15 WBS Syracuse 6-1 WIN
Friday, November 24 Syracuse WBS 5-2 Loss
Saturday, November 25 WBS Syracuse 3-4 Loss
Saturday, February 24 Syracuse WBS  7:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins’ opened up the offense to defeat the visiting Rockford IceHogs, 6-3, on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton received goals from six different players (Joseph Cramarossa, Daniel Sprong, Gage Quinney, Garrett Wilson, Adam Johnson, and Reid Gardiner) throughout the course of the game, and Tom Kostopoulos recorded two assists in his 700th AHL contest. Casey DeSmith denied 24 shots for the win.

After two scoreless periods, Michael Bournival scored twice in the final frame to give the Crunch a 2-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday in Syracuse. The home team was held scoreless on three power play opportunities and went a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.  Eddie Pasquale earned the win with 31 saves in net for the Crunch.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
Joseph Cramarossa has recorded four points (2G-2A) in as many games since becoming a member of the Penguins following a trade with the Stockton Heat on Feb. 14.

Tom Kostopoulos played in his 700th game Friday Night and recorded two assists to mark the occasion.

The Penguins are now 8-1-1-0 when Gage Quinney scores a goal this season. He tallied Friday night against Rockford.

Daniel Sprong ranks second among AHL rookies with 21 goals, and third with 42 points. He picked up a goal and an assist on Friday.

Defenseman Kevin Schulze made his 2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut in Friday night’s win over the IceHogs.

Casey DeSmith moved into a tie with Dany Sabourin for ninth place on the team’s all-time wins list with his 38th career victory on Friday night.

CRUNCH NOTES
After a 2-1 win on Friday, goaltender Eddie Pasquale is now 4-1-1 with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage since joining Syracuse via trade.

In his first year with the Crunch, Carter Verhaeghe has 29 points (10+19) in 36 games. His 0.81 points per game is most among active Crunch players.

Since joining the Crunch on a Professional Try-Out (PTO), 25-year-old Olivier Archambault has seven points (4+3) in 11 games while playing to a plus-6 rating.

CONNECTIONS
Tom Sestito played parts of three seasons with the Crunch tallying 60 points (25+35) in 154 games from 2007-2010

Michael Leighton played nine games for the Crunch earlier this season, posting a 3-3-2-0 record in his time with the Crunch

Reid McNeill played 190 games for the Penguins between 2012 and 2017. He posted 25 points (4+21) in that span

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs ICEHOGS – FEBRUARY 23, 2018

For the first time in franchise history, the puck will drop between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night. It’s another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY, with lower bowl seats available for just $14, plus select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.

The Penguins (30-15-4-1, 65 pts, .650%) sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, while the IceHogs (26-22-3-3, 58 pts, .537%) are in sixth place in a very tough Central Division.

Friday’s game is the first of two 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, February 23 WBS Rockford 7:05pm
Saturday, March 3 Rockford WBS  6:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a 4-1 decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center on Sunday evening. Lehigh Valley’s netminder, John Muse, held the Penguins at bay on seven power plays. The Phantoms got goals from Oskar Lindblom, Phil Varone, and Mike Vecchione make it 3-0 through two periods, before Jean-Sébastien Dea tipped in a shot from Jarred Tinordi while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was skating shorthanded. Lehigh Valley’s Matt Read iced the victory with a shorthanded, empty net goal with 1:54 remaining in regulation. Casey DeSmith finished the game with 28 saves for the Penguins.

The IceHogs scored four unanswered goals in 8:13 and held off a comeback from the San Antonio Rampage for a 4-3 victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center Sunday night. Nathan Noel notched the game-winning goal – his first goal in the AHL – to cap Rockford’s hot stretch just over two minutes into the second period. Luke Johnson, Henrik Samuelsson and Tanner Kero each found twine as well for the IceHogs earlier in the game. The Rampage struck three times, but netminder Collin Delia withstood a late onslaught, turning aside 25 of 28 pucks.

PENGUINS NOTES
Joseph Cramarossa has accumulated three points (1G-2A) in as many games since becoming a member of the Penguins following a trade with the Stockton Heat on Feb. 14.

Prior to Sunday’s shorty by J.S. Dea, the Penguins’ last shorthanded goal on the road was scored on Nov. 3, 2017 at Lehigh Valley by Dea.

Dea has reached 30 points for the third season in a row with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and achieved a career high in assists (19).

The Penguins signed defenseman Kevin Schulze to a PTO on Feb. 17. Schulze tops Wheeling defensemen in goals (8), assists (20) and points (28).

The Penguins rewarded Anthony Peters’ stellar play with an AHL contract on Wednesday.

ICEHOGS NOTES
The IceHogs have allowed three or more goals in seven of the last nine games since Jan. 27. Opponents have scored five or more goals three times in that span and combined for 34 total goals over the last nine contests. Rockford is allowing an average of 3.8 goals per game over that stretch.

Nathan Noel made his AHL debut last week agains Cleveland and scored his first AHL goal in his third appearance with the IceHogs on Sunday (Feb. 18) against the Rampage. The forward originally made his pro debut with the Indy Fuel this season and collected nine points (4g, 5a) in 17 games prior to his promotion to the IceHogs.

Ten different rookies have scored a goal for the Hogs in 2017-18. Of those 10 rookies, eight have produced double-digit points on the year, and four have amassed 20-plus points (Matthew Highmore, Anthony Louis, Tyler Sikura and William Pelletier).

Adam Clendening picked up an assist on Sunday to move within one point of Rockford’s all-time scoring and assists records for a team defenseman. Clendening trails only Brian Connelly’s 134 points and 110 assists for the team record.

Henrik Samuelsson signed a PTO with the IceHogs on Feb. 11 and has scored a goal in each of his first three games with the Hogs. He led the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads in scoring through 49 games this season prior to joining Rockford.

Matthew Highmore has notched assists in a season-high three straight games. The rookie leads the IceHogs in scoring with 34 points (20g, 14a) in 54 games.

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

Michael Leighton spent two seasons with Rockford appearing in 88 games 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 vs COMETS – FEBRUARY 17, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home after a four-game road stretch to face off against the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (30-14-3-1, 64 pts, .667%) currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, while the Comets (27-14-6-4, 64 pts, .627%) hold down the third spot in the North Division.

Saturday’s game is the first 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  7:05pm
Friday, March 23  Utica  WBS  7:00pm

RECENT ACTION
The Penguins kicked off a three-in-three weekend set on Friday night with a 12-3 loss to the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost three defensemen to injury throughout the course of the game, as Rochester saw three different players score twice. Jarrett Burton, Cody Wydo and Greg McKegg tallied for the Penguins.

The Comets downed the Binghamton Devils by a score of 3-1 Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. The win extended the Comets’ point streak to 14 games. Guillaume Brisebois, Zack MacEwen and Michael Chaput netted goals to put the Comets up 3-0. Richard Bachman finished with 23 saves to improve his record to 9-7-4.

PENGUINS NOTES

The Penguins have the best winning percentage in the AHL at home at .750

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton became the fourth team to reach 30 wins this season. The Penguins have failed to record 30 wins in only two of their 19 seasons.

Casey DeSmith has tended goal in all four of the Penguins’ shootouts this season and has made 10 saves on 11 attempts.

Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in shots per game (3.16), and he also ranks second in points per game (1.00) and goals (20).

The Penguins are 7-1-1-0 when Gage Quinney scores a goal this season.

Newcomer Joseph Cramarosa got a point in his first game with the Penguins, tallying an assist.

COMETS NOTES
The Comets extended their point streak to 14 games. The streak is a new record for the Comets, who have not lost in regulation since suffering a 3-2 loss to Syracuse on January 12. Utica is outscoring their opponents 41-28 during their point streak.

Richard Bachman has won four straight starts and is unbeaten in regulation in eight straight starts. Bachman is 6-0-2 with a 1.84 goals against average and a .939% save percentage.

Thatcher Demko is unbeaten in regulation in six straight starts and has won six of his last eight games. Demko is 5-0-1 with a 1.91 goals-against average and a .937% save percentage.

Despite missing their top three point, assist, and power play goal producers (on recall to Vancouver) the Comets have continued to excel.

Rookie Zach MacEwen leads the Comets in all offensive categories among rookies (8+18)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at AMERICANS – FEBRUARY 16, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head to Blue Cross Arena for their only trip this season to battle the Rochester Americans.

The Penguins (30-13-3-1, 64 pts, .681%) have continued to find ways to win, posting victories in 14 of their past 18 games and holding first place in the Atlantic Division

The Americans (25-13-7-5, 62 pts, .620%) are currently on a five-game winless streak (0-3-2-0) and sit in the second 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: Blue Cross Arena
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SEASON SERIES

 DATE  HOME  ROAD TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, December 2  WBS  Rochester  2-5 Loss
 Friday, February 16  Rochester  WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins avenged their two shutout losses at Dunkin’ Donuts Center by defeating the Providence Bruins in a shootout, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in their final visit to Rhode Island this season. The Bruins’ Tommy Cross and Adam Payerl scored in the first period, before the Penguins responded to tie the game. Gage Quinney and Jarred Tinordi tallied on Zane McIntyre in the second frame, while Jean-Sébastien Dea used crafty puck work to score in the first round of the shootout, giving the Penguins their first win at Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season. Casey DeSmith slammed the door on 32 of 34 shots faced in regulation and overtime, and all three shoot out attempts.

The Americans fell to the Hershey Bears, 3-2 in overtime, in the 456th all-time meeting between the league’s oldest teams on Sunday at Giant Center. The game was Rochester’s league-leading 21st that went beyond regulation and the eighth since January 1. The Amerks got goals from Seth Griffith and Eric Cornel, while Hershey got scoring from Riley Barber, Wayne Simpson, and Joe Whitney to cement the victory in overtime. Linus Ullmark stopped 30 of 33, but remained winless in his past eight starts.

PENGUINS NOTES
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton became the fourth team to reach 30 wins this season. The Penguins have failed to record 30 wins only twice of their 19 seasons (1999-2000, 2001-02).

Casey DeSmith has tended goal in all four of the Penguins’ shootouts this season, and has made 10 saves on 11 attempts.

Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in shots per game (3.16), and he also ranks second in points per game (1.00) and goals (20).

Thomas Di Pauli became the sixth Penguin to reach double digits in goal scoring this season when he tallied last Wednesday against the Springfield Thunderbirds.

The Penguins are 7-1-1-0 when Gage Quinney scores a goal this season.

Newcomer Joseph Cramarossa joins the Penguins with 41 points (20+21) in 201 career AHL games.

AMERICANS NOTES
The Americans have collected at least one point in 32 of their last 41 games dating back to November 1, including 10 of their past 15 games since the turn of the New Year.

The Amerks lead the AHL in games decided after regulation with 20, showing a 7-7 mark in overtime while going 2-5 in shootouts.
Rookie forward C.J. Smith continues to pace the team in all offensive categories, with 14 goals, 25 assists and 39 points

Zach Redmond is tied for sixth in goals by a defenseman with nine.

Brendan Guhle is fifth in scoring among all AHL rookie blueliners with 21 points (7+14), while his seven goals are third among first-year defensemen.

CONNECTIONS
Americans head coach Chris Taylor, along with skaters Kevin Porter, Sahir Gill, Adam Krause, Barry Goers, and Stuart Percy, face Wilkes- Barre/Scranton after spending last season with the Penguins.

Amerks assistant coach Toby Petersen spent parts of three seasons as a player with the Penguins from 2000-2004.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Anthony Peters appeared in eight games with the Amerks during the 2014-15, going 1-6-0 in seven appearances.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BRUINS – FEBRUARY 9, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their road trip in the northeast as they visit the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center for a pair for games this weekend.

The Penguins (29-12-3-1, 62 pts, .689%) continue to hold the top spot in the Atlantic Division, and are currently on a four-game winning streak. The Bruins (26-16-3-1, 56 pts, .609%) are ranked third in the same division, having gone 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 contests.

Friday’s game is the third 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, November 11  WBS  Providence  4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19  Providence  WBS  1-0 Loss
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 Penguins used a great night on the special teams front to defeat the Springfield Thunderbirds, 3-1, on Wednesday night at MassMutual Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got two power play goals and featured an impenetrable penalty kill to earn its first win in Springfield since Feb. 5, 2016. The teams traded goals in the second frame with Gage Quinney breaking things open before Springfield’s Dryden Hunt tied it up, 1-1. A power play goal from Thomas Di Pauli put the Penguins back on top, 2-1. Garrett Wilson tallied a power play, empty net insurance marker with 1:13 to go in the third period to seal the win. The Penguins finished the night two-for-seven on the man advantage, while the Thunderbirds couldn’t capitalize on any of their three power play opportunities.

The Bruins fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night, 3-1, at the XL Center. Providence got its lone goal from Colton Hargrove, while Zane McIntyre made his 28th start of the season in net. Hartford’s Steven Fogarty gave the Wolf Pack the lead with his seventh goal of the season – a shorthanded tally. The Pack doubled their advantage thanks to Vinni Lettieri as he netted his 14th goal of the season. The P-Bruins came out of the gates firing to start the second period, and that led to Hargrove’s 10th goal of the campaign at 1:55. Ryan Gropp quickly regained the two-goal lead for Hartford, scoring at 4:33 of the middle frame. Providence was 0-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.


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

Daniel Sprong is on an eight-game point streak (5+9). Sprong is also tied for second among AHL rookies for goals scored this season with 20 and fourth with 37 points.

Sprong is tied for 19th overall in the AHL in points and tied for ninth in goals.

Jean-Sebastien Dea has points in 12 of the past 14 games his has played in for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dating back to December 22 (5+8).

BRUINS NOTES
Jordan Szwarz leads the Bruins with 15 goals in 31 games this season.

Swedish rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson leads all Bruins rookies in every major offensive category (13+15=28).

Jordan Binnington has the fourth best goals against average in the AHL this season at 2.09

Zane McIntyre is tied for third among AHL netmidners with three shutouts.


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


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, when they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at THUNDERBIRDS – FEBRUARY 7, 2018

A pair of three-game winning streaks are on the line, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visit the Springfield Thunderbirds tonight at 7:05pm at Mass Mutual Center.

The Penguins (28-12-3-1, 60 pts, .682%) continue to sit atop of the Atlantic Division standings, while The Thunderbirds (22-24-1-1, 46 pts, .479%) are in the seventh spot in the same division.

Wednesday’s game is the third of four meetings 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   7:05pm
Friday, April 13  Springfield  WBS   7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins battled with their instate rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena and came away with a 2-1 victory. The scoring started just 26 seconds into the game as Jean-Sébastien Dea put one over the shoulder of Phantoms’ netminder Dustin Tokarski. The Penguins added the eventual game-winner on a Daniel Sprong power play goal at 12:53 of the first period. Tristan Jarry was the real story of the night, as he stopped 34 of 35 shots.

The Springfield Thunderbirds met up with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena on Friday night and squeaked by with a 1-0 victory. This was the first time in an eight-game season series that the road team captured the victory. Evan Cowley faced only 25 shots in net for Springfield, but was on point, denying every one of them for his first shutout of the season. The Thunderbirds power play stayed hot as they got the lone goal of the evening on a Ludwig Bystrom one-timer from Jayce Hawryluk to beat Chris Gibson.

PENGUINS NOTES
Since returning from Pittsburgh on January 24, Daniel Sprong has recorded seven points (2+5) in five games.

Sprong became the 13th rookie in team history to record 20 goals in a season with his game-winner on Saturday against the Phantoms.

Sprong is second among AHL rookies in goals (20), tied for second in power play goals (8) and tied for fourth in points (35).

Jean-Sebastien Dea has points in 11 of the past 13 games his has played in for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dating back to December 22 (5+7).

Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has a 1.69 goals against average and .935 save percentage in that time.

THUNDERBIRDS NOTES
Anthony Greco is tied atop the AHL with most shorthanded goals (4) and leads the AHL in shots with 155.

Springfield leads the AHL in power play opportunities (221), but they also are tied for the most shorthanded goals for with nine.

Since dropping a 4-2 decision to the Penguins on January 5, the Thunderbirds have posted an 8-4-0-0 mark.

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.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS – FEBRUARY 3, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be celebrating the fight against cancer during Pink in the Rink Night, as they host another battle with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (27-12-3-1, 58 pts, .674%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (27-13-3-3, 60 pts, .652%) rank one slot behind the Penguins in second place.

Tonight’s game is the tenth 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 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    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 welcomed the Hershey Bears to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night, posting a 4-1 win over their foes from Chocolatetown – their seventh straight victory on home ice. The Penguins saw the Bears take an early lead as Riley Barber scored 6:22 into the game. But Andrey Pedan played the hero, as he tied it two minutes before the end of the first period and tallied the eventual game winner 5:34 into the third off of a Greg McKegg drop pass. Kevin Czuczman and Jarrett Burton each got insurance markers as Tristan Jarry stopped 25 of 26 Hershey shots.

Lehigh Valley hosted the Charlotte Checkers at PPL Center on Friday night, and saw recent call-up John Muse turn in a 38 save performance that helped them hang onto a 3-2 victory. With goals from T.J. Brennan, Chris Conner, and Cole Bardeau, the Phantoms were able to sneak a victory through a see-saw contest that saw each team get a lead and then relinquish it, before Bardeau nabbed his third of the season with three minutes remaining to seal the victory.

PENGUINS NOTES
Kevin Czuczman tallied a goal on Friday night, giving him goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his AHL career.

Since returning from Pittsburgh on January 24, Daniel Sprong has recorded six points (1+5) in four games.

Jean-Sebastien Dea has points in 10 of the past 12 games his has played in for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dating back to December 22 (4+7)

Andrey Pedan tallied twice Friday night, his second multi goal game of 2018. Pedan now has seven goals on the season, tying his career high.

Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has a 1.69 goals against average and .935 save percentage in that time.

The Penguins’ 18-6-0-1 mark at the Mohegan Sun Arena is the best home record in the AHL.

PHANTOMS NOTES
Lehigh Valley has the best away record in the Atlantic Division, going 13-8-0-2 away from PPL Center

With his goal against Charlotte last night, defenseman T.J. Brennan became the first blueliner in AHL history to compile eight double-digit goal campaigns. Through his nine-year professional career, Brennan has now recorded 144 goals, 265 assists and 409 total points across 556 career AHL outings.

With Friday’s victory, the Phantoms improved to 19-0-2-1 when leading after two periods 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) during that time.

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 shutouts there.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BEARS – FEBRUARY 2, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins returns from the All Star Break to play their instate rival, the Hershey Bears, on home ice tonight.

The Penguins (26-12-3-1, 56 pts, .667%) have the top spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (17-32-3-4, 41 pts, .456%) reside in last place in the same division.

Tonight’s game is the eighth of twelve 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, 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  4-0 WIN
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 scrapped with the Binghamton Devils on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, and came away with a 4-3 OT win in their final game before the All-Star Break.  Goals from Jean-Sébastien Dea and Gage Quinney were answered by two Devils powerplay tallies. Garrett Wilson scored late in the third, before the Devils tied it 35 seconds later. Zach Aston-Reese got the eventual game-winner, his third goal in three games, two of them being game-winners.

Hershey traveled to Webster Bank Arena on Saturday to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, dropping the contest, 3-1. This marked the eighth straight loss for the Bears, the first time since the 2001-02 season they have seen such a streak (12 games from 12/28/01-1/18/02). The Bears kept it close going into the third, but after cutting the lead in half were unable to find the equalizer with Phoenix Copley pulled. Bridgeport finished it off with an empty net goal for the win.


PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong leads the season series with Hershey with eight points (4+4).
The Penguins lead the season series five games to two, and have collected at least a point in each meeting.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outscored 0pponents 37-20 in the month of January, going 8-2-1-0 on the month.

BEARS NOTES
Chris Bourque is tied for the lead in points in the AHL with 43 (12+31). He is also three games from appearing in his 700th AHL game.
Dustin Gazley’s next appearance will be his 250th AHL game.
Despite their record Hershey is 10-0-1-2 when they lead after 20 minutes.

CONNECTIONS
Penguins forward Christian Thomas (currently on Olympic duty with Team Canada) 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

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs DEVILS – JANUARY 27, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (25-12-3-1, 54 pts, .659%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (12-23-5-2, 31 pts, .369%) take up the basement slot in the North Division.

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

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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 WINOT
Saturday, January 27 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm
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 finished a four-game road trip against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at PPL Center, falling 5-2. Daniel Sprong started the scoring just 56 seconds into the game. The Phantoms Greg Carey tied it up at the 5:06 mark, before Zach Aston-Reese gave the Penguins back their lead 1:20 later. That was the last goal for the Penguins as the Phantoms scored four unanswered to finish it off. Anthony Peters stopped 25 of 30 attempts.

The Devils welcomed the Utica Comets to the Floyd. L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday and dropped a 3-1 decision.The Comets tallied a goal apiece in the first and second period before Binghamton answered in the third with a Bracken Kearns goal. The Devils pulled goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood late for the extra attacker and paid the price as the Comets added another goal to make the final 3-1.


PENGUINS NOTES
AHL All Star Daniel Sprong is second among AHL rookies with 19 goals, and is 3rd with 7 power play tallies. Sprong will head to Utica for the All-Star Break following tonight’s game.
Teddy Blueger has the lead in points on the season series with four (2+2), scoring twice in the Dec. 22 meeting, including the overtime winner.
Zach Aston-Reese has scored in the past two games.

DEVILS NOTES
Binghamton has gone 2-8-0-0 in the month of January. Binghamton is 6-10-2-2 on the road this season.
Kevin Rooney has four shorthanded goals, which leads Binghamton. The Devils are tied for third in the AHL in short-handed goals for, scoring seven times while down a man.
Jacob McDonald is tied for the lead in Assists and leads the team in Points. He had the lone assist on last nights tally.

 

CONNECTIONS
Devils Defender Brian Strait returns to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for only the second time since being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013).

compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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