PREVIEW: PENGUINS at PHANTOMS, JANUARY 26, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finish a four-game road trip against their divisional rival the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center Friday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (25-11-3-1, 54 pts, .675%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (25-13-2-3, 55 pts, .640%) rank one slot behind the Penguins in second place.

Friday’s game is the ninth of twelve 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  7:05pm
Saturday, February 3 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Sunday, February 18 Lehigh Valley WBS  5:05pm
Saturday, April 14 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins traveled down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Wednesday night, and left Chocolatetown with a 4-0 victory. Zach Aston-Reese tallied his seventh goal of the season for the game winner just 3:40 into the game. Jarrett Burton, Christian Thomas, and Zach Trotman also added goals for the Penguins, as Anthony Peters stopped all 18 Bears shots he faced for his first AHL shutout.

Lehigh Valley hosted the Providence Bruins at PPL Center on Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 win. The Phantoms saw tallies in the first period from Alex Krushelnyski and Greg Carey. Mike Vecchione added one more in the third, before Kenny Agostino ruined the shutout bid for Alex Lyon at 18:02 of the third. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson added another tally at 19:31 of the third, but the Bruins couldn’t find the equalizer.


PENGUINS NOTES
– Daniel Sprong returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup on Wednesday night, appearing in his first game with the team since December 29.  He picked up a pair of assists in the victory over the Bears.
– Despite missing most of a month with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Sprong still ranks sixth among AHL rookies with 30 points, is third with seven power play goals, and tied for second with 18 goals.
– Frank Corrado tallied his first multi-point game since December 1st on Wednesday night, with a two-assist effort against the Bears
– Anthony Peters backstopped the Penguins to his first career AHL shutout on Wednesday night.
-Tristan Jarry returned to the Penguins this week. He has a 6-3-1-0 record with four shutouts, a save percentage of .942, and a goals against average of 1.79 in his career at the PPL Center.

PHANTOMS NOTES
– Forward Oskar Lindblom was added last week to the Atlantic Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. He’s currently tied for second among all Phantoms and tied for seventh among all AHL rookies in scoring with 28 total points (12 goals, 16 assists).
– Defenseman T.J. Brennan enters the week leading all Lehigh Valley defenders and third among all AHL blueliners in scoring with 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists).
– With Wednesday’s victory, the Phantoms improved to 14-3-1-1 when scoring first this season.
– Goaltender Alex Lyon was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday afternoon.


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

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BEARS, JANUARY 24, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins make their third stop on a four-game road stint, as they travel down I-81 to play their instate rival, the Hershey Bears, tonight at 7 p.m.

The Penguins (24-11-3-1, 52 pts, .667%) have the top spot in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (17-18-3-4, 41 pts, .488%) reside in sixth place in the same division.

Tonight’s game is the seventh of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 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  7:00pm
Friday, February 2 WBS Hershey  7:05pm
Sunday, February 25 WBS Hershey  7:05pm
Sunday, March 18 WBS Hershey  3:05pm
Tuesday, April 3 WBS Hershey  7:05pm
Sunday, April 15 Hershey WBS  5:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday Afternoon at XL Center and fell in overtime, 1-0. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out quickly with 21 shots in the opening frame, the most the team has generated in one period all season long. However, none of the 42 shots they posted in the game found a hole to get through. Anthony Peters backstopped the Penguins through 60 minutes of regulation before the Wolf Pack’s Vince Pedrie ended the game 2:25 into the extra frame.

The Bears stepped outside to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, dropping the contest 5-2. Lehigh Valley scored twice early before Nathan Walker brought the Bears to within one, but a Chris Conner breakaway put the Phantoms ahead for good. Travis Boyd scored late before the Phantoms posted two empty net goals to end it. The defeat extended the Bears’ losing streak to five games, their longest of the season.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
Colin Smith has five points (1+4) in the season series with Hershey, and leads both teams active players.
Right Winger Ryan Haggerty’s next game will be his 200th AHL game.
The Penguins lead the season series four games to two and have collected at least a point in each meeting.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored opponents 27-12 during the 2018 calendar year.

BEARS NOTES
Chris Bourque is tied for the lead in points in the AHL with 42 (12+30).
Bourque also played his 700th AHL game on Saturday night, in which he tallied his 681st point (231+450).
Center Zach Sill’s next game will be his 450th AHL game.
Defenseman Colby Williams next game will be his 100th 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.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at WOLF PACK, JANUARY 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15 Hartford WBS  7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29 WBS Hartford  5-1 WIN
Sunday, January 21 Hartford WBS  5:00pm
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  7:05pm
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION

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

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

PENGUINS NOTES

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

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

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

WOLF PACK NOTES
Cole Schneider has played in all 42 games for the Wolf Pack and ranks second in assists (18) and points (25) for the team
The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 19.2%
Hartford has 100% success against the Penguins power play so far this season


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BRUINS, JANUARY 19, 2018

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

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

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


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

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

RECENT ACTION

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, JANUARY 17, 2018


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

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


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

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13  WBS  Lehigh Valley   5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3  Lehigh Valley  WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22  WBS  Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6  Lehigh Valley  WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23  WBS  Lehigh Valley   3-2 Loss
Wednesday, December 27  WBS  Lehigh Valley   4-5 Loss
Wednesday, January 17  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm
Friday, January 26  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Saturday, February 3  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Sunday, February 18  Lehigh Valley  WBS  5:05pm
Saturday, April 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

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

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


PENGUINS NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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


PHANTOMS NOTES

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

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

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

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


CONNECTIONS

Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14, registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season, tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, with 49 points (14+35) to his credit.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013 when the team was located in Adirondack. He accumulated 20 points (11+9) in that time.

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

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at ROCKET, JANUARY 13, 2018


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

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

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


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

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

RECENT ACTION

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at SENATORS, JANUARY 12, 2018


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

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

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


TIME:       7:05 p.m.
PLACE:    Yardman Arena
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SEASON SERIES

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

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

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


PENGUINS NOTES

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

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

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

SENATORS NOTES

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

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

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


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

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs THUNDERBIRDS, JANUARY 5, 2018

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to continue their hot streak against the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (19-10-2-1, 39 pts, .641%), winners of three straight, continue to climb the Atlantic Division standings, and are now in third place.

The Thunderbirds (14-19-1-1, 30 pts, .429%) are in the eigthh and final spot in the same division, but have points in five of their past six games (4-1-0-1).

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

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

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

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in overtime, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Ryan Haggerty netted his 12th goal of the season midway through the third period, before Greg McKegg evened the score on a late power play with goaltender Anthony Peters pulled for an extra attacker. Teddy Blueger needed just 26 seconds to put home his third OT tally of the season.

The Springfield Thunderbirds survived a game with many ups and downs before emerging victorious, 5-4, against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at the XL Center.

The team’s entered the third period tied at 2-2 before Juho Lammikko put Springfield up at 3:32. Hartford struck for back-to-back goals at 4:25 (Joe Whitney) and 9:39 (Neal Pionk) to retake the one-goal lead. But former Penguin Bobby Farnham potted his second goal of the game with five minutes to play, before Josh Brown recorded his first goal of the season with just five seconds to play to secure the win for Springfield.


PENGUINS NOTES
Teddy Blueger has now scored three of the Penguins six overtime game-winners this season, and leads all AHL skaters in that category.

Since singing his second PTO with the Penguins this season on Dec. 28, Anthony Peters has won all three of his starts, and has posted a .902 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average.

Defenseman Kevin Czuczman has an assist on four of the Penguins’ six overtime goals this season.


THUNDERBIRDS NOTES
Anthony Greco has the eighth most shots on goal in the league with 103. The four players ahead of him are tied for fourth with only one more shot.

Springfield leads the AHL in times shorthanded (180), but they also have drawn the second-most power plays (170).


CONNECTIONS
Forward Bobby Farnham spent parts of three seasons (2012-15) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 39 points (17+22) and 666 penalty minutes in 191 games.

Defenseman Tim Erixon spent two seasons (2015-17) wit the Penguins, recording 37 points (7+30) in 119 games.


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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs SOUND TIGERS, JANUARY 3, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will kick off 2018 against their divisional foe, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (18-10-2-1, 39 pts, .629%) maintain fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Sound Tigers (16-12-2-1, 35 pts, .565%) sit in fifth in the same division.

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


TIME:          7:05 p.m.
PLACE:       Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:     AHLLive.com
LISTEN:      WILK News Radio
TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, October 28  Bridgeport  WBS > 2-5 WIN
 Saturday, December 16  Bridgeport  WBS  > 3-2 OT Loss
 Wednesday, January 3  WBS  Bridgeport   7:05pm
 Sunday, March 25  WBS  Bridgeport   3:05pm
 Friday, April 6  WBS  Bridgeport   7:05pm
 Sunday, April 8  Bridgeport  WBS   3:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins closed out 2017 with a 2-1 overtime win against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Saturday. Zach Aston-Reese scored in regulation to give the Pens a 1-0 lead, before Dominik Simon scored in the extra frame to cap the victory. With his goal. Anthony Peters recorded his second win in as many nights, stopping 20 of 21 shots on Saturday night.

The Sound Tigers welcomed the Binghamton Devils to Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night, and closed out 2017 by recording a 5-0 victory. Bridgeport received second period goals from Josh Ho-Sang, Kyle Schempp and Ryan Bourque, with additional markers by Tanner Fritz and Travis St. Denis in the third. The Sound Tigers held the Devils to only 19 shots on goal, as Christopher Gibson recorded his second shutout of the season.



PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins come into Wednesday’s action on a two-game win streak, having swept the final weekend of 2017 with victories over Hartford and Hershey.

Three Penguins lead the season series against the Sound Tigers with three points: Ryan Haggerty (2+1), Zach Aston-Reese (1+2), and Christian Thomas (1+2)

Since singing his second PTO with the Penguins, Anthony Peters has posted a 2-0-0 record with a .959 save percentage.

The Penguins lead the season series over the past five years with a 12-6-2-0 record against the Sound Tigers.

Aston-Reese now has three points (2+1) in his last four games.


SOUND TIGERS NOTES
Tanner Fritz recorded a goal and two assists on Saturday to add to his team lead of assists (25) and points (35).

Bridgeport comes in with the division’s best penalty kill percentage (87.1%), having not given up a power play goal since Dec. 1 against Utica. They’ve killed each of their past 46 attempts.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers enter Wednesday with a winning streak of their own having won three straight games and have points in five of their last six.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Kevin Czuczman spent two seasons with the Sound Tigers from 2014-16, accumulating 22 points (5+17) and 151 penalty minutes.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Andrey Pedan also spent time in Bridgeport from 2012-15, totaling 15 points (5+10) in 42 games.


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PREVIEW: PENGUINS AT BEARS, DECEMBER 30, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the road again, as they make a quick trip down I-81 to play their in-state rival, the Hershey Bear,s at Giant Center at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Penguins (17-10-2-1, 37 pts, .617%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (14-16-0-3, 31 pts, .470%) rank two slots behind the Penguins in sixth place.

Tonight’s game is the sixth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:  7:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Giant Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio


SEASON SERIES

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

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and posted a 5-1 victory. Daniel Sprong’s second hat trick of the season and second four-point performance (3G-1A) of the year helped to secure the victory for the Penguins, while Anthony Peters posted his first win in a Penguins uniform, stopping 27 shots.


The  Hershey Bears  scored a 4-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. Mathias Bau’s second period goal at 16:16 stood as the game-winner, and Chris Bourque notched three assists in the winning effort. The Bears power play went 1-for-3 on the evening along with a perfect 3-for-3 penalty kill. Pheonix Copley got his first win in goal since December 3, stopping 26 shots.


PENGUINS NOTES

The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Daniel Sprong from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday morning, and returned forward Dominik Simon to the club.  Simon has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with the AHL Pens this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also summoned Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner from the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday morning.

Teddy Blueger now has points in each of his last four games (3+3=6)

Colin Smith has five points (1+4) in the season series with Hershey to lead both teams.

The Penguins lead the season series three games to two, with two of their victories coming at Giant Center.


BEARS NOTES

Chris Bourque leads the Bears in all major offensive categories, with 11 goals, 28 assists, 39 points and five power play goals.

Dustin Gazley is three points from 100 while wearing a Hershey jersey.

Nathan Walker made his 2017-18 AHL debut last night, after starting the season with the Washington Capitals.  Walker posted one goal and four penalty minutes in the NHL, and notched an assist in his first game back with the Bears.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins forward Christian Thomas spent the 2016-17 season with the Bears, and led the team in goals (24) and power play goals (12).  His goals, assists (25) and points (49) totals were all career highs.

Bears center Zach Sill spent parts of five seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time list with 277 games played. Sill recorded 73 points (33+40) and 315 penalty minutes with the Penguins betweenez 2009 and 2014.


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