PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs THUNDERBIRDS – DECEMBER 13, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Springfield Thunderbirds meet for the first of four meetings this season on Wednesday, December 13.

The Penguins (14-7-1-1, 30 pts, .652%) sit in third place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Thunderbirds (10-17-1-0, 21 pts, .375%) hold down eighth place.

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

 


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins posted a 4-1 victory over the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at the Giant Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got first period goals from Christian Thomas, Daniel Sprong and Thomas Di Pauli en route to the win. Zach Trotman tallied a third period marker as well, and Sean Maguire made 18 saves for his first AHL victory this season.

The Thunderbirds suffered a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon. The defeat saw Springfield’s December record fall to 1-4-0-0.


PENGUINS NOTES

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s nine home wins are tied for third in the AHL, behind only the Providence Bruins and Rockford IceHogs 10 apiece.

Daniel Sprong is tied for seventh in the league with 12 goals and tied for second with seven power play goals. Those numbers also tie him for first place in both categories among rookie skaters.

Sprong is also tied for sixth among rookies with 19 points.

Thomas DiPauli’s eight goals place him in a tie for eighth among rookies,


THUNDERBIRDS NOTES

Springfield’s road record is just 2-10-1-0 (5 pts, .192%), placing the team 30th in the 30 team league in the category. The Thunderbirds are averaging less than two goals per game when away from the Mass Mutual Center (25 goals in 13 games).

The Thunderbirds are the most penalized team in the AHL with 479 penalty minutes.

Alexandre Grenier leads the Thunderbirds and is tied for 11th in the league with 23 points. His 16 assists are tied for 10th overall.


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.

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

CATCHING UP WITH BOBBY FARNHAM

By Nick Hart

Three years ago, the chants rained down from Section 108 just about every night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

“BOBBY! BOBBY! BOBBY!”

As barreled around the ice throwing his body at opponents with reckless abandon, Bobby Farnham knew how to whip the hometown crowd into a frenzy.

However, this weekend the opponent in Farnham’s crosshairs is the one he used to battle for every night. For the first time in his career, Farnham is facing off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

While Farnham will likely show no mercy to his old friends once the puck is dropped on Saturday night in St. John’s, he remembers his time with his old squad very fondly.

“[Wilkes-Barre] was my home, really, for three years,” Farnham said. “I loved it there. The fans, the organization, everything. That was my starting ground, all I knew coming into pro hockey.”

Today, Farnham suits up for the St. John’s IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the Montréal Canadiens. This is the first time in his pro career that he started a season outside of the Penguins organization, but not the first time he’s suited up for someone other than the black and gold.

When Pittsburgh tried to reassign Farnham to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in late October of last year, he was claimed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils and spent the rest of the 2015-16 season there.

“When I got picked up on waivers, when I left, I said there would always be a little part of me that was home in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Now he calls Newfoundland home, and the fans chanting his name these days would prefer he keep any warm, fuzzy feelings for his old mates far away from the rink during this weekend’s back-to-back series. Farnham had to stop by the visitors’ locker room after the IceCaps practice on Friday for a chance to catch up with his former teammates, but the Penguins are well aware that the same man who was shaking their hands then will be up to his old tricks once the games start.

“I expect Bobby to be Bobby and be flying around all over the place,” said Tom Kostopoulos. “He’s one of those guys you love to have on your team, but you hate to play against. It was good to see him today, but I’m sure we’re going to hate playing against him this weekend.”

The Penguins face off with the IceCaps on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm Eastern Time.

The Pens return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling 570-208-7367.