CATCHING UP WITH CHRIS SUMMERS


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Chris Summers is one of the most experienced players on the team, with 450 American Hockey League games on his resume, as well as 70 games in the National Hockey League.

But despite playing in more than 500 regular season pro games combined, he has just three postseason contests to his credit, those coming with the Portland Pirates back in 2013.

We caught up with Summer following practice on Friday morning to get his quick thoughts heading into Game One tonight against the Charlotte Checkers.

WBS:  How does it feel to be back in the postseason?

SUMMERS:  I’m excited.  I’m excited.  Ready to go.  We’ve got a really good group of guys here, a very talented group of guys.   We expect a lot from this group, and I think the fans should, the coaches should as well.  We’re excited to step on the ice and get this thing going.

WBS:  The Penguins had a sneaky good end to the season, winning seven of 10 games.  It seems like the team started to really come together at the end of March.  What did you see with the team late in the season?

SUMMERS:  I think we’ve tightened a few bolts.  There are some things we’ve been working on a little bit, and we’ve seen it unfold in games, especially the last few games at the end of the season.  And we’re a deep team, so I think that plays a big role in it too.  We’ve got guys that, if something should happen, those guys can step in.  And I think the biggest thing for us is we’re just excited to play.

WBS:  The Checkers won three of four against the Penguins this season, and have the highest scoring offense in the AHL this past regular season.  How do you contend with that?

SUMMERS:  I think the biggest thing for us is going to be implementing our style of hockey.  I think we’re a kind of rough and tumble team.  We can be at times.  But making sure that we establish our presence on the ice will be a big thing for us….It should be a good matchup.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin their opening-round best-of-five series against the Charlotte Checkers tonight at 7:00 PM at Bojangles’ Coliseum in North Carolina. Game Two is slated for tomorrow, April 21 at 6:00 PM. The series will shift back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Game Three on April 26 at 7:00 PM.

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

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JOORIS REASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON


The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Josh Jooris to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Jooris, 28, appeared in six games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, recording one goal.  He was acquired by Pittsburgh from the Carolina Hurricanes for Greg McKegg on February 26.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin their opening-round best-of-five series against the Charlotte Checkers tonight at 7:00 PM at Bojangles’ Coliseum in North Carolina. Game Two is slated for tomorrow, April 21 at 6:00 PM. The series will shift back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Game Three on April 26 at 7:00 PM.

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

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PENGUINS – CHECKERS COMPARISON


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Charlotte Checkers meet in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, and to get you ready, we’ve put together this quick side-by-side comparison on how the teams fared this season.

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON STATS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
RECORD 45-22-6-3, 99 PTS 46-26-1-3, 96 PTS
GOALS FOR/AGAINST 252/233 262/212
PENALTY MINUTES 1,161 902
POWER PLAY 41/298 – 13.8% 70/343 – 20.4%
PENALTY KILL 291/355 – 82.0% 255/314 – 81.2%

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
GAMES Kevin Czuczman – 71 Andrew Poturalski & Philip Samuelsson – 76
GOALS Daniel Sprong – 32 Valentin Zykov – 33
ASSISTS Daniel Sprong – 33 Lucas Wallmark – 38
POINTS Daniel Sprong – 65 Lucas Wallmark – 55
+/- Zach Trotman – plus-24 Philip Sameulsson – plus-44
PIM Garrett Wilson – 139 Trevor Carrick – 85
PPG Daniel Sprong – 11 Valentin Zykov – 17
SHG Jean-Sebastien Dea – 4 Warren Foegele – 4

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON GOALTENDERS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
Name GP Record GAA SV% SO Name GP Record GAA SV% SO
Anthony Peters 24 12-7-3 2.71 0.907 1 Alex Nedeljkovic 49 31-12-3 2.55 0.903 5
Michael Leighton 6 5-0-0 2.66 0.913 0 Jeremy Smith 30 13-13-1 2.71 0.902 0
Tristan Jarry 16 9-5-2 3.05 0.901 0

This is the second playoff meeting between the Penguins and Checkers, who also faced off in the East Division Final back in 2011.  Charlotte won that series, 4-2.

2011 EAST DIVISION FINAL (CHARLOTTE WINS, 4-2)

Date Road Team Home Team Result
April 28, 2011 Charlotte – 3 WBS – 2 L
April 30, 2011 Charlotte – 0 WBS  – 3 W
May 2, 2011 WBS – 1 Charlotte – 2 (OT) L
May 4, 2011 WBS – 0  Charlotte 1 L
May 6, 2011 WBS – 1 Charlotte – 0 W
May 7, 2011 Charlotte – 4 WBS – 3 L

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PENGUINS TO TAKE ON CHECKERS IN FIRST ROUND


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Charlotte Checkers announced the schedule for their first round match-up in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.  The best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal series is set to begin on Friday, Apr. 20 at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The Penguins’ first postseason home game will take place on Thursday, Apr. 26.

The Penguins’ first round schedule is as follows:

Game 1 – Friday, Apr. 20 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 7:00 p.m.

Game 2 – Saturday, Apr. 21 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.

Game 3 – Thursday, Apr. 26 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.

*Game 4 – Saturday, Apr. 28 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.

*Game 5 – Sunday, Apr. 29 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 3:05 p.m.

*if necessary… All times Eastern

Individual game tickets and ticket packages for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs are now on sale. With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every game played in the playoffs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

You can also request info on Penguins playoff packages and tickets by filling out the form below.

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PENGUINS LOSE TO CHECKERS, 3-1

BOXSCORE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 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 (36-18-4-2) pressed hard in the third period, but couldn’t muster the comeback to suffer its first loss in Charlotte in franchise history (5-1-0-0).

The two clubs played to a scoreless tie in the first 20 minutes of play, despite the Penguins forcing plenty of turnovers and generating several odd-man rushes.

Charlotte finally found the game’s first goal at 7:30 of the middle frame when Julien Gauthier muscled his way from the corner to the hashmarks and overpowered Anthony Peters with a heavy snap shot. The Checkers expanded their lead to 2-0 six minutes later on a power play goal generated on a tic-tac-toe setup finished by Greg McKegg.

As the Penguins entered the third period, they wasted no time peppering Alex Nedeljkovic with shots. The Checkers’ goalie continually stifled their efforts until Tom Sestito pitchforked a rebound through Nedeljkovic’s five-hole at 8:11 of the final frame. Daniel Sprong raced past Charlotte’s defense for a breakaway, was stopped by Nedeljkovic, but kept his feet moving to gather the loose puck and put it back on goal, creating the rebound opportunity for Sestito.

With the comeback in sights, McKegg dashed his former team’s hopes by notching an insurance marker for Charlotte with 5:23 left in regulation.

Peters recorded 27 saves, while the opposing Nedeljkovic posted 17 stops.

The Penguins’ next game is at home on Saturday, Mar. 17 against the Hartford Wolf Pack and serves as the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 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 Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SCORE IN BUNCHES TO BEAT CHECKERS, 5-2

BOXSCORE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Quick-succession scoring led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 5-2 triumph over the Charlotte Checkers at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (36-17-4-2) picked up two pairs of goals in a matter of seconds throughout the course of the contest to win its third game in a row and earn points in six of its last seven.

The Checkers were on the Penguins early, dominating possession in the first eight minutes of the game. All of their offensive zone time culminated in a goal, as Valentin Zykov potted his league-leading 31st tally of the season at 8:52 of the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded swiftly though, as Zach Trotman and Tom Kostopoulos scored 31 seconds apart for the Penguins to shock the Queen City crowd and take a sudden 2-1 lead.

Zach Trotman throws a puck on net and ties the game, 1-1
Tom Kostopoulos takes a Gage Quinney feed and makes it 2-1

After a largely uneventful first half of the second period, the Penguins struck twice in quick fashion again. First, Tom Sestito forced a turnover by levying a crunching hit at the Checkers’ blue line, and Sam Lafferty delivered an on-the-money pass to Joseph Cramarossa for a breakaway goal. Twenty seconds after

Sam Lafferty sets up Joey Cramarossa for the eventual game-winner.

Lafferty earned his first pro point with the helper on Cramarossa’s tally, Teddy Blueger found the back of the net during the power play. Blueger’s man advantage marker gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 4-1 lead at 15:02 of the middle frame.

Teddy Blueger pokes home a power play goal to seal the deal.

Charlotte cut into the deficit with a power play goal of its own. Andrew Poturalski did the honors with a one-timer in the high slot with 3:02 left before the second intermission.

Still trailing by two late in the third period, Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci got aggressive and pulled his goalie for an extra attacker with 4:44 remaining in regulation. Charlotte’s bold move only resulted in Kostopoulos setting up Blueger for an empty net goal with 1:31 left in regulation.

Anthony Peters recorded 29 saves for the win. Charlotte goalie Alex Nedeljkovic posted 23 stops.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Mar. 14, and their opponent will be the Checkers once again. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration as they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Mar. 17.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 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 Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/13/18

 

Penguins play Checkers tonight, tomorrow, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (35-17-4-2) makes first visit to Bojangles’ Coliseum since 2011 playoffs

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 9 – PENGUINS 3 at Binghamton 2 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went to overtime with Binghamton for the third-straight meeting, and the Penguins came out on top once again. The Penguins are now 4-0-0-0 against the Devils this season thanks to Teddy Blueger’s fourth overtime game-winning goal of the year.

Saturday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Grand Rapids 1
The Penguins held on to beat the defending Calder Cup Champions in the Griffins’ first visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since Mar. 25, 2009. Adam Johnson notched the first shorthanded goal of his career, while Kevin Czuczman scored the game-winner with 8:35 left in regulation.

 

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, Mar. 13 – PENGUINS at Charlotte
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made the trek to North Carolina and will face Charlotte at Bojangles’ Coliseum for the first time since the 2011 playoffs. Charlotte has been a tough opponent for the Penguins, winning both of the clubs’ earlier meetings.

Wednesday, Mar. 14 – PENGUINS at Charlotte
Game 2 of the Penguins’ set at Bojangles’ Coliseum takes place on Wednesday. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 8-7-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Saturday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins host their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The Pens are 2-2-0-0 against the Wolf Pack this season with the home team emerging victorious in all four contests.

Sunday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Penguins welcome their bitter rival to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for a Kids Free Sunday matinée. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a 7-0-1-1 record against Hershey this season.

 

Ice Chips

– 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.

– Jean-Sébastien Dea is on a three-game point streak and has 11 points (2G-9A) in his last 12 games.

– On Friday, Michael Leighton played in his first game since Dec. 22, 2017. He has won both of his starts with the Penguins, and both victories have come in overtime against Binghamton.

– Daniel Sprong currently ranks in a tie for third among all AHL rookies in goals (21), points (44) and shots on goal (146).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 63 40 16 3 4 87 .690
2. PENGUINS 58 35 17 4 2 76 .655
3. Providence 61 36 20 3 2 77 .631
4. Charlotte 62 35 24 0 3 73 .589
5. Bridgeport 61 30 23 5 3 68 .557
6. Springfield 62 28 29 4 1 61 .492
7. Hartford 62 26 29 5 3 60 .476
8. Hershey 63 25 29 4 5 59 .468

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 48 21 23 44
Jean-Sébastien Dea 55 13 25 38
Teddy Blueger 53 14 18 32
Ryan Haggerty 55 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese^* 41 9 20 29
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 18 9-5-3 2.63 .906 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Tue, Mar. 13   Charlotte         Bojangles’ Coliseum           7:00 p.m.

Wed, Mar. 14 Charlotte         Bojangles’ Coliseum           7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 17     Hartford           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 18   Hershey           Mohegan Sun Arena         3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu, Mar. 8        (RW) Josh Jooris                             Recalled by PIT

Fri, Mar. 9          (D) Kevin Spinozzi                       Assigned to WHL

Mon, Mar. 12    (D) Dylan Zink                          Reassigned to WHL

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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PENGUINS LOSE TO CHECKERS, 2-1

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fought hard to the very end, but came up one goal short in a 2-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-7-1-1) saw Daniel Sprong score on the power play to assume the team lead in goals (11) and points (17) and pull his team within striking distance, but the equalizer never materialized.

The two clubs played to a scoreless first period with Penguins goalie Sean Maguire shining in net, making 14 saves in the opening frame. Maguire was eventually solved by Andrew Miller at 6:20 of the second period.

Charlotte later capitalized on a man advantage at 8:30 of the middle frame as Andrew Poturalski unloaded a wicked wrister just inside the far post behind Maguire, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead.

The final stanza started with a bang for the Penguins when Jean-Sébastien Dea won a face-off right to Sprong, who put forth one of his patented one-timers, blasted it off the post and into the Checkers’ net. Sprong’s sixth power play goal of the season came just 37 seconds into the third period.

The Penguins had eight more shots on goal and several more man advantage opportunities in the third period, but couldn’t beat Jeremy Smith for a tying goal before the expiration of 60 minutes.

Maguire impressed in his first start of the season, denying 28 of the 30 shots he faced. Smith made 22 saves while manning the pipes for Charlotte.

The Penguins’ next game is Sunday, Dec. 10, when they travel to visit their I-81 rival, the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Dec. 13 against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is 7:05 p.m. 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs CHECKERS – DECEMBER 8, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome the Charlotte Checkers back to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (13-6-1-1, 28 pts, .667%) are tied for first place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Checkers (14-8-0-1, 29 pts, .630%) are holding onto the fourth slot.

Friday night’s contest is the second of four meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
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PROMOS: Eyewitness News Fan Friday ($14 lower bowl tickets) | Select draft beers available for just $2 (6-7:30pm) courtesy of the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition | Postgame Autographs featuring a pair of Penguins players to be announced


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, October 7  Charlotte  WBS  5-2, Loss
 Friday, December 8  Charlotte  WBS  7:05pm
 Tuesday, March 13  WBS  Charlotte  7:00pm
 Wednesday, March 14  WBS  Charlotte  7:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a 5-0 decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night in Allentown. It was the first time the Pens had been blanked since March 8 of last season, also against the Phantoms.

The Checkers carry a four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) into Friday night’s game, following a 4-3 win over Springfield on Sunday. Charlotte rattled off three straight goals after falling behind 3-1 midway through the game to pull out the victory.


PENGUINS NOTES

Goaltender Sean Maguire made his 2017-18 AHL debut in relief on Wednesday night in Allentown, stopping 15 of 16 shots he faced over 36 minutes of play. Maguire began the season with the Wheeling Nailers, and posted an 8-3-0-0 mark with a 3.28 GAA and .910 save percentage in 12 ECHL games.

The Penguins three overtime wins is tied for the second most in the AHL, behind only the Texas Stars four wins in the extra frame.


CHECKERS NOTES

Forward Warren Foegele is tied for the rookie lead, tied for third overall with 12 goals this season, tied for third with three game-winning goals and leads the league with four shorthanded goals.

Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic is tied or the AHL lead with 11 wins this season.

Right wing Valentin Zykov is third in the AHL with six power play goals.

Defenseman Philip Samuelsson is tied for sixth with a plus-13 rating.

The Checkers lead the Eastern Conference and are fourth in the AHL with a 21.5% success rate on the power play (23 goals / 107 chances).
Charlotte has only gone to overtime once this season, dropping a 2-1 shootout loss against the Providence Bruins on November 26.


CONNECTIONS

Checkers defenseman Philip Samuelsson spent parts of four seasons (2011-2015) with the Penguins, recording 45 points (6+39) in 197 games.

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