PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs GRIFFINS – MARCH 10, 2018


For the first time in over nine years, the puck will drop between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Grand Rapids Griffins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, as the teams face off tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (34-17-4-2, 74 pts, .649%) close out the weekend holding onto second place in the Atlantic Division, while the defending Calder Cup Champion Griffins (31-21-1-6, 69 pts, .585%) sit in third place lead in the Central Division.

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

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, March 2 Grand Rapids WBS 2-4 WIN
Saturday, March 10 WBS Grand Rapids  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins battled to a 3-2 overtime victory against the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday evening. The Penguins regulation scoring came early, as Jean-Sébastien Dea and Gage Quinney both put up goals in the first period. But for the third time in three games between the clubs, the Devils forced overtime. The home team erased the two-goal deficit with goals from Jacob MacDonald and Michael Latta, sending the game to the extra frame. It took until the final minute of overtime to decide a winner as Teddy Blueger notched his team leading fifth game-winning goal of the season, and his fourth that has come in overtime. Michael Leighton made a successful return to the lineup, turning aside 27 Binghamton chances in his first game since facing the Devils back on December 22. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has now won all four contests against the Devils this season.

Troy Grosenick’s 36 saves steered the Milwaukee Admirals to a 4-1 win over the Griffins on Saturday at Van Andel Arena. The Griffins saw their lone goal come off the stick of Joe Hicketts, while Milwaukee found the scoring touch from Mark Zengerle, Alexandre Carrier, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Trevor Smith. Grand Rapids had several pushes, but was unable to squeeze another one by the 2016-17 AHL goaltender of the year, Troy Grosenick. Matej Machovsky sustained his first AHL loss, finishing with 26 saves for the Griffins.

PENGUINS NOTES
With his overtime winner Friday night, Teddy Blueger leads the Penguins in game-winning goals with five.

Blueger’s four OT goals this season are the most in a single campaign for the Penguins, passing Chad Kolarik (2012-13) and Carter Rowney (2015-16), who each had three in a season.

Blueger’s four overtime goals also tied for the top spot for the Penguins all-time. He joins Tom Kostopoulos and Carter Rowney at the top of that list.

Daniel Sprong currently ranks third among all AHL rookies in goals (21) and is tied for second in power play goals (9).

Jean-Sébastien Dea tallied his third shorthanded goal last night, which leads the team

Michael Leighton made his triumphant return to the lineup and is now 2-0-0-0 while wearing a Penguins jersey. Both of Leighton’s starts have come against Binghamton and both games have been decided by a Teddy Blueger overtime winner

GRIFFINS NOTES

Head coach Todd Nelson holds a 298-185-15-46 (0.604) record as an AHL head coach and needs two more victories to become the 20th head coach in the 82-year history of the AHL to reach 300.

The Griffins have points in 12 of the last 13 road contests (10-1-0-2), including eight in a row.

Grand Rapids has scored a power play goal in five of its last six games, going 6-for-17 (35.3%) during that stretch. The Griffins place third in the AHL with a power play percentage of 21.3%.

Matt Lorito leads the team with 22 power play points (7+15).

Despite being fourth on the Griffins with power play points, Matthew Ford’s 11 PPGs tie for second in the league.

Ben Street registered a goal and an assist last Wednesday to mark his 100th career point as a Griffin. He did so in 116 games, which ranks as the 10th fastest in franchise history to reach the century mark.

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

Griffins’ leading scorer Eric Tangradi was a prominent part of the Penguins organization from 2009-13 when he was traded to Winnipeg. In 178 games he put up 121 points (60+61)

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at DEVILS – MARCH 9, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, as they travel to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (33-17-4-2, 72 pts, .643%) currently sit in second in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (19-30-6-3, 47 pts, .405%) take up the sixth slot in the North Division.

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

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, November 17 Binghamton WBS 4-3 WIN
Friday, December 22 WBS Binghamton 4-3 WIN OT
Saturday, January 27 WBS Binghamton 4-3 WIN OT
Friday, March 9 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, March 24 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, April 7 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm


RECENT ACTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEVILS NOTES
Jacob MacDonald leads the Devils in points (40), with nine of those points coming on power play goals.

Bracken Kearns has continued to provide veteran leadership, appearing in every game for the Devils, bringing his AHL total to 722 for his career.

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

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

CONNECTIONS
Devils Defender Brian Strait faces the Penguins again after being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS JOORIS FROM WBS


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Josh Jooris on an emergency basis from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Jooris, 27, was acquired by the Penguins from the Carolina Hurricanes at the NHL Trading Deadline in exchange for Greg McKegg. The fourth-year veteran played in 31 NHL games with the Hurricanes earlier this season, producing six points (3G-3A).

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Jooris has appeared in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since his acquisition, scoring once. His lone tally with the AHL team was a big one, as it came in the final minute of regulation, forcing overtime, on March 4 in Milwaukee.

Overall, the Burlington, Ontario native has played in 204 career NHL games with Calgary, the New York Rangers, Arizona and Carolina. In those contests, Jooris has 23 goals, 32 assists and 55 points.

Jooris originally joined the Calgary organization as an undrafted free agent following a three-year collegiate career at Union College.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 9, when they take the bus up I-81 to face-off with the Binghamton Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night 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 570-208-7367.

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SCOUT NIGHT PRESENTED BY MORITZ EMBROIDERY WORKS


Calling all Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts! It’s time to round up your troop, den or pack and head on out to the annual Penguins Scout Night, presented by the Moritz Embroidery Works.

This years game takes place on Saturday, March 10 when the Penguins face off with the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7:05pm.

All scouts in attendance receive a commemorative Penguins Scout Night patch, and will have their group recognized on the videoboard. Don’t forget to wear your uniform to represent your organization!

This year’s Scout Night is also Star Wars Night. Costumed members of the 501st Garrison Carida and Rebel Legion will be on hand, and the Penguins will be wearing special Star Wars inspired jerseys, which will be auctioned during the game.

In addition to a scout patch, our Scout Night package includes a ticket to the game and a Penguins hat. Ticket package start at just $17.50, and can be ordered directly through the Penguins at 570-208-5419.

Moritz Embroidery Works is proud to be an Official Licensee of the Boy Scouts of America® for embroidered emblems, neckerchiefs, and other promotional products. To learn more about the Moritz Embroidery Works, please visit http://www.moritzembroidery.com/.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at ADMIRALS – MARCH 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

RECENT ACTION

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at ICEHOGS – MARCH 3, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PENGUINS NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at GRIFFINS – MARCH 2, 2018


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

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

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

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Van Andel Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT 
Friday, March 2 Grand Rapids WBS  7:00pm
Saturday, March 10 WBS Grand Rapids  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STAR WARS NIGHT RETURNS MARCH 10


The old adage is that Imperial Stormtroopers aren’t very adept at hitting their targets.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be looking to prove that wrong when they face the Grand Rapids Griffins for the team’s third annual Star Wars night on Saturday, March 10.

Penguins players will be wearing special Stormtrooper sweaters during the game, which were designed by Dave Filoni, executive producer of Star Wars Rebels and the head of Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. LLC

The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game to benefit Allied Services Foundation.

Additionally, approximately 50 members of the 501st Legion Garrison Carida, Rebel Legion Ghost Base and Mandalorian Mercs Mav Oya’la Clan costuming groups will be on hand, depicting heroes and villains from the Star Wars saga.   Ewoks, wookies, jawas and many more favorites will be available for photos and fun throughout the night.

Tickets for the Penguins Star Wars Night are available now online or by calling 570-208-7367.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS DESMITH, REASSIGNS JARRY AND SIMON


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Casey DeSmith from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Goaltender Tristan Jarry and forward Dominik Simon have been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

DeSmith, 26, is playing in his fifth stint of the season with the Penguins. In seven NHL appearances, he is 3-3 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. DeSmith picked up his first NHL victory on January 18 in Los Angeles, making 28 saves on 29 shots.

At the AHL level, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound native of Rochester, New Hampshire has a 16-8-3 record, 2.73 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 27 contests with WBS. DeSmith was named to the AHL All-Star Classic this season, although he did not play in the game because he was in Pittsburgh at the time.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 2, when they trek to the Midwest and face-off against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins 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.

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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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