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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ASTON-REESE FINDS HIS SCORING TOUCH


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have been one of the hottest teams in the American Hockey League over the past three weeks, posting eight straight wins and moving back to the top of the Atlantic Division standings.

One of the catalysts of the recently resurgent Penguins’ play has been rookie forward Zach Aston-Reese.

During that same group of games, Aston-Reese has come alive, posting 10 points (3+7) and finding the scoresheet in seven of the eight contests.

It’s been a nice stretch for the youngster, who didn’t record his first point until the sixth game of the season.

“I think the biggest thing is just being consistent in every game,” he said. “It’s good to struggle early on because that’s where you learn the lessons.”

But the former NCAA scoring champ spreads out the credit for his recent success as deftly as he dishes the puck to his teammates.

“Things are clicking,” said Aston-Reese, who has been skating alongside Jean-Sebastien Dea and Ryan Haggerty for much of the season.

Dea was on pace for a career-year, with 23 points (9+14) in 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being recalled by Pittsburgh this week.

And Haggerty has been terrorizing the opposition, netting a single-season best 16 goals in just 27 games this season.

“I just give him the puck and he skates down and puts it in,” laughed Aston-Rees.  “So it’s been nice.”

Now sitting in third place on the team’s scoring list with 24 points, Aston-Reese has seen additional ice time with Pittsburgh recalling forwards Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon in recent weeks.

“I think more so with special teams.  On the penalty kill, that’s where you get your legs going.  You get more looks on the power play,” he said.  “It definitely opens up more ice.”


Some other quick ZAR notes:

After Wednesday night’s three-point effort (2+1) against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Aston-Reese has now recorded three three-point games this season.

He is tied with linemate Ryan Haggerty for the team lead with a plus-19 rating.

Aston-Reese is tied for 14th among rookie scorers with 24 points and tied for fifth among rookies with 18 assists


Aston-Reese isn’t the only Penguins skater to sting together some nice stats over the past several weeks.

Haggerty has points in seven straight games dating back to December 30, with five goals and seven assists to his credit.

Christian Thomas has points in five straight contests (5+2=7), and has recorded the game-winning goal in three of the past four Wilkes-Barre/Scranton victories.

Goaltender Anthony Peters is a perfect 6-0-0 since signing his second tryout contract with the team, allowing just 10 goals in those contests.

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PENS PRACTICE REPORT: PEDAN PROGRESS


Andrey Pedan had appeared in 211 American Hockey League games prior to Saturday afternoon’s contest against the Laval Rocket.  And in that time, the Russian defenseman had a grand total of one multi-goal game in his minor league career, that coming on April 6, 2014 as a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

So you could excuse the 6’5” blue line for being just a little bit happy when he popped in three goals to lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins past the Rocket this past weekend.

“I was excited.  There  were not many hats out there, playing on the road,” laughed Pedan.  “[Garrett Wilson] did a really good job in front [of the goal], so it was easy.  I just had to hit the net.”

Pedan’s first goal was a shot from the slot that hit goaltender Michael McNiven, then fluttered over the goal line.  But tallies two and three were deftly placed shots from the point, both coming on the power play.

The sixth-year pro was happy to hit the back of the net, even if it wasn’t the first thing on his mind.

“I don’t really worry about points, just taking care of the D-zone,” he said.  “We have a great group of forwards who can score.”

Perhaps the only person happier than Pedan this past weekend was head coach Clark Donatelli, who has seen the early season acquisition (he was traded to the Penguins for defenseman Derrick Pouliot) bloom on the Penguins backline.

“We’ve been working with him here now since the trade and trying to get him up to speed on our systems and his details and his habits, how he plays,” Donatelli said.  “I think you can see a big difference from when we got him to now.

“Less is more with him.  It’s hard to do less when you’re competing like that.  But I think he’s buying in.  He did a lot less and got three goals, and got a lot accomplished on the defensive side of the puck as well.  So he’s come a long way since we got him, and we’re really happy with his success.


Pedan wasn’t the only Penguin celebrating a hat trick last weekend.  Ryan Haggerty started off the team’s trek through Canada with a three-goal game in a 6-2 victory against the Belleville Senators on Friday night.  What made it even more special is that his father, Roger, was on hand as part of the team’s fathers’ trip to witness it firsthand.

“It was something special to have all of the dads here,” said the younger Haggerty, who now has 16 goals in just 26 games this season.  “And it’s pretty cool to play that well as a team and to go out and win a game like that.  It’s more special to have all of the dads with us.”

Haggerty has already eclipsed his previous single-season high of 15 goals in a season, set in 2014-15 with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  It took him 73 games that year to reach the mark.

“Hagg’s has been playing great all year,” Donatelli said.  “He’s got an NHL shot and release.  He’s just played fantastic from the time he stepped on the ice his first game this year.  He’s been very consistent in his play, and I think that’s a big difference from last year.”


The Penguins have been known as one of the top defenseive teams in the AHL in recent years, with their goaltenders taking home the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes Award, presented to the netminders on the team with the lowest goals against average, in five of the past seven seasons.

So it may be a bit of a surprise to learn that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton currently ranks second in the league in goals scored per game at 3.67 (132 goals in 36 games).

What’s even more impressive is that the team has done plenty of damage while two of its top scorers – Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong – have been on recall with Pittsburgh.

Simon was originally summoned by Pittsburgh on December 8, but returned to the team on December 30.  He netted the overtime winner in that contest before returning to the NHL club.

Sprong got his promotion on that same day, after netting 18 goals in 29 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Despite not having the duo in the lineup since the end of the calendar year, the Penguins have posted five straight wins (seven overall dating back to December 29), and have outscored the opposition 23-9 in 2018.

“Spronger leaves, and it’s just another opportunity for someone else to come in and grab that ice time,” said Donatelli.  “We have a lot of guys here that are going to take advantage of that.  You’re seeing it with him and Simon being up there, where guys are getting more ice time.  They jump right in there and take advantage of that.”


Wednesday night’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms starts a stretch of games that will see the Penguins face off with Atlantic Division foes in 10 of 11 contests.  And although the Pens currently hold down the top slot in the standings, Donatelli knows the upcoming schedule will be a challenging one to navigate.

“My experience in this division, even when you’re winning you don’t break away [from the pack],” he said.  “If you’re not on your ‘A’ game, you’re going to get beat in this league, and especially in our division.  We’re just going to approach it one game at a time.  It’s a tough stretch for us, but our guys are ready.”


The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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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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WYDO NAMED TO ECHL ALL-STAR TEAM


The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are excited to announce that forward Cody Wydo has been selected to participate in the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic.

Wydo, 26, is enjoying another tremendously successful season with the Nailers, and has recently been recalled to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He leads Wheeling with 33 points in 28 games this season, racking up 14 goals and 19 assists. The Southgate, Michigan native opened the year with a three-point game in Greenville, and is the team leader with nine multiple point contests.

Wydo has played in parts of four seasons with the Nailers, appearing in 166 games, accumulating 68 goals, 81 assists, and 149 points. The 68 goals are the seventh most in team history.

The ECHL is using a new format for the 2018 ECHL All-Star Classic, as there will be four teams, competing in a 3-on-3 tournament to determine a winner. Wydo is a member of the North Division squad, along with Adirondack’s Ty Loney (former Nailer), Brampton’s Matt Petgrave, Manchester’s Joel Lowry, Reading’s Alex Krushelnyski, Worcester’s Woody Hudson, and the host Indy Fuel’s Etienne Marcoux.

Wydo becomes the 41st player in Wheeling’s team history to be named to an ECHL All-Star Classic.

The 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic will take place on Monday, February 15th at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, and will air live exclusively on NHL Network, beginning at 1:00.

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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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