PENGUINS WEEKLY – 4/10/18
Penguins Close Out Regular Season, Gear Up for Playoffs
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (43-22-6-2) will face three Atlantic Division teams to close out the regular season
Tuesday, Apr. 3 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 3
The Penguins improved to 9-0-1-1 against their I-81 rival this season in a game that saw Sam Lafferty net his first pro goal. Jean-Sébastien Dea also posted his team-leading fourth shorthanded goal of the season.
Friday, Apr. 6 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bridgeport 4
Daniel Sprong had a hand in all three of the Penguins goals (1G-2A), but it was not enough to match a desperate Sound Tigers team clinging to its postseason dreams.
Saturday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS 7 vs. Binghamton 3
The Penguins were victorious in their final regular season home game, completing a perfect six-game season sweep against the Devils and giving Tom Kostopoulos the perfect send off in front of the home crowd. Goalie Michael Leighton improved to 5-0-0 since joining the Penguins.
Sunday, Apr. 8 – PENGUINS 5 at Bridgeport 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second consecutive four-goal first period lead fueled the 5-2 victory. Anthony Peters made 41 saves, enabling the Penguins to secure the win.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Apr. 13 – PENGUINS at Springfield
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will attempt to complete the four-game season sweep of Springfield, who it has out-scored 13-6.
Saturday, Apr. 14 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The recently crowned Atlantic Division Champion Phantoms welcome the Pens to PPL Center for the final time this season.
Sunday, Apr. 15 – PENGUINS at Hershey
The Penguins try to remain unbeaten in regulation against the Bears when the two clubs clash in the last game of 2017-18.
– The Penguins clinched a playoff berth for the 16th straight season. The 16-year postseason streak is the AHL’s active record.
– Garrett Wilson’s 40 points this season establishes a new career high.
– Daniel Sprong was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team on Wednesday. Sprong currently ranks first among league rookies in goals (30) and shots (192), while sitting second in points.
– With 30 goals on the season, Sprong tied the franchise record for most goals by a rookie, set by Michel Ouellet in 2003-04.
– Sprong’s year marks the first 30-goal season by a Penguin since Chris Minard (34) in 2008-09.
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* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh
UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Fri, Apr. 13 Springfield MassMutual Center 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Apr. 14 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 7:05 p.m.
Sun, Apr. 15 Hershey Giant Center 5:00 p.m.
Fri, Mar. 31 (D) Niclas Almari Signed to ATO
Wed, Mar. 29 (D) Dane Birks Signed to ATO
Wed, Mar. 29 (RW) Josh Jooris Recalled by PIT
Mon, Mar 27 (G) Alex D’Orio Reassigned from QMJHL