Wednesday showdown with Providence headlines Penguins’ upcoming week
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (27-21-3-5) still in an airtight race for playoff position
Friday, Feb. 21 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Hershey 1
Hershey scored the game’s first goal, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tallied the next two. Kevin Roy evened the score on a breakaway late in the second period, and Kevin Czuczman buried the game-winning goal early in the third.
Saturday, Feb. 22 – PENGUINS 4 at Hartford 3 (OT)
The Penguins and Wolf Pack traded goals back-and-forth all night, eventually culminating in Adam Johnson scoring the game-winner on a penalty shot in overtime. Johnson, Kevin Roy and Cole Cassels all had one-goal, one-assist showings.
Sunday, Feb. 23 – PENGUINS 1 at Providence 2
Roy and Johnson combined to set up Cassels for the Penguins’ first and only goal of the afternoon 63 seconds into the third, but Bruins goalie Max Lagacé kept things on lock from there, making 20 saves.
The Week Ahead
Wednesday, Feb. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Providence
A four-point swing is on the line as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Providence in a rematch of Sunday’s match. Bruins rookie Jack Studnicka leads the league with six shorthanded goals.
Friday, Feb. 28 – PENGUINS at Syracuse
The Penguins face-off against the Crunch for the just the second time this season, and the first in Syracuse. The Pens beat the Crunch, 2-0, back on Nov. 8 thanks to a 35-save shutout by Casey DeSmith.
Saturday, Feb. 29 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Leap Day marks the 10th time the Penguins and Bears go head-to-head this season. Hershey’s power play has thrived in the season series (21.2%), but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill is clicking at 91.0% in 19 games since Jan. 10.
– David Warsofsky leads all AHL defensemen with six power-play goals.
– Adam Johnson’s goal on Saturday was the first penalty shot conversion by a Penguin since Nov. 5, 2016.
– Johnson’s game-winner was the second penalty shot goal in overtime in franchise history (Dominik Simon on Oct. 23, 2016)
– Kevin Roy has seven points (3G-4A) in his last seven games.
– Dustin Tokarski’s win at Hartford on Saturday was the 200th victory of his pro career.
* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh
X = no longer in organization
UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Wed, Feb. 26 Providence Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Fri, Feb. 28 Syracuse Upstate Medical Arena 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 29 Hershey Giant Center 7:00 p.m.
Mon, Feb. 24 (RW) Anthony Angello Reassigned by PIT
Mon, Feb. 24 (C) Sam Lafferty Reassigned by PIT
Thu, Feb. 20 (C) Phil Varone Traded by MTL to PIT
Thu, Feb. 20 (RW) Riley Barber Traded by MTL to PIT
Thu, Feb. 20 (C) Graham Knott Reassigned by PIT from WHL