PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/16/21
Penguins to host fans for first time on Friday
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (5-3-2-1) hopes to start new streak in front of faithful fans
Saturday, Mar. 13 – PENGUINS 0 at Syracuse 3
Stymied by a 37-save performance by Samuel Montembeault, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton saw its six-game point streak snapped at the hands of Syracuse. Throughout the game, the Penguins earned excellent opportunities that either slipped wide or struck the post. A six-minute lull in the second period opened the door for the Crunch to score all three of their goals. In the third period alone, the Penguins forced 16 shots on goal, but none solved Montembeault. Captain Josh Currie led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a whopping eight shots on goal.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Mar. 19 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins start the week by resuming their rivalry series with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Friday night also marks an incredibly exciting milestone, as it will be the first game this season that fans will be back in attendance at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Penguins fans can secure their seats for Friday night or any of the Penguins’ other home games in March by calling (570) 208-PENS or visiting wbspenguins.com (while supplies last).
Sunday, Mar. 21 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will close out the weekend by taking on Lehigh Valley once again, but this time, it will be in the Phantoms’ barn. This week will be the fourth and fifth times the Penguins play the Phantoms this season, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earning a point in each of the previous three meetings (2-0-1-0). The home team has had tremendous success between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley in recent years, as the home side has produced a record of 10-1-3-1 (.800) in the last 15 games of the rivalry.
– Josh Currie’s eight shots on Saturday was a single-game high for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.
– The Penguins averaged 25.17 shots per game through their first six games of the season, only eclipsing 30 shots once. In their last five contests, the Penguins have averaged 36.4 shots per game and have produced more than 30 shots in each game.
– The Penguins’ 37 shots on Saturday were the most by the team in a shutout loss since Dec. 18, 2019 vs. Providence (Max Lagacé, 38).
* = rookie
UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Fri, Mar. 19 Lehigh Valley Mohegan Sun Arena 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Mar. 21 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 3:05 p.m.
Wed, Mar. 8 (LW) Michael Joly Released from PTO
Wed, Mar. 8 (D) Jack Duff Released from ATO
Sat, Mar. 13 (G) Shane Starrett Reassigned to WHL