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2020-21 Season Winding Down for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Penguins (12-12-4-2) have two games left: Lehigh Valley on Saturday and Hershey on Sunday

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, May 5 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Binghamton 3

Josh Currie and Anthony Angello led the way by both recording two goals and an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ran amok on Binghamton. Jordy Bellerive and Tim Schaller also reached the 10-goal plateau with tallies during the convincing win.

Saturday, May 8 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 1

The Penguins ran their point streak to six games with a patient yet disciplined approach to defeating the Devils in the black and gold’s 2020-21 home finale. After a scoreless first period, Nick Schilkey potted a pair of goals in the second and third frames. With a goal, assist and a fight, rookie Jonathan Gruden posted a “Gordie Howe hat trick”, and fellow first-year pro, goalie Tommy Nappier, earned his first AHL win.

Sunday, May 9 – PENGUINS 2 at Lehigh Valley 6

Brennan Saulnier racked up a natural hat trick for Lehigh Valley in the first 10 minutes of the game, putting the Penguins at a deficit from which they never recovered. Félix Robert and Currie notched Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s goals.

 

The Week Ahead

Saturday, May 15 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley

The Penguins return to PPL Center in an attempt to avenge Sunday’s streak-snapping loss. Win or lose, games in Allentown have regularly featured high-scoring affairs. In the last eight trips to PPL Center, the two teams have combined for 60 goals, an average of 7.5 tallies per game.

Sunday, May 16 – PENGUINS at Hershey

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton brings its 2020-21 season to a close against its oldest rival, the Hershey Bears. Giant Center has featured many close, down-to-the-wire games between the I-81 rivals this season, but the Pens are still looking for their first win. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 9-8-1-1-1 in its season finales.

 

Ice Chips

– Prior to Jonathan Gruden’s “Gordie Howe hat trick” (1G, 1A, fight) on Saturday, the last Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Gordie was recorded by Garrett Wilson on Nov. 4, 2018 at Bridgeport.

– Sunday was Kevin Czuczman’s 400th AHL game.

– The Penguins have scored 11 unassisted goals this season, second-most in the league.

– When the Penguins visit the Phantoms this coming Saturday, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The only other time the Penguins played the Phantoms the same day the RailRiders played the IronPigs was Apr. 12, 2017.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM LEADERS

GOALIES

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                OPPONENT        LOCATION                       TIME      

Sat, May 8       Lehigh Valley      PPL Center                       7:05 p.m.

Sun, May 9      Hershey               Giant Center                    3:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, May 4      (G) Max Lagacé                               Recalled to PIT

Fri, May 7        (G) Alex D’Orio                                Recalled to PIT