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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton aims for revenge against Lehigh Valley

WEEKLY – Penguins (29-20-7-1) to play Phantoms for third-straight game, can secure 30th win of 25th season

Penguins Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 2
After falling behind in the second period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came from behind to stun a rowdy crowd a PPL Center. Austin Rueschhoff kicked off the scoring with an early, first-period power-play goal, but the Phantoms received two tucks from Rhett Gardner in the second period to seize a 2-1 lead. The Penguins pulled even on Lukas Svejkovsky’s first goal of the season, followed by a dagger by Corey Andonovski with 2:08 remaining in regulation. Joel Blomqvist made 27 saves for his 18th win of the season.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 4
The Phantoms returned the favor on Saturday, rallying in the third period with four-straight goals. After two stellar periods by Blomqvist, who was making back-to-back starts, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton entered the final frame with a 1-0 lead on a scorching slap shot by Ryan Shea. Lehigh Valley’s comeback started on a power-play goal by Samu Tuomaala. A five-minute major power play for the Penguins turned sour when Brendan Furry scored shorthanded to snatch the lead for the Phantoms. Lehigh Valley rattled off two quick even-strength tallies to take a commanding 4-1 lead, before Sam Poulin rounded out the scoring with a penalty shot goal.

The Weekly Ahead

Wednesday, Mar. 13 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
This will mark the third-straight game between the Penguins and Phantoms and the eighth matchup in their 12-game season series. Lehigh Valley has four wins to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s three, but the Penguins have gone 3-1-2-1 to pick up nine out of a possible 14 points. Three veterans are tied for the season-series lead, as the Penguins’ Vinnie Hinostroza as well as the Phantoms’ Cooper Marody and Rhett Gardner are all producing at a point-per-game pace through seven head-to-head games.

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns the league’s fourth-best penalty kill (84.5%), which improves to third place at home (87.0%).

– Sam Poulin’s penalty shot on Saturday was the first awarded to the Penguins this season, their first on home ice since Feb. 13, 2016, and their first penalty shot conversion at home since Mar. 14, 2014.

– Poulin has 12 points (4G-7A) in his last 10 games.

– Radim Zohorna has nine points (3G-6A) in his last six games.

– Vinnie Hinostroza is on a four-game point streak with six points (3G-3A) in that time.


Standings 3-12-24


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Goalies 3-12-24

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DATE                   OPPONENT         LOCATION                             TIME      

Wed, Mar. 13      Lehigh Valley      Mohegan Sun Arena            7:05 p.m.


Fri, Mar. 8       (G) Jaxon Castor                                           Signed to PTO

Sat, Mar. 9       (C) Jonathan Gruden                                  Recalled to PIT

Sun, Mar. 10   (G) Jaxon Castor                                  Released from PTO

Tue, Mar. 12    (RW) Dillon Hamaliuk            Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Tue, Mar. 12    (RW) Tanner Laderoute                     Released from PTO

Tue, Mar. 12    (D) Philip Waugh                                          Signed to SPC

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