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Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: vs. Springfield 3/30

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Who: Springfield Thunderbirds

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday at home against Providence, the Penguins won 2-0. Tristan Jarry made 23 saves to pick up his first shutout of the season. For Springfield, they were in Binghamton last night and lost 4-3 in overtime. Blaine Byron had a pair of goals in the loss.

Last Meeting: This past Sunday in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won 3-2. Ex-Penguin J-S Dea supplied all the offense for the visitors and Joseph Cramarossa’s late goal gave the Penguins the full regulation two points. John Muse picked up the win in net for Wilkes-Barre.

Record: For WBS: 33-25-7-3 (76 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For SPR: 28-27-9-5 (70 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Dan Kelly / Anthony Tapper

Linesmen: Jim Harper / Tyler Loftus

Why You Should Care: Pens still need points as they are outside still looking in the playoff picture. Big two points comes tonight with the only weekend action coming against Springfield. Wilkes-Barre needs and is expected to have their full effort tonight in order to beat the Thunderbirds.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper. Also, tonight’s game will be televised locally on WBRE-NBC.

Promotion(s): STAR WARS NIGHT / BOY SCOUT NIGHT — It will be a night of intergalactic fun when the Penguins host their fourth annual Star Wars night. The players will be wearing specially produced Star Wars jerseys for the game, featuring a unique clone design with the team’s familiar yellow triangle crest. The jersey was designed by Dave Filoni, executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the head of Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. LLC.  The jerseys will be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefiting the Allied Services Foundation. We’ll also be welcoming Boy Scouts from across NEPA on the night. A special package gets scouts a ticket to the game and special scout patch.*

Other Game to Watch: Hershey hosts Providence in the biggest game of the weekend in the Atlantic Division. As a Penguins fan, cheer for a regulation decision either way.

Next Five Games: vs. BRI 4/2, vs. BNG 4/5, @ LV 4/6, @ LV 4/7, @ UTI 4/12

* – promo information credit to wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule

GAMEDAY: vs. Providence 3/27

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Who: Providence Bruins

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday at home against Springfield, the Penguins scored a late goal off of the stick of Joseph Cramarossa to defeat the Thunderbirds 3-2. For Providence, the Bruins defeated the Binghamton Devils 3-1 on Saturday. Dan Vladar stopped 22 of 23 shots in net. Paul Carey figured in on every goal, scoring twice and assisting on another.

Last Meeting: March 16 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 2-1 in overtime. Tristan Jarry stopped 36 shots and Adam Johnson scored 1:09 into overtime.

Record: For WBS: 32-25-7-3 (74 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For PRO: 34-22-8-3 (79 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Brandon Schrader / Ward Pateman

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Tom DellaFranco

Why You Should Care: Probably the biggest game of the season for the Penguins who sit five points out of a playoff spot. This is the last head to head meeting with the Bruins and with a win tonight in regulation can close to three points for the fourth and final spot in the Atlantic. The Penguins need to use home ice to their advantage and not make too many mistakes against a dangerous Providence team.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Promotion(s): None

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley is in Rochester tonight looking to make up ground themselves. Rochester is coming off of an impressive sweep of Toronto this past weekend, looking to carry the momentum into a midweek game with the Phantoms.

Next Five Games: vs. SPR 3/30, vs. BRI 4/2, vs. BNG 4/5, @ LV 4/6, @ LV 4/7

GAMEDAY: vs. Springfield 3/24

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Who: Springfield Thunderbirds

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Allentown, the Penguins won 5-4. Sam Lafferty had a hat trick and an assist, Ryan Haggerty scored the game winning goal in overtime. For Springfield, the Thunderbirds hosted the Laval Rocket Saturday and lost 3-2 in overtime. Ex-Penguin J-S Dea figured into both goals, scoring one and assisting on another for the Thunderbirds in the loss.

Last Meeting: These two teams haven’t played each other since December 12, a game that the Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout. All three Penguins scored in the shootout round.

Record: For WBS: 31-25-7-3 (72 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For SPR: 28-26-8-5 (69 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Tim Mayer / Guillaume Labonte

Linesmen: Ryan Knapp / Bill Lyons

Why You Should Care: Same verse as yesterday against the Phantoms, another must win game for the Penguins tonight who burn off their game in hand on the Providence Bruins. They can cut the deficit to five with a win this afternoon against the Thunderbirds. Springfield won’t make it easy. Both teams are playing their third game of the weekend.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Promotion(s): KIDS FREE SUNDAY / TUX’S BIRTHDAY — Celebrate the big bird’s birthday with Tux and some of his furry friends. Fans ages 14 and younger can get into the game for FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (one free kids ticket per paid adult ticket).  NO POSTGAME SKATING SESSION THIS SUNDAY.*

Other Game to Watch: Hershey, on the same point total as Providence, rematch against the Cleveland Monsters who beat the Bears Saturday night.

Next Five Games: vs. PRO 3/27, vs. SPR 3/30, vs. BRI 4/2, vs. BNG 4/5, @ LV 4/6

* – promo information credit to wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule

GAMEDAY: vs. Lehigh Valley 3/22

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Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Tuesday in Hershey, the Pens lost 1-0 in overtime. Tristan Jarry stopped 38 shots. For Lehigh Valley, they hosted Toronto on Saturday and won 4-3. Chris Conner scored with under a second left to play in regulation to give the Phantoms the full two points.

Last Meeting: March 13 in Allentown, the Pens won 4-1. Jimmy Hayes had a hat trick.

Record: For WBS: 30-24-7-3 (70 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For LV: 31-27-3-3 (68 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Kenny Anderson / Stephen Reneau

Linesmen: Tyler Loftus / Tom DellaFranco

Why You Should Care: Very important game tonight for both teams who see the other as a chance to get into the playoff picture here late on in March due to the fact that the teams face off against each other again Saturday and after this twice more. Who wants it more becomes the question? Expect Tristan Jarry in goal tonight, making his twelves straight start.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Promotion(s): EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY /  BAYARD PRINTING – TIMES TRIBUNE & CITIZENS VOICE TEAM PHOTO — Enjoy great hockey at a great price with $14 lower bowl tickets, courtesy of our friends at Eyewitness News. Fans ages 21 and over can enjoy select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.  And everyone is invited to stick around after the game for our Citizens Voice / Scranton Times Tribune postgame autograph session, featuring a pair of Penguins players. All fans in attendance can take home a 2018-19 Penguins team photo, courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times Tribune & Citizens Voice.*

Other Game to Watch: Both teams will be interested in the Providence Bruins, who play host to the Belleville Senators tonight.

Next Five Games: @ LV 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24, vs. PRO 3/27, vs. SPR 3/30, vs. BRI 4/2

* – promo information credit to wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 3/19

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Who: Hershey Bears

 Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday at home against Toronto, the Penguins lost 4-2. Jimmy Hayes and Jarrett Burton scored goals for the Pens in the loss. For Hershey, the Bears defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday 5-1. Mike Sgarbossa had a goal and three assists, Riley Barber had a pair of goals and an assist. Ilya Samsonov stopped 18 of 19 shots.

Last Meeting: February 22 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 4-2. The Bears scored three third period goals.

Record: For WBS: 30-24-6-3 (69 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 35-22-3-4 (77 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Furman South / Jordan Deckard

Linesmen: Tom George / Tom DellaFranco

Why You Should Care: Gotta make this game in hand on Providence and Lehigh Valley count. This past Sunday was a let down, losing 4-2. The Penguins have to win this game if they want to be considered a contender for a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. A tough task against a Hershey team that has had the Pens number lies ahead.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Other Game to Watch: Charlotte hosts Syracuse in what very well may be an Eastern Conference Finals matchup.

Next Five Games: vs. LV 3/22, @ LV 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24, vs. PRO 3/27, vs. SPR 3/30

GAMEDAY: vs. Toronto 3/17

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Who: Toronto Marlies

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 3:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night against the Providence Bruins, the Pens won 2-1 in overtime. Jake Lucchini scored his first professional goal and Adam Johnson scored in overtime to win it. For Toronto, they were beaten last night in Allentown with 0.5 seconds left on a Chris Conner goal 4-3. Chris Mueller scored a pair of goals for the Marlies in the loss.

Last Meeting: December 1 in Toronto, the Pens lost 7-4. Four different Penguins scored goals and ex-Penguin J-S Dea assisted on two of them.

Record: For WBS: 30-23-6-3 (69 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For TOR: 33-21-6-4 (76 pts., 3th place North Division)

Referees: Tim Mayer / Ben O’Quinn

Linesmen: Tyler Loftus / J.P. Waleski

Why You Should Care: This is one of two games in hand that the Penguins will be burning off on Hershey, Providence and Lehigh Valley who are all off today. The Penguins can draw to three points of the Bruins for fourth in the Atlantic. Standing in their way is the defending champion Toronto Marlies. Should be a good test for the Penguins in another important game.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Promotion(s): KIDS FREE SUNDAY — Fans ages 14 and younger can get into the game for FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (one free kids ticket per paid adult ticket).  Bring along your skates for our postgame skating session on the arena ice.*

Other Game to Watch: Colorado, winners of nine straight, take on the San Jose Barracuda out in California later.

Next Five Games: @ HER 3/19, vs. LV 3/22, @ LV 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24, vs. PRO 3/27

* – promotional information courtesy of wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule

GAMEDAY: vs. Providence 3/16

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Who: Providence Bruins

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday in Allentown, the Pens won 4-1. Jimmy Hayes had a hat trick, Tristan Jarry made 38 saves. For Providence, the Bruins were in Allentown last night and won 5-3. Lee Stempniak scored a pair of goals and Dan Vladar stopped just 19 of 22 shots.

Last Meeting: March 1 in Providence the Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout. Ethan Prow and Chris Breen scored third period goals and Joseph Cramarossa and Ben Sexton scored on their shootout attempts.

Record: For WBS: 28-23-6-3 (67 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For PRO: 32-22-7-2 (73 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Mike Dietrich / Beau Halkidis

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Patrick Hanrahan

Why You Should Care: Penguins need to approach this game tonight with playoff like intensity as Providence sits in the spot that the Penguins want to get to and advance to the postseason.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Promotion(s): ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION — It’s our annual celebration of all things Irish. We’ll be wearing special shamrock sweaters, which will be auctioned off during the game.  Plus enjoy live Irish entertainment throughout the game.*

Other Game to Watch: Tomorrow’s opponent, the Toronto Marlies, are in Allentown taking on the Phantoms.

Next Five Games: vs. TOR 3/17, @ HER 3/19, vs. LV 3/22, @ LV 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24

* – promotional information courtesy of wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule