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Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: vs. Lehigh Valley 3/6

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Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday in Hartford, the Penguins erased a two goal deficit in the third period to force overtime but fell to the Wolf Pack 4-3. Jimmy Hayes’ late power play goal got the game to overtime for the point for the Penguins. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms were beaten on Sunday 3-1 at home by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Mike Vecchione scored the only goal for the Phantoms in the loss.

Last Meeting: The Penguins won a Martin Luther King, Jr. matinee at home on January 21 2-1 in overtime. Ethan Prow scored the game winner. Tristan Jarry stopped 27 of 28.

Record: For WBS: 27-22-6-2 (62 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For LV: 28-24-3-3 (62 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Anthony Tapper / Beau Halkidis

Linesmen: Jesse Marquis / Neil Frederickson

Why You Should Care: Important game for the Penguins for many reasons. 1) It’s a game in hand against Providence, who sit in fourth place and have played two more games, 2) It’s the first of six meetings with the Phantoms who are deadlocked in points with the Penguins, 3) It’s the third game of a very busy month of March and the first home game in March where the Penguins have not been very good. Pens need a power play goal tonight and the same effort they brought Friday in Providence for maximum results tonight against the Phantoms.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Second place San Jose hosts first place Bakersfield in an important Pacific Division matchup.

Promotion(s): None

Next Five Games: vs. HFD 3/8, vs. SYR 3/9, @ LV 3/13, vs. PRO 3/16, vs. TOR 3/17

GAMEDAY: @ Hartford 3/2

Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: XL Center

When: 7:30 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Providence, the Penguins won in a shootout 2-1. Ethan Prow scored a goal in regulation and Ben Sexton and Joseph Cramarossa scored in the shootout. For Hartford, the Wolf Pack were in Springfield and lost 5-1. Gabriel Fontaine scored the only goal for the Wolf Pack in the loss.

Last Meeting: February 17 in Hartford, the Penguins won 5-4 in overtime. The Wolf Pack scored three goals in the third to force overtime before Adam Johnson’s goal at 1:40 gave the Penguins the much needed two points and the victory.

Record: For WBS: 27-22-5-2 (61 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For HFD: 23-27-6-3 (55 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Troy Paterson / Olivier Gouin

Linesmen: Glen Cooke / Luke Galvin

Why You Should Care: Another chance for the Penguins to pick up points against a Hartford team that is out of it and put up a terrible effort last night in Springfield.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Providence heads to Springfield. Wilkes-Barre is four points off of the fourth place Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic.

Next Five Games: vs. LV 3/6, vs. HFD 3/8, vs. SYR 3/9, @ LV 3/13, vs. PRO 3/16

GAMEDAY: @ Providence 3/1

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday at home against Rockford, the Penguins won 4-1. Jimmy Hayes scored twice and Tristan Jarry stopped 33 shots. For Providence, the Bruins hosted Hartford on Sunday and lost 4-1. Gemel Smith had the only goal for Providence in the loss.

Last Meeting: November 25 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 4-2. Ex-Penguins Will O’Neill assisted on both Penguins goals and four different Bruins scored on Anthony Peters, who stopped 15 of 18 shots.

Record: For WBS: 26-22-5-2 (59 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For PRO: 28-20-7-1 (64 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Troy Paterson / Alex Ross

Linesmen: Kevin Keenan / Todd Whittemore

Why You Should Care: Big game tonight for both teams as a fourteen game month of March begins for the Penguins. A win puts heat on the Bruins for the fourth spot they currently occupy while a loss starts a busy March on a bad note with already a lot of work to do.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Fifth place Lehigh Valley heads to Syracuse for a date with the Crunch.

Next Five Games: @ HFD 3/2, vs. LV 3/6, vs. HFD 3/8, vs. SYR 3/9, @ LV 3/13

GAMEDAY: vs. Rockford 2/24

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Who: Rockford IceHogs

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 3:05 p.m.

Last Game: Friday at home against Hershey, Ryan Haggerty scored two goals but it was all the offense the Penguins could muster in a 4-2 loss to the Hershey Bears. For Rockford, the IceHogs were in Hershey last night and lost in a shootout 3-2. Anton Forsberg stopped 24 of 26 Bears shots.

Last Meeting: February 6 in Rockford, the Pens lost 2-1. Jarrett Burton scored the only goal for the Pens in the defeat and Anton Forsberg stopped 45 of 46 Wilkes-Barre shots for first star honors for the IceHogs.

Record: For WBS: 25-22-5-2 (57 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For RFD: 26-21-3-6 (61 pts., 4th place Central Division) 

Referees: Brandon Blandina / Dan Kelly

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Ryan Knapp

Why You Should Care: Like last Sunday in Hartford, the Penguins simply must find a way to win this game against Rockford in regulation or overtime. They need to keep pace and slipped Friday.

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: Hershey travels up to second place Bridgeport this afternoon in a huge contest that may have seeding implications in the Atlantic Division race.

Next Five Games: @ PRO 3/1, @ HFD 3/2, vs. LV 3/6, vs. HFD 3/8, vs. SYR 3/9

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

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 2/22

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Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday in Hartford, the Pens blew a three goal lead in the third period, but overcame that and won in overtime on Adam Johnson’s goal and Wilkes-Barre won 5-4. For Hershey, the Bears beat Lehigh Valley Sunday in Allentown 4-3. It was the fifteenth straight game that the Bears recorded at least a point, getting Hershey up to third in the Atlantic Division.

Last Meeting: February 13 in Hershey, the Penguins lost 4-3 in a shootout. Ryan Haggerty had a goal and an assist for the Pens and so did Nathan Walker for the Bears.

Record: For WBS: 25-21-5-2 (57 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 29-20-0-3 (61 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Andrew Bruggeman / Corey Syvret

Linesmen: Patrick Hanrahan / Bill Lyons

Why You Should Care: Very, very important game for the Penguins who can draw to two points behind the Bears with a regulation win tonight and close the gap on fourth place in the playoff push. Smart, effective plays with the puck, limit on mistakes and we will see what happens tonight in Wilkes-Barre.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper. Also, tonight’s game is the featured Facebook Watch game this week in the AHL.

Promotion(s): EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAYEnjoy 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.*

Other Game to Watch: Fourth place providence hosts second place Bridgeport.

Next Five Games: vs. RFD 2/24, @ PRO 3/1, @ HFD 3/2, vs. LV 3/6, vs. HFD 3/8

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

GAMEDAY: @ Hartford 2/17

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Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: XL Center

When: 3:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night against Utica, the Pens lost in overtime 3-2. Ryan Haggerty had a power play goal in the final minute of regulation which got the Penguins to overtime. For the Wolf Pack, they were in Bridgeport last night and also lost in overtime. Ryan Lindgren had two assists.

Last Meeting: November 10 in Hartford, the Pens won 4-1. Thomas DIPauli had a goal and two assists and Teddy Blueger had a goal and an assist as well. Anthony Peters stopped 31 of 32 in net for the Pens. Tim Getting scored the only goal for the Wolf Pack in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 24-21-5-2 (55 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For HFD: 21-25-4-3 (49 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Mathieu Menniti / Alex Normandin

Linesmen: Kyle Richetelle / Nick Briganti

Why You Should Care: Pens simply have to get two points in regulation or overtime today in Hartford by any means necessary to remain in contention in the Atlantic. It is that simple.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Hershey and Lehigh Valley conclude their weekend home and home this afternoon in Allentown. Best outcome from a Penguin perspective remains a split, since both teams are at or near fourth place.

Next Five Games: vs. HER 2/22, vs. RFD 2/24, @ PRO 3/1, @ HFD 3/2, vs. LV 3/6

GAMEDAY: vs. Utica 2/16

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Who: Utica Comets

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday in Hershey, the Pens took a 2-1 lead into the third period but were bested by the Bears 4-3 in a shootout loss. Ryan Haggerty had a goal and an assist in the loss. For Utica, the Comets hosted the Laval Rocket on Wednesday and won 4-1. Ex-Penguin Michael Leighton stopped 20 of 21 shots to pick up the win.

Record: For WBS: 24-21-4-2 (54 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For UTI: 27-19-4-2 (60 pts., 3rd place North Division)

Referees: Tim Mayer / Peter Schlittenhardt

Linesmen: Matt McNulty / Luke Murray

Why You Should Care: Pens need wins but don’t expect Utica to come in and just give it to them. The Comets are fight to hold on to their playoff spot in a very competitive North Division and are pushing for first place. Both teams are well rested having not played tonight, so it should be a very good, competitive hockey game tonight in front of a packed audience.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): METLIFE PRESENTS MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT — Help us pay tribute to the men and women who keep our country safe.  There will be military displays courtesy of the Tobyhanna Army Depot, and the Penguins will be wearing their special camouflage jerseys, which will be auctioned off during the game.*

Tonight is also the Penguins blanket giveaway for season ticket members. Don’t forget your vouchers!

Other Game to Watch: Hershey and Lehigh Valley start their mini two game series tonight in Hershey. Best outcome from a Penguin perspective is a split, since both teams are at or near fourth place.

Next Five Games: @ HFD 2/17, vs. HER 2/22, vs. RFD 2/24, @ PRO 3/1, @ HFD 3/2

* – Promotion information provided from wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule