The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) pay a visit to Giant Center tonight, taking on the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals). Hershey enters with a (2-3-1-0) record, one point above the Penguins in the East Division standings. Wilkes-Barre Scranton is (2-4-0-0) thus far on the season. Tonight is the first of twelve divisional contests between these two rival clubs from the East Division of the AHL. These two AHL clubs battle next at Mohegan Sun Arena on November 9th, the next game between the two clubs following tonight’s game.
The Bears defeated the Albany Devils last night, behind the strong play of goaltender Braden Holtby. Holtby stopped all 35 shots his way in his first win of the season. Jeff Taffe, Tomas Kundratek and Zach Hamill tallied goals for Hershey.
Wilkes-Barre Scranton picked up their second win of the season last night, defeating the Syracuse Crunch 5-1. Eric Tangradi, Riley Holzapfel and Beau Bennett tallied goals for Wilkes-Barre Scranton. Tangradi added an empty-net goal late in the Penguins win.
The Penguins are led offensively forward Eric Tangradi, who leads the team with four goals. Benn Ferriero leads Wilkes-Barre Scranton with four assists on the season. Jeff Zatkoff and Brad Thiessen share time in goal for the Penguins, with Zatkoff leading Wilkes-Barre Scranton with four games played and a 2.55 goals against average.
Hershey is paced offensively by forward Jeff Taffe with three goals on the year and defenseman, Garrett Stafford who leads the Bears with six assists. Dany Sabourin will start in goal for the Bears.