WBS Penguins release schedule for upcoming 20th season

By Tom Venesky - [email protected]
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will face the Hershey Bears 12 times in the 2018-19 season. The American Hockey League released team schedules on Tuesday. - Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader

While it may not be as much of a grind as last season, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will still endure a glut of three-game weekends for the 2018-19 regular season.

The 76-game season schedule was released by the American Hockey League on Wednesday, and the Penguins will play seven three-in-threes, compared to eight last season. And for the second straight season, the Penguins will wrap things up with back-to-back three-in-threes to close out the schedule.

Overall, the Penguins will play on weekend evenings or afternoons for 32 of their 38 home games.

The Penguins will open their 20th season on Saturday, Oct. 6, when they face off with the Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. They then quickly turn their attention to a road trip to Ohio for a two-game set with the Cleveland Monsters on Oct. 11 and Oct. 13. The early-season road trip will be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first visit to Cleveland since the 2008-09 campaign. The Monsters come to Northeastern Pennsylvania to play on the Penguins’ home ice twice during the season, once on Dec. 7 and the next time on Feb. 1.

The schedule includes games against 13 teams in the Eastern Conference and an additional three opponents from the Western Conference. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton remains a member of the eight-team Atlantic Division, along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Charlotte Checkers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Providence Bruins and Springfield Thunderbirds. The Penguins will meet division foes 54 times (27 home/27 road) with their remaining 22 games coming against clubs in the North Division (eight home/eight road) and Central Division (three home/three road).

As has been the norm for several seasons, the Penguins will face Hershey and Lehigh Valley the most — 12 times each.

For the second year in a row, the Penguins will revisit home-and-home series with three Western Conference foes, the Grand Rapids Griffins, Milwaukee Admirals and Rockford IceHogs. The Penguins’ longest stretch of road contests this season is five games from Nov. 4 – 14. Their longest homestand lasts only three games, which will occur three separate times during the season in January and twice in March.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will also participate in several games with unique start times this season. The Penguins will take the ice at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza with the Phantoms at 1:05 p.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

While on the road, the Penguins will have three different contests with puck drops scheduled before noon. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will play Springfield at 10:35 a.m. at MassMutual Center. The Penguins also have 10:30 a.m. start times for showdowns with the Sound Tigers on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Tuesday, Apr. 2 at Webster Bank Arena.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2018-19 schedule

Day`Date`Time`Matchup

Sat`Oct. 6`7:05 p.m.`Springfield at Penguins

Thu`Oct. 11`7 p.m.`Penguins at Cleveland

Sat`Oct. 13`7 p.m.`Penguins at Cleveland

Wed`Oct. 17`7:05 p.m.`Hershey at Penguins

Fri`Oct. 19`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Lehigh Valley

Sat`Oct. 20`7:05 p.m.`Lehigh Valley at Penguins

Fri`Oct. 26`7:05 p.m.`Hershey at Penguins

Sat`Oct. 27`7 p.m.`Penguins at Hershey

Fri`Nov. 2`7:05 p.m.`Hartford at Penguins

Sat`Nov. 3`7:05 p.m.`Hartford at Penguins

Sat`Nov. 4`3:00 p.m.`Penguins at Bridgeport

Fri`Nov. 9`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Providence

Sat`Nov. 10`7 p.m.`Penguins at Hartford

Sat`Nov. 11`3:05 p.m.`Penguins at Providence

Wed`Nov. 14`10:35 a.m.`Penguins at Springfield

Fri`Nov. 16`7:05 p.m.`Charlotte at Penguins

Sat`Nov. 17`7:05 p.m.`Charlotte at Penguins

Fri`Nov. 23`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Springfield

Sat`Nov. 24`7:05 p.m.`Hershey at Penguins

Sat`Nov. 25`3:05 p.m.`Providence at Penguins

Wed`Nov. 28`7 p.m.`Penguins at Hershey

Fri`Nov. 30`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Rochester

Sat`Dec. 1`4 p.m.`Penguins at Toronto

Fri`Dec. 7`7:05 p.m.`Cleveland at Penguins

Sat`Dec. 8`3:05 p.m.`Bridgeport at Penguins

Sat`Dec. 9`5 p.m.`Penguins at Hershey

Wed`Dec. 12`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Springfield

Sat`Dec. 15`7:05 p.m.`Lehigh Valley at Penguins

Sat`Dec. 16`3 p.m.`Penguins at Bridgeport

Wed`Dec. 19`7:05 p.m.`Bridgeport at Penguins

Fri`Dec. 21`7 p.m.`Penguins at Hershey

Sat`Dec. 22`7 p.m.`Penguins at Syracuse

Wed`Dec. 26`7:05 p.m.`Lehigh Valley at Penguins

Fri`Dec. 28`7:05 p.m.`Hershey at Penguins

Sat`Dec. 29`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Lehigh Valley

Mon`Dec. 31`6:05 p.m.`Penguins at Binghamton

Fri`Jan. 4`7:05 p.m.`Grand Rapids at Penguins

Sat`Jan. 5`7:05 p.m.`Milwaukee at Penguins

Fri`Jan. 11`7 p.m.`Penguins at Charlotte

Sat`Jan. 12`6 p.m.`Penguins at Charlotte

Fri`Jan. 18`7:05 p.m.`Rochester at Penguins

Sat`Jan. 19`7:05 p.m.`Hershey at Penguins

Mon`Jan. 21`1:05 p.m.`Lehigh Valley at Penguins

Wed`Jan. 23`10:30 a.m.`Penguins at Bridgeport

Sat`Jan. 26`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Binghamton

Fri`Feb. 1`7:05 p.m.`Cleveland at Penguins

Sat`Feb. 2`7:05 p.m.`Bridgeport at Penguins

Wed`Feb. 6`8 p.m.`Penguins at Rockford

Fri`Feb. 8`8 p.m.`Penguins at Milwaukee

Sat`Feb. 9`8 p.m.`Penguins at Grand Rapids

Wed`Feb. 13`7 p.m.`Penguins at Hershey

Sat`Feb. 16`7:05 p.m.`Utica at Penguins

Sat`Feb. 17`3 p.m.`Penguins at Hartford

Fri`Feb. 22`7:05 p.m.`Hershey at Penguins

Sat`Feb. 24`3:05 p.m.`Rockford at Penguins

Fri`Mar. 1`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Providence

Sat`Mar. 2`7:30 p.m.`Penguins at Hartford

Wed`Mar. 6`7:05 p.m.`Lehigh Valley at Penguins

Fri`Mar. 8`7:05 p.m.`Hartford at Penguins

Sat`Mar. 9`7:05 p.m.`Syracuse at Penguins

Wed`Mar. 13`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Lehigh Valley

Sat`Mar. 16`7:05 p.m.`Providence at Penguins

Sat`Mar. 17`3:05 p.m.`Toronto at Penguins

Tue`Mar. 19`7 p.m.`Penguins at Hershey

Fri`Mar. 22`7:05 p.m.`Lehigh Valley at Penguins

Sat`Mar. 23`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Lehigh Valley

Sat`Mar. 24`3:05 p.m.`Springfield at Penguins

Wed`Mar. 27`7:05 p.m.`Providence at Penguins

Sat`Mar. 30`7:05 p.m.`Springfield at Penguins

Tue`Apr. 2`10:30 a.m.`Penguins at Bridgeport

Fri`Apr. 5`7:05 p.m.`Binghamton at Penguins

Sat`Apr. 6`7:05 p.m.`Penguins at Lehigh Valley

Sat`Apr. 7`3:05 p.m.`Penguins at Lehigh Valley

Fri`Apr. 12`7 p.m.`Penguins at Utica

Sat`Apr. 13`7:05 p.m.`Bridgeport at Penguins

Sat`Apr. 14`3:05 p.m.`Binghamton at Penguins

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will face the Hershey Bears 12 times in the 2018-19 season. The American Hockey League released team schedules on Tuesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL031918Penguins-Hershey_5-2.jpgThe Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will face the Hershey Bears 12 times in the 2018-19 season. The American Hockey League released team schedules on Tuesday. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Times Leader

By Tom Venesky

[email protected]

To view the 2018-19 season schedule, visit www.wbspenguins.com/schedule.

Reach Tom Venesky at 570-991-6395 or on Twitter @TomVenesky

Reach Tom Venesky at 570-991-6395 or on Twitter @TomVenesky