Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins blanked 4-0 by Albany

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins didn’t start out their seven-game road trip as they would have liked, falling 4-0 to the Albany Devils Friday night.

The Devils held a 1-0 advantage after 40 minutes of play, then used a three-goal third period to put the Penguins away for good.

Albany outshot the Penguins 34-24. The Devils managed to score on half of their six shots in the final period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Tristan Jarry lost for just the ninth time this season. Jarry made 33 saves in the loss.

The Penguins failed to convert on their lone power play of the game, a second-period holding call on Albany’s Josh Jacobs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is back on the road Saturday at Springfield for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.

Pens bring up Hilbrich

The Penguins announced Friday that recalled forward Christian Hilbrich from the Wheeling Nailers.

Hilbrich, a 6-foot-7 forward, has posted 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points and 30 penalty minutes in 48 games with the Nailers this season. The 24-year-old has a team-best plus-22 rating, and made his AHL debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against the Devils.

In his last game with Wheeling on Feb. 15, the first-year pro posted three assists en route to a 6-3 Nailers win against Brampton. On Jan. 15, Hilbrich netted a hat-trick as part of a career-high four point game. He was later named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for his efforts after collecting nine points (5G-4A) in four games that weekend.

The Port Credit, Ont. native is a graduate of Cornell University, appearing in 111 games over four seasons and posting 27 goals and 21 assists for 48 points. He was named team captain for his senior season.

Defensemen recalled

Prior to the loss, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had two defensemen promoted to Pittsburgh.

Cameron Gaunce and Steve Oleksy both got the call earlier on Friday after the big club lost two defensmen to injury in a game on Thursday.

With Pittsburgh’s Olli Maatta out six weeks after hand surgery and Justin Schultz suffering a concussion, both Gaunce and Olesky could be away from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the foreseeable future.

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