With the Penguins on their all-star game break, Dustin Jeffrey made his way back to Wilkes Barre/Scranton on Wednesday and made his presence felt early in the Baby Pens 6-4 victory over the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday night.
Jeffrey scored a shorthanded goal 6:44 into the game and later added an even strength goal in the win. Jeffrey’s shorthanded marker was his 6th of the season, a league high, and now has 17 goals on the season and a team-high 43 points in 38 games played.
Tim Wallace (14, 15) and Ryan Craig (11, 12) also netted two goals each in the win. Craig earned the game’s No. 1 star, scoring the game winning goal with a power play marker in the third.
Ten Baby Pens recorded points in the victory. Joe Vitale had 3 assists and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo added 2 assists. Bortuzzo is tied for a team-high +17 rating.
John Curry made 34 saves to improved to 17-7-1. Curry was added to the AHL All-Star team this week, replacing the injured Brad Thiessen.
The Baby Pens are 35-11-0 on the season and have a league high 70 points.