WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned forward Reid Gardiner to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.
Gardiner leads Wheeling with 26 goals this season, which also ranks second among all ECHL rookies. His 44 points is also good enough to be tied for fourth on the team. Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humboldt, Saskatchewan native then posted 12 goals and three assists for 15 points in 10 games in January to be named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month once again.
The 22-year-old forward has appeared in 10 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2017-18 campaign, putting up one goal and two assists for three points in that time. His first goal of the season came on Friday, Feb. 23 against the Rockford IceHogs.
Gardiner spent the first half of last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He has nine points (4G-5A) in 33 career AHL games.
The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 2, when they trek to the Midwest and face-off against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.
Puck drop for Star Wars Night between the Penguins and Griffins is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.