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A GREAT START FOR GUENTZEL

by Paige Stuppy Jake Guentzel exploded in playoff action, putting up 14 points (5G-9A) to lead all players in the Calder Cup Playoffs by the time the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ run was over. He hadn’t even played a full season in the AHL yet. Guentzel joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton near the end of the 2015-16 regular season, making his AHL debut against Binghamton on Mar. 23. During his 11 regular season games with the team, he posted two goals and four assists. Those were less notable… read more
Posted on 05/26/16

THE CAPTAIN RETURNS FOR ANOTHER YEAR

May 24, 2016 by Nick Hart   It didn’t take long after the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ season came to an end for fans to stop and wonder if Tom Kostopoulos had played his final game. No one has to wonder any more. The captain is coming back. Kostopoulos, 37-years-young and a living legend as the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, and points, inked a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Penguins on Tuesday, extending his career to an… read more
Posted on 05/24/16

OBSTACLES OR OPPORTUNITIES

By Brian Coe Tom Kostopoulos has seen a lot in his 17 years of professional hockey.  But the 2015-16 season was something totally new for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain. “This year it was something I never experienced before,” relayed the veteran of more than 1200 professional games.  “The beginning of the season was amazing for us, and then there were a lot of changes, with guys going to Pittsburgh and injuries and a coaching change. But I thought everyone… read more
Posted on 05/23/16

THE PIPELINE - MAY 11, 2016

May 11, 2016 GAME SIX vs. WASHINGTON There were 11 one-time Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who dressed for Game Six between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. o   Eight of those players suited up for Pittsburgh. §  Olli Maatta (D) made his pro debut with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, appearing in three games with the club during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. §  Brian Dumoulin (D) spent parts of three seasons (2012-15) with WBS,… read more
Posted on 05/11/16

STARS OF GAME 1 SHOWING EXPERIENCE MIGHT BE OVERRATED

May 5, 2016   Heading into any playoffs, pundits squawk about a number of factors that may lead a team to the promised land or send them to their season’s demise. A team’s postseason experience is often one of those talking points. The line of thinking is usually a lack of playoff exposure is bad, and a familiarity with the intense times in the postseason is a necessity. But who needs experience when you have pure talent? The Penguins’ stars in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division… read more
Posted on 05/05/16

PENS POINTS - MAY 5, 2016

Some Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins news and notes following Wednesday night's 4-0 win over the Hershey Bears in Game One of the Atlantic Division Final: ·         The victory was the 100th win in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff history.  The Pens now have an all-time playoff record of 100-91. ·         The Penguins and Bears have met six previous times in the postseason.  In each of… read more
Posted on 05/05/16

SPLIT SERIES

May 3, 2016 The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears have met six previous times in the Calder Cup Playoffs, with each team taking three of those series.  What's more, the teams have ideantical 15-15 marks in playoff games when facing off. As the player with more games in a WBS sweater than anybody else, you’d think Tom Kostopoulos would be keenly aware of the postseason history between the clubs. But five of those six meetings were played during Kostopoulos’ time… read more
Posted on 05/03/16

DeSMITH STEPS IN TO LEAD PENS

By Brian Coe April 26, 2016 Prior to April 10, the sum total of Casey DeSmith’s ice time in the American Hockey League amounted to just 79:57. He outdid that total by nearly 14 minutes on Saturday night alone. DeSmith was in net for every second of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ 5-4, double overtime, series clinching victory over the Providence Bruins.  Three weeks ago, DeSmith playing 93 minutes in the entire postseason would have seemed improbable. But his path to the playoffs… read more
Posted on 04/26/16

TRADE DEADLINE BOLSTERS WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

It was a relatively quiet trade deadline day as it related to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but much more eventful for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  Here’s a look at the moves made today, and how they’ll affect the local Pens. 1)      TRADE - Sergei Plotnikov to the Arizona Coyotes for Matthias Plachta:  Plotnikov never showed the offensive prowess the Penguins had hoped for.  Plachta, also in his first season in North America, had seven points… read more
Posted on 02/29/16

O’NEILL ENJOYS ALL-STAR APPEARANCE

February 1, 2016 SYRACUSE, NY - Will O’Neill and Chris Bourque are not strangers to each other.  They both grew up just outside of Boston, one of the most tightly-intertwined hockey communities.  They’ve also faced off numerous times during the past five seasons in the American Hockey League. So it seemed only natural to put the two on the ice together for Monday night’s AHL All-Star Challenge. Bourque tallied a pair of goals on the night, with O’Neill setting the… read more
Posted on 02/02/16
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