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PENGUINS SPOTLIGHT - BRETT STERLING

STERLING SEES SOMETHING SPECIAL – By Scott Stuccio Winning isn’t something foreign to new Penguins left winger Brett Sterling. It was just over two years ago that he was celebrating with his Chicago Wolves teammates after he scored the final goal in Game Six of the 2008 Calder Cup Finals at Allstate Arena. The Penguins’ goaltender was none other than John Curry, who was completing a surreal season in his AHL debut. This wasn’t the first time Sterling had faced Curry before he turned pro.… read more
Posted on 11/30/10

JOEY HADDAD REASSIGNED TO PENGUINS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Penguins have reassigned left wing Joey Haddad from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced on Monday. Haddad, 21, joins the Penguins for the first time this season. He is currently tied for the scoring lead on the Nailers with ten points (4G, 6A) in 12 games. His plus-5 rating also leads all Nailers players. Haddad finished with 20 points (7G, 13A) and 52 penalty minutes in 34 games with Wheeling last season. The 6-2,… read more
Posted on 11/15/10

RYAN CRAIG NAMED PENGUINS’ TEAM CAPTAIN

Ryan Craig has been named the 16th captain in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history, it was announced on Thursday by head coach John Hynes.  Voting for team captain was done completely by the players, Hynes said, and the vote was unanimous.“We’re happy with the players we have, we have great experience, and all are true professionals,” Hynes said.  “Ryan fits the captain’s mold perfectly and we know all the captains will do a great job on and off the ice.”In addition to the eight games… read more
Posted on 11/11/10

PENGUINS SPOTLIGHT - VIM, VIGOR, VITALE

VIM, VIGOR, VITALE – By Scott Stuccio Cam Janssen is a crash-the-net, mix-it-up, grinding player who was known as an enforcer on the ice. He spent 207 games in the NHL and amassed 546 penalty minutes to date. At age 26, he still has a long way to go in his pro career. Paul Ranheim turned pro during the 1988-89 season and went on to a very prominent NHL career. He appeared in 1,013 games with Calgary, Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, and Phoenix before retiring in 2003. He ended up with 360 points… read more
Posted on 11/08/10

CURRY, THIESSEN NAMED REEBOK/AHL GOALTENDERS OF THE MONTH

The American Hockey League announced Monday that John Curry and Brad Thiessen of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have been named co-winners of the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month award for October. Curry and Thiessen split the goaltending chores and combined to go 8-0-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage as the Penguins remained the league’s only unbeaten team. Thiessen (4-0-0, 1.96, .930) and Curry (4-0-0, 1.72, .940) alternated starts, beginning with Thiessen’s… read more
Posted on 11/01/10

PETERSEN REASSIGNED TO WHEELING; FATA RELEASED

WILKES-BARRE, PA – The Pittsburgh Penguins have reassigned right wing Nick Petersen from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), it was announced on Monday. Petersen appeared in three games with the Penguins, going scoreless. The 21-year-old native of Wakefield, Quebec spent last season with the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) where he posted 79 points (39G, 40A) in 59 games, finishing third on the team in scoring. The 6-2, 189-lb. winger also posted 119 points (48G, 71A)… read more
Posted on 10/25/10

PENGUINS DEFEAT BEARS, CLAIM FIFTH STRAIGHT VICTORY

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Joe Vitale scored two goals, one shorthanded, and Brad Thiessen turned aside 30 shots to help the Penguins to their fifth consecutive win to start the season, 3-2 over the Hershey Bears. For the first time on home ice, the Penguins tallied the game’s first goal and it came while the squad was killing a Bears penalty. Vitale managed to block a Bears pass along the boards and carry it along to lead a two-on-one rush. With only Sheldon Souray defending, Vitale took advantage… read more
Posted on 10/23/10

Penguins Spoil Charlotte Debut

Dustin Jeffrey netted two goals and Brad Thiessen made 30 saves to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night. The game was the first regular season home contest for the Checkers, the new AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. Jeffrey opened the scoring with an unassisted power play goal midway through the first period. Jerome Samson tallied during a 5-on-3 power play for the Checkers to tie the score early in the second. But Jeffrey put the Pens back in front for… read more
Posted on 10/16/10

PENGUINS SPOTLIGHT - HEAD COACH JOHN HYNES

NEW COACH BRINGS SAME SUCCESS – By Scott Stuccio Fifteen years ago, John Hynes was celebrating a national championship with his Boston University Terriers teammates. This past summer, he had a chance to join that team for a reunion in Massachusetts. Now, Hynes has another reunion to enjoy – with many of the players he helped coach last season in northeastern Pennsylvania. Only this time, he is the one running the show. Upon the promotion of Todd Reirden to Pittsburgh Penguins’ assistant coach… read more
Posted on 10/15/10

PENGUINS SKATE PAST PHANTOMS, WIN SECOND STRAIGHT

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Joe Vitale scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period, and John Curry turned aside 25 shots in his season debut to help the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to their second straight win, 2-1 over the Adirondack Phantoms on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. For the second straight game, the Penguins gave up the opening goal, but this time within the game’s opening minute. Curry’s attempt at playing the puck around the end boards deflected… read more
Posted on 10/13/10
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