BLUEGER, BURTON BOTH SCORE TWICE IN PENS’ OT WIN OVER DEVILS

 


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins received two-goal performances from Teddy Blueger and Jarrett Burton to defeat the Binghamton Devils in overtime, 4-3, on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (16-8-2-1) survived a three-goal outburst by Binghamton from the first period, forced extra time, and eventually earned Michael Leighton his first victory in a Penguins uniform ( BOXSCORE ).

The Penguins started off the scoring when Adam Johnson raced up the ice to beat out an icing call, and then set up Blueger in the low slot with a beautiful pass at 4:19 of the first period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton added to its lead four minutes later with Burton redirecting a point shot from Kevin Czuczman past Binghamton goalie Ken Appleby.

The Devils got on the board on the power play as John Quenneville ripped one from the top of the circle and beat Leighton glove side at 12:37 of the opening frame. Nick Lappin evened the score at 15:31 of the first period.

Binghamton delivered a shorthanded goal from Michael Latta on a two-on-one rush with Tim Kennedy that granted the Devils a 3-2 lead with only 54 seconds before the first intermission.


After a scoreless, special-teams filled second stanza, the Penguins finally found an equalizer with one of the strangest goals of the season. Cody Wydo and Burton engaged in a battle for the puck with a Devils defender in the corner of the Binghamton zone, and when the puck hopped free, Burton swatted it up into the air. After roughly three seconds of hang time, the puck dropped off of Appleby’s back and across the goal line for Burton’s first multi-goal game of his AHL career. The tying goal came at 7:15 of the third period, and ultimately forced the contest to overtime.

With under a minute left to play in the extra period, Blueger tapped in his second tally of the night thanks to a tape-to-tape pass from Jean-Sébastien Dea, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the 4-3 victory.

Leighton recorded 28 saves in his first career start with the Penguins, while Appleby turned aside 31 of 35 shots faced for the Devils.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 23 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday’s game also serves as the Penguins’ Festivus Celebration, including a Festivus pole on the concourse and specialty Festivus jerseys to be auctioned off during the game. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms on Festivus Night also has a special 5:05 p.m. start time. 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS GET TIFFELS AND WYDO FROM WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has recalled forward Cody Wydo from Wheeling.

Tiffels, 22, has posted four goals and eight assists for 12 points over the course of the first 15 ECHL games of his career. The Cologne, Germany native and first-year pro has appeared in five games for the Penguins this season and scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch.

Wydo, 26, is playing in his third season of professional hockey and currently leads the Nailers in points with 30 (13G-17A). His 13 goals are also tied for first on the team, and his 17 assists rank tied for second. This comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). Over the course of his 164-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 67 goals and 79 assists for 146 total points.

Wydo appeared in three games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season and scored his first and only AHL goal on Apr. 9, 2017 at Providence.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the first meeting of the season between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/19/17

Penguins prep for Devils, Phantoms and Festivus

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-2-1) has scored 15 goals in its last four games

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Springfield 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rattled off five unanswered goals en route to stunning Springfield, 6-3. Greg McKegg scored his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to kickstart a comeback, followed by a two-tally outburst from Daniel Sprong. Zach Aston-Reese had three assists, while Shavertown native Patrick McGrath sealed the “W” with his first goal of the season.

Friday, Dec. 15 – PENGUINS 3 at Hartford 7
The Penguins went into Friday having won 10-straight games against the Wolf Pack, but couldn’t make it 11. The Pens allowed seven goals for the first time since Jan. 28, 2012. However, Sprong managed to score for the fourth contest in a row.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS 2 at Bridgeport 3 (OT)
In a back and forth, well-contested game by both teams, the Sound Tigers used an overtime power play to secure the extra point in the standings. Casey DeSmith posted 30 saves in a losing effort, while Aston-Reese forced OT with his first goal since Nov. 12.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 22 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
The Binghamton Devils step through the doors of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for their first time in the team’s regular season history on Friday. The Penguins already took on the Devils once in their barn, defeating them, 4-3.

Saturday, Dec. 23 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins will air their grievances on Festivus Night against their in-state rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The season series between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley has been tight so far, with the Pens holding a narrow 3-2-0-0 edge through five games.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals (15), shots on goal (82), and also tied for most power play goals among rookies (7).

– Zach Aston-Reese’s three-assist game on Wednesday was his second three-assist game of the season and the third three-point game of his career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 4-0-1 when tied after two periods last week, one of only three teams who are undefeated in regulation in that scenario (min. three instances).

– Ryan Haggerty is in a five-way tie for the best shooting percentage in the AHL (33.3%).

– Thomas Di Pauli ranks second in the AHL in insurance goals with four this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 27 18 7 2 0 38 .708
2. Charlotte 29 19 9 0 1 39 .660
3. Lehigh Valley 30 18 9 1 2 39 .652
4. PENGUINS 26 15 8 2 1 33 .635
5. Bridgeport 27 13 11 2 1 29 .542
6. Hartford 29 11 12 3 3 28 .500
7. Hershey 29 12 14 0 3 27 .463
8. Springfield 31 12 18 1 0 25 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 25 15 7 22
Ryan Haggerty 16 10 6 16
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 26 6 8 14
Kevin Czuczman^ 22 1 13 14
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Sean Maguire 4 1-1-0 2.19 .924 0
Casey DeSmith 15 10-3-2 2.60 .914 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                              TIME    

Fri, Dec. 22       Binghamton      Mohegan Sun Arena             7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 23     Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena            5:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Dec. 16       (D) Kevin Spinozzi                              Signed to SPC

Mon, Dec. 18    (C) Jarrett Burton                       Recalled from WHL

Mon, Dec. 18    (D) Jeff Taylor             Reassigned by PIT from WHL

JARRETT BURTON AND JEFF TAYLOR RETURN TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON FROM WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have recalled forward Jarrett Burton from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Furthermore, the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned defenseman Jeff Taylor from Wheeling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Burton has played in nine games this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording one goal and one assist in that time. The 26-year-old from Echo Bay, Ontario posted two goals and one assist for three points in five games with the Nailers this season. He has 80 points (33G-47A) in 118 career ECHL games, all spent with Wheeling.

Taylor signed an amateur tryout agreement with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton late last season and skated in six games for the Penguins in 2016-17. After sustaining a pre-season injury, the Clifton Park, New York defenseman rehabbed with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being reassigned to Wheeling on Nov. 8, 2017. He put up six points (2G-4A) in 14 games with the Nailers, including his first professional goal on Nov. 17 at Norfolk.

Taylor was selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh round (203rd overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the first meeting of the season between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.


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PENGUINS FORCE OVERTIME, BUT LOSE TO SOUND TIGERS, 3-2

BOXSCORE

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Bridgeport Sound Tigers enjoyed a back-and-forth contest full of scoring chances and great goaltending on both sides at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night. The game was so evenly matched, that it required overtime, with Bridgeport emerging as the victor, 3-2.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-2-1) earned a crucial point in the standings by forcing overtime with a late goal from rookie forward Zach Aston-Reese, but couldn’t stave off the Sound Tigers during a man advantage in OT.

Greg McKegg got the Penguins on the board first, scoring on a wrap-around try 6:56 into the game.

Early in the second period, Bridgeport goalie Kristers Gudļevskis removed himself from the game with what was later announced as a lower body injury, and Christopher Gibson had to take his place in the Sound Tigers’ crease. Gibson performed well in his sudden relief appearance, denying the Penguins on all nine shots they threw his way in the second period.

While Gibson held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at bay for the majority of the middle frame, Devon Toews brought Bridgeport even with its opponent by scoring 1:14 prior to the second intermission.

The third period was spent with the two clubs trading power play opportunities, and Scott Eansor gave Bridgeport a 2-1 lead with a man advantage marker at 13:46 of the final frame. Zach Aston-Reese answered for the Penguins 1:54 later, sending the game to overtime.

Sebastian Aho earned Bridgeport the extra point by scoring on the backdoor during a carryover power play that spanned the third period and into overtime. Aho’s goal, the defenseman’s fourth game-winner this season, game the Sound Tigers the 3-2 win just 26 second into the extra period.

Casey DeSmith made 30 saves in the loss. Gudļevskis recorded seven saves before being replaced by Gibson, who turned aside 14 of 15 shots faced to earn the win.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMAN KEVIN SPINOZZI

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Kevin Spinozzi to an American Hockey League contract for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Spinozzi has been with the Penguins on a professional tryout agreement since September when he made the team out of training camp. The first-year pro has appeared in six games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season and earned his first AHL point with an assist yesterday, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at Hartford.

Prior to turning pro, the Granby, Québec native played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Sarnia Sting. Last year, Spinozzi set career highs in goals (13) and points (41) while serving as captain of the Sting. He wrapped up his OHL career with 28 goals and 85 assists for 113 points in 275 games played.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Saturday, Dec. 16, as they take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON FALLS AT HARTFORD, 7-3

 

BOXSCORE

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins suffered a 7-3 defeat at the hands of the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at XL Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-1-1) surrendered a bevy of goals in a short period of time early in the second period that put it in a hole that it was never able to escape. John Gilmour, Scott Kosmachuk and Peter Holland all recorded three-point games for Hartford.

The Wolf Pack opened the scoring at 6:52 of the first period. Defenseman Ryan Graves joined an odd-man rush headed towards the Penguins’ net and was fed a trailing feed from Cole Schneider before ripping it past Casey DeSmith.

Thomas Di Pauli raced up ice while the two teams were skating at four-on-four and slid a backhand shot under Marek Mazanec to tie the game, 1-1, with 6:31 left in the opening frame. However, Hartford’s Kosmachuk converted on the power play two minutes after the Di Pauli tally, putting the Wolf Pack back in the lead.

Hartford unloaded three goals before the second period was four minutes old to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Gilmour scored twice, 2:32 apart, effectively ending DeSmith’s night. He was replaced by Sean Maguire who allowed a rebound goal to Gabriel Fontaine 16 seconds into his relief appearance.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started to chip away at the mighty deficit midway through the middle frame when Teddy Blueger corralled a favorable bounce off the end boards, banked it off Mazanec’s back and across the goal line.

The Penguins has several strong scoring chances early in the third, but either hit the post or were denied by Mazanec. The Wolf Pack notched goals six and seven courtesy of Fontaine and Anthony DeAngelo at 7:21 and 8:09 of the third period, respectively.

Daniel Sprong posted his team-leading 15th goal of the season at 9:20 of the final frame of regulation, brining the game to its final score of 7-3.

DeSmith made seven saves on 11 shots before being replaced by Maguire, who denied the Wolf Pack 24 times on 27 shots faced. Mazanec made 31 saves in the win.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 16, as they stay in the confines of Connecticut to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SOAR PAST THUNDERBIRDS, 6-3

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a two-goal deficit, defeating the Springfield Thunderbirds, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-7-1-1) tallied five unanswered goals in the final two frames to earn its second win in a row. Rookies Daniel Sprong (2G-0A) and Zach Aston-Reese (0G-3A) led the offensive onslaught for the Penguins, and Patrick McGrath (1G-0A) scored the second AHL goal of his career and first on home ice.

Andrey Pedan put the home team on board first at 14:55 of the opening frame, but the Thunderbirds evened things up less than two minutes on a point shot by Maxime Fortunus. Springfield pulled ahead, 2-1, just 90 seconds later when Maxim Mamin used slick stickhandling in a tight space at Casey DeSmith’s netfront and lifted the puck over the goaltender.

The Thunderbirds’ lead increased to 3-1 at 8:43 of the middle frame when a strange bounce victimized DeSmith and the Penguins. Chase Balisy attempted a cross-slot pass that ricocheted off of a Penguins defenseman’s boot and then snuck through DeSmith.

Unfazed by the inopportune puck luck, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took over from there.

The Penguins’ run of five unanswered goals started with Greg McKegg scooped up a rebound floating around Samuel Montembeault for his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 12:50 of the second period. Less than three minutes later, Sprong scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season by ripping a blistering one-timer to tie the game, 3-3.

The Penguins regained the lead at 5:07 of the final period as Sprong notched his team-leading 14th goal of the year. Following a wonderful forecheck, Aston-Reese set-up Ryan Haggerty 8:24 into the third stanza for a tally that extended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead to 5-3.

McGrath, a Shavertown, Pennsylvania native, put the game away with an empty-netter with just 1:07 left in regulation, bringing the game to its final score of 6-3.

DeSmith turned aside 24 of the 27 shots he faced in his first game back with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after a two-week stint in Pittsburgh. Montembeault denied 30 of 35 for Springfield.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 15 when they trek up to Connecticut to take on the Hartford Wolf Pack. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/12/17

Penguins try to keep the ball rolling after statement win

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-7-1-1) comes off of 4-1 victory at Hershey to face Springfield for first time

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – PENGUINS 0 at Lehigh Valley 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was shut-out for the first time this season. Wednesday marked the first time this season that the Penguins outshot their opponent and didn’t come away with the win (39-35).

Friday, Dec. 8 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Charlotte 2
Sean Maguire made his first start of the season for the Penguins and performed admirably, making 28 saves in defeat. Daniel Sprong scored early in the third period, notching his team-leading 11th goal and sixth power play goal.

Sunday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton erupted for a three-goal first period to defeat its I-81 rival. Sprong scored again, tightening his grip on the team lead in goals (12) and power play goals (7). Zach Trotman scored a man advantage marker for the Pens, too, his first AHL goal since Feb. 14, 2015.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
The Thunderbirds face the Penguins for the first time this season. Springfield ranks last in the AHL (10-17-1-0), but beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in four of six meetings last year.

Friday, Dec. 15 – PENGUINS at Hartford
The Penguins are 1-0-0-0 against the Wolf Pack this season, a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout triumph on Oct. 21. Hartford scored two power play goals in that game, and its power play remains the best in the Eastern Conference today (20.5%).

Saturday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Bridgeport for the second time this season. The Penguins put forth a commanding 5-2 victory in their last visit to Webster Bank Arena on Oct. 28.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the most goals among rookies (12) and also tied for most power play goals by a rookie (7). His seven power play goals also ranks second overall in the league.

– Sprong leads all AHL rookies with 70 shots on goal.

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, nine of Sprong’s 17 career AHL goals have come on the power play.

– The Penguins have won the past six games in which Thomas Di Pauli scored a goal.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose to Hershey in regulation this season, going 3-0-1-1 against its I-81 rival.

– Andrey Pedan played in his 200th AHL game on Friday.

– Lukas Bengtsson is three points shy of his 100th point as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 24 16 6 2 0 34 .708
2. Charlotte 25 16 8 0 1 33 .660
3. PENGUINS 23 14 7 1 1 30 .652
4. Lehigh Valley 26 15 8 1 2 33 .635
5. Bridgeport 24 12 10 1 1 26 .542
6. Hershey 27 12 12 0 3 27 .500
7. Hartford 27 10 12 3 2 25 .463
8. Springfield 28 10 17 1 0 21 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 22 12 7 19
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 23 6 8 14
Kevin Czuczman^ 22 1 13 14
Ryan Haggerty 13 9 4 13

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 12 9-2-1 2.29 .924 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                             TIME    

Wed, Dec. 13    Springfield       Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 15        Hartford            XL Center                                  7:15 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 16     Bridgeport        Webster Bank Arena             7:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Dec. 8          (C) Jarrett Burton                        Reassigned to WHL

Sat, Dec. 9         (D) Kevin Czuczman                          Recalled by PIT

Sat, Dec. 9         (D) Frank Corrado                         Reassigned by PIT

Sun, Dec. 10      (D) Ethan Prow         Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Tue, Dec. 12        (G) Casey DeSmith                       Reassigned by PIT

PENGUINS DROP FOUR GOALS ON BEARS IN SUNDAY VICTORY

BOXSCORE

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made a triumphant return to the win column on Sunday evening by beating the Hershey Bears, 4-1, at Giant Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-7-1-1) came out firing on all cylinders from the drop of the first puck and never looked back as they defeated their I-81 rival for the third time this season.

The Penguins erupted for three goals in the first period by taking advantage of the Bears’ errors and burying them into the back of the net. First, Christian Thomas collected a turnover in the slot and turned it into a slap shot goal at 7:15 of the first period. Daniel Sprong annihilated a one-timer to the top corner during a two man advantage at 10:10 of the opening frame, and then Thomas Di Pauli grabbed another Hershey turnover less than two minutes later and put it behind Pheonix Copley for a 3-0 Penguins lead.

Hershey got on the board before first intermission though with Tyler Graovac completing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence by the Bears when only 17.4 seconds remained in the opening frame.

Both teams were held off the scoresheet in the second period, mostly due to the strong play of Penguins goaltender Sean Maguire. Maguire turned aside 10 shots in the middle frame, and ultimately recorded 18 saves when the game was over for his first win of the season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored another two-man advantage marker at 9:48 of the third period, extending its lead to 4-1. Defenseman Zach Trotman unleashed a potent slap shot from the top of the slot, scoring his first AHL goal since Feb. 14, 2015.

The Penguins’ power play finished the night going two-for-eight, while their penalty kill staved off three of the Bears’ four man advantages.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Dec. 13 against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is 7:05 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.