CHARLOTTE vs. WBS – OCTOBER 7, 2017

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Penguins and Charlotte Checkers face-off for the first of four season meetings, but tonight is their first game against one another since 2011. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a commanding 7-1-0-0 record in the two clubs’ 2010-11 regular season series, but Charlotte got the better of them in six games during the second round of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins’ hope to capitalize with a new-look power play unit that will feature offensively inclined rookies like Zach Aston-Reese, Adam Johnson and Daniel Sprong as well as the team’s leading scorer from last season, veteran Tom Kostopoulos. However, they may not have many opportunities to make an impact, as the Checkers were the second-least penalized team in the AHL the previous year (10.88 PIM per game).

Charlotte’s power play came up clutch late last night, scoring a tying goal in the third period. Tonight, the Checkers’ man advantage must contend with the Penguins’ penalty kill, which was best in the AHL last season with a 86.9 percent success rate.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is well-rested, prepared for its first game of the season, whereas Charlotte in playing in the second game of a back-to-back this weekend. Last season, the Checkers were 16-12-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.

RECENT ACTION

The Charlotte Checkers kicked off the 2017-18 season and their Atlantic Division residence with a dramatic 5-4 victory spearheaded by rookie Warren Foegele while visiting the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Charlotte started off behind the eight ball when Hartford’s Cole Schneider struck 54 seconds into the game. Foegele, last year’s OHL Playoffs MVP, evened things up in the first period with his first pro goal.

The Wolf Pack popped back on top, 2-1, with a tally courtesy of Ryan Gropp at 2:25 of the middle frame. Hartford’s Joe Whitney and Charlotte’s Lucas Wallmark traded goals less than two minutes apart, and the game headed to the second intermission at a 3-2 score in the home squad’s favor.

Adam Tambellini extended his team’s lead to two goals at 2:42 of the third before Aleksi Saarela chopped it right back down t o one midway through the period.

The Checkers’ power play unit found a 4-4 equalizer from Valentin Zykov 13:06 into the final period of play. Foegele shocked the opening night crowd at XL Center with his second goal of the night, the game-winner, with one minute left in regulation.

ICE CHIPS…

– Tom Kostopoulos begins his 19th season of professional hockey tonight, a career that started in 1999 during the inaugural season of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

– Penguins forward Teddy Blueger not only had the best plus/minus of all AHL rookies last year (+23), but also set Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise record for rookie plus/minus rating.

– In his final year of junior hockey, Daniel Sprong failed to record a point in only nine of his 43 games played, including playoffs.

– Last season’s Penguins were the fifth team to reach the 50-win plateau since the AHL adopted a 76-game schedule in 2011-12.

CHECK MATES…

– Charlotte posted a record of 15-3-3-0 (.785) when Lucas Wallmark scored a goal last season. – The Checkers allowed the fewest shorthanded goals in the AHL last season (3).

– Andrew Poturalski ranked third in rookie scoring last season with 52 points (19G-33A).

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS – MARCH 8, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home for the first time since February 14 this Wednesday night, and they’ll be facing off with the same opponent they saw that evening as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to town.

The Phantoms are 2-2-1-0 in their past five contests, a sting which includes an overtime loss to the Penguins on February 25 in Allentown.

The Penguins are coming off of a seven-game road swing and a 6-3 win over the Hartford WolfPack on Sunday afternoon. The two teams are separated by just six points in the Atlantic Division standings.

Wednesday night’s game is the fifth of 12 meetings between the clubs this year, with the Penguins holding a 3-2-0-0 advantage in the season series.

DATE:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
TICKETS:  570-208-7367 | bit.ly/WBSIndividual 

ABOUT THE PHANTOMS

RECORD 36-18-3-0 (75 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Greg Carey 26
ASSISTS  Andy Miele 34
POINTS  Chris Conner & T.J. Brennan 48
PIM  T.J. Brennan 95
WINS  Alex Lyon 22
GAA  Alex Lyon 2.74

WHO’S HOT:  T.J. BRENNAN had a six-game point streak snapped on Sunday when the Phantoms fell to the Providence Bruins, but the AHL vet had recorded 10 points (4+6) in that span of a half dozen games, including a hat trick against Utica on February 19. That was Brennan’s first multi-goal game of the season. His 17 goals are tops among AHL defensemen.

NEWS AND NOTES:Former Penguins CHRIS CONNER has points in each of the Phantoms’ past seven games (4+5=9) and is eight points shy of his career high of 56 points, set as a member of the Penguins in 2009-10…Conner and Brennan are tied for sixth in the AHL with 48 points…GREG CAREY is second in the AHL with 26 goals this season, one behind Chicago’s WADE MEGAN. His 17 power play goals are tops in the league…Goaltender ALEX LYON leads all rookie puck stoppers with 22 wins and is second with 2100:58 minutes played. His victory total is tied for third among all goalies, one behind the Pens’ TRISTAN JARRYLEHIGH VALLEY’s 22.7 power play percentage (63 for 278) is fifth in the league

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  39-16-3-0 (81 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  20
ASSISTS  Kevin Porter  28
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  44
PIM  Tom Sestito  121
WINS  Tristan Jarry  23
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.27

WHO’S HOT: DOMINIK SIMON has points in four of his past five games (1+5=6) and nine points (3+6) in his past nine contests. He has five assists in his past four games, and has eclipsed his assist total from last season (26 to 23) in 13 fewer games played. His 26 assists are third on the team behind DAVID WARSOFSKY (27) and KEVIN PORTER (28).

NEWS AND NOTES: Goaltender TRISTAN JARRY is second in the AHL with 23 wins, two behind Ontario’s JACK CAMPBELL, but the Penguins netminder has appeared in six fewer games than his California counterpart (42 to 36)…Jarry’s next appearance will be his 70th regular season game with the Penguins, snapping a tie with DANY SABOURIN for 10th place on the team’s all-time list amongst goalies. His 40 career wins are seventh all-time in Penguins history, two behind JEFF DROUIN-DESLAURIERSDAVID WARSOFSKY’S 14 goals are tied for second among AHL blueliners, his 27 assists are seventh, and his 41 points are third. His plus-29 rating is tied for first among all league skaters with San Diego’s JAYCOB MEGNA…The PENGUINS penalty kill continues to hold the top spot in the AHL with an 86.5 success rate (205 of 237)

PENGUINS vs DEVILS – GAME PREVIEW

Devils vs Penguins

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to the New York capital to face off with the Albany Devils on Friday night. It’s the second of two meetings between the teas this season, following on a 3-1 Penguins win on October 26 in Wilkes-Barre.

The Devils (29-21-1-1) currently sit in second place in the North Division, having won three of their past four games.

The Penguins (37-11-3-0) carry a three-game winning streak into their final regular season game in Albany.


DATE:  Friday, February 17, 2017
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Times Union Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK

ABOUT THE DEVILS

RECORD 29-21-1-1, 60 pts | Second in North Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Ben Sexton 18
ASSISTS  Joel Quenneville 24
POINTS  Joel Quenneville 35
PIM  Andrew MacWilliam 79
WINS  Ken Appleby 14
GAA  Ken Appleby 2.42

WHO’S HOT:  Rookie BLAKE COLEMAN has four points (1+3) in the Devils’ past three games, and currently ranks second on the team with 17 goals and 32 points. He’s 10th in the league among rookies in points, and fourth among first-year goal scorers.

NEWS AND NOTESJOEL QUENNEVILLE is fourth among AHL rookies with 35 points and tied for second with 24 assists. His six power play goals are tied for third among first year skaters…Former Penguin BRIAN GIBBONS is fourth on the team with 26 points, and his 11 goals this season equals his previous AHL bests (2011-12 and 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)…BEN SEXTON is tied for the league lead with five game-winning goals…The Devils hold the fifth best penalty killing unit in the AHL with an 84.8% success rate (195 for 230)…Albany is tied for the league lead with seven overtime wins this season.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  37-11–3-0 (77 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS – (Active Players)

GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  18
ASSISTS  David Warsofsky  25
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  40
PIM  Tom Sestito  97
WINS  Tristan Jarry  22
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.22

WHO’S HOT: SAHIR GILL has four points (2+2) in his past two games, and has points in five of his past seven appearances (3+5=8). He has set new AHL bests in assists (11) and points (15) this season.

NEWS AND NOTES: An official scoring change from Tuesday night’s win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms gave TOM KOSTOPOULOS an assist in the contest, allowing the Penguins captain to hit the 40-point mark for the fourth consecutive season, and the eighth time in his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career…OSKAR SUNDQVIST had been scoreless in five games since returning from injury before recording a pair of goals, including a short-handed tally, in Tuesday’s win over the Phantoms…Five of DOMINIK SIMON’s eight goals this season have been game-winners, tying him for the top spot in the AHL…DAVID WARSOFSKY is one assist shy of tying his single season best (26), established with Providence in 2013-14. His 11 goals and 36 points in just 36 games this season are both personal bests for the All-Star defenseman…TRISTAN JARRY is tied for the AHL lead with 22 wins this season, and is currently tied with Marc-Andre Fluery for seventh on the team’s all-time list…The Penguins 86.5 penalty kill rate (189 for 207) is times in the league.

PENGUINS – PHANTOMS TO BECOME FAMILIAR FOES


The rivalry between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms has always been an intense one. But this year’s series between the two teams takes on even more significant when you look at how the two teams have performed thus far this season.

The Penguins currently hold down the top spot in the American Hockey League with a .763 points percentage (61 points in 40 games). There’s just one other club in the AHL with a points percentage over the .700 mark, and that happens to be the Phantoms, who have 52 points in 37 games.

Needless to say, the 11 times the teams meet over the final three months of the season could go a long way in helping to deciding who the Atlantic Division champion will be.

The teams’ stats are strikingly similar.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed the fewest goals against per game in the league at 2.325, while Lehigh Valley is close behind, ranking fourth overall at 2.648.

The Phantoms lead the AHL by averaging 3.675 goals for per game, while the Penguins place third overall at 3.425.

The Penguins have put together a pair of seven-game winning streaks this season, while the Phantoms’ eight-game streak from November 2-18 is tied for the longest in the league this year.

And the Keystone State foes are two of just three clubs (Grand Rapids is the other) to not have a losing or winless streak stretch past two games.

There is some separation on special teams, as Lehigh Valley ranks fifth overall with a 23.5% success rate on the power play, compared to the Penguins’ 10th place showing at 18.9%.

The Penguins flip the script on the PK however, ranking second in the entire league with an 86.7% success rate, while the Phantoms are 16th overall at 82.1%.

So what do those numbers all add up to? We’ll see soon enough.  The clubs begin what’s sure to be a hard-fought stretch of games this Friday night in Allentown.

NOTES: Penguins forward Carter Rowney missed the entire month of December (and part of January) due to injury, but has come back strong since rejoining the lineup. He has five points in his first four games back, and carries a career-best four-game goal streak into this weekend’s action.

Tristan Jarry won his league-leading 17th game of the season on Wednesday night in Hershey, equalling the win total from his rookie campaign. His 34 career wins are ninth on the team’s all-time list. Dany Sabourin is eighth with 38 wins, and Marc-Andre Fleury is seventh with 39.

Tom Kostopoulos is four points away from hitting the 500 mark for his AHL career. His 826 penalty minutes are third on the Penguins all-time list, and just four behind Darcy Verot’s second place total of 830.

The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent is Hershey. Fewer than 400 tickets remain for Saturday night’s contest against the Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

WESTERN NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ seven-game road trip rolls into western New York this weekend, with the league leaders set to take on a pair of North Division foes three times in a four-day span.

The action gets underway Friday night, when the Penguins (26-7-3-0, 55 points, first in Atlantic Division) face off with the Rochester Americans (16-20-0-1, 33 points, sixth in North Division) at 7:05pm.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a 4-1 win over the Amerks back on December 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Lukas Bengtsson notched his first AHL goal in that contest and added an assist; Jake Guentzel and David Warsofsky both matched Bengtsson’s point output; and Casey DeSmith stopped 27 shots for the victory.

The Americans, 2-2-0-0 since the start of the new year, are led by left wing Cole Schneider, whose 36 points puts him third in the league behind the Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (39 points) and Chicago Wolves winger Kenny Agostino (50 points).  Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Cal O’Reilly (7+26=33), also ranks in the top-10 in league scoring with the Americans.

This is the final meeting between the two teams this regular season.

Following Friday night’s contest, the Penguins travel 90 minutes east to Syracuse, where they’ll face off with the Crunch (18-9-2-5, 43 points, first in North Division) in games on Saturday night and Monday afternoon.

The Crunch enter a Friday night contest with the Toronto Marlies riding a six-game point streak, but only two of those six contests have been wins (2-0-2-2 in that time).   Syracuse has a league-high five shootout losses this season.

Matt Taormina paces Syracuse with 33 points (10+23) in 29 games, and ranks tied for sixth in the league in points.  Adam Wilcox has 13 wins in 20 appearances for the Crunch, placing him in a tie for sixth place in the AHL as well.

The Penguins and Crunch have met twice already this season, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winning both contests on home ice.  Kevin Porter netted a pair of shorthanded goals in a 3-1 win  on October 22, then picked up two more goals in a 6-1 drubbing on October 30.  Porter claimed the game-winning goal in both contests.

After this set of games, the Pens and Crunch will meet two more times – January 25 in Wilkes-Barre and March 24 in Syracuse.

WBS BITS (all stats/streaks/standings are as of January 12, 2017) 

Tom Sestito has four goals in his past four appearances with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and has posted six points in that stretch of games dating back to January 6.

Derrick Pouliot has seven points (1+6) in his past five games after going without a point in his first nine games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

Jake Guentzel picked up his 20th goal in his 31st game of the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday night.

Tristan Jarry is tied for second in the league with 15 wins, one behind Lehigh Valley’s Alex Lyon.  Harry’s 2.09 goals against average is fifth overall, and his .923 save percentage is eighth.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 13, against the Rochester Americans. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and their opponent will be the Hershey Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

WARSOFSKY RECALLED; PENS PREP FOR MARLIES

by Jonathan Sabatini

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their road swing with a Wednesday night game against the Toronto Marlies, but they’ll be without the hottest player in the AHL.

David Warsofsky, the recent winner of the CCM/AHL Player of the Week award, was recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, days after netting two goals, including the game-winner, against the Hershey Bears in a 6-5 victory Sunday night at the Giant Center.

This will be Warsofsky’s third stint of the year with Pittsburgh. As coach Clark Donatelli puts it, Warsofsky is the kind of player who will be missed in the Penguins’ lineup.

“You don’t replace him,” said Donatelli before boarding the bus to Toronto to embark on a stretch of four road games in six days. “He’s a special player and a great talent.”

Warsofsky is currently in the middle of an eight-game point streak in which he has recorded four goals and eleven assists, and has recorded a point in thirteen of his last fourteen games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

However, Donatelli sees Warsofsky’s promotion to Pittsburgh as a chance for other players on the team to make their marks on a team which currently sits first in the AHL with a record of 25-7-3-0.

“This is the opportunity for some of our other guys to play and get more ice time. We’re happy to see that David is going up and we’re real happy that some other guys are going to get some more ice time down here, so it works both ways.”

“We feel we can handle that and set them up for success. We want to set them up for the best possibility to have success and be confident and play.”

The Penguins, who are riding a four-game win streak with wins against Hartford, Binghamton, and two against Hershey, are eager to get on the road and play a Toronto team which defeated them on home ice in November.

“We’re excited to get going and it’s always good to play Toronto,” said Donatelli. “It’s a good hockey club. Very talented and obviously very well coached. They’re always very good up top at home so we’re going to have to have our ‘A’ game and manage the puck.”

The road trip starts in Toronto on Wednesday night with games against Rochester and two against Syracuse following. Donatelli said it will be a challenge, but knows his guys will be ready to play when the puck drops.

“Those are some really good teams who are all very-well coached. It’s the consistency that keeps up sharp when we have to. We’ve gone through some times here now where we don’t play our ‘A’ game and we’re in trouble right away. As of right now, the consistency is pretty good and the leadership group in here is holding it together and the guys seem to be playing pretty good.”

NOTES:  It was also announced Wednesday that goaltender Tristan Jarry has been reassigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/

PREVIEW: PENS vs BEARS – DECEMBER 9

Hershey vs Penguins

 

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears meet in a matchup of heated rivals and AHL leaders. The Penguins are currently tied with the Bears for the most points (31) in the league this season, with Wilkes-Barre holding a slight lead in the Atlantic Division standings via points percentage. Friday night’s game is the fourth meeting between the teams this season, and the first in NEPA. The Penguins have a 2-1-0-0 mark against the Bears so far this season, with both victories coming in overtime.


DATE:  Friday, December 9, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
TICKETS:  Mohegan Sun Arena box office or 570-208-7367

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 13-4-4-1 (31 pts) | Second in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Christian Thomas 11
ASSISTS  Travis Boyd 15
POINTS  Travis Boyd 21
PIM  Tyler Lewington 63
WINS  Joe Cannata 8
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.10

WHO’S HOT:  Forward TRAVIS BOYD carries a seven-game point streak (4+6=10) into this weekend’s action. Boyd scored four goals in a three-game span from November 26-December 3. He ranks ninth overall in the AHL with 21 points (6+15) while his 15 assists are tied for sixth.

NEWS AND NOTES:CHRIS BOURQUE is two points shy of 600 for his AHL career…The Bears have scored the first goal of the game 15 times this season (most in the AHL) and are 11-0-3-1 in those games…Former Penguins forward ZACH SILL hit the century mark last Sunday, notching an empty net goal against Syracuse for his 100th AHL point.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  14-4-3-0 (31 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel, Oskar Sundqvist, J.S. Dea  7
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel, Tom Kostopoulos  10
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  17
PIM  Patrick McGrath  39
WINS  Tristan Jarry  9
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.82

WHO’S HOT: Captain TOM KOSTOPOULOS has five points (0+5) in his past three games, and has eight points (2+6) in his past seven contests.

NEWS AND NOTES: The next time CHAD RUHWEDEL hits the ice, he will be appearing in his 200th AHL game… DOMINIK SIMON has four goals this season, and three of those are game-winning tallies. He’s tied for first in the league with that total…Tristan Jarry is tied for their in the league with nine wins this season…CASEY DeSMITH is the only net minder to play at least 420 minutes this season and not suffer a regulation loss…TEDDY BLUEGER and TOM SESTITO could both make their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season debuts this weekend after being reassigned to the team by the Pittsburgh Penguins this week.

PENGUINS PRACTICE REPORT – December 1

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins get to know their Atlantic Division foes pretty well over the course of a season.  With between eight and 12 games versus each of the local opponents, the Penguins have plenty of first-hand experience to draw upon for future games.

But it’s very rare that the Pens get to face North Division opponents on back-to-back nights.

This weekend would be the exception though, as the birds in black and gold head to Newfoundland to face the St. John’s IceCaps in a two-game set.

Traveling to St. John’s is a challenge for most AHL clubs.  The remote location (the furthest point east in North America) means there are no direct domestic flights, so the Penguins bus to Toronto, then fly out to the Maritimes.

Because of the time commitment it takes to get to St. John’s, it’s only natural that all visitors make the most of their stays by playing a pair of games.  And that actually can be of a benefit on the ice.

The Penguins can read the stat sheets and watch video to get an idea of what the IceCaps are putting on the ice.  But the players can really get first-hand knowledge of systems and style of play by facing off with the opposition.

“We know going in they have a strong team and they work hard,” said Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos, who played his first ever pro game at the Mile One Centre on October 12, 1999 against the St. John’s Maple Leafs.  “You can learn a lot from the first night going into the second night.”

The Penguins return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling 570-208-7367.

PREVIEW: Bears vs Penguins – November 23, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears meet up for the second time in the past five days in Hershey.  The Penguins have taken the first two meetings at the Giant Center, with both victories coming in overtime.  Tonight’s game is the third of 12 meetings between the club’s this season.

Newcomer Danny Kristo and head coach Clark Donatelli talk about the newly acquired forwards play and possible role with the Penguins..

Head coach Clark Donatelli talks about meeting familiar foes this week.


TONIGHT’S GAME INFO

DATE:  Wednesday, November 23, 2016
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Giant Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-3-1 (20 pts) | Fourth in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jakub Vrana 9
ASSISTS  Chris Bourque 12
POINTS  Chris Bourque 16
PIM  Tyler Lewington 52
WINS  Joe Cannata 5
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.16

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Liam O’Brien entered last week’s action with no points to show in his first nine games of the season. Now he carries a three-game point streak (2+2) into Wednesday night’s action.

NEWS AND NOTES:A pair of Bears forwards are closing in on significant games-played milestones this week.  Garrett Mitchell is sitting on 297 games played in the AHL, all with the Bears.  He played his first game with Hershey during the 2009-10 season…Chris Bourque enters Wednesday night’s action with 598 games played in the AHL and will likely hit the 600 mark this Friday against the Springfield Thunderbirds.

 

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  12-3-1-0 (25 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel*  7
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel *  10
POINTS  Jake Guentzel*  17
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  7
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.40

*= currently with Pittsburgh

WHO’S HOT:  Garrett Wilson picked up three points (1+2) in a pair of games last weekend, and has five points (1+4) in his past five games.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Forward Danny Kristo figures to make his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut tonight after being acquired by the Penguins from the St. Louis Blues/Chicago Wolves in exchange for Reid McNeill over the weekend.  He’ll wear #7 for the Penguins….Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating…Casey DeSmith’s .949 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.

PREVIEW: Bears vs Penguins – November 19, 2016

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins make the quick trip down I-81 to face the Hershey Bears tonight at 7:00pm This is the second meeting between the clubs this season, after the Penguins took a 2-1 overtime win on October 23. Dominik Simon ended that game with a penalty shot winner.


DATE:  Saturday, November 19, 2016
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Giant Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-2-1 (19 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jakub Vrana 8
ASSISTS  Chris Bourque 12
POINTS  Chris Bourque 16
PIM  Tyler Lewington 50
WINS  Joe Cannata 5
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.16

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Paul Carey carries an 11-game scoring streak (3+8) into tonight’s game, as well as a seven-game assist streak. He has one point in 13 of the 15 games he’s dressed for this season.

NEWS AND NOTES:After dropping three straight game from Nov. 11-13, the Bears have rebounded and won two consecutive contests, including a 5-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch last night. Chris Bourque had three points (2+1) in that game…Bourque is tied for fourth in the league with 16 points and third overall with 12 assists…Jakub Vrana is tied for third with eight goals…Tyler Lewington is second in the league with 50 penalty minutes…The Bears are 6-1-1-1 on home ice this season for 14 points.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  10-3-1-0 (21 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel & Oskar Sundqvist  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  8
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  14
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.40

WHO’S HOT:  Oskar Sundqvist has five points (2+3) in his past four games, and has points in eight of the past nine Penguins contests (5+5=10). He recorded his sixth goal of the season in Friday night’s win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He had five goals in 41 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Tom Kostopoulos picked up his second game-winning goal of the season on Friday night, giving him 22 for his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career, first on the team’s all-time list…Casey DeSmith allowed multiple goals in a game last night for the first time this season, but remains atop the AHL goaltending leaders board in goals against average (1.40) and save percentage (.949)…Jake Guentzel is tied for first among rookie scorers with 14 points and second in goals with six.

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