PREVIEW: Bears vs Penguins – November 19, 2016

vs_hershey

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.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: Sound Tigers vs Penguins – November 18, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night, November 18. This is the second meeting between the club’s this season, after the Penguins picked up a 7-1 win in Connecticut on November 5. The two clubs will square off in a home-and-home series to close out November, facing off in Bridgeport on Friday, November 25, and returning to northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 26.

DATE:  Friday, November 18, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
GIVEAWAY:  December Schedule Magnet Featuring Jake Guentzel
POSTGAME AUTOGRAPHS:  Tristan Jarry and Reid Gardiner (approximately 15 minutes after the game ends)

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-0-0 (16 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Bracken Kearns & Michael Dal Colle 7
ASSISTS  Bracken Keanrs 7
POINTS  Bracken Kearns 12
PIM  Kyle Burroughs 34
WINS  Christopher Gibson 6
GAA  Christopher Gibson 2.52

WHO’S HOT:  Goaltender Christopher Gibson is a perfect 6-0-0 in seven games played this season. After winning his first six contests to start the season, Gibson made a relief appearance against the Penguins on November 5, allowing two goals in the final period of a 7-1 loss. He missed last weekend’s action due to injury, but could make an appearance this weekend as the Sound Tigers play a three-in-three starting Friday night.

NEWS AND NOTES:The Sound Tigers are perfect when a game goes past regulation, winning once in overtime this season (Nov. 4, 5-4 at Hartford) before winning back-to-back road shootouts this past weekend against Syracuse (3-2) and Hershey (4-3)…The Sound Tigers have the best road record in the league at 5-1-0-0 (10 pts, .833 win percentage)

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

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

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  7
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  13
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.00

WHO’S HOT:  Oskar Sundqvist has four points (1+3) in his past three games, and has points in seven of the past eight Penguins contests (4+5=9). His five goals through 14 games this season already equals his total in 41 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Thomas DiPauli recorded his first professional goal in the Penguins 4-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night…The Penguins are undefeated (3-0) in games following a loss this season…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed a league-low 24 goals through 14 games this season…Casey DeSmith continues to lead the AHL in goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (.963)…Tristan Jarry is fifth in the league with a 1.88 goals against average, and sixth with a .932 save percentage…Jake Guentzel is tied for first among rookies with six goals and second with 13 points…The Penguins continue to lead the league with a 91.1% penalty kill rate (5 goals in 56 times shorthanded)

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

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PHANTOMS vs PENGUINS – November 16, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon not only gave the team back-to-back wins on the weekend, it also gave the Pens the distinction of being the first team in the AHL to hit double-digit wins on the season.  

That came as a bit of a surprise to head coach Clark Donatelli.

“I didn’t realize that, but it feels good,” Donatelli said after practice at the Toyota SportsPlex on Tuesday.  “The guys are playing hard, and it’s good to get a good practice in here.  We’re just taking it game-by-game, period-by-period.  We just try to get better every day.”

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is off to a 10-2-1-0 mark, good for 21 points an the top winning percentage (.808) in the league.

“It’s early.  We’re not 15 games into it,” Donatelli stated.  “But we’re off to a good start and we’re going to hopefully continue to do the same things.”

The Penguins are in the middle of a stretch that sees the team play six games in just nine games, including a Wednesday night matchup with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown.  The Flyers’ affiliate enters this week’s action riding a six-game winning streak which has them just four points behind the Penguins in the Atlantic Division standings.

“We’re going to have to be ready right off the bat,” Donatelli said. “I think that they’re going to come at us really quick.  We’re going to be on the road, and we’re going to have to have a good start.”


DATE:  Wednesday, November 16, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  PPL Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-3-1-0 (17 pts) | Second in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Greg Carey & Colin McDonald 7
ASSISTS  Jordan Weal 11
POINTS  Jordan Weal 15
PIM  Danick Martel 25
WINS  Anthony Stolarz 6
GAA  Anthony Stolarz 2.39

WHO’S HOT:  Former Penguins forward Colin McDonald had a three-game goal streak (Nov. 5-12) snapped Sunday in Hershey, but is still tied for the Phantoms lead with seven tallies in just 12 games.

NEWS AND NOTES:Jordan Weal is tied for fifth in the AHL with 15 points (4+11)…T.J. Brennan is tied for second among AHL defensemen with 12 points (3+9)…Greg Carey leads all AHL skaters with six power play goals…The Phantoms are third in the Eastern Conference and fifth in the league with a 25.05 power play percentage (15 for 60)…

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  10-2-1-0 (21 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  7
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  13
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.00

WHO’S HOT:  Rookie forward Reid Gardiner has three goals in his past four games. He netted his first professional goal in a 7-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on November 5. It turned out to be the game-winning goal.

NEWS AND NOTES:  The Penguins have allowed just one goal in nine of their 13 games so far this season…Goaltender Casey DeSmith leads the AHL in both goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (.963)…Tristan Jarry isn’t far behind DeSmith in either category, ranking fifth in goals against average (1.76) and third in save percentage (.935)…A pair of Penguins rookies made their AHL and North American pro debuts last weekend. Center Thomas DiPauli suited up for the first time on November 11 against the Toronto Marlies, and also played in the Penguins win in Hartford on Sunday. DiPauli was signed as a free agent our of Notre Dame this past summer….Defenseman Lukas Bengtsson made his debut on Sunday in Hartford, going scoreless in the win. He spent last season with Frolunda in Sweden, winning the league championship before signing with Pittsburgh as a free agent…The Penguins remain the top penalty killing team in the league with a 90.6% success rate (48 of 53).

The Penguins return home on Friday night to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05pm.  Tickets for Friday night’s game 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.

 

WOLFPACK vs PENGUINS – November 13, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are on the road to face the Hartford WolfPack Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.  This is the second meeting of the season between the two clubs, after the Penguins defeated the WolfPack, 6-2, in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season opener back on October 15.

vs_hartford

 

DATE:  Sunday, November 13, 2016
TIME:  5:00pm
PLACE:  XL Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 3-7-2-0 (8 pts) | Seventh in North Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Marek Hrivik 5
ASSISTS  Marek Hrivik 6
POINTS  Marek Hrivik 11
PIM  Chris Brown 23
WINS  Magnus Hellberg 3
GAA  Magnus Hellberg 3.53

WHO’S HOT:  Marek Hrivik started the season with a six-game point streak (3+4=7), and has four points (2+2) in his past three games.

NEWS AND NOTES:  The Wolf Pack carry a seven-game (0-5-2–0) winless streak into this afternoon’s game…Rookie goaltender Brandon Halverson made his AHL debut on Friday night, stopping 14 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Rochester Americans…Hartford’s 9.8% success rate on the power play (6 for 61) is last in the Eastern Conference, and 29th of 30 teams in the AHL.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  9-2-1-0 (19 pts) | First in North Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  7
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  13
PIM  Patrick McGrath  35
WINS  Tristan Jarry  5
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.00

WHO’S HOT:  Goaltender Casey DeSmith leads the AHL with a 1.00 goals against average and a .963 save percentage, and has allowed just one goal in each of his four starts this season.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Second-year pro Oskar Sundqvist tallied his fifth goal of the season in Saturday night’s win over the Providence Bruins, the Penguins 12th game of the campaign.  That total equals Sundqvist’s output from all of last season (45 AHL games)…Jake Guentel enters Sunday’s game ranked tied for first among rookies with six goals and second with 13 points.  Guentzel leads all skaters with a plus-12 rating…The Penguins 90.2% penalty kill rate (46 of 51) is tied for first in the league with the Tucson Roadrunners.

MARLIES vs PENGUINS – NOVEMBER 11, 2016

The Penguins are back home this Friday night to host the Toronto Marlies. It’s a battle of the top two teams in the American Hockey League.

vs_toronto

 

TORONTO MARLIES at WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016
TIME: 7:05pm
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
WATCH: AHLLive.com
LISTEN: WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
TICKETS: Arena box office | bit.ly/WBSIndividual | 570-208-7367

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD: 7-2-0-1 (15 pts) | First in North Division

TEAM LEADERS:

Goals Kasperi Kapanen

7

Assists Brandon Leipsic

11

Points Brandon Leipsic

15

PIMS Rinat Valies

56

Wins Antoine Bibeau

5

GAA Antoine Bibeau

1.84

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Brendan Leipsic posted points in six straight games, tallying 12 points (3+9) from October 15-26.  Since having that streak snapped against the Albany Devils on October 28, he has started another, and carries a three-game point streak (1+2) into Friday night’s action.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Toronto goalie Antoine Bibeau was named the CCM AHL Goaltender of the Month for OCtober after posting a  5-0-1 record with a 1.64 goals against average and .944 save percentage….Leipsic was named the CCM AHL Player of the Month for October after posting 13 points (3+10) in eight games.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD 8-1-1-0 (17 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:

Goals Jake Guentzel

5

Assists Jake Guentzel

7

Points Jake Guentzel

12

PIMS Patrick McGrath

35

Wins Tristan Jarry

5

GAA Casey DeSmith

1.00

WHO’S HOT:  After posting just one assist in his first six games, Tom Kostopoulos has turned on the scoring.  He has six points (4+2) in the past four games, and carries a four-game goal streak into Friday night’s game.  The longest goal streak of his Penguins career is five games, and that came between November 2-11, 2001 (eight goals)

NEWS AND NOTES:  Jake Guentzel leads all AHL rookies with 12 points and is tied for first among first-year players with five goals.  He also leads all skaters with a plus-12 rating on the season…Goaltender Casey DeSmith has allowed three goals in three starts, posting a 3-0-0 record.  His 1.00 goals against average is third in the league, and his .962 save percentage is second.