PENGUINS EMERGE VICTORIOUS FROM 6-5 OVERTIME THRILLER

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – When the dust settled at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came out on top of a back-and-forth, electrifying, adrenaline-pumping, 6-5 overtime game against the Laval Rocket on Friday night.

Daniel Sprong netted a hat trick and helped power the Penguins (3-2-0-0) past the Rocket, who were facing one another for the first time in franchise history.

Sprong wasted no time extending his goal-scoring streak to five games when he fired a wicked wrister into the top corner 5:48 into the game, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton an early 1-0 lead.

The Rocket answered three minutes later when Chris Terry scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season, and then Laval took a 2-1 lead at 12:03 of the opening frame after a blistering slap shot from Tom Parisi.

The Penguins and Rocket continued to trade goals throughout the remaining eight minutes of the first period with Sprong and Kostopoulos finding the back of the net for the home squad and David Broll tallying for Laval. The two clubs combined for six goals in the opening stanza, skating to a 3-3 tie at the conclusion of the first 20 minutes.

Éric Gélinas reestablished the Rocket’s lead during a power play at 5:15 of the opening frame, only to see Gage Quinney even things up again fourteen seconds later.

Laval was able to carry a one-goal advantage into the second intermission after Nikita Scherbak set up Michael McCarron with a pretty feed from the slot with only 1:40 left in the period.

The third frame didn’t see as much offense as the previous two, but Penguins were able to capitalize on a five-on-three man advantage at 10:41, tying the score at five goals apiece. Naturally, Sprong was the scorer for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as he notched his league-leading fifth power play goal of the season to complete his first professional hat trick.

Teddy Blueger sent the crowd home happy with the overtime game-winning goal with 2:16 left in the   extra period.

Tristan Jarry saved 28 out of 33 shots he faced to earn his first win of the season. Charlie Lindgren made 31 out of 37 saves for the Rocket.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21, against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN IN 6-1 DEFEAT OF CRUNCH

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins seized their second win of the 2017-18 season with a 6-1 victory against the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2-2-0-0) saw two rookies take the reins of its potent offense, Daniel Sprong and Gage Quinney, who had a goal and two assists each. Sprong extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, while Quinney impressed with his three-point output in what was his AHL debut.

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The Penguins got on the board just 34 seconds into the game with a rebound goal on the first shot of the night by Jean-Sébastien Dea.

Syracuse goaltender Connor Ingram held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in check for the rest of the opening frame, denying the Penguins on 11 of the 12 shots he faced in the first period. However, the floodgates opened on Ingram and the Crunch quickly in the second stanza.

Garret Wilson had a puck ricochet off of his boot and across the goal line 1:16 into the second period. Exactly three minutes later, Thomas Di Pauli tipped in a feed from Teddy Blueger and put the Penguins in a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Crunch answered during a five-on-three power play, when Cory Conacher’s shot deflected off of Wilson’s stick and snuck over the glove of Casey DeSmith.

After extended power play time on the other side of the ice, Christian Thomas scored his first goal as a Penguin and reestablished his team’s three-goal lead with 3:01 left in the second period.

Sprong made fans wait until the final period of regulation to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games, but he did just that midway through the third frame, making it 5-1. Sprong later set up Quinney for the 22-year-old’s first AHL goal with 5:18 left in the game.

DeSmith earned his second win on the season by saving 24 out of the 25 shots he faced, and he still has yet to be scored on at even strength so far this season. Ingram recorded 25 saves for the Crunch.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Oct. 20 against the Laval Rocket at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Rocket 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN PENGUINS’ 3-2 LOSS TO PHANTOMS

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins used a late-game surge to make things interesting between them and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but ultimately fell short, 3-2, at PPL Center on Saturday night.

Daniel Sprong kick-started Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s (1-2-0-0) comeback effort by scoring for the third-straight game, only for him and his teammates to see the Phantoms hold on in the final seconds of regulation.

Lehigh Valley notched the game’s opening goal, converting on a power play for the team’s first man advantage marker of the season. Matt Read was credited with the go-ahead tally at 16:30 of the first period.

The Phantoms added another goal when Mike Vecchione rifled in his first goal as a pro midway through the middle frame, and Greg Carey extended their lead to 3-0 in the first two minutes of the third period.

Sprong pulled the Penguins within two by registering his third power play goal of the season 5:05 into the third period. Garrett Wilson cut the deficit to only one when he shoveled in a rebound lingering around the Phantoms’ net with 3:07 remaining in regulation.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton never found the late-game equalizer, losing its first road game of the season.

Tristan Jarry made 32 saves while manning the pipes for the Penguins, including a penalty shot save on the Phantoms’ Danick Martel when it was still a two-goal game. Alex Lyon bounced back from a loss the day before to rack up 27 saves for the win.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 15, against the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is scheduled for 3:05 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS BLANK PHANTOMS, 5-0, AND EARN FIRST WIN OF 2017-18


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earned their first win of the 2017-18 season in convincing fashion as Casey DeSmith’s 33-save shutout led the team to a 5-0 triumph over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1-1-0-0) had five different players account for its five goals, while DeSmith recorded the second clean sheet of his career.

After outlasting an early blitzkrieg by the Phantoms, the Penguins’ first goal of the game came from Tom Sestito on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s very first shot of the contest. Thomas Di Pauli outraced Lehigh Valley defenseman Samuel Morin on an impending icing call, then whipped around the net and set-up Sestito for the opening tally at 6:21 of the first period.

Shortly thereafter, Daniel Sprong notched his second power play goal of the season, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

The third Penguins goal came at 7:52 of the second period as Frank Corrado’s fluttering shot from the point fooled Alex Lyon. Jean-Sébastien Dea made it 4-0 at 15:19 of the middle frame with the help of tic-tac-toe passing from Tom Kostopoulos and Adam Johnson. Lyon was pulled from the Phantoms net following Dea’s goal and replaced by Dustin Tokarski.

Tokarski was perfect in relief of Lyon for over 20 minutes of action until the Penguins found another man advantage marker, this time coming from Dominik Simon. Simon closed out the scoring in the 5-0 contest with 2:51 left in regulation.

Johnson (2A), Kevin Czuczman (2A), Zach Trotman (1A) and Dylan Zink (1) all earned their first points as Penguins throughout the course of the evening, as well.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill was a perfect seven-for-seven on the night, and its power play unit converted on two of its six opportunities.

Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon finished with 11 saves on 15 shots before being replaced by Tokarski, who posted eight saves on nine shots.

The Penguins and Phantoms face-off again tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 14, when the two clubs drop the puck at Lehigh Valley’s PPL Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game Sunday, Oct. 15 against the Syracuse Crunch at 3:05 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS DROP OPENING NIGHT DECISION TO CHECKERS, 5-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Daniel Sprong notched his first regular season goal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, but the team ultimately fell, 5-2, in their 2017-18 season opener to the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (0-1-0-0) surrendered back-to-back shorthanded tallies to Charlotte (2-0-0-0) rookie Warren Foegele, who has kicked off his pro career with four goals and two game-winning goals in his first two games.

The Penguins’ first goal of the season came from Sprong on the power play when he scorched a wrist shot past the blocker side of Jeremy Smith at 7:40 of the opening frame.

Valentin Zykov notched a goal for Charlotte with only 1:59 remaining in the first period, evening the score at 1-1.

The second period became a special teams fest for both clubs, with Charlotte and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton combining for seven power play opportunities in the middle stanza. Thomas Di Pauli used a shorthanded goal at 14:46 of the second period to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead, but that was taken away three minutes later by a man advantage marker from the Checkers’ Phil Di Giuseppe.

Foegele gave Charlotte its first lead of the contest, 3-2, with a shorthanded tally with less than a minute left before the second intermission. Foegele found the back of the net again with yet another shorthanded goal 9:37 into the third period, making it 4-2, Charlotte.

Di Giuseppe nailed a long-distance empty-net goal in final two minutes of regulation, bringing the game to its final score of 5-2.

Tristan Jarry posted 31 saves in net for the Penguins. Smith stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Oct. 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS FALL IN PRESEASON FINALE, 3-1

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 3-1 decision to the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday night in both teams’ final exhibition game.

Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea scored for the second-straight game, but the Devils pulled away from their opposition with two goals in the third period.

Nathan Bastian put Binghamton on the board first with his second goal of the preseason, a power play tally at 12:44 of the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton answered back with a man advantage marker of its own 4:32 into the second stanza. Dea took a cross-crease pass from Cody Wydo, was initially denied by Mackenzie Blackwood until Dea popped his own rebound over the Devils goalie’s pad and across the goal line.

The Devils popped back on top, 2-1, courtesy of Blake Pietila midway through the third period. Chris Calnan tacked on an insurance marker with 6:44 remaining in regulation.

Tristan Jarry denied the Devils on 26 of the 29 shots turned his way over the course of the game. Blackwood notched 25 saves in the win for Binghamton.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

CORRADO GIVES PENGUINS 3-2 OVERTIME VICTORY IN HERSHEY

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins walked away from a tight-knit match-up with a 3-2 win against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Saturday night thanks to an overtime game-winner by defenseman Frank Corrado.

Corrado’s goal at 2:29 of the extra period allowed the Penguins to exact revenge on the Bears, who defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the two teams’ preseason opener three days earlier.

Jean-Sébastien Dea opened the scoring when he picked the top corner of the Bears’ net with a snipe from the left slot 7:52 into the first period.

The Penguins went up 2-0 thanks to Reid Gardiner’s tally off of a face-off win by Jarrett Burton at 1:25 of the middle frame. Hershey cut Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead in half with a goal by Dustin Gazley roughly nine minutes later.

With a late-game power play and the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Bears’ Chris Bourque notched the equalizer at 18:22 of the third period.

Hershey appeared to be poised to take off on a three-on-none rush in overtime when Dea picked the pocket of one of the Bears before dishing the puck to a wide-open Corrado, who fired home for the sudden death game-winner.

Casey DeSmith manned the crease for the Penguins for all three periods of regulation and overtime, making 21 saves in the process. Parker Milner stopped 14 of 16 shots faced before being replaced mid-game by Adam Carlson. Carlson recorded 20 stops while being given the loss.

The Penguins’ next preseason game is tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 1, when they take on the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS STAND TALL OVER DEVILS, 6-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode an explosive first period to a 6-2 victory over the Binghamton Devils in preseason action at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton racked up four goals in the first 20 minutes of play and saw multi-point nights from six different players en route to its first win of the exhibition schedule.

Garrett Wilson wasted little time kicking off the Penguins’ scoring onslaught, taking a behind-the-

back, no-look pass from Tom Kostopoulos and depositing it into the Devils’ net at 5:36 of the first period. Kostopoulos earned a goal of his own during a five-on-three power play at 11:53 of the first, and Adam Johnson made it 3-0 just one minute later.

Binghamton responded with a man advantage marker from Jan Mandát at 15:11 of the opening frame, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got back out to a three-goal lead when Zach Trotman’s slapshot snuck through Scott Wedgewood’s goaltending equipment and across the goal line 49 seconds prior to intermission.

The Penguins’ Dominik Simon and the Devils’ Nathan Bastian traded goals during the second period, bringing the score to 5-2.

Kevin Czuczman notched the final goal of the game midway through the third period.

Tristan Jarry denied the Devils on 15 of the 17 shots he faced, while Wedgewood made 24 saves in the loss.

The Penguins’ next preseason game is tomorrow Saturday, Sept. 30, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENS FALL IN OT TO SABRES AT PSU

 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In the building they dub “Hockey Valley”, fans came out en masse to see NHL preseason action between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres.  A sold-out crowd at Pegula Ice Arena watched as Jack Eichel scored 25 seconds into overtime to give Buffalo a 4-3 victory over the Penguins.

In a back-and-forth affair that had the Penguins holding on to a 3-2 lead late in regulation, Matt Tennyson helped Buffalo force overtime when his shot from the left circle deflected off of bodies in front and eluded goalie Casey DeSmith with 2:45 remaining.  That set up the dramatic finish in opening moments of the extra period.

Gaining possession deep in the Sabres zone, Jack Eichel skated up-ice on an odd-man rush and ended the match himself, whistling a wrist shot over the blocker of DeSmith.

The Sabres skated a line-up that boasted big names like Eichel and Evander Kane, while Pittsburgh featured many of the organization’s young prospects.  Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan felt the team’s first game of the preseason was a worthwhile one for much of the team.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for some of our young players to gain an experience of what the NHL is all about,” he said. “I thought there were a lot of positives things we can draw from it.  We were really excited about the effort tonight.”

Down by a score of 2-1 entering the third period, the Penguins pulled even at 2:34 off a face-off win in the Sabres zone.  Chad Ruhwedel’s blast from the right point was redirected by Jay McClement before skipping past the leg pad of Adam Wilcox.

Pittsburgh headed to the power play later in the third to take its first lead of the contest.  Teddy Blueger led a 3-on-1 rush before flipping a deft pass across the goalmouth to Olli Maatta, who banged home the shot at 11:48 to push the Penguins ahead, 3-2.

Buffalo controlled much of the first period, outshooting Pittsburgh at one point by a 14-5 margin.  Penguins goalie Antti Niemi displayed some acrobatics early to keep it a scoreless tie, but was unable to stop the Sabres during a delayed penalty.  Skating with the extra attacker, Eichel zipped a pass through the slot to an open Jason Pominville on the left post for the tap-in and a 1-0 lead at 12:41.

Pittsburgh came with more some energy to begin the second and knotted the score just 49 seconds into the frame.  After a carry-over power play for the Penguins expired, the Buffalo defense failed to pick up Zach Aston-Reese coming off the bench.  The rookie forward swooped toward the hashmarks to collect a bouncing puck and rifle it over the glove of Sabres netminder Chad Johnson.

“The puck hit off a few skates and just fell right on my stick,” said Aston-Reese. “I didn’t really hesitate. Just put it on net and it went in.  It definitely feels nice to get that goal.”

Pominville helped Buffalo retake the lead with 9:22 left in the period on his second tally of the evening.  Stationed on the right side of the crease, the Sabres winger’s third bid on a rebound opportunity slipped across the goal line.

Niemi, who got the start for Pittsburgh, stopped 21-of-23 shots over two periods.  DeSmith allowed two goals on seven shots in relief.  Ruhwedel had two assists for Pittsburgh.

Other Notes:

Pittsburgh Lines

Hagelin-McKegg-Sprong
Aston-Reese-Blueger-Rust
DiPauli-McClement-Archibald
Tiffels-Bellerive-Miletic

Maatta-Hunwick
Pouliot-Ruhwedel
Tinordi-Czuczman

Niemi
DeSmith

  • After being outshot 19-6 in the first period, the Penguins held the 27-14 shot advantage through the rest of the game.
  • The Penn State men’s hockey program is coming off its most successful year in Happy Valley. In just their fifth season in Division I, the Nitanny Lions reached #1 in national polls and made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  Though Penn State’s regular season schedule does get underway for another month, students packed the Roar Zone and got a “Let’s Go Penguins” chant a couple of times during the game.
  • The Penguins top line of Carl Hagelin-Greg McKegg-Daniel Sprong impressed all night long with trio’s possession time in the offensive end and ability to force turnovers on the forecheck. McKegg seemed particularly adept at reading the breakout of the Sabres, stealing the puck several times.  Coach Sullivan singled him out for his performance, saying after the game that McKegg “was on the puck. I thought he won some faceoffs and made some plays. He was solid defensively.”
  • The NHL has put increased attention on the superfluous slashes that can litter many a game. It appears the league will be much less tolerant of the extra stickwork and is using the preseason to get that message across.  A total of four slashing infractions were called before the game had reached the midway point.
  • Former Penguins forward Kevin Porter skated on the fourth line tonight for Buffalo centering Nicolas Deslauriers and Justin Bailey.

 

 

PROSPECT CHALLENGE TITLE A TESTAMENT TO PENGUINS ORGANIZATION STRENGTH

At the 2017 Prospect Challenge, there was only one team without a single player selected in the first round on it’s roster. It was the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team with the most undrafted players on its roster was the Pittsburgh Penguins. Which team had the most points at the end of the tournament? The Pittsburgh Penguins.

Despite their opponents boasting arguably more attractive depth charts, the Penguins organization proved its dominance once again with its tremendous showing at the Prospects Challenge. The efforts of the scouts, coaches, and most importantly the players culminated in a 5-3 victory in the final game against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

“This group was pretty special because we didn’t have too many practices,” said coach Clark Donatelli. “We showed them some video, we told them what to do, and they responded. They played really well. I think it gets contagious once they know they have success doing it, they want to do it more.”

Donatelli went on and spoke at length about the organizations philosophy when it comes to not just drafting and signing good players, but “good humans”, as he put it. There is an added emphasis on work ethic, too, and when those personalites all combine in one space, unique things can happen.

“When people come to us, they want to get better,” Donatelli said. “Every single person works so hard on the ice and off the ice. When you’re working in that kind of environment and you have people around you that are willing to pay the price to win and pay attention to details and practice habits, it’s contagious. Fortunately for us right now, that’s our culture. It’s a tribute to the organization and how they draft players.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a first round or a second rounder or undrafted. Once you’re a Penguin, you’re a Penguin. Once you’re part of the family, you’re part of the family.”

New assistant coach Tim Army has only been part of the family for a hot second, being hired by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton one month ago. However, he now has first-hand experience with what the Penguins organization is capable of, even when they have limited resources at the draft.

“I think the evaluation of players and brining in the right group is a credit to all of the scouting staff,” Army said. “You know, they get out there and they watch a lot of games. They’re all over North America and they’re all over Europe. We have some draft picks here, but there are also some unsigned players that are really battling. They bring in the right pieces.”

Those scouts found Teddy Blueger, who wore the “C” as a young leader on this team and was a beacon of light on defense.

Those scouts found Daniel Sprong, whose constant threat of offense kept opposing teams on their heels.

Those scouts found Jordy Bellerive, and undrafted, unsigned 18-year-old who ended up topping the tournament with seven total points (4G-3A) in three games.

Those scouts scoured the globe and found Slovenian Jan Drozg, who unloaded a wicked wrist shot on the rush for what became the game-winning and tournament-winning goal.

And on and on and on.

The Sabres opened the scoring with a first period power play goal by Brendan Guhle. The rowdy crowd at HARBORCenter thought that the hometown Buffalo squad would carry that 1-0 lead into the first intermission until Thomas Di Pauli slammed home a rebound in the waning seconds of the frame.

The second period was a back and forth affair, with the two teams trading goals in quick succession. Zach Aston-Reese made it 2-1 for the Penguins prospects with a goal on a five-on-three man advantage, but Buffalo’s Justin Bailey answered back with another power play marker. Antti Palojärvi, who checked in to the Penguins’ line-up for the first time on Monday, got the black and gold back on top, 3-2, before Buffalo’s third power play goal of the night (this time from C.J. Smith) evened things up again.

Drozg found his game-winner midway through the third, and then Zach Aston-Reese sealed it off with an empty netter.

They didn’t walk away with a trophy or gold medals or anything like that, but with the work put in by everyone with the Penguins this weekend, the organization showed its counterparts why its considered the best there is.

“There’s an expectation of winning here,” Army said. “And we told that to the guys before we bused out. We’re about winning here, so let’s go win a tournament. Well, we won the tournament.”