PENGUINS WIN SIXTH-STRAIGHT IN 6-5 BARNBURNER WITH PHANTOMS

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms put forth an electrifying contest at PPL Center on Friday night with the Penguins emerging on top, 6-5, in the shootout.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7-2-0-0) traded back-and-forth offense with the Phantoms all night, including a wild second period in which the two clubs combined for seven goals in those 20 minutes.

The Phantoms got on the board first when Tyrell Goulbourne tapped one in on the backdoor at 13:52 of the opening frame.

The zaniness in the second stanza started 1:43 into the period, when Gage Quinney gutted out a 1-1 tying goal amidst a net-front scramble. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went up 3-1 with power play and shorthanded goals separated by only 2:16 of game time. Christian Thomas gave the Penguins their first lead of the game with the man advantage marker, while Jean-Sébastien Dea was responsible for the shorthanded tally.

On the same power play that Dea notched his first career shorty, Danick Martel pulled the Phantoms back within one. T.J. Brennan tied the game, 3-3, five minutes later. A mere 86 seconds after that, Mikhail Vorobyev put Lehigh Valley back on top, 4-3.

The Phantoms were seemingly poised to take their 4-3 lead into the second intermission until Dea forced a turnover and Ryan Haggerty deposited a bar-down snipe, tying the game again with only 10.4 seconds left in the middle frame.

Haggerty scored once more, giving the Penguins a brief 5-4 advantage before Chris Conner potted another equalizer at 11:26 of the third period.

After a heart-stopping overtime, the game went to the shootout. Thomas scored the only goal of the best-of-three series, granting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the 6-5 victory and its sixth win in a row.

Casey DeSmith improved to 4-0-0 on the season by making 35 saves and denying all three Phantoms attempts in the shootout. Dustin Tokarski turned aside 28 shots for Lehigh Valley.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Sunday, Nov. 5, when it takes on its other in-state rival, the Hershey Bears. Puck drop for Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

HAGGERTY, PENGUINS SOAR PAST SOUND TIGERS WITH 5-2 WIN

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earned their first road win of the season and extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-2 triumph over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (6-2-0-0) saw multi-point nights from a handful of players, but perhaps no performance was more key than that of Ryan Haggerty, who scored twice in his season debut.

Bridgeport wasted little time getting the scoring started, notching the game’s first goal just 1:19 into the contest. Steve Bernier took a breakaway pass from Ryan Bourque and fought off the Penguins’ backcheck to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.

Tom Sestito provided a response by beating Kristers Gudļevskis to the blocker side on a rebound at 13:27 of the first period.

The Sound Tigers tallied even earlier at the start of the second period, with captain Ben Holmstrom sneaking a sharp-angle shot through Tristan Jarry 52 seconds into the middle frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton received a pair of goals from players registering their first goal of the season to take a 3-2 advantage into the second intermission. Adam Johnson buried his first AHL goal on a power play at 7:33 of the second stanza, and Haggerty outraced the Sound Tigers defense to give the Penguins their first lead of the night with three minutes before the break.

The Penguins staved off a heavy press from the Sound Tigers late in the third period, and actually extended their lead to 4-2 off of a picture perfect passing play that culminated in a Christian Thomas tap-in at the crease with 2:52 left in regulation. Haggerty tucked an empty netter for his second of the night.

Jarry started between the pipes for the Penguins for the second night in a row, and made 18 saves for the victory. Gudļevskis turned aside 20 of the 24 shots he faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Nov. 3, when it faces off against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center. The Penguins’ next home game will be on Sunday, Nov. 5, and they’ll take on their other in-state rival, the Hershey Bears. Puck drop for the Sunday matinée between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS BEAT BEARS, 3-2, AND WIN FOURTH-STRAIGHT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won the first match-up of the season series in the I-81 rivalry as they beat the Hershey Bears, 3-2, on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (5-2-0-0) relied heavily an impressive 30-save performance from goalie Tristan Jarry to capture their fourth-straight victory.

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After the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalty kill unit staved off three consecutive Hershey power plays, Jean-Sébastien Dea notched the game’s first goal on a delayed penalty, extra attacker situation at 13:05 of the first period. Dominik Simon notched his 100th AHL point by earning the secondary assist on Dea’s opening tally.

With 3:46 remaining in the second period, the Penguins doubled their lead when Teddy Blueger’s wrist shot dipped underneath Adam Carlson’s glove and found the back of the net. However, the Bears reduced the deficit back down to one a little over a minute later thanks to a shorthand goal from Jeremy Langlois.

Riley Barber netted a third period equalizer 6:34 into the final frame of regulation.

Simon scored the game-winning goal at 10:52 in the third period off a rebound from a Kevin Czuczman shot attempt. Despite a heavy press by Hershey in the final 10 minutes of regulation, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton never surrendered their 3-2 lead thanks to the stellar, crunch-time effort by Jarry.

The Penguins penalty kill ultimately denied the Bears on all seven of their man advantage opportunities throughout the contest. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play, on the other hand, went one-for-three.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 28, when it visits the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Penguins’ next home game will be on Sunday, Nov. 5, and once again they’ll take on the Hershey Bears. Puck drop for the Sunday matinée between the two bitter rivals is scheduled for 3:05 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS PREVAIL OVER WOLF PACK IN SHOOTOUT, 3-2

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins went to the their first shootout of the season on Saturday night and came away with a 3-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (4-2-0-0) overcame a two-goal deficit to force overtime and won the best-of-three shootout on a lone goal by Jean-Sébastien Dea.

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Hartford got the scoring started with a power play goal from Scott Kosmachuk at the side of the cage just 2:59 into the opening frame. The man advantage was effective once again for the Wolf Pack as Vinni Lettieri made it 2-0 at 11:17 of the first period.

After that, Casey DeSmith battened down the hatches and denied the Wolf Pack on 26 of the 28 shots he faced throughout the contest.

The Penguins answered the Wolf Pack’s second power play goal 34 seconds later when Gage Quinney was the beneficiary of a loose puck amid a wild, net-mouth scramble. Quinney has scored a goal in all three of his AHL games so far this season.

Jarrett Burton evened things up, 2-2, with his first goal of the season with 4:26 left in the second period.

Both teams were held scoreless in the third frame. Hartford goalie Alexandar Georgiev stopped a 16-shot barrage from the Penguins in the third period, while DeSmith was required to come up with several stops in the final minutes of regulation. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outshot Hartford 5-0 in overtime, but five extra minutes of three-on-three hockey still did not yield a winner.

Dea played the hero’s role for the Penguins, scoring the only goal of the shootout in the second round.

In addition to blanking the Wolf Pack on all three of their shootout attempts, DeSmith improved to 3-0-0 on the season and still has not allowed a goal at even strength in 2017-18.

Georgiev made 41 saves on 43 shots faced in regulation and overtime.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Oct. 27 against the Hershey Bears at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the first meeting of the season between those two bitter rivals 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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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 middle 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 the 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.