NEW LEARN TO SKATE AND PLAY PROGRAMS AT THE TOYOTA SPORTSPLEX


LEARN TO SKATE AT THE TOYOTA SPORTSPLEX

The next Youth Learn to Skate session at the Toyota SportsPlex (40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre) will begin Friday, SEPTEMBER 7 and runs through Friday, OCTOBER 26. Registration is just $80 for the eight-week course. You can also pre-rent your child’s skates for an additional $20 for the entire session! Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first serve basis for $13 per session (skate rental not included in walk-up fee).

The Youth Learn To Skate program is designed to teach beginning skaters of all ages.  After completing Learn To Skate, kids can go on to private figure skating lessons, our Little Pens Learn To Play Hockey program, or just attend public skating sessions and skate for FUN!

You can register by contacting Coach Matt Daube at 570-208-9474 or via e-mail at mdaube@toyotasportsplex.com or by Clicking Here!

*All children under the age of 7 MUST wear an approved hockey helmet or bicycle helmet.


LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY AT THE TOYOTA SPORTSPLEX

The next Youth Learn to Play session at the Toyota SportsPlex (40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre) will begin Saturday, SEPTEMBER 8 and runs through Friday, OCTOBER 27. Registration is just $100 for the eight-week course. Skate rentals are available for $3 per weel. Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first serve basis for $15 per session (skate rental not included in walk-up fee).

The Youth Learn to Play Hockey program is designed to introduce fundamental hockey skills to beginner hockey players. All beginner hockey skill sets (skating, puck handling, passing, shooting, and game play) will be focused on to develop and improve players to better ready them for in-house or travel hockey. Learn to Skate is strongly recommended prior to participating in Learn to Play but not required.

You can register by contacting Coach Matt Daube at 570-208-9474 or via e-mail at mdaube@toyotasportsplex.com or by Clicking Here!

*PLEASE NOTE: FULL HOCKEY EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED! (Equipment includes: Helmet with full cage/shield, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, stick, hockey pants, shin guards, stick and skates)

2018-19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

WHO BELONGS ON THE WBS MOUNT PUCKMORE?


There’s a really fun piece over on ESPN.com from Greg Wyshynski taking a look at the Mount Puckmore (the players who define a team’s history) for all of the teams in the NHL’s Metro Division (take a look at it here).  And that got us thinking….who would be on a WBS Mount Puckmore?

So we’re reaching out for your thoughts, Penguins fans.  Which four players have made the biggest contributions, left a lasting impact, and become synonymous with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey (we think we know one player that will be on almost every list)?

Here’s how you can take part.  Simply fill in the info below, and submit your selections between now and Friday, August 24.  We’ll tally all of the submissions at that point, and post the definitive list on Monday, August 27.

And to make it fun, one random submission will be selected to win a Penguins Prize Pack.

So let’s see who’s on your list!

Mount Puckmore

COAL STREET HOCKEY SCHOOL AND OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION


Coal Street Hockey School

The Coal Street Hockey School is returning for its 7th Year: August 20th through the 24th – 8:00am to 4:30pm. For ages 7 through 17, $299 per player/goalie. Cash or checks should be made payable to Toyota SportsPlex. Online registration is also available at toyotasportsplex.com.

This intensive, week-long camp will help get your skater ready for the upcoming season. Instruction will be provided by members of the Toyota SportsPlex coaching staff AND coaches from the new Wilkes University NCAA DIV. III hockey program! For additional information, please contact us at programs@toyotasportsplex.com or mdaube@toyotasportsplex.com, or via phone at 570-208-9474. Thanks!


Ice Hockey Official Certification

Do you love hockey? Have you ever aspired to become an Ice Hockey Official? The NEPA Ice Hockey Officials Association wants to help you “earn while you learn!”

Join us Saturday August 18th from 8AM-4PM at the Toyota SportsPlex to become a certified Ice Hockey Official.

To register go to www.aaharefs.org and follow the registration links or contact Henry Augenstein at henryaugenstein1@gmail.com with any questions.

*PLEASE NOTE – You MUST be 13 years of age or older

2018-19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY AUSTIN


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Johnny Austin to an American Hockey League contract for the 2018-19 season.

Austin is coming off of a four-year career at the University of Connecticut, where he had his most productive season in his senior year. In 35 games, Austin managed to set career highs in goals (4), assists (15), points (19), shots on goal (76) and blocked shots (60). His 19 points led all team defensemen, and placed fifth overall on the Huskies. Austin also notched 11 power play points, tying him for the team lead in that category, as well.

The 23-year-old from St. Louis Park, Minnesota also appeared in nine AHL games last season with the Laval Rocket while playing on an amateur tryout agreement. Austin earned his first pro point with an assist during his AHL debut on Mar. 23, 2018 vs. Charlotte.

Austin spent three of his four seasons at UConn playing alongside fellow Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Joseph Masonius. The two finished first and second in points, respectively, among team defensemen in 2017-18.

Season ticket packages for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 20th season of hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

BID ON PENGUINS JERSEYS, EXPERIENCES AND MORE WITH DASH


Scoring your favorite player’s game-worn jerseys, signed items and other in-game experiences just got easier and more exciting for fans of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as the team has signed on with DASH Auction to host it’s auctions for the 2018-19 season.

To kick off the partnership, the Penguins will be auctioning off a game-worn Zach Aston-Reese sweater via DASH starting this Monday, August 6, with the auction running through noon on Monday, August 13.  You can preview the auction now on DASH.

Fans around the globe will be able to place bids on player sweaters, game pucks, autographed merchandise and more via the DASH app.  Available for both iOS and Android devices, the DASH app is “the only digital auction platform built specifically for professional sports teams and their fans.”

In order to place bids, fans must first register via DASH – either through the app on a mobile device, or via the Penguins DASH page ( https://web.dashapp.io/auctions/wbspenguins ).  They can then see all upcoming or current auctions for their favorite team, and watch the action in real time as the bids go up.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin their 20th season in the American Hockey League on October 6, when they host the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7:05pm.  Season ticket packages, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and flex plans, are available now by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

Fans can also request information on ticket packages by filling in and submitting the form below.  

2018-19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

TELL US YOUR 20 SEASONS STORIES


The 20th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey is right around the corner, and we’re looking forward to a season full of
stories celebrating the team’s history.
And while we’ll be reaching out to players, coaches and other Pens from the past to hear their memories, who we really want to hear from is YOU.
This is your chance to let us know what the Penguins mean to you.
Do you remember your first Penguins game?  Were you a member of the crowd for Game Seven in Bridgeport?  Have another favorite moment on the ice?  Have a chance meeting with a player out in the community?  Spend a memorable night with family or friends watching a game?
Tell us about it.
Give us as much info as you can.  Fill in the form below with your contact info and stories to share them with us.  We’ll be collecting your memories all year, and publishing them online and in our game program.
Thanks for your support of the Penguins in the past, as well as in the present.  Let’s Go Pens!

Your 20 Seasons Story

PENGUINS – CHECKERS COMPARISON


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Charlotte Checkers meet in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, and to get you ready, we’ve put together this quick side-by-side comparison on how the teams fared this season.

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON STATS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
RECORD 45-22-6-3, 99 PTS 46-26-1-3, 96 PTS
GOALS FOR/AGAINST 252/233 262/212
PENALTY MINUTES 1,161 902
POWER PLAY 41/298 – 13.8% 70/343 – 20.4%
PENALTY KILL 291/355 – 82.0% 255/314 – 81.2%

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
GAMES Kevin Czuczman – 71 Andrew Poturalski & Philip Samuelsson – 76
GOALS Daniel Sprong – 32 Valentin Zykov – 33
ASSISTS Daniel Sprong – 33 Lucas Wallmark – 38
POINTS Daniel Sprong – 65 Lucas Wallmark – 55
+/- Zach Trotman – plus-24 Philip Sameulsson – plus-44
PIM Garrett Wilson – 139 Trevor Carrick – 85
PPG Daniel Sprong – 11 Valentin Zykov – 17
SHG Jean-Sebastien Dea – 4 Warren Foegele – 4

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON GOALTENDERS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
Name GP Record GAA SV% SO Name GP Record GAA SV% SO
Anthony Peters 24 12-7-3 2.71 0.907 1 Alex Nedeljkovic 49 31-12-3 2.55 0.903 5
Michael Leighton 6 5-0-0 2.66 0.913 0 Jeremy Smith 30 13-13-1 2.71 0.902 0
Tristan Jarry 16 9-5-2 3.05 0.901 0

This is the second playoff meeting between the Penguins and Checkers, who also faced off in the East Division Final back in 2011.  Charlotte won that series, 4-2.

2011 EAST DIVISION FINAL (CHARLOTTE WINS, 4-2)

Date Road Team Home Team Result
April 28, 2011 Charlotte – 3 WBS – 2 L
April 30, 2011 Charlotte – 0 WBS  – 3 W
May 2, 2011 WBS – 1 Charlotte – 2 (OT) L
May 4, 2011 WBS – 0  Charlotte 1 L
May 6, 2011 WBS – 1 Charlotte – 0 W
May 7, 2011 Charlotte – 4 WBS – 3 L

PITTSBURGH RETURNS BLUEGER TO WBS

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Teddy Blueger to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Blueger, 23, spent the past week-plus with the Penguins, but did not see any game action during his first career NHL stint. At the AHL level this year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he ranks fifth on the team with 26 points (12G-14A) and he owns a plus-10 in 45 games.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are back in action this Friday night when they welcome the Rockford Ice Hogs to NEPA for the first ever meeting between the clubs.  Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.

Friday is also another Eyewitness News FAN FRIDAY, with lower bowl seats available for just $14 and select draft beers available for just $2 (6-7:30pm).

This special FAN FRIDAY rate is available only through the Penguins front office by calling 570-208-7367, or by visiting our offices at 40 Coal Street inside the Toyota SportsPlex.

You can also request more info on FAN FRIDAY by filling in the info below:

FAN FRIDAY INFO

Would you like more info on tickets for any of our upcoming FAN FRIDAY games? Simply fill in your contact info below, and a Penguins ticket representative will contact you within 48 hours.

PENGUINS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT BRUINS IN SHOOTOUT, 3-2

BOXSCORE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins avenged their two shutout losses at Dunkin’ Donuts Center by defeating the Providence Bruins in a shootout, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in their last visit to Rhode Island this season.

It took 146:31 of game time over the course of three games, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-13-3-1) finally solved Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre to pull together a two-goal comeback before winning in the best-of-three shootout.

The start of the game was a defensive chess match. Neither team could tally a shot on goal during the first five minutes of the contest thanks to tight-checking defense and shot-blocking prowess on both sides.

The Bruins’ Tommy Cross blasted the first goal of the day past Casey DeSmith during a power play at 13:42. Providence built a 2-0 lead at 17:35 of the first period when Adam Payerl rush towards the net and shoved his own rebound across the goal line.

McIntyre had blanked the Penguins for seven-straight periods at Dunkin’ Donuts Center at this point, but that streak finally came to an end in the middle frame.

Gage Quinney came streaking in on an odd man rush and fired the puck up and over McIntyre’s glove to bring Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within one 6:31 into the second period. The Penguins tied it up on a Jarred Tinordi chip shot over a sprawled-out McIntyre, finished the work done by Reid Gardner who racked up several rebound bids at the side of the net. Tinordi’s tally at 11:06 of the second period was his first goal since Nov. 12.

The third period decided nothing as the score remained 2-2 at the end of 60 minutes, and the shots were dead even at 30-30. No victor emerged after a five-minute overtime session, either.

Jean-Sébastien Dea used crafty puckwork to score in the first round of the shootout and DeSmith was perfect on three Bruins shootout attempts, giving the Penguins their first win at Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season.

DeSmith slammed the door on 32 of 34 shots faced in regulation and overtime, while McIntyre recorded an identical statline at the opposite end of the ice.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Feb. 16 when they travel to upstate New York for a tilt with the Rochester Americans. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/16/18

AHL’s first Fathers’ Trip ends with Penguins winning seven-straight

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-10-2-1) tries to extend its season-best win streak against division rivals

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 12 – PENGUINS 6 at Belleville 2
Ryan Haggerty kicked off the Penguins’ Fathers’ Trip with a bang, scoring his first pro hat trick and setting a new career high with 16 goals this season with his dad, Roger, in attendance. The Penguins also saw Christian Thomas find the back of the net for the fourth-straight game, and Jean-Sébastien Dea added an empty netter to seal the Pens’ sixth win in a row.

Saturday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS 4 at Laval 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was powered to its seventh win in a row once again on the back of a hat trick. This time, it was D-man Andrey Pedan tallying three times for his first career hatty. The Penguins surrendered early period goals twice to the Rocket, but responded in less than three minutes both times. The Penguins also got their special teams going with two power play goals from Pedan, including the game-winner.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season-best seven-game win streak began after back-to-back losses to Lehigh Valley on Dec. 23 and 27. The Penguins look to avenge those defeats to keep their current streak alive. The Phantoms lead the season series with a 4-2-0-1 record against the Penguins in seven meetings.

Friday, Jan. 19 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins visit the Bruins for the first time this season. In these two clubs’ only match-up this season, Providence came to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 11 and were met with a 4-3 overtime loss on a Ryan Haggerty snipe.

Sunday, Jan. 21- PENGUINS at Hartford
In three games between the Penguins and Wolf Pack this season, the home team has won every time. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to end that streak at XL Center in a 5:00 p.m. showdown.

 

Ice Chips

– Christian Thomas was named to Canada’s men’s hockey roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games on Thursday.

– Ryan Haggerty and Andrey Pedan’s hat tricks marked the first back-to-back hat tricks in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.

– Pedan became only the second defenseman in Penguins history to record a hat trick (Alex Picard: Mar. 17, 2012).

– After posting a hat trick and five points (3G-2A) along with a plus-5 rating in last weekend’s games, Pedan was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has won five straight starts with a 1.79 goals against average and .929 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 36 23 10 2 1 49 .681
2. Lehigh Valley 40 23 12 2 3 51 .638
3. Providence 38 22 12 3 1 48 .632
4. Bridgeport 37 18 13 4 2 42 .568
5. Charlotte 38 21 16 0 1 43 .566
6. Hershey 40 17 17 3 3 40 .500
7. Springfield 40 17 21 1 1 36 .450
8. Hartford 40 15 19 3 3 36 .450

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Ryan Haggerty 26 16 11 27
Jean-Sébastien Dea 36 9 14 23
Teddy Blueger 36 11 11 22
Zach Aston-Reese 34 5 16 21
Kevin Czuczman 32 1 20 21
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 8 5-2-1 2.83 .900 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 17      Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 19          Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 21       Hartford           XL Center                            5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sun, Jan. 14       (LW) Cody Wydo                    Reassigned to WHL

Fri, Jan. 12         (G) Casey DeSmith                          Recalled to PIT

Fri, Jan. 12         (G) Adam Morrison                         Signed to PTO

Tue, Jan. 9         (RW) Reid Gardner                Reassigned to WHL