WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defensemen Niclas Almari and Connor Hall to amateur tryout contracts for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. Additionally, defenseman Kevin Schulze has signed a professional tryout agreement with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and the Penguins have recalled defenseman Ryan Segalla.

Almari split his first pro season between HPK Hämeenlinna (Liiga) and Lempäälän Kisa (Mestis) in Finland. During that time, he earned four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 47 games. He also won the Legacy Bowl with HPK’s junior club as Jr. A SM-liiga champions on Apr. 1, 2017. The 18-year-old blueliner from Espoo, Finland was taken in the fifth round (151st overall) of this past summer’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hall, a third round pick (77th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, comes to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after his second season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. The six-foot-four defenseman appeared in 17 games with the Rangers this season before he underwent shoulder surgery in December. In 64 career OHL games, Hall has earned three goals, nine assists, 12 points and 95 penalty minutes.

Schulze led the Nailers this season with 47 assists and tied current Penguin Cody Wydo for the team lead in points (60). The rookie out of the University of Wisconsin was the only defenseman in the ECHL to lead his team in points at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Segalla, who is also playing in his first season of pro hockey, made his AHL debut in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 4-0 win at Lehigh Valley on Mar. 25, 2017. In one AHL game, the Hanover, Mass. native did not earn any points. The 22-year-old has posted three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 62 games with the Nailers this season.

Segalla was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Apr. 12, the last of 12 season meetings between the Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms 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, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be holding their annual “Pens & Pins” Charity Bowling Tournament on Sunday, March 12 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins players and coaches will be chosen randomly to captain five-person teams of fans in the two-game format.  Tickets are $50 for individual bowlers or $200 for a team of five, and include bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda and a commemorative 2017 “Pens & Pins” T-shirt. Tickets can purchased by calling the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS.

All proceeds from the afternoon of fun benefit the Penguins GOALS Foundation.


Josh Archibald received his second career NHL recall on Friday afternoon.

So it was only fitting that Archibald scored his first AND his second NHL goals in his second NHL game.

Archibald opened the scoring for the Pittsburgh Penguins, then took advantage of a goaltender flub to score shorthanded, but the Pens fell to the Arizona Coyotes, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday night.

Full highlights from the game:

A fourth-year pro, Archibald was tied for the American Hockey League lead with three shorthanded goals when he was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier this year. He has set new career highs in goals (11), assists (11) and points (22), and ranks second in the AHL with a plus-24 rating this season.

Archibald has 54 points (26+28) and 145 penalty minutes in 169 career games with the AHL Penguins.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the top two teams in the AHL is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.


Josh Archibald
Josh Archibald

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Josh Archibald from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced on Friday afternoon.

Archibald, 24, has established new personal bests in goals (11), assists (11) and points (22) while appearing in 48 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  The fourth-year pro from Regina, Saskatchewan is tied for the American Hockey League lead with three shorty-handed goals and ranks second with a plus-24 mark, trailing only teammate David Warsofsky in that category.

Selected in the sixth round (174th overall) by the Penguins in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Archibald has recorded 54 points (26+28) and 145 penalty minutes in 169 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

A Hobey Baker finalist while playing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2013-14, Archibald made his Pittsburgh and National Hockey League debut on March 5, 2016 against the Calgary Flames.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are home for a pair of games on Friday (vs. Hershey) and Saturday (vs. Binghamton).  Fewer than 500 seats remain for Saturday’s Military Appreciation Night, presented by MetLife.

Tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.


One lucky fan will walk home with what is almost sure to be the biggest 50-50 pot in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins GOALS Foundation history when we host our first CARRY OVER WEEKEND on Friday and Saturday.

It’s simple to take part.  Just purchase a 50-50 numbers at either or the games this weekend (Friday night vs. Hershey, Saturday night vs Binghamton) like you would on any other night.  You get three numbers for $5, 10 numbers for $10, or 60 numbers for $20.

Here’s the twist…there will be no winner picked during Friday night’s game.  Instead, all numbers purchased and all money collected on Friday will be combined with Saturday night’s drawing.  There’s no need to be in attendance on Saturday night if you purchased your tickets on Friday – you’re still eligible to win.

If you have the winning number, you win half of the pot, just like any other night.

Our past two Saturday night 50-50 totals have been $14,425 and $11,080 on their own, meaning two lucky winners took home more than $7,000 and $5,000 respectively.  Just imagine how big that number might grow this weekend!

Friday night’s game against the Hershey Bears is another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers available for just $2 (6-7:30pm), postgame autographs and a free March magnetic schedule for everyone in attendance.

Saturday night is our annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by MetLife.  We’ll be wearing special came jerseys which will be auctioned during the game.  Fewer than 600 tickets remain for this game as of noon on Thursday.

Get your tickets for both games at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367 today!



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton splits first weekend out of All-Star break

Penguins (34-10-3-0) coming off of impressive 7-1 victory over division rival


Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS 2 vs. St. John’s 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got offensive contributions from two defensemen, but it wasn’t enough to beat the visiting St. John’s IceCaps. Ethan Prow scored his first pro goal, and Derrick Pouliot cashed in on the power play for the Penguins.


Saturday, Feb. 4 – PENGUINS 7 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
In the Phantoms’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, the Penguins shut them down with a convincing 7-1 victory. Eleven different Penguins recorded a point, while Sahir Gill, Tom Kostopoulos, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson and Josh Archibald all had multi-point performances. Archibald tied a career-high with three points (2G-1A), and posted his team-leading third shorthanded goal.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS vs. St. John’s
The IceCaps return to face the Penguins for the fourth time this season and final regular season meeting in franchise history. St. John’s leads the season series, 2-1-0-0, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 17-5-1-0 all-time against the IceCaps.


Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The resurgent Hershey Bears come to Northeast PA to take on the Penguins. After starting the New Year 2-6-2-1, the Bears have now won four-straight. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holds a big advantage in the season series, winning seven of nine meetings so far.


Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
The Penguins have gone 4-1-0-0 against the Senators this season as the two teams prepare for their sixth and final meeting of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the last head-to-head, 6-2 at Binghamton. Saturday’s game is also the Penguins’ Military Appreciation Night.


Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 10-2-1-0 when coming off of a loss this season.

– The Penguins are 15-1-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos played in his 600th game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, becoming the 14th person in league history to appear in 600+ contests with one club.

– Friday’s game was Steve Oleksy’s 500th professional game. Oleksy has played in four different leagues over the course of his career (NHL, AHL, ECHL, IHL).

– Rookie Teddy Blueger has nine points (2G-7A) in his last  eight games.

– Josh Archibald is the first Penguin to have three shorthanded goals in a season since 2013-14 (Brian Gibbons, Dominik Uher).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-31 rating.



1. PENGUINS 47 34 10 3 0 71 .755
2. Lehigh Valley 45 30 13 2 0 62 .689
3. Providence 46 26 12 5 3 60 .652
4. Hershey 47 24 13 7 3 58 .617
5. Bridgeport 44 26 16 1 1 54 .614
6. Springfield 45 17 20 6 2 42 .467
7. Hartford 47 17 25 3 2 39 .415



Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 47 17 19 36
Oskar Sundqvist 41 14 19 33
David Warsofsky 32 9 24 33
Garrett Wilson 47 11 17 28


Tristan Jarry 29 20-8-1 2.24 .920 1
Casey DeSmith* 17 13-2-2 2.26 .913 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Feb. 8      St. John’s           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 10        Hershey            Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 11        Binghamton     Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.



Mon, Jan. 30   (C)      Carter Rowney                      Recalled by PIT

Thu, Feb. 2      (D)      Brett Stern                     Released from PTO


Our 2017 Military Appreciation Night Jerseys.


It’s a busy week for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who continue their six-game home stand with three big contests at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The action starts on Wednesday night, when the Pens will look for a little revenge against the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:05pm.  The Canadian club downed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 5-2, last Friday night, so you know the hosts will be fired up and looking to melt the IceCaps.

It’s another Eyewitness News Fan Friday when the Hershey Bears come to town, and the Penguins are looking to make it six wins in a row against their I-81 rivals.  Lower level tickets for Friday’s game are just $14 (while supplies last); select draft beers will be available for just $2 from 6-7:30pm; all fans receive a March magnetic calendar; and two of your favorite Pens players will be signing autographs after the game.

Saturday night is our annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by MetLife.  The Penguins will be wearing special came jerseys when they face off with the Binghamton Senators, and we’ll be auctioning them off during the game.  Plus we’ll be selling autographed military appreciation pucks on the concourse to benefit the Tickets for Troops program. Fewer than 900 seats remain for Saturday’s contest, so get yours quickly!

Tickets for all three contests are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.