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 TicketMaster.com, 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.
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
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.
– 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.
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UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
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
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 TicketMaster.com, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.
There weren’t any American Hockey League games played yesterday, but it was still one of the busiest news days that the AHL has seen this season. Here’s a rundown of the big ticket items from Tuesday, January 31.
CONGRATS CARTER – The piece of news that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans will be happiest about is the NHL debut of Carter Rowney. The undrafted fourth-year pro was originally recalled by Pittsburgh last week when Evgeni Malkin was sidelined due to injury, but he didn’t crack the lineup in his first stay with the team.
After being returned to NEPA and helping the Pens to wins over Utica and Binghamton last week, Rowney was recalled again by Pittsburgh on Monday, and suited up for the club in its 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. He logged 9:24 of ice time in the victory while skating alongside Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin.
Rowney was among the hottest players on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton roster headed into the AHL All-Star break. After missing about a month and a half due to injury, Rowney returned to the Pens lineup on January 13 in Rochester. He recorded eight points (5+3) during the next eight games, and posted a four-game goal streak from January 13-18, a career best for the 27-year old center.
ROCKET LAUNCH – The Rocket de Laval, who will hit the ice next year serving as the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, unveiled their logo and uniforms yesterday afternoon.
The team’s uniforms feature the familiar red, white and blue of the parent club, and the team name pays homage to Maurice ‘the Rocket’ Richard, who played 18 seasons with the Canadiens, won eight Stanley Cups, and became the first player to record 50 goals in a season and 500 in a career.
The Rocket will play their home games at Place Bell, a 10,000 seat facility currently under construction.
ADIEU ALBANY – The New Jersey Devils announced that they will move their AHL club out of Albany and into Binghamton next season, and they signed a deal to keep hockey in New York’s lower tier for the next five seasons.
The Ottawa Senators announced earlier this year that they would be relocating their minor league operations to Belleville, Ontario for the 2017-18 season, leaving the future of hockey in Binghamton in limbo for several months.
“After evaluating multiple scenarios and obtaining the approval of the AHL Board of Governors, we have agreed to partner with a local operating group in Binghamton, NY to relocate the franchise for the 2017-18 season,” said Hugh Weber, President of the New Jersey Devils. “The new arrangement will allow the organization to focus its efforts on developing our player prospects, while leaving the business operations to those with expertise in the market.”
Albany has been home to an AHL team since 1993, when the Capital District Islanders moved from nearby Troy, New York and became the Albany River Rats. The River Rats were affiliated with the Devils (1993-2006) and the Carolina Hurricanes (2006-10) during their tenure, with the Colorado Avalanche splitting the affiliation with Carolina in 2006-07.
When the Hurricanes relocated their AHL club to Charlotte, New Jersey moved it’s minor league operations back to the capital city and dubbed them the Devils.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – David Warsofsky stepped up to the blue line in preparation of his showcase event at the 2017 AHL All-Star Skills Competition, the CCM Hardest Shot. After a few strides used to reach a stationary puck, Warsofsky unloaded a slap shot at the empty net with radar guns positioned nearby.
He went through those same motions again for a second attempt. He uncorked another slapper, drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd at PPL Center before his score registered on the big screen at center ice. When the result came in, it showed 98.4 mph.
Warsofsky’s slap shot was the second-strongest in the competition at the time, and ultimately finished fourth overall but just nine-tenths of a mile per hour behind the event’s winning score.
At all levels, the hardest shot event is usually dominated by the biggest players on the ice. The likes of Zdeno Chára and Shea Weber have legendary reputations for their record-setting slap shots, and Kyle Wood, tonight’s winner, was the biggest entrant in the competition. Warsofsky, on the other hand, impressed everyone with his score because he stands at five-foot-nine, 170 lbs.
Warsofsky’s showing at the Skills Competition and throughout this entire season has proven it’s not always the biggest guys that pack the biggest punch on their shots. It’s all about the technique.
“I think it’s just the way he releases it,” said Warsofsky’s partner at the Skills Competition, Tristan Jarry. “He’s a smart player, and he’s figured out how to get everything out of his shot even though he’s not that big. We’ve seen it many times this year, and he’s helped us out a lot with that shot.”
Warsofsky’s head coach – with both the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and All Star weekend with the Atlantic Division – Clark Donatelli, offered his explanation for why the small-statured Warsofsky is able to get so much power on his shots by drawing comparisons to another sport.
“You know, it’s like that same thing with the bat speed and hitters in baseball,” Donatelli said. “It’s about the way you hit it. He’s got a great shot, and we all know it. Obviously, it’s less about how big and strong you are. It’s about where you make contact and how you transfer your weight. Bigger guys have an advantage in that they have more weight to move, but in [Warsofsky]’s case, it’s all about the technique and putting it all together for a great shot.”
That shot has helped Warsofsky add nine goals to his All-Star caliber résumé that includes 33 points in 30 games this season. Even if that stat line wasn’t convincing enough for opponents, he now has 98.4 reasons making sure no one will be underestimating this “little guy’s” big abilities any time soon.
• Tristan Jarry had a good night, himself. He stopped five of 10 shots faced in the hellacious AHL Live Rapid Fire event, then improved to a perfect three-for-three in the Pass and Score. The Pass and Score featured three Western Conference opponents coming in on Jarry with one puck and no defenders in the way. It was perhaps the most impressive showing of all the eight goalies who took part in the event.
“It’s no fun to get scored on, so it’s always a competition,” Jarry said. “It’s one of those things where you can’t think too much and just follow the puck, read the play. We practice that a lot, actually. We do a lot of three-on-oh’s and five-on-oh’s, so the guys actually had me really prepared for that.”
• Unsurprisingly, the Penguins’ All-Stars were booed heavily when announced at PPL Center, home of the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Jarry couldn’t contain his smile when the crowd erupted with displeasure at the mention of his name. Clark Donatelli held his composure a bit better when the cameras cam his way, but said afterwards that that kind of hostility is part of what makes these events enjoyable.
“They’re rivals! They can’t take a night off to like us,” Donatelli said. “I think that makes it more fun, though. The rivalries in Pennsylvania, they’re good for the fans. And when the fans are into it, it’s more fun for the guys on the ice, too.”
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ended their schedule before the All-Star break on a high note by setting a franchise record, seeing their captain hit an historic milestone, and beating the Binghamton Senators, 6-2, on Saturday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Penguins (33-9-3-0) set a club record with their 12th win in the month of January, and Tom Kostopoulos became the 91st player in American Hockey League history to earn 500 points in his AHL career.
The Penguins struck first in the contest when Ryan Haggerty unloaded a fireball at the Senators net that burned past Chris Driedger at 10:52 of the opening frame.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its lead when Teddy Blueger used his soccer skills to kick the puck over to a wide open Dominik Simon who wasted no time burying it. Simon’s tally was his sixth of the season and came at 15:32.
The Senators got on the board thanks to Nick Paul knocking in a rebound with 2:57 left in the first period. However, the Penguins quick reestablished their two-goal lead 1:05 later with a pinpoint pass from Blueger to Jean-Sébastien Dea. Twenty-one seconds after that, Blueger scored a goal of his own, making it 4-1 for the Penguins.
Chad Nehring tipped in a point shot and brought the Senators within two 6:04 into the second period. But once again, the Penguins responded. Derrick Pouliot danced his way through the neutral zone and fed Danny Kristo who brought the score to 5-2.
Kostopoulos achieved his 500th AHL point on a goal at 11:54 of the third period and put a bow on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s league-leading 33rd victory of 2016-17.
All-Star Tristan Jarry made 32 saves for his 19th win of the season, which is tied for most in the AHL. Driedger posted 10 stops on 14 shots before being replaced by Matt O’Connor at the start of the second period. O’Connor made 9 saves on 11 shots faced.
On deck for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the All-Star break, during which the Penguins’ David Warsofsky and Tristan Jarry will participate in the AHL All-Star Classic at PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Feb. 3 for the first visit in 2016-17 by the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
Individual game tickets for Feb. 3’s game and 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.