Obie and Nick have Adam Johnson stop by the Penguins Podcast this week. Adam confesses why he is known as Squidward, discusses Minnesota hockey rivalries and his inadvertent destruction of planet Earth. Before that though, Obie and Nick breakdown last weekend’s results and preview the Penguins’ upcoming opponents.


Penguins carry five-game win streak into rivalry weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (6-2-0-0) set for state supremacy skirmish


Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 27 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hershey 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton saw its I-81 rival erase a 2-0 deficit, but Dominik Simon’s third period power play goal gave the Penguins their fourth-straight win. Tristan Jarry turned aside 30 shots and stood tall amidst a late-game barrage from the Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also scored its first extra attacker goal of the season when Jean-Sébastien Dea found the back of the net during a delayed penalty in the first period.

Saturday, Oct. 28 – PENGUINS 5 at Bridgeport 2
The Penguins saw multi-point nights from a handful of players, but perhaps no performance was more key than that of Ryan Haggerty, who notched two tallies in his first game of 2017-18. Adam Johnson also scored his first goal as a pro while Jarry earned the “W” in back-to-back starts for the team’s fifth in a row.


The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 3 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell in its last visit to PPL Center, but still owns a daunting 13-4-1-1 all-time record in Allentown. The Phantoms recently saw a six-game winning streak come to an end, but their high-flying forward Danick Martel leads the league with 10 goals. Through two contests this season, the Penguins and Phantoms are deadlocked at 1-1-0-0 records.

Sunday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Penguins return to home ice for a Sunday matinée with the Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 13-6-0-0 in its last 19 games against Hershey, but 11 of those games were decided by a one-goal margin. This match-up will take place during the Penguins’ first-ever Harry Potter Day and is also a Kids Get In Free Sunday. Children aged 14 and under receive free admission to the game with the paid purchase of an adult ticket.


Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong leads the AHL in power play goals (5) and is tied for the rookie lead in goals (7) and points (10).

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, seven of Sprong’s 12 AHL goals have come on the power play.

– Dominik Simon is currently on a four-game point streak (1G-4A).

– Saturday was Jean-Sébastien Dea’s 200th AHL game and thus his 200th game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is the 29th player in team history to skate in 200 games with the Penguins.

– Saturday was Ryan Haggerty’s third multi-goal game with the Penguins and the fifth of his pro career.

– Tom Kostopoulos is two games away from his 700th AHL game.



1. Providence 8 6 2 0 0 12 .883
2. PENGUINS 8 6 2 0 0 12 .786
3. Lehigh Valley 10 7 2 0 1 15 .714
4. Charlotte 9 6 3 0 0 12 .667
5. Hartford 10 4 5 0 1 9 .500
6. Hershey 9 3 5 0 1 7 .333
7. Bridgeport 8 3 5 0 0 6 .250
8. Springfield 10 1 8 1 0 3 .143



Daniel Sprong* 8 7 3 10
Dominik Simon 8 2 7 9
Christian Thomas 8 2 4 6
Kevin Czuczman 8 0 5 5
four players tied 5


Casey DeSmith 3 3-0-0 0.98 .965 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT        LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Nov. 3          Lehigh Valley      PPL Center                            7:05 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 5       Hershey               Mohegan Sun Arena           3:05 p.m.



Mon, Oct. 23      (G)     Casey DeSmith                     Recalled by PIT

Wed, Oct. 25      (G)     Colin Stevens                         Signed to PTO

Mon, Oct. 30      (G)     Casey DeSmith               Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Oct. 30      (G)     Tristan Jarry                           Recalled by PIT



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, 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.


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.


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, 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.


The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed undrafted free agent forward Adam Johnson to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal will run through the 2018-19 campaign.

Johnson, 22, attended the Penguins’ prospect development camp at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry last week. He is coming off an impressive sophomore season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he scored 18 goals and tallied 37 points in 42 games. He finished second on the club in both goals and points.

A 6-foot, 174-pound product of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Johnson clinched Minnesota-Duluth’s berth in the 2017 Frozen Four when he scored an overtime, power-play goal to defeat Boston University, 3-2. Johnson and the Bulldogs eventually fell to Denver, 3-2, in the NCAA championship game.

Johnson proved himself to be plenty versatile at Minnesota-Duluth, as he played all three forward positions in 2016-17 – center, left wing and right wing – before filling in on defense late in the season when the Bulldogs had a rash of injuries on the back end. He also manned the point on the power play.

Johnson was Minnesota-Duluth’s top-scoring freshman in ’15-16, racking up 18 points (6G-12A) over 39 games. He wrapped his two-year college career with 81 games played, 24 goals, 31 assists, 55 points, nine power-play goals and five game-winning markers.

Before advancing to the college ranks, Johnson skated for two-plus seasons in the United States Hockey League. He broke in with the Indiana Ice near the conclusion of the ’12-13 campaign, before spending his final two campaigns with the Sioux City Musketeers.

In his second and final year with Sioux City in ’14-15, Johnson produced 31 goals, 40 assists, 71 points and a plus-25 to earn First-Team All-USHL honors. That year, Johnson’s 71 points ranked second in the league, while his plus-25 and seven game-winning markers placed third overall.

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