PENGUINS SHUT-OUT BY DEVILS, 4-0

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ three-game win streak came to an end in a 4-0 loss to the Albany Devils at Times Union Center on Friday night.

The Penguins (37-12-3-0) were held scoreless for the fifth time this season while Devils rookie goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn the first shutout of his career.

Fifty-eight seconds into the game, the Albany Devils got on the board. A miscue behind the Penguins’ net led to a turnover, allowing Blake Coleman to score and put the Devils up, 1-0.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the rest of the first period or at all in the second. Midway through the middle frame, the Devils’ Ben Sexton appeared to have their second goal of the game after collecting his own rebound after striking the post, but Tristan Jarry thrust his blocker out to the side and made a lunging save.

The Penguins thought they tied the game early in the third period, but Teddy Blueger saw his tally wiped away by the official, who ruled that the rookie kicked the puck across the goal line. Video review confirmed the call, and the score stayed at 1-0.

Sexton doubled the Devils lead after firing a shot past Jarry 11:27 into the final frame. Max Novak made it 3-0 on a three-on-one odd-man rush with just under four minutes to play in regulation.

With just 40 seconds remaining in the third period, Nick Lappin scored an empty-netter, closing out the Devils’ 4-0 victory.

Jarry posted 30 saves in the loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Penguins’ penalty kill was a perfect three-for-three in the contest, improving to over 16-for-16 its last three games.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 18, when they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’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.

PENGUINS vs DEVILS – GAME PREVIEW

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to the New York capital to face off with the Albany Devils on Friday night. It’s the second of two meetings between the teas this season, following on a 3-1 Penguins win on October 26 in Wilkes-Barre.

The Devils (29-21-1-1) currently sit in second place in the North Division, having won three of their past four games.

The Penguins (37-11-3-0) carry a three-game winning streak into their final regular season game in Albany.


DATE:  Friday, February 17, 2017
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Times Union Center
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ABOUT THE DEVILS

RECORD 29-21-1-1, 60 pts | Second in North Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Ben Sexton 18
ASSISTS  Joel Quenneville 24
POINTS  Joel Quenneville 35
PIM  Andrew MacWilliam 79
WINS  Ken Appleby 14
GAA  Ken Appleby 2.42

WHO’S HOT:  Rookie BLAKE COLEMAN has four points (1+3) in the Devils’ past three games, and currently ranks second on the team with 17 goals and 32 points. He’s 10th in the league among rookies in points, and fourth among first-year goal scorers.

NEWS AND NOTESJOEL QUENNEVILLE is fourth among AHL rookies with 35 points and tied for second with 24 assists. His six power play goals are tied for third among first year skaters…Former Penguin BRIAN GIBBONS is fourth on the team with 26 points, and his 11 goals this season equals his previous AHL bests (2011-12 and 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)…BEN SEXTON is tied for the league lead with five game-winning goals…The Devils hold the fifth best penalty killing unit in the AHL with an 84.8% success rate (195 for 230)…Albany is tied for the league lead with seven overtime wins this season.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  37-11–3-0 (77 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS – (Active Players)

GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  18
ASSISTS  David Warsofsky  25
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  40
PIM  Tom Sestito  97
WINS  Tristan Jarry  22
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.22

WHO’S HOT: SAHIR GILL has four points (2+2) in his past two games, and has points in five of his past seven appearances (3+5=8). He has set new AHL bests in assists (11) and points (15) this season.

NEWS AND NOTES: An official scoring change from Tuesday night’s win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms gave TOM KOSTOPOULOS an assist in the contest, allowing the Penguins captain to hit the 40-point mark for the fourth consecutive season, and the eighth time in his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career…OSKAR SUNDQVIST had been scoreless in five games since returning from injury before recording a pair of goals, including a short-handed tally, in Tuesday’s win over the Phantoms…Five of DOMINIK SIMON’s eight goals this season have been game-winners, tying him for the top spot in the AHL…DAVID WARSOFSKY is one assist shy of tying his single season best (26), established with Providence in 2013-14. His 11 goals and 36 points in just 36 games this season are both personal bests for the All-Star defenseman…TRISTAN JARRY is tied for the AHL lead with 22 wins this season, and is currently tied with Marc-Andre Fluery for seventh on the team’s all-time list…The Penguins 86.5 penalty kill rate (189 for 207) is times in the league.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/15/17

 

Penguins look ahead to busy weekend still holding first place

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-11-3-0) end of season-long six-game homestand and hit the road

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS 0 vs. St. John’s 4
The IceCaps used a four-goal second period to shut-out the Pens and earn the win in their final visit to Mohegan Sun Arena.

Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Hershey 3 (OT)
The Penguins and Bears delivered another thrilling contest, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it a perfect four-for-four in overtime this season against their rival. Kevin Porter had a four-point night (1G-4A), including the OT game-winner.

Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 2
Sahir Gill earned the first two-goal game of his AHL career as the Penguins held off the Senators to win the season series, 5-1-0-0. Jarrett Burton posted his first AHL assist, too.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
The Penguins earned another big win over their division rival, evening the season series at 2-2-0-0. Oskar Sundqvist scored twice while Dominik Simon, J.S. Dea, Teddy Blueger and Gill also put forth two-point performances.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 17 – PENGUINS at Albany
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to upstate New York to take on Albany for first and only time at Times Union Center. The Pens won the two clubs’ first meeting in October, 3-1.

Saturday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS at Springfield
The Thunderbirds have sunk to sixth place in the Atlantic, but has split the season series with the Pens. Both teams have won twice in four head-to-head clashes in 2016-17.

Sunday, Feb. 19 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins and P-Bruins drop the puck for the fourth of six meetings. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-1-0-0 against Providence.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 11-2-1-0 when coming off of a loss this season.

– The Penguins are 16-1-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos earned his 200th AHL goal with the tying tally in Friday’s contest with Hershey.

– Kevin Porter’s four-point game on Friday was his first since Oct. 9, 2009 when he was a member of the San Antonio Rampage.

– Friday’s game was Garrett Wilson’s 400th professional game.

– Porter has 12 points (2G-10A) in his last nine games.

– Rookie Teddy Blueger has 13 points (2G-11A) in his last 12 games.

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-32 rating.

– Tristan Jarry leads the league with 22 wins.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 51 37 11 3 0 77 .755
2. Lehigh Valley 49 32 15 2 0 66 .673
3. Providence 50 28 13 5 4 65 .650
4. Bridgeport 48 30 16 1 1 62 .646
5. Hershey 50 25 14 8 3 61 .610
6. Springfield 49 17 23 7 2 43 .439
7. Hartford 49 18 26 3 2 41 .418

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 51 18 22 40
David Warsofsky 36 11 25 36
Oskar Sundqvist 45 16 19 35
Kevin Porter 47 8 25 33

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 31 22-8-1 2.21 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 19 14-3-2 2.34 .911 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Feb. 17         Albany              Times Union Center          7:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 18      Springfield       MassMutual Center           7:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 19     Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 11      (C)      Jarrett Burton                Recalled from WHL

Fri, Feb. 10      (RW)  Josh Archibald                       Recalled by PIT

AHL SLAP SHOTS – FEBRUARY 1, 2017

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.

Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

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.


Photo courtesy Rocket de Laval – http://www.rocketlaval.com

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.

PENGUINS STOP DEVILS’ STREAK WITH 3-1 WIN

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton welcomed the American Hockey League’s only remaining undefeated team to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night, and ended the evening as the only blemish on the Albany Devils’ record.

The Penguins (4-1-0-0) beat the Devils 3-1 with a scoring palette that consisted of a power play, shorthanded and even strength goal.

Chad Ruhwedel ripped a low shot past Devils defenders and goalie Scott Wedgewood on the power play at 18:10 of the first period, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its lead to 2-0 when Josh Archibald scored shorthanded 5:34 into the second period. Archibald’s goal was the Penguins’ third shorthanded tally of the season, the highest total in the AHL.

Jake Guentzel and Sahir Gill combined for a give-and-go play off of a Devils turnover that turned into Guentzel’s third goal of the season and the Penguins’ third of the night.

Albany showed some life and spoiled Tristan Jarry’s shutout bid when Nick Lappin buried one on the doorstep at 8:05 of the third period.

The Devils pulled their goalie, but could not find the two goal necessary to tie the Penguins, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton became the lone loss on Albany’s record this season.

Wedgewood left the game after two periods having made 25 saves on 28 shots. Mackenzie Blackwood stepped in for the third period for the Devils and stopped all eight shots faced. Jarry finished the night with 19 saves on 20 shots.

Wednesday night marked the fourth-straight game that the Penguins only allowed one goal, and the team’s penalty kill is now 23-for-24 on the season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:05 p.m. at MassMutual Center against the Springfield Thunderbirds. The Penguins’ next home game is the following day, Sunday, Oct. 30, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza with a 3:05 p.m. start time.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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 WEEKLY – 10/25/16

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Defense on display as Penguins win two of three over weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3-1-0-0) allows just three goals in last three games

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Springfield 1

The Penguins were handed their first loss of the season when they ran into the performance of Thunderbirds goalie Reto Berra. Berra stopped all 23 shots faced, including one as time expired.

Saturday, Oct. 22 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 1

Kevin Porter scored two shorthanded goals 2:19 apart and later added an assist on the insurance marker, catapulting the Penguins to a victory over Syracuse. Casey DeSmith made 26 saves in his season debut.

Sunday, Oct. 23 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 1 (OT)

With the fate of the game on his stick, Dominik Simon converted on a penalty shot in sudden death overtime and gave the Penguins a 2-1 win over the Bears at Giant Center. The win snapped the 24-game streak in the Pens/Bears rivalry of the team that scores first going on to win the game.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Albany

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton welcomes the undefeated Albany Devils to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first and only time in 2016-17. Last year, the Penguins downed the Devils in both of their two meetings.

Saturday, Oct. 29 – PENGUINS at Springfield

The Penguins look to avenge their shutout loss to the Thunderbirds when they travel to New England for the first time this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-1-0-0 in its last five games at MassMutual Center.

Sunday, Oct. 30 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse

A Sunday matinée between the Pens and Crunch serves as a second head-to-head in eight days. Game time is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s home ice.

 

Ice Chips

– Dominik Simon’s overtime penalty shot game-winner on Sunday was the first in team history.

– Kevin Porter was the first Penguin to score two shorthanded goals in the same game since Jonathan Filewich on Dec. 23, 2006.

– Casey DeSmith’s .963 save percentage ranks second among AHL rookie goaltenders.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns the Eastern Conference’s best goals against (5) and combined team save percentage (.953).

– Tim Erixon played in his 200th AHL game on Saturday vs. Syracuse.

– Tom Kostopoulos is three points shy of reaching his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                          GP       W         L        OTL     SOL      PTS         Pt%

1. Springfield               4          3          1          0           0          6            .750

2. PENGUINS            4          3          1          0          0           6            .750

3. Bridgeport              4           1          2          0          0          4           .500

4. Hartford                 4           1          2          0          0          4           .500

5. Lehigh Valley         3          1          1           1          0           3            .500

6. Hershey                 4           1          2           1          0          3            .333

7. Providence            5           1          3           1          0          3            .000

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                              GP        G        A         PTS

Jake Guentzel*                       4          2         3          5

Kevin Porter                           4          2         1           3

Carter Rowney                       4          1         2          3

four players tied                                                        2

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT-SO     GAA       Sv%       Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*        1          1-0-0-0         1.00       0.963           0

Tristan Jarry                 1          2-1-0-0          1.33        0.950           0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                             TIME      

Fri, Oct. 26        Albany                  Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 29       Springfield          MassMutual Center            7:05 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 30     Syracuse              Mohegan Sun Arena           3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Oct. 22       ADD     (D) Ethan Prow           Reassigned from WHL

Fri, Oct. 21          DEL     (D) David Warsofsky               Recalled by PIT

Wed, Oct. 19     DEL      (D) Ethan Prow                Reassigned to WHL

PENGUINS FALL TO DEVILS IN PRESEASON OPENER

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October 6, 2016

BOXSCORE

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins began their 2016 exhibition schedule at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday night, but suffered a loss at the hands of the Albany Devils.

Albany scored four power play goals in what became a 4-1 victory for the Devils.

On their third power play of the game, the Devils scored the game’s opening goal when Jan Mandát tipped in a shot from Mathieu Brodeur at 12:41 of the first period.

Jarrett Burton pulled the score into a 1-1 tie by redirecting shot from the point into the Devils’ net at 12:02 of the second period.

Another man advantage marker put Albany back on top at 15:12 of the middle frame, this time with John Quenneville finishing the play.

A third power play goal lifted the Devils into a 3-1 lead. Ben Sexton was the man responsible for Albany’s third tally, knocking a loose puck into the Penguins net 1:14 into the third period.

Ty Loney scored the Devils’ fourth power play goal of the game with 8.2 remaining in regulation, bringing the game to its final score of 4-1.

Albany finished the night four-for-seven on the man advantage, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did not convert on any of its six man advantage opportunities.

Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith made 12 saves on 13 shots faced before passing the baton to Leland Irving at the midway point of the contest. Irving started his night with two point-blank saves on shorthanded scoring chances by the Devils, and went on to stop 11 of 14 shots.

The Penguins are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza when they take on the Hershey Bears. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.