PENGUINS BLANK PHANTOMS, 5-0, AND EARN FIRST WIN OF 2017-18


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.

BOXSCORE

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 TicketMaster.com, 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.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS CHRIS SUMMERS FROM WBS

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Chris Summers from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Summers, 29, who has played seven-plus seasons of pro hockey, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Pens over summer after notching 12 points (4G-8A) in 74 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL in 2016-17.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Ann Arbor, Michigan native served as an alternate captain for the Wolf Pack last year, and was chosen to wear the ‘A’ in his first season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year. Summers made his WBS debut in Saturday’s season-opener, finishing even with two shots on goal.

Summers has competed in 70 NHL contests in his career with the Arizona Coyotes and New York Rangers, tallying nine points (2G-7A). In his 387 career AHL games, he has accrued 336 penalty minutes with 59 points (13G-46A).

Summers played four years of collegiate hockey at Michigan, where he was team captain as a senior, and an alternate captain his junior year. During his collegiate career, Summers suited up for Team USA at the 2008 World Junior Championship, where he was an alternate captain and was chosen as one of the team’s “Top Three Players” of the tournament.

Summers was originally chosen by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round (29th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will play three games in three days this weekend, with contests against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Friday at 7:05pm in Wilkes-Barre/Saturday at 7:05pm in Allentown) and the Syracuse Crunch (Sunday at 3:05pm in Wilkes-Barre) on the schedule.

Sunday’s contest is the Penguins’ first KIDS FREE SUNDAY of the season, with fans ages 14 and younger able to get in for FREE with a paid adult admission.

Tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7367.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 10/10/17

 

 Penguins preparing for their first three-in-three weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (0-1-0-0) searches for its first win of 2017-18 against Lehigh Valley, Syracuse

 

Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Oct. 7 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Charlotte 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened its 19th season of play and quickly saw one of its young stars, Daniel Sprong, light the lamp early in the first period. Thomas Di Pauli also notched a shorthanded goal for the Penguins, but their new Atlantic Division foe, the Charlotte Checkers, had two shorties of its own in store to counter. Charlotte used its special teams attack of one power play goal and two shorthanded goals to defeat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on its home opener.

The Week Ahead

Friday, Oct. 13 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins look for their first win of the season as they renew their rivalry with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 7-4-0-1 against Lehigh Valley last season, including a franchise record shutout streak that lasted more than three games (268:49). The Phantoms are   1-0-0-1, and most recently lost in a shootout to Hartford.

Saturday, Oct. 14 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms face-off once again in the second match-up of their weekend home-and-home. The Penguins have seen much success in the Phantoms’ barn since their relocation to Allentown in 2014. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a 13-3-1-1 all-time record at PPL Center.

Sunday, Oct. 15 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton closes out its first three-in-three weekend of the season with a Sunday matinée at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, the Syracuse Crunch. The contest is also the first Kids Get In Free Sunday of the year. Kids age 14 and under enter free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket. Syracuse is off to an 0-1-1-0 start to the season, with its last game being an overtime loss to Rochester.

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 10-9-0 in home openers and  9-10-0 overall in its season openers.

– Seven different players made their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins regular season debut on Saturday: Kevin Czuczman, Adam Johnson, Andrey Pedan, Daniel Sprong, Chris Summers, Christian Thomas and Zach Trotman.

– Thomas Di Pauli’s goal on Saturday was the first shorthanded tally of his pro career.

– Saturday night was the first time since Mar. 19, 2013 vs. Worcester (Freddie Hamilton) that the Penguins allowed two shorthanded goals to the same player in one game.

– Tom Sestito is four games away from playing his 500th professional game.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Charlotte 2 2 0 0 0 4 1.00
2. Providence 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.00
3. Lehigh Valley 2 1 0 0 1 3 .750
4. Hartford 2 1 1 0 0 2 .500
5. Bridgeport 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000
6. Springfield 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000
7. PENGUINS 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000
8. Hershey 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Thomas Di Pauli* 1 1 0 1
Daniel Sprong* 1 1 0 1
Teddy Blueger 1 0 1 1
Tristan Jarry 1 0 1 1

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 1 0-1-0 4.02 .886 0

* = rookie

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                  OPPONENT     LOCATION                             TIME    

Fri, Oct. 13          Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 14         Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                                7:05 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 15        Syracuse            Mohegan Sun Arena               3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Oct. 4        (D)     Kevin Spinozzi                      Signed to PTO

 

AHL ADDS COLORADO EAGLES FOR 2018-19


American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the Colorado Eagles have been approved as an expansion franchise for the 2018-19 season.

The Eagles will be the new primary development affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche when they begin play in the AHL’s Pacific Division at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., in October 2018.

The Eagles’ application for membership was approved by the AHL Board of Governors during the league’s Annual Meeting in July, and brings the AHL up to 31 teams for the first time.

Originally founded in 2003, the Colorado Eagles franchise has won three league championships, as members of the Central Hockey League (2005, 2007) and the ECHL (2017).

The AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, who are currently the Avalanche’s top affiliate, have entered into an affiliation with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues that will also take effect in 2018-19.

In operation since 1936, the AHL serves as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.

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PENGUINS DROP OPENING NIGHT DECISION TO CHECKERS, 5-2

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Daniel Sprong notched his first regular season goal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, but the team ultimately fell, 5-2, in their 2017-18 season opener to the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (0-1-0-0) surrendered back-to-back shorthanded tallies to Charlotte (2-0-0-0) rookie Warren Foegele, who has kicked off his pro career with four goals and two game-winning goals in his first two games.

The Penguins’ first goal of the season came from Sprong on the power play when he scorched a wrist shot past the blocker side of Jeremy Smith at 7:40 of the opening frame.

Valentin Zykov notched a goal for Charlotte with only 1:59 remaining in the first period, evening the score at 1-1.

The second period became a special teams fest for both clubs, with Charlotte and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton combining for seven power play opportunities in the middle stanza. Thomas Di Pauli used a shorthanded goal at 14:46 of the second period to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead, but that was taken away three minutes later by a man advantage marker from the Checkers’ Phil Di Giuseppe.

Foegele gave Charlotte its first lead of the contest, 3-2, with a shorthanded tally with less than a minute left before the second intermission. Foegele found the back of the net again with yet another shorthanded goal 9:37 into the third period, making it 4-2, Charlotte.

Di Giuseppe nailed a long-distance empty-net goal in final two minutes of regulation, bringing the game to its final score of 5-2.

Tristan Jarry posted 31 saves in net for the Penguins. Smith stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Oct. 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

CHARLOTTE vs. WBS – OCTOBER 7, 2017

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Penguins and Charlotte Checkers face-off for the first of four season meetings, but tonight is their first game against one another since 2011. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a commanding 7-1-0-0 record in the two clubs’ 2010-11 regular season series, but Charlotte got the better of them in six games during the second round of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins’ hope to capitalize with a new-look power play unit that will feature offensively inclined rookies like Zach Aston-Reese, Adam Johnson and Daniel Sprong as well as the team’s leading scorer from last season, veteran Tom Kostopoulos. However, they may not have many opportunities to make an impact, as the Checkers were the second-least penalized team in the AHL the previous year (10.88 PIM per game).

Charlotte’s power play came up clutch late last night, scoring a tying goal in the third period. Tonight, the Checkers’ man advantage must contend with the Penguins’ penalty kill, which was best in the AHL last season with a 86.9 percent success rate.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is well-rested, prepared for its first game of the season, whereas Charlotte in playing in the second game of a back-to-back this weekend. Last season, the Checkers were 16-12-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.

RECENT ACTION

The Charlotte Checkers kicked off the 2017-18 season and their Atlantic Division residence with a dramatic 5-4 victory spearheaded by rookie Warren Foegele while visiting the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Charlotte started off behind the eight ball when Hartford’s Cole Schneider struck 54 seconds into the game. Foegele, last year’s OHL Playoffs MVP, evened things up in the first period with his first pro goal.

The Wolf Pack popped back on top, 2-1, with a tally courtesy of Ryan Gropp at 2:25 of the middle frame. Hartford’s Joe Whitney and Charlotte’s Lucas Wallmark traded goals less than two minutes apart, and the game headed to the second intermission at a 3-2 score in the home squad’s favor.

Adam Tambellini extended his team’s lead to two goals at 2:42 of the third before Aleksi Saarela chopped it right back down t o one midway through the period.

The Checkers’ power play unit found a 4-4 equalizer from Valentin Zykov 13:06 into the final period of play. Foegele shocked the opening night crowd at XL Center with his second goal of the night, the game-winner, with one minute left in regulation.

ICE CHIPS…

– Tom Kostopoulos begins his 19th season of professional hockey tonight, a career that started in 1999 during the inaugural season of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

– Penguins forward Teddy Blueger not only had the best plus/minus of all AHL rookies last year (+23), but also set Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise record for rookie plus/minus rating.

– In his final year of junior hockey, Daniel Sprong failed to record a point in only nine of his 43 games played, including playoffs.

– Last season’s Penguins were the fifth team to reach the 50-win plateau since the AHL adopted a 76-game schedule in 2011-12.

CHECK MATES…

– Charlotte posted a record of 15-3-3-0 (.785) when Lucas Wallmark scored a goal last season. – The Checkers allowed the fewest shorthanded goals in the AHL last season (3).

– Andrew Poturalski ranked third in rookie scoring last season with 52 points (19G-33A).

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SAM MILETIC REASSIGNED TO LONDON

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that forward Sam Miletic has been reassigned by the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) to the London Knights (OHL).

Miletic led the Knights with 37 goals last season and ranked fifth on the team with 55 points. He has 69 points (40G-26A) in 100 career games played in the OHL.

The undrafted 20-year-old forward singed an entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh on Sept. 25, 2017.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

SEAN MAGUIRE REASSIGNED TO WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that goaltender Sean Maguire has been removed from the team’s training camp roster and will report to the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Maguire appeared in 35 games for Wheeling last season, posting a 14-16-4 record with two shutouts, a .897 save percentage and 3.20 goals against average. The native of Powell River, British Columbia was named ECHL CCM Goaltender of the Month for January after putting forth a 6-1-1 record and both of his season’s   shutouts in 9 games. Maguire also played in one game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year and earned the win for the Penguins in their Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy-clinching victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Apr. 15, 2017

The 24-year-old netminder was selected in the fourth round (113th overall) by Pittsburgh at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SIGN KEVIN SPINOZZI TO PTO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Kevin Spinozzi to a professional tryout contract.

Spinozzi was one of 21 players initially invited to Penguins training camp on Sept. 21 and stuck with the team through every round of roster adjustments during the preseason.

The 21-year-old blueliner is coming off of a career-best season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. During the 2016-17 campaign, Spinozzi notched personal highs in goals (13), assists (28), points (41) and multi-point games (11). While wearing the captain’s “C” for the Sting, Spinozzi led the team with a plus-13 rating and topped all Sarnia defensemen with four power play goals. He also tied for the team’s postseason lead in points with four (3G-1A).

Spinozzi, who hails from Granby, Québec, earned 113 points (28G-85A) and 297 penalty minutes in 275 career games playing in the OHL.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS REDUCE ROSTER BY EIGHT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have reduced their roster with three players under AHL contracts being assigned to the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, and five more being released from their tryout agreements with the team.

Forwards Riley Bourbonnais, Cam Brown, Reid Gardiner, Nick Sorkin and Cody Wydo as well as defenseman Craig Skudalski and goalies Will King and Colin Stevens will all report to Wheeling for the start of Nailers training camp.

The Penguins have 33 players remaining in camp following today’s transactions. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s roster can be viewed by clicking here.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.