PENGUINS RECALL WYDO AND GARDINER FROM NAILERS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have recalled forwards Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Wydo posted an assist in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season on Dec. 22 vs. Binghamton. It was his only point in four games with the Penguins this season. In seven career AHL games, all with Penguins, Wydo has one goal and one assist for two points.

Wydo, 26, is playing in his third season of professional hockey and currently leads the Nailers in points with 33 (14G-19A). His 14 goals are also tied for second on the team, and his 19 assists rank third. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). Over the course of his 166-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 68 goals and 81 assists for 149 total points.

Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humbolt, Saskatchewan native has 27 points through 31 games and is tied with Wydo for the second-most goals on the team (14).

Gardiner, 21, spent the first half of his last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He was quickly traded by Prince Albert to the Kelowna Rockets, were he was able to spend his final season of junior hockey skating alongside his brother, Erik. With the Rockets, Gardiner posted 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 28 games. He then went on to lead Kelowna in points (28) during the WHL Playoffs and finished second in the postseason with 15 goals despite playing in five fewer games than the leader, Austin Wagner.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 3, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

FORMER PENS WELCH, KOLARIK NAMED TO USA OLYMPIC SQUAD

Noah Welch played parts of two seasons (2005-07) with the Penguins, and represented the team at the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic.

Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Noah Welch and forward Chad Kolarik were named to the 2018 United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team on Monday.  The tournament, which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea from February 9-25, will be the first since the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Norway, not to feature National Hockey League players.

TEAM USA ROSTER

Welch, 35, was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round (54th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.  He spent parts of two seasons (2005-07) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 50 points (14+36) in 104 games.

A native of Brighton, MA, Welch was voted a starter for the PlanetUSA All-Star Team at the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg, Manitoba while with the Penguins.  He has appeared in 209 AHL games with the Penguins, Rochester Americans and Chicago Wolves, recording 77 points (19+58).

Welch appeared in 27 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins between 2005-07, recording six points (2+4), before being traded to the Florida Panthers for Gary Roberts.  He appeared in 75 NHL games with the Penguins, Panthers, Tampa Bay Lighting and Atlanta Thrashers, recording nine points (4+5) and 58 penalty minutes.

For the past seven seasons, Welch has been playing in Sweden, and currently is a member of Vaxjo HC.

Chad Kolarik recorded 33 points in 35 games with the Penguins during the 2012-13 season.

Kolarik, 31, was acquired by the Penguins from the New York Rangers for Benn Ferriero on January 24, 2013.  He appeared in 35 regular season games with the Penguins that year, posting 33 points (15+18), and added 11 points (5+^) in 15 Calder Cup Playoff games for the team.

The Abington, PA native spent parts of five seasons in the AHL with the Penguins, San Antonio Rampage, Syracuse Crunch, Springfield Falcons, Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale, recording 209 points (98+111) in 277 games.  Kolarik also appeared in six NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Rangers, recording one assist.

Kolarik has been playing overseas for the past five seasons, and currently leads the Mannheim Eagles (Germany) with 31 points (19+12) in 32 games this season.

Team USA’s Olympic schedule features preliminary-round play against Slovenia at 7:10 a.m. ET on Feb. 14 from the Kwandong Hockey Centre; Slovakia at 10:10 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre; and Olympic Athletes from Russia at Gangneung at 7:10 a.m. on Feb. 17.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS SIMON, RE-ASSIGNS THREE TO WBS


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

Casey DeSmith, Andrey Pedan and Garrett Wilson have all been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Simon, 23, has skated in six NHL games with Pittsburgh this year, collecting a pair of assists. Both helpers came on Dec. 9 against Toronto, the first multiple-point game of his NHL career. Simon has four assists in 11 career NHL contests over the past three years.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Simon scored the overtime game-winning goal against the Hershey Bears on December 30 (see video above) after returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton that day. Simon’s goal brought his season totals in the AHL to four goals, 13 assists and 17 points in 21 games. He has points in 14 of 21 games.

Pittsburgh originally drafted the Prague, Czech Republic native in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is this Wednesday, January 3, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 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.

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PENGUINS REASSIGN WYDO AND GARDINER TO ECHL

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned forwards Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Wydo posted an assist in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season on Dec. 22 vs. Binghamton. It was his only point in four games with the Penguins this season. In seven career AHL games, all with Penguins, Wydo has one goal and one assist for two points.

Wydo, 26, is playing in his third season of professional hockey and currently leads the Nailers in points with 31 (13G-18A). His 13 goals are also tied for third on the team, and his 18 assists rank in a tied for second. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). Over the course of his 165-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 67 goals and 80 assists for 147 total points.

Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humbolt, Saskatchewan native currently has 27 points through 30 games, and has the second-most goals on the team (14).

Gardiner, 21, spent the first half of his last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He was quickly traded by Prince Albert to the Kelowna Rockets, were he was able to spend his final season of junior hockey skating alongside his brother, Erik. With the Rockets, Gardiner posted 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 28 games. He then went on to lead Kelowna in points (28) during the WHL Playoffs and finished second in the postseason with 15 goals despite playing in five fewer games than the leader, Austin Wagner.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS BEAT BEARS WITH DOMINIK SIMON’S OVERTIME WINNER


HERSHEY, Pa. – Dominik Simon returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night, and paid immediate dividends.  Just hours after being reassigned to the team from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Simon scored the overtime winner in a 2-1 victory against the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center.

Simon was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (18-10-2-1) at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and notched the overtime game-winner at 9:20 p.m. to send the Penguins into the New Year on a two-game winning streak.

BOXSCORE

The Penguins came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, but couldn’t solve Bears goalie Vítek Vaněček despite out-shooting their opponent, 15-6, in the first period. Simon accounted for four of the Penguins’ shots in that opening period.

Stellar goaltending carried over into the second stanza, as well, with Vaněček and Anthony Peters trading jaw-dropping saves. It required a perfect shot to beat either netminder, and that’s exactly what Zach  Aston-Reese delivered at 7:26 of the middle frame. After Jean-Sébastien Dea and Ryan Haggerty combined to win a battle along the boards in the Bears’ zone, Aston-Reese ripped a beautiful, bar-down wrister from the slot past Vaněček for the game’s first goal.

Hershey finally got a puck across Peters’ goal line when Tyler Graovac tucked a shot inside the far post, tying the game, 1-1, at 3:10 of the third period.

The game was nearly decided twice in the final seconds of regulation with the two teams skating four-on-four. Hershey barreled down the ice on a four-on-one odd man rush with 15 seconds remaining in the third period only to be denied the go-ahead goal and watch Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Chris Summers break loose for a clean breakaway immediately afterwards. Vaněček shut the door on Summers right before the sound of the buzzer, signaling the end of regulation.

Simon rocketed a wrist shot behind his fellow countryman 3:10 into the extra period, improving the Penguins to 4-0-1-1 against the Bears this season.

Peters finished the game having made 20 saves, while Vaněček turned in a 36-stop performance in the overtime loss.

The Penguins’ next game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS AT BEARS, DECEMBER 30, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the road again, as they make a quick trip down I-81 to play their in-state rival, the Hershey Bear,s at Giant Center at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Penguins (17-10-2-1, 37 pts, .617%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (14-16-0-3, 31 pts, .470%) rank two slots behind the Penguins in sixth place.

Tonight’s game is the sixth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:  7:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Giant Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 27 WBS  Hershey >3-2 WIN
Sunday, November 5 WBS  Hershey  > 3-2 SOL
Sunday, November 12  Hershey  WBS  > 5-1 WIN
Sunday, December 3  Hershey  WBS  > 4-3 OTL
Sunday, December 10  Hershey  WBS  > 4-1 WIN
Saturday, December 30  Hershey  WBS   7:00pm
Wednesday, January 24  Hershey  WBS   7:00pm
Friday, February 2  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, February 25  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, March 18  WBS  Hershey   3:05pm
Tuesday, April 3  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, April 15  Hershey  WBS   5:00pm

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and posted a 5-1 victory. Daniel Sprong’s second hat trick of the season and second four-point performance (3G-1A) of the year helped to secure the victory for the Penguins, while Anthony Peters posted his first win in a Penguins uniform, stopping 27 shots.


The  Hershey Bears  scored a 4-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. Mathias Bau’s second period goal at 16:16 stood as the game-winner, and Chris Bourque notched three assists in the winning effort. The Bears power play went 1-for-3 on the evening along with a perfect 3-for-3 penalty kill. Pheonix Copley got his first win in goal since December 3, stopping 26 shots.


PENGUINS NOTES

The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Daniel Sprong from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday morning, and returned forward Dominik Simon to the club.  Simon has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with the AHL Pens this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also summoned Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner from the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday morning.

Teddy Blueger now has points in each of his last four games (3+3=6)

Colin Smith has five points (1+4) in the season series with Hershey to lead both teams.

The Penguins lead the season series three games to two, with two of their victories coming at Giant Center.


BEARS NOTES

Chris Bourque leads the Bears in all major offensive categories, with 11 goals, 28 assists, 39 points and five power play goals.

Dustin Gazley is three points from 100 while wearing a Hershey jersey.

Nathan Walker made his 2017-18 AHL debut last night, after starting the season with the Washington Capitals.  Walker posted one goal and four penalty minutes in the NHL, and notched an assist in his first game back with the Bears.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins forward Christian Thomas spent the 2016-17 season with the Bears, and led the team in goals (24) and power play goals (12).  His goals, assists (25) and points (49) totals were all career highs.

Bears center Zach Sill spent parts of five seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time list with 277 games played. Sill recorded 73 points (33+40) and 315 penalty minutes with the Penguins betweenez 2009 and 2014.


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PITTSBURGH RECALLS SPRONG; REASSIGNS SIMON


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

Forward Dominik Simon has been re-assigned to WBS.

Sprong, 20, recorded his second hat trick of the season yesterday against Hartford, bringing his season totals to 18 goals, 10 assists and 28 points in 29 games. His 18 goals rank second overall in the AHL, while his 28 points are 15th-best. Sprong has seven power-play goals, which ranks fifth (tied) in the league.



The 6-foot, 180-pound Sprong recorded six points (3G-3A) in his final two games before getting recalled. His first professional hat trick came back on October 20 against the Laval Rocket.

Simon, 23, has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. In parts of three campaigns with the team, the native of Prague, Czech Republic has posted 110 points (43+67) in 158 games with the AHL club.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Saturday, Dec. 30, when they travel down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 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.

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DANIEL SPRONG’S HAT TRICK LIFTS PENGUINS OVER WOLF PACK, 5-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 5-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on the back of Daniel Sprong’s hat trick at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

Sprong’s second hat trick of the season and second four-point performance (3G-1A) of the year helped improve Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 17-10-2-1 on the season.

BOXSCORE

The Penguins got the scoring started on a delayed penalty call midway through the first period. With the goalie pulled for an extra attacker and a six-on-five advantage, a slap shot by Sprong was tipped in by Colin Smith. Smith, who was playing in his 300th AHL game, gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 9:27 of the opening frame.

The Wolf Pack evened things up with under a minute to go in the first period as Joe Whitney ripped one from the top of the left circle. Whitney’s goal snapped a 16-game goalless drought, but it was the last time any member of the Wolf Pack found the back of the net on Friday.

Sprong scored his first of the night at 8:30 of the second period, accepting a drop pass from Adam Johnson and fired it by the blocker of Marek Mazanec, making it 2-1. Johnson set up Sprong again on a similar play with 4:16 before the second intermission to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead.

With Hartford heading to its fifth man advantage of the game at 14:19 of the third, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Zach Aston-Reese stormed down the ice for a shorthanded goal seven seconds into the penalty kill.

Sprong completed the hat trick with an empty net goal at 18:05 of the third period. It marked the first time since the 2009-10 that a member of the Penguins recorded two hat tricks in a season (Chris Conner).

Anthony Peters posted his first win in a Penguins uniform stopping 27 shots, while Mazanec turned away 22 of the 26 bids Wilkes-Barre/Scranton threw his way.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 30, when they travel down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 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.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS FOUR FROM WBS ON THURSDAY


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goalie Casey DeSmith, defensemenn Andrey Pedan and Frank Corrado, and forward Garrett Wilson from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defensemen Kris Letang and Chad Ruhwedel, and forward Bryan Rust, have been placed on injured reserve. Letang has been retroactively placed on IR dating back to December 24.

DeSmith, 26, saw relief action in two earlier games for Pittsburgh this year. His most recent NHL appearance was December 9 against Toronto when he stopped eight of nine shots in 38 minutes. At the AHL level, he is 10-5-2 with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 17 games.

Pedan, 24, joined the Penguins in October in a deal from the Vancouver Canucks. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound blueliner has played in 13 career NHL games, all with the Canucks. This year, Pedan has 10 points (2G-8A) and is plus-5 in 26 AHL games with WBS.

The New York Islanders originally chose Pedan in the third round (63rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. He is a native of Kaunas, Lithuania.

Corrado, 24, is joining the Penguins for the third time this season. Earlier this year he played in three games for Pittsburgh, posting an even plus/minus while averaging 11:06 minutes per game.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Corrado has eight points (1G-7A) and a plus-6 in 19 AHL contests with WBS. His plus-6 ranks second on the team among defensemen.

Corrado has skated in 74 career NHL games with Vancouver, Toronto and Pittsburgh, producing three goals, five assists and eight points.

Wilson, 26, is in his second season in the Pittsburgh organization. He spent the entire season with WBS last year before joining the Penguins as a ‘Black Ace’ practice squad member during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

This season, the 6-foot-2, 199-pound native of Barrie, Ontario has 14 points (6G-8A) and a team-high 54 penalty minutes in 25 games. He has played in 34 career NHL regular-season games, and six NHL playoff contests, all with the Florida Panthers.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 29 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Friday’s game between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hartford is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with upper and lower bowl tickets available for $14 and $2 select draught beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack 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 TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs. WOLF PACK, DECEMBER 29, 2017


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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will meet their divisional foe the Hartford Wolf Pack for the third time this season at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (16-10-2-1, 35 pts, .603%) are ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while The Wolf Pack (13-13-3-3, 32 pts, .500%) sit in sixth in the same division.

Friday’s game is the third of six meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:          7:05 p.m.
PLACE:       Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:     AHLLive.com
LISTEN:      WILK News Radio
TICKETS:   570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS:  Eyewitness News FAN FRIDAY, featuring $14 lower bowl tickets, $2 draft beers from 6-7:30pm, and postgame autographs.


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21  WBS  Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15  Hartford  WBS   7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29  WBS  Hartford   7:05pm
Sunday, January 21  Hartford  WBS   5:00pm
Saturday, March 17  WBS  Hartford   7:05pm
Friday, March 30  Hartford  WBS   7:15pm

RECENT ACTION – WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

In another tight battle with their turnpike rivals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came up short against Lehigh Valley at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night, falling 5-4. The Phantoms came out hungry and put two up on Casey DeSmith in the first period, before the Penguins Colin Smith and Gage Quinney came back to tie it in the second frame.

However, less than two minutes after the Quinney tally, an explosion of goals occurred with Lehigh Valley scoring twice in a span of 1:37, with Tyrell Goulbourne and Chris Conner finding the net. But Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returned fire 17 seconds later with a Garrett Wilson goal.

The third period was played like a chess match between the teams, with neither one blinking as they attacked and countered each move. Phil Varone netted an empty net goal late in the game to extended the Phantoms’ lead to 5-3, before Adam Johnson scored with 11 seconds remaining to make it a one goal game. The Penguins pushed, but couldn’t complete the comeback in the final seconds of play.

RECENT ACTION – HARTFORD

The Wolf Pack dropped a 5-1 contest to their in state rivals, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, last Saturday night. The Wolf Pack fell behind by four goals before they broke the shutout bid from Christopher Gibson with a goal from Ryan Sproul with 1:28 to go in the game.


PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL rookie lead in goals (15) and tops all active rookies in power play goals with seven.

Garrett Wilson skated in his 300th AHL game on Wednesday.

Colin Smith’s next game will be his 300th in the AHL. He has 58 goals and 123 assists for 181 points through 299 AHL contests.


WOLF PACK NOTES
Peter Holland leads the Wolf Pack with 30 points (11G,19A) in 30 games this season.

Vinni Lettieri leads team rookies with 21 points (12G, 9A) in 31 games this season

The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 20.7%

Hartford has 100% success against the Penguins power play so far this season


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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