PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/2/18

Penguins kick off new year against division rivals and a new foe

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (18-10-2-1) to play three home games in four days

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 5
Every member of the Penguins’ line of Garrett Wilson (1G-1A), Gage Quinney (1G-1A) and Daniel Sprong (0G-2A) turned in two-point nights in a wild and wacky back-and-forth game with the Phantoms. J.S. Dea had an assist for the third-straight game.

Friday, Dec. 29 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hartford 1
Daniel Sprong led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, collecting his second career hat trick and second career four-point outing. Anthony Peters recorded 27 saves for his first AHL win since Mar. 27, 2015.

Saturday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 1 (OT)
The I-81 Rivalry delivered another excellent installment with this tightly contested affair ending in Dominik Simon’s overtime game-winner on the same day he was reassigned by Pittsburgh. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 9-2-1-1 in its last 13 visits to Giant Center with the win.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
The Penguins will try and put more distance between them and the team directly behind them in the Atlantic Division standings. This will be Bridgeport’s first trip to Northeast PA this season. The season series is tied at one win apiece.

Friday, Jan. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied for a 6-3 comeback victory in the only meeting of the season between these two clubs. Springfield has dropped three-straight decisions at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Saturday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS vs. Belleville
Saturday marks the first ever match-up between the Penguins and Belleville Senators. Despite being sixth in the North Division, Belleville is 5-2-0-1 against the Atlantic so far.

 

Ice Chips

– Penguins forward Christian Thomas captured the Spengler Cup as a member of Team Canada on Sunday. Canada has now won the tournament three years in a row.

– Kevin Czuczman has an assist on four of the Penguins five overtime game-winning goals this season.

– Since being signed to a second PTO by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, goalie Anthony Peters has only allowed two goals in 122:43.

– Colin Smith played in his 300th AHL game on Friday, and Jarred Tinordi played in his 300th professional game on Saturday.

– The Penguins have a 7-3 record in games that have gone beyond regulation (overtime or shootout) this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 32 21 8 3 0 45 .703
2. Lehigh Valley 35 21 10 2 2 46 .657
3. Charlotte 34 21 12 0 1 43 .632
4. PENGUINS 31 18 10 2 1 39 .629
5. Bridgeport 31 16 12 2 1 35 .565
6. Hershey 35 15 16 1 3 34 .486
7. Hartford 34 13 15 3 3 32 .471
8. Springfield 35 14 19 1 1 30 .429

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Teddy Blueger 31 9 10 19
Ryan Haggerty 21 11 7 18
Jean-Sébastien Dea 31 6 12 18
Dominik Simon^ 21 4 13 17
Kevin Czuczman 27 1 16 17

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 17 10-5-2 2.72 .911 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 3       Bridgeport       Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 5           Springfield       Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 6         Belleville           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 2         (LW) Cody Wydo                    Recalled from WHL

Tue, Jan. 2         (RW) Reid Gardiner                Recalled from WHL

Mon, Jan. 1        (G) Casey DeSmith                    Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (D) Andrey Pedan                      Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (LW) Garrett Wilson                  Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (RW) Dominik Simon                     Recalled by PIT

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.

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.

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

GOALIES PETERS, MORRISON SIGNED TO PTOs

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed goaltenders Anthony Peters and Adam Morrison to professional tryout agreements.

Peters has played 16 games this year with the Buffalo Sabres’ ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, posting a 10-4-1 record. Peters owns a .925 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average, the latter of which ranks fourth in the ECHL. The 26-year-old from Blyth, Ontario has already appeared in three games for the Penguins this season, posting a 5.01 goals against average and .857 save percentage.

Prior to turning pro, Peters spent four years playing at Saint Mary’s University. He was named 2014-2015 CIS Goaltender of the Year and was named to the CIS First All-Star Team in his freshman and senior seasons at Saint Mary’s.

Morrison was last with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the team’s training camp prior to the 2016-17 season. This year with the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, Morrison has a 2-7-0 record, 3.04 goals against average and .900 save percentage.

Once a third round pick (81st overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008, Morrison has logged two AHL games in his career. Both were as a member of the Providence Bruins, but one came during the 2011-12 season and the other during the 2014-15 campaign. He has a 0-2-0 record as well as a 4.54 goals against average and .885 save percentage in that time.

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.

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.

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TIFFELS RETURNED TO WHEELING, PETERS SIGNED TO PTO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Also, the Penguins have signed goaltender Anthony Peters to a professional tryout agreement.

Tiffels, 22, has posted three goals and four assists for seven points over the course of the first six ECHL games of his career. He rattled off all seven of his points with Wheeling over the course of a four-game point streak that spanned from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2017.

Tiffels, who hails from Cologne, Germany, has appeared in five games for the Penguins this season. He scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch, a 4-3 loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Prior to turning pro, he skated for three seasons at Western Michigan University, posting 27 goals and 32 assists for 59 points in 105 games. Tiffels was drafted by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2015 NHL   Entry Draft.

Peters has played twelve games this year with the Buffalo Sabres’ ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, posting a 7-4-1 record. Peters owns a .929 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average, which both rank fourth in the ECHL, this season in Cincinnati.

The 26-year-old from Blyth, Ontario spent his first two seasons of professional hockey with the Florida Everblades (ECHL), Rochester Americans (AHL) and Charlotte Checkers (AHL). In his first pro season, Peters posted a 25-17-1 record with a 2.20 GAA and .920sv%. He was named Everblades team MVP and finished fifth in ECHL MVP voting. Prior to turning pro, Peters spent four years playing at Saint Mary’s University. He was named 2014-2015 CIS Goaltender of the Year and was named to the CIS First All-Star Team in his freshman and senior seasons at Saint Mary’s.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, when the Penguins welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m., and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays. Lower bowl tickets (excluding glass seats) for Friday’s game against Milwaukee are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 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.