(Lindsay Mogle | AHL)

UTICA, N.Y. – In a wild night of back-and-forth, end-to-end, action, the North Division won the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge three-on-three tournament at Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York.

The Atlantic Division didn’t make it to the final, going 1-2-0 in its three games, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins All-Star Daniel Sprong recorded two assists during the course of the night.

“We had fun, and we had some laughs out there,” Sprong said. “I’ll always remember this experience. I’ll remember the friends I saw and the new friends I made… This whole thing is just all about fun.”

This year’s AHL All-Star Challenge format was the same as the two years prior, with team representing each of the league’s four divisions skating in a three-on-three round robin tournament. The two divisions with the best records at the end of the initial phase played went on to face one another in the final.

Sprong and the Atlantic Division first faced off against the Central Division in the second game of the night, and won that match-up in convincing fashion, 5-2.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s leading goal scorer notched an assist in the Atlantic’s second contest, dishing the puck to Providence’s Austin Czarnik when their team had their goalie pulled for an extra attacker in an attempt to tie the game. Unfortunately, that goal came a bit too late, as the Pacific Division defeated Sprong and company, 4-3.

In the Atlantic’s last game, Sprong used a lengthy pass from the defensive zone to the far blue line that led to a breakaway goal for Lehigh Valley’s T.J. Brennan. The rookie’s long-distance helper put the Atlantic into a 3-0 lead with 2:58 left in the game.

“I don’t think that’s happening next time we play [the Phantoms],” Sprong said of his feed to Brennan. “I told him he had to return the favor eventually this year. But you know, you set up a guy like that for a breakaway, he had a really good chance of scoring.”

However, the Atlantic’s 3-0 lead disappeared in a flash, as the North Division stormed back with four goals in 2:38 to win the game, 4-3, and clinch a date in the final with the undefeated Pacific.

C.J. Smith of the Rochester Americans scored the lone goal of the final, as the North took down the Pacific for the title, 1-0.

Sprong will be back on the ice with the Penguins for their next game on Friday, Feb. 2 against the Hershey Bears.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s showdown with Hershey is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday with lower bowl seating available for $14 and select draught beers on sale for $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins secured the top seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference for the Calder Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins on Sunday afternoon at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Sunday’s win marked the first time that the Penguins reached the 50-win plateau (50-19-3-0) since the 2010-11 season. The Penguins also became just the fifth team to accrue 50 wins since the AHL reduced its schedule to 76 games (2011-12).

Cody Wydo put the Penguins on the board with his first AHL goal, burying a rebound 2:49 into the first period of play, gifting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton an early 1-0 lead.

Less than five minutes later, the Penguins doubled the score. Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre turned over the puck to Ryan Haggerty whose shot was tipped by Zach Aston-Reese and then Jarrett Burton knocked in the rebound. With the primary assist, Aston-Reese improved his statline in the AHL to eight points (3G-5A) in eight games.

The Bruins finally got on the board a mere 40 seconds into the third period on the man advantage. Jake DeBrusk knocked in a shot from the side of the net, bringing Providence within one.

With the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker in the final minutes of the game, Casey DeSmith continually stifled the Bruins before the final buzzer signaled the 2-1 win for the Penguins.

DeSmith stopped 33 of 34 shots in the win for the Penguins. McIntyre turned aside 27 shots in the loss for the Bruins.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, when they face off against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Wednesday’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 packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.



WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Following Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have clinched the top overall seed in the Atlantic Division. This is the Penguins’ fourth division crown in the team’s 18-year history.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s four division titles have come in the following seasons:

2005-06 East Division;       51-18-5-6 (113 points)
2007-08 East Division;       47-26-3-4 (101 points)
2010-11 East Division;       58-21-0-1 (117 points)
2016-17 Atlantic Division; 50-19-3-1  (104 points) *

Furthermore, the Penguins also claimed the number one spot in the Eastern Conference. This marks the second regular season conference title for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, its first since 2010-11.

The Penguins are currently 50-19-3-1 and have the most wins in the AHL.

Ticket packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs are now on sale. With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every game played in the playoffs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Apr. 9, when it faces the Providence Bruins for the final time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bruins is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, and they’ll take on 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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.




Penguins stand tall as AHL’s top defensive team, Atlantic Division leaders

 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (5-1-1-0) continues to hold opponents at bay

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Albany 1

The Albany Devils entered Wednesday night’s game as the last undefeated team in the AHL and left with their first loss of the season coming at the hands of the Penguins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held Albany to 20 shots and scored its goals on the power play, shorthanded and at even strength.

Saturday, Oct. 29 – PENGUINS 1 at Springfield 2 (OT)

Reid McNeill scored his first of the season, but a third period tally from Paul Thompson and then overtime game-winner by Chase Balisy saw the Thunderbirds get the best of the Pens.

Sunday, Oct. 30 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Syracuse 1

The Pens offense erupted for three goals in the first period, sparking a convincing Sunday matinée victory. Kevin Porter scored twice for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the second time this season he put forth a two-goal showing against Syracuse.


The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 4 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kicks off a three-in-three slate with  an old rival, the Binghamton Senators. This will be the first time this season the Pens and Sens clash, but in 2015-16, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the season series, 5-1-0-0.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

The Sound Tigers found the upper hand in last year’s season series by beating the Pens five out of six times. Now, they have three rookies in the team’s top four scorers. However, Bridgeport has been outscored 9-8 at home so far this year.

Sunday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS at Providence

The Penguins prepare for their first meeting with the Bruins since they swept Providence with three consecutive overtime wins in the first round of last year’s Calder Cup Playoffs.

Ice Chips

– The Penguins have held their opponents to just one goal in regulation for six-straight games.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns the AHL’s best goals against (9) and combined team save percentage (.949).

– The Penguins hold the league’s top penalty kill at 93.8%.

– Casey DeSmith’s .960 save percentage ranks first among AHL rookie goaltenders.

– Reid McNeill’s goal on Saturday was his the first time he found the back of the net since Feb. 28, 2015 against Hartford.

– Barry Goers, Ethan Prow and Patrick McGrath all recorded their first points of the season with assists on Sunday.

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



TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS           7          5          1            1          0          11           .786

2. Springfield           7            5          2          0          0        10          .714

3. Bridgeport           7            4          3          0          0          8           .571

4. Hershey                7           3          2          2          0          8           .571

5. Hartford               7           3          4          0          0          6           .429

6. Lehigh Valley      6           2          3          1           0          5           .417

7. Providence           8           2          4          2          0          6           .375



SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*            7          2          5          7

Kevin Porter                 7          4          1          5

Carter Rowney            4          2          3          5

five players tied                                               3


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

Casey DeSmith*     2         2-0-0-0        1.00      0.960            0

Tristan Jarry             5          3-1-1-0           1.39       0.944            0


* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh


DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Nov. 4          Binghamton        Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 5         Bridgeport           Webster Bank Arena          7:00 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 6        Providence           Dunkin’ Donuts Center     3:05 p.m.