KOSTOPOULOS HAS BLESSING FROM BOTH FAMILIES FOR RETURN


The numbers are too daunting to ignore. Tom Kostopoulos, at 38-years old, racked up 24 goals, 54 points and played in 74 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this past season.

All of those figures led the team.

However, when Kostopoulos was contemplating on whether or not to return for the 2017-18 campaign, it wasn’t all about the stats. Kostopoulos’ family weighs in on the decision just as heavily on his mind as his on-ice performance.

Clearly, he has their blessing to play a 19th season of pro hockey,

“I think if it didn’t work for them, I would hang ‘em up,” Kostopoulos said. “But they’re all for it, and that keeps it fun for me.”

Kostopoulos’ wife, Lisa, and children, Lily and Luc, are often seen around Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and the Penguins practice facility at the  Toyota SportsPlex during the season. For the kids, there hasn’t been a time in their lives when dad wasn’t playing hockey. Even though a life around the rink has become status quo for them, he still seeks their opinion and wants to know how they feel about living half their years in Canada and the other half in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“When we’re here, we’re keeping our kids away from their grandparents and a lot of their friends, too,” Kostopoulos said. “I also try and explain to them that this lifestyle gives me time with them most afternoons, although I miss a lot of their sports games and activities on the weekends when [the Penguins] play. I get most weeknights with then, I can pick them up from school and stuff like that, but when hockey ends, that can change.”

All of these factors play into Kostopoulos and his family’s thought process when they sat down to discuss what the next step for him was going to be. A verdict was met, and now Lily and Luc will be seen hanging around with their dad after games for at least one more year.

The family isn’t the only one that grabs Kostopoulos’ attention, either. When he’s not at home, Kostopoulos is spending serious quality time forming bonds with his teammates. Hard practices, long bus rides and grinding through three-in-threes with one another fosters another family atmosphere for the Penguins’ captain.

Tom Sestito said after Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s final playoff game that he’d be in Kostopoulos’ ear to try and convince him to come back. Barry Goers claimed that whenever someone presses for an answer on Kostopoulos’ future, the veteran has “one of the best poker faces” around. Those two and many others got a chance to make their pitch to T.K. before everyone dispersed for the summer.

“Once our season was over, we got together a few times as a team. Tom was in my ear a little bit, and some of the other guys were saying why quit now? My teammates’ perspective weighs a lot in my decision.

“If they were looking at me like, ‘Eh, maybe it’s time to go,’ I’d probably give it up. But it’s great to have their support.”

So with the support of his two families, Kostopoulos made it official on Monday morning that he’d be returning for another year with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The challenge now becomes waiting for his 19th season to start.

“It’s boring right now, now that hockey’s over,” he lamented. “I like coming to the rink every day, I like being around the guys and being around the sport. I’m happy to be signed to back.”


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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/14/17

 

Penguins eclipse 40 wins with back-to-back division victories

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (41-17-3-0) turns its attention to a home and home with Lehigh Valley

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was shut-out for the sixth time this season while Lehigh Valley evened the season series at three wins apiece. Alex Lyon and Tristan Jarry both made 31 saves.

 

Friday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS 8 vs. Hartford 1
The Penguins bounced back from their shutout loss in a big way by racking up eight goals against the Wolf Pack. Kevin Porter and Barry Goers had three-point nights, while Derrick Pouliot posted a career high four points (1G-3A). The win improved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s record against Hartford to 6-0-0-0.

 

Saturday, Mar. 11 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Providence 2
An explosive start to the game gave the Penguins all they needed to down the P-Bruins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck three times in the first period, including a goal 31 seconds into the contest by Dominik Simon. It was the quickest goal the Pens had scored all season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton begins a home and home set against Lehigh Valley with the first half taking place in Allentown. The Pens defeated the Phantoms in their last trip to PPL Center, a thrilling 4-3 overtime triumph.

 

Saturday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms play for the second night in a row, this time on the Pens’ home ice. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 1-0-0-0 in the second game of a home and home series this season.

 

Tuesday, Mar. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Pens look to make it a perfect seven-for-seven against the Wolf Pack on their last Tuesday game of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton averages 5.5 goals per game against Hartford.

 

Ice Chips

– With Saturday night’s win, the Penguins improved to 24-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– The last time the Penguins scored eight goals in a game was in a 9-2 win against the Albany River Rats on Feb. 17, 2010.

– Barry Goers’ three-point game (2G-1A) on Friday was not only the first of his AHL career, but also his first two-goal outing as a pro.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.5%).

– David Warsofsky leads all AHL defensemen with 13 multi-point games this season and a plus-28 rating.

– Tristan Jarry is tied for the second-most wins in the AHL (24).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 61 41 17 3 0 85 .697
2. Lehigh Valley 60 39 18 3 0 81 .675
3. Bridgeport 61 37 21 2 1 77 .631
4. Providence 61 34 18 5 4 77 .631
5. Hershey 62 33 18 8 3 77 .621
6. Springfield 61 25 26 8 2 60 .492
7. Hartford 61 21 35 3 2 47 .385

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 61 21 24 45
David Warsofsky 46 14 29 43
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Kevin Porter 57 10 30 40
Oskar Sundqvist^ 53 16 23 39

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 38 24-13-1 2.28 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 22 16-4-2 2.29 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                            TIME      

Fri, Mar. 17        Lehigh Valley     PPL Center                            7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 18      Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Tue, Mar. 21      Hartford              Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Mar. 13  (RW)   Josh Archibald                      Recalled by PIT

Sat, Mar. 11     (LW)   Christian Hilbrich          Reassigned to WHL

Sat, Mar. 11     (D)       Brett Stern                     Released from PTO

Fri, Mar. 10     (C)       Adam Krause                Recalled from WHL

EIGHT DIFFERENT PENGUINS SCORE IN WIN OVER WOLF PACK

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Offense came pouring from up and down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ roster, as eight different players scored in their 8-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (40-17-3-0) became the first team in the American Hockey League to reach 40 wins this season as multiple players put up career nights. Jean-Sébastien Dea, Kevin Porter and Barry Goers all had three-point games – Goers’ first of his AHL career – while Derrick Pouliot stole the show with the first four-point outing (1G-3A) of his career.

Pouliot blasted home Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game at 6:27 of the first period, and then set up Jarrett Burton less than three minutes later to make it 2-0.

After the Penguins forced an offensive zone turnover, Porter gathered a rebound off of a point shot and tucked it into the Wolf Pack net with 17.2 seconds left in the opening frame. The goal not only gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission, but earned Porter his 300th point as a pro.

The Penguins increased their lead to 4-0 with a redirect by Dea 5:50 into the second period. With an assist from Goers, the defenseman notched the 100th point of his pro career.

Taylor Beck got Hartford on the board with a heavy snap shot from the high slot near the midway mark of the game, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swiftly reestablished its four-goal advantage with a tally by Sahir Gill.

Dominik Simon, Tom Kostopoulos and Goers added goals in the third period to bring the game to its final score.

Casey DeSmith stopped 19 of 20 shots faced to register his 16th victory of the season. Mackenzie Skapski made 27 saves while manning the crease for Hartford.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 11, when it takes on the Providence Bruins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the Penguins’ clash with the P-Bruins 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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/28/17

 

Penguins split weekend thanks to thrilling overtime win

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (38-15-3-0) will conclude seven-game road stretch with games at Hershey, Hartford

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS 1 at Utica 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell short of a third period comeback and dropped its fourth game in a row. Tom Kostopoulos netted the Penguins’ only goal in the game, a power play goal at 8:50 of the final frame. The Penguins’ penalty kill was a perfect five-for-five on the night.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 3 (OT)
Barry Goers saved his first goal of the season for the perfect moment, burying the overtime game-winner that lifted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to its first victory at PPL Center this season. The Penguins edged ahead to a lead in the season series, as well, 3-2-0-0. Kostopoulos scored again for his 20th tally of the season, securing the sixth 20-goal season of his career. Tristan Jarry finished the game with 34 saves, including three in overtime.

 

The Week Ahead

Saturday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS at Hershey
After a rare six-day layoff, the Penguins renew their rivalry with the Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won six-straight against Hershey this season, and boasts an 8-2-0-0 record in 10 meetings in 2016-17. However, four of the Penguins’ eight triumphs over the Bears this season have come in overtime. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Tom Sestito has seven points (3G-4A) in six games against Hershey this season.

 

Sunday, Mar. 5 – PENGUINS at Hartford
The Penguins take on the Wolf Pack for the first time since they met in the first game of the calendar year on Jan. 3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton emerged victorious in that contest, 3-2, staying undefeated in four clashes with Hartford this season. In fact, the Penguins have averaged 4.75 goals per game in their four games against the Wolf Pack.

 

Ice Chips

– With Saturday’s win, the Penguins improved to 22-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– Tom Kostopoulos became the 10th player in AHL history to have a 20-goal season at the age of 38 or older.

– Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 56 of the team’s games this season.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.3%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-28 rating.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (23).

– Jarry is one of only six goalies who have faced over 1000 shots this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 56 38 15 3 0 79 .705
2. Providence 56 33 14 5 4 75 .670
3. Lehigh Valley 54 34 17 3 0 71 .657
4. Bridgeport 54 34 18 1 1 70 .648
5. Hershey 56 28 17 8 3 67 .598
6. Springfield 55 22 24 7 2 53 .482
7. Hartford 55 20 30 3 2 45 .409

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 56 20 24 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
David Warsofsky 41 12 26 38
Oskar Sundqvist 50 16 21 37
Kevin Porter 52 8 26 34

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 35 23-11-1 2.28 .920 1
Casey DeSmith* 20 14-4-2 2.32 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Sat, Mar. 4        Hershey            Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 5       Hartford            XL Center                           3:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu, Feb. 23    (RW)   Danny Kristo               Traded by PIT to CAR

Sat, Feb. 18      (RW)   Josh Archibald                 Reassigned by PIT

Sat, Feb. 18      (D)       Brett Stern                              Signed to PTO

Fri, Feb. 17        (LW)    Christian Hilbrich         Recalled from WHL

GOERS BURIES OVERTIME WINNER AS PENS BEAT PHANTOMS, 4-3

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Barry Goers scored the overtime game-winner with 15 seconds remaining in the extra frame to lift the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (38-15-3-0) snapped a four-game skid thanks to Goers’ first goal of the season coming while skating in his 300th professional game.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netted the night’s first tally when Tom Kostopoulos scored his 20th goal of the season while the two clubs were playing four-on-four at 17:08 of the first period. The goal secured Kostopoulos’ sixth 20-goal season of his career.

Greg Carey tied the game, 1-1, 8:43 into the second period on the man advantage for Lehigh Valley. Later in the frame, Danick Martel snuck one past Tristan Jarry, giving the Phantoms a 2-1 lead.

Less than two minutes after Martel’s goal, the Penguins responded. Oskar Sundqvist’s pass to Jarrett Burton found the back of the net after it bounced off Burton’s skate, sending the game to a 2-2 tie for the third period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jumped back ahead when Dominik Simon sent a picture perfect pass to Jean-Sébastien Dea who was all alone in the slot and rifled one into Lehigh Valley’s cage. Dea’s goal gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead 2:04 into the third period.

However, another power play goal for the Phantoms equalized the score at 3-3 with 7:57 left in regulation. This time, Corban Knight was the one responsible for Lehigh Valley’s man advantage marker.

At 4:45 of the overtime period, Goers jumped up into the play and batted in a rebound for his first goal since Apr. 18, 2015, clinching the win for the Penguins.

Jarry turned away 34 shots in the victory for the Penguins. Alex Lyon stopped 28 shots in the overtime loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is a week from now, Saturday, Mar. 4, and it will take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8, and once again, 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 HOST DEVILS ON THURSDAY

Devils vs Penguins

GAME DAY SNAPSHOT

The Penguins open their 2016 preseason schedule on home ice against the Devils.  Its the first of three exhibition contests for the Pens, who will also face off with the Hershey Bears this Saturday at home, and Sunday at the Giant Center.

WHOWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (roster) vs. Albany Devils

WHERE:  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

WHEN:  Thursday, October 6 at 7:05pm

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It’s also the first preseason game for the Devils, who will also take on the Hartford WolfPack this Sunday in Connecticut.

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.

PENGUINS OPEN TRAINING CAMP OCTOBER 1

Tom Kostopoulos

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced their 2016 Training Camp Roster today. Twenty players are set to begin on-ice sessions with practice at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Toyota SportsPlex at Coal Street.

All Penguins practices at the Toyota SportsPlex over the course of training camp are free and open to the public.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton initial training camp roster consists of 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. A PDF file of the roster is available by clicking here or can be read below:

Forwards (11) – Derek Army, Miloš Bubela, Jarrett Burton, Reid Gardiner, Christian Hilbrich, Tom Kostopoulos, Patrick McGrath, Garrett Meurs, Gage Quinney, Nick Sorkin, and Cody Wydo.

Defensemen (7) – Danny Fick, Barry Goers, Dan Milan, Kevin Schulze, Ryan Segalla, Brett Stern and Michael Webster.

Goaltenders (2) – Doug Carr and Adam Morrison.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take the ice for their first preseason game when they host the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins will also battle the Hershey Bears in exhibition action at home on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:05 p.m. before wrapping up their preseason schedule at Giant Center against the Bears on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, or by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS NINE TO WILKES-BARRE

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Barry Goers

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reduced their training camp roster to 49 players, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Nine players have been assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League: defensemen Barry Goers, Michael Webster and Ryan Segalla; and forwards Tom Kostopoulos, Milos Bubela, Gage Quinney, Jarrett Burton, Christian Hilbrich and Reid Gardiner.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open training camp on Saturday at the Toyota Sportsplex in Wilkes-Barre.  The first on-ice session is slated for 10:30 am that morning, and all practices at the Toyota Sportsplex are free and open to the public.  Find a full training camp schedule here.

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

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.  More info on packages is available here.