PENGUINS WIN BIG IN KOSTOPOULOS’ FINAL HOME GAME

 

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – It was an emotional night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday. Tom Kostopoulos was playing in his final regular season home game with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the emotion fueled the team to a 7-4 victory over the Binghamton Devils.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (42-22-6-2) also clinched a berth in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs with Saturday’s results. This will be the Penguins’ 16th postseason appearance in a row, the American Hockey League’s active record.

Clearly running on adrenaline after pre-game ceremonies honoring Kostopoulos, the home team took a 4-0 lead in the first period starting with a power play goal 3:45 into the contest. Jean-Sébastien Dea pulled off a spinning move at the front of the net and tucked the puck around goaltender Cam Johnson, who was making the first start of his pro career. Nineteen seconds later, Tom Sestito beat Johnson down low to put the Penguins up, 2-0.

Jarrett Burton tacked on a goal by batting in his own rebound that came off the crossbar midway through the opening frame, and Zach Trotman unloaded a slap shot that navigated under Johnson with 3:24 left in the period.

Binghamton’s Jake Walman got the visitors on the board midway through the second period with a wicked wrist shot that whizzed past the blocker of Michael Leighton. Walman proceeded to set up the Devils’ next goal, too, tossing a shot towards the net that was tipped in by Blake Pietila at 18:05 of the middle frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wasted no time in re-establishing their four-goal lead, using goals from Daniel Sprong and Christian Thomas in the first 5:44 of the third period. Sprong’s 30th goal of the season arrived 35 seconds into the final frame of regulation, and Thomas notched his third point of the night with the tally that made it 6-2.

However, the Devils stormed back in the second half of the third period, as tucks by Jacob MacDonald and Jan Mandát reduced the deficit to two goals once again.

Binghamton elected the pull the goalie for an extra attacker with over three minutes left in regulation. Thomas put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal to close out the scoring at 7-4, his fourth point of the game.

Leighton denied 26 Devils shots as he improved to 5-0-0 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Johnson made 29 saves in his pro debut.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Apr. 8, when they travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers for the final time this season.

Ticket packages for the 2018 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.

Individual game tickets for the postseason will go on sale on Monday, Apr. 9 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, TicketMaster.com, or also by calling the Penguins’ offices at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS MYSTERY BAGS ON SALE THIS SATURDAY


Fans will have the chance to get their hands on some very unique Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys when the Penguins GOALS Foundation hosts its third annual MYSTERY BAG SALE this Saturday, April 7, during the team’s regular season finale.

We’ve grabbed 90 classic, authentic Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys (five different designs – not game-worn) and had them customized with some of your favorite Pens’ players numbers and names.  Then we packed all 90 in Penguins duffle bags, and stuffed those bags to the zipper with goodies including hats, pucks, bobbleheads, mini-statues and more!

The jerseys – which include sweaters featuring Tom Kostopoulos, Casey DeSmith, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Daniel Sprong, Teddy Blueger, Thomas Di Pauli, Garrett Wilson, Ryan Haggerty and Christian Thomas – will be available exclusively for purchase at the Pens game against the Binghamton Devils on Saturday.  Fans won’t know whose jersey, or which design, they will be getting until they open their bags.

All jerseys are authentic sweaters, and sized 56, 58, 58+ or 58 Goalie cut.  The five designs included are the Penguins’ 2013-16 road sweater; 2013-16 home sweater; the 2015-16 warm up sweater; the 2014-15 third jersey; and the 2010-11 third jersey.

Each bag will be made available for purchase at the game this Saturday on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. The price for each jersey is $300, and all proceeds will benefit the Penguins GOALS Foundation.

As this is a MYSTERY BAG, we cannot guarantee specific sizes or players.  All sales are final, no exchanges will be made.

Individual game tickets for Saturday night’s game 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 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS DOWN DEVILS IN SHOOTOUT, 5-4

 

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored early and often through the first half of the game, but still needed the shootout to nab a 5-4 win over the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (38-19-6-2) got a big game from Garrett Wilson, including the game-winning goal in the eighth round of the shootout, so it could remain unbeaten in five games against Binghamton this season.

The Penguins got off to a quick start by tallying the first goal of the night just 1:14 into the contest. Jarred Tinordi ripped a shot from the point that beat Mackenzie Blackwood over the shoulder for a career-best fourth goal of the season. The lead was short-lived though, as the Devils’ Jacob MacDonald scored just 2:10 later to tie it up, 1-1.

Joseph Cramarossa sniped a shot bar-down just before the halfway point of the first period to put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton back on top, 2-1.

The Penguins extended their lead to 3-1 and got a monkey off their back with a power play goal, their first in 18 attempts against the Devils. Andrey Pedan snapped one past Blackwood with Wilson setting a blinding screen in front at 6:38 of the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton added another goal at the 13:39 mark of the middle frame when another Pedan shot from the point was tipped in by Wilson.

With less than 30 seconds left in the second period, Binghamton cut their deficit down to two thanks to a man advantage marker set up by Bracken Kearns to Nick Lappin.

The Devils carried the momentum of the late power play goal through the intermission, reducing the Penguins’ lead to 4-3 a little over two minutes into the third period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Zach Trotman broke up a centering pass sent across the net-mouth, but the bouncing puck then hopped onto Blake Speers’ stick, and the rookie rifled it past Michael Leighton.

Binghamton finally pulled even at 10:29 of the third period as Mario Lucia came down the right wing on a two-on-one rush and ripped a shot into the Penguins’ net.

The Devils even had an opportunity to take their first lead of the game when Andrey Pedan was assessed a four-minute double minor for high-sticking with 5:59 left in regulation. However, the Penguins put forth a textbook penalty killing performance and forced the game to overtime for their third game in a row.

Daniel Sprong scored the shootout’s first goal on the Penguins’ third attempt, but with the game on the line, the Devils’ John Quenneville responded in kind immediately thereafter. Both teams were turned aside by the opponent’s netminder until round eight, where Wilson put one over Blackwood’s shoulder for the victory.

Leighton made 37 saves in regulation and overtime before denying the Devils on seven of their eight shootout bids. Blackwood turned aside 28 of the Penguins’ 32 shots on goal and made six stops in the shootout.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 25, when they take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Tomorrow’s tilt with the Sound Tigers is also a Kids Get In Free Sunday. Children aged 14 and under can attend the game free of charge with the paid purchase of an adult ticket.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 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 Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at DEVILS – MARCH 24, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, as they travel to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (37-19-6-2, 82 pts, .641%) currently sit in second in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (22-33-7-3, 54 pts, .415%) take up the sixth slot in the North Division.

Tonight’s game is the fifth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
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LISTEN: WILK News Radio

SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, November 17 Binghamton WBS 4-3 WIN
Friday, December 22 WBS Binghamton 4-3 OTWIN
Saturday, January 27 WBS Binghamton 4-3 OTWIN
Friday, March 9 Binghamton WBS 2-3 OTWIN
Saturday, March 24 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, April 7 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Penguins erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime, but ultimately fell in the extra frame, 5-4, to the Utica Comets at Adirondack Bank Center on Friday night. Coming from behind to extend the game past regulation for the second contest in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reduced their magic number to clinch a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs down to 11. Utica’s Michael Carcone. Michael Chaput (2), and Zac Lynch all socred in regulation for the Comets, while Jean-Sébastien Dea, Daniel Sprong,Tom Kostopoulos, and Gage Quinney tallied for the Penguins.The Comets seized the win thanks to Ashton Sautner just 1:15 into the extra session. Tristan Jarry recorded 33 saves.

Nick Lappin recorded his third hat trick of the year on Friday night as the Devils ended a three-game road trip with a 4-2 win over the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena. Rochester got tallies from Stuart Percy and Sahir Gill. The Devils had Nathan Bastian opened the scoring, but it was Lappin’s night as he tallied four times and was able to lead the Devils to victory over the Americans who have now lost four straight. Eddie Lack stopped 29 of 31 for the win.

 

PENGUINS NOTES

Teddy Blueger leads the season series in points with six (3+3)

Two of Blueger’s three goals have been overtime winners

Zach Trotman is three games away from 200 AHL contests

Daniel Sprong continues to find success this season adding two points against Utica (1+1). Sprong has the second most points among AHL rookies this season with 50 (24+26)

DEVILS NOTES
Jacob MacDonald leads the Devils in points (48) with nine of those points coming on power play goals.

Bracken Kearns has continued to provide veteran leadership appearing in every game for the Devils’ bringing his AHL total to 729.

Jagger Dirk signed an amateur tryout after playing the past four seasons at St. Francis Xavier University where he totaled 73 points (15+58) in 114 games played.

Nick Lappin continues to lead the Devils in goals (28) with a hat trick Friday night, while Jacob MacDonald leads the team in assists (32)

CONNECTIONS
Devils Defender Brian Strait faces the Penguins again after being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

compiled by Jonathan Kliment

BLUEGER REPRISES ROLE AS OVERTIME HERO IN 3-2 WIN AT BINGHAMTON

 

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Teddy Blueger scored yet another overtime game-winning goal as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins downed the Binghamton Devils, 3-2, at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night.

Blueger notched his league-leading fourth overtime-deciding tally of the season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (34-17-4-2) to beat Binghamton for the fourth time in four meetings this season.

The Penguins got off to a hot start when Jean-Sébastien Dea used a shorthanded goal to give the team the first lead of the game at 4:41 of the opening frame. Gage Quinney tacked on another goal five and a half minutes later, shooting from an angle along the goal line and somehow snuck behind Eddie Läck.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton almost escaped the first period unscathed until Jacob MacDonald scores with 1.2 seconds left before the intermission. Binghamton lined up for an offensive zone face-off with 2.2 ticks remaining in the period when Michael Latta won the draw cleanly to MacDonald, who blasted a slap shot from the point into the Penguins’ net.

As power play opportunities began to mount for the Devils in the second period, the Penguins’ penalty kill held the home team’s man advantage unit at bay. By the end of the contest, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton successfully killed off all five of its opponents power plays throughout the game.

Despite the penalty killing prowess of the Penguins, the Devils found another late period goal to pull even, 2-2. Latta found a puck that skittered into the slot, spun a backhand shot towards the cage and tied the game with 1:41 left in the middle frame.

Both clubs’ goaltenders shined in the third, with Michael Leighton and Läck both making 14 saves on 14 shots faced in the final frame of regulation. Leighton, who was making his first start since Dec. 22, 2017, showed no signs of rust while facing the pressure-packed situation of a tie game in the third period.

The strong performance of Leighton and Läck sent the game to overtime, where Blueger worked his magic once again. Dea danced around a defending player in the corner of the Devils zone and powered his way to the front of the net. He had the puck poked off his stick, but the loose biscuit went right to Blueger who buried it to give the Penguins the win four minutes into the extra frame.

Leighton made 27 saves total in his return to the lineup, while Läck turned aside 29 of the shots he faced.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 10, against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night. Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night 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 Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at DEVILS – MARCH 9, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, as they travel to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (33-17-4-2, 72 pts, .643%) currently sit in second in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (19-30-6-3, 47 pts, .405%) take up the sixth slot in the North Division.

Tonight’s game is the fourth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, November 17 Binghamton WBS 4-3 WIN
Friday, December 22 WBS Binghamton 4-3 WIN OT
Saturday, January 27 WBS Binghamton 4-3 WIN OT
Friday, March 9 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, March 24 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, April 7 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins scratched and clawed their way to a point in their final game of the weekend’s Midwest road trip, falling in the shootout, 3-2, to the Milwaukee Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Sunday evening. Frédérick Gaudreau and Anthony Richard tallied for the Admirals, while Ethan Prow and Josh Jooris netted goals for the Penguins. In the shootout, Justin Kirkland and Christian Thomas scored in the opening round, before Richard notched the game-deciding goal for Milwaukee in round four. Anthony Peters made 20 saves on the night, as well as two more in the shootout session, for the Penguins.

Nick Lappin scored three goals and added an assist as the Binghamton Devils routed the visiting Utica Comets in a penalty-filled game on Sunday night, 7-2, at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The Devils saw multi-goal games from Lappin and Blake Pietila (2), as well as tallies from Ben Thomson and Brian Strait. The Comets got scores from Andrew Cherniwchan and Reid Boucher. Eddie Lack stopped 24 of 26 for the win, while Richard Bachman stopped 25 in the loss before being replaced by Thatcher Demko.

PENGUINS NOTES
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won all three meetings with the Devils this season by 4-3 scores.

With his game winner last weekend Teddy Blueger is tied with Daniel Sprong for the team lead with four.

Adam Johnson has six points (4G-2A) in his last seven games.

The Penguins signed forward Sam Lafferty to an amateur tryout agreement earlier this week. Lafferty just wrapped up a four-year career at Brown University, during which he earned 29 goals and 50 assists for 79 points in 124 games.

Daniel Sprong currently ranks third among all AHL rookies in both goals (21) and power play goals (9).

DEVILS NOTES
Jacob MacDonald leads the Devils in points (40), with nine of those points coming on power play goals.

Bracken Kearns has continued to provide veteran leadership, appearing in every game for the Devils, bringing his AHL total to 722 for his career.

Christoph Bertschy is four games away from 200 in his AHL career.

Nick Lappin leads the Devils in goals (23), while Tim Kennedy and Bracken Kearns lead the team in assists (26).

CONNECTIONS
Devils Defender Brian Strait faces the Penguins again after being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PENGUINS DOWN DEVILS IN OVERTIME, 4-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – On a night of returns, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Binghamton Devils in overtime, 4-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (26-12-3-1) saw Jean-Sébastien Dea and Tom Kostopoulos tally points in their return to the lineup while Zach Aston-Reese recorded his second game-winner in the last three games.

Fresh down on reassignment from Pittsburgh, Dea put the Penguins up, 1-0, at 10:29 of the first period when he took a pass from Ryan Haggerty in the neutral zone, turned on the jets to beat the Devils defense, and deposit the puck bar-down over Mackenzie Blackwood.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the second tally of the night on a beautiful drop pass from Gage Quinney back into the slot for Kevin Czuczman 11:59 into the second frame.

The Devils used a pair of power play goals in the second period to pull even with the Penguins, starting with a man advantage marker from Nick Lappin 2:10 after Czuczman’s tally. Lappin scored again on the power play at 18:33 of the second period as the Devils also utilized a drop pass from Bracken Kearns back into the slot for Lappin.

The Penguins appeared to have found a late game-winning goal when Garrett Wilson took a lovely feed from Kostopoulos that Wilson rocketed to the near-side top corner behind Blackwood. However, 35 seconds later, Kearns redirected a shot off the post that then ricocheted off of Tristan Jarry’s back and across the goal line, tying the game, 3-3, and forcing overtime.

It took most of the back-and-forth overtime period, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the game-winner from the stick of Aston-Reese at 3:28 of the extra frame. Aston-Reese won a battle below the Devils’ goal line, Teddy Blueger dished him the puck right back. Aston-Reese wrapped around the blue paint and put it behind a floundering Blackwood.

Aston-Reese’s game-winner secured the Penguins’ third win of the season against the Devils, all of which have been decided by identical 4-3 scores.

Jarry made 26 saves in his first game back with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Oct. 28. Blackwood was dealt the overtime loss despite also recording 26 stops.

The Penguins rest up for the All-Star Break, but return to the ice 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.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs DEVILS – JANUARY 27, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (25-12-3-1, 54 pts, .659%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (12-23-5-2, 31 pts, .369%) take up the basement slot in the North Division.

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

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
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TICKETS: – LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE – 570-208-7367


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, November 17 Binghamton WBS 4-3 WIN
Friday, December 22 WBS Binghamton 4-3 WINOT
Saturday, January 27 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm
Friday, March 9 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, March 24 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, April 7 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins finished a four-game road trip against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at PPL Center, falling 5-2. Daniel Sprong started the scoring just 56 seconds into the game. The Phantoms Greg Carey tied it up at the 5:06 mark, before Zach Aston-Reese gave the Penguins back their lead 1:20 later. That was the last goal for the Penguins as the Phantoms scored four unanswered to finish it off. Anthony Peters stopped 25 of 30 attempts.

The Devils welcomed the Utica Comets to the Floyd. L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday and dropped a 3-1 decision.The Comets tallied a goal apiece in the first and second period before Binghamton answered in the third with a Bracken Kearns goal. The Devils pulled goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood late for the extra attacker and paid the price as the Comets added another goal to make the final 3-1.


PENGUINS NOTES
AHL All Star Daniel Sprong is second among AHL rookies with 19 goals, and is 3rd with 7 power play tallies. Sprong will head to Utica for the All-Star Break following tonight’s game.
Teddy Blueger has the lead in points on the season series with four (2+2), scoring twice in the Dec. 22 meeting, including the overtime winner.
Zach Aston-Reese has scored in the past two games.

DEVILS NOTES
Binghamton has gone 2-8-0-0 in the month of January. Binghamton is 6-10-2-2 on the road this season.
Kevin Rooney has four shorthanded goals, which leads Binghamton. The Devils are tied for third in the AHL in short-handed goals for, scoring seven times while down a man.
Jacob McDonald is tied for the lead in Assists and leads the team in Points. He had the lone assist on last nights tally.

 

CONNECTIONS
Devils Defender Brian Strait returns to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for only the second time since being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013).

compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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BLUEGER, BURTON BOTH SCORE TWICE IN PENS’ OT WIN OVER DEVILS

 


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins received two-goal performances from Teddy Blueger and Jarrett Burton to defeat the Binghamton Devils in overtime, 4-3, on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (16-8-2-1) survived a three-goal outburst by Binghamton from the first period, forced extra time, and eventually earned Michael Leighton his first victory in a Penguins uniform ( BOXSCORE ).

The Penguins started off the scoring when Adam Johnson raced up the ice to beat out an icing call, and then set up Blueger in the low slot with a beautiful pass at 4:19 of the first period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton added to its lead four minutes later with Burton redirecting a point shot from Kevin Czuczman past Binghamton goalie Ken Appleby.

The Devils got on the board on the power play as John Quenneville ripped one from the top of the circle and beat Leighton glove side at 12:37 of the opening frame. Nick Lappin evened the score at 15:31 of the first period.

Binghamton delivered a shorthanded goal from Michael Latta on a two-on-one rush with Tim Kennedy that granted the Devils a 3-2 lead with only 54 seconds before the first intermission.


After a scoreless, special-teams filled second stanza, the Penguins finally found an equalizer with one of the strangest goals of the season. Cody Wydo and Burton engaged in a battle for the puck with a Devils defender in the corner of the Binghamton zone, and when the puck hopped free, Burton swatted it up into the air. After roughly three seconds of hang time, the puck dropped off of Appleby’s back and across the goal line for Burton’s first multi-goal game of his AHL career. The tying goal came at 7:15 of the third period, and ultimately forced the contest to overtime.

With under a minute left to play in the extra period, Blueger tapped in his second tally of the night thanks to a tape-to-tape pass from Jean-Sébastien Dea, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the 4-3 victory.

Leighton recorded 28 saves in his first career start with the Penguins, while Appleby turned aside 31 of 35 shots faced for the Devils.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 23 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday’s game also serves as the Penguins’ Festivus Celebration, including a Festivus pole on the concourse and specialty Festivus jerseys to be auctioned off during the game. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms on Festivus Night also has a special 5:05 p.m. start time. 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.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs DEVILS, DECEMBER 22, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins kick off the holiday weekend as their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (15-8-2-1, 33 pts, .635%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (9-14-3-1, 22 pts, .407%) take up the basement slot in the North Division.

Tonight’s game is the second 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 ($14 lower bowl tickets), select draft beers just $2 from 6-7:30pm, postgame autographs from Jeff Taylor and Freddie Tiffels


SEASON SERIES

DATE  HOME  ROAD  TIME/RESULT
Friday, November 17  WBS  Binghamton  4-3 WIN
Friday, December 22  Binghamton  WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, January 27  Binghamton  WBS  7:05pm
Friday, March 9  WBS  Binghamton  7:05pm
Saturday, March 24  WBS  Binghamton  7:05pm
Saturday, April 7  Binghamton  WBS  7:05pm


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins had a rough trip through Connecticut only able to draw one of a possible four points last weekend. The Penguins were able to force Overtime against Bridgeport with goals from Greg McKegg and Zach Aston-Reese as well as a strong effort from Casey DeSmith who stopped thirty of thirty-three.

Binghamton got their first regulation win of December on multi point nights from Viktor Loov, Kevin Rooney, and Tim Kennedy against the Belleville Senators. Ken Appleby was able to stop twenty of twenty-two for the win.


PENGUINS NOTES

Daniel Sprong is fifth among active AHL rookies with 22 points, leads all first-year players with 15 goals and with seven power play tallies. Sprong is tied for fourth among all active AHL skaters in goals scored and third in power play goals.

Zach Aston-Reese has four points in his last three games. In just 34 AHL games he has accumulated 21 points, all the while recording the second most penalty minutes among rookies this season with 40.

The Penguins locker room had a significant change to the landscape recalling four players from Wheeling in the ECHL, goaltender Michael Leighton being acquired via trade, and defenseman Kevin Czuczman being returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after another trade by Pittsburgh.

Newly acquired Michael Leighton is a multi-record holder, as the AHL’s all time leader in career shutouts with 50, the most saves in an AHL game with 98, and having played in the longest game in AHL history.


DEVILS NOTES

Binghamton has gone 2-5-0-1 in the month of December, with only one win in regulation. In total this year Binghamton is 5-6-1-1 on the road.

Binghamton is ranked third in the AHL in short handed goals for, scoring 6 times while down a man, four of those off the stick of Kevin Rooney.

Michael Latta was recently acquired from the Tucson Roadrunners and notched Binghamton’s first goal against Belleville on Saturday.


CONNECTIONS

Devils Defender Brian Strait returns to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time since being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

— Info compiled by Jonathan Kliment


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