APRIL 25 A SPECIAL DATE IN PENGUINS HISTORY

April 25th is a special date for any old school Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fan.  That’s because two of the most famous goals in the team’s history came on that date just one year apart.

APRIL 25, 2004

The Penguins opened the 2004 postseason facing off with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and it wasn’t a good start.  The Sound Tigers held a commanding 3-1 lead in the East Division Semifinal round, with Game Five taking place on their home ice on April 22.

The Penguins staved off elimination in that contest when Tomas Surovy scored in overtime to give Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 2-1 victory.  That forced Game Six back in Wilkes-Barre the following night, where the Penguins blew out the Sound Tigers, 5-0, behind a 23-save performance from Andy Chiodo.

Game Seven took place back in Bridgeport on April 25, and saw the Penguins take a 2-1 lead into the third period thanks to goals from Tom Kostopoulos and Konstantin Koltsov.  But Rob Collins tallied just 64 seconds into the final frame of regulation, forcing overtime.

A little over midway through the OT, Matt Hussey picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, carried it over the blue line and fed Koltsov at the far face-off circle.  His low writer beat goaltender Dieter Kochan far side, and the Penguins capped an epic comeback in the series.

The Penguins went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Hartford Wolf Pack (again in overtime of Game Seven) before falling to the Milwaukee Admirals in the Calder Cup Final.

APRIL 25, 2005

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished the 2004-05 season in fourth place int he East Division, earning them a first round meeting with the Binghamton Senators.  The B-Sens led the entire AHL with 276 goals, thanks to firepower from Ottawa regulars Jason Spezza (32 goals) and Denis Hamel (39 goals), who spent the season in Bingo as the NHL lockout dragged on.

That offensive prowess was showcased in the opening two games of the series, as the Sens took 5-2 and 4-2 wins on home ice.

Game Three took place in Wilkes-Barre on April 25, with Binghamton jumping out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period thanks to a Christoph Schubert goal.

The Pens took their first lead of the series when Shane Endicott and Kris Beech scored power play goals seven minutes apart in the second, before Schubert notched his second man-advantage goal of the night to even things up, 2-2, at 15:11.

That was the last goal scored for the next 77 minutes of game time.

A scoreless third period led to two overtime frames which yielded no goals.  But, as the clock approached midnight, Ryan Whitney blocked an Anton Volchenkov shot in the Wilkes-Barre zone.  The shot off of Whitney’s skate found Beech in the neutral zone, and led to a three-on-one for the Pens.  Defenseman Pat Kavanagh struggled to get back in the play, which allowed Colby Armstrong to sneak past on the far side.  Beech found Armstrong at the far post, who redirected the shot behind Emery at 12:26 of the third OT, ending the longest game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history at 11:58pm.

That win turned the tide in the series, as the Penguins posted three more wins in a row to oust the heavily-favored Senators from the playoffs.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins are currently tied, 1-1, in the best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinals.

The series moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Games Three (Thursday night) and Four (Friday night) at 7:05pm.

Individual tickets for both games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

Penguins postseason ticket packages, which include tickets to every home contest during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are on sale now.  With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every home game in the playoffs, as well as their same seat guaranteed throughout the team’s playoff run. Fans can secure their seats for every home game by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/15/17

 

Penguins look ahead to busy weekend still holding first place

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-11-3-0) end of season-long six-game homestand and hit the road

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS 0 vs. St. John’s 4
The IceCaps used a four-goal second period to shut-out the Pens and earn the win in their final visit to Mohegan Sun Arena.

Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Hershey 3 (OT)
The Penguins and Bears delivered another thrilling contest, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it a perfect four-for-four in overtime this season against their rival. Kevin Porter had a four-point night (1G-4A), including the OT game-winner.

Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 2
Sahir Gill earned the first two-goal game of his AHL career as the Penguins held off the Senators to win the season series, 5-1-0-0. Jarrett Burton posted his first AHL assist, too.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
The Penguins earned another big win over their division rival, evening the season series at 2-2-0-0. Oskar Sundqvist scored twice while Dominik Simon, J.S. Dea, Teddy Blueger and Gill also put forth two-point performances.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 17 – PENGUINS at Albany
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to upstate New York to take on Albany for first and only time at Times Union Center. The Pens won the two clubs’ first meeting in October, 3-1.

Saturday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS at Springfield
The Thunderbirds have sunk to sixth place in the Atlantic, but has split the season series with the Pens. Both teams have won twice in four head-to-head clashes in 2016-17.

Sunday, Feb. 19 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins and P-Bruins drop the puck for the fourth of six meetings. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-1-0-0 against Providence.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 11-2-1-0 when coming off of a loss this season.

– The Penguins are 16-1-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos earned his 200th AHL goal with the tying tally in Friday’s contest with Hershey.

– Kevin Porter’s four-point game on Friday was his first since Oct. 9, 2009 when he was a member of the San Antonio Rampage.

– Friday’s game was Garrett Wilson’s 400th professional game.

– Porter has 12 points (2G-10A) in his last nine games.

– Rookie Teddy Blueger has 13 points (2G-11A) in his last 12 games.

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-32 rating.

– Tristan Jarry leads the league with 22 wins.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 51 37 11 3 0 77 .755
2. Lehigh Valley 49 32 15 2 0 66 .673
3. Providence 50 28 13 5 4 65 .650
4. Bridgeport 48 30 16 1 1 62 .646
5. Hershey 50 25 14 8 3 61 .610
6. Springfield 49 17 23 7 2 43 .439
7. Hartford 49 18 26 3 2 41 .418

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 51 18 22 40
David Warsofsky 36 11 25 36
Oskar Sundqvist 45 16 19 35
Kevin Porter 47 8 25 33

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 31 22-8-1 2.21 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 19 14-3-2 2.34 .911 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Feb. 17         Albany              Times Union Center          7:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 18      Springfield       MassMutual Center           7:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 19     Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 11      (C)      Jarrett Burton                Recalled from WHL

Fri, Feb. 10      (RW)  Josh Archibald                       Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS DEFEAT SENATORS, 4-2

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins put together a series of scoring flurries to take down the Binghamton Senators, 4-2, in front of a packed house at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Sahir Gill turned in the first two-goal game of his AHL career and third multi-point effort of the season as the Penguins (36-11-3-0) emerged victorious on Military Appreciation Night.

The Penguins jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the first five minutes of the contest. David Warsofsky sniped one in from the blue line at the 2:26 mark in the first period. Two minutes and two seconds later, Gill tucked a shot in on the near-side of Senators goalie Matt O’Connor.

O’Connor’s night didn’t last much longer, as he was replaced by teammate Chris Driedger during the first promotional timeout at 6:46 of the opening frame.

Similarly to the first period, the Penguins had two swift strikes in the opening moments of the second frame, giving them a four-goal lead. Gill cleaned up a rebound for his second tally of the game 1:22 into the middle stanza. And 34 seconds later, Dominik Simon put one over the right shoulder of Driedger, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 4-0 lead.

Binghamton finally got on the board at 7:33 of the second period with a goal from Casey Bailey, making it 4-1.

Kyle Flanagan capitalized on a two-on-none rush into the Penguins’ zone with 3:58 left in the second, cutting the deficit to two goals.

The Senators were unable to creep any closer to the Penguins though, despite six power play opportunities scattered throughout the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill successfully stopped all six of those man disadvantages.

Casey DeSmith picked up his 14th win of the season for the Penguins, stopping 30 shots. Driedger made 22 saves on 24 shots and was the Senators’ goaltender of record in the loss. O’Connor posted three saves on five shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the top two teams in the AHL is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Tuesday’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.

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN BIG THIS WEEKEND


One lucky fan will walk home with what is almost sure to be the biggest 50-50 pot in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins GOALS Foundation history when we host our first CARRY OVER WEEKEND on Friday and Saturday.

It’s simple to take part.  Just purchase a 50-50 numbers at either or the games this weekend (Friday night vs. Hershey, Saturday night vs Binghamton) like you would on any other night.  You get three numbers for $5, 10 numbers for $10, or 60 numbers for $20.

Here’s the twist…there will be no winner picked during Friday night’s game.  Instead, all numbers purchased and all money collected on Friday will be combined with Saturday night’s drawing.  There’s no need to be in attendance on Saturday night if you purchased your tickets on Friday – you’re still eligible to win.

If you have the winning number, you win half of the pot, just like any other night.

Our past two Saturday night 50-50 totals have been $14,425 and $11,080 on their own, meaning two lucky winners took home more than $7,000 and $5,000 respectively.  Just imagine how big that number might grow this weekend!

Friday night’s game against the Hershey Bears is another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers available for just $2 (6-7:30pm), postgame autographs and a free March magnetic schedule for everyone in attendance.

Saturday night is our annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by MetLife.  We’ll be wearing special came jerseys which will be auctioned during the game.  Fewer than 600 tickets remain for this game as of noon on Thursday.

Get your tickets for both games at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367 today!

PENGUINS HOME FOR THREE GAMES THIS WEEK

Our 2017 Military Appreciation Night Jerseys.

 


It’s a busy week for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who continue their six-game home stand with three big contests at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The action starts on Wednesday night, when the Pens will look for a little revenge against the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:05pm.  The Canadian club downed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 5-2, last Friday night, so you know the hosts will be fired up and looking to melt the IceCaps.

It’s another Eyewitness News Fan Friday when the Hershey Bears come to town, and the Penguins are looking to make it six wins in a row against their I-81 rivals.  Lower level tickets for Friday’s game are just $14 (while supplies last); select draft beers will be available for just $2 from 6-7:30pm; all fans receive a March magnetic calendar; and two of your favorite Pens players will be signing autographs after the game.

Saturday night is our annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by MetLife.  The Penguins will be wearing special came jerseys when they face off with the Binghamton Senators, and we’ll be auctioning them off during the game.  Plus we’ll be selling autographed military appreciation pucks on the concourse to benefit the Tickets for Troops program. Fewer than 900 seats remain for Saturday’s contest, so get yours quickly!

Tickets for all three contests are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.