PENGUINS FALL IN GAME FIVE, 2-1


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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Zane McIntyre made 50 saves and Danton Heinen tallied twice, as the Providence Bruins defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1, in Game Five of the Atlantic Division Semifinal on Sunday afternoon.

With that result, the Penguins postseason came to an end, while the Bruins will face the winner of the Hershey Bears – Lehigh Valley Phantoms series in the Atlantic Division Final.

Even though the Penguins outshot the Bruins 21-9 in the first period, they found themselves in a 1-0 hole at the close of the first 20 minutes. After a too many men on the ice penalty, Providence quickly took advantage with Heinen scoring a power play goal at 12:37 of the first.

Heinen notched his second goal of the game 13 minutes into the third period, giving him an AHL-leading four goals in the playoffs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cut Providence’s lead in half thanks to a man advantage marker of its own. Jean-Sébastien Dea did the honors, rifling a shot so hard into the top corner that the puck got stuck between the mesh and back bar. Dea’s goal came with 5:23 remaining in regulation and on the Penguins’ 47th shot of the afternoon.

Despite the Penguins continuing the barrage of shots on McIntyre, the equalizer never came, effectively ending the team’s season.

The Penguins’ power play finished the contest going one-for-six, while their penalty kill nullified two of the Bruins’ three man advantage opportunities.

Casey DeSmith posted 24 saves in the loss.

PENGUINS FALL IN GAME FOUR TO BRUINS, 4-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Providence Bruins defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-2, in Game Four of the Atlantic Division Semifinal on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.  The win allowed the Bruins to remain alive in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, and forced a decisive Game Five on Sunday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.

The Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead that the Penguins eventually cut in half with a third period surge, but the comeback bid by the home team fell short against a Providence squad that was facing elimination.

Wayne Simpson buried his first goal of the playoffs just 1:15 into the game, and Colton Hargrove extended the lead eight minutes later with a power play goal.

Providence tacked on another goal with just 44.4 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Jake DeBrusk uncorked a short-side snipe on a three-on-one rush after taking a feed from Austin Czarnik.

DeBrusk added his second of the game by tipping in a slap shot from Bruins captain Tommy Cross at 14:09 of the second period.

The Penguins got on the board as Dominik Simon picked the pocket of Bruins defenseman Alex Grant and then flipped the puck over to Teddy Blueger, who wired a one-timer to the top corner with under three minutes left before the second intermission.

Simon earned another assist by helping to set up an Ethan Prow goal, making it 4-2 at 9:10 of the third period.

Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith posted 38 saves on the night, including a whopping 20 stops in the second period. Those 20 saves tied Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise playoff record for saves in one period, set five years ago by Brad Thiessen against the St. John’s IceCaps.

Zane McIntyre halted 27 shots for his second win of this postseason.

The final game in the best-of-five series is Sunday, Apr. 30, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for Game Five of the Atlantic Division Semifinal is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for Sunday afternoon’s game 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. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every home game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS POWER PAST PROVIDENCE

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins defeated the Providence Bruins, 2-1, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to take a 2-1 series lead in the Atlantic Division Semifinal.

Special teams were the name of the game on Thursday night, as the two teams combined for three power play goals, but it was the two tallies by Penguins defensemen that gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the edge.

The Penguins came out jumping to begin their first home game of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, out-shooting the Bruins, 13-5, in the opening frame. However, all of the Penguins’ pressure yielded no results. In fact, the game was still deadlocked in a scoreless tie until 16.2 seconds were left in the second period.

As time was dwindling down late in the middle stanza, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Tim Erixon sniped a top-shelf, power play goal, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

David Warsofsky doubled that lead for the Penguins with another man advantage marker early in the next period. After a quick face-off win by Kevin Porter, Warsofsky fired a shot through traffic that fooled Zane McIntyre 1:32 into the third. By combining on that goal, Warsofsky and Porter pulled into a tie for the Calder Cup Playoffs overall lead in points with six.

Providence answered back with a power play goal of its own with 6:35 remaining in regulation. Jordan Szwarz made it a one-goal game when he corralled some loose change in the slot and slid it into the back of the Penguins’ net.

With their goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Bruins sent a flurry of shots the Penguins’ way only for them to be blocked by sprawling defenders or turned aside by Casey DeSmith. Time ran out on Providence’s comeback bid as the Penguins pulled within one win of advancing to the Atlantic Division Final.

DeSmith denied 32 shots in the win for the Penguins. McIntyre recorded 30 saves in the loss for the Bruins.

The next game in the best-of-five series is tomorrow, Friday, Apr. 28, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Semifinal is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.  Individual tickets for Friday night’s game 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. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every home game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WIN THRILLER IN OT ON POULIOT GOAL

Derrick Pouliot’s goal at 7:49 of overtime was the difference, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won a thriller, 6-5, over the Providence Bruins on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Pouliot picked up a loose puck and skated through the neutral zone, banking a shot off of the back of goaltender Zane McIntyre to even the best-of-five series 1-1.  Game Three is scheduled for Thursday night back in Wilkes-Barre.

The Penguins at one point held a 3-0 lead, only to see the Bruins chip away and finally take a late one-goal advantage.  But an extra attacker goal from Josh Archibald forced overtime and Pouliot’s fantastic individual effort gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the split on the road.

The Penguins controlled much of the play in the early going, outshooting the Bruins 18-9 in the first period, but couldn’t beat netminder Zane McIntyre during the opening frame.

That changed quickly in an offense-filled second period.

Chris Casto’s errant clear found it’s way into the stands, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a power play just 20 seconds into the middle period.  Warsofsky made sure the opportunity wasn’t wasted with a blast from the point which opened the scoring for the Pens.

The former Bruins defenseman made it a 2-0 contest just 23 seconds later with another shot from the near boards.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain Tom Kostopoulos was sprung from the penalty box after an interference call and corralled a Penguins clear in the Providence zone.  He then fed Tom Sestito at the far post, and Sestito deposited the puck in the net to make it a 3-0 game.

Chris Porter got the Bruins on the board 14 seconds after Sestito’s goal, as the teams played four-on-four hockey after offsetting roughing minors to Sestito and Tyler Randell were handed out.

Porter picked up his second of the night at 17:11, banging in a loose puck from a scrum in front of the Pens’ net.  And Tommy Cross, recently reassigned from the Boston Bruins, went top shelf from the right face-off circle with 1:46 left in the period.

The Penguins went back in front when Josh Archibald picked up his first of the playoffs at 3:58 of the third period.  But Danton Heinen notched his second of the series as a Tom Sestito hooking penalty was about to expire at 7:38 to tie the game, before Peter Mueller picked up a loose puck in a scrum and beat DeSmith at 12:48.

With time running down, the Pens pulled DeSmith for the extra attacker, and the move paid off as Archibald’s shot deflected off a skate and into the Bruins net with 1:03 left in regulation to force overtime.

DeSmith stopped 28 shots to pick up the victory for the Penguins, while McIntyre made 38 saves in the loss.

The best-of-five series now moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Game Three on Thursday night at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for Thursday night’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

WARSOFSKY NO STRANGER TO PENS-BRUINS PLAYOFF RIVALRY


David Warsofsky is no stranger to the playoff rivalry that has blossomed between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins over the past four years.  The second team AHL all-star was a member of the Bruins squads that faced off with the Pens during both the 2013 and 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

“I’ve been on the other side of it, where I’ve been playing against Wilkes-Barre,” said Warsofsky.  “It’s always an intense series.”

The first postseason head-to-head between the two teams produced a bit of AHL history, as the Penguins rallied from a three games to none deficit to win the best-of-seven series in 2013.

The clubs met the following year in the second round once again, with the Penguins advancing thanks to wins in Games Two, Three (double OT), Five and Seven.  The final game of that second series produced some heart palpitations for Pens fans, as the home team tallied five times in a six minute span during the second period, only to see the Bruins claw back with four straight goals, including one from Warsofsky.

Those face-offs provided more than a few thrills for Wilkes-Barre’s backers (including a ridiculous individual effort from Brian Gibbons).  But a more suitable barometer for this year’s post-season meeting would be the six-game regular season series the Pens and Bruins recently completed.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted wins in four of six contests, with three of those coming by a single goal.  Providence produced a 5-2 win on December 30, but that was the only game to finish with more than two goals separating the clubs.

“Both of these teams, we kind of have the same type of hockey that we play.  We both play hard hockey,” Warsofsky said.  “Our forwards are physical, our D move the puck.  It’s a grind of a game for both teams.

“You get two teams that play really hard against each other, it usually makes for a fun series.”

Closely contested games figure to be a fixture of the upcoming contests between the clubs.  The Penguins have the AHL’s reigning goals against average king, Casey DeSmith, between the pipes, while Providence’s Zane McIntyre finished a scant .02 percentage points behind the second-year puckstopper.

Part of McIntyre’s success has been the willingness of the players in front of him to physically sacrifice their bodies.

“They put a big emphasis on blocking shots, especially out of their forwards,” Warsofsky said.  “As defensemen, if we can get [a shot] by that first layer, I think that’s our job most importantly.  We’ll have a net front presence and let them do their jobs after that.

“We’ve got to get shots to the net, make it hard for their goalie to see the puck.  Hopefully a few will go in.”

The Penguins and Bruins begin their best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal series this Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, and the teams face off in Game Two in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.

The series switches to Wilkes-Barre for Game Three on Thursday, April 27 at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for Game Three are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, by calling 570-208-7367, or online at TicketMaster.com.

For information on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff packages, which include a $6 food voucher for every game, just fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.

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STATS AND STUFF – APRIL 8, 2017

A quick look at stats, notes and other items as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head into Saturday night’s action in Hartford.

  • The Penguins hit the 100 point mark for the sixth time in team history, and the first time since 2010-11, following their win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night.
  • The Penguins shut out the Phantoms for the third straight game.  The last time Wilkes-Barre/Scranton allowed a goal to the Phantoms was at the 15:38 mark of the second period on March 18.  The streak now stands at 215:18.
  • Entering Saturday’s action, the Penguins magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division title is three.  Any combination of three points gained by the Penguins or three points dropped by the Providence Bruins gives Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the titles.
  • Oskar Sundqvist hit the 20-goal mark with his second tally on Friday night.
  • Sundqvist stretched his point streak to three games (3+2).
  • Tristan Jarry’s shutout of the Phantoms was the eighth of his #WBSPens career, moving him into a tie with Jeff Zatkoff for fifth place on the team’s all-time list.
  • Jarry recorded his 28th win of the season on Friday, the fourth highest single-season mark in Penguins history.
  • Jarry also posted his 45th career win on Friday, moving him into a tie for fourth place on the team’s all-time list with Matt Murray.
  • Jarry now ranks fifth in the AHL with a 2.15 goals against average, just behind teammate Case DeSmith at 2.14.
  • Jarry is now third in the AHL with 28 wins, two off the league lead (Ontario’s Jack Campbell with 30)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Saturday, Apr. 8, when it faces the Hartford Wolf Pack for the eighth and final time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at XL Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, and once again they’ll take on the 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.