MILWAUKEE AN UNFAMILIAR FOE FOR PENGUINS

Peter Ratchuk recorded one of the Penguins’ eight goals against the Admirals on January 13, 2002

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will welcome an unfamiliar foe to NEPA on Friday night, as they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm.

The contest will be just the third ever regular season meeting between the clubs, and the first since the 2001-02 season.

January 4, 2002 saw the Pens and Admirals square off for the first time, with Milwaukee taking a 2-1 decision in Wisconsin.  Robert Dome scored the lone Wilkes-Barre goal, while Robbie Tallas made 36 saves in a losing effort.

The Penguins came out on top in the return meeting, an 8-5 victory on January 13 in Wilkes-Barre.  Eric Meloche (1+2), Martin Sonnenberg (2+0), Tomas Surovy (1+1), Mike Wilson (1+1) and Alexandre Mathieu (0+2) each recorded multiple point efforts for the home club.  Sebastien Caron made 33 saves in net for the Pens.

The teams also met in the 2004 Calder Cup Finals, with the Admirals posting four straight wins to capture their only AHL championship.


CURRENT CONNECTIONS

Milwaukee left wing HARRY ZOLNIERCZYK spent the 2013-14 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 36 points (18+18) in 57 games with the Penguins.

Admirals center TREVOR SMITH skated in 75 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2012-13 season, recording 54 points (23+31).


Friday night’s meeting between the Penguins and Admirals is our first EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY of the season.  We’ll have lower bowl tickets available for just $14, select draft beers for just $2 (from 6-7:30), the first 5,000 fans will receive a Penguins Team Photo (courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times-Tribune and the Citizens’ Voice), and Freddie Tiffels and Daniel Sprong will take part in our post-game autograph session.

Get your tickets for Friday night’s game at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or give the Penguins a call at 570-208-7367.

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PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – April 28, 2017


100/200

Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins was the 100th all-time Calder Cup Playoff game played in Wilkes-Barre.  The Penguins have a record of 60-40 on home ice in the postseason, and have outscored the opposition 295-241.

Thursday’s game was also the 200th playoff game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.  The Pens are 104-96 in those games, and have outscored the opposition 562-551.


CLOSE IT OUT

The Penguins can advance to the Atlantic Division Final with a win in Game Four on Friday night (tickets available here).  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 22-13 all-time with a chance to clinch a series, and 15-3 with a chance to clinch on home ice.


BEST OF FIVE

This is the eighth best-of-five series the Penguins have participated in, and the team is 6-1 in the first seven of those rounds.  The only loss came in the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals at the hands of the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-1.


Individual tickets for Friday night’s Game Four 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.

To have a Penguins representative contact you with more information, please fill in the form below.

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PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – APRIL 26


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got a bit of a boost prior to Game One of their Calder Cup playoff series against the Providence Bruins, when Josh Archibald, Tom Sestito and Cameron Gaunce were reassigned to the AHL club by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Archibald tallied a pair of goals (including the equalizer to force OT) in the Game Two win; Sestito picked up his first of the playoffs in the same contest; and Gaunce logged considerable time on the blue line, as the Penguins split the weekend series in Providence.

“It feels really good to be back with everybody here.  We had a special season, so hopefully we can do something special here in the postseason,” said Archibald, who spent the previous three weeks in Pittsburgh.

The speedy forward didn’t make an appearance in Pittsburgh’s first round Stanley Cup series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but said the experience of just being around a team in the hunt for the trophy was a positive.

“It’s just more of being in that environment, being around those guys.  Look what they did last year.  They’re winners up there,” he said.  “So to be able to take away from what they do and learn from them, it’s definitely a huge experience.  It’s a good experience for me.”

Sestito had been with the NHL club since March 8, but sat out considerable time due to an upper body injury.  He dressed for Pittsburgh’s final two regular season games, before rejoining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for their playoff run.

He’s taking the AHL team’s playoff run just as seriously as he would a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.

“You battle hard for these guys every day throughout the year, and you just want to keep it going as long as you can, because you see the end is near,” said Sestito, who is participating in his fourth postseason in 10 years as a pro.  “As an older guy, you don’t know how many years you have left.

“This team’s got a lot of fire power and we’re excited to keep going.”

This is the fifth consecutive spring that Gaunce has seen postseason action, but he doesn’t take the opportunity to pursue a trophy for granted.

“It’s pretty big.  It’s something that I take pride in.  I’ve only missed the playoffs one season, junior and pro,” he said.

Gaunce also knows what it takes to claim the AHL’s ultimate prize, having been a member of the Texas Stars club that won the Calder Cup in 2014.

“I don’t think there’s an exact formula to winning a championship, because if there was every team would try to replicate that.  But I don think there are certain things that carry over,” he stated.  “I think the most important thing is consistency at this time of the year, who can play their best game, game in and game out.”


ARCHIE ON THE ATTACK

Archibald entered the 2017 postseason with two goals in 15 previous games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  He doubled that total in Game Two on Sunday.

“I’ve worked on doing a lot of the little things right, and I think that’s transformed my game a lot and helped me out in the long run,” said Archibald, who set new personal bests across the board with 16 goals, 13 assists and 29 points with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  He also led the AHL with four shorthanded goals, and netted three goals in 10 games with Pittsburgh.

Archibald was on the ice with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton needing a goal to tie game in the final two minutes of play on Sunday.

“[Garrett Wilson] got in on the forecheck hard, forced the defenseman to turn it over.  [Dominik Simon] came in and picked the puck up, made a great play to [David Warsofsky], who was coming in from the blue line to take a one-timer,” Archibald recalled. [Kevin Porter] and I were standing right in front to pick up any garbage.  He slid it over to me and I pretty much had a wide open net in front.”

That goal with just 63 seconds left in regulation gave the team a much needed lift headed into the extra frame.

“We just had to calm down in the locker room,” he said.  “We knew we could win it, it was just a matter of going out and doing the right things.  Luckily enough we came out on top in that game.”


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.

To have a Penguins representative contact you with more information, please fill in the form below.

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WILSON, SUNDQVIST BRING NHL POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE


Garrett Wilson and Oskar Sundqvist were key components of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins success this season.  Wilson recorded 31 points, the second-highest total in his six-year career, while being limited to just 59 games due to injury.  Sundqvist finished third on the team in both goals (20) and points (46), despite spending significant stretches in Pittsburgh.

The duo has more than 380 regular season AHL contests between them, but just a total of four Calder Cup playoff games.

But don’t let that lack of postseason experience scare you.

Wilson’s lone taste of the AHL playoffs came in 2015 as a member of the San Antonio Rampage, who dropped three straight games to the Oklahoma City Barons.

“We had a good team that year,” said Wilson, whose third-seeded Rampage squad was vanquished by the six-place Barons in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.  “It didn’t really end up the way we thought we were going to.”

While his time chasing the Calder Cup has been short so far, Wilson did see an extended playoff stay while helping the Owen Sound Attack to the Ontario Hockey League championship in 2011.  He also gained additional experience by appearing in six games with the Florida Panthers during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I have playoff experience, and I know how much it ramps up and how intense it gets,” said Wilson. “It’s really exciting and I’m really ready to go for it this year.”

Wilson took a lot away from his time with the Panthers last season, and he believes that could prove beneficial this spring.

“Just how much each shift really counts, every hit, every shot on net.  It’s really magnified.  Everything is important in the series and it all takes it toll,” he said.   “Seeing some of the guys there, the older guys like [Roberto] Luongo and [Jaromir] Jagr, they’ve been there before and [I saw] how much they actually wanted it.  To win a championship is really special, and I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win one.”

Like Wilson, Sundqvist spent last season on an NHL roster during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He suited up for two games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and spent the entire run to the championship with the team.

And while the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for every hockey player, Sundqvist is excited to get a bigger taste of postseason play.

“It’s going to be really fun, and I think this team can do something special,” he said.  “I’m real excited to get to play playoff hockey again.”

Sundqvist quadrupled his goal output from his rookie season (from five goals to 20 this year), and saw more than a handful of highlight reel tallies.  But he knows that once you get into the playoffs, things start to tighten up quite a bit.

“In the playoffs it’s not about nice goals.  You need to get those goals around the crease and bang a rebound in or something like that,” he stated.  “That’s what most of the goals are going to look like in this series.”

And he has no doubts that the Penguins will be prepared once the puck drops in Game One on Friday night.

“We’re as ready as we can be.  It’s going to be a fun series against Providence.”

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.

SECOND TIME AROUND SIMILAR FOR DESMITH

Casey DeSmith’s rise from ECHL backup to AHL postseason starter last year was somewhat unexpected.  After all, the rookie out of Rochester, New Hampshire, didn’t even crack the Wheeling Nailers lineup until December of 2015.

But as the 2015-16 regular season ran down, DeSmith found himself firmly planted in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton crease.

Injuries and circumstances led to DeSmith’s initial rise up the organizational depth chart.

First, Matt Murray received a permanent promotion to Pittsburgh in early March, freeing up a space in Wilkes-Barre’s goaltending corps.  Tristan Jarry subsequently assumed the regular starter role for the AHL club, with veteran Brian Foster serving as the backup.

But Foster faltered, and DeSmith leap-frogged Wheeling regular Frank Palazzese to move into the second position on the Penguins roster.

Jarry experienced a bit of a late-season slump, and DeSmith stepped in to hold down the goaltending duties during the final week of the campaign.

He kept the crease as the Penguins moved into the postseason, helping the team to a pair of wins on home ice to start the best-of-five series against the Providence Bruins.

But the contest that seemingly cemented DeSmith’s standing in the organization was Game Three, which took place in Providence on April 23.  DeSmith turned aside an astounding 59 shots – a new team record – as the Penguins posted a 5-4, double overtime victory to sweep the Bruins from the postseason.

“It’s a game I’ll never forget, that’s for sure,” said DeSmith.  “Double overtime and winning in the fashion that we did to sweep the series, was really special, one of the most exciting times of last year.”

The Penguins were ousted by the Hershey Bears in overtime of Game Seven in the Atlantic Division Final, but by that time DeSmith had solidified his stature as a regular in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup.  He went from playing on a tryout contract in the playoffs to inking an AHL deal in early July, essentially guaranteeing himself a spot in northeast PA for the 2016-17 season.

Despite the late-season success he enjoyed, DeSmith was tabbed to hold down the backup role in Wilkes-Barre, with Jarry figuring to receive the bulk of the playing time.  During most of the season, DeSmith saw one start for every two that Jarry played.

But as the season wound down, DeSmith once again found himself thrust into the limelight as the team’s regular starter.

With their playoff seeding already set in stone, the Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Jarry on April 9, giving him his first NHL start that night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.  And when Matt Murray came up injured prior to the Pens first playoff game, Jarry moved into the backup role for Pittsburgh.

With a week left in the regular season, DeSmith found himself back in familiar territory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“It’s kind of funny how that worked out again,” said DeSmith. “You never want to see Murray or anyone go down.  But I’m really happy to have this kind of opportunity to take over like I did last year.  Playoffs is a really fun time, and to be involved in it, to be able to play playoff games is a privilege for anybody.”

And just like last year, DeSmith is peeking at a good time. Since March 5, he’s gone 7-1-1 while allowing just 12 goals in that span.  His 2.01 goals against average during the regular season was the best in the AHL, and his .925 save percentage put him in a tie for second place.

“I felt like I was playing my best hockey of the season at the end [of 2015-16],” DeSmith said.  I think this year’s kind of the same thing. The past three or four weekends, I felt like I played my best hockey of the season.  It’s kind of coming at the perfect time here.”

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.

PENGUINS TO FACE BRUINS IN CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins announced the schedule for their first round match-up in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The best-of-five series is set to begin on Friday, Apr. 21 at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Penguins’ first postseason home game will take place on Thursday, Apr. 27.

The Penguins’ first round schedule is as follows:

Game 1 – Friday, Apr. 21 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday, Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 3:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Thursday, Apr. 27 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 4 – Friday, Apr. 28 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 5 – Sunday, Apr. 30 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 3:05 p.m.
*if necessary… All times Eastern

Individual game tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home playoff games go on sale this coming Monday, April 17, at 10am, and 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.

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 guaratneed. 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.

COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE, AND COME HUNGRY

There’s no better time to experience Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey than during the Calder Cup Playoffs – and we should know!  The Penguins have qualified for the American Hockey League’s postseason for 15 consecutive years – the longest current streak in the league.

There’s also no better way to experience the postseason than with a Penguins Playoff Package.

By purchasing a Penguins Playoff Package, you’re guaranteeing that you’ll have the same seat for the entire run to the Calder Cup, at a savings over the gate price.  Plus, package holders also receive a $6 voucher for each home game, which can be used toward the purchase of food or merchandise inside the arena (One voucher per seat/per game.  Voucher must be used for the game with which it is issued).

We also make it easy to purchase your seats with the ‘Pay As We Play’ payment option.  We keep your credit card on file, and charge it after each home game.

PLEASE NOTE:  When buying a playoff package, you are committing to ALL home playoff games played.

PLAYOFF TICKET PACKAGE BENEFITS

  • Tickets to all 15 possible Penguins home playoff games
  • Discount off of the gate price
  • Same seat each game
  • Ability to transfer tickets via email
  • ‘Pay as we Play’ payment plan
  • $6 food voucher per seat, per game, good toward the purchase of food at any arena concession stand or at the Penguins Igloo Store

If you’d like more info on how you can get in on the fun of the playoffs, just give us a call at 570-208-7367, or fill out the contact form on this page.

 ZONE

 Price Per Game (Games A-C)  Price Per Game (Games D-P)  Total Price Per Seat For All Possible Home Games (15 Games Maximum)
Glass Seats $31.00 $32.00 $477.00
Red Zone $21.00 $22.00 $327.00
Gold Zone $18.00 $19.00 $282.00
Blue Zone $15.00 $16.00 $237.00

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