The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Cameron Gaunce from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defenseman David Warsofsky has been re-assigned to WBS.

Gaunce, 26, is in his first season with the Pittsburgh organization. He has produced eight points (2G-6A) and a plus-6 in 39 AHL contests with WBS.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Sudbury, Ontario has played in 20 career NHL games split between the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars, scoring one goal, which came against Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins on February 16, 2011 when he skated for the Avalanche.

Last season, Gaunce was named to the AHL All-Star Game after posting career highs in assists (35) and points (37) with Portland. During the 2014 playoffs, he helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup championship.

Gaunce was originally chosen by Colorado in the second round (50th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft.

Warsofsky, 25, currently leads all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defensemen and ranks third overall on the team with 28 points (7+21) in 24 games.  He ranks sixth in the AHL in points by a defenseman, and leads the entire AHL with a plus-22 rating.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday night, Jan. 18, when they’ll battle the Hershey Bears at Giant Center at 7:00 p.m. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, once again against the Bears, and less than 900 tickets remain for that game.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.


Usually a visit from the principal spells trouble for a class room.  But when Pocono Mountain East Junior High School principal Dr. Fanelli stopped by Mrs. Camacho’s seventh grade Spanish class last week, it was quite the opposite.

Dr. Fanelli interrupted the first period class to introduce Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Cameron Gaunce to the teacher and students.  Gaunce was on hand to acknowledge Mrs. Camacho as the first recipient in his ‘Tickets for Teacher’s’ program.

“We walked in the classroom, the teacher seemed pretty surprised,” said Gaunce, who is in his first season with the Penguins.  “And then after I started to talk a bit, she started to cry – with appreciation I’m assuming.”

Gaunce announced the formation of the program earlier this year.  Students and parents can nominate educators who they believe have gone above and beyond the call of duty through the Penguins website.  Gaunce then reads through the nominations and awards a pair of tickets to an upcoming game to deserving teachers.

Mrs. Camacho was nominated by Kyler Kuzar for her efforts in making the class fun, and taking a personal interest in each of her students.  She received two tickets for an upcoming Penguins game as a thank you for her dedication to the students from Gaunce.

“How she was described by the submission was that she had gone above and beyond the typical requirement of a teacher.  She had made an effort to notify all of the parents in the class of the children’s positives – what they had been doing well – when a lot of times you only hear from teachers if something goes wrong,” Gaunce said. “This teacher’s notifying parents of the good that they’re doing and the positives that are going on in the class.  I think when that happens, not only does it create a positive environment in the classroom, but it creates a positive environment at home.”

The appreciation for Mrs. Camacho was further evidenced when the entire class gave her a round of applause before Gaunce left.

“For these kids to know that the teacher is doing something for them on more than just the basis of learning, was exactly what I wanted to show that a lot of teachers will do for kids.”

If you would like more info on the Tickets for Teachers program, or how to nominate your favorite educator, just click here.


HARTFORD, CT – Kevin Porter and Tom Sestito each recorded a goal and an assist, and Dominik Simon picked up four helpers, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 6-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Wednesday night.

The victory was the third in a row for the Penguins, whose 17-5-3-0 record remains the top mark in the American Hockey League.  Hartford (7-14-3-1) saw its winless streak stretch to five games (0-4-0-1) with the loss.

Garrett Wilson notched the lone goal of the opening frame at 13:26 and the 1-0 lead held until the 9:34 mark of the second period.  Nicklas Jensen, who was reassigned from the New York Rangers earlier in the day, put home his team-leading ninth tally to tie the score at 1-1.

The deadlock was short-lived, however, as Kevin Porter came in from the far boards and beat netminder Magnus Hellberg glove side just 16 seconds later.

Porter’s goal was the first of four straight for the Penguins.  Cameron Gaunce tallied his first in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform (the eventual game-winner) with 29 seconds left in the second period, and Ryan Haggerty took a feed from Sestito at the far post two and a half minutes into the third to make it a 4-1 advantage.

Tom Kostopoulos extended the Penguins streak of games with a power play goal to seven at the 14:37 mark, before Chris Summers found the back of the net for his first of the season with the Wolf Pack.

Sestito padded the Pens advantage with a second man-advantage marker with just 26 seconds left in the game.

Tristan Jarry picked up his 11th win of the season with a 31 save performance, while Hellberg turned aside 27 shots in defeat.

The Penguins’ are back on home ice this Friday, December 16 as they face-off against the Rochester Americans for the first and only time at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season. The contest is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow night’s game and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

NOTES:  The game was Tom Sestito’s 300th in the AHL…Jake Guentzel was held scoreless in the game, snapping a three-game scoring streak which saw him tally a goal and an assist in each contest…The Penguins are 11-for-28 (39.3%) on the power play over their past seven games…Simon has nine points (1+8) over the past six games…Wilson’s goal gives him points in three straight games (1+3=4)…David Warsofsky had his five-game scoring streak snapped.


It’s hard to believe, but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are already one-fourth of the way through the 2016-17 American Hockey League regular season.  Through 19 games, the Penguins hold a13-4-2-0 mark, good for 28 points and a .737 winning percentage – the top mark in the Eastern Conference.

It hasn’t been all easy sailing for the Penguins, though, who are coming off of a tough stretch of six games in 11 days during which time they went 3-2-1-0.  The Pens also experienced their first back-to-back non-wins last week, when they dropped a 4-0 decision in Hershey on November 23, and fell in overtime to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers two days later.

“There’s a way in which we play the right way.  If we don’t do it, things don’t come out our way,” said captainTom Kostopoulos, noting the team’s result in Hershey.  “If we do things the right way, like we did most of the night against Bridgeport, last game, we didn’t give up any goals.”

The Penguins have had a chance to catch their breath this week, enjoying a day off on Sunday, followed by three days of brisk practices at the Toyota SportsPlex.  That’s been a benefit to the club according to defenseman Cameron Gaunce.

“I think we’ve really improved our game over the last couple of days,” Gaunce stated.  “I think our second game with Hershey, we weren’t as good as we could have been.  Coming back, getting a day, and then playing Bridgeport back-to-back was good for us.

“Though we didn’t win in the first night, I thought we played well in Bridgeport.  Then we had an even better game, a very complete game, on Saturday night, winning 1-0.  I thought it could have been even more, but their goaltender played pretty well.”

Gaunce and his teammates now hit the road to take on the St. John’s IceCaps for a two-game set in Newfoundland this Saturday and Sunday.  Both games start at 2:30pm Eastern Time (4:00pm in St. John’s).

The Penguins return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling 570-208-7367.




Penguins reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference to close first quarter

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-4-2-0) gets back on top with first shutout of the season


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS 0 at Hershey 4
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton couldn’t conjure the same comeback magic it found in its previous two trips to Giant Center and suffered its fourth regulation loss of the season. The Bears racked up the fewest shots on goal against the Penguins any opponent this season (18). Danny Kristo made his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut.

Friday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS 2 at Bridgeport 3 (OT)
The Penguins bounced back from their Wednesday loss to earn a point at Webster Bank Arena. Jarrett Burton scored his first goal of the season, and Josh Archibald tied the game to send the contest to overtime with a tally at 16:36 of the third period.

Saturday, Nov. 26 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Bridgeport 0
Tristan Jarry stopped all 24 shots he faced for the Penguins’ first shutout on the season. After two periods of scoreless hockey, Jean-Sébastien Dea earned a power play goal at 4:30 of the third period. Dea’s sixth of the season stood as the game-winner.


The Week Ahead

Saturday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS at St. John’s
The Penguins pack their bags and travel up to Newfoundland to take on the St. John’s IceCaps, who are 3-1-0-0 in their last four home games. Last year, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the four-game season series and have won nine-straight regular season contests with St. John’s.

Sunday, Dec. 4 – PENGUINS at St. John’s
The Pens and IceCaps square off for the second-straight afternoon. Sunday will also be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s last regular season game at St. John’s, as the IceCaps are slated to relocate to Laval, Québec in 2017-18.


Ice Chips

– This is the third-consecutive season that Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton has reached the quarter mark of the season (19 games played) leading its division, and second-straight season that its finished the first quarter atop the Eastern Conference.

– The Penguins have allowed the fewest goals per game (1.95) of any team this year.

– Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .938 save percentage and 1.65 goals against average both rank second among all AHL goaltenders.

–  Tristan Jarry’s shutout on Saturday was the sixth of his career, moving him into sole possession of seventh place among  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time shutout leaders.

– Chad Ruhwedel is one point away from 100 in his AHL career.



TEAM                         GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS            19        13         4           2          0         28          .737

2. Lehigh Valley        18        12          5           1          0         25          .694

3. Hershey                 19        11          4            3          1          26         .684

4. Bridgeport             18        12          6           0         0         24         .667

5. Providence            19         7           6           3          3        20          .526

6. Springfield            18         7           7           2          2         18         .500

7. Hartford                 19         6         10          3          0         15         .395



SKATERS                     GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^           16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist          17         6          9         15

Carter Rowney             18         5          8        13

Tom Kostopoulos        19         6          6         12

Garrett Wilson             19         3          7         10


GOALIES                  GP      W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      6          5-0-1         1.65        0.938           0

Tristan Jarry              13          8-4-1         1.99        0.926            1

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh


DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Sat, Dec. 3        St. John’s            Mile One Centre              2:30 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 4       St. John’s            Mile One Centre              2:30 p.m.



Mon, Nov. 28   (D)   Derrick Pouliot      Recalled from condition. loan by PIT

Tue, Nov. 22     (D)   Derrick Pouliot                        Conditioning loan from PIT


PREVIEW: Bears vs Penguins – November 23, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears meet up for the second time in the past five days in Hershey.  The Penguins have taken the first two meetings at the Giant Center, with both victories coming in overtime.  Tonight’s game is the third of 12 meetings between the club’s this season.

Newcomer Danny Kristo and head coach Clark Donatelli talk about the newly acquired forwards play and possible role with the Penguins..

Head coach Clark Donatelli talks about meeting familiar foes this week.


DATE:  Wednesday, November 23, 2016
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Giant Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK


RECORD 8-4-3-1 (20 pts) | Fourth in Atlantic Division


GOALS  Jakub Vrana 9
ASSISTS  Chris Bourque 12
POINTS  Chris Bourque 16
PIM  Tyler Lewington 52
WINS  Joe Cannata 5
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.16

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Liam O’Brien entered last week’s action with no points to show in his first nine games of the season. Now he carries a three-game point streak (2+2) into Wednesday night’s action.

NEWS AND NOTES:A pair of Bears forwards are closing in on significant games-played milestones this week.  Garrett Mitchell is sitting on 297 games played in the AHL, all with the Bears.  He played his first game with Hershey during the 2009-10 season…Chris Bourque enters Wednesday night’s action with 598 games played in the AHL and will likely hit the 600 mark this Friday against the Springfield Thunderbirds.



RECORD  12-3-1-0 (25 pts) | First in Atlantic Division


GOALS  Jake Guentzel*  7
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel *  10
POINTS  Jake Guentzel*  17
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  7
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.40

*= currently with Pittsburgh

WHO’S HOT:  Garrett Wilson picked up three points (1+2) in a pair of games last weekend, and has five points (1+4) in his past five games.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Forward Danny Kristo figures to make his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut tonight after being acquired by the Penguins from the St. Louis Blues/Chicago Wolves in exchange for Reid McNeill over the weekend.  He’ll wear #7 for the Penguins….Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating…Casey DeSmith’s .949 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.




Big wins against Bridgeport, Hershey keep Penguins atop Atlantic Division

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-3-1-0) set to face-off with Bears and Sound Tigers again


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – PENGUINS 1 at Lehigh Valley 4

The Penguins fell to their Keystone rivals in their first meeting this season. It was just Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s third regulation loss of the season. Thomas Di Pauli scored the lone goal for the Pens, the first of his professional career.

Friday, Nov.18 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Bridgeport 3

The Penguins bounced back from their previous loss with a hard-earned victory over the Sound Tigers in which they scored three of their four goals in the second period. Casey DeSmith made 25 saves in net, improving his record to 5-0-0.

Saturday, Nov. 19 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 3

In their second game at the Giant Center, the Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period and ended up with a win in overtime. Tom Kostopoulos tied the game, 3-3, with 1:04 left in regulation, and Carter Rowney sealed the win 2:01 into OT. Jake Guentzel had three points (1G-2A), and both Oskar Sundqvist and Cameron Gaunce had two assists.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS at Hershey

The Penguins take on the Bears for the third time this season and second time in five days. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was the overtime victor in the two squads’ previous two match-ups.

Friday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton plays the Sound Tigers for the third time in two weeks.  The Penguins were dominant in their last meeting in Bridgeport, winning 7-1.

Saturday, Nov. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport

The Pens take on Bridgeport in the second game of a home-and-home. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Bridgeport, 4-3, the last time the Sound Tigers visited Mohegan Sun Arena.


Ice Chips

– On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired right wing Danny Kristo from St. Louis in exchange for defenseman Reid McNeill. The three-time 20-goal scorer has reported directly to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

– The Penguins have the best goal differential in the AHL (+23) and allow the fewest goals per game (1.88).

– Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .949 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.

–  Carter Rowney has scored four of the Penguins’ past seven  regular season overtime game-winning goals. Including playoffs, Rowney has the game-winner in five of the Pens’ past 10 overtime victories.



TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          16        12         3           1           0         25          .781

2. Lehigh Valley       15        10         4          1          0          21          .700

3. Bridgeport            15        10         5          0          0         20        .667

4. Hersey                   16         8          4          3          1         20        .625

5. Springfield            16         7          5          2          2         18         .563

6. Providence           16         5          6          3          2         15        .469

7. Hartford                16         5          9          2          0         12        .375



SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^          16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist         15         6          8         14

Carter Rowney            16         5          8         13

Tom Kostopoulos       16         6          5         11

Garrett Wilson            16         3          7         10


GOALIES                 GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      5        5-0-0        1.40       0.949          0

Tristan Jarry              11        7-3-1          1.98        0.929          0


* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                  OPPONENT       LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Nov. 23    Hershey               Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 25        Bridgeport           Webster Bank Arena         7:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 26      Bridgeport           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.



Mon, Nov. 21    DEL      (C) Jake Guentzel                   Recalled by PIT

Sat, Nov. 19     ADD      (RW) Danny Kristo              Loaned from PIT

Sat, Nov. 19     DEL       (D) Reid McNeill                   Recalled by PIT



By Nick Hart

Once upon a time, students used to file into classrooms and greet their teachers with a wide smile and a shiny apple. The apple has since become symbol synonymous with education, but perhaps it’s time for that to change.

Wouldn’t it be so much better if instead of an apple, a teacher got the gift of hockey instead?

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Cameron Gaunce had the light bulb go off over his head and came up with the “Tickets for Teachers” program, a way for local teachers to get rewarded for their hard work with free tickets to Penguins home games.

“When you go to sporting events, you see a lot of people get their due credit,” Gaunce said. “Soldiers get their credit, which they deserve. Police get their credit, which they deserve. But I thought teachers were another group that can change a lot of people, inspire a lot of people’s lives. Sometimes, I don’t think they get the credit that they fully deserve, so I thought I could help out with that a bit.”

Gaunce says the inspiration for the program came from seeing other players, either teammates from years past or a handful of guys on his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, purchase season tickets and then give them away to kids or charities. It was his idea, though, to make the program specifically catered to educators. With his four-year old nephew in mind, he’s grown to appreciate the role of a teacher in a child’s life.

“Educators play an enormous role to a kid’s development, not only in what they’re teaching the kids from a curriculum perspective, but a lot of teachers do a lot more than that,” Gaunce said. “My nephew, he’s in school right now, and he’s had to learn a lot about paying attention and sitting still and such. As you grow up, you learn a lot of different life lessons from your teachers. When teachers are inspirational, when they take the time to invest in the kids, it really helps the children and it helps them grow up, whether it’s elementary school, high school or university.”

It’s not just seeing things from the perspective of his nephew, either. Gaunce had his fair share of inspirational teachers in his life, as well. He recalls his days as a self-proclaimed “loud-mouth kid”, but the relationship he formed with his Grade 2 teacher is one he still holds dear to this day. Mr. Chlan made a huge impression on Gaunce’s life.

“I still keep in touch with him to this day and he comes to my games whenever I’m in Toronto,” Gaunce said. “He was someone throughout the years who not only inspired me, but inspired a lot of people. I know it was only Grade 2, but when he worked with me, he made learning, I don’t want to say fun, but he presented it in a way that you knew it was benefiting you. He celebrated each student for the person that they were.”

Gaunce also credited his minor hockey coach and gym teacher at St. Brother André High School in Markham, Ont. as someone who not only helped him, but just about everyone he knew. Paul Titanic has seen the likes of big-shot NHLers Steven Stamkos, Michael Del Zotto and Gaunce go through his halls, but nobody fell under his radar or was too small to get a helping hand.

“If you walked through the school, everyone knows who [Titanic] is,” Gaunce said. “Everyone says, ‘Hello, Mr. T’. He knows everyone and talks to everyone, and he’s someone who just helps kids out all the time.

“It’s someone like that who I would love to help out. Just get them to a game if they can, and even if it’s not getting a game, it’s putting a spotlight on them for a bit.”

So if there’s a teacher that sounds like Mr. Chlan or Mr. T that you think deserves a spotlight for all their hard and important work, nominate them through Gaunce’s Tickets for Teachers program.

To submit an educator, just go to the Penguins website (wbspenguins.com), hover over the “Community” tab and click on the Tickets for Teachers link. From there, you can fill out an application for your favorite teacher. Hopefully, this gives them a chance to receive the overdue recognition he or she rightfully deserves.


Steve Oleksy
Defenseman Steve Oleksy is among the 17 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned 17 players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Players assigned to WBS include: goaltenders Casey DeSmith and Leland Irving; defensemen Tim Erixon, Ethan Prow, Stuart Percy, Cameron Gaunce, Reid McNeill, Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel; and forwards Oskar Sundqvist, Adam Krause, Ryan Haggerty, Sahir Gill, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Garrett Wilson and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Erixon, Percy, Gaunce, McNeill, Oleksy, Ruhwedel and Wilson all have to clear waivers on Tuesday at noon before they can join WBS.

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 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.