AHL SLAP SHOTS – FEBRUARY 1, 2017

There weren’t any American Hockey League games played yesterday, but it was still one of the busiest news days that the AHL has seen this season.  Here’s a rundown of the big ticket items from Tuesday, January 31.

Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

CONGRATS CARTER – The piece of news that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans will be happiest about is the NHL debut of Carter Rowney.  The undrafted fourth-year pro was originally recalled by Pittsburgh last week when Evgeni Malkin was sidelined due to injury, but he didn’t crack the lineup in his first stay with the team.

After being returned to NEPA and helping the Pens to wins over Utica and Binghamton last week, Rowney was recalled again by Pittsburgh on Monday, and suited up for the club in its 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. He logged 9:24 of ice time in the victory while skating alongside Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin.

Rowney was among the hottest players on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton roster headed into the AHL All-Star break.  After missing about a month and a half due to injury, Rowney returned to the Pens lineup on January 13 in Rochester.  He recorded eight points (5+3) during the next eight games, and posted a four-game goal streak from January 13-18, a career best for the 27-year old center.


Photo courtesy Rocket de Laval – http://www.rocketlaval.com

ROCKET LAUNCH – The Rocket de Laval, who will hit the ice next year serving as the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, unveiled their logo and uniforms yesterday afternoon.

The team’s uniforms feature the familiar red, white and blue of the parent club, and the team name pays homage to Maurice ‘the Rocket’ Richard, who played 18 seasons with the Canadiens, won eight Stanley Cups, and became the first player to record 50 goals in a season and 500 in a career.

The Rocket will play their home games at Place Bell, a 10,000 seat facility currently under construction.


ADIEU ALBANY – The New Jersey Devils announced that they will move their AHL club out of Albany and into Binghamton next season, and they signed a deal to keep hockey in New York’s lower tier for the next five seasons.

The Ottawa Senators announced earlier this year that they would be relocating their minor league operations to Belleville, Ontario for the 2017-18 season, leaving the future of hockey in Binghamton in limbo for several months.

“After evaluating multiple scenarios and obtaining the approval of the AHL Board of Governors, we have agreed to partner with a local operating group in Binghamton, NY to relocate the franchise for the 2017-18 season,” said Hugh Weber, President of the New Jersey Devils. “The new arrangement will allow the organization to focus its efforts on developing our player prospects, while leaving the business operations to those with expertise in the market.”

Albany has been home to an AHL team since 1993, when the Capital District Islanders moved from nearby Troy, New York and became the Albany River Rats.  The River Rats were affiliated with the Devils (1993-2006) and the Carolina Hurricanes (2006-10) during their tenure, with the Colorado Avalanche splitting the affiliation with Carolina in 2006-07.

When the Hurricanes relocated their AHL club to Charlotte, New Jersey moved it’s minor league operations back to the capital city and dubbed them the Devils.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS ROWNEY; REASSIGNS OLEKSY

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled center Carter Rowney from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

In addition, Pittsburgh has reassigned defenseman Steve Oleksy to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Rowney, 26, is in his fourth season with the Penguins, and currently ranks eighth on the team with 21 points (10+11) in 24 games.  The Sexsmith, Alberta native missed 18 games due to injury from November 25-January 11, but has put together a six-game point streak (5+3=8) since returning to the lineup on January 13.  Included in that streak was a career-best four-game goal streak from January 13-18.

Signed to an NHL two-way contract this past summer, Rowney finished second on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 24 goals and 56 points last season. He was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for March 2016, during which time he posted a career-high nine-game point streak, and 17 points overall (7+10) for the month.

Rowney has appeared in 185 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during parts of four seasons, recording 112 points (46+66), 87 penalty minutes and a plus-41 rating.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 27, when they travel to upstate New York and face the Utica Comets for the first time this season. The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Feb. 3 for the first visit in 2016-17 by the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for Feb. 3’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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/24/17

 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the first AHL team to reach 30 wins

Penguins (30-9-3-0) get set to face a series of North Division foes

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – PENGUINS 5 at Hershey 3
The Penguins downed their rivals at Giant Center thanks to a game-winning goal with exactly two minutes left in regulation by Carter Rowney. The win made the season series 6-2-0-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Friday, Jan. 20 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 5
Despite climbing back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell short of a comeback victory against the Phantoms at PPL Center. Rowney tallied an assist to keep his point streak alive at five games.

Saturday, Jan. 21 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 1
For the first time in two weeks, the Penguins returned home to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. They beat the Bears in convincing fashion and saw multi-point performances from Ryan Haggerty, J.S. Dea, Tom Kostopoulos and Dominik Simon.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 25 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton faces Syracuse for the third time this month and fifth time this season. The Penguins hold the edge in the season series at 3-1-0-0, but lost the last meeting on  Jan. 16 by a score of 4-1.

Friday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS at Utica
The Pens take on the Comets for the first time this season. Last year, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the season series with two wins. Utica currently sits fourth in the North Division.

Saturday, Jan. 28 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
In the second of back-to-back games, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will take on the Senators in their fifth meeting of the season. The Pens have won three of four against the Sens, the most recent on Jan. 7, 5-4, on the back of two goals by Danny Kristo.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins became the first AHL team to 30 wins on the year after beating Hershey, 5-1, on Jan. 21.

– Carter Rowney’s four-game goal-streak achieved on Jan. 18 at Hershey was the longest of his professional career.

– Carter Rowney has at least one point in all six of his games since returning from injury and posted eight points (5G-3A) in that time.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 9-2-0-0 so far in the month of January and undefeated at home (4-0-0-0).

– Jean-Sébastien Dea is in the midst of a three-game point streak, during which he’s recorded two goals and three assists.

– Tom Kostopoulos is two points away from reaching 500 career AHL points.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 42 30 9 3 0 63 .750
2. Lehigh Valley 40 27 11 2 0 56 .700
3. Providence 42 24 11 4 3 55 .655
4. Bridgeport 39 22 15 1 1 46 .590
5. Hershey 41 19 13 7 2 47 .573
6. Springfield 40 15 17 6 2 38 .475
7. Hartford 42 15 23 3 1 34 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Oskar Sundqvist 39 14 19 33
Tom Kostopoulos 42 13 18 31
David Warsofsky 27 8 21 29
Garrett Wilson 42 10 15 25

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 25 17-7-1 2.24 .918 1
Casey DeSmith* 16 12-2-2 2.28 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 25    Syracuse           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 27        Utica                  Utica Memorial Aud.          7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 28      Binghamton     Veterans Memorial Arena  7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 17     (D)      Cameron Gaunce                  Recalled by PIT

Fri, Jan. 20      (D)      Michael Webster           Recalled from WHL

Sat, Jan. 21      (D)      Michael Webster          Reassigned to WHL

Sun, Jan. 22    (D)      Michael Webster           Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS DEFEAT HERSHEY, 5-1, IN HOMECOMING WIN

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – It was a well-received homecoming for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as they defeated the Hershey Bears (19-20-7-2) by a 5-1 score in front of a sell-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

The Penguins (30-9-3-0), playing their first home game in two weeks, became the first team in the American Hockey League to reach 30 wins this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring on the power play after a tic-tac-toe passing play and redirect off the shaft of Carter Rowney’s stick at 15:49 of the first period. His tenth goal on the year extended his point streak to six games since returning from injury.

Two quick strikes put the Penguins up 3-0 in the middle frame after Jean-Sébastien Dea scored at 1:13 and Ryan Haggerty ripped one home just a minute and a half afterwards. Haggerty struck again at 14:14 of the second period, making it 4-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Hershey finally got on the board at 3:46 of the final period with a goal from Zach Sanford. But Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reestablished a four-goal cushion at 7:08 of the third period with an exceptional effort by team captain Tom Kostopoulos, who knocked in a rebound while suspended in mid-air. Kostopoulos’ goal was his second point of the night and brought him within two points of reaching 500 in his AHL career.

Casey DeSmith made 20 saves in net for the Penguins and earned his 12th win of the season. Vítek Vaněček recorded 11 saves on 15 shots before being replaced in the second period by Joe Cannata. Cannata posted nine stops on 10 pucks the Penguins threw his way.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Jan. 25, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Wednesday’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.

 

PENGUINS – PHANTOMS TO BECOME FAMILIAR FOES


The rivalry between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms has always been an intense one. But this year’s series between the two teams takes on even more significant when you look at how the two teams have performed thus far this season.

The Penguins currently hold down the top spot in the American Hockey League with a .763 points percentage (61 points in 40 games). There’s just one other club in the AHL with a points percentage over the .700 mark, and that happens to be the Phantoms, who have 52 points in 37 games.

Needless to say, the 11 times the teams meet over the final three months of the season could go a long way in helping to deciding who the Atlantic Division champion will be.

The teams’ stats are strikingly similar.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed the fewest goals against per game in the league at 2.325, while Lehigh Valley is close behind, ranking fourth overall at 2.648.

The Phantoms lead the AHL by averaging 3.675 goals for per game, while the Penguins place third overall at 3.425.

The Penguins have put together a pair of seven-game winning streaks this season, while the Phantoms’ eight-game streak from November 2-18 is tied for the longest in the league this year.

And the Keystone State foes are two of just three clubs (Grand Rapids is the other) to not have a losing or winless streak stretch past two games.

There is some separation on special teams, as Lehigh Valley ranks fifth overall with a 23.5% success rate on the power play, compared to the Penguins’ 10th place showing at 18.9%.

The Penguins flip the script on the PK however, ranking second in the entire league with an 86.7% success rate, while the Phantoms are 16th overall at 82.1%.

So what do those numbers all add up to? We’ll see soon enough.  The clubs begin what’s sure to be a hard-fought stretch of games this Friday night in Allentown.

NOTES: Penguins forward Carter Rowney missed the entire month of December (and part of January) due to injury, but has come back strong since rejoining the lineup. He has five points in his first four games back, and carries a career-best four-game goal streak into this weekend’s action.

Tristan Jarry won his league-leading 17th game of the season on Wednesday night in Hershey, equalling the win total from his rookie campaign. His 34 career wins are ninth on the team’s all-time list. Dany Sabourin is eighth with 38 wins, and Marc-Andre Fleury is seventh with 39.

Tom Kostopoulos is four points away from hitting the 500 mark for his AHL career. His 826 penalty minutes are third on the Penguins all-time list, and just four behind Darcy Verot’s second place total of 830.

The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent is Hershey. Fewer than 400 tickets remain for Saturday night’s contest against the Bears.

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.

ROWNEY STAYS HOT, SCORES LATE AS PENGUINS BEAT BEARS, 5-3

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HERSHEY, Pa. – Carter Rowney continued his hot run since returning to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton line-up, as the Penguins took down the Hershey Bears, 5-3, at Giant Center on Wednesday night.

Rowney tallied the game-winning goal with 2:00 left in regulation – extending his goal streak to a career-best four games – as the Penguins improved to 29-8-3-0 on the season.

Hershey’s Nathan Walker capitalized on a defensive zone turnover by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to score the game’s first goal at 17:17 of the first period.

The second period was far more kind to the Penguins. Tom Sestito scored just 29 seconds into the middle frame, and later set up Teddy Blueger to give the Pens a 2-1 lead before the five-minute mark.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its lead to 3-1 on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Josh Archibald at 9:47 of the second period. Archibald’s shorty was his second of the season and the Penguins’ fourth in the 2016-17 season.

The Bears came out in the third period desperate to tie the game, and did just that with goals from Paul Carey and Darren Dietz at 6:16 and 10:38, respectively.

With the score knotted in the second half of the third, both teams traded scoring chances until Rowney banged in a rebound with exactly two minutes remaining in regulation. Sestito was credited with an assist on Rowney’s tally, giving him his third point of the night (1G-2A). It was Sestito’s second three-point game of the season, both coming against the Bears.

Garrett Wilson sealed the victory for the Penguins with an empty net goal one minute and 23 seconds later.

Tristan Jarry finished the night with 28 saves for his league-leading 17th win. Joe Cannata turned aside 20 shots in defeat.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 20, when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent is Hershey. Less than 900 tickets remain for Saturday night’s contest against the Bears.

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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/17/17

 

Penguins start the New Year with seven-game win streak

First-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (28-8-3-0) prepares for division opponents

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 11 – PENGUINS 2 at Toronto 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner from Tom Sestito with 3:10 left. It was the Pens’ first regulation win at Toronto since Jan. 26, 2013.

 

Friday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS 3 at Rochester 2
The Penguins cashed in twice on the power play en route to beating the Amerks. Carter Rowney returned to the Pens’ line-up for the first time in 18 games and had a goal and an assist.

 

Saturday, Jan. 14 – PENGUINS 3 at Syracuse 1
Tying a season-high, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it seven wins in a row with its victory over Syracuse. Rowney scored for the second-straight game, and Tom Kostopoulos earned his 300th career assist in the AHL.

 

Monday, Jan. 16– PENGUINS 1 at Syracuse 4
Rowney found the back of the net for the third game in a row, but the Penguins saw their streak come to an end.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Hershey for the seventh time this season. At Giant Center, the Pens are 3-1-0-0 this season and have put up three come-from-behind, overtime victories.

 

Friday, Jan. 20 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The top two squads in the Atlantic Division face-off for just the second time this season. The Pens are 9-2-1-1 all-time at PPL Center, but the Phantoms won their last meeting, 4-1.

 

Saturday, Jan. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Penguins return home for the first time in seven games, and they take on the Bears for the second time of the week. Less than 900 tickets remain for this clash between bitter rivals.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ seven-game winning streak was their second of the 2016-17 season.

– Dating back to before his injury, Carter Rowney has seven points (5G-2A) in his last seven games.

– Tristan Jarry is in a three-way tie for the most wins in the league with 16.

– Rowney’s current three-game goal-scoring streak is the third of his career. He has never scored in four-straight games before at any point in his pro career.

– Of Dominik Simon’s five goals this season, four have been game-winners.

– Tom Kostopoulos is six points away from reaching 500 career AHL points.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 39 28 8 3 0 59 .756
2. Lehigh Valley 37 25 10 2 0 52 .703
3. Providence 39 22 10 4 3 51 .654
4. Hershey 38 19 10 7 2 47 .618
5. Bridgeport 36 19 15 1 1 40 .556
6. Springfield 37 15 15 5 2 37 .500
7. Hartford 39 14 21 3 1 32 .410

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Oskar Sundqvist 37 14 18 32
David Warsofsky^ 24 7 21 28
Tom Kostopoulos 39 12 15 27
Garrett Wilson 39 9 14 23

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Tristan Jarry              23       16-6-1         2.13        0.921           1

Casey DeSmith*      15       11-2-2         2.36       0.910          0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                   OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 18       Hershey             Giant Center                      7:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 20          Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 21          Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu,  Jan. 12    (D)      Chad Ruhwedel                  Reassigned by PIT

Sun, Jan. 15     (D)      Brett Stern                                 Signed to PTO

Mon, Jan. 16   (LW)   Jake Guentzel                           Recalled by PIT

Mon, Jan. 16   (D)      Chad Ruhwedel                       Recalled by PIT

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON BEAT BY SYRACUSE, 4-1

 
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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ perfect record in the New Year came to an end on Monday afternoon as a result of a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena.

Despite outshooting the opposition 32-19, the Penguins (28-8-3-0) saw their win streak snapped at seven games. It was their second seven-game winning streak of the season.

Yanni Gourde opened the scoring after picking off a breakout attempt by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It was Syracuse’s first shot of game and made it 1-0 at 10:57 of the first period.

Daniel Walcott squeaked in a power play goal off a rebound at 14:54 of the first period making it 2-0 Crunch.

At the 6:42 mark of the second stanza, Syracuse extended their lead to 3-0 thanks to Slater Koekkoek’s first goal of the season.

Carter Rowney cleaned up the garbage beside the Crunch’s net and smacked in a rebound at 14:27 of the middle frame, cutting Syracuse’s lead to 3-1 and giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton life. The tally was Rowney’s third in three games since returning from injury on Friday night.

The Penguins proceeded to outshoot the Crunch 10-3 in the third period, desperate to find the goals necessary to keep their streak alive. However, their fate was sealed when Matthew Peca added an empty-net goal with 2:55 of the final period to make the score 4-1.

Tristan Jarry made 15 saves on 19 shots for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Syracuse’s Adam Wilcox made 31 saves on 32 shots faced.

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.

PENGUINS STAVE OFF CRUNCH FOR SEVENTH-STRAIGHT WIN

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tied their season-best winning streak by capturing their seventh win in a row as a result of a 3-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena.

The Penguins (28-7-3-0) went into the third period without any goals, but still emerged with the win thanks to contributions from their line of Carter Rowney, Dominik Simon and Jake Guentzel.

Syracuse defenseman Jake Dotchin jumped up from his usual position on the blue line and nabbed the game’s first goal at 15:34 of the opening frame.

The second period was a penalty-filled affair, with little time spent at five-on-five. The period began with two full minutes of four-on-four hockey, and the Penguins and Crunch followed that up by combining for 14 penalty minutes in the period.

However, with all the open ice and special team opportunities for both sides, the middle frame ended with no goals and the Crunch still clinging to their 1-0 lead.

Rowney tied it, 1-1, at 5:33 of the third period with his second goal in as many games since returning from injury. Three minutes later, the puck bounced around a web of legs in front of the Syracuse net and ended up sliding between the legs of goalie Kristers Gudļevskis. The goal was ultimately credited to Simon and put the Penguins on top, 2-1.

Another devolution saw Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse rack up 14 penalty minutes in a 24-second span. The sequence resulted in four players for both teams in their respective penalty boxes at the same time.

Despite all of the penalty time in the game, the Penguins and Crunch both went 0-for-6 on the man advantage in the game until Guentzel sealed the victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with an empty net, power play goal at 19:26 of the third.

Casey DeSmith posted 22 saves in net for the Penguins, while Gudļevskis stopped 20 of 22 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, when they face off once again with the Syracuse Crunch at 1:00 p.m. at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and their opponent will be the Hershey Bears.

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.

PENGUINS WIN SIXTH-STRAIGHT IN 3-2 DEFEAT OF AMERICANS

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their current win-streak to six games by beating the Rochester Americans, 3-2, at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on Friday night.

Two power play goals paced the Penguins (28-7-3-0) to victory, including a tally from Carter Rowney in his first game back from injury that kept him out 18 games.

Rochester got an early jump in the game, as Daniel Muzito-Bagenda nabbed a rebound goal for the Americans 4:37 into the first.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded minutes later with its first man advantage marker. Carter Rowney nabbed his seventh goal of the season on a pass from Tom Kostopoulos at 9:44 of the first. Kostopoulos then got a power play goal of his own 3:50 later as the result of tipping in a slap shot from Tim Erixon.

Rowney and Kostopoulos’ power play goals turned the tables on the home team, and quickly put the Penguins into a 2-1 lead.

While the second period yielded no additional score for either team, the Penguins penalty kill put in a stingy performance, killing off their third, fourth, and fifth penalties of the game.

The Americans evened the score at 5:38 of the third, as former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Cal O’Reilly broke the Penguins’ penalty kill streak and potted a power play goal for Rochester.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton sealed their eventual win when Stuart Percy grabbed the go-ahead goal at 13:16 in the third. The Penguins killed six of seven Rochester power plays for the win, and cashed in on two of their own four man-advantages.

Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry turned aside 27 shots in his 16th win of the season, tying him for the league lead. Amerks netminder John Muse stopped 21 of 24 shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 14, when they face off with the Syracuse Crunch at 7:00 p.m. at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and their opponent will be the Hershey Bears.

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.