PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/22/16

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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.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

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

 

TEAM LEADERS

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

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

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.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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

PENGUINS COMPLETE COMEBACK FOR OVERTIME WIN IN HERSHEY

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BOXSCORE

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – Giant Center is known around the American Hockey League as one of the toughest places for road teams to win. On Saturday night, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ignored reputation and posted a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory over the Hershey Bears.

Down by two goals in the third period, the Penguins (12-3-1-0) rallied behind a three-point performance by Jake Guentzel and overtime game-winner from Carter Rowney.

Hershey struck first when Travis Boyd took the puck behind the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net and then threw a pass around his own body back in the direction he came from. The dish ended up right on the tape of Jakub Vrána, who converted the close-range chance for his ninth goal of the season at 12:49 of the first period.

After Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli shuffled his offensive lines going into the second period, a reunited unit of Guentzel, Rowney and Tom Kostopoulos cashed in on their first shift together of the game. Kostopoulos fed Guentzel on a three-on-one rush and the rookie forward put it home 5:01 into the middle frame, tying the contest at one goal apiece.

The Bears answered back with a goal from Liam O’Brien at 12:02 of the second period, re-establishing a one-goal lead for Hershey.

Oskar Sundqvist was awarded a penalty shot with under 30 seconds to go in the second period, but for the first time in three attempts this season, the Penguins did not convert, and the score remained 2-1 in the Bears’ favor.

Early in the third, Christian Thomas tipped a puck past Tristan Jarry just as a power play expired, increasing the home team’s lead to 3-1.

The Penguins’ third line gave them life when a hard forecheck resulted in Garrett Wilson chopping a puck out of mid-air and through the five-hole of Bears goalie Joe Cannata at 6:24 of the third period. Wilson’s tally brought the score to 3-2.

Following a series of oh-so close chances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Donatelli pulled Jarry in favor of an extra attacker late in third period in hopes of finding a tying goal. The plan worked to perfection as Kostopoulos, set up by Sundqvist and Guentzel, popped in a rebound with 1:04 remaining in regulation, knotting things up, 3-3.

Two minutes and one second into overtime, Rowney bullied his way around the Bears defense after accepting a pass from Guentzel and muscled the puck underneath Cannata. Rowney’s gritty goal completed the comeback victory and gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its second overtime victory of the season against Hershey.

Jarry ended up making 25 saves on 28 shots faced in the win. Cannata also recorded 25 stops.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Nov. 23, when they once again travel to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Nov. 26, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Individual game tickets for next Saturday 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.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/8/16

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Penguins hold first place in the AHL after perfect three-in-three weekend

 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (8-1-1-0) has points in eight-straight games

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 4 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 1

The Penguins started slowly, but ultimately scored four unanswered against the Senators to win their first of six season meetings. Tom Kostopoulos recorded an assist and a goal to reach his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS 7 at Bridgeport 1

The Penguins scored in the first two minutes of all three periods and stunned the Sound Tigers, 7-1. Jake Guentzel racked up four points (2G-2A) for the second time this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton allowed one goal in regulation for the eighth-straight game.

Sunday, Nov. 6 – PENGUINS 5 at Providence 4  (SO)

It wouldn’t be a Pens vs. Bruins game without overtime, and this game needed even more to find a winner. Tristan Jarry made 38 saves in regulation and overtime, then four more in the shootout, before Garrett Wilson won it for the Pens.

The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Toronto

The Toronto Marlies visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first and only time this season, and it comes at a time when they and the Pens hold the top two spots in the AHL.

Saturday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Providence scored more against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton than any other team has this season, but still couldn’t prevent a Penguins victory in their last meeting. Including playoffs, the past four games between the two clubs have gone to OT.

Sunday, Nov. 13 – PENGUINS at Hartford

In the season opener, the Pens downed the Wolf Pack, 6-2. Today, Hartford sits in last place of the Atlantic Division and has surrendered more goals than any other AHL team (44).

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ 15 goals against is the lowest total in the league and tied for the second-fewest goals allowed through the first 10 games of a season this decade.

– The Penguins hold the league’s top penalty kill at 92.7%.

– Jake Guentzel leads all AHL rookies with 12 points (5G-7A).

– Casey DeSmith’s .962 save percentage ranks first among AHL rookie goaltenders and second in the league overall.

– With tallies in four-straight games, Tom Kostopoulos is enjoying the third-longest goal streak of his 18-year career.

– Carter Rowney and Garrett Wilson both earned their 100th career AHL points on Sunday at Providence.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          10        8          1           1          0          17           .850

2. Hershey                10       6          2           2          0         14           .700

3. Lehigh Valley         9       5          3           1          0          11            .611

4. Bridgeport           10        6          4          0          0         12          .600

5. Springfield          10        5          4           1          0          11           .550

6. Providence          11        3          5           2          1            9            .409

7. Hartford              10        3          6           1          0            7           .350

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*           10         5          7         12

Carter Rowney           10         3          6          9

Kevin Porter                 9          2          3          8

Oskar Sundqvist          9          4          3          7

Tom Kostopoulos       10         4          3          7

Chad Ruhwedel^        10         2          5          7

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      3        3-0-0        1.00        0.962          0

Tristan Jarry                7         5-1-1         1.69         0.936          0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Nov. 11        Toronto               Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 12      Providence          Mohegan Sun Arena      7:00 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 13     Hartford              XL Center                          5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Nov. 7    DEL     (RW) Adam Krause             Assigned to WHL

Mon, Nov. 7    ADD   (D) David Warsofsky         Reassigned by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      ADD   (RW) Tom Sestito                  Assigned by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      DEL     (D) Steve Oleksy                    Recalled by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      DEL     (D) Chad Ruhwedel               Recalled by PIT

GUENTZEL, ROWNEY ASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE

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

Both players had suited up for each of Pittsburgh’s first five preseason games, with Rowney tying for the team lead with two goals.

Rowney finished second among Wilkes-Barre/Scranton skaters with 24 goals and 56 points last season.  He has posted 91 points (36+55) in 161 career games with the Penguins over parts of three seasons.

Pittsburgh’s third round draft pick in 2013, Guentzel joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after finishing his junior year at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and posted six points (2+4) in 11 regular season games.  He went on to lead the Penguins with 14 points (5+9) in 10 Calder Cup playoff games.

The Penguins are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza when they take on the Hershey Bears. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 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.

PENGUINS vs RED WINGS TONIGHT

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Carter Rowney is looking to land a spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins opening night roster.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in preseason action tonight when they face off with the Detroit Red Wings at 7:00pm, and we expect Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to be represented, both on the ice and in the stands.

On the ice, Carter Rowney and Jake Guentzel are both once again in the lineup, looking to crack the Penguins’ opening night roster.  Other players with NEPA connections suiting up for the NHL club tonight are goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Tristan Jarry; defensemen Olli Maatta, David Warsofsky, Brian Dumoulin, Derrick Pouliot and Kris Letang; and forwards Scott Wilson, Tom Kuhnhackl and Conor Sheary.

Several hundred Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season ticket holders will be on hand for the game as well.  Tickets for the contest are one of the perks that season ticket members received this year.

Fans not in Pittsburgh can listen to tonight’s game via the Penguins mobile app, online at 105.9 the X, or can watch it on the NHL Network.  The Penguins roster for tonight’s game (subject to change):

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
35 Tristan Jarry

Defensemen
3 Olli Maatta
4 Justin Schultz
5 David Warsofsky
8 Brian Dumoulin
51 Derrick Pouliot
58 Kris Letang

Forwards
7 Matt Cullen
13 Nick Bonino
14 Chris Kunitz
16 Eric Fehr
23 Scott Wilson
34 Tom Kuhnhackl
37 Carter Rowney
43 Conor Sheary
59 Jake Guentzel
71 Evgeni Malkin
72 Patric Hornqvist
81 Phil Kessel

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

PITTSBURGH vs COLUMBUS IN PRESEASON ACTION

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Ohio to face off with the Columbus Blue Jackets in preseason action on Sunday at 4:00pm.  And once again, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans will see some names they know in the lineup.

Jake Guentzel, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Carter Rowney are all in the lineup once again, as each has been for the team’s first three preseason affairs.  One new insertion is forward Adam Krause, who appeared in 15 regular season games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, posting four points (1+3) and 10 penalty minutes.  His first AHL goal came in spectacular fashion, scoring shorthanded against the Hershey Bears on March 20th of last season.

Fans can listen to today’s game via the Penguins mobile app, online at 105.9 the X, or can watch it on the NHL Network.  The Penguins roster for today’s game (subject to change):

Goaltenders
35 Tristan Jarry
36 Leland Irving

Defensemen
2 Chad Ruhwedel
4 Justin Schultz
10 Stuart Percy
24 Cameron Gaunce
42 Ethan Prow
51 Derrick Pouliot
61 Steve Oleksy

Forwards
11 Kevin Porter
13 Nick Bonino
19 Garrett Wilson
23 Scott Wilson
25 Tom Sestito
34 Tom Kuhnhackl
37 Carter Rowney
39 Jean-Sebastien Dea
45 Josh Archibald
49 Dominik Simon
59 Jake Guentzel
60 Adam Krause

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-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.