PENGUINS SOAR PAST THUNDERBIRDS, 6-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a two-goal deficit, defeating the Springfield Thunderbirds, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-7-1-1) tallied five unanswered goals in the final two frames to earn its second win in a row. Rookies Daniel Sprong (2G-0A) and Zach Aston-Reese (0G-3A) led the offensive onslaught for the Penguins, and Patrick McGrath (1G-0A) scored the second AHL goal of his career and first on home ice.

Andrey Pedan put the home team on board first at 14:55 of the opening frame, but the Thunderbirds evened things up less than two minutes on a point shot by Maxime Fortunus. Springfield pulled ahead, 2-1, just 90 seconds later when Maxim Mamin used slick stickhandling in a tight space at Casey DeSmith’s netfront and lifted the puck over the goaltender.

The Thunderbirds’ lead increased to 3-1 at 8:43 of the middle frame when a strange bounce victimized DeSmith and the Penguins. Chase Balisy attempted a cross-slot pass that ricocheted off of a Penguins defenseman’s boot and then snuck through DeSmith.

Unfazed by the inopportune puck luck, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took over from there.

The Penguins’ run of five unanswered goals started with Greg McKegg scooped up a rebound floating around Samuel Montembeault for his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 12:50 of the second period. Less than three minutes later, Sprong scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season by ripping a blistering one-timer to tie the game, 3-3.

The Penguins regained the lead at 5:07 of the final period as Sprong notched his team-leading 14th goal of the year. Following a wonderful forecheck, Aston-Reese set-up Ryan Haggerty 8:24 into the third stanza for a tally that extended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead to 5-3.

McGrath, a Shavertown, Pennsylvania native, put the game away with an empty-netter with just 1:07 left in regulation, bringing the game to its final score of 6-3.

DeSmith turned aside 24 of the 27 shots he faced in his first game back with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after a two-week stint in Pittsburgh. Montembeault denied 30 of 35 for Springfield.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 15 when they trek up to Connecticut to take on the Hartford Wolf Pack. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

MURRAY ACTIVATED; DESMITH RETURNED


The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated goaltender Matt Murray from injured reserve and reassigned Casey DeSmith to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Murray, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, leads Pittsburgh with 11 wins in 21 games played this season. He has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury suffered on November 27 against Philadelphia.

DeSmith, 26, logged his first NHL action with Pittsburgh earlier this season. He made his NHL debut on October 29 in Winnipeg against the Jets.

The 6-foot-1, 181-pound DeSmith has compiled a 9-2-1 record, 2.29 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 12 AHL appearances this season.

DeSmith, a native of Rochester, New Hampshire, is in his third professional season. Thus far he has amassed an overall AHL regular-season record of 32-9-4 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts in 47 career games.

Last season, DeSmith was selected to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team after going 21-5-3 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 29 games. His goals-against average led the entire AHL.

 

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Dec. 13 against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/28/17

Penguins welcome uncommon foes for busy weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-4-0-1) still holds first place in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 22 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 2
Ryan Haggerty scored 31 seconds into the contest, marking the second game in a row that he gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game. The Phantoms struck twice before the Penguins rattled off three-straight goals to win. Haggerty, J.S. Dea and Zach Aston-Reese all had three-point nights.

Friday, Nov. 24 – PENGUINS 2 at Syracuse 5
The Pens saw their 12-game point streak end as the Crunch won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Dominik Simon scored for the visitors, continuing his career trend of registering at least one point in every trip to Syracuse (6GP; 3G-4A).

Saturday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 4
The Penguins clawed their way back for another near-comeback against the Crunch, only to fall short by one tally. Freddie Tiffels scored his first AHL goal while Adam Johnson posted the third multi-point game of his career (0G-2A).

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 1 – PENGUINS vs. Milwaukee
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts the Milwaukee Admirals for the first time since the 2004 Calder Cup Final. The Admirals have made the playoffs in 14 of their 16 AHL seasons, but are currently fourth in the Central Division and playing .500 hockey (5-5-0-0) over their last 10 games.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – PENGUINS vs. Rochester
The Penguins will see a lot of familiar faces come to town when the Americans visit Northeast PA for the first and only time this season. Rochester is led by former Pens assistant coach, Chris Taylor, and its roster is populated by five players who were in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

Sunday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-0-1 against Hershey this season and is 7-2-0-1 in its last 10 trips to Giant Center.

 

Ice Chips

– With an assist on Saturday, Dominik Simon took over the Penguins’ team lead in points (15). This is the first time Simon has held sole possession of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s points lead since Jan. 8, 2016 of his rookie season.

– Casey DeSmith started every game for the Penguins in the month of November (6-2-1).

– Zach Aston-Reese is tied for the best plus-minus rating among active AHL rookies (+10).

– Chris Summers played in his 400th AHL game on Saturday.

– Christian Thomas is three games away from his 300th career AHL games.

– Garrett Wilson is four points shy of his 200th point as a pro.

– Lukas Bengtsson is four points shy of his 100th point as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 17 12 4 0 1 25 .735
2. Lehigh Valley 20 12 6 0 2 26 .650
3. Providence 18 10 6 2 0 22 .611
4. Charlotte 19 11 7 1 0 23 .605
5. Bridgeport 21 12 8 0 1 25 .595
6. Hershey 21 9 9 0 3 21 .500
7. Hartford 21 7 11 2 1 17 .405
8. Springfield 22 8 13 1 0 17 .386

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Dominik Simon 14 3 12 15
Daniel Sprong* 17 9 5 14
Ryan Haggerty 10 9 4 13
Jean-Sébastien Dea 7 7 2 12
Kevin Czuczman 17 1 11 12

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 12 9-2-1 2.29 .924 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Dec. 1        Milwaukee      Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 2       Rochester        Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 3      Hershey           Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Nov. 22    (LW) Freddie Tiffels  Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Nov. 27    (G) Sean Maguire       Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Nov. 27    (G) Colin Stevens                    Released from PTO

Tue, Nov. 28      (G) Casey DeSmith                         Recalled by PIT

CASEY DESMITH RECALLED BY PITTSBURGH

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

DeSmith, 26, logged his first NHL action with the Penguins earlier this season. He made his NHL debut on October 29 in Winnipeg against the Jets.

Since returning to WBS earlier this month, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound DeSmith had assumed the top goaltending chores, compiling a 9-2-1 record, 2.29 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 12 AHL appearances. He helped backstop the WBS Penguins to the top record in the AHL at the time of his recall.

DeSmith, a native of Rochester, New Hampshire, is in his third professional season. Thus far he has amassed an overall AHL regular-season record of 32-9-4 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts in 47 career games.

Last season, DeSmith was selected to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team after going 21-5-3 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 29 games. His goals-against average led the entire AHL.

The WBS Penguins not only posted the best regular-season record in the AHL last year, but DeSmith and goaltending partner Tristan Jarry combined to record the lowest goals-against average in the league, earning the duo the Harry “Hap” Holmes Award.

DeSmith originally broke into the professional ranks with the Wheeling Nailers in 2015-16, and played the last two seasons on minor-league deals. He signed his first NHL contract on July 1, 2017.

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PENGUINS’ POINT STREAK ENDS IN LOSS AT SYRACUSE

 

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins nearly forged a late comeback against the Syracuse Crunch, but ultimately fell, 5-2, at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena on Friday night.

Colin Smith put forth a goal and an assist for the Penguins, but it wasn’t enough as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-3-0-1) saw its league-best point streak come to an end at 12 games.

Alexander Volkov scored less than two minutes into the game, granting the Crunch an early lead.

Three seconds ticked off the clock on the Crunch’s first power play of the game when Jamie McBain blasted a slap shot into the back of the Penguins’ net. Fifty-seven seconds later, another McBain shot led to a Syracuse goal with Kevin Lynch getting the redirect in front.

With two man advantage opportunities late in the opening frame, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hit the post three different times, but couldn’t get any pucks to cross the goal line. Therefore, Syracuse took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

Smith got the Penguins on the board with a power play goal midway through the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled within one when Smith set up Dominik Simon on a two-on-two rush at the 13-minute mark of the third frame.

Trailing by a goal late in the third period, Syracuse’s Ben Thomas was booked for a boarding penalty that earned him a game misconduct and afforded the Penguins a five minute major power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was unable to convert on the lengthy man advantage and saw Syracuse pot two empty netters in the final two minutes of play. Carter Verhaeghe and Michaël Bournival’s empty net goals brought the game to its final score of 5-2.

Casey DeSmith made 25 saves manning the pipes for the Penguins and was handed his first loss in regulation this season (9-1-1). Louis Domingue posted 23 stops for the win.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 25, the second half of a home-and-home set with Syracuse. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th 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.

HAGGERTY, DEA, ASTON-REESE POWER PENGUINS TO 4-2 WIN

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ line of Ryan Haggerty, Jean-Sébastien Dea and Zach Aston-Reese put forth a dominant performance to take down the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night.

Haggerty, Dea and Aston-Reese all racked up three-point nights as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-2-0-1) extended their league-best point streak to 12 games.

The Penguins wasted little time getting on the board when Haggerty scored just 31 seconds into game. This was the second game in a row that Haggerty found the back of the net in the first minute of play.

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Corbin Knight evened things up for the Phantoms at 5:29 of the opening frame, taking a pretty cross-crease feed from Alex Krushelnyski and lifting the puck over a diving Casey DeSmith. Less

than two minutes later, Lehigh Valley took a 2-1 lead when Greg Carey gathered a rebound and sneak it across the goal line.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied things up again as Haggerty and Dea connected on a two-on-one rush at 6:57 of the middle stanza. Haggerty soared out of the Penguins’ defensive zone with the puck, gained access into the Phantoms’ zone and fed the puck to Dea, who then beat a sprawling Alex Lyon.

The Penguins gained a 3-2 lead at 15:54 of the second period with Colin Smith fired a wrist shot between Lyon’s legs for his second goal of the season.

DeSmith and the Penguins held off the Phantoms throughout the third period, and in the very last moments of the third period, Haggerty battled through the Lehigh Valley defenders guarding an empty net and record his second goal of the night. The empty netter not only sealed the 4-2 victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but also tied him for the team lead with nine goals this season.

Haggerty completed the contest with two goals and one assist, while Dea had one tally and two helpers, and Aston-Reese notched three assists throughout the game.

DeSmith turned aside 31 of the 33 shots he faced to remain unbeaten in regulation through his first 10 starts this season (9-0-1). Lyon stopped 34 shots in the loss for Lehigh Valley.

The Penguins’ next game takes place on Friday, Nov. 24 when the team travels to upstate New York for the first half of a home-and-home set against the Syracuse Crunch. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returns to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to face Syracuse on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/21/17

Penguins carry 11-game point streak into Thanksgiving week

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11-2-0-1) will host division rival Lehigh Valley before back to back against Syracuse

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 17 – PENGUINS 4 at Binghamton 3
In the first-ever meeting between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Binghamton Devils, the Penguins came out on top, 4-3. Ryan Haggerty scored 12 seconds into the game and Thomas Di Pauli later tallied a goal for the fourth straight game. Binghamton’s power play accounted for all of its scoring, but a stellar, 31-save showing by Casey DeSmith otherwise held the Devils at bay.

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 22 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Much like most of last season, lurking behind the first place Penguins in the Atlantic Division are the second place Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holds the advantage in the season series thus far, at 2-1-0-0. Lehigh Valley suffered a 3-0 shutout loss in its last visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Daniel Sprong has registered a point in all three meetings with the Phantoms so far this season (2G-1A).

Friday, Nov. 24 – PENGUINS at Syracuse
The first game of a home-and-home weekend between the Penguins and Crunch begins when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton treks to Oncenter War Memorial Arena for the first time this season. The last matchup against Syracuse resulted in a decisive 6-1 win for the Penguins at home in which six different Pens found the back of the net. Dominik Simon has recorded at least one point in each of his visits to Syracuse in his career (5GP; 2G-4A).

Saturday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
The Penguins return home to host the second game of the back-to-back set against the Crunch. Daniel Sprong recorded a three-point night (1G-2A) the last time Syracuse came to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, and the Pens are undefeated in their last four games at home against the Crunch.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong tops all AHL rookies in goals (9), power play goals (5) and shots (50).

– A rookie has scored in all but one of the Penguins’ 14 games this season, the lone exception coming on Oct. 27 vs. Hershey.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has gone eight periods without allowing a goal at even strength.

– Casey DeSmith is one of only two qualified goalies in the league who remains undefeated in regulation (8-0-1).

– Chris Summers is three games away from his 400th AHL game.

– Lukas Bengtsson is four points shy of his 100th point as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 14 11 2 0 1 23 .821
2. Lehigh Valley 17 10 5 0 2 22 .647
3. Providence 15 8 5 2 0 18 .600
4. Charlotte 17 10 7 0 0 20 .588
5. Bridgeport 16 9 7 0 0 18 .563
6. Hershey 18 8 8 0 2 18 .500
7. Hartford 18 7 8 2 1 17 .472
8. Springfield 19 6 12 1 0 13 .342

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 14 9 5 14
Dominik Simon 14 2 10 12
Kevin Czuczman 14 1 9 10
Ryan Haggerty 7 7 2 9
Thomas Di Pauli* 13 7 2 9
Jean-Sébastien Dea 14 4 5 9

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 9 8-0-1 2.06 .933 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                  OPPONENT     LOCATION                              TIME    

Wed, Nov. 22    Lehigh Valley   Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 24        Syracuse           Onondaga County Arena      7:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 25       Syracuse           Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Nov. 20     (D)   Frank Corrado                 Reassigned by PIT

PENGUINS DOWN DEVILS IN BINGHAMTON, 4-3

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their point streak to 11 games with a 4-3 victory over the Binghamton Devils on Friday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11-2-0-1) allowed three power play goals to Binghamton, but hung onto the victory thanks in large part to a 31-save performance by goalie Casey DeSmith.

The Penguins wasted little time finding the back of the net, as Ryan Haggerty tallied his seventh goal of the season just 12 seconds into the game.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued to doggedly pursue the Binghamton defense and force a bevy of turnovers throughout the opening frame, but a mid-period power play afforded the Devils the chance to pull even. Brandon Gignac took full advantage of that opportunity, scooping up his own rebound and lifting it underneath the crossbar.

Thomas Di Pauli put the Penguins back on top, 2-1, scoring with 17.2 seconds remaining in the first period.

Binghamton tied the game once again with a man advantage marker at 17:43 of the middle stanza. A shot fired by Joseph Blandisi redirected off of Bracken Kearns at the front of the net and trickled across the goal line.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton popped on top once again with a one-timer snipe by Adam Johnson at 9:55 of the third period. Christian Thomas scored on a breakaway a little over two minutes later, granting the Penguins a 4-2 lead.

Jacob MacDonald rallied the Devils to another power play goal, cutting the deficit down to one. However, DeSmith slammed the door shut on Binghamton’s comeback bid and improved his personal record to 8-0-1 on the season.

Ken Appleby recorded 14 saves while manning the crease for the Devils.

The Penguins’ next game takes place on Wednesday, November 22 when the team returns home for a Thanksgiving eve contest with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th 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 STRETCH POINT STREAK TO 10 GAMES WITH WIN OVER BEARS

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their point streak to 10 games (9-0-0-1) with a 5-1 win over the Hershey Bears on Sunday evening at the Giant Center.

The Penguins (10-2-0-1, 21 points, first place in Atlantic Division) saw 10 different players pick up points, as they downed the Bears (6-7-0-2, 14 points, fifth place in Atlantic Division) for the second time in three tries this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s impressive offensive performance came despite the team mustering just 13 shots on the afternoon, its lowest total on the season.

Jarred Tinordi opened the scoring for the visitors, potting his second goal in as many games just 2:39 into the first period.

Zach Aston-Reese extended the lead to 2-0 five minutes later, tucking a puck between the pads of Vítek Vaněček during the Penguins first power play of the afternoon.



The 2-0 advantage lasted until the 11:58 mark of the second frame, when Dustin Gazley capitalized on a strange bounce to beat Casey DeSmith for his first goal of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Penguins answered back quickly, with Thomas Di Pauli picking the upper right corner 58 seconds after Gazley’s goal to make it a 3-1 game.  And Daniel Sprong followed suit exactly one minute later, notching his team-leading ninth goal of the season from a seemingly impossible angle to make it 4-1.



Colin Smith iced the game with an empty net goal – his first tally in a Penguins uniform – with 3:07 to play in regulation.

DeSmith made 31 saves, upping his record to 7-0-1 on the season, while Vaněček stopped just eight attempts in his season debut.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has now won three straight games after dropping a shootout decision to the Bears on November 5, and has picked up 19 of a possible 20 points in its past 10 games.

The Penguins next game takes place on Friday, November 17 when they travel to face the Binghamton Devils at 7:05 p.m.  The team returns him for a Thanksgiving eve contest with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday, November 22.

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

Season ticket packages for the 19th 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.

NOTES:  Thomas Di Pauli now has goals in three consecutive games…Daniel Sprong’s nine goals are tops among AHL rookies, and his 14 points are second among first-year players…Jarred Tinordi has three points (2+1) in four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season…Pat McGrath made his season debut in the contest…Zach Trotman and two assists in the contest.

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PENGUINS EDGED BY BEARS IN SHOOTOUT, 3-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – In this season’s second chapter of the I-81 Rivalry, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell to the Hershey Bears in a shootout, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7-2-0-1) saw its six-game winning streak come to an end, but the team was still able to secure a point in the standings and remain tied for first place in the Atlantic Division.

The Penguins got the scoring started just 1:18 into the game when Daniel Sprong tallied his team-leading eighth goal of the season with a backdoor deflection on a shot-pass by Kevin Czuczman.

Hershey evened things up as Wayne Simpson fired a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net past Casey DeSmith with 2:09 left in the opening frame.

The Bears used a power play goal to take a 2-1 lead at 9:26 in the middle frame. Travis Boyd fought off the outstretched stick of a Penguins penalty killer and released a wrist shot into the back of the net.

Zach Aston-Reese pulled the Penguins back even with the Bears with his first goal of the season. Colin Smith, playing in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, pried a puck loose from a battle behind the Bears’ net and Aston-Reese pulled off the slam sunk wrap-around at 11:39 of the third period.

Three periods wasn’t enough in this rivalry game, and the teams headed to 3-on-3 overtime.

DeSmith stood tall in the overtime, stopping all five shots he faced in the extra frame and went post-to-post to absolutely rob Hershey’s Chris Bourque of a game-winning goal.

Simpson notched the lone goal of the shootout, giving the Bears the win.

DeSmith turned aside 29 of the 31 shots and allowed one shootout goal on two attempts. Copley stopped 25 shots in regulation and overtime and denied all three Penguins’ bids during the shootout.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Nov. 8, when it takes on the North Division-leading Toronto Marlies at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Marlies is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th 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.