FINAL NIGHT BRINGS ADDITIONAL AWARDS TO PENGUINS

Well, the 2016-17 regular season has come to a close, but before we move on to our first round playoff matchup with the Providence Bruins, let’s take a quick look back at some of the big moments from the final night (and immediately after) of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 18th campaign in the American Hockey League.


FANTASTIC FINAL NIGHT

The Penguins entered Saturday’s action with 105 points in 75 games, good for a .700 points percentage, and trailing the San Jose Barracuda by .0015 percentage points for the top spot in the AHL standings.  A loss of any kind by the Pens or a win by the Barracuda would give the coveted MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy to the team from the west coast.

And when Carter Verhaeghe picked up his second goal of the night to give the Bridgeport Sound Tigers a 4-2 lead over the Penguins with 6:40 into the third period, it look like Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would be relegated to the number two spot in the league table.

The league title probably wasn’t on Adam Krause’s mind as the puck dropped after that goal.  He was undoubtedly more focused on helping the Pens snap a two-game losing streak.

And he did just that – almost singlehandedly.

Just 91 seconds after the Sound Tigers took a two-goal lead, Krause got a stick on a loose puck and bounced it back to Jarrett Burton, who pumped home his seventh goal of the season from the top of the crease.

Krause was far from done though, as he gathered up a loose puck in the neutral zone, then rocketed by Devon Toews before stuffing a shot behind Eamon McAdam at 9:27 to tie the score.

Then, with the Pens killing a late penalty, Ryan Haggerty hit Krause with a breakout pass, and the second year pro beat McAdam low on the glove side for what turned out to be a shorthanded, game-winning goal.

That win moved the Pens to 107 points and a .704 points percentage at the season’s end, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a slight and at least temporary edge in the race for the AHL regular season title.

But it would be two more hours until a champion was crowned.

The Bakersfield Condors had little to play for on Saturday as they hosted the Barracuda, having been eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the week.  The Barracuda entered the game with a 24-point advantage on the Edmonton Oilers farm club.

What figured to be a lopsided outcome for the Pacific Division leaders turned into a back-and-forth contest, with San Jose’s Buddy Robinson and Nick DeSimone sandwiching goals around a pair of Josh Currie scores for the Condors.

Picking up the extra point in overtime would give the Barracuda a .001 advantage over the Penguins in the league standings, and guaranteed home ice throughout the Calder Cup Playoffs.

But Currie beat Troy Grosenick – the third-ranked goaltender in the league – for the third time on the night just 1:25 into the extra frame, giving the Condors the win and the Penguins the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the second time in the team’s history.


‘HAP’PY GOALTENDERS

Penguins netminders Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith combined to capture the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes award, given to the goaltender or goaltenders who have played at least 25 games on the team which allows the fewest goals per game in the regular season.

The Pens allowed just 2.24 goals per game this season, which was .23 goals per game better than the second place Providence Bruins.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has dominated the award in recent years, with team goalies capturing the trophy five times in the past seven seasons and six times overall:

2016-17     Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith

2014-15     Matt Murray and Jeff Zatkoff

2013-14     Jeff Deslauriers and Eric Hartzell

2012-13     Brad Thiessen and Jeff Zatkoff

2010-11     Brad Thiessen and John Curry

2005-06   Dany Sabourin

Additionally, DeSmith finished the season with the lowest goals against average among qualified AHL goaltenders (minimum 1,440 minutes played) in the league at 2.01.  DeSmith entered the final day of the season trailing Providence’s Zane McIntyre by .02 goals per game, but the Bruins backstopper allowed three goals to the Hershey Bears on Saturday night and saw his GAA go from 1.99 to 2.03 on the season.


NOTES

Goaltender Sean Maguire recorded his first AHL victory with a 22 save performance on Saturday against the Sound Tigers.  Two other players – Kevin Schulze and Dylan Zink – made their AHL debuts in the contest.

The Penguins finished the season with a 51-20-2-3 record, good for 107 points.  The 51 wins ties the second-most in a single season in team history (58 in 2010-11; 51 in 2005-06 and 2006-07).  However the 51 victories is the most by the team since the AHL went from an 80-game to a 76-game schedule in 2011-12.  The team’s previous high for wins in a 76-game season was 45, established in the 2014-15 campaign.

The Pens’ .704 points percentage is the third-highest total in team history, behind only the 2010-11 (117 points, .73125 points percentage) and the 2005-06 (113 points, .7125 points percentage) seasons.

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

PENGUINS’ TRISTAN JARRY AND CASEY DESMITH WIN HARRY “HAP” HOLMES AWARD

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League announced today that Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are the recipients of the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for the 2016-17 season.

Since 1972, the award has been presented to the goaltender(s) with at least 25 games played on the team which allows the fewest goals per game in the regular season.

The Penguins allowed an average of 2.24 goals per game in 2016-17 and captured the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s overall regular-season champions with a record of 51-20-3-2 (107 points, .704). Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished with the fewest goals against in the AHL for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.

Jarry, a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013, went 28-15-2 in 45 appearances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2016-17. The 21-year-old native of Delta, B.C., ranked third in the league in victories, fourth with a 2.15 goals-against average and sixth with a .925 save percentage. Jarry also participated in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic and made his National Hockey League debut with Pittsburgh on Apr. 9.

DeSmith, who last week was named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie Team, went 21-5-3 in 29 games with the Penguins and posted a league-best 2.01 goals-against average while ranking second with a .926 save percentage. The 25-year-old from Rochester, N.H., signed as a free agent with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on July 5, 2016, after helping the club reach the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs on a tryout contract last spring.

The Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award, which was first awarded in 1948 to the goaltender with the best goals-against average in the AHL, is named for Hockey Hall of Famer Harry “Hap” Holmes, a prominent figure in early professional hockey and an outstanding goaltender of his time. Previous Penguins to win the award are Brad Thiessen (2011, 2013), John Curry (2011), Jeff Zatkoff (2013, 2015), Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (2014), Eric Hartzell (2014), Jeff Zatkoff (2105) and Matt Murray (2015).

The Penguins are preparing for the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, where they’ll take on the Providence Bruins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kicks off its postseason schedule next Friday, Apr. 21, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will return for its first home game of the playoffs on Thursday, Apr. 27.

Individual game tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home playoff games go on sale this coming Monday, Apr. 17 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, or by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

Penguins postseason ticket packages, which include tickets to every home contest during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are on sale now.  With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every home game in the playoffs, as well as their same seat guaranteed. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every home game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS LOSE TO BEARS, 2-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa – In their final meeting of a 12-game season series, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell, 2-1, to the Hershey Bears on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Casey DeSmith made 19 saves while manning the crease for the Penguins (50-20-3-2) and was handed his first regulation loss since Feb. 18.

After a quiet first period, Hershey broke the scoreless tie at 3:31 of the middle frame with a tally from Jakub Vrána. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded to the go-ahead goal with mounds of pressure, outshooting Hershey in the period by a 12-6 margin at one point. However, the Penguins still went into the second intermission facing a 1-0 deficit.

Tim Erixon scored a power play goal on the Penguins’ lone man advantage opportunity of the contest to tie the game. Erixon took a one-timer on a swift pass from Teddy Blueger, and his rocket snuck through Pheonix Copley’s pads at 10:33 of the third period.

The Bears came roaring back and jumped back on top just 27 seconds later when defenseman Christian Djoos wristed a shot past DeSmith for his 13th goal of the year.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got DeSmith to the bench in exchange for an extra attacker with 90 seconds left in regulation, but couldn’t solve Copley again. The Hershey netminder turned away 22 shots on the night for the win.

The Penguins’ special teams were perfect on limited opportunities, as their power play went one-for-one, and the penalty kill snuffed a pair of Bears opportunities.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton completes its regular season tomorrow night, Saturday, Apr. 15, when the Penguins host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Saturday’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS FALL IN SHOOTOUT TO PHANTOMS, 2-1

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The first-place Penguins (50-19-3-2) traversed two scoreless periods before picking up a point in the finale of a 12-game season series with the Phantoms.

The opening frame kicked off with flair when Garrett Wilson and Samuel Morin dropped the gloves just 38 seconds into the contest. That energy from that fight sustained the two teams through the first period, but neither squad could muster a goal before the first intermission. Similarly, the second period drew to a close with the Penguins and Phantoms tied, 0-0.

After 45 minutes of game time, the Penguins were finally able to get one past Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon. Teddy Blueger’s shot bounced off Lyon right to Dominik Simon, who buried it 5:10 into the third period of play for his 15th goal of the season.

The Phantoms answered back with a strike from Taylor Leier at 13:11 of the third. Not only did Leier’s tally tie the game, 1-1, it was the first goal Lehigh Valley scored against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 268:49, dating back to Mar. 18.

The game went to a shootout after a physical three-on-three overtime. Corban Knight scored the shootout’s lone goal and clinched the Phantoms a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

DeSmith stopped 33 shots in the loss for the Penguins. Lyon also turned away 33 shots in the win for the Phantoms after taking over for Anthony Stolarz, who was ushered off the ice just 1:32 into the first period. Stolarz recorded one save on one shot faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Apr. 14, when they face-off against the Hershey Bears at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears 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 at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 4/11/17

 

Penguins have division, conference wrapped up for regular season

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (50-19-3-1) captures fourth division title by sweeping three-in-three weekend

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 0
The Penguins blanked the Phantoms for the third-straight game with Tristan Jarry’s 21-save performance. Oskar Sundqvist put up three points (2G-1A) as the Penguins took a 7-4-0-0 advantage in the season series.

 

Saturday, Apr. 8 – PENGUINS 2 at Hartford 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton completed the season sweep of Hartford by securing its eighth win in the eighth and final meeting of the season. Shavertown native Patrick McGrath registered his first AHL goal.

 

Sunday, Apr. 9 – PENGUINS 2 at Providence 1
Cody Wydo and Jarrett Burton both recorded first period goals, giving the Penguins enough cushion to defeat the Bruins and lock up the top seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Wydo’s opening tally was his first AHL goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Apr. 12 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The closing chapter of the Penguins’ 12-game season series with Lehigh Valley kicks off Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s three-game homestand. The Penguins have not allowed a goal to the Phantoms in 215:38 of game time.

 

Friday, Apr. 14 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Bears will come into the last Eyewitness News Fan Friday desperately clinging to their playoff hopes. Since being acquired by Hershey at the NHL trade deadline, goalie Pheonix Copley is 10-5-0 and has a .929 save percentage.

 

Saturday, Apr. 15 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
It’s Fan Appreciation Night for the final game of the 2016-17 campaign. Much like the Bears, the Sound Tigers are scratching and clawing for playoff contention.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is headed to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 15th year in a row, the AHL’s active record.

– The Penguins outscored the Wolf Pack 40-14 over the course of their eight-game season sweep.

– Saturday was the first game Tom Kostopoulos did not dress for this season. The Penguins captain had not missed a game since Dec. 6, 2015, a streak of 136 games including playoffs.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (87.3%) and the top team save percentage (.922).

– The Penguins are the only team in the league with more than one goalie ranked in the top 10 in both save percentage and goals against average.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS – y 73 50 19 3 1 104 .712
2. Lehigh Valley 73 45 23 5 0 95 .651
3. Providence 73 43 21 5 4 95 .651
4. Hershey 74 41 22 8 3 93 .628
5. Bridgeport 74 44 26 3 1 92 .622
6. Springfield 73 29 33 9 2 69 .473
7. Hartford 73 24 43 4 2 54 .370

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 72 24 30 54
David Warsofsky 56 16 31 47
Kevin Porter 67 11 35 46
Oskar Sundqvist 60 20 25 45
Dominik Simon 67 14 31 45

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith* 27 21-4-2 2.05 .925 1
Tristan Jarry^ 45 28-15-2 2.15 .925 3

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                              TIME    

Fri, Apr. 12         Lehigh Valley    Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sat, Apr. 14       Hershey             Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Apr. 15      Bridgeport         Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Niclas Almari                        Signed to ATO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Connor Hall                          Signed to ATO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Kevin Schulze                       Signed to PTO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Ryan Segalla                Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS MYSTERY JERSEY BAGS ARE BACK

Our Mystery Jersey sale benefits the Penguins GOALS Foundation

Fans will have the chance to get their hands on some very unique Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys when the Penguins GOALS Foundation hosts its second annual MYSTERY JERSEY SALE this Saturday, April 15, during the team’s regular season finale.

We’ve grabbed 90 classic, authentic Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys (five different designs – not game-worn) and had them customized with some of your favorite Pens’ players numbers and names.  Then we had 75 of them signed by the players, packed all 90 in Penguins duffle bags, and stuffed those bags to the gills with goodies including hats, tee-shirts, pucks, cards and more!

The 75 signed jerseys – which include sweaters featuring Tom Kostopoulos, Jake Guentzel, Tristan Jarry, Patrick McGrath, Carter Rowney, Casey DeSmith, Tom Sestito, Oskar Sundqvist and Derrick Pouliot – will be available exclusively for purchase at the Pens game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday.  Fans won’t know whose jersey, or which design, they will be getting until they open their bags.

The other 15 jerseys – which are lettered and numbered, but NOT signed – will be available to purchase online through the Penguins Team Store starting at 7:05pm on Saturday night.

All jerseys are authentic sweaters, and size 56, 58, 58+ or 58 Goalie cuts.  The five designs included are the Penguins’ 2007-13 road sweater (37 jerseys); the 2013-16 road sweater (25 jerseys); the 2015-16 warm up sweater (22 jerseys); the 2015-16 third jersey (3 jerseys); and the 2014-15 warm up jersey (3 jerseys).

Each bag contains more than $400 worth of Penguins merchandise, and will be sold for $300.  All proceeds will benefit the Penguins GOALS Foundation.

As this is a MYSTERY BAG, we cannot guarantee specific sizes or players.  All sales are final, no exchanges will be made.

Individual game tickets for Saturday night’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS CLINCH ATLANTIC DIVISION BY BEATING BRUINS, 2-1

 

BOXSCORE

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins secured the top seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference for the Calder Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins on Sunday afternoon at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Sunday’s win marked the first time that the Penguins reached the 50-win plateau (50-19-3-0) since the 2010-11 season. The Penguins also became just the fifth team to accrue 50 wins since the AHL reduced its schedule to 76 games (2011-12).

Cody Wydo put the Penguins on the board with his first AHL goal, burying a rebound 2:49 into the first period of play, gifting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton an early 1-0 lead.

Less than five minutes later, the Penguins doubled the score. Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre turned over the puck to Ryan Haggerty whose shot was tipped by Zach Aston-Reese and then Jarrett Burton knocked in the rebound. With the primary assist, Aston-Reese improved his statline in the AHL to eight points (3G-5A) in eight games.

The Bruins finally got on the board a mere 40 seconds into the third period on the man advantage. Jake DeBrusk knocked in a shot from the side of the net, bringing Providence within one.

With the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker in the final minutes of the game, Casey DeSmith continually stifled the Bruins before the final buzzer signaled the 2-1 win for the Penguins.

DeSmith stopped 33 of 34 shots in the win for the Penguins. McIntyre turned aside 27 shots in the loss for the Bruins.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, when they face off against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms 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 at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

DESMITH’S JOURNEY LEADS TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM AWARD

Casey DeSmith wasn’t expecting to be named to the American Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team on Wednesday morning.

That’s because he didn’t even know the honor existed.

But the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender was more than happy to accept the recognition when he was told about his inclusion prior to yesterday’s practice at the Toyota Sportsplex.

“It was exciting.  Obviously I had no idea going into [Wednesday],” DeSmith said.  “And then Clarkie announced it on the ice in front of the whole team, and everybody was pretty excited for me.”

It’s hard to argue against DeSmith’s spot on the team, which also includeds current Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guetnzel.  As of April 6, DeSmith led all rookies and ranked fourth overall with a 2.14 goals against average, and had posted 19 wins in 25 appearances.  He and teammate Tristan Jarry have helped the Penguins to the league’s lowest goals against total as the season enters its final two weeks.

DeSmith got his first taste of pro hockey least year with the Wheeling Nailers, but found it difficult to crack the lineup in the team’s three-goalie rotation.  He saw some midseason action with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, winning his first AHL start on January 3 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.  But still found himself the odd man out when he was returned to the Nailers.

Through a series of injuries in Pittsburgh and circumstances in Wilkes-Barre, DeSmith was signed to a PTO in late April and wrestled the number one goalie spot away as the Pens headed to the playoffs.

DeSmith backstopped the Pens to three straight overtime wins against the Providence Bruins, including a 59-save, double OT victory in the series deciding third game, and followed that up with a 33-save shutout win against the Hershey Bears in Game One of the Division Final.  He appeared in nine of the Penguins’ 10 postseason contests, going 5-4 with a 2.44 goals against average.

That performance helped earned DeSmith an AHL contract for the 2016-17 season, where he’s continued to shine in his first full season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“I guess going into this year I didn’t feel quite as much as a rookie as other people did maybe, just because I did have that time in the playoffs last year, getting thrown into the fire there.  Really it helped me feel even more part of the team,” he said.

PENGUINS CASEY DESMITH AND JAKE GUENTZEL NAMED TO AHL’S ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The American Hockey League announced today that two members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, goaltender Casey DeSmith and forward Jake Guentzel, have been selected to the 2016-17 All-Rookie Team. The AHL All-Rookie Team was voted on by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities

DeSmith and Guentzel become the sixth and seventh Penguins ever named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team, joining Matt Murray (2014-15), Alex Goligoski (2007-08), John Curry (2007-08), Michel Ouellet (2003-04) and Toby Petersen (2000-01).

DeSmith rose to prominence last spring as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s unlikely hero in the Calder Cup Playoffs, but is only in his first full AHL season this year. The Rochester, N.H. native has a 19-4-2 record, a .920 save percentage, and the league’s fourth-best goals against average at 2.14. DeSmith posted the first regular season shutout of his career last weekend, making 26 saves on Apr. 1 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Guentzel, who is currently on NHL recall with the Pittsburgh Penguins, recorded 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 33 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. Despite not playing an AHL game since Jan. 14, he led all AHL rookies in goals until Mar. 8. The first-year pro from Woodbury, Minn. also posted six different games of three points or more.

The 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie team is as follows:
Goaltender – Casey DeSmith, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (25GP, 19-4-2, 2.14GAA, .920sv%, 1 SO)
Defense – Devon Toews, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (71GP, 4G-37A, +5)
Defense – Kyle Wood, Tucson Roadrunners (63GP, 13G-27A, 10 PPG)
Forward – Jake Guentzel, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (33GP, 26G-21A, +21, 5 PPG)
Forward – Mark Jankowski, Stockton Heat (59GP, 26G-25A, +16, 7 PPG, 4 GWG)
Forward – Daniel O’Regan, San Jose Barracuda (58GP, 21G-33A, +7, 9 PPG, 5 GWG)

Each player will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the All-Rookie Team.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, the last of 12 season meetings between the Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms 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.

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

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 4/4/17

 

Penguins headed back to the postseason

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (47-19-3-1) is the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff berth

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 31 – PENGUINS 1 at Springfield 3
Ryan Haggerty’s third period goal spoiled the shutout bid for the Thunderbirds’ Sam Brittain, but the Penguins’ four-game winning streak came to an end.

 

Saturday, Apr. 1 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Lehigh Valley 0
For the second meeting in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a shutout against Lehigh Valley. Casey DeSmith made 26 stops for the first regular season clean sheet of his pro career. Frank Corrado notched his first goal as a Penguin, and Troy Josephs later earned his first pro goal.

 

Sunday, Apr. 2 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Utica 3 (SO)
The Penguins rallied with the goalie pulled to tie the game with 58.2 seconds left in regulation and sent the Sunday matinée to overtime. After a five-minute sudden death period came and went without any stoppages or goals, the Comets’ Curtis Valk scored the lone shootout tally.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins head into their 11th match-up of the season with Phantoms riding a two-game shutout streak against Lehigh Valley. They’ve also emerged victorious in their last three visits to PPL Center.

 

Saturday, Apr. 8 – PENGUINS at Hartford
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to complete a season sweep of Hartford. The Penguins are 7-0-0-0 against the Wolf Pack this year and have outscored them 39-13 in that time.

 

Sunday, Apr. 9 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Bruins try to solidify their standing in a crowded Atlantic Division playoff hunt and even the season series with the Pens (3-2-0-0 vs. PRO). Providence has won 10 of its last 12 home games.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is headed to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 15th year in a row, the AHL’s active record.

– The Penguins have not allowed a goal to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 155:38 of game time.

– Thirty-five percent of Teddy Blueger’s offense in his pro career has come this season against the Phantoms.

– David Warsofsky’s 14 multi-point games this season is tied for most among AHL defensemen.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (87.2%) and the top team save percentage (.920).

– Casey DeSmith’s 2.14 goals against average ranks fourth in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 70 47 19 3 1 98 .700
2. Lehigh Valley 70 44 22 4 0 92 .657
3. Providence 70 41 20 5 4 91 .650
4. Bridgeport 70 42 24 8 1 88 .629
5. Hershey 71 38 22 3 3 87 .613
6. Springfield 70 29 30 9 2 69 .493
7. Hartford 70 23 41 4 2 52 .371

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 67 24 27 53
David Warsofsky 53 15 30 45
Dominik Simon 67 14 31 45
Kevin Porter 66 11 34 45
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Oskar Sundqvist 58 18 24 42

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 44 27-15-2 2.20 .924 2
Casey DeSmith* 25 19-4-2 2.14 .920 1

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                OPPONENT        LOCATION                               TIME    

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

Sat, Apr. 8        Hartford                XL Center                               7:00 p.m.

Sun, Apr. 9       Providence           Dunkin’ Donuts Center       3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Apr. 1        (RW)   Josh Archibald                     Recalled by PIT

Thu, Mar. 30       (D)    David Warsofsky           Reassigned by PIT

Thu, Mar. 30       (C)     Oskar Sundqvist            Reassigned by PIT

Thu, Mar. 30       (D)     Ryan Segalla                Reassigned to WHL