PENGUINS POST 6-0 SHUTOUT AGAINST SENATORS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won their fifth game in a row with a commanding 6-0 shutout of the Belleville Senators on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (21-10-2-1) saw two-goal nights from Christian Thomas and Jean-Sébastien Dea as well as an all-star effort from Atlantic Division All-Star selection Casey DeSmith, who earned his second shutout of the season.

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Thomas rocketed home the first goal of the game by unloading a wicked wrist shot that went up

and over Belleville goalie Chris Driedger at 7:47 of the first period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored again less than two minutes later with a bid from Zach Trotman that navigated through a crowd in front of the net to give the Penguins a 2-0 advantage.

The goaltenders took over, trading save after save, until 16:22 of the second period when Thomas set up Dea with a nifty pass, extending the Penguins’ lead to 3-0.

The floodgates opened in the third period, with the Penguins able to double their score in the final frame of regulation. At 6:25 into the third period, Dea notched his second of the night when he banked a shot from behind the goal line off of Driedger’s back and into the net. Ethan Prow got in on the scoring with his first of the year at 13:40.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tallied goal number six on the night as Thomas swooped in from the side boards into the slot and beat Driedger blocker-side at 16:53 of the third. This was Thomas’ third goal since returning to the Penguins after capturing the Spengler Cup as a member of Team Canada on Dec. 31.

DeSmith stopped all 24 shots sent his way by the Senators, while Driedger was only able to deny 30 of 36 Penguin chances.

The Penguins’ next game is once again against the Senators, when they travel north of the border to Belleville on Friday, Jan. 12. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against 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.

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 TAKE DOWN THUNDERBIRDS, 4-2


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continued their recent roll by earning their fourth win in a row in a 4-2 defeat of the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (20-10-2-1) used three tallies in the third period to take down Springfield, which had come into Friday’s contest having earned points in five of its last six games.

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The Penguins scored the game’s first goal at 3:12 of the second period when Chris Summers’ point shot was redirected by Adam Johnson right to Greg McKegg, who put it into the Thunderbirds’ net.

Both teams were held at bay by excellent goaltending from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Casey DeSmith and Springfield’s Samuel Montembeault until Mark Fayne tied things up, 1-1, 1:03 into the third period.

Christian Thomas picked the top corner over Montembeault’s glove at 4:02 of the final frame of regulation, putting the Penguins back on top, 2-1.

Ryan Haggerty gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton some breathing room with a goal at 13:09 of the third period, only to see Springfield’s Dryden Hunt strike back 21 seconds later.

With the score sitting at 3-2 in favor of the Penguins, the Thunderbirds pulled their goalie with 1:26 left in regulation. Despite the advantage of an extra attacker, they were never able to truly test DeSmith before the sound of the final buzzer, and Johnson sealed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s victory with an empty net tally when only one second was left in the game.

DeSmith finished the game with 20 saves, while Montembeault recorded 19 stops for the Thunderbirds.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 6, as the Belleville Senators make their first ever visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Senators 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/2/18

Penguins kick off new year against division rivals and a new foe

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (18-10-2-1) to play three home games in four days

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 5
Every member of the Penguins’ line of Garrett Wilson (1G-1A), Gage Quinney (1G-1A) and Daniel Sprong (0G-2A) turned in two-point nights in a wild and wacky back-and-forth game with the Phantoms. J.S. Dea had an assist for the third-straight game.

Friday, Dec. 29 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hartford 1
Daniel Sprong led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, collecting his second career hat trick and second career four-point outing. Anthony Peters recorded 27 saves for his first AHL win since Mar. 27, 2015.

Saturday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 1 (OT)
The I-81 Rivalry delivered another excellent installment with this tightly contested affair ending in Dominik Simon’s overtime game-winner on the same day he was reassigned by Pittsburgh. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 9-2-1-1 in its last 13 visits to Giant Center with the win.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
The Penguins will try and put more distance between them and the team directly behind them in the Atlantic Division standings. This will be Bridgeport’s first trip to Northeast PA this season. The season series is tied at one win apiece.

Friday, Jan. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied for a 6-3 comeback victory in the only meeting of the season between these two clubs. Springfield has dropped three-straight decisions at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Saturday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS vs. Belleville
Saturday marks the first ever match-up between the Penguins and Belleville Senators. Despite being sixth in the North Division, Belleville is 5-2-0-1 against the Atlantic so far.

 

Ice Chips

– Penguins forward Christian Thomas captured the Spengler Cup as a member of Team Canada on Sunday. Canada has now won the tournament three years in a row.

– Kevin Czuczman has an assist on four of the Penguins five overtime game-winning goals this season.

– Since being signed to a second PTO by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, goalie Anthony Peters has only allowed two goals in 122:43.

– Colin Smith played in his 300th AHL game on Friday, and Jarred Tinordi played in his 300th professional game on Saturday.

– The Penguins have a 7-3 record in games that have gone beyond regulation (overtime or shootout) this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 32 21 8 3 0 45 .703
2. Lehigh Valley 35 21 10 2 2 46 .657
3. Charlotte 34 21 12 0 1 43 .632
4. PENGUINS 31 18 10 2 1 39 .629
5. Bridgeport 31 16 12 2 1 35 .565
6. Hershey 35 15 16 1 3 34 .486
7. Hartford 34 13 15 3 3 32 .471
8. Springfield 35 14 19 1 1 30 .429

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Teddy Blueger 31 9 10 19
Ryan Haggerty 21 11 7 18
Jean-Sébastien Dea 31 6 12 18
Dominik Simon^ 21 4 13 17
Kevin Czuczman 27 1 16 17

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 17 10-5-2 2.72 .911 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 3       Bridgeport       Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 5           Springfield       Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 6         Belleville           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 2         (LW) Cody Wydo                    Recalled from WHL

Tue, Jan. 2         (RW) Reid Gardiner                Recalled from WHL

Mon, Jan. 1        (G) Casey DeSmith                    Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (D) Andrey Pedan                      Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (LW) Garrett Wilson                  Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (RW) Dominik Simon                     Recalled by PIT

CHRISTIAN THOMAS TO PLAY FOR TEAM CANADA IN SPENGLER CUP


Christian Thomas will get another chance to showcase his skills in an effort to make the Canadian Olympic Team, after being selected to Team Canada’s entry in the Spengler Cup tournament today.

The 91st incarnation of the Spengler Cup will feature four European club teams – HC Davos (Switzerland), Dinamo Riga (Latvia), HPK Hameenlinna (Finland) and Mountfield HK (Czech Republic) – as well as international teams from Switzerland and Canada.  The tournament takes place between Dec. 26-31 in Davos.

“It’s exciting, and I’m excited to go there,” Thomas said.  “Unfortunately I have to miss some games here.  The team in Pittsburgh and here in Wilkes-Barre have been awesome in letting me play in the tournaments.”

Canada is using this year’s tournament as a final opportunity to take a look at potential players for their Olympic team.  While the Winter Olympics have featured National Hockey League players suiting up for their home countries since 1998, this year’s tournament will not feature skaters from the world’s top league, due to an impasse between the NHL and the International Olympic Committee.

However, players participating in European leagues are eligible to participate in the Olympics, as are North American collegiate skaters, and those signed to American Hockey League only contracts.  Thomas falls into that latter set.

The Penguins forward suited up for Team Canada earlier this year at the Karjala Cup tournament, which was held in Sweden, Switzerland and Finland.  Thomas potted one goal in three games during the competition.

The Spengler Cup will give him one more chance to show off his skill in an effort to earn a spot on Team Canada when it heads to South Korea in February.

“It’s really cool.  I’m excited to go out there and show them the way I can play, and work hard,” he said. “Hopefully that’s enough to earn me a spot.”


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the first meeting of the season between the Penguins and Devils 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.


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PENGUINS DROP FOUR GOALS ON BEARS IN SUNDAY VICTORY

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made a triumphant return to the win column on Sunday evening by beating the Hershey Bears, 4-1, at Giant Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-7-1-1) came out firing on all cylinders from the drop of the first puck and never looked back as they defeated their I-81 rival for the third time this season.

The Penguins erupted for three goals in the first period by taking advantage of the Bears’ errors and burying them into the back of the net. First, Christian Thomas collected a turnover in the slot and turned it into a slap shot goal at 7:15 of the first period. Daniel Sprong annihilated a one-timer to the top corner during a two man advantage at 10:10 of the opening frame, and then Thomas Di Pauli grabbed another Hershey turnover less than two minutes later and put it behind Pheonix Copley for a 3-0 Penguins lead.

Hershey got on the board before first intermission though with Tyler Graovac completing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence by the Bears when only 17.4 seconds remained in the opening frame.

Both teams were held off the scoresheet in the second period, mostly due to the strong play of Penguins goaltender Sean Maguire. Maguire turned aside 10 shots in the middle frame, and ultimately recorded 18 saves when the game was over for his first win of the season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored another two-man advantage marker at 9:48 of the third period, extending its lead to 4-1. Defenseman Zach Trotman unleashed a potent slap shot from the top of the slot, scoring his first AHL goal since Feb. 14, 2015.

The Penguins’ power play finished the night going two-for-eight, while their penalty kill staved off three of the Bears’ four man advantages.

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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/5/17

First-place Penguins prepare for another busy week

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-5-1-1) still holds the top spot in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Dec. 1 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Milwaukee 4 (OT)
In the Admirals’ first face-off with the Penguins since the 2004 Calder Cup Final, both teams put on a show with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulling out the win in overtime. Garrett Wilson scored his first career hat trick in the first period, but Milwaukee stormed back to force OT. J.S. Dea notched the game-winner, helping goalie Colin Stevens earn his first AHL win in his first AHL start.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Rochester 5
Teddy Blueger posted the first multi-goal game of his career, accounting for all of the Pens’ scoring in a loss on Teddy Bear Toss night. Goalie Anthony Peters made his Penguins debut.

Sunday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS 3 at Hershey 4 (OT)
Daniel Sprong and Gage Quinney set one another up for first period goals, but Hershey scored three-straight to take a 3-2 lead. Tom Sestito sent the game to overtime, but Chris Bourque put the Bears over the top with an OT power play goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton heads to PPL Center to face Lehigh Valley, which has dropped five of its last nine games. The Penguins are 14-4-1-1 all-time at PPL Center.

Friday, Dec. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
The Penguins look for revenge on the Checkers, who spoiled Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season opener on Oct. 7. Charlotte recently regained playoff positioning, and now sit in third place in the Atlantic.

Sunday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose to Hershey in regulation this season, going 2-0-1-1 in four contests against its bitter rival.

 

Ice Chips

– Dominik Simon’s six-game point streak (Nov. 12 – Dec. 1) tied a career high he set in March of last year.

– Friday and Saturday’s games marked the first time the Penguins scored shorthanded goals in back-to-back contests since Oct. 13 and Oct. 18, 2013.

– Saturday’s overtime goal pulled Jean-Sébastien Dea into a tie with Tomáš Surový and Scott Wilson for the second-most game-winning goals in franchise history (14).

– Christian Thomas played in his 300th AHL game on Sunday.

– Garrett Wilson achieved his 200th point as a pro with an assist on Sunday.

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

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 20 13 5 1 1 28 .700
2. Lehigh Valley 21 13 6 2 0 28 .667
3. Providence 23 14 8 0 1 29 .630
4. Charlotte 23 13 7 1 2 29 .630
5. Bridgeport 22 12 8 1 1 26 .591
6. Hershey 24 11 10 0 3 25 .521
7. Hartford 24 8 12 3 1 20 .417
8. Springfield 25 9 15 1 0 19 .380

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 19 10 6 16
Dominik Simon 19 3 13 16
Kevin Czuczman 20 1 13 14
Ryan Haggerty 12 9 4 13
Jean-Sébastien Dea 20 6 7 13

 

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    

Wed, Dec. 6     Lehigh Valley   PPL Center                                  7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 8        Charlotte          Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 10    Hershey            Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Dec. 5        (LW) Freddie Tiffels     Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Fri, Dec. 1          (G) Anthony Peters                                   Signed to PTO

Fri, Dec. 1          (LW) Freddie Tiffels         Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Fri, Dec. 1          (RW) Josh Archibald           Conditioning loan 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 PODCAST W/ CHRISTIAN THOMAS

Fresh back from his trip to the Karjala Tournament in Finland, a tired and jet-lagged Christian Thomas gutted out a podcast appearance with Obie and Nick. They get in depth on alien abduction, top 3 arena appearances and skating on either side of the WBS/Hershey rivalry.

Nick and Obie also take stock of the Penguins as the team extends its point streak to 10 games.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/7/17

Penguins post points in seven-straight games

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7-2-0-1) welcomes Toronto on Wednesday, clash of division leaders

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 3 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley put on an electrifying show at PPL Center, combining for 10 goals in regulation. At the end of a three-round shootout, the Penguins emerged victorious, 6-5. Ryan Haggerty scored twice for the second consecutive game, while Christian Thomas potted a power play goal and the shootout-deciding tally.

Sunday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Zach Aston-Reese’s first goal of the season helped the Penguins force overtime, but a shootout loss to the Bears ended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s six-game winning streak. Daniel Sprong snapped a four-game goalless drought 1:18 into the contest.

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Toronto
For the third year in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Toronto’s first meeting of the season will serve as a clash between the two top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Marlies have allowed the fewest goals per game this season (2.08) and have triumphed in their last three visits to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Saturday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Providence
The Penguins face-off against the Bruins for the first time since the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. After starting the season 6-1-0-0, Providence has dropped three of its last four decisions, including two shutout losses.

Sunday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton makes its first visit of the season to Giant Center for Chocolatetown’s Sunday 5:00 p.m. start time treat. The teams are even with one win apiece in 2017-18, but the Penguins went 4-2-0-0 at Hershey last year.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong leads the AHL in power play goals (5) and also tops all league rookies in goals (8), points (12) and shots (43).

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, seven of Sprong’s 13 AHL goals have come on the power play.

– Christian Thomas is on a four-game point streak with the Penguins (2G-3A). Thomas departed for Switzerland on Sunday to join Team Canada for the 2017 Karjala Tournament and Olympic evaluation process.

– Friday marked the first time Ryan Haggerty posted two consecutive multi-goal games in his career.

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

– Jean-Sébastien Dea is four points shy of 100 AHL points.

– Tom Kostopoulos is two games away from his 700th AHL game.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 10 7 2 0 1 15 .750
2. Charlotte 11 8 2 0 0 16 .727
3. Lehigh Valley 13 8 2 0 2 18 .692
4. Providence 11 7 4 0 0 14 .636
5. Bridgeport 11 6 5 0 0 12 .545
6. Hartford 13 5 7 0 1 11 .423
7. Hershey 12 4 6 0 2 10 .417
8. Springfield 13 2 10 1 0 5 .192

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 10 8 4 12
Dominik Simon 10 2 8 10
Jean-Sébastien Dea 10 4 3 7
Christian Thomas 9 3 4 7
Kevin Czuczman 10 0 7 7

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 5 4-0-1 1.91 .936 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Nov. 8     Toronto              Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 11       Providence        Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 12     Hershey             Giant Center                         5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Oct. 30      (G)     Casey DeSmith               Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Oct. 30      (G)     Tristan Jarry                        Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS WIN SIXTH-STRAIGHT IN 6-5 BARNBURNER WITH PHANTOMS

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms put forth an electrifying contest at PPL Center on Friday night with the Penguins emerging on top, 6-5, in the shootout.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7-2-0-0) traded back-and-forth offense with the Phantoms all night, including a wild second period in which the two clubs combined for seven goals in those 20 minutes.

The Phantoms got on the board first when Tyrell Goulbourne tapped one in on the backdoor at 13:52 of the opening frame.

The zaniness in the second stanza started 1:43 into the period, when Gage Quinney gutted out a 1-1 tying goal amidst a net-front scramble. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went up 3-1 with power play and shorthanded goals separated by only 2:16 of game time. Christian Thomas gave the Penguins their first lead of the game with the man advantage marker, while Jean-Sébastien Dea was responsible for the shorthanded tally.

On the same power play that Dea notched his first career shorty, Danick Martel pulled the Phantoms back within one. T.J. Brennan tied the game, 3-3, five minutes later. A mere 86 seconds after that, Mikhail Vorobyev put Lehigh Valley back on top, 4-3.

The Phantoms were seemingly poised to take their 4-3 lead into the second intermission until Dea forced a turnover and Ryan Haggerty deposited a bar-down snipe, tying the game again with only 10.4 seconds left in the middle frame.

Haggerty scored once more, giving the Penguins a brief 5-4 advantage before Chris Conner potted another equalizer at 11:26 of the third period.

After a heart-stopping overtime, the game went to the shootout. Thomas scored the only goal of the best-of-three series, granting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the 6-5 victory and its sixth win in a row.

Casey DeSmith improved to 4-0-0 on the season by making 35 saves and denying all three Phantoms attempts in the shootout. Dustin Tokarski turned aside 28 shots for Lehigh Valley.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Sunday, Nov. 5, when it takes on its other in-state rival, the Hershey Bears. Puck drop for Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 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.