NAILERS NEWS – NOVEMBER 13, 2017

NAILERS NOTES

The Wheeling Nailers are off to a solid start in ECHL action, posting a 7-2-2-0 mark through 11 games, good for the fourth-best points percentage in the league.  The Nailers took two of three contests this past weekend, and currently sit in second place in the North Division standings.


RECENT ACTION

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 VS. TOLEDO (4-3 OT WIN)

Reid Gardiner netted his league-leading fourth game-winning goal – this one coming in overtime – to lead the Nailers to a 4-3 win against the Walleye at WesBanco Arena.  Wheeling took a 2-0 lead into the third frame thanks to goals by Hunter Fejes and Gardiner before Toldeo got on the board.  Cody Wydo reestablished the two-goal cushion before the visitors scored twice in a 1:06 span late in the game to force OT.  Sean Maguire made 30 saves in net.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT TOLEDO (5-3 LOSS)

Derek Army had a goal and an assist, while Gardiner posted a pair of helpers in the second game of the home-and-home series.  Freddie Tiffels, reassigned to Wheeling from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier in the week, recorded his first pro goal in the defeat.  Cody Wydo netted his fourth goal of the season.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 VS. NORFOLK (5-3 WIN)

Cody Wydo extended his goal streak to three games, picking up the game-winning goal, in the home win over the Admirals.  Garrett Meurs recorded his third multiple-goal game of the season, Cam Brown had three points (1+2) in the win, and Tiffels chipped in with two assists.  Goaltender Will King stopped 39 shots for his first professional win.


LEAGUE LEADERS

REID GARDINER is tied for second in the ECHL with 10 goals and 17 points, is tied for fourth with three power play goals, and leads the league with four game-winning goals.  He had his 10-game point streak snapped on Sunday against Norfolk.

CODY WYDO is tied for second in the ECHL with 17 points and 12 assists.

CAM BROWN is tied for second in the ECHL with 12 assists.

HUNTER FEJES is tied for second in the ECHL with four power play goals.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 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.

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

PENGUINS REDUCE ROSTER BY EIGHT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have reduced their roster with three players under AHL contracts being assigned to the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, and five more being released from their tryout agreements with the team.

Forwards Riley Bourbonnais, Cam Brown, Reid Gardiner, Nick Sorkin and Cody Wydo as well as defenseman Craig Skudalski and goalies Will King and Colin Stevens will all report to Wheeling for the start of Nailers training camp.

The Penguins have 33 players remaining in camp following today’s transactions. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s roster can be viewed by clicking here.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 FALL IN PRESEASON FINALE, 3-1

BOXSCORE

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 3-1 decision to the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday night in both teams’ final exhibition game.

Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea scored for the second-straight game, but the Devils pulled away from their opposition with two goals in the third period.

Nathan Bastian put Binghamton on the board first with his second goal of the preseason, a power play tally at 12:44 of the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton answered back with a man advantage marker of its own 4:32 into the second stanza. Dea took a cross-crease pass from Cody Wydo, was initially denied by Mackenzie Blackwood until Dea popped his own rebound over the Devils goalie’s pad and across the goal line.

The Devils popped back on top, 2-1, courtesy of Blake Pietila midway through the third period. Chris Calnan tacked on an insurance marker with 6:44 remaining in regulation.

Tristan Jarry denied the Devils on 26 of the 29 shots turned his way over the course of the game. Blackwood notched 25 saves in the win for Binghamton.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 SIGN FORWARD CODY WYDO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Cody Wydo to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

Wydo comes to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after two full seasons with the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers. In his time with Wheeling, he posted 116 points (54G-62A) in 138 games. Last season, the undrafted forward also appeared in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, signing a professional tryout agreement on Apr. 8, 2017 after leading the Nailers in goals (30) and points (60). Wydo notched his first AHL goal a day later when the Penguins were visiting the Providence Bruins.

The 26-year-old from Southgate, Mich. was a four-year letterman at Robert Morris University and captained the team his senior season. He had a nearly point-per-game career with the Colonials, with 150 points in 151 games. Wydo was also named a Hobey Baker Award finalist after leading the Colonials to the 2014-15 Atlantic Hockey regular season championship.

Before his collegiate and professional careers, Wydo spent two seasons in the North American Hockey League. In his second season with the Motor City Metal Jackets, he was named the NAHL Forward of the Year while  earning the most goals (40), assists (51) and points (91) in the league.

Wydo and the Penguins will open their next season on Oct. 7 against the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 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.

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

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 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.

SEAN MAGUIRE REASSIGNED TO PENGUINS, CODY WYDO SIGNED TO PTO

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins have reassigned goaltender Sean Maguire to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Additionally, the Penguins have signed forward Cody Wydo to a professional tryout agreement. Maguire and Wydo both join Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Additionally, forward Kevin Porter and goalie Tristan Jarry have been recalled by Pittsburgh.

Maguire appeared in one game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, the Penguins’ final game of the season. He stopped all four shots faced in regulation and overtime before losing in the shootout.

In 35 contests this season with Wheeling, Maguire has put forth a 14-16-4 record with an .897 save percentage, 3.20 goals against average, as well as two shutouts. The Powell River, B.C. native was named ECHL CCM Goaltender of the Month for January after going 6-1-1 with a .938 save percentage, 1.79 goals against average and two shutouts in nine games. He later set a career high with 41 saves on Mar. 5, 2017 at Fort Wayne.

This is the first stint with an AHL club for Wydo, whose  30 goals and 60 points lead the Nailers, and his 30 assists rank second on the team. The second-year pro has earned 27 points (14G-13A) in his last 24 games prior to signing with the Penguins. Last year, Wydo finished the season third on the Nailers in points with 50 (23G-27A) as a rookie. Furthermore, those 50 points were good for ninth-best among ECHL rookies.

The Southgate, Mich. native was a four-year letterman at Robert Morris University, and captained the team in his senior season. Wydo was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award after his senior season with the Colonials.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Saturday, Apr. 8, when it faces the Hartford Wolf Pack   for the eighth and final time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at XL Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, and they’ll take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Apr. 12’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.