PENGUINS ACQUIRE JOSEPH CRAMAROSSA FROM HEAT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have acquired forward Joseph Cramarossa in a trade with the Stockton Heat in exchange for forward Colin Smith.

Cramarossa is a fifth-year pro that skated in 59 in National Hockey League games last season for the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks. During his time in the NHL, Cramarossa racked up four goals and six assists for 10 points. The Toronto, Ontario native was in his first season with Stockton and has accrued 10 points (3G-7A) in 37 games so far in 2017-18.

Cramarossa, 25, has played 201 career games in the American Hockey League. He has 20 goals, 21 assists, 41 points and 241 penalty minutes in that time. Cramarossa was originally drafted by Anaheim in the third round (65th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft after playing for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the 2011 Memorial Cup tournament. He wrapped up his junior hockey career with 139 points (51G-87A) in 235 games spent with Mississauga and the Belleville Bulls.

Smith leaves the Penguins having notched five goals and 13 assists for 18 total points over the course of 35 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Feb. 16 when they travel to upstate New York for a tilt with the Rochester Americans. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets 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 12-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

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/26/17

Penguins come out of holiday break with rematch against Phantoms

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (16-9-2-1) to play three games in next four days

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Dec. 22 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 3 (OT)
Teddy Blueger and Jarrett Burton delivered big time performances to defeat Binghamton in the Devils’ first regular season visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Burton registered the first multi-goal game of his AHL career to force overtime, and Blueger’s second goal of the night was the OT game-winner.

Saturday, Dec. 23 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton put forth over 40 shots on goal for the third time this season, but were handed a loss nonetheless by Lehigh Valley. Blueger scored his third goal of the weekend, while Ryan Haggerty recorded his season series-leading fifth goal this year against the Phantoms.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins get a second crack at the Phantoms four days after the loss that seven the season series at three wins apiece. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jean-Sébastien Dea and Lehigh Valley’s Chris Conner both top the season series with seven points through six games.

Friday, Dec. 29 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins had a 10-game winning streak against the Wolf Pack end earlier this month. They’ll look to start another one against a Hartford team that has thrust itself into the playoff conversation by going 6-1-2-2 in December.

Saturday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Clark Donatelli and his Penguins close out 2017 with a trip to Hershey, where his team is 8-2-1-1 in its last 12 visits to Giant Center. Daniel Sprong has scored a goal in every one of his games at Giant Center this season. Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose in regulation to Hershey this season (3-0-1-1).

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL rookie lead in goals (15) and power play goals (7).

– With his two tallies on Friday, Teddy Blueger eclipsed his career-best for goals in a season (8) in exactly half the games played (27).

– Blueger had five points (4G-1A) in his last four games.

– Seventy-five percent of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s goals scored this season have come at even strength, the second highest in the AHL.

– Garrett Wilson is one game away from his 300th AHL game.

– Colin Smith is two games away from his 300th AHL game.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 29 19 8 2 0 40 .690
2. Charlotte 31 20 10 0 1 41 .661
3. Lehigh Valley 32 19 9 2 2 42 .656
4. PENGUINS 28 16 9 2 1 35 .625
5. Bridgeport 29 14 12 2 1 31 .534
6. Hartford 32 13 13 3 3 32 .500
7. Hershey 32 14 15 0 3 31 .484
8. Springfield 33 13 18 1 1 28 .424

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 27 15 7 22
Ryan Haggerty 18 11 6 17
Teddy Blueger 28 9 7 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 28 6 10 16
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Kevin Czuczman 24 1 15 16

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 15 10-3-2 2.60 .914 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Dec. 27   Lehigh Valley   Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 29       Hartford            Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 30     Hershey            Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

PENGUINS’ POINT STREAK ENDS IN LOSS AT SYRACUSE

 

BOXSCORE

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.

PENGUINS STRETCH POINT STREAK TO 10 GAMES WITH WIN OVER BEARS

Photo courtesy Just Sport Photography

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

BOXSCORE

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.

PENGUINS SIGN COLIN SMITH

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

A native of Edmonton, Alb., Smith is entering his fifth professional season, has never failed to reach the 30-point plateau, and is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he earned more than 40 points. In his AHL career, Smith has posted 54 goals and 114 assists for 168 points in 279 games with the San Antonio Rampage, Toronto Marlies and Lake Erie Monsters.

Smith, 24, split his last season between Toronto and San Antonio. In the first half of the year, he served as an alternate captain with the Marlies and put up eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points in 52 games. Smith was traded to the Rampage at the NHL trade deadline on Mar. 1, 2017. He then earned six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 21 games in San Antonio, giving him 47 total points on the season.

Drafted in the 7th round (192nd overall) of the 2012 NHL draft by the Colorado Avalanche, Smith has appeared in one NHL game, suiting up for Colorado against the Montréal Canadiens on Dec. 1, 2014.

Before turning pro, Smith was a stand-out forward in the Western Hockey League. In four seasons with the Kamloops Blazers, Smith scored at nearly a point-per-game pace, racking up 271 points (102G-169A) in 272 career games. At only 17-years-old, he was awarded the Doc Seamen Memorial Trophy, given to the WHL’s scholastic player of the year. In his final season with Kamloops, the five-foot 10-inch centerman was the only player to appear in every regular season game, led the team in points (106) and goals (41), while tying for the team-lead for both assists (65) and power-play goals (14).

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.

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