WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON FALLS AT HARTFORD, 7-3

 

BOXSCORE

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins suffered a 7-3 defeat at the hands of the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at XL Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-1-1) surrendered a bevy of goals in a short period of time early in the second period that put it in a hole that it was never able to escape. John Gilmour, Scott Kosmachuk and Peter Holland all recorded three-point games for Hartford.

The Wolf Pack opened the scoring at 6:52 of the first period. Defenseman Ryan Graves joined an odd-man rush headed towards the Penguins’ net and was fed a trailing feed from Cole Schneider before ripping it past Casey DeSmith.

Thomas Di Pauli raced up ice while the two teams were skating at four-on-four and slid a backhand shot under Marek Mazanec to tie the game, 1-1, with 6:31 left in the opening frame. However, Hartford’s Kosmachuk converted on the power play two minutes after the Di Pauli tally, putting the Wolf Pack back in the lead.

Hartford unloaded three goals before the second period was four minutes old to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Gilmour scored twice, 2:32 apart, effectively ending DeSmith’s night. He was replaced by Sean Maguire who allowed a rebound goal to Gabriel Fontaine 16 seconds into his relief appearance.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started to chip away at the mighty deficit midway through the middle frame when Teddy Blueger corralled a favorable bounce off the end boards, banked it off Mazanec’s back and across the goal line.

The Penguins has several strong scoring chances early in the third, but either hit the post or were denied by Mazanec. The Wolf Pack notched goals six and seven courtesy of Fontaine and Anthony DeAngelo at 7:21 and 8:09 of the third period, respectively.

Daniel Sprong posted his team-leading 15th goal of the season at 9:20 of the final frame of regulation, brining the game to its final score of 7-3.

DeSmith made seven saves on 11 shots before being replaced by Maguire, who denied the Wolf Pack 24 times on 27 shots faced. Mazanec made 31 saves in the win.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 16, as they stay in the confines of Connecticut to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 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.

PENGUINS SOAR PAST THUNDERBIRDS, 6-3

BOXSCORE

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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/12/17

Penguins try to keep the ball rolling after statement win

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-7-1-1) comes off of 4-1 victory at Hershey to face Springfield for first time

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – PENGUINS 0 at Lehigh Valley 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was shut-out for the first time this season. Wednesday marked the first time this season that the Penguins outshot their opponent and didn’t come away with the win (39-35).

Friday, Dec. 8 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Charlotte 2
Sean Maguire made his first start of the season for the Penguins and performed admirably, making 28 saves in defeat. Daniel Sprong scored early in the third period, notching his team-leading 11th goal and sixth power play goal.

Sunday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton erupted for a three-goal first period to defeat its I-81 rival. Sprong scored again, tightening his grip on the team lead in goals (12) and power play goals (7). Zach Trotman scored a man advantage marker for the Pens, too, his first AHL goal since Feb. 14, 2015.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
The Thunderbirds face the Penguins for the first time this season. Springfield ranks last in the AHL (10-17-1-0), but beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in four of six meetings last year.

Friday, Dec. 15 – PENGUINS at Hartford
The Penguins are 1-0-0-0 against the Wolf Pack this season, a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout triumph on Oct. 21. Hartford scored two power play goals in that game, and its power play remains the best in the Eastern Conference today (20.5%).

Saturday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Bridgeport for the second time this season. The Penguins put forth a commanding 5-2 victory in their last visit to Webster Bank Arena on Oct. 28.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the most goals among rookies (12) and also tied for most power play goals by a rookie (7). His seven power play goals also ranks second overall in the league.

– Sprong leads all AHL rookies with 70 shots on goal.

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, nine of Sprong’s 17 career AHL goals have come on the power play.

– The Penguins have won the past six games in which Thomas Di Pauli scored a goal.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose to Hershey in regulation this season, going 3-0-1-1 against its I-81 rival.

– Andrey Pedan played in his 200th AHL game on Friday.

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

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 24 16 6 2 0 34 .708
2. Charlotte 25 16 8 0 1 33 .660
3. PENGUINS 23 14 7 1 1 30 .652
4. Lehigh Valley 26 15 8 1 2 33 .635
5. Bridgeport 24 12 10 1 1 26 .542
6. Hershey 27 12 12 0 3 27 .500
7. Hartford 27 10 12 3 2 25 .463
8. Springfield 28 10 17 1 0 21 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 22 12 7 19
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 23 6 8 14
Kevin Czuczman^ 22 1 13 14
Ryan Haggerty 13 9 4 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. 13    Springfield       Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 15        Hartford            XL Center                                  7:15 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 16     Bridgeport        Webster Bank Arena             7:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Dec. 8          (C) Jarrett Burton                        Reassigned to WHL

Sat, Dec. 9         (D) Kevin Czuczman                          Recalled by PIT

Sat, Dec. 9         (D) Frank Corrado                         Reassigned by PIT

Sun, Dec. 10      (D) Ethan Prow         Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Tue, Dec. 12        (G) Casey DeSmith                       Reassigned by PIT

PENGUINS DROP FOUR GOALS ON BEARS IN SUNDAY VICTORY

BOXSCORE

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 LOSE TO CHECKERS, 2-1

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fought hard to the very end, but came up one goal short in a 2-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-7-1-1) saw Daniel Sprong score on the power play to assume the team lead in goals (11) and points (17) and pull his team within striking distance, but the equalizer never materialized.

The two clubs played to a scoreless first period with Penguins goalie Sean Maguire shining in net, making 14 saves in the opening frame. Maguire was eventually solved by Andrew Miller at 6:20 of the second period.

Charlotte later capitalized on a man advantage at 8:30 of the middle frame as Andrew Poturalski unloaded a wicked wrister just inside the far post behind Maguire, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead.

The final stanza started with a bang for the Penguins when Jean-Sébastien Dea won a face-off right to Sprong, who put forth one of his patented one-timers, blasted it off the post and into the Checkers’ net. Sprong’s sixth power play goal of the season came just 37 seconds into the third period.

The Penguins had eight more shots on goal and several more man advantage opportunities in the third period, but couldn’t beat Jeremy Smith for a tying goal before the expiration of 60 minutes.

Maguire impressed in his first start of the season, denying 28 of the 30 shots he faced. Smith made 22 saves while manning the pipes for Charlotte.

The Penguins’ next game is Sunday, Dec. 10, when they travel to visit their I-81 rival, the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Dec. 13 against the Springfield Thunderbirds. 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 DROP OVERTIME DECISION AT HERSHEY, 4-3

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell in overtime to the Hershey Bears, 4-3, on Sunday at Giant Center.

Daniel Sprong and Gage Quinney led the way offensively for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-5-1-1) with two-point efforts, but Chris Bourque got the last laugh for Hershey by scoring the overtime game-winner.

The Penguins took off early when Quinney fished a puck from a net-front scramble and poked it into the Bears’ net 2:12 into the game. Quinney later set up Daniel Sprong midway through the first period

for his 10th tally of the season, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 2-0 lead.

Liam O’Brien cut the Bears’ deficit in half with 6:33 left in the second period, opening up the skies at Giant Center for thousands of teddy bears and stuffed animals to rain down onto the ice as part of Hershey’s teddy bear toss game.

O’Brien struck again at 8:49 of the third, pulling Hershey into a 2-2 tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. With a delayed penalty upcoming to the Penguins, the Bears pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Following a pitch and catch give-and-go rush through the neutral zone, O’Brien fired his second goal of the night past Anthony Peters.

Hershey assumed a brief 3-2 lead when a point shot by Jonas Siegenthaler slipped in with 6:10 left in regulation, but Tom Sestito brought the game back to an even score less than a minute later.

Sestito’s goal earned the Penguins a point in the standings by forcing overtime, but Bourque found the game-winner on a power play 1:15 into the extra period.

Anthony Peters started in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the second night in a row, making 25 saves in the OT loss. Pheonix Copley turned aside 22 Penguins shots to earn the win for the Bears.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Dec. 6, when they travel to PPL Center to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 8 against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers’ visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for Dec. 8’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers 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 – 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 WEEKLY – 11/14/17

Penguins sweep through week and extend points streak to 10 games

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (10-2-0-1) faces the Binghamton Devils for the first time ever Friday

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 8 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Toronto 2
In a mid-week clash of Eastern Conference’s top two teams and division leaders, the Penguins’ offense mustered four goals against the Marlies’ league-leading defense. Andrey Pedan netted his first goal of the season while Thomas Di Pauli scored twice for the first time in his career in the final period to secure the victory. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton recorded a season-best 17 shots in the second period against Toronto.

Saturday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Providence 3 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell behind 2-0 to the team that bounced them from last year’s Calder Cup Playoffs, but the Penguins rallied for three-straight goals to take the lead.  Jarred Tinordi and Kevin Czuczman both netted their first goal of the season as part of the comeback. Providence tied the game late to force overtime, but Ryan Haggerty scored the game-winning goal a mere 20 seconds into the extra period.

Sunday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS 5 at Hershey 1
Playing on less than 24 hours rest, the Penguins unleashed an offensive onslaught on their I-81 rival despite only recording 13 shots on goal. Five different Penguins scored and 10 different players recorded a point, including Di Pauli who scored for the third-straight game.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 17 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
This will be the first time the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins face the Binghamton Devils and first of six season meetings between the two clubs. The Penguins are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 visits to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The Devils have dropped five out of their seven home games so far this season. The Penguins have won their last three road games and are riding their longest point streak since their 11-game win streak spanning Oct. 17 – Nov. 15, 2015.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL lead in power play goals (5) and also tops all league rookies in goals (9) and shots (49).

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, seven of Sprong’s 14 AHL goals have come on the power play.

– All five of Zach Aston-Reese’s points this season have come in his last six games.

– A rookie has scored in all but one of the Penguins’ 13 games this season, the lone exception coming on Oct. 27 vs. Hershey.

– Sunday was Dominik Simon’s 300th professional game.

– With an assist on Ryan Haggerty’s overtime goal on Saturday, Jean-Sébastien Dea achieved his 100th AHL point.

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

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 13 10 2 0 1 21 .808
2. Charlotte 14 10 4 0 0 20 .714
3. Lehigh Valley 15 9 4 0 2 20 .667
4. Providence 13 7 4 2 0 16 .615
5. Hershey 15 6 7 0 2 14 .467
6. Hartford 15 6 7 1 1 14 .467
7. Bridgeport 13 6 7 0 0 12 .462
8. Springfield 16 4 11 1 0 9 .281

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 13 9 5 14
Dominik Simon 13 2 8 10
Jean-Sébastien Dea 13 4 5 9
Kevin Czuczman 13 1 8 9
Ryan Haggerty 6 6 2 8

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 8 7-0-1 1.94 .936 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                                 TIME    

Fri, Nov. 17        Binghamton     Veterans Memorial Arena           7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Nov. 7         (D)     Zach Trotman                   Reassigned by PIT

Wed, Nov. 8       (D)     Dylan Zink                      Reassigned to WHL

Wed, Nov. 8       (LW)  Freddie Tiffels   Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Wed, Nov. 8       (D)     Jeff Taylor          Reassigned by PIT to WHL

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.

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

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