PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/6/18

Penguins establish eight-game home win streak, now hit the road for four in a row

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (28-12-3-1) treks to New England for Atlantic Division showdowns

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 2 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Hershey 1
Andrey Pedan led the Penguins in a variety of ways, starting with an energizing fight to ramp up his team five seconds after the first puck drop. He kicked off the Pens’ four unanswered goals with a tally at the end of the first period, then scored again in the third. The Penguins improved their season record against the Bears to 6-0-1-1. 

Saturday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
Tristan Jarry shined in a tight game against the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Making 34 saves, Jarry enabled the Penguins to maintain a lead the entire game following first period goals from Jean-Sébastien Dea and Daniel Sprong. Jarry captured his sixth-straight win in the AHL.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – PENGUINS at Springfield
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to Springfield for the first time this season. The Penguins are 2-0-0-0 against the Thunderbirds this season, but went winless in three visits to MassMutual Center last season (0-2-1). Since their last game against the Penguins on Jan. 5, the T-Birds are 8-4-0-0.

Friday, Feb. 9 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins face the Bruins in hopes of avenging the 1-0 defeat that Providence handed them in their last trip to Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Jan. 19. Zane McIntyre posted a 28-save shutout in that bout and has a .936 save percentage in his last eight net appearances.

Sunday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins and Bruins will face-off once again to complete the road trip. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has the advantage of a day off on Saturday, whereas Providence will be playing in its final game of a three-in-three weekend.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is on a seven game point streak in the AHL, racking up five goals and eight assists for 13 points in that time.

– Zach Aston-Reese achieved 20 points (7G-13A) in his last 20 games prior to earning his first NHL recall.

– Kevin Czuczman scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his professional career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton called up Reid Gardiner from Wheeling prior to its game on Saturday and he made his season debut with the Penguins vs. the Phantoms. Gardiner leads the Nailers and tops all ECHL rookies with 26 goals this season.

– Tom Kostopoulos’ next game will be his 700th in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 44 28 12 3 1 60 .682
2. Lehigh Valley 47 27 14 3 3 60 .638
3. Providence 46 26 16 3 1 56 .609
4. Bridgeport 46 23 17 4 2 52 .565
5. Charlotte 47 25 19 0 3 53 .564
6. Hartford 48 21 20 4 3 49 .510
7. Springfield 48 22 24 1 1 46 .479
8. Hershey 48 18 23 3 4 43 .448

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 34 20 15 35
Ryan Haggerty 33 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese*^ 41 9 20 29
Teddy Blueger 44 12 14 26
Jean-Sébastien Dea 39 11 15 26
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Anthony Peters 13 7-4-2 2.33 .916 1
Casey DeSmith 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Feb. 7    Springfield       Mass Mutual Center          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 9        Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     7:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 11    Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     3:05 p.m.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 3        (LW) Troy Josephs                   Recalled from WHL

Sat, Feb. 3        (RW) Reid Gardiner                 Recalled from WHL

Sat, Feb. 3        (RW) Zach Aston-Reese                  Recalled by PIT

Sun, Feb. 4      (G) Tristan Jarry                                Recalled by PIT

Sun, Feb. 4      (G) Casey DeSmith                      Reassigned by PIT

AWE-INSPIRING NIGHT BY JARRY HELPS PENGUINS BEAT PHANTOMS

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Tristan Jarry stole the show at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night, as he and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came away with a 2-1 win against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (28-12-3-1) received stellar goaltending all night long as Jarry consistently stymied Lehigh Valley in a shining 34-save performance. The Penguins also used two early tallies to put some distance between them and their in-state rival, and that quick outburst proved to be the difference.

Jean-Sébastien Dea found the back of the net only 26 seconds into the game. Dea came streaking down the right wing wall and perfectly placed his shot over Dustin Tokarski’s shoulder, into the top corner and off the back bar. This marked the third time this season that the Penguins scored on the Phantoms in the first minute of regulation.

Not long after Dea’s opening goal, Jarry began to face an onslaught by the Phantoms. Lehigh Valley racked up 10 shots before the midway mark of the first period, but turned them aside every time. After Jarry came up big on multiple point blank opportunities, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton used a power play goal from Daniel Sprong to jump out to a 2-0 lead at 12:53 of the opening frame. The man advantage marker was the AHL All-Star’s 20th goal on the season.

The second period saw an abundance of power plays, but neither team able to score. Both netminders were sharp, and the score remained 2-0 in favor of the Penguins heading into the second intermission.

Lehigh Valley got another power play in the third period and finally cashed in as Chris Conner snuck the puck through Jarry’s legs from right in front of the net at the nine-minute to pull the Phantoms within one.

Penguins defenseman Chris Summers lent a big hand to his goaltender by making a brilliant defensive play to preserve Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead with just under five minutes to play. While a loose puck lingered dangerously around Jarry’s crease with the goalie unable to locate the puck while contending with an abundance of traffic, Summers stepped into Matt Read and held him at bay for several seconds until a teammate could swoop in and sweep it away from the net-mouth.

Despite the Phantoms pulling Tokarski for an extra attacker with roughly two minutes remaining in regulation, Lehigh Valley couldn’t muster an equalizer on Jarry, who remained dialed in until the sound of the final buzzer.

Tokarski finished the night having made 19 saves on 21 shots faced.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Feb. 7 when they visit the Springfield Thunderbirds. 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.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/30/18

Penguins take on rivals Bears, Phantoms after All-Star Break

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (26-12-3-1) still holds first place in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 24 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 0
Anthony Peters recorded the first shutout of his AHL career as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 5-0-1-1 against their I-81 rival this season. Zach Aston-Reese started the scoring at 3:40 of the first period, and it eventually stood as the game-winner as the Penguins defense allowed a season-low 18 shots on goal.

Friday, Jan. 26 – PENGUINS 2 at Lehigh Valley 5
All-Star Daniel Sprong kicked things off on the right foot, scoring 54 seconds into the game. However, after Aston-Reese’s second tally of the week sparked a first period goaltending change, the Phantoms rattled off four unanswered tallies.

Saturday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 3 (OT)
The Penguins entered the All-Star Break on a high note thanks to Teddy Blueger’s continued overtime heroics. Blueger, who leads the AHL with three overtime game-winning goals, switched roles and set up Aston-Reese for the deciding goal in OT. Tristan Jarry played in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Oct. 28.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 2 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton welcomes Hershey to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time since Nov. 5. The Penguins have not suffered a regulation loss to the Bears this season. The Bears’ Chris Bourque is currently in a four-way tie for the league lead in points (43).

Saturday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins get a chance to avenge their loss to the Phantoms from a week prior and that opportunity will come on home ice. In Lehigh Valley’s five previous visits to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has failed to score four or more goals only once.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong participated in the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday. Sprong recorded two assists in the Atlantic Division’s three games.

– Zach Aston-Reese has goals in three-straight games and has 19 points (7G-12A) in his last 19 games.

– Ryan Haggerty posted 13 points (5G-8A) in 11 games during the month of January.

– Tom Kostopoulos’ next game will be his 700th in the AHL.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has a 1.69 goals against average and .935 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 42 26 12 3 1 56 .667
2. Lehigh Valley 45 26 13 3 3 58 .644
3. Providence 44 25 15 3 1 54 .614
4. Charlotte 44 24 18 0 2 50 .568
5. Bridgeport 44 22 16 4 2 50 .568
6. Hartford 46 20 20 3 3 46 .500
7. Springfield 47 21 24 1 1 44 .468
8. Hershey 45 17 21 3 4 41 .456

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 32 19 13 32
Ryan Haggerty 32 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese* 40 9 19 28
Teddy Blueger 42 12 13 25
Jean-Sébastien Dea^ 37 10 14 24

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Anthony Peters 13 7-4-2 2.33 .916 1
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Feb. 2        Hershey           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 3        Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Jan. 23   (D) Jeff Taylor                Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Mon, Jan. 24   (G) Tristan Jarry                           Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 25   (G) Charles Williams                 Released from PTO

Mon, Jan. 25   (LW) Freddie Tiffels     Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Mon, Jan. 26   (C) Jean-Sébastien Dea                   Recalled by PIT

SPRONG POSTS TWO ASSISTS FOR ATLANTIC, BUT NORTH DIVISION WINS ALL-STAR CHALLENGE

(Lindsay Mogle | AHL)

UTICA, N.Y. – In a wild night of back-and-forth, end-to-end, action, the North Division won the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge three-on-three tournament at Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York.

The Atlantic Division didn’t make it to the final, going 1-2-0 in its three games, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins All-Star Daniel Sprong recorded two assists during the course of the night.

“We had fun, and we had some laughs out there,” Sprong said. “I’ll always remember this experience. I’ll remember the friends I saw and the new friends I made… This whole thing is just all about fun.”

This year’s AHL All-Star Challenge format was the same as the two years prior, with team representing each of the league’s four divisions skating in a three-on-three round robin tournament. The two divisions with the best records at the end of the initial phase played went on to face one another in the final.

Sprong and the Atlantic Division first faced off against the Central Division in the second game of the night, and won that match-up in convincing fashion, 5-2.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s leading goal scorer notched an assist in the Atlantic’s second contest, dishing the puck to Providence’s Austin Czarnik when their team had their goalie pulled for an extra attacker in an attempt to tie the game. Unfortunately, that goal came a bit too late, as the Pacific Division defeated Sprong and company, 4-3.

In the Atlantic’s last game, Sprong used a lengthy pass from the defensive zone to the far blue line that led to a breakaway goal for Lehigh Valley’s T.J. Brennan. The rookie’s long-distance helper put the Atlantic into a 3-0 lead with 2:58 left in the game.

“I don’t think that’s happening next time we play [the Phantoms],” Sprong said of his feed to Brennan. “I told him he had to return the favor eventually this year. But you know, you set up a guy like that for a breakaway, he had a really good chance of scoring.”

However, the Atlantic’s 3-0 lead disappeared in a flash, as the North Division stormed back with four goals in 2:38 to win the game, 4-3, and clinch a date in the final with the undefeated Pacific.

C.J. Smith of the Rochester Americans scored the lone goal of the final, as the North took down the Pacific for the title, 1-0.

Sprong will be back on the ice with the Penguins for their next game on Friday, Feb. 2 against the Hershey Bears.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s showdown with Hershey is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday with lower bowl seating available for $14 and select draught beers on sale for $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears 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.

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SPRONG, EASTERN ALL-STARS WIN 2018 SKILLS COMPETITION

UTICA, N.Y. – The Eastern Conference came away with an 18-12 victory over the Western Conference in the 2018 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Sunday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Daniel Sprong participated in three events, helping the East claim victory in the AHL Live Rapid Fire, Turning Stone Resort Casino Pass & Score and Dunkin’ Donuts Breakaway Relay. During the Breakaway Relay, Sprong drew oohs and ahs from the crowd by pulling off a between the legs move.

“I don’t think Clarkie (Donatelli) would appreciate that if I tried that in a game, but it’s called a skills competition for a reason,” Sprong said. “It’s about creativity. We’re here to have fun and show off a little bit.”

Sprong showed off more of his creativity during the Pass & Score event, during which groups of three players would attack a goaltender unopposed and shoot as long as they had each touched the puck once. The Penguins’ leading scorer orchestrated a move straight out of Hollywood that unfortunately did not count towards the East’s winning score because their time had expired.

“On the last one, we were trying to do the Flying V like the Mighty Ducks,” Sprong said. “I think it should have counted, I don’t know why it didn’t count. I think it should have counted. I don’t think the people on TV realized it didn’t count, so at least we looked good on TV.”

Alexandre Grenier of the Springfield Thunderbirds shined in his return to Utica, where he is the Comets franchise’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points. Grenier won the CCM Hardest Shot event with a shot clocked at 104.1 miles per hour – the third-hardest shot ever recorded in an AHL skills competition.

Defenseman John Gilmour of the Hartford Wolf Pack claimed the CCM Fastest Skater title with a lap of 13.663, the fourth-fastest in event history. And Eastern Conference teammates Chris Bourque of the Hershey Bears and Chris Terry of the Laval Rocket shared the Turning Stone Resort Casino Accuracy Shooting crown by each breaking four targets in five attempts.

The Eastern Conference salted away the win by earning an 8-3 victory in the Dunkin’ Donuts Breakaway Relay.

The Providence Bruins’ Jordan Binnington and the Ontario Reign’s Cal Petersen shared the CCM Top Goaltender award, as each turned aside 16 of 18 shots on the evening. Petersen made history in the AHL Live Rapid Fire, becoming the fifth goaltender ever to stop all 10 attempts.

The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino continues on Monday with the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony at 11 a.m., featuring the enshrinement of Jim Bartlett, Don Biggs, Brian Kilrea and Glenn Merkosky as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and also celebrating honorary All-Star Classic captains Scott Pellerin and Craig Cunningham.

The league’s mid-season showcase wraps up Monday night at 7:00 p.m. ET with the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge, a round-robin tournament among the league’s four divisions played at 3-on-3. The All-Star Challenge will air live across the United States on NHL Network, across Canada on Sportsnet and on the internet at AHL Live.

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SPRONG WILL SHOOT TO SCORE AND HAVE A BLAST IN SKILLS COMPETITION

UTICA, N.Y. – Daniel Sprong was in a car on the way to Utica, New York when he found out what events he’d be participating in during the 2018 AHL All-Star Skills Competition.

He’s pretty fired up about it.

“Oh, I’ve got some good ones, for sure,” he remarked before taking the ice at Adirondack Bank Center.

Sprong will represent the Eastern Conference All-Stars on Sunday night by taking part in the rapid fire shooting event, the three-on-none pass and shoot drill, as well as the marquee event of the night, the shootout relay.

The first event for Sprong will be the rapid fire shot, the perfect event for Sprong to showcase the lethal shot that has him leading the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 19 goals this season. In a fun twist, he’ll be paired with Chris Bourque, the lone all-star representative for the Penguins’ bitter rival, the Hershey Bears.

Sprong said that his Penguins teammate Tristan Jarry recommended this event, because it’s so hard for goaltenders to move from post to post in order to contend with two shooters. Jarry would know from experience, because he was in the crease for this event as an all-star last year.

Then, Sprong will participate in the pass and score event, a three-on-none rush during which all three players much touch the puck before trying to score on a goalie for the opposite conference. He’ll skate with Charlotte’s own rookie scoring sensation, Warren Foegele, as well as Providence’s Austin Czarnik. Sprong is particularly excited about this event, because the goalie opposing him will be an old friend, Antoine Bibeau of the San Jose Barracuda.

“I used to play with [Bibeau] in juniors, and he was a real help to me when I was coming into the league at 16-years-old,” Sprong said. “It’s good to see him and I’m happy to see he’s doing well… I’ll try not to embarrass him too much.”

So there’s definitely extra motivation for Sprong to shine in the pass and score three-on-none, but that mojo goes both ways. Bibeau is determined to keep his old Charlottetown teammate off the scoresheet, but if he’s successful in shutting out his old friend, he won’t gloat about it.

“No, no. I’m not that type of guy,” Bibeau said. “But if he scores on me, I’m sure he’ll let me know.”

Sprong will not be a part of the fastest skater competition, but for what it’s worth, his money is on Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman, John Gilmour.

Last for Sprong will be the breakaway challenge. He’ll be going in the sixth round once again with Foegele and Czarnik, in addition to Lehigh Valley’s T.J. Brennan and Laval’s Matt Taormina. That five-some will shoot against Ontario Reign goaltender, Cal Petersen. Sprong advised fans to stay tuned for some tricks he might have up his sleeve in the breakaway challenge, as he’s prepared to cut loose and enjoy the Skills Competition.

“It’s going to be fun,” he said. “There’s no reason to overthink it. I’m here to have fun and I’m excited to be a part of this weekend.”


• A full list of 2018 AHL All-Star Skills Competition events and competitors can be found here.

• The 2018 AHL All-Star Skills Competition will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET from the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York. The skills competition can be viewed in its entirety on TV on NHL Network.

PENGUINS LOSE IN ALLENTOWN, 5-2

BOXSCORE

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were out-dueled in a clash between the Atlantic Division’s top two teams, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms skated to a 5-2 victory at PPL Center on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-12-3-1) still hold first place in the Atlantic despite the loss and appeared to be in control of Friday’s contest until an early goaltending change turned the tide.

Daniel Sprong wasted little time to start the scoring, charging forth on a breakaway and rifling a shot through Dustin Tokarski’s five-hole 56 seconds into the game.

Lehigh Valley’s Greg Carey tied the game at 5:06 of the first period, but a redirect by Zach Aston-Reese put the Penguins back in the lead 1:20 later. At this point, Phantoms coach Scott Gordon decided to pull Tokarski and replace him with back-up Alex Lyon.

With time ticking down in the opening frame, Nic Aubé-Kubel got loose for a mini-break and hoisted a backhand shot over the pads of Anthony Peters. Aubé-Kubel’s goal tied the game, 2-2, three minutes before the second intermission.

The Phantoms took their first lead of the game when T.J. Brennan converted on a two-on-none rush at 11:48 of the second period.

Lehigh Valley tacked on two goals in the third period with tallies from Mike Vecchione and Aubé-Kubel separated by 1:21 of game time. Peters finished the game having made 25 saves. Tokarski only stopped two of the four shots he faced, but Lyon denied all 26 shots thrown his way in relief.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 27 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.

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PETERS, PENGUINS BLANK BEARS, 4-0

BOXSCORE

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coasted to a 4-0 win over the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Wednesday night as Anthony Peters continued his recent run of stellar goaltending.

Peters turned aside all 18 shots he faced to post the first shutout of his AHL career as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 25-11-3-1 on the season.

Though Wilkes-Barre/Scranton only had four shots on goal in the first period, they capitalized on two of them. Zach Aston-Reese got the scoring started as he took a pass from Greg McKegg and beat Pheonix Copley 3:40 into the first period. The Penguins increased their lead to 2-0 midway through the frame when Jarrett Burton’s backhander from below the goal line deflected off of Copley’s back and into the net.

The second period saw the Bears get three opportunities on the man advantage in addition to several odd-man rushes, but the Penguins managed to limit them to only four shots in the frame.

The Penguins exploded for two more goals in a 1:07 span during the third period starting with a goal from Christian Thomas. Thomas Di Pauli found Thomas wide open between the hashmarks and the Olympian buried it at 10:54 of the third act. A little over one minute later, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it 4-0 off the stick of Zach Trotman, who was set up wonderfully by Gage Quinney and Daniel Sprong.

Sprong’s assist on Trotman’s goal gave him his second helper on the night and pulled the rookie into first place on the Penguins in points (30).

Copley stymied 17 of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 21 shots in the loss.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Jan. 26, when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the following night, Saturday, Jan. 27 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.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/23/18

Anthony Peters steals the show in Penguins’ last three games

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-11-3-1) prepares for visits to Pennsylvania rivals

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 17 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its winning streak to a season-best eight games on the back of its top line: Zach Aston-Reese, Gage Quinney and Ryan Haggerty. Aston-Reese led the way with three points (1G-2A). Haggerty tacked on two assists to assume the team lead in points with 29.

Friday, Jan. 19 – PENGUINS 0 at Providence 1
The Pens couldn’t crack the scoreboard in Providence, falling, 1-0. The Bruins’ Tommy Cross scored the game’s only goal on a power play midway through the third period. Anthony Peters stopped a season-high 42 shots in the tough-luck loss.

Sunday, Jan. 21- PENGUINS 0 at Hartford 1  (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out of the gate quickly with 21 shots in the first period, the most the team has generated in one period this season. Anthony Peters stopped 21 shots before the Wolf Pack’s Vince Pedrie ended the game 2:25 into overtime.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 24 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton heads down I-81 to face-off against Hershey on Wednesday. The Pens are 4-0-1-1 against the Bears this season, and seven of their last 13 trips to Giant Center have required overtime.

Friday, Jan. 26 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Pens take on the Phantoms at PPL Center with the Turnpike rivals’ season series tied at four wins apiece. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored Lehigh Valley, 26-24, this season.

Saturday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
Binghamton visits Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the second time this season on Saturday. On Dec. 22, Jarrett Burton and Teddy Blueger both scored twice in a Pens 4-3 OT win.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday from Pittsburgh. Despite not playing in the AHL since Dec. 29, Sprong still ranks first on the team in goals (18).

– Ryan Haggerty’s next game will be his 200th AHL game.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored its opponents 27-12 since the calendar turned to 2018.

– Friday and Sunday’s contests were the first consecutive 1-0 decisions in franchise history.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has a 1.50 goals against average and .944 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 39 24 11 3 1 52 .667
2. Providence 41 24 13 3 1 52 .634
3. Lehigh Valley 42 24 13 2 3 53 .631
4. Charlotte 42 24 17 0 1 49 .583
5. Bridgeport 41 20 15 4 2 46 .561
6. Hershey 42 17 18 3 4 41 .488
7. Hartford 43 17 20 3 3 40 .465
8. Springfield 44 19 23 1 1 40 .455

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Ryan Haggerty 29 16 13 29
Daniel Sprong* 29 18 10 28
Zach Aston-Reese* 37 6 18 24
Teddy Blueger 39 12 11 23
Jean-Sébastien Dea 36 9 14 23

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 11 6-3-2 2.30 .919 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 24     Hershey             Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 26        Lehigh Valley   PPL Center                          7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 27      Binghamton      Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Jan. 22   (RW) Daniel Sprong                   Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Jan. 22   (D) Jeff Taylor              Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Jan. 22   (LW) Freddie Tiffels    Reassigned by PIT from WHL

SPRONG RETURNS TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Daniel Sprong to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Sprong, 20, scored twice and had three points in eight NHL games. He is the WBS Penguins’ leading goal scorer this season with 18 goals in 29 AHL contests. His 18 goals are tied for second-most among AHL rookies.
The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 24, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Jan. 27 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.

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