Danny Kristo has recorded three consecutive 20-goal seasons

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2017 second-round draft pick and forward Danny Kristo, it was announced today by Penguins executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Kristo was acquired by the Penguins from the St Louis Blues on November 19, 2016 for defenseman Reid McNeill.  He appeared in 32 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 11 points (6+5) and 10 penalty minutes.

Hainsey, 35, was in his fourth season with the Hurricanes. This season, he has suited up for all 56 games played, producing 14 points (4G-10A), including his 200th NHL assist against the Penguins back on Jan. 20.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefthanded-shooting blueliner sat third on the Hurricanes in time on ice (22:20 minutes) and second overall in shorthanded minutes (3:03 minutes). His 79 hits led club defenders, and his 92 blocked shots placed third.

A native of Bolton, Connecticut, Hainsey served as an alternate captain for Carolina during the previous two seasons. The dependable blueliner joins the Penguins having skated in 347 of a possible 350 games since 2012-13.

Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (13th overall) in 2000, Hainsey has 250 points (49G-201A) in 891 career games played with Carolina, Winnipeg/Atlanta, Columbus and Montreal. Since playing his first full-time NHL season with Columbus in 2006-07, Hainsey has played in 804 of a possible 842 games (95%).

Hainsey, who played two years at the University of Massechusetts-Lowell, becomes the 16th current Penguin with college hockey experience. Only Matt Cullen (1,347 games) and Trevor Daley (892 games) have more NHL regular-season playing experience.

Hainsey, an alumnus of the United States National Team Development Program, represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship, where he was an alternate captain, and named one of the ‘Top Three’ players on the team by the media. He also skated in the 2000 and ’01 World Junior Championship, leading all defenders with five assists in ’01.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Feb. 24, when it travels to upstate New York to take on the Utica Comets. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.



WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter scored the overtime game-winner to cap off a four-point night as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears, 4-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

The two clubs combined for six power play goals in regulation, but two minutes and 55 seconds into the extra period, Teddy Blueger hit Porter at center ice on a breakaway, leading to the lone even strength goal of the evening against Bears goaltender Vítek Vaněček. The goal lifted the Penguins to their league-leading 35th victory in thrilling fashion.

The Bears opened the scoring, tallying a power play goal at the 7:20 mark in the first period when Paul Carey snuck one past the glove of Tristan Jarry.

Danny Kristo tied the game, 1-1, 8:55 into the second period on the man advantage for the Penguins. Later in the period, the Penguins scored their second power play goal of the game after David Warsofsky blasted one home from the point.

Two more power play goals in the third period allowed Hershey to tie the game and subsequently take a 3-2 lead. Chandler Stephenson found the back of the cage 6:30 into the third stanza, and Christian Thomas notched the go-ahead goal 3:24 later.

With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton desperate to find a tying goal, captain Tom Kostopoulos scored on a two-man advantage for his 200th career AHL goal. Kostopoulos’ milestone marker knotted the score, 3-3, with just under four minutes to play in regulation.

The Penguins had to kill off another Bears power play during the sudden death overtime, and shortly thereafter, Blueger fed Porter for the breakaway that led to the game-winning goal.

Jarry recorded 28 saves for his league-leading 21st win of the season. Vaněček stopped 32 of 36 shots in the net for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11, against the Binghamton Senators. Saturday night’s contest is also the Penguins’ annual Military Appreciation Night.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.



WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Force was strong in Northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday night, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins held off the Binghamton Senators for a 5-4 win during the Penguins’ Star Wars night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (24-7-3-0) became the first team in the AHL to reach the 50-point plateau this season thanks to a big game from Danny Kristo (two goals) and Jake Guentzel (three assists).

Not even three minutes ticked by before Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got out to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame with goals merely 44 seconds apart. Tom Kostopoulos got on the board first and Kristo followed up with a tally of his own shortly thereafter.

Jack Rodewald and Binghamton struck back, scoring at 14:47 of the first period, making it 2-1.

The Senators stunned the crowd with two markers in quick succession early in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. But Tom Sestito brought the fans back to life and gave the Penguins a new hope when he tied the game at 14:12 of the second period.

Another flurry of scoring saw Wilkes-Barre/Scranton take a 5-3 lead with a pair of goals from Kristo and Ryan Haggerty. Those two players found the back of the net within 39 seconds of one another.

Binghamton did not go quietly as Casey Bailey scored an extra-attacker, power play goal with 1:01 left in the final period, cutting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead to 5-4.

The Senators’ late push was not enough, as the Penguins held on for the victory. Goaltender Doug Carr earned the win in his first start with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, making 33 saves on 37 shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 8, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center at 5:00 p.m. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent will be the Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins power play unit produced a season-high three goals on the man advantage on Saturday afternoon, and propelled the team to a 6-2 win over the St. John’s IceCaps at Mile One Centre.

The win raised the Pens’ record to 14-4-2-0 (30 points) on the season and kept the club in first place in the Atlantic Division, while the IceCaps saw their record even out at 11-11-1-0 (23 points).

After failing to score on their first man advantage of the game, the Penguins rattled off power play goals on their next three chances, and ended up scoring on half of their opportunities on the afternoon.

Danny Kristo opened the scoring at 18:08 of the first period with a point blast that beat Charlie Lindgren, giving Kristo his first goal in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform.

Penalties on Mark MacMillan (tripping) and Jacob de la Rose (goaltender interference) came just 34 seconds apart, giving the Penguins an extended two-man advantage early in the second period.  And the visitors took advantage of both chances, as Kevin Porter scored with 18 seconds left in the five-on-three, and Dominik Simon tallied 19 seconds later to make it a 3-0 game 6:07 into the middle period.

Chris Terry beat Tristan Jarry at 14:33 of the second period, ending the Pens’ netminder’s shutout streak at 95:28 dating back to November 23.

Jean-Sébastien Dea redirected a Simon shot past Lindgren with 42 seconds remaining in the second period to reestablish the three-goal lead.

Tim Erixon and Josh Archibald sandwiched third period goals around Daniel Audette’s second of the season to complete the day’s scoring.

Jarry made 31 saves on the afternoon to raise his record to 9-4-1, while Lindgren stopped 21 of 27 attempts and fell to 9-6-0.

The two teams will face off again on Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

NOTES:  Porter (1+2) and Tom Kostopoulos (0+3) each recorded three points, while Archibald and Simon each picked up a goal and an assist…The win was the Penguins’ sixth regular season victory in a row in St. John’s.  The team’s last regulation loss in Newfoundland came on December 6, 2013 in a 5-0 defeat…Kristo’s goal was his first of the season, and snapped an 11-game scoreless streak dating back to April 16 of last season…Erixon’s goal was his first since March 13 of last season.

The Pens return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling 570-208-7367.


HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins could not find the same comeback magic they conjured in their previous two visits to Giant Center and fell 4-0 at the hand of the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night.

The Penguins (12-4-1-0) were unable to beat the Bears’ goaltender, Vítek Vanečěk, once in 60 minutes of game time, and as a result, lost to Hershey for the first time in 2016-17.

The contest began with a furious start from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, outshooting the Bears 6-0 before the five-minute mark of the first period and holding an 11-6 shot advantage by the end of the opening frame. The Penguins’ best chances came from Josh Archibald and newcomer Danny Kristo, playing in his first  game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. On both occasions, Vanečěk shut the door, and the first period ended in a 0-0 deadlock.

The scoreless tie was finally snapped with just 20.5 seconds remaining in the second period when Hershey’s Zach Sill scooped up a puck in the high slot and potted his first goal of the season.

Christian Thomas extended the Bears’ lead to 2-0 at 2:22 of the third period with a power play goal. Thomas stuffed a puck that was lodged underneath Tristan Jarry’s left leg pad and stuffed it across the goal line. After protest by the Penguins, the play was reviewed, but the goal stood as called.

Forty seconds past the midway point of the third period, Christian Djoos picked the top corner over Jarry’s glove hand, scoring his first goal of the season and putting the Bears up 3-0.

Paul Carey extended his personal point streak to 12 games with a tally on a mini-breakaway with less than a minute left in regulation. Carey’s late-game goal brought the game to its final score of 4-0.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outshot Hershey 24-18 when it was all said and done, but the Penguins never found the back of the Bears’ net and were handed their third shutout loss of the season.

Jarry recorded 14 saves in the loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Vanečěk stopped all 24 pucks thrown his way for his second shutout of the season.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Nov. 25, when they head up the Long Island Sound to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Nov. 26, also against Bridgeport. Individual game tickets for next Saturday night’s game and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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.

PREVIEW: Bears vs Penguins – November 23, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears meet up for the second time in the past five days in Hershey.  The Penguins have taken the first two meetings at the Giant Center, with both victories coming in overtime.  Tonight’s game is the third of 12 meetings between the club’s this season.

Newcomer Danny Kristo and head coach Clark Donatelli talk about the newly acquired forwards play and possible role with the Penguins..

Head coach Clark Donatelli talks about meeting familiar foes this week.


DATE:  Wednesday, November 23, 2016
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Giant Center
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) |


RECORD 8-4-3-1 (20 pts) | Fourth in Atlantic Division


GOALS  Jakub Vrana 9
ASSISTS  Chris Bourque 12
POINTS  Chris Bourque 16
PIM  Tyler Lewington 52
WINS  Joe Cannata 5
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.16

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Liam O’Brien entered last week’s action with no points to show in his first nine games of the season. Now he carries a three-game point streak (2+2) into Wednesday night’s action.

NEWS AND NOTES:A pair of Bears forwards are closing in on significant games-played milestones this week.  Garrett Mitchell is sitting on 297 games played in the AHL, all with the Bears.  He played his first game with Hershey during the 2009-10 season…Chris Bourque enters Wednesday night’s action with 598 games played in the AHL and will likely hit the 600 mark this Friday against the Springfield Thunderbirds.



RECORD  12-3-1-0 (25 pts) | First in Atlantic Division


GOALS  Jake Guentzel*  7
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel *  10
POINTS  Jake Guentzel*  17
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  7
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.40

*= currently with Pittsburgh

WHO’S HOT:  Garrett Wilson picked up three points (1+2) in a pair of games last weekend, and has five points (1+4) in his past five games.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Forward Danny Kristo figures to make his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut tonight after being acquired by the Penguins from the St. Louis Blues/Chicago Wolves in exchange for Reid McNeill over the weekend.  He’ll wear #7 for the Penguins….Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating…Casey DeSmith’s .949 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.




Big wins against Bridgeport, Hershey keep Penguins atop Atlantic Division

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-3-1-0) set to face-off with Bears and Sound Tigers again


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – PENGUINS 1 at Lehigh Valley 4

The Penguins fell to their Keystone rivals in their first meeting this season. It was just Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s third regulation loss of the season. Thomas Di Pauli scored the lone goal for the Pens, the first of his professional career.

Friday, Nov.18 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Bridgeport 3

The Penguins bounced back from their previous loss with a hard-earned victory over the Sound Tigers in which they scored three of their four goals in the second period. Casey DeSmith made 25 saves in net, improving his record to 5-0-0.

Saturday, Nov. 19 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 3

In their second game at the Giant Center, the Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period and ended up with a win in overtime. Tom Kostopoulos tied the game, 3-3, with 1:04 left in regulation, and Carter Rowney sealed the win 2:01 into OT. Jake Guentzel had three points (1G-2A), and both Oskar Sundqvist and Cameron Gaunce had two assists.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS at Hershey

The Penguins take on the Bears for the third time this season and second time in five days. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was the overtime victor in the two squads’ previous two match-ups.

Friday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton plays the Sound Tigers for the third time in two weeks.  The Penguins were dominant in their last meeting in Bridgeport, winning 7-1.

Saturday, Nov. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport

The Pens take on Bridgeport in the second game of a home-and-home. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Bridgeport, 4-3, the last time the Sound Tigers visited Mohegan Sun Arena.


Ice Chips

– On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired right wing Danny Kristo from St. Louis in exchange for defenseman Reid McNeill. The three-time 20-goal scorer has reported directly to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

– The Penguins have the best goal differential in the AHL (+23) and allow the fewest goals per game (1.88).

– Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .949 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.

–  Carter Rowney has scored four of the Penguins’ past seven  regular season overtime game-winning goals. Including playoffs, Rowney has the game-winner in five of the Pens’ past 10 overtime victories.



TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          16        12         3           1           0         25          .781

2. Lehigh Valley       15        10         4          1          0          21          .700

3. Bridgeport            15        10         5          0          0         20        .667

4. Hersey                   16         8          4          3          1         20        .625

5. Springfield            16         7          5          2          2         18         .563

6. Providence           16         5          6          3          2         15        .469

7. Hartford                16         5          9          2          0         12        .375



SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^          16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist         15         6          8         14

Carter Rowney            16         5          8         13

Tom Kostopoulos       16         6          5         11

Garrett Wilson            16         3          7         10


GOALIES                 GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      5        5-0-0        1.40       0.949          0

Tristan Jarry              11        7-3-1          1.98        0.929          0


* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                  OPPONENT       LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Nov. 23    Hershey               Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 25        Bridgeport           Webster Bank Arena         7:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 26      Bridgeport           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.



Mon, Nov. 21    DEL      (C) Jake Guentzel                   Recalled by PIT

Sat, Nov. 19     ADD      (RW) Danny Kristo              Loaned from PIT

Sat, Nov. 19     DEL       (D) Reid McNeill                   Recalled by PIT


Danny Kristo has recorded three consecutive 20-goal seasons
Danny Kristo has recorded three consecutive 20-goal seasons

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired right wing Danny Kristo from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Reid McNeill, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.  Kristo will report to the  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Kristo, 26, has posted three consecutive 20-goal seasons in the American Hockey League while suiting up for the Hartford Wolf Pack (2013-14, 2014-15) and the Chicago Wolves (2015-16).  Last season he paced the Wolves with 25 goals and finished second on the team with 48 points.

A second round selection by the Montreal Canadiens in 2008, Kristo played four seasons at the University of North Dakota and led the Fighting Sioux with 26 goals and 52 points in his senior season. He garnered first team honors in the WCHA at the end of the 2012-13 season.

The Edina, Minnesota native has also represented the United States on the international stage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Kristo has recorded 142 points (72+70) in 225 AHL games with the Wolves, Wolf Pack and Hamilton Bulldogs in parts of five seasons.

McNeill, 24, has appeared in 190 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in parts of five seasons, recording 29 points (4+21) and 319 penalty minutes.  He was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL draft by the Penguins.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are back in action tonight when they face the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center at 7:00pm.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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.