PENGUINS SEASON IN REVIEW

It’s never easy to see your season come to an end.  It’s even more difficult when you have high expectations.  And after a 51-win regular season, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins certainly thought they had the ability to advance deep into the Calder Cup Playoffs.

But a 2-1 Game Five defeat at the hands of the Providence Bruins on Sunday ended the Pens’ hopes for a run at a postseason championship.

“I thought we did absolutely everything in our power [Sunday] to try to win that game,” said forward Oskar Sundqvist.

Falling in the first round is undoubtedly disappointing.  And when you take into account that the Atlantic Division featured four of the top eight teams in the entire league, any opening series matchup was going to present challenges – on both sides of the puck.

“Overall, yeah, we’re disappointed we’re not in the playoffs. We’re disappointed that we have a   good enough team here that we could of made a good run,” said head coach Clark Donatelli.  “If you look at the whole broad picture of what we did as a group, there are a lot of positives that came out of it.”

So before we close the book for good on the 2016-17 season, let’s take a look back at some of those positives and high points for the Penguins.


GREAT GUENTZEL

Jake Guentzel’s first goal of the season was among the best in the AHL this season.
Jake Guentzel wasted little time in establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the AHL, recording four points (1+3) in the Penguins’ season-opening 6-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on October 15.
The rookie forward recorded 17 points (7+10) in his first 16 games of the season, before receiving his first recall by the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 21.  He made his NHL debut that night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers, and announced his arrival with authority, scoring goals on his first two shots in a Pittsburgh uniform.

Guentzel returned to Wilkes-Barre in early December, recorded his first career hat trick on December 27 against the Springfield Falcons, and posted 42 points (21+21) in just 31 teams with the AHL club.  He was recalled once again on January 16, and has been a fixture in the Pittsburgh lineup ever since.


SUNNY RISING

Oskar Sundqvist capped his hat trick with a fourth goal against the Hershey Bears

Oskar Sundqvist’s second season can’t be considered anything except a success.  The native of Sweden recorded his sixth goal of the campaign in his 16th game, eclipsing his mark from the 2015-16 season.  He had 16 points by December 4 (one fewer than his entire tally from last year), and blew past his first-year total on December 10, when he tied a team record with four goals in a game against the Hershey Bears.

Sundqvist hit the 20-goal mark on April 7, one of just three Penguins skaters to see that total this season, and his 46 points (20+26) in 63 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied him for third on the team.

Additionally, he saw action in 10 games with Pittsburgh this season, giving him 28 NHL contests in his first two years in North America.


ARCHIE ON THE ATTACK

Josh Archibald tied for the AHL lead with four short-handed goals this season, a total which included this beauty.

Josh Archibald came into his own this season, setting new career highs in goals (16), assists (13) and points (29).  He also paced the AHL with four short-handed tallies, and finished sixth in the league with a plus-25 mark in 61 games.  The fourth-year pro also thrilled with Pittsburgh, scoring his first two NHL goals in his first game of the season, February 11 against the Arizona Coyotes.


MILESTONE MAN

Tom Kostopoulos picked up his 500th AHL point with this tally against the Binghamton Senators

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain Tom Kostopoulos showed few signs of slowing down in his 18th season of professional hockey, leading the Penguins with 24 goals and 54 points while appearing in a team-high 74 games.

Along the way, TK hit memorable marks by recording his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (November 4); hitting the 500 point plateau in the AHL (January 28); appearing in his 600th game with the Pens (February 4); and recording his 200th AHL goal (February 10).


DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE

The Penguins goaltending duo of Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith posted the lowest goals against average in the league at 2.15, earning the tandem the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes award.

Jarry finished the season with 28 wins, third most in the league and the fourth-highest single season total in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.  The AHL All-Star moved into a tie for fourth place on the team’s all-time wins list with Matt Murray (45) by year’s end, and his three shutouts this season evened Jeff Zatkoff’s career total of eight, tied for fifth in the Pens record book.

DeSmith posted an impressive 21 wins in 29 appearances, and led the entire AHL with a 2.01 goals against average. He stopped 26 shots to record his first AHL shutout on April 1 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his final 11 regular season appearances.

Additionally, David Warsofsky proved to be one of the most reliable defenseman in the league, finishing third overall with a plus-30 ranking, ranking seventh among blue liners with 47 points, and tied for fourth among defensemen with nine power play goals.  A member of the Atlantic Division squad at the AHL All-Star Classic, Warsofsky’s totals of 16+31=47 established new career highs across the board for the seventh-year pro.


FANTASTIC FIRSTS

Nine different Penguins skaters recorded their first career AHL goals during the 2016-17 season:

Reid Gardiner – November 5 at Bridgeport

Thomas DiPauli – November 16 at Lehigh Valley

Teddy Blueger – December 11 at Bridgeport

Lukas Bengtsson – December 16 vs Rochester

Ethan Prow – February 3 vs St. John’s

Zach Aston-Reese – March 21 vs Hartford

Troy Josephs – April 1 vs Lehigh Valley

Pat McGrath – April 8 at Hartford

Cody Wydo – April 9 at Providence

Also, goaltender Sean Maguire picked up his first AHL victory with a22 save performance against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the Pens regular season finale on April 15.


GOING TO THE SHOW

In addition to Guetnzel, three other Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made their NHL debuts with Pittsburgh this season.

Carter Rowney, suited up for the big club for the first time on January 31 against the Nashville Predators, and netted his first NHL goal on March 17 against the New Jersey Devils.

Tristan Jarry and Jean-Sebastien Dea both appeared in Pittsburgh’s regular season finale on April 9 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.


ADDITIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS

Jake Guentzel captured the CCM / AHL Rookie of the Month honors for December with 17 points  (11+6) in 10 games during the month.

Guentzel and DeSmith were named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team at season’s end.

Warsofsky earned All-AHL Second Team honors.

The Penguins clinched their 15th consecutive playoff appearance – the longest current stream in the AHL – on April 2.

The Penguins laid claim to the Emile Francis (Atlantic Division Champion) and Frank Mathers (Eastern Conference Champion) trophies following a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins on April 9.

The Penguins finished the season with a record of 51- 20-3-2 (107 points) and captured the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the league’s regular season champion on April 15.

PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – April 28, 2017


100/200

Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins was the 100th all-time Calder Cup Playoff game played in Wilkes-Barre.  The Penguins have a record of 60-40 on home ice in the postseason, and have outscored the opposition 295-241.

Thursday’s game was also the 200th playoff game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.  The Pens are 104-96 in those games, and have outscored the opposition 562-551.


CLOSE IT OUT

The Penguins can advance to the Atlantic Division Final with a win in Game Four on Friday night (tickets available here).  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 22-13 all-time with a chance to clinch a series, and 15-3 with a chance to clinch on home ice.


BEST OF FIVE

This is the eighth best-of-five series the Penguins have participated in, and the team is 6-1 in the first seven of those rounds.  The only loss came in the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals at the hands of the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-1.


Individual tickets for Friday night’s Game Four are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

Penguins postseason ticket packages, which include tickets to every home contest during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are on sale now.  With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every home game in the playoffs, as well as their same seat guaranteed throughout the team’s playoff run. Fans can secure their seats for every home game by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS POWER PAST PROVIDENCE

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins defeated the Providence Bruins, 2-1, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to take a 2-1 series lead in the Atlantic Division Semifinal.

Special teams were the name of the game on Thursday night, as the two teams combined for three power play goals, but it was the two tallies by Penguins defensemen that gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the edge.

The Penguins came out jumping to begin their first home game of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, out-shooting the Bruins, 13-5, in the opening frame. However, all of the Penguins’ pressure yielded no results. In fact, the game was still deadlocked in a scoreless tie until 16.2 seconds were left in the second period.

As time was dwindling down late in the middle stanza, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Tim Erixon sniped a top-shelf, power play goal, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

David Warsofsky doubled that lead for the Penguins with another man advantage marker early in the next period. After a quick face-off win by Kevin Porter, Warsofsky fired a shot through traffic that fooled Zane McIntyre 1:32 into the third. By combining on that goal, Warsofsky and Porter pulled into a tie for the Calder Cup Playoffs overall lead in points with six.

Providence answered back with a power play goal of its own with 6:35 remaining in regulation. Jordan Szwarz made it a one-goal game when he corralled some loose change in the slot and slid it into the back of the Penguins’ net.

With their goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Bruins sent a flurry of shots the Penguins’ way only for them to be blocked by sprawling defenders or turned aside by Casey DeSmith. Time ran out on Providence’s comeback bid as the Penguins pulled within one win of advancing to the Atlantic Division Final.

DeSmith denied 32 shots in the win for the Penguins. McIntyre recorded 30 saves in the loss for the Bruins.

The next game in the best-of-five series is tomorrow, Friday, Apr. 28, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Semifinal is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.  Individual tickets for Friday night’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

Penguins postseason ticket packages, which include tickets to every home contest during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are on sale now.  With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every home game in the playoffs, as well as their same seat guaranteed. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every home game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – APRIL 24, 2015

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins ranked one and two in defense during the American Hockey League’s regular season.

So how does one explain 11 goals combined in Sunday afternoon’s Game Two?

“I don’t think you expect any playoff game to be 6-5,” said Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky.  “Sometimes the bounces go that way.”

They were certainly going Warsofsky’s way on Sunday, as the former Bruins blueliner recorded four points, including a pair of goals just 23 seconds apart to open the afternoon’s scoring.

“I think our whole mentality is get pucks to the net, and they went in,” said Warsofsky, who blasted a one-timer from the point for the Pens’ first goal, then snuck a second through traffic and past goaltender Zane McIntyre off an offensive zone faceoff.  “I got a couple of bounces there.  I’ve had a shot mentality for a long time this year and you get lucky once in a while.”


Derrick Pouliot’s overtime winner didn’t come in the normal fashion for the Penguins defenseman.  It wasn’t a big bomb from the point or wicked writer form the slot that beat McIntyre and sent the team to victory.  Instead it was a patient approach and a bank shot off of the goaltender’s back leg that allowed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to even the series at a game apiece.

Pouliot started the play with a puck retrieval at the Penguins’ blue line, then hit Garrett Wilson with a tape-to-tape past through the neutral zone.  Wilson moved the puck to Kevin Porter on the left side, as Pouliot came tearing down the board.  Porter dumped the puck off to Pouliot, who angled in on goal.

“I had enough speed where I backed the d-man off,” said Pouliot.  “He’s a good goalie. He came out and took away pretty much everything I had on the shot.  I was able to fake him out and get around and bank it in off his leg there.”


Pouliot’s goal upped the Penguins all-time record in playoff overtime games to 31-22, and 6-2 in overtime games against the Bruins.

Both Warsofsky (2+2) and Kevin Porter (0+4) recorded four-point games on Sunday, falling just one point shy of equalling the team record for points in a game.

Porter’s four helpers tied the team mark for assists in a playoff game.  Chris Kelleher (April 13, 2001), Micki DuPoint (April 27, 2007), and Tom Kostopoulos (May 13, 2016), each picked up four assists in five point games.

Kostopoulos recorded an assist on Tom Sestito’s second period goal, giving the Penguins captain his 43rd playoff helper in a Penguins uniform, and his 66th point.

Casey DeSmith picked up his sixth career playoff win for the Penguins, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on the team’s all-time list.

The best-of-five series now moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Games Three (Thursday) and Four (Friday) at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for both games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

PENGUINS WIN THRILLER IN OT ON POULIOT GOAL

Derrick Pouliot’s goal at 7:49 of overtime was the difference, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won a thriller, 6-5, over the Providence Bruins on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Pouliot picked up a loose puck and skated through the neutral zone, banking a shot off of the back of goaltender Zane McIntyre to even the best-of-five series 1-1.  Game Three is scheduled for Thursday night back in Wilkes-Barre.

The Penguins at one point held a 3-0 lead, only to see the Bruins chip away and finally take a late one-goal advantage.  But an extra attacker goal from Josh Archibald forced overtime and Pouliot’s fantastic individual effort gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the split on the road.

The Penguins controlled much of the play in the early going, outshooting the Bruins 18-9 in the first period, but couldn’t beat netminder Zane McIntyre during the opening frame.

That changed quickly in an offense-filled second period.

Chris Casto’s errant clear found it’s way into the stands, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a power play just 20 seconds into the middle period.  Warsofsky made sure the opportunity wasn’t wasted with a blast from the point which opened the scoring for the Pens.

The former Bruins defenseman made it a 2-0 contest just 23 seconds later with another shot from the near boards.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain Tom Kostopoulos was sprung from the penalty box after an interference call and corralled a Penguins clear in the Providence zone.  He then fed Tom Sestito at the far post, and Sestito deposited the puck in the net to make it a 3-0 game.

Chris Porter got the Bruins on the board 14 seconds after Sestito’s goal, as the teams played four-on-four hockey after offsetting roughing minors to Sestito and Tyler Randell were handed out.

Porter picked up his second of the night at 17:11, banging in a loose puck from a scrum in front of the Pens’ net.  And Tommy Cross, recently reassigned from the Boston Bruins, went top shelf from the right face-off circle with 1:46 left in the period.

The Penguins went back in front when Josh Archibald picked up his first of the playoffs at 3:58 of the third period.  But Danton Heinen notched his second of the series as a Tom Sestito hooking penalty was about to expire at 7:38 to tie the game, before Peter Mueller picked up a loose puck in a scrum and beat DeSmith at 12:48.

With time running down, the Pens pulled DeSmith for the extra attacker, and the move paid off as Archibald’s shot deflected off a skate and into the Bruins net with 1:03 left in regulation to force overtime.

DeSmith stopped 28 shots to pick up the victory for the Penguins, while McIntyre made 38 saves in the loss.

The best-of-five series now moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Game Three on Thursday night at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for Thursday night’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

WARSOFSKY NO STRANGER TO PENS-BRUINS PLAYOFF RIVALRY


David Warsofsky is no stranger to the playoff rivalry that has blossomed between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins over the past four years.  The second team AHL all-star was a member of the Bruins squads that faced off with the Pens during both the 2013 and 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

“I’ve been on the other side of it, where I’ve been playing against Wilkes-Barre,” said Warsofsky.  “It’s always an intense series.”

The first postseason head-to-head between the two teams produced a bit of AHL history, as the Penguins rallied from a three games to none deficit to win the best-of-seven series in 2013.

The clubs met the following year in the second round once again, with the Penguins advancing thanks to wins in Games Two, Three (double OT), Five and Seven.  The final game of that second series produced some heart palpitations for Pens fans, as the home team tallied five times in a six minute span during the second period, only to see the Bruins claw back with four straight goals, including one from Warsofsky.

Those face-offs provided more than a few thrills for Wilkes-Barre’s backers (including a ridiculous individual effort from Brian Gibbons).  But a more suitable barometer for this year’s post-season meeting would be the six-game regular season series the Pens and Bruins recently completed.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted wins in four of six contests, with three of those coming by a single goal.  Providence produced a 5-2 win on December 30, but that was the only game to finish with more than two goals separating the clubs.

“Both of these teams, we kind of have the same type of hockey that we play.  We both play hard hockey,” Warsofsky said.  “Our forwards are physical, our D move the puck.  It’s a grind of a game for both teams.

“You get two teams that play really hard against each other, it usually makes for a fun series.”

Closely contested games figure to be a fixture of the upcoming contests between the clubs.  The Penguins have the AHL’s reigning goals against average king, Casey DeSmith, between the pipes, while Providence’s Zane McIntyre finished a scant .02 percentage points behind the second-year puckstopper.

Part of McIntyre’s success has been the willingness of the players in front of him to physically sacrifice their bodies.

“They put a big emphasis on blocking shots, especially out of their forwards,” Warsofsky said.  “As defensemen, if we can get [a shot] by that first layer, I think that’s our job most importantly.  We’ll have a net front presence and let them do their jobs after that.

“We’ve got to get shots to the net, make it hard for their goalie to see the puck.  Hopefully a few will go in.”

The Penguins and Bruins begin their best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal series this Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, and the teams face off in Game Two in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.

The series switches to Wilkes-Barre for Game Three on Thursday, April 27 at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for Game Three are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, by calling 570-208-7367, or online at TicketMaster.com.

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DAVID WARSOFSKY NAMED 2016-17 AHL SECOND TEAM ALL-STAR

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky has been selected as a 2016-17 Second Team All-Star. The AHL’s First, Second and Third Team All-Stars were voted on by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

A sixth-year pro from Marshfield, Mass., Warsofsky has established a career high in goals (15), assists (30), points (45) and shots on goal (204) in 53 games this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He ranks sixth among AHL defensemen in points, and his plus-31 rating is on pace to be the third-best single-season total in Penguins history.

On Jan. 9, Warsofsky was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week after the 26-year-old blue liner notched two goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in a four-game slate, including the overtime game-winner and first-star honors on Jan. 8 in a 6-5 victory at Hershey. He also represented Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the Atlantic Division at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross in Allentown, Pa.

Originally a fourth-round draft pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2008, Warsofsky has skated in 300 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Providence, totaling 35 goals and 111 assists for 146 points. He has also posted two goals and four assists in 39 NHL contests with Boston, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, appearing in seven games for the parent Penguins this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, the last of 12 season meetings between the Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms 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.

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

PENGUINS NOTEBOOK – COMINGS AND GOINGS


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins locker room at the Toyota Sportsplex should have a revolving door installed with all of the player movement that has been going on lately.  From March 2-29, no fewer than 35 transactions involving the AHL Penguins were made.

That number grew by four on Thursday, March 30.

With the improved health of several NHL regulars finally going their way, the Pittsburgh Penguins reassigned defenseman David Warsofsky, as well as forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Josh Archibald to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The trio returns to NEPA just as the Pens are beginning an extremely busy final three weeks of the regular season, with back-to-back three-in-three weekends on the schedule.

With Warsofsky returning to the fold, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reassigned defenseman Ryan Segalla to the Wheeling Nailers.

A NEW FACE

Earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Penguins inked 2014 draft pick Jeff Taylor to a two-year contract which starts next season.  A product of Union College, Taylor then signed a PTO (professional tryout) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and hit the practice ice with the club for the first time on Wednesday.

A skilled blueliner, Taylor led all Union defensemen and was fifth overall on the team with 33 points (9+24) during his senior season.  It was somewhat of a bounce back season for the native of Clifton Park, NY, who posted just 12 points (2+10) in 36 games last year.

“My junior season I struggled a little bit, I was trying to work on a few different things,” he said.  “It was just a growing year, a building year.  I’m glad I had it and I’m glad I got better from it.”

Head coach Clark Donatelli liked what he saw from the new signee following his first practice session with the Pens.

“He looked good out there,” Donatelli stated.  “He’s  a puck moving defenseman.  I know him a little bit from development camp over the last few years.”

Donatelli said Taylor would likely feature in one of the Penguins three games over the weekend, but wasn’t looking to put too much pressure on the newcomer.

“We’re not going to expect too much from him.  We just want him to go out there, get his feet wet, get a couple of games under his belt first,” he said.

BACK IN ACTION

While Taylor will see his first action ever, Garrett Wilson will likely see his first action in a month and a half, after being cleared to return to the lineup.

Wilson suffered a shoulder injury against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on February 14, and has been sidelined ever since.  He skated in warmups for the Penguins last weekend, but figures to get his first taste of game action since the injury on Friday night.

“I think I definitely could have played last weekend,” Wilson said.  “I knew I didn’t want to rush it.  We still had a bit of time before playoffs.  The severity of the separation, they wanted to give it a little extra time to make sure it really healed.”

Wilson used the past week of practice to see how his body would react to being banged about a bit, and from all reports he’s come out in good shape.

“I knew once I started hitting, using a lot of contact with it, it was going to make it pretty sore,” he said.  “I got the contact in practice now, so I tried it against the boys a couple times.  It feels pretty good. Hopefully it won’t change my game too much.”

The news wasn’t so good for defenseman Stuart Percy, who underwent surgery earlier this week and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs according to Donatelli.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home for a pair of games this weekend against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Saturday at 7:05pm) and Utica Comets (Sunday at 3:05pm). Sunday’s game is a KIDS FREE contest, with fans ages 14 and younger able to attend the game for FREE with a paid adult ticket.

Tickets for both games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7267.

WARSOFSKY TO PITTSBURGH; CORRADO BACK TO WILKES-BARRE

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman David Warsofsky from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defenseman Frank Corrado has been re-assigned to WBS.

Warsofsky, 26, is the fifth-highest scoring blueliner in the AHL this year, having tallied 44 points (15G-29A) in 50 games. An AHL All-Star this year, his 15 goals rank second among league defensemen. Warsofsky also leads the entire AHL with a plus-31.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound native of Marshfield, Massachusetts has established AHL career highs across the board offensively. Warsofsky also skated in six NHL games with Pittsburgh earlier in the season.

Over the past two seasons, Warsofsky has dressed for 18 NHL games with Pittsburgh, scoring one goal, a power-play marker. In 38 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Boston, he has five points (2G-3A).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 24, when it takes on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center. The Penguins’ next home showing is on Sunday, Mar. 26 when they take on the Utica Comets for a 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinée and Kids Get In Free game.

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.

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

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/22/17

 

Penguins start week right with win before three-in-three weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (43-18-3-0) looks ahead to trio of playoff-caliber teams

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kicked off a back-to-back set with Lehigh Valley by rattling off four unanswered goals en route to a big win. Josh Archibald scored a shorthanded goal to turn the tide. Dominik Simon tallied for the third-straight game.

 

Saturday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
The Penguins attempted a valiant third period comeback, but ran out of time to drop the second game of their home and home with the Phantoms. Tom Kostopoulos scored on the power play, and Oskar Sundqvist struck shorthanded for the club’s eighth shorty of the season.

 

Tuesday, Mar. 21 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hartford 2
The Pens made it a perfect seven-for-seven against the Wolf Pack this season thanks in large part to a two-goal outburst from Ryan Haggerty. Zach Aston-Reese made his pro debut and scored the game-winning goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 24 – PENGUINS at Syracuse
The North Division-leading Crunch play host to the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins in their final meeting of the season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-1-0-0 against Syracuse this season.

 

Saturday, Mar. 25 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms face one another for the fourth time in March. The season series is knotted at four wins each, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has emerged victorious in its last two visits to PPL Center.

 

Sunday, Mar. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Utica
The Comets will come into Sunday’s matinée motivated, as they currently sit just one win outside the North Division playoff bubble. Sunday’s contest is also a Kids Get In Free game.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has already matched its win total from last season (43).

– Zach Aston-Reese is the first Penguin to score in his pro debut since Kasperi Kapanen (Apr. 8, 2015).

– Dominik Simon is on a five-game point streak, tying an AHL career high. He also has 12 points (4G-8A) in his last 11 games.

– The Penguins have outscored the Wolf Pack 38-13 this season.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.9%).

– David Warsofsky leads the AHL with a plus-31 rating and he tops all defensemen with 13 multi-point games this season.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (25).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 64 43 18 3 0 89 .695
2. Lehigh Valley 64 41 19 4 0 86 .672
3. Hershey 65 36 28 8 3 83 .638
4. Providence 64 36 19 5 4 81 .633
5. Bridgeport 64 38 23 2 1 79 .617
6. Springfield 64 27 27 8 2 64 .500
7. Hartford 64 21 37 4 2 48 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 64 23 26 49
David Warsofsky 49 15 29 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Kevin Porter 60 10 32 42
Dominik Simon 61 12 29 41

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 40 25-14-1 2.27 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 23 17-4-2 2.28 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT         LOCATION                                TIME    

Fri, Mar. 24        Syracuse              Onondaga War Memorial        7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 25       Lehigh Valley      PPL Center                                 7:05 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 26     Utica                      Mohegan Sun Arena                3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Mar. 21     (D)   Derrick Pouliot                Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Mar. 21     (D)   Frank Corrado                      Recalled by PIT

Mon, Mar. 21     (C)    Oskar Sundqvist                   Recalled by PIT

Mon, Mar. 21     (D)   Ryan Segalla                  Recalled from WHL