The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home for the first time since February 14 this Wednesday night, and they’ll be facing off with the same opponent they saw that evening as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to town.

The Phantoms are 2-2-1-0 in their past five contests, a sting which includes an overtime loss to the Penguins on February 25 in Allentown.

The Penguins are coming off of a seven-game road swing and a 6-3 win over the Hartford WolfPack on Sunday afternoon. The two teams are separated by just six points in the Atlantic Division standings.

Wednesday night’s game is the fifth of 12 meetings between the clubs this year, with the Penguins holding a 3-2-0-0 advantage in the season series.

DATE:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) |
TICKETS:  570-208-7367 | 


RECORD 36-18-3-0 (75 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division


GOALS  Greg Carey 26
ASSISTS  Andy Miele 34
POINTS  Chris Conner & T.J. Brennan 48
PIM  T.J. Brennan 95
WINS  Alex Lyon 22
GAA  Alex Lyon 2.74

WHO’S HOT:  T.J. BRENNAN had a six-game point streak snapped on Sunday when the Phantoms fell to the Providence Bruins, but the AHL vet had recorded 10 points (4+6) in that span of a half dozen games, including a hat trick against Utica on February 19. That was Brennan’s first multi-goal game of the season. His 17 goals are tops among AHL defensemen.

NEWS AND NOTES:Former Penguins CHRIS CONNER has points in each of the Phantoms’ past seven games (4+5=9) and is eight points shy of his career high of 56 points, set as a member of the Penguins in 2009-10…Conner and Brennan are tied for sixth in the AHL with 48 points…GREG CAREY is second in the AHL with 26 goals this season, one behind Chicago’s WADE MEGAN. His 17 power play goals are tops in the league…Goaltender ALEX LYON leads all rookie puck stoppers with 22 wins and is second with 2100:58 minutes played. His victory total is tied for third among all goalies, one behind the Pens’ TRISTAN JARRYLEHIGH VALLEY’s 22.7 power play percentage (63 for 278) is fifth in the league


RECORD  39-16-3-0 (81 pts) | First in Atlantic Division


GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  20
ASSISTS  Kevin Porter  28
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  44
PIM  Tom Sestito  121
WINS  Tristan Jarry  23
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.27

WHO’S HOT: DOMINIK SIMON has points in four of his past five games (1+5=6) and nine points (3+6) in his past nine contests. He has five assists in his past four games, and has eclipsed his assist total from last season (26 to 23) in 13 fewer games played. His 26 assists are third on the team behind DAVID WARSOFSKY (27) and KEVIN PORTER (28).

NEWS AND NOTES: Goaltender TRISTAN JARRY is second in the AHL with 23 wins, two behind Ontario’s JACK CAMPBELL, but the Penguins netminder has appeared in six fewer games than his California counterpart (42 to 36)…Jarry’s next appearance will be his 70th regular season game with the Penguins, snapping a tie with DANY SABOURIN for 10th place on the team’s all-time list amongst goalies. His 40 career wins are seventh all-time in Penguins history, two behind JEFF DROUIN-DESLAURIERSDAVID WARSOFSKY’S 14 goals are tied for second among AHL blueliners, his 27 assists are seventh, and his 41 points are third. His plus-29 rating is tied for first among all league skaters with San Diego’s JAYCOB MEGNA…The PENGUINS penalty kill continues to hold the top spot in the AHL with an 86.5 success rate (205 of 237)



Penguins get ready for busy week of division foes

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (39-16-3-0) returns home for first time since Feb. 14


Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS 1 at Hershey 2
A goaltending duel at Giant Center saw the Bears narrowly escape the Penguins and halt Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s six-game winning streak against Hershey. Tristan Jarry was stellar in net for the Pens, making 25 saves (including 14 in the third period). Bears netminder Pheonix Copley posted 36 stops in the win.


Sunday, Mar. 5 – PENGUINS 6 at Hartford 3
The Penguins earned their 39th win thanks in large part to big afternoons from David Warsofsky and Jean-Sébastien Dea. Both Warsofsky and Dea put up two-goal, one-assist performances. Casey DeSmith made 24 saves while manning the crease for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the rookie goalie’s 15th victory of the season.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first home game since Feb. 14 will be against its same opponent from Valentine’s Day, Lehigh Valley. The Penguins hold a narrow 3-2-0-0 season series lead on the Phantoms, but have outscored Lehigh Valley 12-2 at home so far this season.


Friday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins look to make it a perfect six-for-six against the Wolf Pack on an Eyewitness News Fan Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s offense has been out in full force in games against Hartford, averaging five goals per game in their five meetings against the Wolf Pack this season.


Saturday, Mar. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Providence
The top two teams in the Atlantic Division square off in a match up that could decide who sits in first place at the end of the weekend. Both teams have earned two wins against one another this season.


Ice Chips

– With Sunday afternoon’s win, the Penguins improved to 23-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– Tom Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 58 of the team’s games this season.

– Jean-Sébastien Dea’s two-goal outing on Sunday was the first multi-goal game of his AHL career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.5%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-29 rating.

– Warsofsky now has 12 multi-point games this season, tying him with Jake Guentzel for the team lead.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (23).



1. PENGUINS 58 39 16 3 0 81 .698
2. Providence 58 34 15 5 4 77 .664
3. Lehigh Valley 57 36 18 3 0 75 .658
4. Bridgeport 57 35 19 2 1 73 .640
5. Hershey 59 31 17 8 3 73 .619
6. Springfield 58 22 26 8 2 54 .466
7. Hartford 58 21 32 3 2 47 .405



Tom Kostopoulos 58 20 24 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
David Warsofsky 43 14 27 41
Oskar Sundqvist 52 16 23 39
Kevin Porter 54 9 28 37


Tristan Jarry 36 23-12-1 2.27 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 21 15-4-2 2.36 .911 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Mar. 8       Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Fri, Mar. 10        Hartford              Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 8          Providence        Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.



Tue, Mar. 7     (LW)   Christian Hilbrich          Recalled from WHL

Wed, Mar. 1    (D)       Frank Corrado          Traded by TOR to PIT;

Assigned by PIT

Wed, Mar. 1    (D)       Derrick Pouliot                     Recalled by PIT


Jean-Sebastien Dea tallied a pair of goals on Sunday afternoon.

HARTFORD, CT – David Warsofsky and Jean-Sébastien Dea led the attack, each picking up a pair of goals and adding an assist, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at XL Center.

The effort was Warsofsky’s third three-point game of the season, and his second two-goal outing.  The Pens’ all-star moved into fourth place among AHL defensemen in points (41) and tied for second in goals (14) on the season.

Dea recorded two goals in a game for the first time in his AHL career, and recorded three points in a game for the first time since his career-best four-point effort (1+3) on November 4, 2015 against the St. John’s IceCaps.

The Penguins sandwiched power play goals by Kevin Porter and Warsofsky around a Nicklas Jensen man advantage tally to give the visitors a 2-1 lead after one period.

The WolfPack battled back though, with Jensen and Matt Carey scoring two minutes apart in to grab a 3-2 lead midway through the middle frame.

It was all Penguins from there.

Josh Archibald tied the game with a redirect off of an Oskar Sundqvist centering feed at 13:23, and Warsofsky netted his second of the game 1:30 later to put the Pens back in front.

It looked like the period would end with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton up by one goal, but Dea redirected a point shot that beat goaltender Brandon Halverson with .8 seconds left to make it a 5-3 game.

Magnus Hellberg relieved Halverson at the start of the third period, and held the Pens off the scoreboard until Dea jammed home his second of the night with 3:25 left in regulation.

Casey DeSmith stopped 24 of 27 shots to record his 15th win of the season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Halverson turned aside 18 of 23 shots he faced in 40 minutes of play in the loss, while Hellberg stopped 10 of 11 shots in one period of relief.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starts a three-game homestand on Wednesday, March 8, when the Penguins host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05pm.

Individual game tickets for Wednesday’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.

NOTES:  Time Erixon and Dominik Simon each recorded two-assists…Tom Sestito, appearing in his 500th professional game, picked up a helper on Warsofsky’s second goal, giving him 100 assists in his pro career.




WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton suffered a 2-1 loss against the Springfield Thunderbirds at MassMutual Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (37-13-3-0) dropped consecutive games in regulation for just the second time this season despite throwing mounds of pressure at the Thunderbirds (19-23-7-2) throughout the contest. Springfield goalie Reto Berra was superb in net, making 34 saves for the victory.

During the opening period, the work of both teams’ goaltenders helped secure a scoreless tie. It took until 4:07 of the second period for the game’s first tally to take place. Springfield’s Kyle Rau sent a pretty pass over to Jared McCann, who gave the Thunderbirds the 1-0 lead with a power play goal.

As time was dwindling away for the Penguins, David Warsofsky eventually tied the game at 7:57 of the third period with a shot from the point on the power play. The goal was Warsofsky’s team-leading man advantage marker of the season.

Springfield regained the lead 3:09 later when Juho Lammikko found a rebound and popped it over the right pad of Casey DeSmith.

A late surge from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while on a six-on-four power play ended the action in exciting fashion, but the Penguins couldn’t find another equalizer and the Thunderbirds hung on for the 2-1 victory.

DeSmith posted 25 saves on 27 shots faced as his personal record dropped to 14-4-2 on the season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 19, when it takes on the Providence Bruins. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bruins is scheduled for 3:00 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.


Devils vs Penguins

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to the New York capital to face off with the Albany Devils on Friday night. It’s the second of two meetings between the teas this season, following on a 3-1 Penguins win on October 26 in Wilkes-Barre.

The Devils (29-21-1-1) currently sit in second place in the North Division, having won three of their past four games.

The Penguins (37-11-3-0) carry a three-game winning streak into their final regular season game in Albany.

DATE:  Friday, February 17, 2017
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Times Union Center
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) |


RECORD 29-21-1-1, 60 pts | Second in North Division


GOALS  Ben Sexton 18
ASSISTS  Joel Quenneville 24
POINTS  Joel Quenneville 35
PIM  Andrew MacWilliam 79
WINS  Ken Appleby 14
GAA  Ken Appleby 2.42

WHO’S HOT:  Rookie BLAKE COLEMAN has four points (1+3) in the Devils’ past three games, and currently ranks second on the team with 17 goals and 32 points. He’s 10th in the league among rookies in points, and fourth among first-year goal scorers.

NEWS AND NOTESJOEL QUENNEVILLE is fourth among AHL rookies with 35 points and tied for second with 24 assists. His six power play goals are tied for third among first year skaters…Former Penguin BRIAN GIBBONS is fourth on the team with 26 points, and his 11 goals this season equals his previous AHL bests (2011-12 and 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)…BEN SEXTON is tied for the league lead with five game-winning goals…The Devils hold the fifth best penalty killing unit in the AHL with an 84.8% success rate (195 for 230)…Albany is tied for the league lead with seven overtime wins this season.


RECORD  37-11–3-0 (77 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS – (Active Players)

GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  18
ASSISTS  David Warsofsky  25
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  40
PIM  Tom Sestito  97
WINS  Tristan Jarry  22
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.22

WHO’S HOT: SAHIR GILL has four points (2+2) in his past two games, and has points in five of his past seven appearances (3+5=8). He has set new AHL bests in assists (11) and points (15) this season.

NEWS AND NOTES: An official scoring change from Tuesday night’s win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms gave TOM KOSTOPOULOS an assist in the contest, allowing the Penguins captain to hit the 40-point mark for the fourth consecutive season, and the eighth time in his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career…OSKAR SUNDQVIST had been scoreless in five games since returning from injury before recording a pair of goals, including a short-handed tally, in Tuesday’s win over the Phantoms…Five of DOMINIK SIMON’s eight goals this season have been game-winners, tying him for the top spot in the AHL…DAVID WARSOFSKY is one assist shy of tying his single season best (26), established with Providence in 2013-14. His 11 goals and 36 points in just 36 games this season are both personal bests for the All-Star defenseman…TRISTAN JARRY is tied for the AHL lead with 22 wins this season, and is currently tied with Marc-Andre Fluery for seventh on the team’s all-time list…The Penguins 86.5 penalty kill rate (189 for 207) is times in the league.



WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins put together a series of scoring flurries to take down the Binghamton Senators, 4-2, in front of a packed house at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Sahir Gill turned in the first two-goal game of his AHL career and third multi-point effort of the season as the Penguins (36-11-3-0) emerged victorious on Military Appreciation Night.

The Penguins jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the first five minutes of the contest. David Warsofsky sniped one in from the blue line at the 2:26 mark in the first period. Two minutes and two seconds later, Gill tucked a shot in on the near-side of Senators goalie Matt O’Connor.

O’Connor’s night didn’t last much longer, as he was replaced by teammate Chris Driedger during the first promotional timeout at 6:46 of the opening frame.

Similarly to the first period, the Penguins had two swift strikes in the opening moments of the second frame, giving them a four-goal lead. Gill cleaned up a rebound for his second tally of the game 1:22 into the middle stanza. And 34 seconds later, Dominik Simon put one over the right shoulder of Driedger, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 4-0 lead.

Binghamton finally got on the board at 7:33 of the second period with a goal from Casey Bailey, making it 4-1.

Kyle Flanagan capitalized on a two-on-none rush into the Penguins’ zone with 3:58 left in the second, cutting the deficit to two goals.

The Senators were unable to creep any closer to the Penguins though, despite six power play opportunities scattered throughout the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill successfully stopped all six of those man disadvantages.

Casey DeSmith picked up his 14th win of the season for the Penguins, stopping 30 shots. Driedger made 22 saves on 24 shots and was the Senators’ goaltender of record in the loss. O’Connor posted three saves on five shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the top two teams in the AHL is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Tuesday’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/Scranton splits first weekend out of All-Star break

Penguins (34-10-3-0) coming off of impressive 7-1 victory over division rival


Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS 2 vs. St. John’s 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got offensive contributions from two defensemen, but it wasn’t enough to beat the visiting St. John’s IceCaps. Ethan Prow scored his first pro goal, and Derrick Pouliot cashed in on the power play for the Penguins.


Saturday, Feb. 4 – PENGUINS 7 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
In the Phantoms’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, the Penguins shut them down with a convincing 7-1 victory. Eleven different Penguins recorded a point, while Sahir Gill, Tom Kostopoulos, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson and Josh Archibald all had multi-point performances. Archibald tied a career-high with three points (2G-1A), and posted his team-leading third shorthanded goal.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS vs. St. John’s
The IceCaps return to face the Penguins for the fourth time this season and final regular season meeting in franchise history. St. John’s leads the season series, 2-1-0-0, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 17-5-1-0 all-time against the IceCaps.


Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The resurgent Hershey Bears come to Northeast PA to take on the Penguins. After starting the New Year 2-6-2-1, the Bears have now won four-straight. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holds a big advantage in the season series, winning seven of nine meetings so far.


Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
The Penguins have gone 4-1-0-0 against the Senators this season as the two teams prepare for their sixth and final meeting of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the last head-to-head, 6-2 at Binghamton. Saturday’s game is also the Penguins’ Military Appreciation Night.


Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 10-2-1-0 when coming off of a loss this season.

– The Penguins are 15-1-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos played in his 600th game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, becoming the 14th person in league history to appear in 600+ contests with one club.

– Friday’s game was Steve Oleksy’s 500th professional game. Oleksy has played in four different leagues over the course of his career (NHL, AHL, ECHL, IHL).

– Rookie Teddy Blueger has nine points (2G-7A) in his last  eight games.

– Josh Archibald is the first Penguin to have three shorthanded goals in a season since 2013-14 (Brian Gibbons, Dominik Uher).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-31 rating.



1. PENGUINS 47 34 10 3 0 71 .755
2. Lehigh Valley 45 30 13 2 0 62 .689
3. Providence 46 26 12 5 3 60 .652
4. Hershey 47 24 13 7 3 58 .617
5. Bridgeport 44 26 16 1 1 54 .614
6. Springfield 45 17 20 6 2 42 .467
7. Hartford 47 17 25 3 2 39 .415



Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 47 17 19 36
Oskar Sundqvist 41 14 19 33
David Warsofsky 32 9 24 33
Garrett Wilson 47 11 17 28


Tristan Jarry 29 20-8-1 2.24 .920 1
Casey DeSmith* 17 13-2-2 2.26 .913 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Feb. 8      St. John’s           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 10        Hershey            Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 11        Binghamton     Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.



Mon, Jan. 30   (C)      Carter Rowney                      Recalled by PIT

Thu, Feb. 2      (D)      Brett Stern                     Released from PTO



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has dominant January, cruises into All-Star break

Penguins (33-9-3-0) get set for a six-game home stand out of the break


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 2

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton prevailed in a tight game thanks to David Warsofsky’s heroic overtime effort. The game-winning goal came with just 1.2 seconds left in the extra frame.


Friday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS 3 at Utica 2

In their first meeting of the season, the Penguins downed the Comets, 3-2. Kevin Porter, Tom Sestito and Cameron Gaunce each recorded two assists in the contest, but Casey DeSmith stole the show with his 27 save effort in the win.


Saturday, Jan. 28 – PENGUINS 6 at Binghamton 2

Teddy Blueger and Dominik Simon both had three-point nights as the Penguins rolled into the All-Star break. Three points for Blueger established a new career high. Kostopoulos scored to reach his 500th AHL point.



Clark Donatelli’s Atlantic Division All-Stars surrendered only two goals in regulation over the four-game three-on-three tournament, but fell 1-0 (shootout) in the championship game to the Central Division.


The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS vs. St. John’s

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first game after the break sees the IceCaps come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time this season. The two teams split two contests on The Rock back in December.


Saturday, Feb. 4 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley was victorious in the teams’ last game on  Jan. 20 and is 2-0-0-0 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. These two beasts of the East are meeting for just the third time this season with eight more matchups to come.


Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ended the month of January with a 12-2-0-0 record. It was the best the Pens have ever done in Jan. and tied the club record for wins in one month (March, 2008).

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos became the 91st player in AHL history to achieve 500 career AHL points.

– David Warsofsky’s goal on Wednesday with 1.2 seconds      left in overtime is the latest OT game-winner scored in         Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history

– Warsofsky finished fourth in the CCM Hardest Shot event at the AHL All-Star Skills Competition, unleashing a 98.4 mph slap shot.

– Tristan Jarry allowed only one goal on seven shots faced during the AHL All-Star Challenge. He had the best goals against average of the eight goalies in the tournament (0.33).



1. PENGUINS 45 33 9 3 0 69 .767
2. Lehigh Valley 43 29 12 2 0 60 .698
3. Providence 45 25 12 5 3 58 .644
4. Bridgeport 42 25 15 1 1 52 .619
5. Hershey 44 21 13 7 3 52 .591
6. Springfield 43 16 19 6 2 40 .465
7. Hartford 45 16 24 3 2 37 .411



Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 45 15 18 33
Oskar Sundqvist 39 14 19 33
David Warsofsky 30 9 24 33
two players tied 26


Tristan Jarry 27 19-7-1 2.21 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 17 13-2-2 2.26 .913 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Feb. 3          St. John’s          Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 4        Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Wed, Feb. 8      St. John’s          Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.



Thu, Jan. 26     (C)      Carter Rowney                      Recalled by PIT

Thu, Jan. 26     (D)      Steve Oleksy                   Reassigned to WBS

Fri, Jan. 27       (C)      Carter Rowney               Reassigned to WBS

Man, Jan. 30    (C)      Carter Rowney                      Recalled by PIT



ALLENTOWN, Pa. – David Warsofsky stepped up to the blue line in preparation of his showcase event at the 2017 AHL All-Star Skills Competition, the CCM Hardest Shot. After a few strides used to reach a stationary puck, Warsofsky unloaded a slap shot at the empty net with radar guns positioned nearby.

He went through those same motions again for a second attempt. He uncorked another slapper, drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd at PPL Center before his score registered on the big screen at center ice. When the result came in, it showed 98.4 mph.

Warsofsky’s slap shot was the second-strongest in the competition at the time, and ultimately finished fourth overall but just nine-tenths of a mile per hour behind the event’s winning score.

At all levels, the hardest shot event is usually dominated by the biggest players on the ice. The likes of Zdeno Chára and Shea Weber have legendary reputations for their record-setting slap shots, and Kyle Wood, tonight’s winner, was the biggest entrant in the competition. Warsofsky, on the other hand, impressed everyone with his score because he stands at five-foot-nine, 170 lbs.

Warsofsky’s showing at the Skills Competition and throughout this entire season has proven it’s not always the biggest guys that pack the biggest punch on their shots. It’s all about the technique.

“I think it’s just the way he releases it,” said Warsofsky’s partner at the Skills Competition, Tristan Jarry. “He’s a smart player, and he’s figured out how to get everything out of his shot even though he’s not that big. We’ve seen it many times this year, and he’s helped us out a lot with that shot.”

Warsofsky’s head coach – with both the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and All Star weekend with the Atlantic Division – Clark Donatelli, offered his explanation for why the small-statured Warsofsky is able to get so much power on his shots by drawing comparisons to another sport.

“You know, it’s like that same thing with the bat speed and hitters in baseball,” Donatelli said. “It’s about the way you hit it. He’s got a great shot, and we all know it. Obviously, it’s less about how big and strong you are. It’s about where you make contact and how you transfer your weight. Bigger guys have an advantage in that they have more weight to move, but in [Warsofsky]’s case, it’s all about the technique and putting it all together for a great shot.”

That shot has helped Warsofsky add nine goals to his All-Star caliber résumé that includes 33 points in 30 games this season. Even if that stat line wasn’t convincing enough for opponents, he now has 98.4 reasons making sure no one will be underestimating this “little guy’s” big abilities any time soon.



• Tristan Jarry had a good night, himself. He stopped five of 10 shots faced in the hellacious AHL Live Rapid Fire event, then improved to a perfect three-for-three in the Pass and Score. The Pass and Score featured three Western Conference opponents coming in on Jarry with one puck and no defenders in the way. It was perhaps the most impressive showing of all the eight goalies who took part in the event.

“It’s no fun to get scored on, so it’s always a competition,” Jarry said. “It’s one of those things where you can’t think too much and just follow the puck, read the play. We practice that a lot, actually. We do a lot of three-on-oh’s and five-on-oh’s, so the guys actually had me really prepared for that.”

• Unsurprisingly, the Penguins’ All-Stars were booed heavily when announced at PPL Center, home of the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Jarry couldn’t contain his smile when the crowd erupted with displeasure at the mention of his name. Clark Donatelli held his composure a bit better when the cameras cam his way, but said afterwards that that kind of hostility is part of what makes these events enjoyable.

“They’re rivals! They can’t take a night off to like us,” Donatelli said. “I think that makes it more fun, though. The rivalries in Pennsylvania, they’re good for the fans. And when the fans are into it, it’s more fun for the guys on the ice, too.”



Ontario Reign goaltender Jack Campbell stopped 13 of 18 shots he faced in the AHL All-Star Skills competition

Allentown, PA – Western Conference goaltenders were the brightest stars on the ice, and helped to lead their squad to a 15-11 victory at the 2017 AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.

The foursome of Troy Grosenic (San Jose), Jack Campbell (Ontario), Anton Forsberg (Cleveland) and Michael Leighton (Charlotte) stopped all 20 shots they faced in the ExteNet Systems Breakaway Relay, holding the opposition at bay while the West’s shooters slid five pucks past Eastern Conference net minders. That allowed the Western Conference to overcome an 11-10 deficit headed into the final contest of the night and secure a second consecutive victory in the overall competition, following last year’s 19-14 win in Syracuse.

The visitors from the west jumped out to an early lead by taking three of the four points awarded in the Sher-Wood Puck Control Relay to start the night.

The teams split two points in the CCM Fastest Skater competition.  Bridgeport’s Devon Toews secured a point for the East with the fastest individual time on the night, and the second-fastest time in the contest’s 21-year history at 13.478 seconds.  But the Western Conference’s average time was a hair faster, putting the score at 4-2 after two rounds.

The teams saw another push in the AHL Live Rapid Fire, with both groups of goaltenders combining for 23 saves on 40 shots.

The CCM Hardest Shot competition saw two points go to the West, with Tucson’s Kyle Wood winning the individual point with a shot of 99.3 miles per hour, and the team posting an average of 98.1, less than one MPH better than the Eastern Conference’s 97.225 mark.

The East swept it’s first competition of the night in the Giant Food Stores/Velaspan Accuracy Shooting, claiming two points thanks to a four-for-five performance by Rochester’s Cole Schneider and a better percentage in the team tally.

The pendulum swung in the Eastern Conference’s direction after a 6-3 victory in the Giant Food Stores/Velaspan Pass and Shoot round, moving the host city’s squad into the lead at 11-10.

Rochester Americans’ goaltender Linus Ullmark was named the CCM Top Goaltender after stopping 15 of 18 shots he faced across three competitions.

The 2017 AHL All-Star Classic continues on Monday night, when four divisional teams (Central, Atlantic, North and Pacific) face off in the AHL All-Star Challenge, a six-game, three-on-three tournament beginning at 7:00pm.

NOTES:  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins net minder Tristan Jarry stopped 11 of 18 shots he saw in the Rapid Fire (5-of-10), Pass and Score (3-of-3) and Breakaway Relay (3-of-5)…Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky competed in the Hardest Shot, posting shots of 96.4 and 98.4 miles per hour.