WBS PENGUINS / AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC HUB

Tristan Jarry and David Warsofsky prep for the AHL All-Star Skills Competition

David Warsofsky, Tristan Jarry and Clark Donatelli are in Allentown for AHL All-Star Classic festivities, and we’ve tagged along with them to bring you behind the scenes photos, interviews, videos, GIFs and more!

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We’ll also have a running links list below for easy access to all of our posts during the two days.

VIDEO – David Warsofsky Pre-Skills Interview

VIDEOTristan Jarry Pre-Skills Interview

BLOGJarry, Warsofsky Excited for All-Star Skills

BLOGLive Blog of Skills Competition

RECAPGo West, Young Men

WBS REACTIONWarsofsky Impresses In Hardest Shot

PENGUINS BEAT CRUNCH, 3-2, IN OVERTIME THRILLER

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – On Tuesday, David Warsofsky was named to his first All-Star Game. On Wednesday, Warsofsky further validated his selection by scoring with 1.2 seconds left in overtime as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Syracuse Crunch, 3-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (31-9-3-0) captured their fifth-straight win on home ice thanks to Warsofsky’s second OT game-winner of the season.

As time ticked away in the extra frame and the Crunch possessed the puck in the Penguins’ zone, Warsofsky stripped a Syracuse player of the rubber and rushed the length of the ice on a breakaway.  With one shot to give his club the win before things would be decided in a shootout, Warsofsky picked the top corner over the blocker of Kristers Gudļevskis and was mobbed in celebration by his teammates who spilled off of the bench and onto the ice

Syracuse struck first at 13:26 of the opening period when Joël Vermin roofed a shot bar-down above Tristan Jarry off a cross-crease feed from Cory Conacher.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened the score, 1-1, at 4:15 of the second period after Tom Kostopoulos swooped across the Syracuse crease, corralled a Teddy Blueger rebound and potted the tying goal. The marker was his 499th career point in the AHL.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead at 6:30 of the middle frame after Kevin Porter scored blocker-side on a breakaway thanks to a needle-threading stretch pass from Warsofsky.

Syracuse’s Adam Comrie made it 2-2 at 9:31 of the second stanza after knocking in a rebound that sprung free next to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net.

An up-and-down third period yielded no more scoring. The two division-leading squads remained in a stalemate and required sudden death, three-on-three OT to settle the contest. Warsofsky finished the job from there.

Jarry made 39 saves on 41 shots faced, earned his 18th win of the season, and moved into a tie for first place in wins among AHL goalies. He also surpassed his win total from his rookie season.

Kristers Gudļevskis made 26 saves on 29 shots for the Crunch.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 27, when they travel to upstate New York and face the Utica Comets for the first time this season. The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Feb. 3 for the first visit in 2016-17 by the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for Feb. 3’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, 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.

WARSOFSKY ADDED TO ALL-STAR ROSTER

The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky has been added to the Atlantic Division’s roster for the      2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to be held January 29-30 at PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.

In addition, the AHL announced that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Jake Guentzel will be unavailable for the event.

Warsofsky has recorded eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points in 27 games played, as well as a     league-leading plus-27 rating. He is currently tied for fifth among AHL defensemen in scoring. Furthermore, Warsofsky was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 8, 2017 as a result of earning seven points (2G-5A) – including an overtime game-winner – over the course of a four-game stretch.

This will be the Marshfield, Mass. native’s first AHL All-Star Classic, and marks the third-straight year that a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman will take part in AHL All-Star festivities.

The 2017 All-Star rosters now feature 39 first-time participants, 12 AHL rookies and 12 former first- and second-round NHL draft choices. In addition, 28 of this year’s All-Stars have been recalled to the National Hockey League already this season.

Starting at just $26 each, a limited number of single-event tickets are still available for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross. To purchase event tickets, please visit phantomshockey.com, call 610-347-TIXX or visit the PPL Center box office.

The 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross will be preceded by a Phan Fest on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a Tailgate Party beginning at 6 p.m. Both events will take place at the PPL Center and tickets for both the Phan Fest ($5) and Tailgate Party ($10) are also available at phantomshockey.com.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 25, against the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is scheduled for   7:05 p.m.

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

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game, 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS CAMERON GAUNCE

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

Defenseman David Warsofsky has been re-assigned to WBS.

Gaunce, 26, is in his first season with the Pittsburgh organization. He has produced eight points (2G-6A) and a plus-6 in 39 AHL contests with WBS.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Sudbury, Ontario has played in 20 career NHL games split between the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars, scoring one goal, which came against Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins on February 16, 2011 when he skated for the Avalanche.

Last season, Gaunce was named to the AHL All-Star Game after posting career highs in assists (35) and points (37) with Portland. During the 2014 playoffs, he helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup championship.

Gaunce was originally chosen by Colorado in the second round (50th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft.

Warsofsky, 25, currently leads all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defensemen and ranks third overall on the team with 28 points (7+21) in 24 games.  He ranks sixth in the AHL in points by a defenseman, and leads the entire AHL with a plus-22 rating.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday night, Jan. 18, when they’ll battle the Hershey Bears at Giant Center at 7:00 p.m. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, once again against the Bears, and less than 900 tickets remain for that game.

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 TicketMaster.com, 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.

WARSOFSKY RECALLED; PENS PREP FOR MARLIES

by Jonathan Sabatini

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their road swing with a Wednesday night game against the Toronto Marlies, but they’ll be without the hottest player in the AHL.

David Warsofsky, the recent winner of the CCM/AHL Player of the Week award, was recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, days after netting two goals, including the game-winner, against the Hershey Bears in a 6-5 victory Sunday night at the Giant Center.

This will be Warsofsky’s third stint of the year with Pittsburgh. As coach Clark Donatelli puts it, Warsofsky is the kind of player who will be missed in the Penguins’ lineup.

“You don’t replace him,” said Donatelli before boarding the bus to Toronto to embark on a stretch of four road games in six days. “He’s a special player and a great talent.”

Warsofsky is currently in the middle of an eight-game point streak in which he has recorded four goals and eleven assists, and has recorded a point in thirteen of his last fourteen games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

However, Donatelli sees Warsofsky’s promotion to Pittsburgh as a chance for other players on the team to make their marks on a team which currently sits first in the AHL with a record of 25-7-3-0.

“This is the opportunity for some of our other guys to play and get more ice time. We’re happy to see that David is going up and we’re real happy that some other guys are going to get some more ice time down here, so it works both ways.”

“We feel we can handle that and set them up for success. We want to set them up for the best possibility to have success and be confident and play.”

The Penguins, who are riding a four-game win streak with wins against Hartford, Binghamton, and two against Hershey, are eager to get on the road and play a Toronto team which defeated them on home ice in November.

“We’re excited to get going and it’s always good to play Toronto,” said Donatelli. “It’s a good hockey club. Very talented and obviously very well coached. They’re always very good up top at home so we’re going to have to have our ‘A’ game and manage the puck.”

The road trip starts in Toronto on Wednesday night with games against Rochester and two against Syracuse following. Donatelli said it will be a challenge, but knows his guys will be ready to play when the puck drops.

“Those are some really good teams who are all very-well coached. It’s the consistency that keeps up sharp when we have to. We’ve gone through some times here now where we don’t play our ‘A’ game and we’re in trouble right away. As of right now, the consistency is pretty good and the leadership group in here is holding it together and the guys seem to be playing pretty good.”

NOTES:  It was also announced Wednesday that goaltender Tristan Jarry has been reassigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/

WARSOFSKY RECALLED; JARRY RE-ASSIGNED

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.

Goaltender Tristan Jarry has been re-assigned to WBS.

Warsofsky, 26, is the reigning AHL Player of the week after notching two goals, five assists and a plus-6 in four games last week, helping the league-leading WBS Penguins to four consecutive victories.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Warsofsky has already established a career high with seven goals, and has 21 assists for 28 points in 24 games for WBS. Warsofsky’s point total is sixth most among AHL blueliners. He also leads the AHL in plus/minus (+22), and he owns an eight-game point streak (4G-11A-15PTS).

Warsofsky has appeared in four games with Pittsburgh this season, tallying one assist.

Jarry was recently named to represent the Penguins at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.  He currently ranks tied for third in the AHL with 14 wins, and is sixth with a 2.14 goals against average.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their seven-game road trip Wednesday night when they face the Toronto Marlies at 7:00pm.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/10/17

 

Penguins win four-straight to stay perfect in the New Year

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-7-3-0) embarks on season-long seven-game road stretch

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 1

Tom Sestito recorded three points (2G, 1A) and a Gordie Howe hat trick in the Penguins’ first game of the three-in-three weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 7 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Binghamton 4

The Force was strong with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as Danny Kristo’s two goals propelled the Penguins to a nail-biting victory over the Sens on Star Wars Night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Sunday, Jan. 8 – PENGUINS 6 at Hershey 5 (OT)

David Warsofsky’s overtime goal gave the Pens their fourth-straight victory and the weekend sweep of Hershey. The two teams combined for a whopping six goals in the third period.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 11 – PENGUINS at Toronto

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to even the season series against the Marlies after a 3-0 shutout loss on Nov. 11, the only time the two teams met this season.

Friday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS at Rochester

The Penguins defeated Rochester, 4-1, in the teams’ only meeting of the season on Dec. 16. The Amerks are an even   4-4-0-0 in their last eight games.

Saturday, Jan. 14 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to take a bigger bite out of the season series against the Crunch with. The Pens already won their first two meetings against Syracuse.

Monday, Jan. 16 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

The Penguins and Crunch meet again at the War Memorial for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinée, 1:00 p.m. puck drop.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are undefeated so far in 2017 (4-0-0).

– David Warsofsky was named CMM/AHL Player of the Week after seven points (2G-5A) and a plus-7 rating in four games.

– Warsofsky is the third defenseman in Penguins history to be named Player of the Week (Philip Samuelsson, John Slaney).

– Tom Sestito’s three-point night (2G-1A) on Friday was his first since Oct. 11, 2008 when he was with the Syracuse Crunch.

– Sestito eclipsed 1,000 career penalty minutes in the AHL on Jan. 6 vs. Hershey.

– Oskar Sundqvist played in his 200th professional game on Friday, Jan. 6 vs. Hershey.

– Dominik Simon reached the 100 AHL games milestone on Jan. 8 at Hershey.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 35 25 7 3 0 53 .757
2. Lehigh Valley 34 23 9 2 0 48 .706
3. Providence 36 21 8 4 3 49 .681
4. Hershey 35 18 8 7 2 45 .643
5. Bridgeport 33 18 14 0 1 37 .561
6. Springfield 33 14 13 4 2 34 .515
7. Hartford 36 12 20 3 1 28 .389

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel* 30 19 19 38
Oskar Sundqvist 33 14 18 32
David Warsofsky 24 7 21 28
Tom Kostopoulos 35 11 13 24
Garrett Wilson 35 9 14 23

 

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Tristan Jarry              20       14-5-1         2.14         0.921            1

Casey DeSmith*      14       10-2-2       2.46        0.907          0

* = rookie

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 11      Toronto               Ricoh Coliseum                 7:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 13         Rochester           Blue Cross Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 14        Syracuse            War Memorial Arena      7:00 p.m.

Mon, Jan. 16     Syracuse             War Memorial Arena        1:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Jan. 6       (G)     Tristan Jarry               Recalled from loan by PIT

Fri, Jan. 6       (D)     Chad Ruhwedel       Recalled from loan by PIT

Fri, Jan. 6       (RW) Reid Gardiner                      Released from SPC

Mon, Jan. 9    (C)     Jarrett Burton             Reassigned to Wheeling

DAVID WARSOFSKY NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 8, 2017.

Warsofsky notched two goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in four games last week, helping the league-leading Penguins to four consecutive victories.

On Tuesday evening, Warsofsky tallied an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton edged Hartford, 3-2. On Friday, he registered two helpers, a plus-4 and a game-high five shots on goal as the Penguins beat Hershey, 5-1.  He picked up two more assists in a 5-4 win over Binghamton on Saturday. Finally, on Sunday, Warsofsky scored twice – including the overtime winner – and fired eight shots on goal, earning first-star honors in a 6-5 victory at Hershey.

A sixth-year pro from Marshfield, Mass., Warsofsky has already established a career high in goals (7), and has 21 assists for 28 points in 24 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He ranks sixth among AHL defensemen in points and tied for third in assists.  He also leads the AHL in plus/minus (+22) and carries an eight-game scoring streak (4+11=15) into the new week.

Originally a fourth-round draft pick by St. Louis in 2008, Warsofsky has skated in 271 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre and Providence, totaling 27 goals and 102 assists for 129 points. He has also posted two goals and three assists in 26 NHL contests with Pittsburgh and Boston, appearing in four games for the parent Penguins this season.

In recognition of his achievement, Warsofsky will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Penguins home game.

The Penguins continue their season-long seven-game road trip this week with games against the Toronto Marlies (Wednesday, January 11), the Rochester Americans (Friday, January 13) and the Syracuse Crunch (Saturday, January 14).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game takes place on Saturday, January 21, when they host the Hershey Bears at 7:05pm.   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 TicketMaster.com, 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.

PENGUINS WIN, 6-5, IN OVERTIME CLASSIC WITH BEARS

BOXSCORE

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears put forth perhaps the most memorable game of the 2016-17 season, one which saw the Penguins emerge victorious in overtime, 6-5, at Giant Center on Sunday evening.

The Penguins (25-7-3-0) and Bears (18-8-7-2) combined for six goals in the third period, including two late tallies, that forced overtime where defenseman David Warsofsky gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the win.

Hershey capitalized for an early marker 2:52 into the game from Stanislav Galiev, and the Bears later added a power play goal by Zach Sanford to carry a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Penguins responded nicely with a pair of goals in the middle frame to knot the score, 2-2. Tim Erixon netted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game when he hammered a slap shot from the point past Vítek Vaněček at 8:52. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman also factored in on the Penguins’ second goal, sending a slapper on net that Tom Kostopoulos knocked in off the rebound.

The third period bent the barriers of reality with its offensive output, as the Penguins and Bears exchanged goals and leads like it was nothing.

Galiev scored his second of the game at 7:26 of the third to make it 3-2, but Derrick Pouliot responded for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1:09 later with an outstanding individual effort. Christian Thomas put Hershey back on top with a power play goal, but 1:08 later, Warsofsky and the Penguins answered back with a man advantage marker of their own.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took its first lead of the game with yet another power play goal at 17:56 of the third. After Pouliot successfully faked out the entirety of the Bears defense, he dished the puck to Garrett Wilson who was all alone in the slot. Wilson hoisted a backhand shot into the top corner, giving the Penguins a 5-4 lead.

In a last gasp effort, Hershey pulled the goalie for an extra attacker and Sanford scored his second of the game to tie it, 5-5, with exactly eight seconds remaining in regulation.

Warsofsky brought the game to a sudden close by threading the puck into the near-side corner from an impossible angle in the sudden death overtime period. With the game-winning goal, Warsofsky completed his third-straight multi-point game and extended his personal point streak to eight contests.

Casey DeSmith made 19 saves in regulation and one more in OT as the Penguins won their fourth-straight game and maintained their spot atop the AHL standings. Vaněček recorded 31 saves on 37 shots faced for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Jan. 11 when they face the Toronto Marlies at 7:00 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. 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 TicketMaster.com, 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.

SESTITO’S THREE POINTS HELP PENGUINS DEFEAT BEARS, 5-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Tom Sestito led the way for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the latest chapter of their rivalry with the Hershey Bears, tallying three points to lead the Pens to a 5-1 victory on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Sestito scored two goals and added an assist on Teddy Blueger’s game-winning goal as part of his first three-point outing since Oct. 11, 2008.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-7-3-0) maintained its league-best record with the team’s second straight win to start 2017.

It didn’t take too long for Sestito to get on the scoresheet, as he and Blueger set one another up for goals just nineteen seconds apart at 6:48 and 6:57 of the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck for a third time to start the second frame, as Garrett Wilson grabbed a loose puck in the slot on a botched breakout attempt. Wilson’s goal – his eighth of the campaign – was his 20th point on the year, and also led to Hershey replacing starting goalie Vítek Vaněček with Joe Cannata three minutes into the second period.

Sestito soon struck again by popping a puck in the crease into the right side of Hershey’s net at 6:21 of the middle frame, making it 4-0.

The Penguins’ point run kept rolling when Jake Guentzel grabbed his league-leading 19th goal of the season as he tipped in a shot from the blue line from David Warsofsky.

With 11 minutes left to play, Hershey nixed Casey DeSmith’s chance at the shutout with a goal by Darren Dietz. Dietz’s tally may have foiled the rookie goalie’s bid for a clean sheet, but was all the offense the visitors could muster.

By the end of the contest, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had four players put up multi-point performances, including Sestito (2G-1A), Blueger (1G-1A), Wilson (1G-1A) and David Warsofsky (0G-2A).

The Penguins’ penalty kill was perfect throughout the contest, killing all five power plays it faced to maintain their Eastern Conference-leading penalty kill.

DeSmith finished the game having made 26 saves for his ninth win of the season. Vaněček made eight stops on 11 shots faced, and Cannata recorded 17 saves on 19 bids thrown his way.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Binghamton Senators. Saturday’s contest is also Star Wars Night. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will wear specialty Star Wars-themed jerseys during the game that will be auctioned off to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of NEPA.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow night’s game and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, 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.

NOTE:  Prior to the game, the Penguins announced that they and Reid Gardiner had mutually agreed to release the rookie forward.  He will report to the Western Hockey League for the second half of the season.