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.

PENGUINS MYSTERY JERSEY BAGS ARE BACK

Our Mystery Jersey sale benefits the Penguins GOALS Foundation

Fans will have the chance to get their hands on some very unique Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys when the Penguins GOALS Foundation hosts its second annual MYSTERY JERSEY SALE this Saturday, April 15, during the team’s regular season finale.

We’ve grabbed 90 classic, authentic Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys (five different designs – not game-worn) and had them customized with some of your favorite Pens’ players numbers and names.  Then we had 75 of them signed by the players, packed all 90 in Penguins duffle bags, and stuffed those bags to the gills with goodies including hats, tee-shirts, pucks, cards and more!

The 75 signed jerseys – which include sweaters featuring Tom Kostopoulos, Jake Guentzel, Tristan Jarry, Patrick McGrath, Carter Rowney, Casey DeSmith, Tom Sestito, Oskar Sundqvist and Derrick Pouliot – will be available exclusively for purchase at the Pens game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday.  Fans won’t know whose jersey, or which design, they will be getting until they open their bags.

The other 15 jerseys – which are lettered and numbered, but NOT signed – will be available to purchase online through the Penguins Team Store starting at 7:05pm on Saturday night.

All jerseys are authentic sweaters, and size 56, 58, 58+ or 58 Goalie cuts.  The five designs included are the Penguins’ 2007-13 road sweater (37 jerseys); the 2013-16 road sweater (25 jerseys); the 2015-16 warm up sweater (22 jerseys); the 2015-16 third jersey (3 jerseys); and the 2014-15 warm up jersey (3 jerseys).

Each bag contains more than $400 worth of Penguins merchandise, and will be sold for $300.  All proceeds will benefit the Penguins GOALS Foundation.

As this is a MYSTERY BAG, we cannot guarantee specific sizes or players.  All sales are final, no exchanges will be made.

Individual game tickets for Saturday night’s game 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 packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS CORRADO, SUNDQVIST

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

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot has been re-assigned to WBS.

Corrado, 23, joined the Penguins organization via a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs back on March 1. Since then, he has skated in seven AHL contests with WBS, producing one assist and a plus-2.

Overall this season, the 6-foot, 205-pound blueliner has 13 points (1G-12A) in 25 AHL games with WBS and the Toronto Marlies. He also appeared in two NHL contests with the Maple Leafs earlier in the year.

Corrado originally broke into the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks as a 20 year old back in 2013, and since then he has played in 68 NHL games, recording eight points (3G-5A), over parts of five seasons. At the AHL level, Corrado has 52 points (14G-38A) and a plus-17 in 133 career appearances.

The Canucks chose Corrado in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He was acquired by Pittsburgh from Toronto in exchange for Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

Sundqvist, 22, skated in four games with Pittsburgh earlier this month, providing a key screen on Ian Cole‘s game-winning goal in Vancouver on March 11.

Since returning to WBS just prior to this past weekend, Sundqvist scored once in two games, giving him 17 goals and 40 points in 55 AHL games this year. His goal total ranks third on WBS.

Sundqvist has 57 points (22G-35A) and is plus-7 in 100 career AHL regular-season games with WBS. He has four points (1G-3A) in 22 career NHL contests with Pittsburgh.

Last spring, Sundqvist played in two NHL playoff games with Pittsburgh, earning a Stanley Cup ring and a day with the Cup last August.

Pouliot has 18 points (6+12) in 35 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  He recorded a career-best four points (1+3) on March 10 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

It’s a busy seven day span for the Penguins, who will host the Hartford WolfPack at home on Tuesday night before a three-in-three weekend.  The Pens will play in Syracuse Friday and Allentown Saturday, before returning home to face the Utica Comets on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s game is another KIDS FREE Sunday. Fans ages 14 and younger can get into the game for free with a paid adult ticket. Plus we’ll have $2 hot dogs throughout the game, and a free postgame skating session (skates not included).

For more info or to purchase tickets, call the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

EIGHT DIFFERENT PENGUINS SCORE IN WIN OVER WOLF PACK

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Offense came pouring from up and down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ roster, as eight different players scored in their 8-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (40-17-3-0) became the first team in the American Hockey League to reach 40 wins this season as multiple players put up career nights. Jean-Sébastien Dea, Kevin Porter and Barry Goers all had three-point games – Goers’ first of his AHL career – while Derrick Pouliot stole the show with the first four-point outing (1G-3A) of his career.

Pouliot blasted home Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game at 6:27 of the first period, and then set up Jarrett Burton less than three minutes later to make it 2-0.

After the Penguins forced an offensive zone turnover, Porter gathered a rebound off of a point shot and tucked it into the Wolf Pack net with 17.2 seconds left in the opening frame. The goal not only gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission, but earned Porter his 300th point as a pro.

The Penguins increased their lead to 4-0 with a redirect by Dea 5:50 into the second period. With an assist from Goers, the defenseman notched the 100th point of his pro career.

Taylor Beck got Hartford on the board with a heavy snap shot from the high slot near the midway mark of the game, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swiftly reestablished its four-goal advantage with a tally by Sahir Gill.

Dominik Simon, Tom Kostopoulos and Goers added goals in the third period to bring the game to its final score.

Casey DeSmith stopped 19 of 20 shots faced to register his 16th victory of the season. Mackenzie Skapski made 27 saves while manning the crease for Hartford.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 11, when it takes on the Providence Bruins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the Penguins’ clash with the P-Bruins is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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

SESTITO, GAUNCE TO PITTSBURGH; POULIOT TO WBS

Derrick Pouliot has 14 points in 32 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Tom Sestito and 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 Derrick Pouliot has been re-assigned to WBS.

Sestito, 29, has skated in 33 games this year for WBS, totaling 16 points (6G-10A) and 121 penalty minutes. He has already improved his AHL offensive totals from last season in eight less games played.

Earlier this season, Sestito notched one assist and 24 penalty minutes in eight NHL games with Pittsburgh. Over the past two seasons, Sestito has two assists and 43 penalty minutes in 12 games with Pittsburgh.

Gaunce, 26, has two assists and is plus-one in six NHL games with Pittsburgh this year. At the AHL level with WBS, he has 13 points (2G-11A) and is plus-15 in 49 contests.

Pouliot has 14 points (5+9) in 32 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton begins a three-game homestand tonight against 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 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

DEADLINE DEALS, HEALTHY PLAYERS COULD HELP WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

Frank Corrado was acquired from Toronto on March 1.

The National Hockey League trade deadline has come and gone, and a handful of moves made by the Pittsburgh Penguins could pay dividends in Wilkes-Barre.

Pittsburgh made a pair of trades on Wednesday afternoon, acquiring Mark Street from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth round draft pick in 2018, and sending Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and 2017 fourth round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Fran Corrado.

Corrado, a 23-year old puck-moving blueliner, was immediately assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, giving the AHL Penguins another offensive threat.

Pittsburgh also reassigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, who has 13 points and a plus-15 rating in 47 games with the AHL club this season.

Additionally, Pittsburgh made a series of ‘paper transactions’ at the deadline, reassigning Carter Rowney, Jake Guentzel, and Derrick Pouliot to Wilkes-Barre and quickly recalling them.  Those moves make that trio eligible to suit up for the AHL Penguins during the remainder of the regular season and the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Those reinforcements could prove significant in the long run, as could the imminent returns of a pair of Penguins skaters.

Forward Thomas Di Pauli appeared in just eight games at the start of the season before suffering a long-term injury on November 26.  the highly-touted scorer out of Notre Dame has been practicing with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this week, and could return to game action as soon as this weekend.

And Garrett Wilson was in the midst of a career-year when he suffered an upper body injury against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Valentine’s Day.  His return seems to be a little further away, but add his double-digit goal scoring into an already formidable lineup, and the Penguins could receive a late-season infusion of offense.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Saturday, Mar. 4, and it will take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is 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 TicketMaster.com, 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.

PENGUINS OUTLASTED BY BRUINS, 3-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins suffered a 3-2 loss against the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Penguins (37-14-3-0) converted twice on the power play, but surrendered a late deciding goal to the Bruins (30-14-5-4).

The Bruins opened up the scoring at the 12:21 mark of the first period. Ben Marshall’s wrist shot from the blue line traveled through a sea of bodies and ricocheted off of Danton Heinen, putting Providence up 1-0. But less than two minutes later the Penguins responded with a man advantage marker from Dominik Simon, tying the game up at 1-1.

Providence jumped back on top, 2-1, 7:47 into the middle frame. After David Warsofsky’s stick snapped on a routine breakout play, Heinen set up Sean Kuraly for a one-timer that blew past Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied the game again in the third period, this time with a tally coming on a five-on-three power play. Shortly after calling a timeout to draw up the perfect play, Derrick Pouliot blasted a slap shot into the Bruins’ net at 1:49 of the final stanza.

Jordan Szwarz delivered the game-winning goal for Providence with 4:04 remaining in regulation.

Jarry stopped 32 shots in the loss for the Penguins. Zane McIntyre remained undefeated in regulation on the season (13-0-1) as he turned aside 37 shots in the win for the Bruins.

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 TicketMaster.com, 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.

PENGUINS OUTLAST COMETS FOR 3-2 VICTORY

UTICA, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won their third-consecutive game with a 3-2 triumph over the Utica Comets at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday night.

Goaltender Casey DeSmith turned in one of the finest goaltending performances of the year with 27 saves as the Penguins (32-9-3-0) maintained their hold on the top spot in the American Hockey League.

Josh Archibald got Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the board first with a blistering shot that went top shelf off the rush at 8:16 of the opening frame. The Penguins struck again from long distance when Tim Erixon ripped a slap shot from the blue line into the back of the net at 14:29, making it 2-0.

Early in the second period, the Comets appeared to have their first goal of the game on a perfectly executed three-on-one odd man rush, only to be denied by a lunging glove save by DeSmith.

After a scoreless middle frame, Utica cut their deficit in half with a power play goal 1:23 into the third. Alexandre Grenier unloaded a potent slapper from the point that found its way through traffic and past DeSmith, making it 2-1.

The Penguins answered back shortly thereafter, though. Immediately after the expiration of a man advantage, Derrick Pouliot tickled the twine for his second goal of the season, putting the Penguins back up by a pair at 3-1.

With the goalie pulled, the Comets pulled closer to the Penguins with an extra attacker tally from Evan McEneny with 2:55 remaining in regulation. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton weathered the storm and hung on for a win, ending Utica’s seven-game point streak.

DeSmith improved his personal record to 13-2-2 on the season, while Comets goalie Richard Bachman made 27 saves in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28, when they travel further south in New York to take on the Binghamton Senators. 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.

POULIOT’S GAME PICKING UP STEAM

It has to be a candidate for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ goal of the season.


(video courtesy Hershey Bears/SendToNews)


Derrick Pouliot’s first tally of the 2016-17 campaign was a phenomenal individual effort last Sunday against the Hershey Bears.  The Pens defenseman picked up a puck in his own end, carried it through the neutral zone untouched, then went forehand-backhand while facing Colby Wilson and nearly falling into a split.  His shot from between the hashmarks beat goaltender Vitek Vanacek glove side, tying the game 3-3 at that point.

But the goal was almost secondary for head coach Clark Donatelli who, while happy for his young blueliner to get on the scoresheet, was equally as impressed with his defensive effort.

“I was happy with his game, not that he scored,” Donatelli stated.  “I thought he played solid defensively and he was taking care of his own end.”

That assessment bodes well for Pouliot, who will turn 23 next week.  Offensive output has been a major part of his game dating back to his junior days with the Portland Winterhawks (he picked up 205 points in 247 games with the team).  That point production continued during his first two seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, when he recorded 47 points in 68 games with the club.

The knock against Pouliot during his early career has been play in his own end.  But he’s starting to show that he’s become a more responsible player patrolling the defensive zone than in seasons past.

“I just think he’s getting more and more confidence,” Donatelli said.  “In the ‘D’ zone he’s engaging quicker.  The one-on-one battles, he’s winning. I think the more he plays the better he’s going to get, to where he’s a dominant player in this league.”

The Penguins first round pick in the 2012 draft, Pouliot began the season with the NHL Penguins, but suffered an injury in his first action of the season on October 20, which sidelined him for the next month.

Pouliot shuttled between the two teams for much of December, but has been suiting up in Wilkes-Barre since just before the first of the year.  And having a little stability has served him well, as he’s appeared in seven straight games with the AHL club, picking up seven points, posting a plus-9 rating and helping the team to five wins in the process.

“I think that’s just confidence – getting out there, playing again, and having some fun,” Donatelli said.  “He has to be hard in front of the net, boxing out and going to those hard areas.  His retrievals have always been good.”

And with David Warsofsky recently being recalled by Pittsburgh, Pouliot figures to see even more ice time.

“He’s going to be killing some penalties, picking up some of (Warsofsky’s) slack,” Donatelli stated.  “So it’s a great opportunity for him to get into the game a little bit more.”

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

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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.