PITTSBURGH RECALLS DESMITH, REASSIGNS JARRY AND SIMON


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

Goaltender Tristan Jarry and forward Dominik Simon have been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

DeSmith, 26, is playing in his fifth stint of the season with the Penguins. In seven NHL appearances, he is 3-3 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. DeSmith picked up his first NHL victory on January 18 in Los Angeles, making 28 saves on 29 shots.

At the AHL level, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound native of Rochester, New Hampshire has a 16-8-3 record, 2.73 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 27 contests with WBS. DeSmith was named to the AHL All-Star Classic this season, although he did not play in the game because he was in Pittsburgh at the time.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 2, when they trek to the Midwest and face-off against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins 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.

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PENS PRACTICE REPORT: PEDAN PROGRESS


Andrey Pedan had appeared in 211 American Hockey League games prior to Saturday afternoon’s contest against the Laval Rocket.  And in that time, the Russian defenseman had a grand total of one multi-goal game in his minor league career, that coming on April 6, 2014 as a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

So you could excuse the 6’5” blue line for being just a little bit happy when he popped in three goals to lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins past the Rocket this past weekend.

“I was excited.  There  were not many hats out there, playing on the road,” laughed Pedan.  “[Garrett Wilson] did a really good job in front [of the goal], so it was easy.  I just had to hit the net.”

Pedan’s first goal was a shot from the slot that hit goaltender Michael McNiven, then fluttered over the goal line.  But tallies two and three were deftly placed shots from the point, both coming on the power play.

The sixth-year pro was happy to hit the back of the net, even if it wasn’t the first thing on his mind.

“I don’t really worry about points, just taking care of the D-zone,” he said.  “We have a great group of forwards who can score.”

Perhaps the only person happier than Pedan this past weekend was head coach Clark Donatelli, who has seen the early season acquisition (he was traded to the Penguins for defenseman Derrick Pouliot) bloom on the Penguins backline.

“We’ve been working with him here now since the trade and trying to get him up to speed on our systems and his details and his habits, how he plays,” Donatelli said.  “I think you can see a big difference from when we got him to now.

“Less is more with him.  It’s hard to do less when you’re competing like that.  But I think he’s buying in.  He did a lot less and got three goals, and got a lot accomplished on the defensive side of the puck as well.  So he’s come a long way since we got him, and we’re really happy with his success.


Pedan wasn’t the only Penguin celebrating a hat trick last weekend.  Ryan Haggerty started off the team’s trek through Canada with a three-goal game in a 6-2 victory against the Belleville Senators on Friday night.  What made it even more special is that his father, Roger, was on hand as part of the team’s fathers’ trip to witness it firsthand.

“It was something special to have all of the dads here,” said the younger Haggerty, who now has 16 goals in just 26 games this season.  “And it’s pretty cool to play that well as a team and to go out and win a game like that.  It’s more special to have all of the dads with us.”

Haggerty has already eclipsed his previous single-season high of 15 goals in a season, set in 2014-15 with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  It took him 73 games that year to reach the mark.

“Hagg’s has been playing great all year,” Donatelli said.  “He’s got an NHL shot and release.  He’s just played fantastic from the time he stepped on the ice his first game this year.  He’s been very consistent in his play, and I think that’s a big difference from last year.”


The Penguins have been known as one of the top defenseive teams in the AHL in recent years, with their goaltenders taking home the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes Award, presented to the netminders on the team with the lowest goals against average, in five of the past seven seasons.

So it may be a bit of a surprise to learn that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton currently ranks second in the league in goals scored per game at 3.67 (132 goals in 36 games).

What’s even more impressive is that the team has done plenty of damage while two of its top scorers – Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong – have been on recall with Pittsburgh.

Simon was originally summoned by Pittsburgh on December 8, but returned to the team on December 30.  He netted the overtime winner in that contest before returning to the NHL club.

Sprong got his promotion on that same day, after netting 18 goals in 29 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Despite not having the duo in the lineup since the end of the calendar year, the Penguins have posted five straight wins (seven overall dating back to December 29), and have outscored the opposition 23-9 in 2018.

“Spronger leaves, and it’s just another opportunity for someone else to come in and grab that ice time,” said Donatelli.  “We have a lot of guys here that are going to take advantage of that.  You’re seeing it with him and Simon being up there, where guys are getting more ice time.  They jump right in there and take advantage of that.”


Wednesday night’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms starts a stretch of games that will see the Penguins face off with Atlantic Division foes in 10 of 11 contests.  And although the Pens currently hold down the top slot in the standings, Donatelli knows the upcoming schedule will be a challenging one to navigate.

“My experience in this division, even when you’re winning you don’t break away [from the pack],” he said.  “If you’re not on your ‘A’ game, you’re going to get beat in this league, and especially in our division.  We’re just going to approach it one game at a time.  It’s a tough stretch for us, but our guys are ready.”


The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/2/18

Penguins kick off new year against division rivals and a new foe

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (18-10-2-1) to play three home games in four days

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 5
Every member of the Penguins’ line of Garrett Wilson (1G-1A), Gage Quinney (1G-1A) and Daniel Sprong (0G-2A) turned in two-point nights in a wild and wacky back-and-forth game with the Phantoms. J.S. Dea had an assist for the third-straight game.

Friday, Dec. 29 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hartford 1
Daniel Sprong led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, collecting his second career hat trick and second career four-point outing. Anthony Peters recorded 27 saves for his first AHL win since Mar. 27, 2015.

Saturday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 1 (OT)
The I-81 Rivalry delivered another excellent installment with this tightly contested affair ending in Dominik Simon’s overtime game-winner on the same day he was reassigned by Pittsburgh. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 9-2-1-1 in its last 13 visits to Giant Center with the win.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
The Penguins will try and put more distance between them and the team directly behind them in the Atlantic Division standings. This will be Bridgeport’s first trip to Northeast PA this season. The season series is tied at one win apiece.

Friday, Jan. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied for a 6-3 comeback victory in the only meeting of the season between these two clubs. Springfield has dropped three-straight decisions at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Saturday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS vs. Belleville
Saturday marks the first ever match-up between the Penguins and Belleville Senators. Despite being sixth in the North Division, Belleville is 5-2-0-1 against the Atlantic so far.

 

Ice Chips

– Penguins forward Christian Thomas captured the Spengler Cup as a member of Team Canada on Sunday. Canada has now won the tournament three years in a row.

– Kevin Czuczman has an assist on four of the Penguins five overtime game-winning goals this season.

– Since being signed to a second PTO by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, goalie Anthony Peters has only allowed two goals in 122:43.

– Colin Smith played in his 300th AHL game on Friday, and Jarred Tinordi played in his 300th professional game on Saturday.

– The Penguins have a 7-3 record in games that have gone beyond regulation (overtime or shootout) this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 32 21 8 3 0 45 .703
2. Lehigh Valley 35 21 10 2 2 46 .657
3. Charlotte 34 21 12 0 1 43 .632
4. PENGUINS 31 18 10 2 1 39 .629
5. Bridgeport 31 16 12 2 1 35 .565
6. Hershey 35 15 16 1 3 34 .486
7. Hartford 34 13 15 3 3 32 .471
8. Springfield 35 14 19 1 1 30 .429

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Teddy Blueger 31 9 10 19
Ryan Haggerty 21 11 7 18
Jean-Sébastien Dea 31 6 12 18
Dominik Simon^ 21 4 13 17
Kevin Czuczman 27 1 16 17

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 17 10-5-2 2.72 .911 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 3       Bridgeport       Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 5           Springfield       Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 6         Belleville           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 2         (LW) Cody Wydo                    Recalled from WHL

Tue, Jan. 2         (RW) Reid Gardiner                Recalled from WHL

Mon, Jan. 1        (G) Casey DeSmith                    Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (D) Andrey Pedan                      Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (LW) Garrett Wilson                  Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (RW) Dominik Simon                     Recalled by PIT

PITTSBURGH RECALLS SIMON, RE-ASSIGNS THREE TO WBS


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

Casey DeSmith, Andrey Pedan and Garrett Wilson have all been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Simon, 23, has skated in six NHL games with Pittsburgh this year, collecting a pair of assists. Both helpers came on Dec. 9 against Toronto, the first multiple-point game of his NHL career. Simon has four assists in 11 career NHL contests over the past three years.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Simon scored the overtime game-winning goal against the Hershey Bears on December 30 (see video above) after returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton that day. Simon’s goal brought his season totals in the AHL to four goals, 13 assists and 17 points in 21 games. He has points in 14 of 21 games.

Pittsburgh originally drafted the Prague, Czech Republic native in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is this Wednesday, January 3, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers 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.

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PENGUINS BEAT BEARS WITH DOMINIK SIMON’S OVERTIME WINNER


HERSHEY, Pa. – Dominik Simon returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night, and paid immediate dividends.  Just hours after being reassigned to the team from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Simon scored the overtime winner in a 2-1 victory against the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center.

Simon was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (18-10-2-1) at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and notched the overtime game-winner at 9:20 p.m. to send the Penguins into the New Year on a two-game winning streak.

BOXSCORE

The Penguins came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, but couldn’t solve Bears goalie Vítek Vaněček despite out-shooting their opponent, 15-6, in the first period. Simon accounted for four of the Penguins’ shots in that opening period.

Stellar goaltending carried over into the second stanza, as well, with Vaněček and Anthony Peters trading jaw-dropping saves. It required a perfect shot to beat either netminder, and that’s exactly what Zach  Aston-Reese delivered at 7:26 of the middle frame. After Jean-Sébastien Dea and Ryan Haggerty combined to win a battle along the boards in the Bears’ zone, Aston-Reese ripped a beautiful, bar-down wrister from the slot past Vaněček for the game’s first goal.

Hershey finally got a puck across Peters’ goal line when Tyler Graovac tucked a shot inside the far post, tying the game, 1-1, at 3:10 of the third period.

The game was nearly decided twice in the final seconds of regulation with the two teams skating four-on-four. Hershey barreled down the ice on a four-on-one odd man rush with 15 seconds remaining in the third period only to be denied the go-ahead goal and watch Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Chris Summers break loose for a clean breakaway immediately afterwards. Vaněček shut the door on Summers right before the sound of the buzzer, signaling the end of regulation.

Simon rocketed a wrist shot behind his fellow countryman 3:10 into the extra period, improving the Penguins to 4-0-1-1 against the Bears this season.

Peters finished the game having made 20 saves, while Vaněček turned in a 36-stop performance in the overtime loss.

The Penguins’ next game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS SPRONG; REASSIGNS SIMON


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

Forward Dominik Simon has been re-assigned to WBS.

Sprong, 20, recorded his second hat trick of the season yesterday against Hartford, bringing his season totals to 18 goals, 10 assists and 28 points in 29 games. His 18 goals rank second overall in the AHL, while his 28 points are 15th-best. Sprong has seven power-play goals, which ranks fifth (tied) in the league.



The 6-foot, 180-pound Sprong recorded six points (3G-3A) in his final two games before getting recalled. His first professional hat trick came back on October 20 against the Laval Rocket.

Simon, 23, has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. In parts of three campaigns with the team, the native of Prague, Czech Republic has posted 110 points (43+67) in 158 games with the AHL club.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Saturday, Dec. 30, when they travel down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers 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.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS SIMON; ASSIGNS MCKEGG


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

Forward Greg McKegg has been re-assigned to WBS.

Simon, 23, has produced three goals, 13 assists and 16 points in 20 games with WBS this year. His assist and point totals are both tied for the team lead. Simon has tallied at least one point in 13 of his 20 games.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Simon has played in five career NHL games with Pittsburgh over the previous two years, collecting a pair of assists. During both the 2016 and ’17 Stanley Cup championship runs, Simon practiced with the ‘Black Aces.’

Simon, a native of Prague, Czech Republic, has played two-plus years in the AHL with WBS, totaling 110 points (43G-67A) and a plus-14 in 158 regular-season games. He has added five points (1G-4A) in 12 playoff contests. Simon’s best season came as a rookie in 2015-16 when he led the team with 25 goals, and recorded 48 points, in 68 games.

Pittsburgh originally drafted Simon in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/5/17

First-place Penguins prepare for another busy week

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-5-1-1) still holds the top spot in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Dec. 1 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Milwaukee 4 (OT)
In the Admirals’ first face-off with the Penguins since the 2004 Calder Cup Final, both teams put on a show with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulling out the win in overtime. Garrett Wilson scored his first career hat trick in the first period, but Milwaukee stormed back to force OT. J.S. Dea notched the game-winner, helping goalie Colin Stevens earn his first AHL win in his first AHL start.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Rochester 5
Teddy Blueger posted the first multi-goal game of his career, accounting for all of the Pens’ scoring in a loss on Teddy Bear Toss night. Goalie Anthony Peters made his Penguins debut.

Sunday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS 3 at Hershey 4 (OT)
Daniel Sprong and Gage Quinney set one another up for first period goals, but Hershey scored three-straight to take a 3-2 lead. Tom Sestito sent the game to overtime, but Chris Bourque put the Bears over the top with an OT power play goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton heads to PPL Center to face Lehigh Valley, which has dropped five of its last nine games. The Penguins are 14-4-1-1 all-time at PPL Center.

Friday, Dec. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
The Penguins look for revenge on the Checkers, who spoiled Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season opener on Oct. 7. Charlotte recently regained playoff positioning, and now sit in third place in the Atlantic.

Sunday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose to Hershey in regulation this season, going 2-0-1-1 in four contests against its bitter rival.

 

Ice Chips

– Dominik Simon’s six-game point streak (Nov. 12 – Dec. 1) tied a career high he set in March of last year.

– Friday and Saturday’s games marked the first time the Penguins scored shorthanded goals in back-to-back contests since Oct. 13 and Oct. 18, 2013.

– Saturday’s overtime goal pulled Jean-Sébastien Dea into a tie with Tomáš Surový and Scott Wilson for the second-most game-winning goals in franchise history (14).

– Christian Thomas played in his 300th AHL game on Sunday.

– Garrett Wilson achieved his 200th point as a pro with an assist on Sunday.

– Lukas Bengtsson is three points shy of his 100th point as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 20 13 5 1 1 28 .700
2. Lehigh Valley 21 13 6 2 0 28 .667
3. Providence 23 14 8 0 1 29 .630
4. Charlotte 23 13 7 1 2 29 .630
5. Bridgeport 22 12 8 1 1 26 .591
6. Hershey 24 11 10 0 3 25 .521
7. Hartford 24 8 12 3 1 20 .417
8. Springfield 25 9 15 1 0 19 .380

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 19 10 6 16
Dominik Simon 19 3 13 16
Kevin Czuczman 20 1 13 14
Ryan Haggerty 12 9 4 13
Jean-Sébastien Dea 20 6 7 13

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 12 9-2-1 2.29 .924 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Dec. 6     Lehigh Valley   PPL Center                                  7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 8        Charlotte          Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 10    Hershey            Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Dec. 5        (LW) Freddie Tiffels     Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Fri, Dec. 1          (G) Anthony Peters                                   Signed to PTO

Fri, Dec. 1          (LW) Freddie Tiffels         Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Fri, Dec. 1          (RW) Josh Archibald           Conditioning loan by PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/28/17

Penguins welcome uncommon foes for busy weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-4-0-1) still holds first place in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 22 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 2
Ryan Haggerty scored 31 seconds into the contest, marking the second game in a row that he gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game. The Phantoms struck twice before the Penguins rattled off three-straight goals to win. Haggerty, J.S. Dea and Zach Aston-Reese all had three-point nights.

Friday, Nov. 24 – PENGUINS 2 at Syracuse 5
The Pens saw their 12-game point streak end as the Crunch won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Dominik Simon scored for the visitors, continuing his career trend of registering at least one point in every trip to Syracuse (6GP; 3G-4A).

Saturday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 4
The Penguins clawed their way back for another near-comeback against the Crunch, only to fall short by one tally. Freddie Tiffels scored his first AHL goal while Adam Johnson posted the third multi-point game of his career (0G-2A).

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 1 – PENGUINS vs. Milwaukee
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts the Milwaukee Admirals for the first time since the 2004 Calder Cup Final. The Admirals have made the playoffs in 14 of their 16 AHL seasons, but are currently fourth in the Central Division and playing .500 hockey (5-5-0-0) over their last 10 games.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – PENGUINS vs. Rochester
The Penguins will see a lot of familiar faces come to town when the Americans visit Northeast PA for the first and only time this season. Rochester is led by former Pens assistant coach, Chris Taylor, and its roster is populated by five players who were in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

Sunday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-0-1 against Hershey this season and is 7-2-0-1 in its last 10 trips to Giant Center.

 

Ice Chips

– With an assist on Saturday, Dominik Simon took over the Penguins’ team lead in points (15). This is the first time Simon has held sole possession of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s points lead since Jan. 8, 2016 of his rookie season.

– Casey DeSmith started every game for the Penguins in the month of November (6-2-1).

– Zach Aston-Reese is tied for the best plus-minus rating among active AHL rookies (+10).

– Chris Summers played in his 400th AHL game on Saturday.

– Christian Thomas is three games away from his 300th career AHL games.

– Garrett Wilson is four points shy of his 200th point as a pro.

– Lukas Bengtsson is four points shy of his 100th point as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 17 12 4 0 1 25 .735
2. Lehigh Valley 20 12 6 0 2 26 .650
3. Providence 18 10 6 2 0 22 .611
4. Charlotte 19 11 7 1 0 23 .605
5. Bridgeport 21 12 8 0 1 25 .595
6. Hershey 21 9 9 0 3 21 .500
7. Hartford 21 7 11 2 1 17 .405
8. Springfield 22 8 13 1 0 17 .386

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Dominik Simon 14 3 12 15
Daniel Sprong* 17 9 5 14
Ryan Haggerty 10 9 4 13
Jean-Sébastien Dea 7 7 2 12
Kevin Czuczman 17 1 11 12

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 12 9-2-1 2.29 .924 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Dec. 1        Milwaukee      Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 2       Rochester        Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 3      Hershey           Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Nov. 22    (LW) Freddie Tiffels  Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Nov. 27    (G) Sean Maguire       Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Nov. 27    (G) Colin Stevens                    Released from PTO

Tue, Nov. 28      (G) Casey DeSmith                         Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS’ POINT STREAK ENDS IN LOSS AT SYRACUSE

 

BOXSCORE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins nearly forged a late comeback against the Syracuse Crunch, but ultimately fell, 5-2, at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena on Friday night.

Colin Smith put forth a goal and an assist for the Penguins, but it wasn’t enough as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-3-0-1) saw its league-best point streak come to an end at 12 games.

Alexander Volkov scored less than two minutes into the game, granting the Crunch an early lead.

Three seconds ticked off the clock on the Crunch’s first power play of the game when Jamie McBain blasted a slap shot into the back of the Penguins’ net. Fifty-seven seconds later, another McBain shot led to a Syracuse goal with Kevin Lynch getting the redirect in front.

With two man advantage opportunities late in the opening frame, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hit the post three different times, but couldn’t get any pucks to cross the goal line. Therefore, Syracuse took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

Smith got the Penguins on the board with a power play goal midway through the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled within one when Smith set up Dominik Simon on a two-on-two rush at the 13-minute mark of the third frame.

Trailing by a goal late in the third period, Syracuse’s Ben Thomas was booked for a boarding penalty that earned him a game misconduct and afforded the Penguins a five minute major power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was unable to convert on the lengthy man advantage and saw Syracuse pot two empty netters in the final two minutes of play. Carter Verhaeghe and Michaël Bournival’s empty net goals brought the game to its final score of 5-2.

Casey DeSmith made 25 saves manning the pipes for the Penguins and was handed his first loss in regulation this season (9-1-1). Louis Domingue posted 23 stops for the win.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 25, the second half of a home-and-home set with Syracuse. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.