PENGUINS ANNOUNCE FOUR ROSTER MOVES


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels and defenseman Ethan Prow from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has assigned forward Troy Josephs to Wheeling, and goalie Colin Stevens has been released from his professional tryout agreement.

Tiffels, 22, has posted three goals and seven assists for 10 points over the course of the first nine ECHL games of his career. The Cologne, Germany native has appeared in five games for the Penguins this season and scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch.

Prow has played in six games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, picking up an assist on Nov. 11, 2017 against the Hershey Bears. The former Hobey Baker Award Finalist skated in 59 games for the Penguins last season and registered 16 points (1G-15A). Prow, 25, also appeared in one game for Wheeling last season, posting two assists in that lone contest on Oct. 20, 2016 against the Reading Royals.

Josephs is returning from injury and has not played any games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. Last season, the 23-year old forward led Clarkson University in goals (20) during his senior year. Josephs, who hails from Whitby, Ontario, joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton following the conclusion of his college campaign and suited up for 13 regular season games and one Calder Cup Playoff game for the Penguins. Josephs notched one goal and one assist for the Penguins in that time.

Stevens recently earned his first AHL win in his first AHL start on Friday, Dec. 1 against the Milwaukee Admirals. The 24-year-old goaltender from Niskayuna, New York put forth 29 saves to earn an overtime victory for the Penguins over the Admirals. Stevens will also report to Wheeling, where has played three games this year and posted a 2-0-1 record. Stevens owns a .907 save percentage and a 3.27 goals against average with the Nailers.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 6, when they travel to PPL Center to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 8 against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers’ visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for non-glass seating for Dec. 8’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 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.

TIFFELS COMES BACK TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

Tiffels, 22, has posted three goals and seven assists for 10 points over the course of the first nine ECHL games of his career. He rattled off seven of his points with Wheeling this season over the course of a four-game point streak that spanned from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2017.

Tiffels, who hails from Cologne, Germany, has appeared in five games for the Penguins this season. He scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch. Prior to turning pro, he skated for three seasons at Western Michigan University, posting 27 goals and 32 assists for 59 points in 105 games. Tiffels was drafted by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 6, when they travel to PPL Center to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 8 against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers’ visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for non-glass seating for Dec. 8’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 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.

TIFFELS RETURNED TO WHEELING, PETERS SIGNED TO PTO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Also, the Penguins have signed goaltender Anthony Peters to a professional tryout agreement.

Tiffels, 22, has posted three goals and four assists for seven points over the course of the first six ECHL games of his career. He rattled off all seven of his points with Wheeling over the course of a four-game point streak that spanned from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2017.

Tiffels, who hails from Cologne, Germany, has appeared in five games for the Penguins this season. He scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch, a 4-3 loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Prior to turning pro, he skated for three seasons at Western Michigan University, posting 27 goals and 32 assists for 59 points in 105 games. Tiffels was drafted by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2015 NHL   Entry Draft.

Peters has played twelve games this year with the Buffalo Sabres’ ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, posting a 7-4-1 record. Peters owns a .929 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average, which both rank fourth in the ECHL, this season in Cincinnati.

The 26-year-old from Blyth, Ontario spent his first two seasons of professional hockey with the Florida Everblades (ECHL), Rochester Americans (AHL) and Charlotte Checkers (AHL). In his first pro season, Peters posted a 25-17-1 record with a 2.20 GAA and .920sv%. He was named Everblades team MVP and finished fifth in ECHL MVP voting. Prior to turning pro, Peters spent four years playing at Saint Mary’s University. He was named 2014-2015 CIS Goaltender of the Year and was named to the CIS First All-Star Team in his freshman and senior seasons at Saint Mary’s.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, when the Penguins welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m., and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays. Lower bowl tickets (excluding glass seats) for Friday’s game against Milwaukee are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 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.

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 LOSE REMATCH TO CRUNCH, 4-3

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back to make things interesting, but still lost, 4-3, to the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

For the second game in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-4-0-1) trailed Syracuse by two goals heading into the third period. Just like the night before, the Penguins were able to slash their opponent’s lead down to one, but never find an equalizer.

The Penguins wrap up the month of November with a 6-2-0-1 record, earning 13 points to maintain first place in the Atlantic Division.

Syracuse scored first when Daniel Walcott scored his first goal of the season less than two minutes into the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly fired back with two-straight tallies. Freddie Tiffels netted his first AHL goal at the 2:58 mark in the first period. Five minutes later, Teddy Blueger found the back of the net on a rebound of a shot from Ryan Haggerty shot, giving the Penguins a 2-1 lead.

The Crunch evened things up, 2-2, with a power play goal with 2:32 remaining in the first period courtesy of Carter Verhaeghe.

Syracuse broke things open in the middle frame, scoring their AHL-leading seventh shorthanded goal at 10:56 of the second period. Michaël Bournival’s second shorty in as many days against the Penguins put the Crunch back in the lead before a Matthew Peca breakaway made it 4-2 with 3:10 on the clock in the second period.

At the 12:45 mark of the third, Frank Corrado rifled a slap shot from the blue line past Connor Ingram, pulling the Penguins within striking distance.

With the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a series of good looks at Ingram, but all attempts were foiled and the Penguins lost to Syracuse for the second game in a row.

Casey DeSmith stopped 21 out of the 25 shots he faced and lost consecutive games for only the second time in his AHL career, falling to 9-2-1 this season. Ingram recorded 30 saves for his first victory since Oct. 21.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 1, when they welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m. and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays.  All tickets for Friday’s game against Milwaukee are $14 and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

TIFFELS RETURNS TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Tiffels, 22, has posted three goals and four assists for seven points over the course of the first six ECHL games of his career. He rattled off all seven of his points with Wheeling over the course of a four-game point streak that spanned from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2017.

Tiffels, who hails from Cologne, Germany, has appeared in three games for the Penguins this season. He made his pro debut on Oct. 15, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch, a 6-1 victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Prior to turning pro, he skated for three seasons at Western Michigan University, posting 27 goals and 32 assists for 59 points in 105 games. Tiffels was drafted by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2015 NHL   Entry Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 22, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the Thanksgiving Eve clash between the two division rivals 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

NAILERS NEWS – NOVEMBER 21, 2017

The Wheeling Nailers have moved to the top of the ECHL’s North Division after posting a 2-1-0-0 record last week.  Get up to speed on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins affiliate in this edition of NAILERS NEWS.

RECENT ACTION

November 14, 2017:  Cody Wydo and Freddy Tiffels each scored a pair of goals in a 6-4 victory over the Adirondack Thunder.  Cam Brown and Garrett Meurs also each registered two points.  Sean Maguire picked up the win while recording 34 saves.

November 17, 2017:  Derek Army led the Nailers attack with a goal and four points in a 6-2 win against the Norfolk Admirals.  Garrett Meurs (1G, 2A) and Dylan Zink (1G, 1A) also recorded multi-point games in the win.  Sean Maguire stopped 36 shots.

November 18, 2017:  Garrett Meurs recorded the only goal in the 4-1 loss during the second game of a back-to-back with Admirals.  Zach Tolkinen and Will King assisted on the on goal of the game for the Nailers.  Along with the assist, King stopped 30 shots.

LEAGUE LEADERS

Cody Wydo is third in the ECHL with 20 points in 14 games played.  Wydo is tied for 12th in the league with eight goals, and is eighth in the league in assists with 12.

Reid Gardiner is fourth in points with 19 and tied for second in the league in goals with 11.

Garrett Meurs is tied for 10th in the league with 17 points and is tied for seventh in the league with nine goals.

Cam Brown is tied for third in the ECHL with 14 assists.

Nick Sorkin is tied for fifth in the ECHL in assists with 13.

Sean Maguire is tied for third in the league with six wins on the season.

compiled by Kenny Jarema

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NAILERS NEWS – NOVEMBER 13, 2017

NAILERS NOTES

The Wheeling Nailers are off to a solid start in ECHL action, posting a 7-2-2-0 mark through 11 games, good for the fourth-best points percentage in the league.  The Nailers took two of three contests this past weekend, and currently sit in second place in the North Division standings.


RECENT ACTION

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 VS. TOLEDO (4-3 OT WIN)

Reid Gardiner netted his league-leading fourth game-winning goal – this one coming in overtime – to lead the Nailers to a 4-3 win against the Walleye at WesBanco Arena.  Wheeling took a 2-0 lead into the third frame thanks to goals by Hunter Fejes and Gardiner before Toldeo got on the board.  Cody Wydo reestablished the two-goal cushion before the visitors scored twice in a 1:06 span late in the game to force OT.  Sean Maguire made 30 saves in net.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT TOLEDO (5-3 LOSS)

Derek Army had a goal and an assist, while Gardiner posted a pair of helpers in the second game of the home-and-home series.  Freddie Tiffels, reassigned to Wheeling from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier in the week, recorded his first pro goal in the defeat.  Cody Wydo netted his fourth goal of the season.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 VS. NORFOLK (5-3 WIN)

Cody Wydo extended his goal streak to three games, picking up the game-winning goal, in the home win over the Admirals.  Garrett Meurs recorded his third multiple-goal game of the season, Cam Brown had three points (1+2) in the win, and Tiffels chipped in with two assists.  Goaltender Will King stopped 39 shots for his first professional win.


LEAGUE LEADERS

REID GARDINER is tied for second in the ECHL with 10 goals and 17 points, is tied for fourth with three power play goals, and leads the league with four game-winning goals.  He had his 10-game point streak snapped on Sunday against Norfolk.

CODY WYDO is tied for second in the ECHL with 17 points and 12 assists.

CAM BROWN is tied for second in the ECHL with 12 assists.

HUNTER FEJES is tied for second in the ECHL with four power play goals.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ next game takes place on Friday, November 17 when they travel to face the Binghamton Devils at 7:05 p.m.  The team returns him for a Thanksgiving eve contest with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday, November 22.

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.

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TIFFELS, TAYLOR AND ZINK REASSIGNED TO WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels and defenseman Jeff Taylor to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has reassigned defenseman Dylan Zink to Wheeling, as well.

The three rookies have been on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s roster since the conclusion of training camp in October.

Tiffels, from Cologne, Germany, has appeared in three games for the Penguins this season. He made his pro debut on Oct. 15, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch, a 6-1 victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Prior to turning pro, the 22-year-old skated for three seasons at Western Michigan University, posting 27 goals and 32 assists for 59 points in 105 games. Tiffels was drafted by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Zink joined the Penguins late last season on an amateur tryout contract after wrapping up his senior season with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. This year, the 25-year-old blueliner has played in five games, earning one assist in that time. The Madison, Wisconsin native’s first pro point came in his season debut on Oct. 13, 2017 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Taylor also signed an ATO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton late last season and skated in six games for the Penguins in 2016-17. After sustaining a pre-season injury, the defenseman from Clifton Park, New York has been rehabbing with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was cleared for full contact earlier this week. Taylor was selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh round (203rd overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 8, against the North Division-leading Toronto Marlies at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the first meeting of the season between the East’s two division leaders 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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TIFFELS SHOWS HIS SKILL ON WORLD STAGE

You could say Freddie Tiffels has some history with the Penguins organization.  It is more than his sixth-round (167th overall) selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.  No, this is about a winner-take-all game on the international stage, but we’ll get to that later.

Tiffels signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 22, capping off a whirlwind Spring for the 22-year old from Cologne, Germany. 
His junior year at Western Michigan University was a memorable one.  After two down seasons, Tiffels was part of a resurgence that saw the Broncos thrive in a stacked NCHC that featured the last two teams standing in the NCAA tournament – Denver and Minnesota-Duluth – not to mention perennial powerhouse North Dakota.  Tiffels tied a career high with 21 points (9G-12A) in 37 games as Western Michigan spent 10 weeks in the top 10 and finished tenth in the final USCHO poll.  Though the Broncos fell to Air Force in the first round of the NCAA Championship, Tiffels would go on to make his mark in a not-so-small tournament a short time later. 
 
Though most North American hockey fans hone in on international play every four years at the Olympics, the World Championships takes place annually and is as big as it gets in international play.  Tiffels received an invitation to try out for Team Germany and was the only collegiate player to make the roster. Through training camp and exhibition games, he used his high-end speed to repeatedly catch the eye of Head Coach Marco Sturm.  The relatively-unknown Tiffels made a name for himself skating alongside players such Leon Draisaitl, Christian Ehroff and Dennis Seidenberg.
 
After Tiffels scored his first international goal in a loss against Russia, Sturm told DW, “”Freddie is giving us more than we had expected. He always goes all out.”
The German forward was hardly done and saved his biggest performance for the most important game of the group stage round robin.  And this is where the history comes into play.  Maybe not so much against the Penguins as a whole, but instead another prospect in their system. 
 
On May 16, in Tiffels’ hometown of Cologne, Team Germany took on a Latvia side that included Penguins forward Teddy Blueger.  The winner of this game moved on to the knockout stage. The loser was done for the tournament.  After a thrilling 65 minutes of regulation and overtime hockey could only net a 3-3 deadlock, the two teams headed to the shootout.  Five shooters skated out to center ice and all five failed to score on the opposing netminder. 
 
With the game on his stick, Tiffels raced into the slot and dragged the puck back to his forehand before unleashing a wrist shot through the five-hole of Latvian goalie Elvis Merzlinkins.
 
About the moment, Tiffels said, “I think I was a little bit lucky because Latvia missed three times and [Germany] only missed twice.  I could only be the hero.  If I don’t score, it just goes to another around.  So, I think there was not too much pressure, but when I scored it was probably the best moment of my life.”
 
After that goal, the celebration for Germany was on.  Not so for Blueger and Team Latvia.   The good times almost carried on for Germany, nearly shocking the world and hanging with Canada, but eventually falling 2-1.
 
Following the amazing World Championship run for Tiffels, the Penguins forward now turns his attention to the next phase of his career.  A participant in Pittsburgh’s development camp last month, Tiffels realizes his dreams of making the NHL include a first stop in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but has been working this summer to get ready for the onset of his pro career.  With speed already a part of his game to go along with some good size (6-1, 201 lbs.), Tiffels is focused on the develop the cerebral element of the hockey skill set.
 
“I want to get better at everything, but I think I want to get smarter and making the right decisions on the ice.”
 
Though familiar with each other from past camps in Pittsburgh, Tiffels has yet to catch up with Blueger since that night at Lanxess Arena.  They will seem to have plenty of time to do so come Penguins training camp this fall.  Whether they reminisce or not, Tiffels will always have the fond memories of his entire World Championship experience. 
As one of the new guys on scene now with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Tiffels will to try to generate some more moments versus the rest of the AHL.

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