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

WILSON’S HEARTFELT HAT TRICK HELPS PENS EARN 5-4 OT WIN


BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Garrett Wilson returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ line-up on Friday, putting forth an inspired performance in his team’s 5-4 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilson recorded his first career AHL hat trick in Saturday’s game, with all three goals coming in the first period while playing with a heavy heart.

“It was a tough couple of weeks there with my mother passing away,” Wilson said. “Those goals are for her, and I feel like she was definitely helping me out there tonight.”

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-4-0-1) saw Wilson start the scoring only 2:26 into the contest on his first shift of game, batting in a two-on-one pass from Josh Archibald.

The Admirals tied the score, 1-1, with a shorthanded goal by Harry Zolnierczyk less than two minutes after Wilson kicked things off. Wilson answered back at 9:38 of the first period, then completed the hat trick on a power play goal three and a half minutes later. His third goal of the period also served as the 100th goal of Wilson’s professional career.

Eighty seconds into the second period, Admirals points leader Emil Pettersson wired a wrist shot that got past the glove side of Colin Stevens, cutting the Penguins’ lead down to 3-2.

Archibald, who was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on condition loan Saturday morning, got in on the scoring act with a shorthanded goal. Archibald’s first tally of the season came with 55 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

Milwaukee pulled within one again thanks to its man advantage unit clicking on its fifth power play of the night. Mark Zengerle was responsible for the Admirals’ power play goal with 12:28 left in regulation, and Anthony Richard tied it up, 4-4, when only 3:44 was left on the clock.

Jean-Sébastien Dea sent the crowd home happy when he went top shelf for the overtime game-winning goal at 2:51 of the extra period.

Stevens stopped 29 out of the 33 shots he faced, earning his first career AHL win in his first AHL start. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Juuse Saros, made 26 saves for the Admirals.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 2, when they take on the Rochester Americans  at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday night’s contest against Rochester also serves as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Puck drop between the Penguins and Americans is 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.

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

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 WEEKLY – 11/14/17

Penguins sweep through week and extend points streak to 10 games

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (10-2-0-1) faces the Binghamton Devils for the first time ever Friday

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 8 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Toronto 2
In a mid-week clash of Eastern Conference’s top two teams and division leaders, the Penguins’ offense mustered four goals against the Marlies’ league-leading defense. Andrey Pedan netted his first goal of the season while Thomas Di Pauli scored twice for the first time in his career in the final period to secure the victory. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton recorded a season-best 17 shots in the second period against Toronto.

Saturday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Providence 3 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell behind 2-0 to the team that bounced them from last year’s Calder Cup Playoffs, but the Penguins rallied for three-straight goals to take the lead.  Jarred Tinordi and Kevin Czuczman both netted their first goal of the season as part of the comeback. Providence tied the game late to force overtime, but Ryan Haggerty scored the game-winning goal a mere 20 seconds into the extra period.

Sunday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS 5 at Hershey 1
Playing on less than 24 hours rest, the Penguins unleashed an offensive onslaught on their I-81 rival despite only recording 13 shots on goal. Five different Penguins scored and 10 different players recorded a point, including Di Pauli who scored for the third-straight game.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 17 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
This will be the first time the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins face the Binghamton Devils and first of six season meetings between the two clubs. The Penguins are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 visits to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The Devils have dropped five out of their seven home games so far this season. The Penguins have won their last three road games and are riding their longest point streak since their 11-game win streak spanning Oct. 17 – Nov. 15, 2015.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL lead in power play goals (5) and also tops all league rookies in goals (9) and shots (49).

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, seven of Sprong’s 14 AHL goals have come on the power play.

– All five of Zach Aston-Reese’s points this season have come in his last six games.

– A rookie has scored in all but one of the Penguins’ 13 games this season, the lone exception coming on Oct. 27 vs. Hershey.

– Sunday was Dominik Simon’s 300th professional game.

– With an assist on Ryan Haggerty’s overtime goal on Saturday, Jean-Sébastien Dea achieved his 100th AHL point.

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

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 13 10 2 0 1 21 .808
2. Charlotte 14 10 4 0 0 20 .714
3. Lehigh Valley 15 9 4 0 2 20 .667
4. Providence 13 7 4 2 0 16 .615
5. Hershey 15 6 7 0 2 14 .467
6. Hartford 15 6 7 1 1 14 .467
7. Bridgeport 13 6 7 0 0 12 .462
8. Springfield 16 4 11 1 0 9 .281

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 13 9 5 14
Dominik Simon 13 2 8 10
Jean-Sébastien Dea 13 4 5 9
Kevin Czuczman 13 1 8 9
Ryan Haggerty 6 6 2 8

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 8 7-0-1 1.94 .936 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                                 TIME    

Fri, Nov. 17        Binghamton     Veterans Memorial Arena           7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Nov. 7         (D)     Zach Trotman                   Reassigned by PIT

Wed, Nov. 8       (D)     Dylan Zink                      Reassigned to WHL

Wed, Nov. 8       (LW)  Freddie Tiffels   Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Wed, Nov. 8       (D)     Jeff Taylor          Reassigned by PIT to WHL

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/7/17

Penguins post points in seven-straight games

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7-2-0-1) welcomes Toronto on Wednesday, clash of division leaders

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 3 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley put on an electrifying show at PPL Center, combining for 10 goals in regulation. At the end of a three-round shootout, the Penguins emerged victorious, 6-5. Ryan Haggerty scored twice for the second consecutive game, while Christian Thomas potted a power play goal and the shootout-deciding tally.

Sunday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Zach Aston-Reese’s first goal of the season helped the Penguins force overtime, but a shootout loss to the Bears ended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s six-game winning streak. Daniel Sprong snapped a four-game goalless drought 1:18 into the contest.

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Toronto
For the third year in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Toronto’s first meeting of the season will serve as a clash between the two top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Marlies have allowed the fewest goals per game this season (2.08) and have triumphed in their last three visits to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Saturday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Providence
The Penguins face-off against the Bruins for the first time since the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. After starting the season 6-1-0-0, Providence has dropped three of its last four decisions, including two shutout losses.

Sunday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton makes its first visit of the season to Giant Center for Chocolatetown’s Sunday 5:00 p.m. start time treat. The teams are even with one win apiece in 2017-18, but the Penguins went 4-2-0-0 at Hershey last year.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong leads the AHL in power play goals (5) and also tops all league rookies in goals (8), points (12) and shots (43).

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, seven of Sprong’s 13 AHL goals have come on the power play.

– Christian Thomas is on a four-game point streak with the Penguins (2G-3A). Thomas departed for Switzerland on Sunday to join Team Canada for the 2017 Karjala Tournament and Olympic evaluation process.

– Friday marked the first time Ryan Haggerty posted two consecutive multi-goal games in his career.

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

– Jean-Sébastien Dea is four points shy of 100 AHL points.

– Tom Kostopoulos is two games away from his 700th AHL game.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 10 7 2 0 1 15 .750
2. Charlotte 11 8 2 0 0 16 .727
3. Lehigh Valley 13 8 2 0 2 18 .692
4. Providence 11 7 4 0 0 14 .636
5. Bridgeport 11 6 5 0 0 12 .545
6. Hartford 13 5 7 0 1 11 .423
7. Hershey 12 4 6 0 2 10 .417
8. Springfield 13 2 10 1 0 5 .192

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 10 8 4 12
Dominik Simon 10 2 8 10
Jean-Sébastien Dea 10 4 3 7
Christian Thomas 9 3 4 7
Kevin Czuczman 10 0 7 7

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 5 4-0-1 1.91 .936 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Nov. 8     Toronto              Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 11       Providence        Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 12     Hershey             Giant Center                         5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Oct. 30      (G)     Casey DeSmith               Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Oct. 30      (G)     Tristan Jarry                        Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 10/17/17

Penguins use offensive outburst for first two wins of the season

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2-2-0-0) outscores opponents 11-1 in its two victories

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 13 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Lehigh Valley 0
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earned its first win of the 2017-18 campaign on the back of a 33-save shutout by Casey DeSmith. Tom Sestito tallied the eventual game-winner at 6:21 of the first period, while Daniel Sprong went on to score his second goal of the season with a power play goal.

Saturday, Oct. 14 – PENGUINS 2 at Lehigh Valley 3
The Penguins scored twice in the final period of play, but their comeback fell short against the Phantoms at PPL Center. Sprong kick-started Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s comeback by scoring for the third game in a row. Garrett Wilson later notched his first of the season to pull the Penguins within one, but they never found the late-game equalizer.

Sunday, Oct. 15 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Syracuse 1
Six different Penguins scored in their bounce-back victory during a Sunday matinée with the defending Eastern Conference champions. Gage Quinney scored a goal and had two assists in his AHL debut, and Sprong found the back of the net for the fourth-straight game. Christian Thomas scored his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, as well.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Oct. 20 – PENGUINS vs. Laval
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will try and string together a winning streak when it welcomes the Laval Rocket to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time ever. The Rocket have scored the most goals in the AHL this season (19).

Saturday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
Hartford finished last in the AHL last season, but they’re off to a hot start in 2017-18 and tied for the best record in the Atlantic Division (3-1-0-0). The Penguins swept their season series with the Wolf Pack last season, going 6-0-0-0.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 7-1-0-1 in the third game of its three-in-three weekends last season and is already 1-0-0-0 at the back-end of three-in-threes this season.

– The Penguins received offense from five and six different goal scorers in its two wins this past weekend.

– Casey DeSmith still has not allowed a goal at even strength this season.

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, five of Daniel Sprong’s nine AHL goals have come on the power play.

– Tom Sestito is one game away from playing his 500th professional game.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Charlotte 4 3 1 0 0 6 .750
2. Hartford 4 3 1 0 0 6 .750
3. Lehigh Valley 5 3 1 0 1 7 .700
4. Providence 3 2 1 0 0 4 .667
5. PENGUINS 4 2 2 0 0 4 .500
6. Bridgeport 3 1 2 0 0 2 .333
7. Hershey 3 0 2 0 1 1 .167
8. Springfield 4 0 4 0 0 0 .000

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 4 4 2 6
Thomas Di Pauli* 4 2 1 3
Gage Quinney* 1 1 2 3
Dominik Simon 4 1 2 3
Lukas Bengtsson* 4 0 3 3
Kevin Czuczman 4 0 3 3
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 2 2-0-0 0.50 .983 1
Tristan Jarry 2 0-2-0 3.53 .900 0

* = rookie

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Oct. 20         Laval                      Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 21         Hartford                Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Oct. 5        (D)     Chris Summers                   Recalled by PIT

 

COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN PENGUINS’ 3-2 LOSS TO PHANTOMS

BOXSCORE

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins used a late-game surge to make things interesting between them and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but ultimately fell short, 3-2, at PPL Center on Saturday night.

Daniel Sprong kick-started Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s (1-2-0-0) comeback effort by scoring for the third-straight game, only for him and his teammates to see the Phantoms hold on in the final seconds of regulation.

Lehigh Valley notched the game’s opening goal, converting on a power play for the team’s first man advantage marker of the season. Matt Read was credited with the go-ahead tally at 16:30 of the first period.

The Phantoms added another goal when Mike Vecchione rifled in his first goal as a pro midway through the middle frame, and Greg Carey extended their lead to 3-0 in the first two minutes of the third period.

Sprong pulled the Penguins within two by registering his third power play goal of the season 5:05 into the third period. Garrett Wilson cut the deficit to only one when he shoveled in a rebound lingering around the Phantoms’ net with 3:07 remaining in regulation.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton never found the late-game equalizer, losing its first road game of the season.

Tristan Jarry made 32 saves while manning the pipes for the Penguins, including a penalty shot save on the Phantoms’ Danick Martel when it was still a two-goal game. Alex Lyon bounced back from a loss the day before to rack up 27 saves for the win.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 15, against the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is scheduled for 3:05 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.

PENGUINS STAND TALL OVER DEVILS, 6-2

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode an explosive first period to a 6-2 victory over the Binghamton Devils in preseason action at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton racked up four goals in the first 20 minutes of play and saw multi-point nights from six different players en route to its first win of the exhibition schedule.

Garrett Wilson wasted little time kicking off the Penguins’ scoring onslaught, taking a behind-the-

back, no-look pass from Tom Kostopoulos and depositing it into the Devils’ net at 5:36 of the first period. Kostopoulos earned a goal of his own during a five-on-three power play at 11:53 of the first, and Adam Johnson made it 3-0 just one minute later.

Binghamton responded with a man advantage marker from Jan Mandát at 15:11 of the opening frame, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got back out to a three-goal lead when Zach Trotman’s slapshot snuck through Scott Wedgewood’s goaltending equipment and across the goal line 49 seconds prior to intermission.

The Penguins’ Dominik Simon and the Devils’ Nathan Bastian traded goals during the second period, bringing the score to 5-2.

Kevin Czuczman notched the final goal of the game midway through the third period.

Tristan Jarry denied the Devils on 15 of the 17 shots he faced, while Wedgewood made 24 saves in the loss.

The Penguins’ next preseason game is tomorrow Saturday, Sept. 30, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Charlotte Checkers. 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.

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

PITTSBURGH RE-SIGNS GARRETT WILSON


The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Garrett Wilson to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal is a two-way contract that runs through the 2018-19 season, and it has an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level.

Wilson, 26, spent his first season in the Pittsburgh organization in 2016-17, adding leadership and toughness to the Pens’ minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as an alternate captain. In 59 regular-season games with WBS, Wilson produced 11 goals, 20 assists, 31 points, a plus-16 and 83 penalty minutes. He added two assists in five playoff games.

A 6-foot-2, 199-pound Barrie, Ontario native, Wilson enjoyed a solid NHL training camp with Pittsburgh last September, scoring twice in four preseason appearances. Wilson returned to Pittsburgh as a member of the ‘Black Aces’ practice squad throughout the Penguins’ march to a 2017 Stanley Cup championship.

Originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Wilson appeared in 34 regular-season contests and six playoff games at the NHL level with Florida before joining the Pittsburgh organization as a free agent on July 1, 2016. He picked up his first NHL point with an assist on Alex Petrovic’s game-winning goal in Game 4 of the 2016 First Round series against the New York Islanders.

Wilson has played in 275 career AHL regular-season games with San Antonio, Portland and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, tallying 59 goals, 66 assists and 125 points. He has served as an alternate captain for his AHL team in each of the last three seasons.

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WILSON, SUNDQVIST BRING NHL POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE


Garrett Wilson and Oskar Sundqvist were key components of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins success this season.  Wilson recorded 31 points, the second-highest total in his six-year career, while being limited to just 59 games due to injury.  Sundqvist finished third on the team in both goals (20) and points (46), despite spending significant stretches in Pittsburgh.

The duo has more than 380 regular season AHL contests between them, but just a total of four Calder Cup playoff games.

But don’t let that lack of postseason experience scare you.

Wilson’s lone taste of the AHL playoffs came in 2015 as a member of the San Antonio Rampage, who dropped three straight games to the Oklahoma City Barons.

“We had a good team that year,” said Wilson, whose third-seeded Rampage squad was vanquished by the six-place Barons in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.  “It didn’t really end up the way we thought we were going to.”

While his time chasing the Calder Cup has been short so far, Wilson did see an extended playoff stay while helping the Owen Sound Attack to the Ontario Hockey League championship in 2011.  He also gained additional experience by appearing in six games with the Florida Panthers during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I have playoff experience, and I know how much it ramps up and how intense it gets,” said Wilson. “It’s really exciting and I’m really ready to go for it this year.”

Wilson took a lot away from his time with the Panthers last season, and he believes that could prove beneficial this spring.

“Just how much each shift really counts, every hit, every shot on net.  It’s really magnified.  Everything is important in the series and it all takes it toll,” he said.   “Seeing some of the guys there, the older guys like [Roberto] Luongo and [Jaromir] Jagr, they’ve been there before and [I saw] how much they actually wanted it.  To win a championship is really special, and I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win one.”

Like Wilson, Sundqvist spent last season on an NHL roster during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He suited up for two games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and spent the entire run to the championship with the team.

And while the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for every hockey player, Sundqvist is excited to get a bigger taste of postseason play.

“It’s going to be really fun, and I think this team can do something special,” he said.  “I’m real excited to get to play playoff hockey again.”

Sundqvist quadrupled his goal output from his rookie season (from five goals to 20 this year), and saw more than a handful of highlight reel tallies.  But he knows that once you get into the playoffs, things start to tighten up quite a bit.

“In the playoffs it’s not about nice goals.  You need to get those goals around the crease and bang a rebound in or something like that,” he stated.  “That’s what most of the goals are going to look like in this series.”

And he has no doubts that the Penguins will be prepared once the puck drops in Game One on Friday night.

“We’re as ready as we can be.  It’s going to be a fun series against Providence.”

The Penguins and Bruins begin their best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal series this Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, and the teams face off in Game Two in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.

The series switches to Wilkes-Barre for Game Three on Thursday, April 27 at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for Game Three are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, by calling 570-208-7367, or online at TicketMaster.com.

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