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

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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

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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.

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

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.

For information on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff packages, which include a $6 food voucher for every game, just fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.

PENGUINS FALL IN SHOOTOUT TO PHANTOMS, 2-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The first-place Penguins (50-19-3-2) traversed two scoreless periods before picking up a point in the finale of a 12-game season series with the Phantoms.

The opening frame kicked off with flair when Garrett Wilson and Samuel Morin dropped the gloves just 38 seconds into the contest. That energy from that fight sustained the two teams through the first period, but neither squad could muster a goal before the first intermission. Similarly, the second period drew to a close with the Penguins and Phantoms tied, 0-0.

After 45 minutes of game time, the Penguins were finally able to get one past Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon. Teddy Blueger’s shot bounced off Lyon right to Dominik Simon, who buried it 5:10 into the third period of play for his 15th goal of the season.

The Phantoms answered back with a strike from Taylor Leier at 13:11 of the third. Not only did Leier’s tally tie the game, 1-1, it was the first goal Lehigh Valley scored against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 268:49, dating back to Mar. 18.

The game went to a shootout after a physical three-on-three overtime. Corban Knight scored the shootout’s lone goal and clinched the Phantoms a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

DeSmith stopped 33 shots in the loss for the Penguins. Lyon also turned away 33 shots in the win for the Phantoms after taking over for Anthony Stolarz, who was ushered off the ice just 1:32 into the first period. Stolarz recorded one save on one shot faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Apr. 14, when they face-off against the Hershey Bears at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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

PENGUINS NOTEBOOK – COMINGS AND GOINGS


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins locker room at the Toyota Sportsplex should have a revolving door installed with all of the player movement that has been going on lately.  From March 2-29, no fewer than 35 transactions involving the AHL Penguins were made.

That number grew by four on Thursday, March 30.

With the improved health of several NHL regulars finally going their way, the Pittsburgh Penguins reassigned defenseman David Warsofsky, as well as forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Josh Archibald to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The trio returns to NEPA just as the Pens are beginning an extremely busy final three weeks of the regular season, with back-to-back three-in-three weekends on the schedule.

With Warsofsky returning to the fold, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reassigned defenseman Ryan Segalla to the Wheeling Nailers.

A NEW FACE

Earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Penguins inked 2014 draft pick Jeff Taylor to a two-year contract which starts next season.  A product of Union College, Taylor then signed a PTO (professional tryout) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and hit the practice ice with the club for the first time on Wednesday.

A skilled blueliner, Taylor led all Union defensemen and was fifth overall on the team with 33 points (9+24) during his senior season.  It was somewhat of a bounce back season for the native of Clifton Park, NY, who posted just 12 points (2+10) in 36 games last year.

“My junior season I struggled a little bit, I was trying to work on a few different things,” he said.  “It was just a growing year, a building year.  I’m glad I had it and I’m glad I got better from it.”

Head coach Clark Donatelli liked what he saw from the new signee following his first practice session with the Pens.

“He looked good out there,” Donatelli stated.  “He’s  a puck moving defenseman.  I know him a little bit from development camp over the last few years.”

Donatelli said Taylor would likely feature in one of the Penguins three games over the weekend, but wasn’t looking to put too much pressure on the newcomer.

“We’re not going to expect too much from him.  We just want him to go out there, get his feet wet, get a couple of games under his belt first,” he said.

BACK IN ACTION

While Taylor will see his first action ever, Garrett Wilson will likely see his first action in a month and a half, after being cleared to return to the lineup.

Wilson suffered a shoulder injury against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on February 14, and has been sidelined ever since.  He skated in warmups for the Penguins last weekend, but figures to get his first taste of game action since the injury on Friday night.

“I think I definitely could have played last weekend,” Wilson said.  “I knew I didn’t want to rush it.  We still had a bit of time before playoffs.  The severity of the separation, they wanted to give it a little extra time to make sure it really healed.”

Wilson used the past week of practice to see how his body would react to being banged about a bit, and from all reports he’s come out in good shape.

“I knew once I started hitting, using a lot of contact with it, it was going to make it pretty sore,” he said.  “I got the contact in practice now, so I tried it against the boys a couple times.  It feels pretty good. Hopefully it won’t change my game too much.”

The news wasn’t so good for defenseman Stuart Percy, who underwent surgery earlier this week and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs according to Donatelli.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home for a pair of games this weekend against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Saturday at 7:05pm) and Utica Comets (Sunday at 3:05pm). Sunday’s game is a KIDS FREE contest, with fans ages 14 and younger able to attend the game for FREE with a paid adult ticket.

Tickets for both games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7267.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/15/17

 

Penguins look ahead to busy weekend still holding first place

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-11-3-0) end of season-long six-game homestand and hit the road

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS 0 vs. St. John’s 4
The IceCaps used a four-goal second period to shut-out the Pens and earn the win in their final visit to Mohegan Sun Arena.

Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Hershey 3 (OT)
The Penguins and Bears delivered another thrilling contest, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it a perfect four-for-four in overtime this season against their rival. Kevin Porter had a four-point night (1G-4A), including the OT game-winner.

Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 2
Sahir Gill earned the first two-goal game of his AHL career as the Penguins held off the Senators to win the season series, 5-1-0-0. Jarrett Burton posted his first AHL assist, too.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
The Penguins earned another big win over their division rival, evening the season series at 2-2-0-0. Oskar Sundqvist scored twice while Dominik Simon, J.S. Dea, Teddy Blueger and Gill also put forth two-point performances.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 17 – PENGUINS at Albany
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to upstate New York to take on Albany for first and only time at Times Union Center. The Pens won the two clubs’ first meeting in October, 3-1.

Saturday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS at Springfield
The Thunderbirds have sunk to sixth place in the Atlantic, but has split the season series with the Pens. Both teams have won twice in four head-to-head clashes in 2016-17.

Sunday, Feb. 19 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins and P-Bruins drop the puck for the fourth of six meetings. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-1-0-0 against Providence.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 11-2-1-0 when coming off of a loss this season.

– The Penguins are 16-1-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos earned his 200th AHL goal with the tying tally in Friday’s contest with Hershey.

– Kevin Porter’s four-point game on Friday was his first since Oct. 9, 2009 when he was a member of the San Antonio Rampage.

– Friday’s game was Garrett Wilson’s 400th professional game.

– Porter has 12 points (2G-10A) in his last nine games.

– Rookie Teddy Blueger has 13 points (2G-11A) in his last 12 games.

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-32 rating.

– Tristan Jarry leads the league with 22 wins.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 51 37 11 3 0 77 .755
2. Lehigh Valley 49 32 15 2 0 66 .673
3. Providence 50 28 13 5 4 65 .650
4. Bridgeport 48 30 16 1 1 62 .646
5. Hershey 50 25 14 8 3 61 .610
6. Springfield 49 17 23 7 2 43 .439
7. Hartford 49 18 26 3 2 41 .418

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 51 18 22 40
David Warsofsky 36 11 25 36
Oskar Sundqvist 45 16 19 35
Kevin Porter 47 8 25 33

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 31 22-8-1 2.21 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 19 14-3-2 2.34 .911 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Feb. 17         Albany              Times Union Center          7:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 18      Springfield       MassMutual Center           7:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 19     Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 11      (C)      Jarrett Burton                Recalled from WHL

Fri, Feb. 10      (RW)  Josh Archibald                       Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS SHUT DOWN PHANTOMS, 7-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A packed house at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza witnessed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take down the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7-1, on Saturday during the Penguins’ “Pink in the Rink” night.

The Penguins (34-10-3-0) had 11 different players chip in on the scoresheet and were led by Josh Archibald who tied a career-best with three points (2G-1A).

The night started off strong when Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos found the back of the net just 6:42 into the game.

Archibald scored the first of his two goals on the night at the 11:11 mark of the first period after accepting an incredible pass from Garrett Wilson. Five minutes later, Archibald struck shorthanded, making it 3-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins continued to put the pressure on the Phantoms in the second period, and broke loose for a fourth goal when Archibald set up Wilson 9:05 into the middle frame. Fifty-nine seconds later, Sahir Gill snuck his second goal of the season through the five-hole of Anthony Stolarz for a 5-0 lead for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Chris Conner ruined Tristan Jarry’s chance at the shutout by tipping in a two-man advantage tally at 14:34 of the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly reestablished their five-goal lead in quick fashion, though, as Danny Kristo scored a mere 62 seconds after Conner’s marker.

Kostopoulos scored again for his 199th career AHL goal to put a bow on the Penguins’ 7-1 victory.

Jarry earned his 20th win of the season, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced. Stolarz turned aside 25 shots in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Feb. 8 against the St. John’s IceCaps at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’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 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.