PITTSBURGH ACQUIRES JOSH JOORIS FROM CAROLINA


The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Josh Jooris from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Greg McKegg, it was announced today by Penguins executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Jooris is signed through the remainder of this season, and he carries an average annual value of $775,000. He will be an unrestricted free agent.

The Penguins re-assigned Jooris to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.

Jooris, 27, has skated in 31 games with Carolina this year, producing three goals, three assists and six points. He played against the Pens in Pittsburgh’s 6-1 win on Friday night.

Earlier this month, the 6-foot-1, 197-pound Jooris suited up for five American Hockey League games with the Charlotte Checkers, picking up three assists.

A native of Burlington, Ontario, Jooris has played four seasons in the NHL with Carolina, the New York Rangers, Arizona and Calgary. He has 23 goals, 32 assists and 55 points in 204 career NHL contests. His best season came as a rookie with Calgary in 2014-15 when he had 24 points (12G-12A) in 60 regular-season games, then skated in nine playoff games.

Jooris, a righthanded shot, played three years of college hockey at Union College before turning pro.

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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PENGUINS LOSE IN LONE VISIT TO ROCHESTER

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins kicked off a three-in-three weekend set on Friday night with a 12-3 loss to the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-14-3-1) lost three defensemen to injury throughout the course of the game, as Rochester had three different players score twice.

Just 1:17 into the game, the Americans’ Colin Blackwell levied a massive hit on Lukas Bengtsson that left the Penguins blueliner fallen in the corner. Roughly six minutes later, Chris Summers was clipped up high in an awkward collision with two other players. As he slowly got back to his feet and retreated to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s bench, Seth Griffith took advantage of the confusion and scored the game’s first goal at 7:06 of the opening frame. Adam Krause and Zach Redmond tallied within 2:09 after Griffith’s goal to catapult Rochester into a 3-0 lead.

Griffith scored for the second time 2:53 into the second period, and the Penguins decided at this point to replace starting goalie Casey DeSmith with Anthony Peters. Shortly into Peters’ tenure between the pipes, Alexander Nylander added another goal to make it 5-0. Nylander’s first goal of the evening marked the third-straight man advantage marker scored by the Americans.

The Penguins made a charge with two strikes separated by a little over two minutes of game time in the second period. A Jarrett Burton goal followed by a brilliant display of passing between Jean-Sébastien Dea and Cody Wydo cut the deficit to only three. Joseph Cramarossa recorded the primary assist on Burton’s goal, giving Cramarossa his first point as a Penguin while skating in his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut.

However, Rochester halted that momentum when Brendan Guhle launched a perfect shot under the crossbar 52 seconds after the Wydo goal. Sean Malone closed out the second period reestablishing the Americans’ five-goal lead, giving them a 7-2 edge going into the second intermission.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored a power play goal of its own with Greg McKegg firing one more past Linus Ullmark at the 6:05 mark of the third period, but once again, Rochester shut down any burgeoning momentum as Nylander netted his second of the night a minute later.

Kyle Criscuolo found the back of the net twice followed by goals from Stuart Percy and Matt Tennyson during a five minute stretch in the final frame of regulation, bringing the game to its final score of 12-3.

Frank Corrado left the game after a collision at center ice behind the play felled the fifth-year pro during the third period.

The Americans tallied six times on nine power play opportunities.

DeSmith recorded 10 saves on 14 shots before being replaced by Peters, who made 15 saves on 23 shots faced. Ullmark posted 35 stops as Rochester snapped a season-long five-game winless skid.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time this season. Saturday’s contest is also Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Military Appreciation Night presented by MetLife. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets 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 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/9/18

Penguins take five-game win streak north of the border

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (21-10-2-1) to visit Belleville, Laval for the first and only time this season

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bridgeport 2 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie the game with 23.5 seconds left in regulation and then win just 26 seconds into overtime. Ryan Haggerty and Greg McKegg tallied to even the score, and then Teddy Blueger’s third overtime game-winning goal this season sent the crowd home happy.

Friday, Jan. 5 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 2
A three-goal third period assisted the Penguins in beating the Thunderbirds for the second time this season. McKegg and Haggerty scored for the second game in a row. Haggerty’s 13th goal of the year turned out to be his third game-winner this season.

Saturday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Belleville 0
The Penguins wrapped up their homestand with authority, shutting out the Senators in Belleville’s first ever visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Christian Thomas led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with two goals and an assist, while Casey DeSmith recorded his second clean sheet of the season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 12 – PENGUINS at Belleville
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to repeat its last game’s result as they tangle with Belleville again. The Senators, the sixth-place team in the North Division, were outscored 12-1 last weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS at Laval
The Penguins take on the Rocket for the second time this season. Their first meeting was a high flying thriller, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton emerging victorious in overtime, 6-5. Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. puck drop will be a showdown between the Penguins’ third ranked offense (3.59 goals per game) and the Rocket’s 28th ranked defense (3.47 goals against per game).

 

Ice Chips

– Penguins Daniel Sprong and Casey DeSmith were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star team for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, New York on Thursday, Jan. 4.

– DeSmith’s inclusion on the Atlantic’s All-Star squad marks the fourth year in a row that a Penguins’ goalie has been named to the AHL All-Star Classic (Jeff Zatkoff, 2015; Matt Murray, 2016;  Tristan Jarry, 2017).

– Garrett Wilson is on a four-game point streak and has six points (1G-5A) since the holiday break. Points in four-straight games ties an AHL career high for Wilson.

– Teddy Blueger leads the AHL in overtime goals (3).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 35 22 10 3 0 47 .671
2. PENGUINS 34 21 10 2 1 45 .662
3. Lehigh Valley 37 21 11 2 3 47 .635
4. Charlotte 36 21 14 0 1 43 .597
5. Bridgeport 34 16 13 4 1 37 .544
6. Hershey 37 17 16 1 3 38 .514
7. Hartford 37 14 17 3 3 34 .459
8. Springfield 37 14 21 1 1 30 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Jean-Sébastien Dea 34 8 14 22
Ryan Haggerty 24 13 8 21
Teddy Blueger 34 10 11 21
Zach Aston-Reese 32 5 14 19
Kevin Czuczman 30 1 18 19

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 17 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 6 3-2-0 2.94 .902 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Jan. 12          Belleville           Yardmen Arena                  7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 13        Laval                  Place Bell                             4:00 p.m.

Wed, Jan. 17      Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 9         (RW) Reid Gardiner               Reassigned to WHL

Sun, Jan. 7         (D) Frank Corrado                     Reassigned by PIT

Fri, Jan. 5           (G) Sébastien Caron               Released from PTO

Wed, Jan. 3       (G) Sébastien Caron                        Signed to PTO

PENGUINS ROAR BACK AGAINST SOUND TIGERS, WIN 3-2


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in overtime, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (19-10-2-1) tallied three unanswered goals to post its third win in a row. Teddy Blueger continued his hot streak from December into the New Year by netting the overtime game-winner.

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Bridgeport struck first while on the power play just 3:41 into the opening frame. The Sound Tigers set up Travis St. Denis for a one-timer that blasted past Penguins goalie Anthony Peters. The Sound Tigers took a 2-0 lead off of a rebound that bounced right to the stick of Michael Dal Colle, who put it into an open net 3:45 after St. Denis’ opening tally.

The Penguins thought they had earned their first goal of the game when Thomas Di Pauli beat

Christopher Gibson through the five-hole with 13:11 left in regulation, but the referee waived it off immediately due to a Penguins player being in the goal crease. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did cash in 1:29 later as Zach Aston-Reese scored off of a face-off win by Jean-Sébastien Dea, pulling the Penguins back within one.

The Penguins pulled Peters for an extra attacker while on late-game power play, giving them a six-on-four advantage with 1:20 left in regulation. A series of passes set up the tying goal from Greg McKegg at 19:36 of the third period. McKegg’s equalizer not only forced overtime, but also ended Bridgeport’s streak of 33 straight penalty kills without surrendering a goal.

Just as overtime got started, Blueger broke in one-on-one against the Sound Tigers’ Josh Ho-Sang, juked to his right and thrust a backhander past Gibson. Blueger’s third overtime game-winner of the season came just 26 seconds into the extra frame.

Peters stopped 28 of the 30 shots Bridgeport threw his way, while Gibson made 22 saves before the decisive overtime winner.

The Penguins’ next game will be on Friday, Jan. 5 against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop between the Penguins and Thunderbirds 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 FORCE OVERTIME, BUT LOSE TO SOUND TIGERS, 3-2

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Bridgeport Sound Tigers enjoyed a back-and-forth contest full of scoring chances and great goaltending on both sides at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night. The game was so evenly matched, that it required overtime, with Bridgeport emerging as the victor, 3-2.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-2-1) earned a crucial point in the standings by forcing overtime with a late goal from rookie forward Zach Aston-Reese, but couldn’t stave off the Sound Tigers during a man advantage in OT.

Greg McKegg got the Penguins on the board first, scoring on a wrap-around try 6:56 into the game.

Early in the second period, Bridgeport goalie Kristers Gudļevskis removed himself from the game with what was later announced as a lower body injury, and Christopher Gibson had to take his place in the Sound Tigers’ crease. Gibson performed well in his sudden relief appearance, denying the Penguins on all nine shots they threw his way in the second period.

While Gibson held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at bay for the majority of the middle frame, Devon Toews brought Bridgeport even with its opponent by scoring 1:14 prior to the second intermission.

The third period was spent with the two clubs trading power play opportunities, and Scott Eansor gave Bridgeport a 2-1 lead with a man advantage marker at 13:46 of the final frame. Zach Aston-Reese answered for the Penguins 1:54 later, sending the game to overtime.

Sebastian Aho earned Bridgeport the extra point by scoring on the backdoor during a carryover power play that spanned the third period and into overtime. Aho’s goal, the defenseman’s fourth game-winner this season, game the Sound Tigers the 3-2 win just 26 second into the extra period.

Casey DeSmith made 30 saves in the loss. Gudļevskis recorded seven saves before being replaced by Gibson, who turned aside 14 of 15 shots faced to earn the win.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils 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.

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.

PITTSBURGH SIGNS FOUR TO TWO-WAY DEALS


The Pittsburgh Penguins added further depth to their organization on Saturday with the addition of four players, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Signing contracts to join the Penguins were defensemen Chris Summers, Jarred Tinordi and Zach Trotman, and forward Greg McKegg.

All four contracts were two-way deals with values of $650,000 at the NHL level. Summers inked a two-year deal, McKegg, Tinordi and Trotman signed one-year deals.

As junior players, Tinordi and McKegg teamed with Olli Maatta to win a 2012 Ontario Hockey League title with the London Knights. Tinordi was the Knights’ captain that season.

Summers, 29, played the majority of the last two years with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top minor-league affiliate of the New York Rangers. Summers was an alternate captain for the Wolf Pack in 2016-17, when he recorded 12 points (4G-8A) in 74 AHL regular-season contests.

A 6-foot-2, 207-pound Ann Arbor, Michigan native, Summers has skated in 70 career NHL games with the Arizona Coyotes and New York Rangers, tallying nine points (2G-7A). The Coyotes’ first-round (29th overall) draft pick in 2006, Summers has played 386 career AHL contests with San Antonio, Portland and Hartford, notching 59 points (13G-46A). He was a 2013 AHL All-Star while skating for Portland.

Summers spent four seasons of college hockey at the University of Michigan, where he was teammates with Carl Hagelin. Summers was the Wolverines’ captain as a senior, and an alternate captain as a junior. At the 2008 World Junior Championship, Summers was an alternate captain for Team USA, and he was voted one of the team’s ‘Top Three Players.’ He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2006 Under-18 World Junior Championship.

McKegg, 25, split this past year between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, tallying seven points (3G-4A) in 46 contests with those clubs. He also saw action in seven AHL games for the Springfield Thunderbirds, netting four points (2G-2A).

McKegg, who stands 6-foot, 191 pounds and hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, was originally chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round (62nd overall) in 2010. He has nine points (5G-4A) in 65 career NHL games with Toronto, Florida and Tampa Bay.

At the AHL level, McKegg has skated in 244 career regular-season games with the Toronto Marlies, Portland and Springfield, totaling 135 points (62G-73A). As a junior player, McKegg was a two-year captain for the Erie Otters before his midseason trade to London in ’11-12.

Tinordi, 25, spent last season with the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL, where he had 11 points (1G-10A) and 102 penalty minutes in 64 games. He was an alternate captain for Tucson.

Montreal’s first-round (22nd overall) selection in 2010, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Tinordi has split 53 career NHL regular-season games between the Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes, picking up six assists. He has one helper in five career NHL playoff contests.

Tinordi was the captain of the United States’ Under-18 World Junior Championship team in 2010 that won gold, and an alternate captain for the U.S. entry at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Tinordi, a Burnsville, Minnesota native, is the son of long-time NHL defenseman Mark Tinordi. The elder Tinordi competed against the Penguins in the 1991 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Minnesota North Stars.

Trotman, 26, adds further size to the blue line as a 6-foot-3, 217-pound right-handed shooter. He spent the ’16-17 campaign with the Ontario Reign of the AHL, the top affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Trotman was limited to just nine games played because of an upper-body injury.

A native of Carmel, Indiana native, Trotman was originally a 2010 seventh-round (210th overall) draft pick of the Boston Bruins. He has 67 games of NHL experience, all with the Bruins, during which he has produced 12 points (3G-9A).

At the AHL level, Trotman has put up 58 points (13G-45A) in 159 career regular-season games with Ontario and the Providence Bruins. He has five points (1G-4A) in 17 AHL playoff games. Trotman skated for three seasons at Lake Superior State, where he was an alternate captain his final year.

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