PENGUINS EARN 40TH WIN WITH 4-3 VICTORY AT HARTFORD

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got a third-period equalizer to force overtime and got the deciding goal in the extra frame for a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (40-20-6-2) received a three-point effort from Christian Thomas, and Daniel Sprong potted the game-winner for his team-leading 27th goal of the season. Furthermore, the Penguins achieved 40 wins for the 13th season in a row, the league’s active record.

Ethan Prow was reinserted into the Penguins’ lineup due to a pregame suspension levied to Andrey Pedan, and made an immediate impact by setting up the game’s first goal. Prow ushered the puck out of the Penguins’ defensive end and then dished it to Christian Thomas, who wired a shot through Alexandar Georgiev’s five-hole 9:16 into the contest.

The Wolf Pack unleashed three-straight goals in the second period to stun the visitors and assume a 3-1 lead. First, Gabriel Fontaine deposited a tap-in on the power play at 1:34 of the middle frame. Less than two minutes later, Dawson Leedahl’s backhander gave Hartford its first lead of the night. Cristoval Nieves delivered a behind-the-back set-up to Scott Kosmachuk for the Wolf Pack’s third goal of the frame at 11:13.

After Wilkes-Barre/Scranton couldn’t get any puck luck on a dominant man advantage, Zach Trotman unloaded a slap shot that snuck behind Georgiev and pulled the Penguins within one goal. Trotman’s tally was assisted by Thomas and Jarred Tinordi with 3:07 left in the second period.

Thomas completed his three-point night and evened the score, 3-3, with a goal at 6:25 of the third period. Tom Sestito stripped a Hartford defenseman of the puck in the Wolf Pack’s zone and fed Thomas on the backdoor for the slam dunk.

Adam Johnson was afforded an opportunity to put the Penguins back on top when he was awarded a penalty shot midway through the third period, but Georgiev slammed the door shut.

The three-on-three overtime was filled with scoring chances for both sides as the two clubs combined for 10 shots on goal. However, the final shot was the only one that mattered, coming from the stick of Sprong with 39.8 seconds left in the extra frame.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 31, when they host the Providence Bruins for the second time this week. Puck drop between the Penguins and P-Bruins is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual tickets for the final four home games of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 19th season of hockey are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at WOLF PACK – MARCH 30, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins pay their final visit of the season to the XL Center as they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday. The home team has won four of the previous five matchups this season.

The Penguins (39-20-6-2, 86 pts, .642%) are ranked second the Atlantic Division, while the Wolf Pack (31-30-5-3, 70 pts, .507%) sit in sixth in the same division.

Friday’s game is the sixth and final meeting between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: XL Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15 Hartford WBS  7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29 WBS Hartford  5-1 WIN
Sunday, January 21 Hartford WBS  1-0 OTL
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  1-4 Loss
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION

The  Penguins used a second period surge to defeat the visiting Providence Bruins, 5-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night. Daniel Sprong scored his team-leading 25th and 26th goals of the season within the opening minutes of the middle frame to spur Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on to beat their rival, and reclaim second place in the Atlantic Division. Aside from a big night from Sprong, the Penguins’ Joseph Cramarossa, Teddy Blueger, and Jarred Tinordi all contributed to the victory.  Jakub Zbořil and Anton Blidh tallied for the P-Bruins.  Both Tristan Jarry and Zane McIntyre ended up with 27 saves on the night.

The Wolf Pack battled the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center and ended up finding the victory in a shootout by a final score of 4-3 on Wednesday night. Hartford’s Vinni Lettieri, Brandon Crawley, and Adam Tambellini all scored in regulation.  The Wolf Pack won their league-high ninth shootout game, getting just one necessary goal from Scott Kosmachuk in the third round, while the Thunderbirds could not beat Alexandar Georgiev on their attempts.

PENGUINS NOTES
By scoring on Wednesday night, defensemen Jarred Tinordi established a new career high in goals with five this season.

With his goal on Sunday, Pedan upped his point total to  22 (9G-13A) this season, surpassing his previous career-best of 21 points in 2015-16.

Daniel Sprong leads the series with six points (5+1) and, with two goals Wednesday night, moved into a tie for first in the AHL rookie goal scoring race (26).  He is also second among all rookies with 53 points this season.

Garrett Wilson has six points (2+4) in his past five games, and carries a three-game points streak (1+3) in to tonight’s game.

Joseph Cramarossa has 10 points (6+4) in 20 games with the Penguins since being acquired from the Stockton Heat.  He had 10 points (3+7) in 37 games with his former team.

Michael Leighton is 3-0-0-0 in his time with the Penguins with all three wins coming beyond regulation against the Binghamton Devils.

WOLF PACK NOTES
The Wolf Pack have won the last two games between themselves and the Penguins, and are 3-1-0-1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the season.  That includes wins in both of the Penguins’ earlier visits to Hartford, 7-3 on December 15 and 1-0 in overtime January 21.

Vinni Lettieri leads the team in goal scoring with 21. He has six more than the next closest Wolf Pack member.

CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

PENGUINS STYMIED BY NELL, WOLF PACK IN 4-1 LOSS

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WILKES-BARRE. Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins struggled to solve rookie goaltender Chris Nell in a 4-1 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

After a lackluster start, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (36-19-4-2) came back with an 18-shot performance in the second period, and eventually got on the board in the third. However, quick-strike offense from the Wolf Pack put them in a position to ride the strong play of Nell to a victory.

The visiting Wolf Pack more than doubled the Penguins’ shot total in the first period, firing 16 pucks on net. Anthony Peters stood tall, turning the first 11 shots aside until Cole Schneider tipped a bid from the point through Peters’ equipment at 16:14 of the opening frame. The Wolf Pack struck again 34 seconds later when Dan DeSalvo jammed in a rebound.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took control of the pace of play in the second period and used four power play opportunities to out-shoot Hartford, 18-3. Time and time again, Nell stifled the Penguins’ scoring attempts, whether they were on the man advantage or skating at even strength.

Still trailing by two after the second intermission, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out determined in the final frame of regulation. Just under five minutes into the third period, Daniel Sprong finally beat Nell and put the Penguins on the board with his first even strength goal since Jan. 26.

The Penguins continued the press, and Kevin Czuczman hit the post on a shot through traffic that appeared destined to be the tying goal. However, Hartford stormed down the ice moments after Czuczman’s post shot and took advantage of a turnover in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s zone to pull back ahead by two. Less than a minute after Steven Fogarty made it 3-1, Vinni Lettieri added another goal with 4:17 left in regulation to put enough distance between the Wolf Pack and Penguins and secure the victory.

Peters made 26 saves on the night, while Nell stopped 30 shots.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 18, against the Hershey Bears. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 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 Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs WOLF PACK – MARCH 17, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday for the third and final time this season. The home team has won all four previous matchups this season.

The Penguins (36-18-4-2, 78 pts, .650%) are ranked second the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while The Wolf Pack (27-29-5-3, 62 pts, .484%) sit in seventh in the same division.

Saturday’s game is the fifth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15 Hartford WBS  7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29 WBS Hartford  5-1 WIN
Sunday, January 21 Hartford WBS  1-0 OTL
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  7:05pm
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION
The  Penguins and Charlotte Checkers faced one another for the second night in a row at Bojangles’ Coliseum, but this time, the Penguins were on the losing end of a 3-1 final on Wednesday.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pressed hard in the third period, but couldn’t muster the comeback, and suffered its first regular season loss in Charlotte in franchise history. Charlotte found scoring from Julien Gauthier and former Penguin Greg McKegg, who put in two for the Checkers.  The Penguins lone goal came off a Tom Sestito rebound through Nedeljkovic’s five-hole at 8:11 of the final frame. Anthony Peters recorded 27 saves.

The Hartford Wolf Pack welcomed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the XL Center on Friday night, as they snapped a six-game losing skid with a 4-3 shootout victory.  Hartford’s Filip Chytil, Cristoval Nieves, and Dan DeSalvo all tallied in the second frame. Lehigh Valley had goals from Cole Bardreau and Mark Friedman before Nicolas Aube-Kubel tallied the lone goal in the third to force overtime. Nothing could be decided in overtime and the skills competition decided the final point as Dan DeSalvo put one by John Muse to break the losing streak. Marek Mazanec stopped 28 of 31 in the victory.

PENGUINS NOTES

Teddy Blueger leads the AHL with four overtime goals.

Blueger’s four OT goals is also the most in a single season in Penguins history, and has him tied with Carter Rowney and Tom Kostopoulos for the franchise’s all-time lead.

Daniel Sprong currently ranks in a tie for third among all AHL rookies in goals (21), points (44) and shots on goal (146).

WOLF PACK NOTES
The Wolf Pack are 2-1-0-1 in four meetings with the Penguins on the year, but have only a regulation loss and a shootout defeat to show for two previous trips to Wilkes-Barre.

Cole Schenider leads the Wolf Pack in points with 39 (14+25).

Scott Kosmachuk is in second on the team in scoring. Eight of those goals have come off of power play tallies.

CONNECTIONS

Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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TONS OF FUN THIS WEEKEND WITH THE PENGUINS

It’s a jam-packed weekend for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans, with a pair of home games featuring lots of FUN!

This Saturday night, the Penguins welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack to NEPA for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at 7:05pm. The Pens will be wearing special Shamrock Sweaters, which will be auctioned off during the game, plus we’ll have Irish-themed entertainment during our intermissions, and other activities throughout the night.

Sunday afternoon will be extra special for our young fans, as we host Super Hero Day, sponsored by Knoebels, at 3:05pm.  Kids 14 and under can get into the game against the Hershey Bears for FREE with a paid adult ticket, and the first 1,000 youngsters through the gates will receive a $5 ride book courtesy of our friends at Knoebels.

Dress up as your favorite super hero and visit our kids table to have your photo taken for our social media costume contest.  Then stick around afterward for our free postgame skating session on the arena ice (bring your own skates if you want to participate).

Get your tickets for Saturday and Sunday by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

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PENGUINS FALL IN OVERTIME TO WOLF PACK, 1-0

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were handed a 1-0 loss in overtime courtesy of the Hartford Wolf Pack despite throwing 43 shots on goal on Sunday evening at XL Center.

Rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev stunned Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-11-3-1) by turning aside all 43 shots he faced. At the other side of the ice, Anthony Peters put together another strong effort between the pipes, making 21 saves in regulation to help the Penguins secure a point in the standings.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out quickly and peppered Georgiev with 21 shots in the opening frame, the most the team has generated in one period all season long. Somehow, none of those 21 bids found a hole to get through. Conversely, the Penguins’ defense held the Wolf Pack to only three shots through the first 20 minutes.

One of the Penguins’ finest scoring chances came when Ryan Haggerty came in on a breakaway at 6:27 of the second period, but hit the post. It was one of four times in the course of the game that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck iron.

The third period turned into a wide open, back-and-forth affair with Georgiev and Peters trading save after save. Neither side could conjure a game winner in regulation which took the contest to overtime.

Hartford’s Vince Pedrie notched the only goal of the night coming off of a shot that snuck underneath Peters’ pads at 2:25 of the extra frame.

The Penguins’ loss comes two nights after suffering a 1-0 defeat in Providence, marking the first time that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has suffered shutouts in back-to-back games since Dec. 26 and 27, 2015.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 24, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Jan. 27 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.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at WOLF PACK, JANUARY 21, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to Connecticut for the second time this season to matchup with the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center. The home team has won all three previous matchups this season.

The Penguins (24-11-2-1, 51 pts, .671%) are ranked atop the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while the Wolf Pack (16-20-3-3, 36 pts, .452%) sit in eighth in the same division.

Sunday’s game is the fourth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: XL Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15 Hartford WBS  7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29 WBS Hartford  5-1 WIN
Sunday, January 21 Hartford WBS  5:00pm
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  7:05pm
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were unable to crack the goal column in on Friday night, falling to the Providence Bruins, 1-0, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Both netminders were stellar throughout the game, with the lone goal, a power play tally, scored by Tommy Cross midway through the third period. Anthony Peters stopped a season-high 42 shots in the loss, while. Zane McIntyre stopped all 28 shots he faced to snuff out the Penguins’ eight-game win streak.

The Hartford Wolf Pack welcomed the Utica Comets to the XL Center on Friday night and snapped a three-game skid with a 3-2 overtime victory. Hartford’s Ryan Sproul scored the two regulation goals before Utica tallied twice in the third to force overtime. Rookie Filip Chytil scored his seventh of the year to secure the victory for the Wolf Pack. Marek Mazanec started in goal but was injured halfway through the third and had to be replaced by Alexandar Georgiev.

PENGUINS NOTES

The Penguins began their recent eight game win streak by beating Hartford 5-1 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Dec. 29

Canadian Olympian Christian Thomas leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with four game-winning goals this season

Since the calendar changed to 2018 the Penguins have outscored their opponents 27-11.

WOLF PACK NOTES
Cole Schneider has played in all 42 games for the Wolf Pack and ranks second in assists (18) and points (25) for the team
The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 19.2%
Hartford has 100% success against the Penguins power play so far this season


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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DANIEL SPRONG’S HAT TRICK LIFTS PENGUINS OVER WOLF PACK, 5-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 5-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on the back of Daniel Sprong’s hat trick at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

Sprong’s second hat trick of the season and second four-point performance (3G-1A) of the year helped improve Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 17-10-2-1 on the season.

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The Penguins got the scoring started on a delayed penalty call midway through the first period. With the goalie pulled for an extra attacker and a six-on-five advantage, a slap shot by Sprong was tipped in by Colin Smith. Smith, who was playing in his 300th AHL game, gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 9:27 of the opening frame.

The Wolf Pack evened things up with under a minute to go in the first period as Joe Whitney ripped one from the top of the left circle. Whitney’s goal snapped a 16-game goalless drought, but it was the last time any member of the Wolf Pack found the back of the net on Friday.

Sprong scored his first of the night at 8:30 of the second period, accepting a drop pass from Adam Johnson and fired it by the blocker of Marek Mazanec, making it 2-1. Johnson set up Sprong again on a similar play with 4:16 before the second intermission to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead.

With Hartford heading to its fifth man advantage of the game at 14:19 of the third, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Zach Aston-Reese stormed down the ice for a shorthanded goal seven seconds into the penalty kill.

Sprong completed the hat trick with an empty net goal at 18:05 of the third period. It marked the first time since the 2009-10 that a member of the Penguins recorded two hat tricks in a season (Chris Conner).

Anthony Peters posted his first win in a Penguins uniform stopping 27 shots, while Mazanec turned away 22 of the 26 bids Wilkes-Barre/Scranton threw his way.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 30, when they travel down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs. WOLF PACK, DECEMBER 29, 2017


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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will meet their divisional foe the Hartford Wolf Pack for the third time this season at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (16-10-2-1, 35 pts, .603%) are ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while The Wolf Pack (13-13-3-3, 32 pts, .500%) sit in sixth in the same division.

Friday’s game is the third of six meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:          7:05 p.m.
PLACE:       Mohegan Sun Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21  WBS  Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15  Hartford  WBS   7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29  WBS  Hartford   7:05pm
Sunday, January 21  Hartford  WBS   5:00pm
Saturday, March 17  WBS  Hartford   7:05pm
Friday, March 30  Hartford  WBS   7:15pm

RECENT ACTION – WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

In another tight battle with their turnpike rivals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came up short against Lehigh Valley at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night, falling 5-4. The Phantoms came out hungry and put two up on Casey DeSmith in the first period, before the Penguins Colin Smith and Gage Quinney came back to tie it in the second frame.

However, less than two minutes after the Quinney tally, an explosion of goals occurred with Lehigh Valley scoring twice in a span of 1:37, with Tyrell Goulbourne and Chris Conner finding the net. But Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returned fire 17 seconds later with a Garrett Wilson goal.

The third period was played like a chess match between the teams, with neither one blinking as they attacked and countered each move. Phil Varone netted an empty net goal late in the game to extended the Phantoms’ lead to 5-3, before Adam Johnson scored with 11 seconds remaining to make it a one goal game. The Penguins pushed, but couldn’t complete the comeback in the final seconds of play.

RECENT ACTION – HARTFORD

The Wolf Pack dropped a 5-1 contest to their in state rivals, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, last Saturday night. The Wolf Pack fell behind by four goals before they broke the shutout bid from Christopher Gibson with a goal from Ryan Sproul with 1:28 to go in the game.


PENGUINS NOTES
Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL rookie lead in goals (15) and tops all active rookies in power play goals with seven.

Garrett Wilson skated in his 300th AHL game on Wednesday.

Colin Smith’s next game will be his 300th in the AHL. He has 58 goals and 123 assists for 181 points through 299 AHL contests.


WOLF PACK NOTES
Peter Holland leads the Wolf Pack with 30 points (11G,19A) in 30 games this season.

Vinni Lettieri leads team rookies with 21 points (12G, 9A) in 31 games this season

The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 20.7%

Hartford has 100% success against the Penguins power play so far this season


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON FALLS AT HARTFORD, 7-3

 

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins suffered a 7-3 defeat at the hands of the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at XL Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-1-1) surrendered a bevy of goals in a short period of time early in the second period that put it in a hole that it was never able to escape. John Gilmour, Scott Kosmachuk and Peter Holland all recorded three-point games for Hartford.

The Wolf Pack opened the scoring at 6:52 of the first period. Defenseman Ryan Graves joined an odd-man rush headed towards the Penguins’ net and was fed a trailing feed from Cole Schneider before ripping it past Casey DeSmith.

Thomas Di Pauli raced up ice while the two teams were skating at four-on-four and slid a backhand shot under Marek Mazanec to tie the game, 1-1, with 6:31 left in the opening frame. However, Hartford’s Kosmachuk converted on the power play two minutes after the Di Pauli tally, putting the Wolf Pack back in the lead.

Hartford unloaded three goals before the second period was four minutes old to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Gilmour scored twice, 2:32 apart, effectively ending DeSmith’s night. He was replaced by Sean Maguire who allowed a rebound goal to Gabriel Fontaine 16 seconds into his relief appearance.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started to chip away at the mighty deficit midway through the middle frame when Teddy Blueger corralled a favorable bounce off the end boards, banked it off Mazanec’s back and across the goal line.

The Penguins has several strong scoring chances early in the third, but either hit the post or were denied by Mazanec. The Wolf Pack notched goals six and seven courtesy of Fontaine and Anthony DeAngelo at 7:21 and 8:09 of the third period, respectively.

Daniel Sprong posted his team-leading 15th goal of the season at 9:20 of the final frame of regulation, brining the game to its final score of 7-3.

DeSmith made seven saves on 11 shots before being replaced by Maguire, who denied the Wolf Pack 24 times on 27 shots faced. Mazanec made 31 saves in the win.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 16, as they stay in the confines of Connecticut to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home 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.