GUENTZEL GRABS A HAT TRICK IN PENGUINS’ 5-3 WIN

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Jake Guentzel show was on full display on Tuesday night, as the rookie struck three times in the contest for his first career hat trick, leading the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to their seventh-straight win with a 5-3 triumph over the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Guentzel not only helped the Penguins (21-5-3-0) maintain the top spot in the entire American Hockey League, but also moved into the league lead in goal-scoring with his 15th, 16th and 17th tallies on the season.

Springfield got out to an early lead thanks to a power play goal from Mackenzie Weegar, who returned to the Thunderbirds’ lineup after a 10-game absence.

Guentzel had the response for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, soaring past the Springfield defense for the breakaway and five-hole finish at 5:43 of the first period.

The Thunderbirds struck again on the man advantage, this time with Tim Bozon doing the honors for a 2-1 lead at 9:18 of the opening frame.

With time dwindling down in the first, Tom Kostopoulos threw a seemingly harmless puck at the Thunderbirds’ crease that took a hop into Springfield goalie Mike McKenna’s chest. McKenna appeared ready to cradle the puck before Guentzel swatted it out of mid-air, knocking it free for a subsequent rebound conversion and 2-2 game with 30.5 seconds remaining in the period.

Guentzel completed the hat trick 1:17 into the second period by redirecting a pass from David Warsofsky during a five-on-three power play, bringing the game to 3-2. And in the blink of an eye, it was 4-2, as Garrett Wilson scored for the third-straight contest 1:04 later.

McKenna kept the Thunderbirds within striking distance as the Penguins continued to storm his crease and throw shot after shot his way. McKenna’s efforts were not in vain, as Weegar wired a shot off both posts and across the goal line to bring Springfield within one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton late in the middle frame.

The two teams traded power play opportunities and scoring chances in the third period, but the final 20 minutes of regulation were scoreless until Cameron Gaunce sealed the victory with an empty net goal as only 17 seconds were left on the clock.

Tristan Jarry made 20 saves to earn his 13th win of the season, tying him for the most in the AHL. McKenna stopped 35 shots faced in the loss.

Individual game tickets for Friday night’s game 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.

 

SAVE BIG WITH THE PENGUINS BLACK FRIDAY SALE

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Get your holiday hockey shopping done this weekend, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins roll out great savings.

The Penguins Black Friday sale runs from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Friday the 25th; 9:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday the 26th; and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday the 27th at the Pens Team Store, located inside the Toyota SportsPlex.  Save 25% off all items in the store, including jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, hockey equipment and more (can not be combined with any other discount offers).

We’ll also be rolling out our Holiday Hat Trick package, the one-size-fits-all gift for any hockey fan, which includes four undated ticket vouchers and a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hat.  That’s a $104 value starting at just $50 (sorry, no discounts apply to the Holiday Hat Trick).

Plus, everyone’s favorite visitor from the North Pole, Santa Tux, will be in the store Friday and Saturday from noon to 1:00pm for lots of fun!

Coming to Saturday night’s game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers?  The sale will also be going on in the Igloo Store that evening, with savings across the board.

To get a preview of the sale and all of the items involved, log on to our online store.