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 WIN OVERTIME THRILLER WITH BEARS, 4-3

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter scored the overtime game-winner to cap off a four-point night as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears, 4-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

The two clubs combined for six power play goals in regulation, but two minutes and 55 seconds into the extra period, Teddy Blueger hit Porter at center ice on a breakaway, leading to the lone even strength goal of the evening against Bears goaltender Vítek Vaněček. The goal lifted the Penguins to their league-leading 35th victory in thrilling fashion.

The Bears opened the scoring, tallying a power play goal at the 7:20 mark in the first period when Paul Carey snuck one past the glove of Tristan Jarry.

Danny Kristo tied the game, 1-1, 8:55 into the second period on the man advantage for the Penguins. Later in the period, the Penguins scored their second power play goal of the game after David Warsofsky blasted one home from the point.

Two more power play goals in the third period allowed Hershey to tie the game and subsequently take a 3-2 lead. Chandler Stephenson found the back of the cage 6:30 into the third stanza, and Christian Thomas notched the go-ahead goal 3:24 later.

With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton desperate to find a tying goal, captain Tom Kostopoulos scored on a two-man advantage for his 200th career AHL goal. Kostopoulos’ milestone marker knotted the score, 3-3, with just under four minutes to play in regulation.

The Penguins had to kill off another Bears power play during the sudden death overtime, and shortly thereafter, Blueger fed Porter for the breakaway that led to the game-winning goal.

Jarry recorded 28 saves for his league-leading 21st win of the season. Vaněček stopped 32 of 36 shots in the net for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11, against the Binghamton Senators. Saturday night’s contest is also the Penguins’ annual Military Appreciation Night.

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.

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN BIG THIS WEEKEND


One lucky fan will walk home with what is almost sure to be the biggest 50-50 pot in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins GOALS Foundation history when we host our first CARRY OVER WEEKEND on Friday and Saturday.

It’s simple to take part.  Just purchase a 50-50 numbers at either or the games this weekend (Friday night vs. Hershey, Saturday night vs Binghamton) like you would on any other night.  You get three numbers for $5, 10 numbers for $10, or 60 numbers for $20.

Here’s the twist…there will be no winner picked during Friday night’s game.  Instead, all numbers purchased and all money collected on Friday will be combined with Saturday night’s drawing.  There’s no need to be in attendance on Saturday night if you purchased your tickets on Friday – you’re still eligible to win.

If you have the winning number, you win half of the pot, just like any other night.

Our past two Saturday night 50-50 totals have been $14,425 and $11,080 on their own, meaning two lucky winners took home more than $7,000 and $5,000 respectively.  Just imagine how big that number might grow this weekend!

Friday night’s game against the Hershey Bears is another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers available for just $2 (6-7:30pm), postgame autographs and a free March magnetic schedule for everyone in attendance.

Saturday night is our annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by MetLife.  We’ll be wearing special came jerseys which will be auctioned during the game.  Fewer than 600 tickets remain for this game as of noon on Thursday.

Get your tickets for both games at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367 today!

PENGUINS HOME FOR THREE GAMES THIS WEEK

Our 2017 Military Appreciation Night Jerseys.

 


It’s a busy week for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who continue their six-game home stand with three big contests at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The action starts on Wednesday night, when the Pens will look for a little revenge against the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:05pm.  The Canadian club downed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 5-2, last Friday night, so you know the hosts will be fired up and looking to melt the IceCaps.

It’s another Eyewitness News Fan Friday when the Hershey Bears come to town, and the Penguins are looking to make it six wins in a row against their I-81 rivals.  Lower level tickets for Friday’s game are just $14 (while supplies last); select draft beers will be available for just $2 from 6-7:30pm; all fans receive a March magnetic calendar; and two of your favorite Pens players will be signing autographs after the game.

Saturday night is our annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by MetLife.  The Penguins will be wearing special came jerseys when they face off with the Binghamton Senators, and we’ll be auctioning them off during the game.  Plus we’ll be selling autographed military appreciation pucks on the concourse to benefit the Tickets for Troops program. Fewer than 900 seats remain for Saturday’s contest, so get yours quickly!

Tickets for all three contests are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.