CORRADO GIVES PENGUINS 3-2 OVERTIME VICTORY IN HERSHEY

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins walked away from a tight-knit match-up with a 3-2 win against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Saturday night thanks to an overtime game-winner by defenseman Frank Corrado.

Corrado’s goal at 2:29 of the extra period allowed the Penguins to exact revenge on the Bears, who defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the two teams’ preseason opener three days earlier.

Jean-Sébastien Dea opened the scoring when he picked the top corner of the Bears’ net with a snipe from the left slot 7:52 into the first period.

The Penguins went up 2-0 thanks to Reid Gardiner’s tally off of a face-off win by Jarrett Burton at 1:25 of the middle frame. Hershey cut Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead in half with a goal by Dustin Gazley roughly nine minutes later.

With a late-game power play and the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Bears’ Chris Bourque notched the equalizer at 18:22 of the third period.

Hershey appeared to be poised to take off on a three-on-none rush in overtime when Dea picked the pocket of one of the Bears before dishing the puck to a wide-open Corrado, who fired home for the sudden death game-winner.

Casey DeSmith manned the crease for the Penguins for all three periods of regulation and overtime, making 21 saves in the process. Parker Milner stopped 14 of 16 shots faced before being replaced mid-game by Adam Carlson. Carlson recorded 20 stops while being given the loss.

The Penguins’ next preseason game is tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 1, when they take on the Binghamton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 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.

PENGUINS OPEN PRESEASON WITH 5-1 LOSS TO BEARS

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ introduction to the exhibition schedule ended in a 5-1 loss to the Hershey Bears at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night.

Tom Mele scored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lone goal of the contest late in regulation, spoiling a shutout bid by Bears goaltender Parker Milner.

Hershey cashed in on an early power play to go up 1-0 with a Dustin Gazley goal at the 2:50 mark of the first period.

The Bears extended their lead to 2-0 after Andrew Cherniwchan threw the puck at the Penguins’ net and Hampus Gustafsson knocked in the rebound. Gustafsson’s tally came at 7:18 of the middle frame.

Jeremy Langlois was left unattended atop the Penguins’ crease and slammed a one-timer across the goal line, making it 3-0 Bears at with 3:20 left in the second period. Gazley’s second of the night expanded the scored to 4-0 shortly thereafter.

The Bears went up 5-0 in the third period on another power play goal from Stephen Collins before Mele finally solved Milner with 3:16 remaining in regulation. Mele’s may have put the Penguins on the board, but they never pulled any closer to the Bears.

Milner may not have earned the clean sheet, but he registered 17 saves in the win. Colin Stevens stopped 18 of the 22 shots he faced in net for the Penguins during the first and second periods. Will King denied the Bears on eight of their nine bids in the third.

The Penguins next preseason game is at home on Friday, Sept. 29 when they take on the newly minted Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena 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.

WBS TRAINING CAMP NOTEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 24, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the Toyota Sportsplex ice for the start of training camp on Sunday morning, and stayed until the afternoon.

Coach Clark Donatelli and his staff ran the 28 players on the team’s initial roster through a more than two hour practice, that finally came to a conclusion just after 12:30pm.

For Donatelli, it was a chance to get an extended look at several fresh faces.

“A lot of the guys are new.  The guys are coming out here, trying to make an impression,” he said.  “Every practice we rank all of the players and then we go over it as a staff…I thought some guys here made some good first impressions.”

About half of the players in camp are free agents or inked to ECHL contracts.  And, with a considerable number of players still in camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins, these early practices, as well as this week’s exhibition games, present opportunities for unknown youngsters to leave their marks.

“We’ve got two games here (Wednesday versus Hershey; Friday versus Binghamton) that we’re going to play, and we’re going to a lot of looks at some of the guys we don’t know,” Donatelli said.  “Then we’re going to settle in and see what happens with Pitt with guys coming down for games three and four (Saturday at Hershey; Sunday at Binghamton).”

While it’s likely many of the players currently in Wilkes-Barre won’t be here to start the season, performances in these preseason contests could help in decision on call ups later in the year.

“If some of the guys have to go down to Wheeling, obviously then we’re going to have a good read on what they are,” Donatelli stated.

SHORT SUMMER

While Sunday morning saw hockey return to NEPA for the first time since late April, Donatelli hasn’t been away from the sport very much over the past few months.

After Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season came to an unexpected early end, Donatelli and assistants J.D. Forrest and Chris Taylor (now with the Rochester Americans), worked with Pittsburgh’s practice squad as they advanced to their second straight Stanley Cup championship through late June.

Donatelli and Forrest then stepped behind the bench to lead the American entry at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in early August; traveled to Buffalo for the 2017 Prospects Challenge a month later; and spent a week with the NHL club as the Pens opened training camp.

“We had a short break, but it was great,” he said.  “Anytime you’re winning Stanley Cups, you’re playing a long time.  So that experience was great and our guys loved it.

“Short summer, but I’m excited to be back.”

SCHEDULE

The Pens will practice at the Toyota Sportsplex again on Monday and Tuesday mornings at 10:30am, before the action moves to the Mohegan Sun Arena for Wednesday’s opening exhibition contest.  All practices at the Toyota Sportsplex are free and open to the public.

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PENGUINS ANNOUNCE FOUR PRESEASON GAMES

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today their exhibition schedule for the 2017 preseason. The Penguins will play four contests (two home / two away) split between the Hershey Bears and new Binghamton Devils.

The Penguins’ 2017 preseason dates and game times are as follows:

• Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 – Hershey @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
• Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 – Binghamton @ W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 – W-B/Scranton @ Hershey, 7:00 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 – W-B/Scranton @ Binghamton, 5:05 p.m.

The Devils are one of three new franchises joining the American Hockey League for the 2017-18 regular season.

Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS REVEAL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE FOR 2017-18

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The full 2017-18 American Hockey League regular season schedule was announced this afternoon, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will officially begin their 19th season on Saturday, Oct. 7, when they face off with the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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The Penguins will play a 76-game regular season schedule (38 home/38 road) featuring games against every team in the Eastern Conference and an additional three opponents from the Western Conference. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton remains a member of the now eight-team Atlantic Division, along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Charlotte Checkers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Providence Bruins and Springfield Thunderbirds. The Penguins will meet division foes 50 times (25 home/25 road) with their remaining 26 games coming against clubs in the North Division (10 home/10 road) and Central Division (three home/three road).

The puck will drop on weekend evenings or afternoons for 30 of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 38 home games. The Penguins will be bringing back promotions such as $14 Fan Fridays and Kids Get In Free Sundays for the 2017-18 season. Starting in December, lower level tickets for Friday night home games are just $14 while supplies last in addition to $2 select beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. For the Penguins’ five Sunday home games, children age 14 and under can attend free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket, and four of those games will feature a postgame skate with select players. Information on other promotions for the season will be announced at a later date.

The Penguins begin the season with nine of their first 12 games taking place on home ice, but their longest homestand of the season lasts only four games. The Penguins will play four-consecutive home games on three separate occasions this season, once in October, December, and another split between March and April. Likewise, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has four different four-game road trips on the schedule, their longest of the season. Those stretches of road games are slated to take place in January, February, March and April.

The Penguins will play seven teams during this upcoming season that did not appear on the team’s 2016-17 schedule: the Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, Grand Rapids Griffins, Laval Rocket, Belleville Senators, Binghamton Devils and Charlotte.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has never played a regular season game against Rockford, Laval or Belleville. Grand Rapids last visited Northeastern Pennsylvania during the 2008-09 season, and Milwaukee hasn’t played a regular season game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since 2001-02. The Penguins last took on the Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza during the 2010-11 campaign. Binghamton is playing its first season under a new NHL affiliation.

The Penguins’ full 2017-18 schedule is listed below.

GAMES BY DAY OF THE WEEK   GAMES BY MONTH
Home Road Total Home Road Total
Monday 0 0 0 October 6 2 8
Tuesday 1 2 3 November 5 4 9
Wednesday 7 4 11 December 8 6 14
Thursday 0 0 0 January 5 6 11
Friday 11 14 25 February 5 6 11
Saturday 14 9 23 March 6 10 16
Sunday 5 9 14 April 3 4 7

 

GAMES vs. OPPONENTS (Home/Road)  
Atlantic Division North Division Central Division
Bridgeport (3/3) Belleville (1/1) Grand Rapids (1/1)
Charlotte (2/2) Binghamton (3/3) Milwaukee (1/1)
Hartford (3/3) Laval (1/1) Rockford (1/1)
Hershey (6/6) Rochester (1/1)
Lehigh Valley (6/6) Syracuse (2/2)
Providence (3/3) Toronto (1/1)
Springfield (3/3) Utica (1/1)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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SECOND TIME AROUND SIMILAR FOR DESMITH

Casey DeSmith’s rise from ECHL backup to AHL postseason starter last year was somewhat unexpected.  After all, the rookie out of Rochester, New Hampshire, didn’t even crack the Wheeling Nailers lineup until December of 2015.

But as the 2015-16 regular season ran down, DeSmith found himself firmly planted in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton crease.

Injuries and circumstances led to DeSmith’s initial rise up the organizational depth chart.

First, Matt Murray received a permanent promotion to Pittsburgh in early March, freeing up a space in Wilkes-Barre’s goaltending corps.  Tristan Jarry subsequently assumed the regular starter role for the AHL club, with veteran Brian Foster serving as the backup.

But Foster faltered, and DeSmith leap-frogged Wheeling regular Frank Palazzese to move into the second position on the Penguins roster.

Jarry experienced a bit of a late-season slump, and DeSmith stepped in to hold down the goaltending duties during the final week of the campaign.

He kept the crease as the Penguins moved into the postseason, helping the team to a pair of wins on home ice to start the best-of-five series against the Providence Bruins.

But the contest that seemingly cemented DeSmith’s standing in the organization was Game Three, which took place in Providence on April 23.  DeSmith turned aside an astounding 59 shots – a new team record – as the Penguins posted a 5-4, double overtime victory to sweep the Bruins from the postseason.

“It’s a game I’ll never forget, that’s for sure,” said DeSmith.  “Double overtime and winning in the fashion that we did to sweep the series, was really special, one of the most exciting times of last year.”

The Penguins were ousted by the Hershey Bears in overtime of Game Seven in the Atlantic Division Final, but by that time DeSmith had solidified his stature as a regular in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup.  He went from playing on a tryout contract in the playoffs to inking an AHL deal in early July, essentially guaranteeing himself a spot in northeast PA for the 2016-17 season.

Despite the late-season success he enjoyed, DeSmith was tabbed to hold down the backup role in Wilkes-Barre, with Jarry figuring to receive the bulk of the playing time.  During most of the season, DeSmith saw one start for every two that Jarry played.

But as the season wound down, DeSmith once again found himself thrust into the limelight as the team’s regular starter.

With their playoff seeding already set in stone, the Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Jarry on April 9, giving him his first NHL start that night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.  And when Matt Murray came up injured prior to the Pens first playoff game, Jarry moved into the backup role for Pittsburgh.

With a week left in the regular season, DeSmith found himself back in familiar territory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“It’s kind of funny how that worked out again,” said DeSmith. “You never want to see Murray or anyone go down.  But I’m really happy to have this kind of opportunity to take over like I did last year.  Playoffs is a really fun time, and to be involved in it, to be able to play playoff games is a privilege for anybody.”

And just like last year, DeSmith is peeking at a good time. Since March 5, he’s gone 7-1-1 while allowing just 12 goals in that span.  His 2.01 goals against average during the regular season was the best in the AHL, and his .925 save percentage put him in a tie for second place.

“I felt like I was playing my best hockey of the season at the end [of 2015-16],” DeSmith said.  I think this year’s kind of the same thing. The past three or four weekends, I felt like I played my best hockey of the season.  It’s kind of coming at the perfect time here.”

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 LOSE TO BEARS, 2-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa – In their final meeting of a 12-game season series, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell, 2-1, to the Hershey Bears on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Casey DeSmith made 19 saves while manning the crease for the Penguins (50-20-3-2) and was handed his first regulation loss since Feb. 18.

After a quiet first period, Hershey broke the scoreless tie at 3:31 of the middle frame with a tally from Jakub Vrána. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded to the go-ahead goal with mounds of pressure, outshooting Hershey in the period by a 12-6 margin at one point. However, the Penguins still went into the second intermission facing a 1-0 deficit.

Tim Erixon scored a power play goal on the Penguins’ lone man advantage opportunity of the contest to tie the game. Erixon took a one-timer on a swift pass from Teddy Blueger, and his rocket snuck through Pheonix Copley’s pads at 10:33 of the third period.

The Bears came roaring back and jumped back on top just 27 seconds later when defenseman Christian Djoos wristed a shot past DeSmith for his 13th goal of the year.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got DeSmith to the bench in exchange for an extra attacker with 90 seconds left in regulation, but couldn’t solve Copley again. The Hershey netminder turned away 22 shots on the night for the win.

The Penguins’ special teams were perfect on limited opportunities, as their power play went one-for-one, and the penalty kill snuffed a pair of Bears opportunities.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton completes its regular season tomorrow night, Saturday, Apr. 15, when the Penguins host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Saturday’s game 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.

DESMITH’S JOURNEY LEADS TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM AWARD

Casey DeSmith wasn’t expecting to be named to the American Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team on Wednesday morning.

That’s because he didn’t even know the honor existed.

But the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender was more than happy to accept the recognition when he was told about his inclusion prior to yesterday’s practice at the Toyota Sportsplex.

“It was exciting.  Obviously I had no idea going into [Wednesday],” DeSmith said.  “And then Clarkie announced it on the ice in front of the whole team, and everybody was pretty excited for me.”

It’s hard to argue against DeSmith’s spot on the team, which also includeds current Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guetnzel.  As of April 6, DeSmith led all rookies and ranked fourth overall with a 2.14 goals against average, and had posted 19 wins in 25 appearances.  He and teammate Tristan Jarry have helped the Penguins to the league’s lowest goals against total as the season enters its final two weeks.

DeSmith got his first taste of pro hockey least year with the Wheeling Nailers, but found it difficult to crack the lineup in the team’s three-goalie rotation.  He saw some midseason action with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, winning his first AHL start on January 3 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.  But still found himself the odd man out when he was returned to the Nailers.

Through a series of injuries in Pittsburgh and circumstances in Wilkes-Barre, DeSmith was signed to a PTO in late April and wrestled the number one goalie spot away as the Pens headed to the playoffs.

DeSmith backstopped the Pens to three straight overtime wins against the Providence Bruins, including a 59-save, double OT victory in the series deciding third game, and followed that up with a 33-save shutout win against the Hershey Bears in Game One of the Division Final.  He appeared in nine of the Penguins’ 10 postseason contests, going 5-4 with a 2.44 goals against average.

That performance helped earned DeSmith an AHL contract for the 2016-17 season, where he’s continued to shine in his first full season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“I guess going into this year I didn’t feel quite as much as a rookie as other people did maybe, just because I did have that time in the playoffs last year, getting thrown into the fire there.  Really it helped me feel even more part of the team,” he said.

JARRY STELLAR IN 2-1 LOSS TO BEARS

HERSHEY, PA – Goaltender Tristan Jarry turned in a stellar performance, stopping 14 shots in the third period alone, but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 2-1 decision to the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Saturday night. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak against the Bears this season.

Jarry stopped 25 of 27 shots overall on the night, but was at his best in the final frame, when the Penguins were shorthanded four times.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring 9:53 into the game when Josh Archibald redirected an Oskar Sundqvist backhander past Pheonix Copley for his 12th goal of the season.

The lead held for less than four minutes however, as Colby Williams grabbed a loose puck in the Penguins crease and deposited it for his fourth tally of the season.

The 1-1 score held until late in the second period, when Stanislav Galiev led an end-to-end rush and beat Jarry for his 18th goal of the season.

Copley was superb in his second start for the Bears since being reacquired by the team earlier this week, stopping 36 of 37 shots in the victory.

The Penguins failed to score on their lone power play attempt, while the Bears were held off the scoresheet on all six of their opportunities on the man advantage.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will return to action on Sunday afternoon, when they face the Hartford Wolf Pack at 3:00 p.m. at XL Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS HISTORY – AHL OUTDOOR CLASSIC

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be headed outdoors this Saturday night when they face off against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Coors Light Stadium Series contest at Heinz Field in the Steel City.

The Pens are no strangers to outdoor contests, having taken part in three previous contests.  Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Colby Armstrong scored in regulation, before Kris Letting and Sidney Crosby tallied in the shootout to score a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on January 1, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the first Winter Classic;  the Penguins welcomed the Washington Capitals to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field on January 1, 2001, but dropped a 3-1 decision; and Soldier Field served as the backdrop for the Pen’s most recent game in the elements, a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on March 1, 2014.

Dominik Uher and Steve Oleksy drop the gloves in the cold

But the NHL Penguins aren’t the only antarctic birds to take to the ice outside.

Back on January 20, 2013, the Hershey Bears hosted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium.

Dominik Uher dropped the gloves with his future Penguins teammate, Steve Oleksy, six minutes into the second period, before Hershey’s Tomas Kundratek beat goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to make it a 1-0 contest at 15:40 of the middle frame.

That score carried into the third period, when Zach Sill stole a puck on the near boards and fed Riley Holzapfel, who put home his 11th goal of the season to knot the score with 12:!3 left in regulation.

The game went to overtime, where Joey Mormina’s breakout pass hit a streaking Paul Thompson.  The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton sniper beat Dany Sabourin low on the glove side to give the Penguins a 2-1 win in front of a crowd of 17,311 fans.