PITTSBURGH PENGUINS vs MONTREAL CANADIENS


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ influence continues to be felt by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, on Wednesday night.

Eight players who have previously suited up for the AHL Penguins were in the lineup for Pittsburgh last night, with five of the seven skaters picking up points, and the eighth player – Matt Murray – securing the win in goal.

Conor Sheary and Scott Wilson both picked up assists for the Pittsburgh, while Olli Maatta (who played briefly with Wilkes-Barre in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs) netted his first goal of the season.

But the highlight for NEPA fans may have been seeing Cameron Gaunce ripping a shot that Jake Guentzel redirected home for his fourth goal with Pittsburgh.  The assist from Gaunce, who was appearing in his first game with the NHL Penguins, was his first ever NHL helper.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, January 21, when they host the Hershey Bears at 7:05pm. Fewer than 600 tickets remain for Saturday night’s contest against the Bears.

Individual game tickets for Saturday’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.

ROWNEY STAYS HOT, SCORES LATE AS PENGUINS BEAT BEARS, 5-3

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HERSHEY, Pa. – Carter Rowney continued his hot run since returning to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton line-up, as the Penguins took down the Hershey Bears, 5-3, at Giant Center on Wednesday night.

Rowney tallied the game-winning goal with 2:00 left in regulation – extending his goal streak to a career-best four games – as the Penguins improved to 29-8-3-0 on the season.

Hershey’s Nathan Walker capitalized on a defensive zone turnover by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to score the game’s first goal at 17:17 of the first period.

The second period was far more kind to the Penguins. Tom Sestito scored just 29 seconds into the middle frame, and later set up Teddy Blueger to give the Pens a 2-1 lead before the five-minute mark.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its lead to 3-1 on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Josh Archibald at 9:47 of the second period. Archibald’s shorty was his second of the season and the Penguins’ fourth in the 2016-17 season.

The Bears came out in the third period desperate to tie the game, and did just that with goals from Paul Carey and Darren Dietz at 6:16 and 10:38, respectively.

With the score knotted in the second half of the third, both teams traded scoring chances until Rowney banged in a rebound with exactly two minutes remaining in regulation. Sestito was credited with an assist on Rowney’s tally, giving him his third point of the night (1G-2A). It was Sestito’s second three-point game of the season, both coming against the Bears.

Garrett Wilson sealed the victory for the Penguins with an empty net goal one minute and 23 seconds later.

Tristan Jarry finished the night with 28 saves for his league-leading 17th win. Joe Cannata turned aside 20 shots in defeat.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 20, when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent is Hershey. Less than 900 tickets remain for Saturday night’s contest against the Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/10/17

 

Penguins win four-straight to stay perfect in the New Year

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-7-3-0) embarks on season-long seven-game road stretch

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 1

Tom Sestito recorded three points (2G, 1A) and a Gordie Howe hat trick in the Penguins’ first game of the three-in-three weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 7 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Binghamton 4

The Force was strong with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as Danny Kristo’s two goals propelled the Penguins to a nail-biting victory over the Sens on Star Wars Night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Sunday, Jan. 8 – PENGUINS 6 at Hershey 5 (OT)

David Warsofsky’s overtime goal gave the Pens their fourth-straight victory and the weekend sweep of Hershey. The two teams combined for a whopping six goals in the third period.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 11 – PENGUINS at Toronto

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to even the season series against the Marlies after a 3-0 shutout loss on Nov. 11, the only time the two teams met this season.

Friday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS at Rochester

The Penguins defeated Rochester, 4-1, in the teams’ only meeting of the season on Dec. 16. The Amerks are an even   4-4-0-0 in their last eight games.

Saturday, Jan. 14 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to take a bigger bite out of the season series against the Crunch with. The Pens already won their first two meetings against Syracuse.

Monday, Jan. 16 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

The Penguins and Crunch meet again at the War Memorial for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinée, 1:00 p.m. puck drop.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are undefeated so far in 2017 (4-0-0).

– David Warsofsky was named CMM/AHL Player of the Week after seven points (2G-5A) and a plus-7 rating in four games.

– Warsofsky is the third defenseman in Penguins history to be named Player of the Week (Philip Samuelsson, John Slaney).

– Tom Sestito’s three-point night (2G-1A) on Friday was his first since Oct. 11, 2008 when he was with the Syracuse Crunch.

– Sestito eclipsed 1,000 career penalty minutes in the AHL on Jan. 6 vs. Hershey.

– Oskar Sundqvist played in his 200th professional game on Friday, Jan. 6 vs. Hershey.

– Dominik Simon reached the 100 AHL games milestone on Jan. 8 at Hershey.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 35 25 7 3 0 53 .757
2. Lehigh Valley 34 23 9 2 0 48 .706
3. Providence 36 21 8 4 3 49 .681
4. Hershey 35 18 8 7 2 45 .643
5. Bridgeport 33 18 14 0 1 37 .561
6. Springfield 33 14 13 4 2 34 .515
7. Hartford 36 12 20 3 1 28 .389

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel* 30 19 19 38
Oskar Sundqvist 33 14 18 32
David Warsofsky 24 7 21 28
Tom Kostopoulos 35 11 13 24
Garrett Wilson 35 9 14 23

 

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Tristan Jarry              20       14-5-1         2.14         0.921            1

Casey DeSmith*      14       10-2-2       2.46        0.907          0

* = rookie

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 11      Toronto               Ricoh Coliseum                 7:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 13         Rochester           Blue Cross Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 14        Syracuse            War Memorial Arena      7:00 p.m.

Mon, Jan. 16     Syracuse             War Memorial Arena        1:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Jan. 6       (G)     Tristan Jarry               Recalled from loan by PIT

Fri, Jan. 6       (D)     Chad Ruhwedel       Recalled from loan by PIT

Fri, Jan. 6       (RW) Reid Gardiner                      Released from SPC

Mon, Jan. 9    (C)     Jarrett Burton             Reassigned to Wheeling

DAVID WARSOFSKY NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 8, 2017.

Warsofsky notched two goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in four games last week, helping the league-leading Penguins to four consecutive victories.

On Tuesday evening, Warsofsky tallied an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton edged Hartford, 3-2. On Friday, he registered two helpers, a plus-4 and a game-high five shots on goal as the Penguins beat Hershey, 5-1.  He picked up two more assists in a 5-4 win over Binghamton on Saturday. Finally, on Sunday, Warsofsky scored twice – including the overtime winner – and fired eight shots on goal, earning first-star honors in a 6-5 victory at Hershey.

A sixth-year pro from Marshfield, Mass., Warsofsky has already established a career high in goals (7), and has 21 assists for 28 points in 24 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He ranks sixth among AHL defensemen in points and tied for third in assists.  He also leads the AHL in plus/minus (+22) and carries an eight-game scoring streak (4+11=15) into the new week.

Originally a fourth-round draft pick by St. Louis in 2008, Warsofsky has skated in 271 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre and Providence, totaling 27 goals and 102 assists for 129 points. He has also posted two goals and three assists in 26 NHL contests with Pittsburgh and Boston, appearing in four games for the parent Penguins this season.

In recognition of his achievement, Warsofsky will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Penguins home game.

The Penguins continue their season-long seven-game road trip this week with games against the Toronto Marlies (Wednesday, January 11), the Rochester Americans (Friday, January 13) and the Syracuse Crunch (Saturday, January 14).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game takes place on Saturday, January 21, when they host the Hershey Bears at 7:05pm.   Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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.

PENGUINS WIN, 6-5, IN OVERTIME CLASSIC WITH BEARS

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears put forth perhaps the most memorable game of the 2016-17 season, one which saw the Penguins emerge victorious in overtime, 6-5, at Giant Center on Sunday evening.

The Penguins (25-7-3-0) and Bears (18-8-7-2) combined for six goals in the third period, including two late tallies, that forced overtime where defenseman David Warsofsky gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the win.

Hershey capitalized for an early marker 2:52 into the game from Stanislav Galiev, and the Bears later added a power play goal by Zach Sanford to carry a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Penguins responded nicely with a pair of goals in the middle frame to knot the score, 2-2. Tim Erixon netted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game when he hammered a slap shot from the point past Vítek Vaněček at 8:52. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman also factored in on the Penguins’ second goal, sending a slapper on net that Tom Kostopoulos knocked in off the rebound.

The third period bent the barriers of reality with its offensive output, as the Penguins and Bears exchanged goals and leads like it was nothing.

Galiev scored his second of the game at 7:26 of the third to make it 3-2, but Derrick Pouliot responded for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1:09 later with an outstanding individual effort. Christian Thomas put Hershey back on top with a power play goal, but 1:08 later, Warsofsky and the Penguins answered back with a man advantage marker of their own.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took its first lead of the game with yet another power play goal at 17:56 of the third. After Pouliot successfully faked out the entirety of the Bears defense, he dished the puck to Garrett Wilson who was all alone in the slot. Wilson hoisted a backhand shot into the top corner, giving the Penguins a 5-4 lead.

In a last gasp effort, Hershey pulled the goalie for an extra attacker and Sanford scored his second of the game to tie it, 5-5, with exactly eight seconds remaining in regulation.

Warsofsky brought the game to a sudden close by threading the puck into the near-side corner from an impossible angle in the sudden death overtime period. With the game-winning goal, Warsofsky completed his third-straight multi-point game and extended his personal point streak to eight contests.

Casey DeSmith made 19 saves in regulation and one more in OT as the Penguins won their fourth-straight game and maintained their spot atop the AHL standings. Vaněček recorded 31 saves on 37 shots faced for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Jan. 11 when they face the Toronto Marlies at 7:00 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent will be the Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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.

SESTITO’S THREE POINTS HELP PENGUINS DEFEAT BEARS, 5-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Tom Sestito led the way for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the latest chapter of their rivalry with the Hershey Bears, tallying three points to lead the Pens to a 5-1 victory on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Sestito scored two goals and added an assist on Teddy Blueger’s game-winning goal as part of his first three-point outing since Oct. 11, 2008.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-7-3-0) maintained its league-best record with the team’s second straight win to start 2017.

It didn’t take too long for Sestito to get on the scoresheet, as he and Blueger set one another up for goals just nineteen seconds apart at 6:48 and 6:57 of the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck for a third time to start the second frame, as Garrett Wilson grabbed a loose puck in the slot on a botched breakout attempt. Wilson’s goal – his eighth of the campaign – was his 20th point on the year, and also led to Hershey replacing starting goalie Vítek Vaněček with Joe Cannata three minutes into the second period.

Sestito soon struck again by popping a puck in the crease into the right side of Hershey’s net at 6:21 of the middle frame, making it 4-0.

The Penguins’ point run kept rolling when Jake Guentzel grabbed his league-leading 19th goal of the season as he tipped in a shot from the blue line from David Warsofsky.

With 11 minutes left to play, Hershey nixed Casey DeSmith’s chance at the shutout with a goal by Darren Dietz. Dietz’s tally may have foiled the rookie goalie’s bid for a clean sheet, but was all the offense the visitors could muster.

By the end of the contest, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had four players put up multi-point performances, including Sestito (2G-1A), Blueger (1G-1A), Wilson (1G-1A) and David Warsofsky (0G-2A).

The Penguins’ penalty kill was perfect throughout the contest, killing all five power plays it faced to maintain their Eastern Conference-leading penalty kill.

DeSmith finished the game having made 26 saves for his ninth win of the season. Vaněček made eight stops on 11 shots faced, and Cannata recorded 17 saves on 19 bids thrown his way.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Binghamton Senators. Saturday’s contest is also Star Wars Night. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will wear specialty Star Wars-themed jerseys during the game that will be auctioned off to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of NEPA.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow 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.

NOTE:  Prior to the game, the Penguins announced that they and Reid Gardiner had mutually agreed to release the rookie forward.  He will report to the Western Hockey League for the second half of the season.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS THREE TO WBS

Chad Ruhwedel

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and David Warsofsky, and goaltender Tristan Jarry, to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced Sunday by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished the 2016 portion of the AHL schedule with a record of 21-7-3-0, good for 45 points and a .726 winning percentage – the top mark in the league.

The Penguins play three games on home ice this week – Tuesday, January 3 vs. Hartford; Friday, January 6 vs. Hershey; and Saturday, January 7 vs. Binghamton.

Individual game tickets for Tuesday 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.

PENGUINS FOUR-GOAL GAMES

Oskar Sundqvist joined some elite company on Saturday night, becoming just the third Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins player to record four goals in a game.  But Sundqvist’s hat trick plus one came under different circumstances than the first two times the feat was accomplished.
OCTOBER 5, 2005 – Erik Christensen wasted no time in opening his scoring account, picking up four goals and leading the Penguins to an 8-1 win in the season opener against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

This outcome of the game was never in doubt, as Matt Hussey opened the scoring at 2:58 of the first frame, before Christensen got on a roll.  The second-year pro recorded the next two Pens goals, and completed the hat trick before the game was halfway over.  He topped things off with his fourth of the night at 13:36 of the third period to finish off the night’s scoring.

Christensen’s first three tallies came against Wade Dubielewicz, who was eventually chased from the game following Tomas Surovy’s second goal of the game – the Penguins’ sixth of the night – at 8:11 of the second period.  Chris Madden was victimized for Christensen’s record-setting goal.

Christensen went on to record 20 more goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the season, and finished second on the team with 46 points (24+22) in just 48 regular season games.  He also saw significant playing time with the Pittsburgh Penguins that season, recording 13 points (6+7) in 33 games with the NHL club.

A dangerous force in shootouts (he’s tied for first on the team’s all-time list with 11 successful attempts), Christensen recorded 50 goals and 97 points in 141 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during parts of three seasons.  He appeared in 387 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Anaheim, the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, posting 163 points (68+95).  He has spent the past five seasons playing in Europe, and is currently tied for the team lead with 10 goals for HV71 Jonkoping in Sweden (as of December 12, 2016).

FEBRUARY 16, 2007 – Jean-Francois Jacques didn’t need to score four goals against the Binghamton Senators to secure a win.  His tally 1:58 into the game provided all the offense the team would need thanks to a 17-save performance by Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers.  But the Edmonton Oilers prospect tacked on three more goals en route to a 7-0 shutout of the I-81 rivals.

Jacques spaced out his first two goals, scoring his second with just 18 ticks left in the second period to put the Penguins up 3-0 (Rob Schremp had a goal sandwiched between the two scores).  He completed his hat trick 23 seconds into the third period, then finished off his four-goal performance with 6:14 to play in the game.

Dan Carcillo and Jonathan Filewich also netted goals in the game against Jeff Glass, who stopped 31 of 38 shots he saw.

Jacques added just one more goal in nine further games with the club after his big night, and finished the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton portion of his career with 27 points (10+17) in 29 total games.

The Montreal native appeared in 309 AHL games with the six teams between 2005 and 2014, recording 187 points (89+98).  He also suited up in 166 games with Edmonton and Anaheim in the NHL, posting 17 points (9+8).  Like Christensen, Jacques is also currently plying his trade overseas, and has appeared in all 27 of Ingolstadt ERC’s games in Germany this season.

DECEMBER 10, 2016 – While the first two four-goal games came in Penguins blowouts, the third featured the hat trick hero providing a much needed spark.

The Hershey Bears jumped out a 2-0 lead 12:11 into the game.  It looked like the Bears, who posted a 5-2 victory on the same ice the night before, were steering this game in a similar direction.

But that’s when Sundqvist changed things.

The second-year pro picked up a loose puck in the slot and waisted home his eighth goal of the season at 16:59 of the first, tying the team lead for goals in the process.

His second goal came almost midway through the game off of a Josh Archibald rebound, and tied the contest at 2-2.

Jake Guentzel followed that goal up with his ninth of the season 29 seconds later, giving the Penguins their first regular season lead against the Bears in five contests this season.

Sundqvist redirected a Kevin Porter shot for his third of the game just two and a half minutes later, and picked up his fourth goal in style with a breakaway tally early in the third period.

The Swedish sniper may have led the scoring attack but, unlike Christensen and Jacques, Sundqvist did not record the game-winning goal in the 6-2 victory (that was credited to Guentzel).  But it’s safe to say that the Penguins wouldn’t have picked up the win without his record-tying effort.

The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Dec. 16 as they’ll face-off against the Rochester Americans for the first and only time at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season. The contest is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow 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.

SUNDQVIST TIES TEAM RECORD FOR GOALS IN A GAME IN PENS WIN

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Oskar Sundqvist tied the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins franchise record for most goals in a single game, tallying four in a 6-2, come-from-behind win over the Hershey Bears at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night.

Sundqvist became the third Penguins skater to tally four goals in a game, matching the mark previously set by Erik Christensen (October 5, 2005 vs. Bridgeport) and  Jean-Francois Jacques (February 16, 2007 vs. Binghamton).

Similar to Friday night’s contest, the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Christen Djoos and Chandler Stephenson.

Sundqvist pulled one back for the Pens and tallied his first of the four with three minutes left in the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took advantage of Hershey’s untimely line-change halfway through the second, allowing Sundqvist to net his second of the night tying the contest.

Jake Guentzel followed up Sundqvist’s effort with a goal of his own – his second on the weekend –  just 29 seconds later to give the Penguins the 3-2 lead.

Sundqvist completed his hat trick at the 12:27 mark of the second, deflecting Kevin Porter’s shot from the slot to increase the Penguins lead to 4-2.
His impressive play continued into the start of the final frame, scoring his fourth of the contest at the 3:36 mark.

Tom Kostopoulos added the sixth and final goal late in the third for his seventh goal of the season.

Casey DeSmith had a perfect final two periods, and saved 21 of 23 shots he faced overall.  Joe Cannata stopped 30 of the 36 shots that came his way.

The Penguins’ next game is Sunday afternoon, when they face off with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Connecticut. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, December 16 where they host the Rochester Americans. Puck drop for that contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS FALL TO BEARS, 5-2

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Jake Guentzel recorded two points (1G-1A) in his first game back from Pittsburgh, but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 5-2 decision to the Hershey Bears on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Nathan Walker and Chandler Stephenson coming 1:31 apart late in the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton capitalized on the team’s first power play of the game in the final minutes of the first period. Guentzel rifled a one-timer from the high slot that beat Bears goaltender Vítek Vaněček top-shelf with 1:12 left in the period, cutting the Bears’ advantage in half.

Zach Sanford, who assisted on Walker’s opening goal, picked up his second point of the contest at 14:30 of the second, finding the back of the net off of a nice string of passes from Walker and Brad Malone.

Guentzel added to his team-leading point total with an assist on Jean-Sébastien Dea’s eighth goal of the season, a wrist shot that beat Vaněček to his glove side 2:44 into the third period. Dea tied Guentzel for the most goals on the Penguins with that tally.

However, Hershey responded just 44 seconds later, forcing a turnover in Wilkes-Barre’s defensive zone which allowed former Penguin Zach Sill to snap in a Ryan Bourque feed for his fourth goal of the season.

Garret Mitchell sealed the victory for the Bears, skating in on the rush and firing a wrist shot past Tristan Jarry’s blocker with just under five minutes left in the final period.

Jarry stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced on the night, while Vaněček saved 26 out of 28.

The two teams will face off again Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual game tickets for tomorrow 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.