GUENTZEL, POULIOT RETURN TO WILKES-BARRE

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defenseman Derrick Pouliot and forward Jake Guentzel to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Guentzel has played five games in his first NHL recall, scoring twice in his Pittsburgh debut on Nov. 21 against the New York Rangers and totaling four points (3G-1A) during his stint.

Pouliot was activated from injured reserve following a lower-body injury he suffered on Oct. 20 against San Jose. Last weekend, he played three games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during a conditioning assignment, going scoreless.  

The Pens return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

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 – 12/6/16

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Penguins prepare for Bears after successful St. John’s trip

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-4-3-0) takes three of four points against the IceCaps

 

Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS 6 at St. John’s 2

The Penguins’ power play carried them to a convincing victory in the first game of a back-to-back set at Mile One Centre. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s man advantage struck for a season-high three times in the contest, including two scored 19 seconds apart. Jean-Sébastien Dea’s even strength marker with less than a minute left in the second period was his seventh of the season, making him the team’s active leader in goals.

Sunday, Dec. 4 – PENGUINS 2 at St. John’s 3 (OT)

After coming back from a 2-0 deficit and forcing overtime, the Penguins ultimately fell in the extra frame despite outshooting their opponent, 52-25. Oskar Sundqvist tied Dea for the team lead in goals with his seventh of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play struck for the third-straight game, as well.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 9 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

The Penguins return home and face a familiar foe in the Hershey Bears. These two squads have already met three times this season, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won twice. It is also the first Eyewitness News Fan Fridays game this year.

Saturday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

The Pens and Bears square off for the second night in a row at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 7-0-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Sunday, Dec. 11 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

Wrapping up the three-games-in-three-days weekend for the Penguins is a contest with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Sound Tigers were bested by the Pens in a 1-0 game in Northeastern PA in their last meeting. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 3-0-0-0 in the third game of three-in-threes this year.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 10-0-1-0 in their last 11 games vs. St. John’s.

– The Penguins have allowed the fewest goals per game (2.00) of any team in the AHL this year.

– Of Dominik Simon’s four goals this season, three have been game-winners.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .930 save percentage and 1.82 goals against average both rank first among all Eastern Conference goaltenders.

–  Oskar Sundqvist is one point shy of tying his total offensive output in 45 games played last season (17 pts). Sundqvist has appeared in 19 contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year.

– Chad Ruhwedel reached his 100th AHL point with an assist in Saturday’s game at St. John’s.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          21         14         4          3          0         31           .738

2. Lehigh Valley      22         15         6          1           0        31           .705

3. Hershey               22         13         4          4           1         31           .705

4. Bridgeport           22         15         7          0          0        30         .682

5. Providence          22          9          6          4          3        25           .568

6. Springfield           21          8          8          3          2         21          .500

7. Hartford                21          7          11          3          0        17           .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^          16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist         19         7          9         16

Tom Kostopoulos       21         6         10        16

Carter Rowney            18         5          8         13

Kevin Porter                 19         5          7          12

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      7         5-0-2        1.82        0.930         0

Tristan Jarry              14        9-4-1          1.99        0.927          1

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Dec. 9          Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena            2:30 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 10      Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena            2:30 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 11      Bridgeport         Webster Bank Arena             5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Dec. 3         (LW)    Tom Sestito                 Reassigned on loan by PIT

PENGUINS PRACTICE REPORT – November 30

It’s hard to believe, but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are already one-fourth of the way through the 2016-17 American Hockey League regular season.  Through 19 games, the Penguins hold a13-4-2-0 mark, good for 28 points and a .737 winning percentage – the top mark in the Eastern Conference.

It hasn’t been all easy sailing for the Penguins, though, who are coming off of a tough stretch of six games in 11 days during which time they went 3-2-1-0.  The Pens also experienced their first back-to-back non-wins last week, when they dropped a 4-0 decision in Hershey on November 23, and fell in overtime to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers two days later.

“There’s a way in which we play the right way.  If we don’t do it, things don’t come out our way,” said captainTom Kostopoulos, noting the team’s result in Hershey.  “If we do things the right way, like we did most of the night against Bridgeport, last game, we didn’t give up any goals.”

The Penguins have had a chance to catch their breath this week, enjoying a day off on Sunday, followed by three days of brisk practices at the Toyota SportsPlex.  That’s been a benefit to the club according to defenseman Cameron Gaunce.

“I think we’ve really improved our game over the last couple of days,” Gaunce stated.  “I think our second game with Hershey, we weren’t as good as we could have been.  Coming back, getting a day, and then playing Bridgeport back-to-back was good for us.

“Though we didn’t win in the first night, I thought we played well in Bridgeport.  Then we had an even better game, a very complete game, on Saturday night, winning 1-0.  I thought it could have been even more, but their goaltender played pretty well.”

Gaunce and his teammates now hit the road to take on the St. John’s IceCaps for a two-game set in Newfoundland this Saturday and Sunday.  Both games start at 2:30pm Eastern Time (4:00pm in St. John’s).

The Penguins return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

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 LOSE AT HERSHEY, 4-0


HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins could not find the same comeback magic they conjured in their previous two visits to Giant Center and fell 4-0 at the hand of the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night.

The Penguins (12-4-1-0) were unable to beat the Bears’ goaltender, Vítek Vanečěk, once in 60 minutes of game time, and as a result, lost to Hershey for the first time in 2016-17.

The contest began with a furious start from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, outshooting the Bears 6-0 before the five-minute mark of the first period and holding an 11-6 shot advantage by the end of the opening frame. The Penguins’ best chances came from Josh Archibald and newcomer Danny Kristo, playing in his first  game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. On both occasions, Vanečěk shut the door, and the first period ended in a 0-0 deadlock.

The scoreless tie was finally snapped with just 20.5 seconds remaining in the second period when Hershey’s Zach Sill scooped up a puck in the high slot and potted his first goal of the season.

Christian Thomas extended the Bears’ lead to 2-0 at 2:22 of the third period with a power play goal. Thomas stuffed a puck that was lodged underneath Tristan Jarry’s left leg pad and stuffed it across the goal line. After protest by the Penguins, the play was reviewed, but the goal stood as called.

Forty seconds past the midway point of the third period, Christian Djoos picked the top corner over Jarry’s glove hand, scoring his first goal of the season and putting the Bears up 3-0.

Paul Carey extended his personal point streak to 12 games with a tally on a mini-breakaway with less than a minute left in regulation. Carey’s late-game goal brought the game to its final score of 4-0.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outshot Hershey 24-18 when it was all said and done, but the Penguins never found the back of the Bears’ net and were handed their third shutout loss of the season.

Jarry recorded 14 saves in the loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Vanečěk stopped all 24 pucks thrown his way for his second shutout of the season.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Nov. 25, when they head up the Long Island Sound to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Nov. 26, also against Bridgeport. Individual game tickets for next Saturday 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.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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.

PREVIEW: Bears vs Penguins – November 23, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears meet up for the second time in the past five days in Hershey.  The Penguins have taken the first two meetings at the Giant Center, with both victories coming in overtime.  Tonight’s game is the third of 12 meetings between the club’s this season.

Newcomer Danny Kristo and head coach Clark Donatelli talk about the newly acquired forwards play and possible role with the Penguins..

Head coach Clark Donatelli talks about meeting familiar foes this week.


TONIGHT’S GAME INFO

DATE:  Wednesday, November 23, 2016
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Giant Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-3-1 (20 pts) | Fourth in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jakub Vrana 9
ASSISTS  Chris Bourque 12
POINTS  Chris Bourque 16
PIM  Tyler Lewington 52
WINS  Joe Cannata 5
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.16

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Liam O’Brien entered last week’s action with no points to show in his first nine games of the season. Now he carries a three-game point streak (2+2) into Wednesday night’s action.

NEWS AND NOTES:A pair of Bears forwards are closing in on significant games-played milestones this week.  Garrett Mitchell is sitting on 297 games played in the AHL, all with the Bears.  He played his first game with Hershey during the 2009-10 season…Chris Bourque enters Wednesday night’s action with 598 games played in the AHL and will likely hit the 600 mark this Friday against the Springfield Thunderbirds.

 

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  12-3-1-0 (25 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel*  7
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel *  10
POINTS  Jake Guentzel*  17
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  7
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.40

*= currently with Pittsburgh

WHO’S HOT:  Garrett Wilson picked up three points (1+2) in a pair of games last weekend, and has five points (1+4) in his past five games.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Forward Danny Kristo figures to make his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut tonight after being acquired by the Penguins from the St. Louis Blues/Chicago Wolves in exchange for Reid McNeill over the weekend.  He’ll wear #7 for the Penguins….Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating…Casey DeSmith’s .949 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS POULIOT TO WBS

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned defenseman Derrick Pouliot to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Pouliot, who was injured in his only NHL appearance of the season on Oct. 20 versus San Jose, will play three games for WBS this weekend, then he will be re-evaluated by the Penguins’ team doctors when he returns.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Nov. 23, when they travel to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Nov. 26, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Individual game tickets for next Saturday 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.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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 WEEKLY – 11/22/16

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Big wins against Bridgeport, Hershey keep Penguins atop Atlantic Division

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-3-1-0) set to face-off with Bears and Sound Tigers again

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – PENGUINS 1 at Lehigh Valley 4

The Penguins fell to their Keystone rivals in their first meeting this season. It was just Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s third regulation loss of the season. Thomas Di Pauli scored the lone goal for the Pens, the first of his professional career.

Friday, Nov.18 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Bridgeport 3

The Penguins bounced back from their previous loss with a hard-earned victory over the Sound Tigers in which they scored three of their four goals in the second period. Casey DeSmith made 25 saves in net, improving his record to 5-0-0.

Saturday, Nov. 19 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 3

In their second game at the Giant Center, the Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period and ended up with a win in overtime. Tom Kostopoulos tied the game, 3-3, with 1:04 left in regulation, and Carter Rowney sealed the win 2:01 into OT. Jake Guentzel had three points (1G-2A), and both Oskar Sundqvist and Cameron Gaunce had two assists.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS at Hershey

The Penguins take on the Bears for the third time this season and second time in five days. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was the overtime victor in the two squads’ previous two match-ups.

Friday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton plays the Sound Tigers for the third time in two weeks.  The Penguins were dominant in their last meeting in Bridgeport, winning 7-1.

Saturday, Nov. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport

The Pens take on Bridgeport in the second game of a home-and-home. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Bridgeport, 4-3, the last time the Sound Tigers visited Mohegan Sun Arena.

 

Ice Chips

– On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired right wing Danny Kristo from St. Louis in exchange for defenseman Reid McNeill. The three-time 20-goal scorer has reported directly to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

– The Penguins have the best goal differential in the AHL (+23) and allow the fewest goals per game (1.88).

– Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .949 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.

–  Carter Rowney has scored four of the Penguins’ past seven  regular season overtime game-winning goals. Including playoffs, Rowney has the game-winner in five of the Pens’ past 10 overtime victories.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          16        12         3           1           0         25          .781

2. Lehigh Valley       15        10         4          1          0          21          .700

3. Bridgeport            15        10         5          0          0         20        .667

4. Hersey                   16         8          4          3          1         20        .625

5. Springfield            16         7          5          2          2         18         .563

6. Providence           16         5          6          3          2         15        .469

7. Hartford                16         5          9          2          0         12        .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^          16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist         15         6          8         14

Carter Rowney            16         5          8         13

Tom Kostopoulos       16         6          5         11

Garrett Wilson            16         3          7         10

 

GOALIES                 GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      5        5-0-0        1.40       0.949          0

Tristan Jarry              11        7-3-1          1.98        0.929          0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                  OPPONENT       LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Nov. 23    Hershey               Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 25        Bridgeport           Webster Bank Arena         7:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 26      Bridgeport           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Nov. 21    DEL      (C) Jake Guentzel                   Recalled by PIT

Sat, Nov. 19     ADD      (RW) Danny Kristo              Loaned from PIT

Sat, Nov. 19     DEL       (D) Reid McNeill                   Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS COMPLETE COMEBACK FOR OVERTIME WIN IN HERSHEY

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BOXSCORE

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – Giant Center is known around the American Hockey League as one of the toughest places for road teams to win. On Saturday night, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ignored reputation and posted a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory over the Hershey Bears.

Down by two goals in the third period, the Penguins (12-3-1-0) rallied behind a three-point performance by Jake Guentzel and overtime game-winner from Carter Rowney.

Hershey struck first when Travis Boyd took the puck behind the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net and then threw a pass around his own body back in the direction he came from. The dish ended up right on the tape of Jakub Vrána, who converted the close-range chance for his ninth goal of the season at 12:49 of the first period.

After Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli shuffled his offensive lines going into the second period, a reunited unit of Guentzel, Rowney and Tom Kostopoulos cashed in on their first shift together of the game. Kostopoulos fed Guentzel on a three-on-one rush and the rookie forward put it home 5:01 into the middle frame, tying the contest at one goal apiece.

The Bears answered back with a goal from Liam O’Brien at 12:02 of the second period, re-establishing a one-goal lead for Hershey.

Oskar Sundqvist was awarded a penalty shot with under 30 seconds to go in the second period, but for the first time in three attempts this season, the Penguins did not convert, and the score remained 2-1 in the Bears’ favor.

Early in the third, Christian Thomas tipped a puck past Tristan Jarry just as a power play expired, increasing the home team’s lead to 3-1.

The Penguins’ third line gave them life when a hard forecheck resulted in Garrett Wilson chopping a puck out of mid-air and through the five-hole of Bears goalie Joe Cannata at 6:24 of the third period. Wilson’s tally brought the score to 3-2.

Following a series of oh-so close chances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Donatelli pulled Jarry in favor of an extra attacker late in third period in hopes of finding a tying goal. The plan worked to perfection as Kostopoulos, set up by Sundqvist and Guentzel, popped in a rebound with 1:04 remaining in regulation, knotting things up, 3-3.

Two minutes and one second into overtime, Rowney bullied his way around the Bears defense after accepting a pass from Guentzel and muscled the puck underneath Cannata. Rowney’s gritty goal completed the comeback victory and gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its second overtime victory of the season against Hershey.

Jarry ended up making 25 saves on 28 shots faced in the win. Cannata also recorded 25 stops.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Nov. 23, when they once again travel to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Nov. 26, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Individual game tickets for next Saturday 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.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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.

PREVIEW: Bears vs Penguins – November 19, 2016

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins make the quick trip down I-81 to face the Hershey Bears tonight at 7:00pm This is the second meeting between the clubs this season, after the Penguins took a 2-1 overtime win on October 23. Dominik Simon ended that game with a penalty shot winner.


DATE:  Saturday, November 19, 2016
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Giant Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-2-1 (19 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jakub Vrana 8
ASSISTS  Chris Bourque 12
POINTS  Chris Bourque 16
PIM  Tyler Lewington 50
WINS  Joe Cannata 5
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.16

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Paul Carey carries an 11-game scoring streak (3+8) into tonight’s game, as well as a seven-game assist streak. He has one point in 13 of the 15 games he’s dressed for this season.

NEWS AND NOTES:After dropping three straight game from Nov. 11-13, the Bears have rebounded and won two consecutive contests, including a 5-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch last night. Chris Bourque had three points (2+1) in that game…Bourque is tied for fourth in the league with 16 points and third overall with 12 assists…Jakub Vrana is tied for third with eight goals…Tyler Lewington is second in the league with 50 penalty minutes…The Bears are 6-1-1-1 on home ice this season for 14 points.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  10-3-1-0 (21 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel & Oskar Sundqvist  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  8
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  14
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.40

WHO’S HOT:  Oskar Sundqvist has five points (2+3) in his past four games, and has points in eight of the past nine Penguins contests (5+5=10). He recorded his sixth goal of the season in Friday night’s win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He had five goals in 41 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Tom Kostopoulos picked up his second game-winning goal of the season on Friday night, giving him 22 for his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career, first on the team’s all-time list…Casey DeSmith allowed multiple goals in a game last night for the first time this season, but remains atop the AHL goaltending leaders board in goals against average (1.40) and save percentage (.949)…Jake Guentzel is tied for first among rookie scorers with 14 points and second in goals with six.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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.

PREVIEW: Sound Tigers vs Penguins – November 18, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night, November 18. This is the second meeting between the club’s this season, after the Penguins picked up a 7-1 win in Connecticut on November 5. The two clubs will square off in a home-and-home series to close out November, facing off in Bridgeport on Friday, November 25, and returning to northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 26.

DATE:  Friday, November 18, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
GIVEAWAY:  December Schedule Magnet Featuring Jake Guentzel
POSTGAME AUTOGRAPHS:  Tristan Jarry and Reid Gardiner (approximately 15 minutes after the game ends)

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-0-0 (16 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Bracken Kearns & Michael Dal Colle 7
ASSISTS  Bracken Keanrs 7
POINTS  Bracken Kearns 12
PIM  Kyle Burroughs 34
WINS  Christopher Gibson 6
GAA  Christopher Gibson 2.52

WHO’S HOT:  Goaltender Christopher Gibson is a perfect 6-0-0 in seven games played this season. After winning his first six contests to start the season, Gibson made a relief appearance against the Penguins on November 5, allowing two goals in the final period of a 7-1 loss. He missed last weekend’s action due to injury, but could make an appearance this weekend as the Sound Tigers play a three-in-three starting Friday night.

NEWS AND NOTES:The Sound Tigers are perfect when a game goes past regulation, winning once in overtime this season (Nov. 4, 5-4 at Hartford) before winning back-to-back road shootouts this past weekend against Syracuse (3-2) and Hershey (4-3)…The Sound Tigers have the best road record in the league at 5-1-0-0 (10 pts, .833 win percentage)

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  10-3-1-0 (21 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  7
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  13
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.00

WHO’S HOT:  Oskar Sundqvist has four points (1+3) in his past three games, and has points in seven of the past eight Penguins contests (4+5=9). His five goals through 14 games this season already equals his total in 41 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Thomas DiPauli recorded his first professional goal in the Penguins 4-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night…The Penguins are undefeated (3-0) in games following a loss this season…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed a league-low 24 goals through 14 games this season…Casey DeSmith continues to lead the AHL in goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (.963)…Tristan Jarry is fifth in the league with a 1.88 goals against average, and sixth with a .932 save percentage…Jake Guentzel is tied for first among rookies with six goals and second with 13 points…The Penguins continue to lead the league with a 91.1% penalty kill rate (5 goals in 56 times shorthanded)

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.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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.