STANLEY CUP CONNECTIONS

They did it again.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their second consecutive Stanley Cup Championship on Sunday, June 11, defeating the Nashville Predators, 2-0, to keep the treasured trophy in the Steel City for another year.

In a few weeks, the Cup will see the names of more than four dozen Penguins players, coaches and support staffers etched onto its base.  And, as in both the 2009 and 2016 championship seasons, there will be no shortage of connections to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins there.

Twelve Pittsburgh Penguins players who qualify to have their names on the chalice have played at least one game with the AHL Penguins.  Kris Letting and Marc-Andre Fleury become the first three-time champions to pass through Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Matt Murray, Tom Kuhnhackl, Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta have been members of both of the Pens back-to-back teams.

Joining that group of repeat winners are newbies Carter Rowney, Jake Guentzel, Josh Archibald and Scott Wilson.  Wilson was a member of Pittsburgh’s Cup run last spring, but due to injuries and a lack of games played, did not qualify to have his name on the trophy.  Rowney, Guentzel and Archibald all spent parts of this season in NEPA.

Head coach Mike Sullivan spent part of the 2015-16 season guiding Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being promoted to Pittsburgh, and is now the first head coach since the great Toe Blake in 1956 and 1957 to guide a team to Stanley Cups in his first two years behind an NHL bench.

Three other former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton staffers figure to see their names written in hockey immortality for a second straight season as well.  Patrick Steidle spent more than a decade with his hometown team before joining Pittsburgh’s athletic training staff in 2013.  Jim Britt worked his way up from intern in Wilkes-Barre to his current position as the Pens team services manager.  And Andy Saucier parlayed two seasons as the AHL team’s video coach into the same position with Pittsburgh.

Players and coaches with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ties have been featured on the Stanley Cup in seven of the past nine seasons.  Here’s a year-by-year view of some names you probably know.

2017 (Pittsburgh Penguins):  Josh Archibald, Brian Dumoulin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jake Guentzel, Tom Kuhnhackl, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Matt Murray, Carter Rowney, Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson, Mike Sullivan

2016 (Pittsburgh Penguins):  Brian Dumoulin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Tom Kuhnhackl, Kris Letang, Ben Lovejoy, Olli Maatta, Matt Murray, Kevin Porter, Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Jeff Zatkoff, Mike Sullivan

2015 (Chicago Blackhawks):  Daniel Carcillo, Michal Rozsival

2013 (Chicago Blackhawks):  Daniel Carcillo, Michal Rozsival

2012 (Los Angeles Kings):  Rob Scuderi

2011 (Boston Bruins):  Andrew Ference

2009 (Pittsburgh Penguins):  Marc-Andre Fleury, Alex Goligoski, Tyler Kennedy, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik, Miroslav Satan, Rob Scuderi, Max Talbot, Dan Bylsma, Mike Yeo

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PENGUINS WIN BACK-TO-BACK STANLEY CUPS, WITH HELP FROM WILKES-BARRE


The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history on Sunday night, becoming the first team in two decades to capture the championship in back-to-back seasons. Just like Pittsburgh’s third and fourth Cup titles, this year continued the tradition of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins stars playing a significant role in securing the game’s highest honor.

Four players that began the 2016-17 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel, Carter Rowney, Josh Archibald and Chad Ruhwedel all began the year in the American Hockey League and saw their seasons end in Pittsburgh as Stanley Cup Champions.

Guentzel, who led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in goals (21), assists (21) and points (42) at the time of his final call-up to Pittsburgh on Jan. 16, went on a tear in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the likes of which have rarely been seen before. The Woodbury, Minn. native unloaded 13 goals and 21 points during the postseason, setting new records for American-born rookies in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Additionally, his 21 points tied the all-time record for rookie points in a single postseason and five game-winning goals established a new rookie record. Guentzel was named to the AHL’s 2016-17 All-Rookie Team on Apr. 5, 2017.

Rowney played in 20 of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording three points in that time and becoming a regular contributor on the team’s penalty kill. All of those points came in a three-assist performance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, May 21. An undrafted free agent after spending four years at the University of North Dakota, Rowney started his pro career playing for the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, before working his way up to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Grand Prairie, Alb. native became Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s team MVP for the 2015-16 season and earned his first NHL call-up this season.

Archibald played in four games for the Penguins on their playoff run, including one game in the Stanley Cup Final. He did not record any points in that time, but by virtue of dressing one game in the Final, he is eligible to have his name etched onto the Stanley Cup along with Guentzel and Rowney. The 24-year-old third-year pro shattered his previous AHL career-highs in all offensive categories this past season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, posting 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points in 61 games.

Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent this past summer, Ruhwedel participated in six of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Playoff games before suffering a concussion in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. He becomes the first player from San Diego, Calif. to win the Stanley Cup. Ruhwedel scored his first NHL goal earlier in the season with Pittsburgh on Dec. 23, 2016.

In addition to those four, Pittsburgh’s championship team featured eight more players who once played for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: Tom Kühnhackl, Bryan Rust, Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Määttä, Marc-André Fleury and Matt Murray. Furthermore, Pittsburgh’s head coach, Mike Sullivan, served as bench boss in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2015-16 season.

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GUENTZEL SETS RECORDS IN GAME TWO WIN

Last year Jake Guentzel led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in playoff scoring.

This year he’s rewriting the National Hockey League’s record books.

The rookie phenom tallied two times on Wednesday night, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final.  The defending champions lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0, with the series switching to Tennessee for Game Three on Saturday night.

Guentzel now has 12 goals in 21 games so far in his first foray into the NHL postseason, putting him just two goals shy of the league mark for goals by a rookie in the playoffs.  That record of 14 was set by the Dino Ciccarelli, who appeared in 19 games with the Minnesota North Stars during that team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1981.

The Pittsburgh forward also sits just two points shy of Ciccarelli’s mark of 21 points by a first-year player.

But while Guentzel is still chasing down Ciccarelli’s records, he’s already set a few others this spring.

Guentzel’s second tally in Game Two was his fifth game-winning goal of the playoffs, setting a new record for most GWGs by a rookie in NHL history.  That decisive score also moved him past Jeremy Roenick for most goals by an American-born rookie in the playoffs, and his 19 points set a new standard for American-born rookies as well, surpassing both Roenick and Joey Mullen.

On the team side, Guentzel’s point total is, by far, the most by a Pittsburgh rookie in the postseason, surpassing the previous mark of 13 set by Jaromir Jagr in 1991.  He also established a new record for fastest goal from the start of a period, when he tallied 10 seconds into the third frame on Wednesday to give the Penguins their first lead of the night.



UPCOMING SCHEDULE

DATE ROAD TEAM HOME TEAM TIME/RESULT
Monday, May 29 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 Win
Wednesday, May 31 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Win
Saturday, June 3 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
Monday, June 5 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
*Thursday, June 8 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 8:00pm
*Sunday, June 11 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
*Wednesday, June 14 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 8:00pm

* = if necessary


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GUENTZEL JOINS SPECIAL GROUP OF WBS GRADS


Jake Guentzel joined a distinguished list of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins alumni with his performance in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins forward beat Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation for what proved to be the game-winning goal in the Pens 5-3 victory at the PPG Paints Arena. In the process, he became the fifth player to skate with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to tally the deciding goal in a Stanley Cup Final game.

Tyler Kennedy became the first WBS graduate to score the winner in the NHL’s championship round when he potted the second goal in a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Six on June 9, 2009. Three days later, Maxime Talbot netted both Pittsburgh goals in a 2-1 Game Seven victory, securing the Penguins third championship in the process.

Conor Sheary joined the group when he scored 2:35 into overtime of Game Two against the San Jose Sharks, leading Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win on June 1, 2016.

Kris Letang became the second Wilkes-Barre/Scranton product to record the championship clinching goal when he notched the second score in a 3-1 win over San Jose in Game Six on June 12 last season.

Guentzel’s game-winner on Monday night was his 10th goal in his first go around in the NHL postseason, a mark which leads all players. His 17 points (10+7) in 20 games ranks sixth among all skaters this spring.



SPECIAL SAUCE

Another influential individual with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ties in Monday night’s win was Pittsburgh video coach Andy Saucier.

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban appeared to give the visitors a 1-0 lead early in the game, but Saucier spotted an uncalled offside infraction on Filip Forsberg on the play leading up to the goal. Saucier informed the Penguins bench, who challenged the play. The resulting review negated the tally and kept the game scoreless.

Pittsburgh went on to score the next three goals, and never trailed in the game as a result.

Saucier spent two seasons (2010-2012) serving as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s video coach.


FINALS DEBUTS

Guentzel and Carter Rowney became the most recent Wilkes-Barre/Scranton products to make their Stanley Cup Final debuts by appearing in Monday night’s win. In all, nine players who suited up for Pittsburgh on Monday (Guentzel, Rowney, Sheary, Wilson, Dumoulin, Murray, Fleury, Rust, Maatta) have previously appeared in at least one game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


UPCOMING SCHEDULE

DATE ROAD TEAM HOME TEAM TIME/RESULT
Monday, May 29 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 Win
Wednesday, May 31 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 8:00pm
Saturday, June 3 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
Monday, June 5 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
*Thursday, June 8 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 8:00pm
*Sunday, June 11 Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 8:00pm
*Wednesday, June 14 Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 8:00pm

* = if necessary


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WBS GRADS HAVING IMPACTS ON PITTSBURGH POSTSEASON

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue their quest for back-to-back Stanley Cups this Saturday night, when they host the Ottawa Senators in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals.  And like last year, the Pens progress has been led by players with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pedigrees.

Lets start at the top – as in the top goal scorer.  Jake Guentzel, who began the season in NEPA, has rattled off an NHL-best nine goals in his first 12 playoff games.  Included in his performance was a postseason hat trick in Game Three against the Columbus Blue Jackets and a total of three game-winning goals.  One of those was the OT winner to cap the hat trick agains Columbus.

Guentzel has posted 14 points so far, which is good for fourth in NHL.  His most recent point –  an assist on Bryan Rust’s goal in Game Seven against the Washington Capitals – broke Pittsburgh’s record for rookie scoring in a postseason.  That mark was formerly held by Jaromir Jagr, who needed 24 games to hit that mark in 1991.

Speaking of Rust, he continues to show clutch play in the biggest games.  Rust recorded both goals in a 2-1, Game Seven win against the Tampa Bay Lightning last season to get the Pens to the Stanley Cup Finals, and followed that up by notching the series clinching against the Caps earlier this week.

Rust has five goals in 12 games this postseason, including a pair of game-winners. Three of his 11 career playoff goals have been GWGs.

On the other end of the rink, Marc-Andre Fleury has been the saving grace, posting an 8-4 record with a 2.55 goals against average and .927 save percentage.  He turned aside 29 shots in the finale against Washington, giving him nine shutouts in his Pittsburgh playoff career.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner is Pittsburgh’s all-time playoff leader among goalies in games (112), starts (110) and wins (61).

Six other skaters who saw regular play with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have also suited up in the 2017 playoffs for Pittsburgh, including Conor Shear (11gp, 0-3-3), Tom Kuhnhackl (11gm, 1-1-2), Scott Wilson (8gp, 1-1-2), Brian Dumoulin (12gp, 0-2-2), Carter Rowney (7gp, 0-0-0) and Chad Ruhwedel (2gp, 0-0-0).  Both Rowney and Ruhwedel spent time in NEPA this season, and made their Stanley Cup Playoff debuts this year.

Pittsburgh and Ottawa will face off at PPG Arena on Saturday at 7:00pm and Monday at 8:00pm.  The series moves to Ottawa for Games Three (Wednesday) and Four (Friday).  Both of those contests are scheduled for 8:00pm starts.


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FORMER WBS PENGUINS LEAD PITTSBURGH TO GAME SEVEN WIN


The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off the upset, defeating the Washington Capitals, 2-0, in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And a few former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins played big parts in the win over the President’s Trophy winners.

Jake Guentzel, who started the season in Northeast PA, fed Bryan Rust, who spent parts of three seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, for the game’s opening goal at 8:49 of the second period, a tally which turned out to be the game-winning  score.

On the other end of the ice, Marc-Andre Fleury, who played parts of four seasons (2003-2006, 2007-2008) turned aside 29 shots to post the shutout for Pittsburgh.

There were 10 players in Pittsburgh uniforms in Game Seven who once suited up for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Bryan Rust, Jake Guentzel, Scott Wilson, Carter Rowney, Conor Sheary, Chad Ruhwedel, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta, Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray).

The Penguins now move on to meet the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals.


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PENGUINS SEASON IN REVIEW

It’s never easy to see your season come to an end.  It’s even more difficult when you have high expectations.  And after a 51-win regular season, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins certainly thought they had the ability to advance deep into the Calder Cup Playoffs.

But a 2-1 Game Five defeat at the hands of the Providence Bruins on Sunday ended the Pens’ hopes for a run at a postseason championship.

“I thought we did absolutely everything in our power [Sunday] to try to win that game,” said forward Oskar Sundqvist.

Falling in the first round is undoubtedly disappointing.  And when you take into account that the Atlantic Division featured four of the top eight teams in the entire league, any opening series matchup was going to present challenges – on both sides of the puck.

“Overall, yeah, we’re disappointed we’re not in the playoffs. We’re disappointed that we have a   good enough team here that we could of made a good run,” said head coach Clark Donatelli.  “If you look at the whole broad picture of what we did as a group, there are a lot of positives that came out of it.”

So before we close the book for good on the 2016-17 season, let’s take a look back at some of those positives and high points for the Penguins.


GREAT GUENTZEL

Jake Guentzel’s first goal of the season was among the best in the AHL this season.
Jake Guentzel wasted little time in establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the AHL, recording four points (1+3) in the Penguins’ season-opening 6-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on October 15.
The rookie forward recorded 17 points (7+10) in his first 16 games of the season, before receiving his first recall by the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 21.  He made his NHL debut that night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers, and announced his arrival with authority, scoring goals on his first two shots in a Pittsburgh uniform.

Guentzel returned to Wilkes-Barre in early December, recorded his first career hat trick on December 27 against the Springfield Falcons, and posted 42 points (21+21) in just 31 teams with the AHL club.  He was recalled once again on January 16, and has been a fixture in the Pittsburgh lineup ever since.


SUNNY RISING

Oskar Sundqvist capped his hat trick with a fourth goal against the Hershey Bears

Oskar Sundqvist’s second season can’t be considered anything except a success.  The native of Sweden recorded his sixth goal of the campaign in his 16th game, eclipsing his mark from the 2015-16 season.  He had 16 points by December 4 (one fewer than his entire tally from last year), and blew past his first-year total on December 10, when he tied a team record with four goals in a game against the Hershey Bears.

Sundqvist hit the 20-goal mark on April 7, one of just three Penguins skaters to see that total this season, and his 46 points (20+26) in 63 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied him for third on the team.

Additionally, he saw action in 10 games with Pittsburgh this season, giving him 28 NHL contests in his first two years in North America.


ARCHIE ON THE ATTACK

Josh Archibald tied for the AHL lead with four short-handed goals this season, a total which included this beauty.

Josh Archibald came into his own this season, setting new career highs in goals (16), assists (13) and points (29).  He also paced the AHL with four short-handed tallies, and finished sixth in the league with a plus-25 mark in 61 games.  The fourth-year pro also thrilled with Pittsburgh, scoring his first two NHL goals in his first game of the season, February 11 against the Arizona Coyotes.


MILESTONE MAN

Tom Kostopoulos picked up his 500th AHL point with this tally against the Binghamton Senators

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain Tom Kostopoulos showed few signs of slowing down in his 18th season of professional hockey, leading the Penguins with 24 goals and 54 points while appearing in a team-high 74 games.

Along the way, TK hit memorable marks by recording his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (November 4); hitting the 500 point plateau in the AHL (January 28); appearing in his 600th game with the Pens (February 4); and recording his 200th AHL goal (February 10).


DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE

The Penguins goaltending duo of Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith posted the lowest goals against average in the league at 2.15, earning the tandem the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes award.

Jarry finished the season with 28 wins, third most in the league and the fourth-highest single season total in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.  The AHL All-Star moved into a tie for fourth place on the team’s all-time wins list with Matt Murray (45) by year’s end, and his three shutouts this season evened Jeff Zatkoff’s career total of eight, tied for fifth in the Pens record book.

DeSmith posted an impressive 21 wins in 29 appearances, and led the entire AHL with a 2.01 goals against average. He stopped 26 shots to record his first AHL shutout on April 1 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his final 11 regular season appearances.

Additionally, David Warsofsky proved to be one of the most reliable defenseman in the league, finishing third overall with a plus-30 ranking, ranking seventh among blue liners with 47 points, and tied for fourth among defensemen with nine power play goals.  A member of the Atlantic Division squad at the AHL All-Star Classic, Warsofsky’s totals of 16+31=47 established new career highs across the board for the seventh-year pro.


FANTASTIC FIRSTS

Nine different Penguins skaters recorded their first career AHL goals during the 2016-17 season:

Reid Gardiner – November 5 at Bridgeport

Thomas DiPauli – November 16 at Lehigh Valley

Teddy Blueger – December 11 at Bridgeport

Lukas Bengtsson – December 16 vs Rochester

Ethan Prow – February 3 vs St. John’s

Zach Aston-Reese – March 21 vs Hartford

Troy Josephs – April 1 vs Lehigh Valley

Pat McGrath – April 8 at Hartford

Cody Wydo – April 9 at Providence

Also, goaltender Sean Maguire picked up his first AHL victory with a22 save performance against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the Pens regular season finale on April 15.


GOING TO THE SHOW

In addition to Guetnzel, three other Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made their NHL debuts with Pittsburgh this season.

Carter Rowney, suited up for the big club for the first time on January 31 against the Nashville Predators, and netted his first NHL goal on March 17 against the New Jersey Devils.

Tristan Jarry and Jean-Sebastien Dea both appeared in Pittsburgh’s regular season finale on April 9 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.


ADDITIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS

Jake Guentzel captured the CCM / AHL Rookie of the Month honors for December with 17 points  (11+6) in 10 games during the month.

Guentzel and DeSmith were named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team at season’s end.

Warsofsky earned All-AHL Second Team honors.

The Penguins clinched their 15th consecutive playoff appearance – the longest current stream in the AHL – on April 2.

The Penguins laid claim to the Emile Francis (Atlantic Division Champion) and Frank Mathers (Eastern Conference Champion) trophies following a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins on April 9.

The Penguins finished the season with a record of 51- 20-3-2 (107 points) and captured the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the league’s regular season champion on April 15.

PENGUINS MYSTERY JERSEY BAGS ARE BACK

Our Mystery Jersey sale benefits the Penguins GOALS Foundation

Fans will have the chance to get their hands on some very unique Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys when the Penguins GOALS Foundation hosts its second annual MYSTERY JERSEY SALE this Saturday, April 15, during the team’s regular season finale.

We’ve grabbed 90 classic, authentic Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys (five different designs – not game-worn) and had them customized with some of your favorite Pens’ players numbers and names.  Then we had 75 of them signed by the players, packed all 90 in Penguins duffle bags, and stuffed those bags to the gills with goodies including hats, tee-shirts, pucks, cards and more!

The 75 signed jerseys – which include sweaters featuring Tom Kostopoulos, Jake Guentzel, Tristan Jarry, Patrick McGrath, Carter Rowney, Casey DeSmith, Tom Sestito, Oskar Sundqvist and Derrick Pouliot – will be available exclusively for purchase at the Pens game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday.  Fans won’t know whose jersey, or which design, they will be getting until they open their bags.

The other 15 jerseys – which are lettered and numbered, but NOT signed – will be available to purchase online through the Penguins Team Store starting at 7:05pm on Saturday night.

All jerseys are authentic sweaters, and size 56, 58, 58+ or 58 Goalie cuts.  The five designs included are the Penguins’ 2007-13 road sweater (37 jerseys); the 2013-16 road sweater (25 jerseys); the 2015-16 warm up sweater (22 jerseys); the 2015-16 third jersey (3 jerseys); and the 2014-15 warm up jersey (3 jerseys).

Each bag contains more than $400 worth of Penguins merchandise, and will be sold for $300.  All proceeds will benefit the Penguins GOALS Foundation.

As this is a MYSTERY BAG, we cannot guarantee specific sizes or players.  All sales are final, no exchanges will be made.

Individual game tickets for Saturday night’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.

PENGUINS CASEY DESMITH AND JAKE GUENTZEL NAMED TO AHL’S ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The American Hockey League announced today that two members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, goaltender Casey DeSmith and forward Jake Guentzel, have been selected to the 2016-17 All-Rookie Team. The AHL All-Rookie Team was voted on by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities

DeSmith and Guentzel become the sixth and seventh Penguins ever named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team, joining Matt Murray (2014-15), Alex Goligoski (2007-08), John Curry (2007-08), Michel Ouellet (2003-04) and Toby Petersen (2000-01).

DeSmith rose to prominence last spring as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s unlikely hero in the Calder Cup Playoffs, but is only in his first full AHL season this year. The Rochester, N.H. native has a 19-4-2 record, a .920 save percentage, and the league’s fourth-best goals against average at 2.14. DeSmith posted the first regular season shutout of his career last weekend, making 26 saves on Apr. 1 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Guentzel, who is currently on NHL recall with the Pittsburgh Penguins, recorded 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 33 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. Despite not playing an AHL game since Jan. 14, he led all AHL rookies in goals until Mar. 8. The first-year pro from Woodbury, Minn. also posted six different games of three points or more.

The 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie team is as follows:
Goaltender – Casey DeSmith, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (25GP, 19-4-2, 2.14GAA, .920sv%, 1 SO)
Defense – Devon Toews, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (71GP, 4G-37A, +5)
Defense – Kyle Wood, Tucson Roadrunners (63GP, 13G-27A, 10 PPG)
Forward – Jake Guentzel, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (33GP, 26G-21A, +21, 5 PPG)
Forward – Mark Jankowski, Stockton Heat (59GP, 26G-25A, +16, 7 PPG, 4 GWG)
Forward – Daniel O’Regan, San Jose Barracuda (58GP, 21G-33A, +7, 9 PPG, 5 GWG)

Each player will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the All-Rookie Team.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, the last of 12 season meetings between the Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

LATE SEASON ADDITIONS CAN HELP PENGUINS

Troy Josephs and Zach Aston-Reese have joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins after exceptional senior seasons at Clarkson and Northeastern respectively.  And while it remains to be seen what kind of impact the talented duo will have in the final month of American Hockey League action, past late season signings by the Penguins have led to positive performances.

Back in April 2014, a little known free agent named Connor Sheary signed an Amateur Tryout contract with the Penguins after completing his collegiate career at U. Mass.  The speedy forward appeared in two regular season games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before going on to post 11 points (6+5) in 15 postseason contests.  That point total was good for third on the team, and his six goals were tied for second.

The following year, Sheary led the AHL club with 45 points in just 58 games, and earned himself and NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He joined the NHL squad midway through last season, and was a key component of Pittsburgh’s fourth Stanley Cup Championship.

At the beginning of last season, Jake Guentzel was just another mid-round draft selection that you may or may not have heard of.  Grabbed by the Penguins in the third round in 2013, Guentzel went on to lead the University of Nebraska-Omaha with 46 points last season, before signing an ATO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on March 22.  He recorded a respectable six points (2+4) in 11 regular season games, before turning on the afterburners in the playoffs.  His 14 points (5+9) in 10 postseason contests led the Penguins, and were the most by any player in the league when the Pens were eliminated after the second round.

Guentzel picked right up where he left off this season, posting 42 points in 33 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  He also notched a pair of goals in his NHL debut against the New York Rangers, and has 25 points (11+14) in his first 34 NHL contests (as of March 20).  His 21 tallies with the AHL Penguins this season still ranked tied for second among league rookies on March 15, despite Guentzel’s last game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coming on January 14.

Daniel Sprong was another highly-touted prospect that jumped right into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup and provided a spark last year.  The Pittsburgh Penguins’ second round choice in the 2015 NHL Draft recorded 46 points (16+30) in just 33 games with his junior club in Charlottetown (QMJHL), then joined the AHL club just as the Calder Cup Playoffs were getting underway.  He put up an impressive five goals and seven points in 10 postseason contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The 20-year old Sprong has been tearing up the QMJHL again this season.  After missing much of the campaign due to injury, Sprong has recorded 32 goals and 59 points in just 31 games with Charlottetown.  The Islanders finished second overall in the Q this season, and figure to be among the favorites when the league’s playoffs start this week.

It’s a busy seven day span for the Penguins, who will host the Hartford WolfPack at home on Tuesday night before a three-in-three weekend.  The Pens will play in Syracuse Friday and Allentown Saturday, before returning home to face the Utica Comets on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s game is another KIDS FREE Sunday. Fans ages 14 and younger can get into the game for free with a paid adult ticket. Plus we’ll have $2 hot dogs throughout the game, and a free postgame skating session (skates not included).

For more info or to purchase tickets, call the Penguins at 570-208-7367.