PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/4/17

 

Penguins kick off 2017 with a victory, prepare for three-in-three

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (21-7-3-0) still owns AHL’s No. 1 overall spot

 

Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 2

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened the season series (2-2-0-0) against the T-Birds and extended its season-high winning streak to seven games. Jake Guentzel had his first career hat trick.

Friday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Providence 5

The Penguins fell 5-2 against the P-Bruins and saw their season-high winning streak come to an end in their last home game of the calendar year

Saturday, Dec. 31 – PENGUINS at Binghamton

Before the calendar flipped to 2017, the Penguins dropped a 3-2 New Year’s Eve contest to the Senators. Sahir Gill recorded his first goal of the year.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hartford 2

Chad Ruhwedel had an assist and the game-winning goal in his return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Tristan Jarry made 25 saves, including 15 in the third period, helping the Pens hang on.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

The Bears (18-7-5-2) return to the Pens’ home rink for the first part of a weekend home-and-home. The last time the Bears played the Pens, Oskar Sundqvist had four goals in a 6-2 win.

Saturday, Jan. 7 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton

It’s Star Wars night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, as the Penguins try to strike back and avenge a 3-2 loss to the Senators suffered on New Year’s Eve.

Sunday, Jan. 8 – PENGUINS at Hershey

The Penguins start their season-long seven-game road stretch that lasts until Jan. 21. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-0-0-0 in the third game of three-in-threes this season

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ seven-game win streak from Dec. 10 to Dec. 27 established a season-high.

– Clark Donatelli was named head coach of the Atlantic Division at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. He is the fifth Penguins coach to lead a team at the AHL All-Star Classic (Joe Mullen, Todd Richards, John Hynes, Jay Leach).

– Jake Guentzel was named CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for December, a month in which he racked up 17 points (11G-6A) in 10 games.

– Guentzel leads the entire AHL in goals (18), and leads all rookies in points (34).

– Tristan Jarry’s 14 wins are tied four ways for the most in the league.

– Tom Kostopoulos is 11 points away from his 500th in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS         32         22        7          3          0         47          .734

2. Lehigh Valley      31         21         8          2          0         44          .710

3. Providence          33        19        7          4          3         45          .682

4. Hershey               32         18        7          5          2         43          .672

5. Bridgeport           31          17       14         0          0        34          .548

6. Springfield          30         12      12         4          2          30          .500

7. Hartford               33          11       18         3          1          26          .394

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*           27        18        16        34

Oskar Sundqvist        30        14        16        30

Tom Kostopoulos      32         9         13        22

David Warsofsky        21         5         17         22

two players tied                                               19

 

GOALIES                GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Tristan Jarry            20       14-5-1         2.14        0.921          1

Casey DeSmith*    12         8-2-2        2.38        0.911          0

* = rookie

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Jan. 6           Hershey             Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 7          Binghamton      Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 8         Hershey             Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sun, Jan. 1        (D)   Chad Ruhwedel        Reassigned from loan by PIT

Sun, Jan. 1        (D)   David Warsofsky      Reassigned from loan by PIT

Sun, Jan. 1        (G)   Tristan Jarry               Reassigned from loan by PIT

Thu, Dec. 29   (G)   Doug Carr                                            Signed to PTO

JAKE GUENTZEL NAMED CCM/AHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for December.

Guentzel is the first Penguin to earn CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors in nine years, since goaltender John Curry was named rookie of the month for December, 2007.

The 22-year-old rookie had a dominant showing during December, posting 11 goals and six assists for a whopping 17 total points over the course of 10 games. Guentzel recorded multi-point games in six of those 10 contests, and was held off the scoresheet only once during the entire month (Dec. 14 at Hartford.)

As a result of Guentzel’s December surge, he currently leads the entire AHL in goals (18), and is tied for second-most points (34) this season.

After being reassigned by Pittsburgh following an impressive NHL debut, Guentzel put up back-to-back-to-back games with one goal and one assist upon returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He had three points (2G-1A) in a Penguins 5-4 victory on Dec. 26 at Binghamton, and then followed up that performance with his first career hat trick the next night, a 4-3 win vs. Springfield on Dec. 27.

The Woodbury, Minn. native, who joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an amateur tryout agreement near the end of the 2015-16 season, has earned 40 points (20G-20A) in his 37 total AHL career games played.

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

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 3, when they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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 FALL AT BINGHAMTON, 3-2

BOXSCORE

 

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Binghamton Senators on Saturday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Penguins (21-7-3-0) badly outshot the Senators, 46-26, but couldn’t solve goalie Chris Driedger enough times to mount a comeback victory.

Sahir Gill made an instant impact in his return to the Penguins’ line-up, scoring 3:09 into the game after a 10-game absence. Gill’s tally was his first of the season and gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton an early 1-0 lead.

Binghamton answered back with a power play goal by Jason Akeson at 7:51 of the first period.

Akeson struck again for his second goal of the game 1:11 into the second period. Buddy Robinson scored on a breakaway five minutes later, making it 3-1 for the Senators.

The Penguins had to wait until there was 2:18 left in the middle frame for their first power play of the game, and they spent the entirety of the remaining time peppering Sens goalie Driedger. Driedger did not yield under the pressure, and prevented Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from cutting into his team’s lead before the second intermission.

Jake Guentzel finally got one past Driedger, picking the top corner on the power play. Guentzel’s man advantage marker was his league-leading 18th of the season and brought the Penguins within one of the Senators.

Despite flinging more and more shots towards Binghamton’s net, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton never mustered a tying goal. By the sound of the final buzzer, shots were 46-26 in favor of the Penguins, but the Senators earned then 3-2 win.

Driedger recorded 44 stops and first star of the game honors for Binghamton. Casey DeSmith put up 23 saves in the loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins’ next game is Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 when they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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.

GUENTZEL GRABS A HAT TRICK IN PENGUINS’ 5-3 WIN

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Jake Guentzel show was on full display on Tuesday night, as the rookie struck three times in the contest for his first career hat trick, leading the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to their seventh-straight win with a 5-3 triumph over the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Guentzel not only helped the Penguins (21-5-3-0) maintain the top spot in the entire American Hockey League, but also moved into the league lead in goal-scoring with his 15th, 16th and 17th tallies on the season.

Springfield got out to an early lead thanks to a power play goal from Mackenzie Weegar, who returned to the Thunderbirds’ lineup after a 10-game absence.

Guentzel had the response for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, soaring past the Springfield defense for the breakaway and five-hole finish at 5:43 of the first period.

The Thunderbirds struck again on the man advantage, this time with Tim Bozon doing the honors for a 2-1 lead at 9:18 of the opening frame.

With time dwindling down in the first, Tom Kostopoulos threw a seemingly harmless puck at the Thunderbirds’ crease that took a hop into Springfield goalie Mike McKenna’s chest. McKenna appeared ready to cradle the puck before Guentzel swatted it out of mid-air, knocking it free for a subsequent rebound conversion and 2-2 game with 30.5 seconds remaining in the period.

Guentzel completed the hat trick 1:17 into the second period by redirecting a pass from David Warsofsky during a five-on-three power play, bringing the game to 3-2. And in the blink of an eye, it was 4-2, as Garrett Wilson scored for the third-straight contest 1:04 later.

McKenna kept the Thunderbirds within striking distance as the Penguins continued to storm his crease and throw shot after shot his way. McKenna’s efforts were not in vain, as Weegar wired a shot off both posts and across the goal line to bring Springfield within one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton late in the middle frame.

The two teams traded power play opportunities and scoring chances in the third period, but the final 20 minutes of regulation were scoreless until Cameron Gaunce sealed the victory with an empty net goal as only 17 seconds were left on the clock.

Tristan Jarry made 20 saves to earn his 13th win of the season, tying him for the most in the AHL. McKenna stopped 35 shots faced in the loss.

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.

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 – 12/27/16

 

Penguins in the midst of season-best six-game winning streak

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (20-5-3-0) still owns AHL’s No. 1 overall spot

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 14 – PENGUINS 6 at Hartford 2

Dominik Simon led an offensive onslaught of the Wolf Pack, racking up four assists in the Pens’ win. Simon, Kevin Porter, Tom Sestito and Oskar Sundqvist all had multi-point outings.

Friday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Rochester 1

Rochester was downed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in its first and only visit to Northeastern Pennsylvania this season. Lukas Bengtsson scored his first AHL goal, and Casey DeSmith fell just 1:22 short of his first shutout of the season.

Saturday, Dec. 17 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 2

The Penguins finally got the best of the Thunderbirds by beating them 4-2 on Teddy Bear Toss night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Tristan Jarry earned his 12th win.

Monday, Dec. 26 – PENGUINS 5 at Binghamton 4

Four combined goals in 3:37 of game time highlighted this showdown, but the Pens pulled off the comeback and sixth-straight win thanks in large part to Jake Guentzel’s three points.

 

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield

The T-Birds return to the Penguins’ home ice 10 days after their defeat before the holiday break. Springfield holds the season series edge at 2-1-0-0.

Friday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Providence has only lost once in regulation (11-1-1-3) since falling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in their last meeting on Nov. 12.

Saturday, Dec. 31 – PENGUINS at Binghamton

Before the calendar flips to 2017, the Pens drops the puck with the Sens in a New Year’s Eve clash. The Pens have won both meetings this season.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ current six-game win streak is the second-longest of Clark Donatelli’s head coaching tenure. Donatelli’s Pens won seven in a row from Jan. 2 – Jan. 13, 2016.

– Jake Guentzel leads all AHL rookies with 29 points (14G-15A) and a plus-16 rating.

– Guentzel’s 14 goals also put him in a four-way tie for the most in the league.

– Defenseman David Warsofsky has 12 points (3G-9A) in his last nine games.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored four goals or more in every one of its victories over the course of its six-game win streak.

– Tristan Jarry’s 12 wins is the second-most in the league.

– Tom Kostopoulos is 13 points away from his 500th in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          28       20         5          3          0        43          .768

2. Lehigh Valley      29        20        8          1          0        41           .707

3. Hershey               29        17          6         4          2        40          .690

4. Providence         30        16          7         4          3        39          .650

5. Bridgeport          28         16         12        0          0        32           .571

6. Springfield          27         11         11          3          2          27         .500

7. Hartford              29          11        14         3          1           26          .448

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*           23        14        15         29

Oskar Sundqvist         26        13        14         27

Tom Kostopoulos       28         9         11         20

Garrett Wilson            28         6         12         18

David Warsofsky         19         5         13         18

 

GOALIES                 GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*     10      8-0-2         1.97        0.925         0

Tristan Jarry             18       12-5-1         2.10        0.924           1

* = rookie

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                                TIME      

Tue, Dec. 27     Springfield         Mohegan Sun Arena               7:00 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 30      Providence         Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 31      Binghamton       Veterans Memorial Arena     6:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Dec. 17         (D)      Chad Ruhwedel         Recalled from loan by PIT

PENS DEFEAT SENS, 5-4, IN OFFENSIVE SHOWCASE

BOXSCORE

 

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 5-4 victory against the Binghamton Senators on Monday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Penguins (20-5-3-0) became the second team this season to reach the 20-win threshold and maintained the No. 1 overall spot in the American Hockey League with the win.

Jake Guentzel not only capped off a three-point (2G-1A) night on his behalf with the game-winning goal in the third period, but also rounded out the scoring in what was an all-around wild, offensively-charged match-up.

Binghamton struck first with a power play goal from Mike Kostka just over five minutes into the game.

Tom Kostopoulos answered for the Penguins, knocking a puck past a fallen Matt O’Connor after being set up beautifully at the side of the Senators’ cage by Guentzel. Kostopoulos’ ninth tally of the season came at 13:07 of the first period.

The Penguins came out strong in the second period, testing O’Connor with multiple shots early in the frame. However, the Senators’ Mike Blunden reestablished a one-goal lead for Binghamton on his team’s first shot of the period 6:07 into the middle frame.

Madness reigned supreme after Blunden’s goal, as the teams combined for two goals each in a mere 3:37 span. Chris Carlisle scored for Binghamton only to see Guentzel respond for the Penguins 24 seconds later. A fortuitous bounce ended up behind Casey DeSmith, resulting in a goal for Jack Rodewald, but Oskar Sundqvist answered back for the Penguins less than a minute after that.

When the dust settled from the four-goal outburst, the Senators held a tender 4-3 lead.

The third period began with a flash reminiscent of the offensive eruption of the second, as Garrett Wilson wired a wrist shot into the top corner to tie the game, 4-4, just 11 seconds into the final frame of regulation.

Guentzel scored his second of the game and team-leading 14th of the season giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its first lead of the night and a 5-4 advantage on a power play marker at 3:35 of the third.

The Penguins weathered a late storm by the Senators and held on for the victory.

DeSmith recorded 28 saves in his eighth win of the season, while O’Connor ended up with 39 stops to his name.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 27, as they’ll face-off against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the better of Springfield in the last meeting, 4-2, in both squads’ final contest Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds 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.

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rookies Casey DeSmith, Reid Gardiner, Jarrett Burton and Lukas Bengtsson are getting ready for the holiday.  Are you set for Christmas yet?

Here’s hoping you and yours get everything your heart desires this holiday season.  Merry Christmas!

PENGUINS WIN FIFTH-STRAIGHT WITH 4-2 TRIUMPH OVER T-BIRDS

BOXSCORE

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did their part spreading joy this holiday season by sending thousands of fans home happy after downing the Springfield Thunderbirds, 4-2, on Teddy Bear Toss night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

The victory came in the Penguins’ final game before the holiday break, and extended their current winning streak to a season-high five games.

After a scoreless first period, the Thunderbirds and Penguins traded goals by inadvertently putting pucks into their own nets less than five minutes apart.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled ahead with a diving effort by Oskar Sundqvist to push a knuckling puck across the goal line. Sundqvist’s team-leading 12th goal of the season made it 2-1 at 16:06 of the second period. Not even 60 seconds of game time passed before Garrett Wilson netted the Penguins’ second power play goal of the contest.

Jake Guentzel tied Sundqvist for the team-best in goals with his own 12th marker of the year at 5:01 of the third frame when he stick-handled past a sliding Thunderbirds defenseman and rocketed a shot into the back of the net.

In the final minutes of the third period, Anthony Greco tucked a puck past Tristan Jarry and made it 4-2 after a sequence of pin-ball redirections and bounces set Greco up perfectly on the backdoor post.

Jarry posted 29 saves in his league-leading 12th win of the season, while Mike McKenna made 28 saves in the loss for Springfield.

The Penguins enter the holiday break holding first place in the AHL with a 19-5-3-0. Their next game is Monday, Dec. 26 when they travel up I-81 to take on the Binghamton Senators. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the next night, Dec. 27, and they’ll take on the Thunderbirds again. Good seats are still 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.

NOTES:  Rookie defensemen Lukas Bengtsson has recorded a point in three-consecutive games (1G-3A)… Guentzel now has 13 points (6G-7A) in his past seven AHL games dating back to Nov. 18, and has only been held off the scoresheet once in that time frame (Dec. 14 at Hartford)… Warsofsky has 11 points (3G-8A) in his past eight games, and like Guentzel, only failed to register a point in the win at Hartford… Over the course of the Penguins’ five-game winning streak, they have outscored their opponents 24-8… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has successfully killed off 20-straight opponent power plays.

DeSMITH DOMINANT IN 4-1 WIN OVER AMERKS


WILKES-BARRE, PA – Casey DeSmith came within 1:22 of recording his first regular season AHL shutout, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Rochester Americans, 4-1, on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  The win was the fourth in a row for the Penguins, whose 18-5-3-0 record is the top mark in the AHL.

DeSmith’s record remained unblemished in regulation contests this season at 7-0-2, while his goals against average dropped to 1.75, second best in the league this season.

Jake Guentzel opened the scoring for the Penguins, netting his team-leading 11th goal at 16:42 of the first period.  The goal was the fifth in Guentzel’s past six AHL contests, and tied him for the top spot among AHL rookies.

David Warsofsky and Josh Archibald padded the lead in the second period, with their fourth and fifth goals of the season respectively.

The Americans best chance to get back into the game came at the tail end of the second period, as Kevin Porter and Teddy Blueger were sent to the penalty box just 38 seconds apart, giving the visitors an extended five-on-three advantage.  But the league’s top penalty kill held tough, and a spectacular, sprawling glove save from DeSmith allowed the Pens to take a three-goal lead into the second intermission.

Lukas Bengtsson capped off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scoring with his first AHL goal midway through the third period to make it a 4-0 advantage.

It looked like DeSmith was headed to his first clean sheet, before Kyle Bonis beat him with a one-timer glove side at 18:38.

The Penguins play their final game before the holiday break tomorrow night when they host the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7:05pm.  Good seats are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

NOTES:  Guentzel, Bengtsson and Warsofsky each recorded a goal and an assist in the win…Guentzel now has 12 points (5+7) in his past eight AHL games dating back to November 18, and has only been held off the scoresheet once in that time frame (Dec. 14 at Hartford) …Warsofsky has nine points (2+7) in his past seven games, and like Guentzel, only failed to score in the win at Hartford…The Penguins have recorded 14 goals in their past three games, with 12 different skaters scoring.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/13/16

 

Sundqvist, Guentzel headline first-place Penguins through weekend

Big performances put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (16-5-3-0) atop the entire AHL

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Dec. 9 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Hershey 5
In his return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Jake Guentzel recorded a goal and an assist in the Penguins’ 5-2 loss to Hershey. Vítek Vaněček made 26 saves for the Bears.

Saturday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Hershey 2
The Pens bounced back to dominate the Bears, 6-2, led by the four-goal performance by Oskar Sundqvist. Sundqvist’s four tallies tied Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise record for goals in a game. Guentzel posted a goal and an assist, as well.

Sunday, Dec. 11 – PENGUINS 4 at Bridgeport 1
For the second-straight game, the Penguins came back from an early deficit to go on an offensive tear as they defeated the Sound Tigers for the fourth time this season. Teddy Blueger scored his first career goal, Stuart Percy potted his first goal as a Penguin, and Guentzel put forth another one-goal, one-assist game.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 14 – PENGUINS at Hartford
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on the division’s last-place team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Pens have beaten the Pack twice this season, outscoring Hartford 9-2 in those two contests.

Friday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS vs. Rochester
The Rochester Americans make their only trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, and they come in riding a 2-9-0-1 skid in their last 12 games.

Saturday, Dec. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
If any team has had the Penguins’ number this season, it’s been the Thunderbirds. Springfield is 2-0-0-0 against the Pens this season, but has only two regulation wins against teams over .500 since the end of October.

 

Ice Chips

– This is the second-consecutive season that the Penguins occupy the No. 1 spot in the AHL during the second week in December.

– Oskar Sundqvist became the third Wilkes-Barre/Scranton player in team history to record a four-goal game, joining Erik Christensen (Oct. 5, 2005 vs. Bridgeport) and Jean-François Jacques (Feb. 16, 2007 vs. Binghamton).

– Jake Guentzel has 10 points (4G-6A) in his last five AHL games and leads all league rookies with 23 points overall (10G-13A).

– David Warsofsky is currently riding a five-game point streak, tying a career-best.

– Warsofsky’s three-point game on Sunday (1G-2A) tied a career high set on Dec. 6, 2013 vs. Manchester.

– All three of Warsofsky’s goals this season are power play goals.

– Tom Sestito’s next game will be his 300th in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                        GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS           24       16         5          3          0         35          .729

2. Lehigh Valley       25         17         7          1          0         35          .700

3. Hershey                25         15         5          4          1         35          .700

4. Bridgeport            24        16         8          0          0        32         .667

5. Providence           25         12         6          4          3        31          .620

6. Springfield           24         10         9          3          2        25          .521

7. Hartford               24          7         13          3           1         18          .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                     GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*             19        10        13        23

Oskar Sundqvist          22        11        10        21

Tom Kostopoulos        24         7        10        17

Kevin Porter                 22         5          9         14

Garrett Wilson             24         3         11         14

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%      Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      8         6-0-2        1.84        0.929            0

Tristan Jarry              16        10-5-1        2.12         0.921             1

 

* = rookie

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                  OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Dec. 14     Hartford             XL Center                           7:00 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 16         Rochester           Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 17        Springfield         Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Dec. 7  (LW)  Jake Guentzel          Reassigned on loan by PIT

Wed, Dec. 7  (D)     Derrick Pouliot        Reassigned on loan by PIT

Wed, Dec. 7  (C)     Teddy Blueger             Assigned on loan by PIT