Penguins kick off new year against division rivals and a new foe

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (18-10-2-1) to play three home games in four days


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 5
Every member of the Penguins’ line of Garrett Wilson (1G-1A), Gage Quinney (1G-1A) and Daniel Sprong (0G-2A) turned in two-point nights in a wild and wacky back-and-forth game with the Phantoms. J.S. Dea had an assist for the third-straight game.

Friday, Dec. 29 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hartford 1
Daniel Sprong led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, collecting his second career hat trick and second career four-point outing. Anthony Peters recorded 27 saves for his first AHL win since Mar. 27, 2015.

Saturday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 1 (OT)
The I-81 Rivalry delivered another excellent installment with this tightly contested affair ending in Dominik Simon’s overtime game-winner on the same day he was reassigned by Pittsburgh. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 9-2-1-1 in its last 13 visits to Giant Center with the win.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
The Penguins will try and put more distance between them and the team directly behind them in the Atlantic Division standings. This will be Bridgeport’s first trip to Northeast PA this season. The season series is tied at one win apiece.

Friday, Jan. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallied for a 6-3 comeback victory in the only meeting of the season between these two clubs. Springfield has dropped three-straight decisions at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Saturday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS vs. Belleville
Saturday marks the first ever match-up between the Penguins and Belleville Senators. Despite being sixth in the North Division, Belleville is 5-2-0-1 against the Atlantic so far.


Ice Chips

– Penguins forward Christian Thomas captured the Spengler Cup as a member of Team Canada on Sunday. Canada has now won the tournament three years in a row.

– Kevin Czuczman has an assist on four of the Penguins five overtime game-winning goals this season.

– Since being signed to a second PTO by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, goalie Anthony Peters has only allowed two goals in 122:43.

– Colin Smith played in his 300th AHL game on Friday, and Jarred Tinordi played in his 300th professional game on Saturday.

– The Penguins have a 7-3 record in games that have gone beyond regulation (overtime or shootout) this season.



1. Providence 32 21 8 3 0 45 .703
2. Lehigh Valley 35 21 10 2 2 46 .657
3. Charlotte 34 21 12 0 1 43 .632
4. PENGUINS 31 18 10 2 1 39 .629
5. Bridgeport 31 16 12 2 1 35 .565
6. Hershey 35 15 16 1 3 34 .486
7. Hartford 34 13 15 3 3 32 .471
8. Springfield 35 14 19 1 1 30 .429



Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Teddy Blueger 31 9 10 19
Ryan Haggerty 21 11 7 18
Jean-Sébastien Dea 31 6 12 18
Dominik Simon^ 21 4 13 17
Kevin Czuczman 27 1 16 17


Casey DeSmith 17 10-5-2 2.72 .911 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 3       Bridgeport       Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 5           Springfield       Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 6         Belleville           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.



Tue, Jan. 2         (LW) Cody Wydo                    Recalled from WHL

Tue, Jan. 2         (RW) Reid Gardiner                Recalled from WHL

Mon, Jan. 1        (G) Casey DeSmith                    Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (D) Andrey Pedan                      Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (LW) Garrett Wilson                  Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 1        (RW) Dominik Simon                     Recalled by PIT


Penguins sweep through week and extend points streak to 10 games

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (10-2-0-1) faces the Binghamton Devils for the first time ever Friday


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 8 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Toronto 2
In a mid-week clash of Eastern Conference’s top two teams and division leaders, the Penguins’ offense mustered four goals against the Marlies’ league-leading defense. Andrey Pedan netted his first goal of the season while Thomas Di Pauli scored twice for the first time in his career in the final period to secure the victory. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton recorded a season-best 17 shots in the second period against Toronto.

Saturday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Providence 3 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell behind 2-0 to the team that bounced them from last year’s Calder Cup Playoffs, but the Penguins rallied for three-straight goals to take the lead.  Jarred Tinordi and Kevin Czuczman both netted their first goal of the season as part of the comeback. Providence tied the game late to force overtime, but Ryan Haggerty scored the game-winning goal a mere 20 seconds into the extra period.

Sunday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS 5 at Hershey 1
Playing on less than 24 hours rest, the Penguins unleashed an offensive onslaught on their I-81 rival despite only recording 13 shots on goal. Five different Penguins scored and 10 different players recorded a point, including Di Pauli who scored for the third-straight game.


The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 17 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
This will be the first time the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins face the Binghamton Devils and first of six season meetings between the two clubs. The Penguins are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 visits to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The Devils have dropped five out of their seven home games so far this season. The Penguins have won their last three road games and are riding their longest point streak since their 11-game win streak spanning Oct. 17 – Nov. 15, 2015.


Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL lead in power play goals (5) and also tops all league rookies in goals (9) and shots (49).

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, seven of Sprong’s 14 AHL goals have come on the power play.

– All five of Zach Aston-Reese’s points this season have come in his last six games.

– A rookie has scored in all but one of the Penguins’ 13 games this season, the lone exception coming on Oct. 27 vs. Hershey.

– Sunday was Dominik Simon’s 300th professional game.

– With an assist on Ryan Haggerty’s overtime goal on Saturday, Jean-Sébastien Dea achieved his 100th AHL point.

– Garrett Wilson is four points shy of his 200th pro point.



1. PENGUINS 13 10 2 0 1 21 .808
2. Charlotte 14 10 4 0 0 20 .714
3. Lehigh Valley 15 9 4 0 2 20 .667
4. Providence 13 7 4 2 0 16 .615
5. Hershey 15 6 7 0 2 14 .467
6. Hartford 15 6 7 1 1 14 .467
7. Bridgeport 13 6 7 0 0 12 .462
8. Springfield 16 4 11 1 0 9 .281



Daniel Sprong* 13 9 5 14
Dominik Simon 13 2 8 10
Jean-Sébastien Dea 13 4 5 9
Kevin Czuczman 13 1 8 9
Ryan Haggerty 6 6 2 8


Casey DeSmith 8 7-0-1 1.94 .936 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                                 TIME    

Fri, Nov. 17        Binghamton     Veterans Memorial Arena           7:05 p.m.



Tue, Nov. 7         (D)     Zach Trotman                   Reassigned by PIT

Wed, Nov. 8       (D)     Dylan Zink                      Reassigned to WHL

Wed, Nov. 8       (LW)  Freddie Tiffels   Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Wed, Nov. 8       (D)     Jeff Taylor          Reassigned by PIT to WHL


Photo courtesy Just Sport Photography

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their point streak to 10 games (9-0-0-1) with a 5-1 win over the Hershey Bears on Sunday evening at the Giant Center.

The Penguins (10-2-0-1, 21 points, first place in Atlantic Division) saw 10 different players pick up points, as they downed the Bears (6-7-0-2, 14 points, fifth place in Atlantic Division) for the second time in three tries this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s impressive offensive performance came despite the team mustering just 13 shots on the afternoon, its lowest total on the season.

Jarred Tinordi opened the scoring for the visitors, potting his second goal in as many games just 2:39 into the first period.

Zach Aston-Reese extended the lead to 2-0 five minutes later, tucking a puck between the pads of Vítek Vaněček during the Penguins first power play of the afternoon.

The 2-0 advantage lasted until the 11:58 mark of the second frame, when Dustin Gazley capitalized on a strange bounce to beat Casey DeSmith for his first goal of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Penguins answered back quickly, with Thomas Di Pauli picking the upper right corner 58 seconds after Gazley’s goal to make it a 3-1 game.  And Daniel Sprong followed suit exactly one minute later, notching his team-leading ninth goal of the season from a seemingly impossible angle to make it 4-1.

Colin Smith iced the game with an empty net goal – his first tally in a Penguins uniform – with 3:07 to play in regulation.

DeSmith made 31 saves, upping his record to 7-0-1 on the season, while Vaněček stopped just eight attempts in his season debut.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has now won three straight games after dropping a shootout decision to the Bears on November 5, and has picked up 19 of a possible 20 points in its past 10 games.

The Penguins next game takes place on Friday, November 17 when they travel to face the Binghamton Devils at 7:05 p.m.  The team returns him for a Thanksgiving eve contest with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday, November 22.

Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

NOTES:  Thomas Di Pauli now has goals in three consecutive games…Daniel Sprong’s nine goals are tops among AHL rookies, and his 14 points are second among first-year players…Jarred Tinordi has three points (2+1) in four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season…Pat McGrath made his season debut in the contest…Zach Trotman and two assists in the contest.

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came away with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Providence Bruins Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza thanks to another stellar performance by Ryan Haggerty.

Haggerty notched three points during the contest, including the overtime game-winner that earned Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (9-2-0-1) a point in the standings for the ninth-straight game.


The two division rivals showed their intensity from the get-go as Tom Sestito and Chris Breen decided to drop the gloves 33 seconds into the contest. One minute later, Ryan Fitzgerald gave Providence an early 1-0 lead on a breakaway.

The Bruins went up 2-0 at 8:01 of the middle frame. Colby Cave received a centering pass and elevated the puck over a screened Casey DeSmith. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started to turn the tide a little more than two minutes after Cave’s tally, as Kevin Czuczman’s first goal as a Penguin cut the deficit in half.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled even at 6:58 of the third period when another defenseman, Jarred Tinordi, also scored his first goal in a Penguins uniform. Tinordi launched the puck at the net with a slap shot following a feed from Haggerty, who notched his second assist of the game at that point.

Thomas Di Pauli put the Penguins up, 3-2, deflecting a shot from Andrey Pedan through the legs of Bruins goalie Zane McIntrye with just 2:23 remaining in the final frame.

With McIntyre pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Bruins tied the game with 28.3 seconds left. Fitzgerald was credited with his second goal of the night and sent the game to sudden death overtime.

Haggerty scored the game-winner just 20 seconds into the extra period after being set up beautifully on a two-on-one pass from Jean-Sébastien Dea. The deciding tally was Haggerty’s sixth goal of the season in five games played.

DeSmith turned aside 32 of the 35 shots he faced for the Penguins. McIntrye stopped 25 of 28 in net for the Bruins. The Penguins’ penalty kill was also perfect on the night, going six-for-six against the Bruins’ man advantage unit.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 12, when it takes on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Nov. 22 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins added further depth to their organization on Saturday with the addition of four players, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Signing contracts to join the Penguins were defensemen Chris Summers, Jarred Tinordi and Zach Trotman, and forward Greg McKegg.

All four contracts were two-way deals with values of $650,000 at the NHL level. Summers inked a two-year deal, McKegg, Tinordi and Trotman signed one-year deals.

As junior players, Tinordi and McKegg teamed with Olli Maatta to win a 2012 Ontario Hockey League title with the London Knights. Tinordi was the Knights’ captain that season.

Summers, 29, played the majority of the last two years with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top minor-league affiliate of the New York Rangers. Summers was an alternate captain for the Wolf Pack in 2016-17, when he recorded 12 points (4G-8A) in 74 AHL regular-season contests.

A 6-foot-2, 207-pound Ann Arbor, Michigan native, Summers has skated in 70 career NHL games with the Arizona Coyotes and New York Rangers, tallying nine points (2G-7A). The Coyotes’ first-round (29th overall) draft pick in 2006, Summers has played 386 career AHL contests with San Antonio, Portland and Hartford, notching 59 points (13G-46A). He was a 2013 AHL All-Star while skating for Portland.

Summers spent four seasons of college hockey at the University of Michigan, where he was teammates with Carl Hagelin. Summers was the Wolverines’ captain as a senior, and an alternate captain as a junior. At the 2008 World Junior Championship, Summers was an alternate captain for Team USA, and he was voted one of the team’s ‘Top Three Players.’ He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2006 Under-18 World Junior Championship.

McKegg, 25, split this past year between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, tallying seven points (3G-4A) in 46 contests with those clubs. He also saw action in seven AHL games for the Springfield Thunderbirds, netting four points (2G-2A).

McKegg, who stands 6-foot, 191 pounds and hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, was originally chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round (62nd overall) in 2010. He has nine points (5G-4A) in 65 career NHL games with Toronto, Florida and Tampa Bay.

At the AHL level, McKegg has skated in 244 career regular-season games with the Toronto Marlies, Portland and Springfield, totaling 135 points (62G-73A). As a junior player, McKegg was a two-year captain for the Erie Otters before his midseason trade to London in ’11-12.

Tinordi, 25, spent last season with the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL, where he had 11 points (1G-10A) and 102 penalty minutes in 64 games. He was an alternate captain for Tucson.

Montreal’s first-round (22nd overall) selection in 2010, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Tinordi has split 53 career NHL regular-season games between the Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes, picking up six assists. He has one helper in five career NHL playoff contests.

Tinordi was the captain of the United States’ Under-18 World Junior Championship team in 2010 that won gold, and an alternate captain for the U.S. entry at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Tinordi, a Burnsville, Minnesota native, is the son of long-time NHL defenseman Mark Tinordi. The elder Tinordi competed against the Penguins in the 1991 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Minnesota North Stars.

Trotman, 26, adds further size to the blue line as a 6-foot-3, 217-pound right-handed shooter. He spent the ’16-17 campaign with the Ontario Reign of the AHL, the top affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Trotman was limited to just nine games played because of an upper-body injury.

A native of Carmel, Indiana native, Trotman was originally a 2010 seventh-round (210th overall) draft pick of the Boston Bruins. He has 67 games of NHL experience, all with the Bruins, during which he has produced 12 points (3G-9A).

At the AHL level, Trotman has put up 58 points (13G-45A) in 159 career regular-season games with Ontario and the Providence Bruins. He has five points (1G-4A) in 17 AHL playoff games. Trotman skated for three seasons at Lake Superior State, where he was an alternate captain his final year.

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