BURTON LOOKING TO LOCK UP SPOT WITH WBS

Jarrett Burton was all smiles as reporters approached him at his locker following the first day of training camp.  Not only was he excited to get back on the ice in preparation for the 2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season, but he was happy to get a little relief from the soaring templates outside.

“Everyone’s happy to be back in the rink, especially during this heat wave right now we have going on,” he laughed, noting the 90 degree temperatures hitting northeast Pennsylvania.

Now entering his fourth training camp with the Penguins, Burton is looking to grab a regular spot in the team’s lineup.  He spent the majority of the 2016-17 campaign with Wilkes-Barre, notching 11 points (7+4) in 39 regular season games.

But Burton is hardly taking his opportunity to earn a roster spot out of camp for granted.

“You want to make sure that you’re always working as hard as you can,” he stated.  “Everyone’s on a clean slate.  It’s a brand new season, and everyone’s looking to make a great impression.”

One person who Burton has left a mark on already is Clark Donatelli.  The Penguins head coach was behind the bench in Wheeling when Burton first turned pro back in 2014, and has seen the 26-year old forward continue to develop.

“Burts is really good on face-offs, he kills a lot of our penalties,” Donatelli said.  “Great two-way player, and has a lot of responsibilities defensively.

“He’s going to develop and continue to get better.”

Burton is on a career path similar to one that his former teammate – Carter Rowney – travled.  Rowney  started out playing in Wheeling, moved up to full time duty with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, then made the leap to Pittsburgh last year.

“I got to see what Carter does and how hard he works every single day, which is something that a lot of guys are fortunate that they’ve been able to see,” he said.  “He’s always been a great two-way player, but he just keeps on getting better each year.  That’s something that you can learn from a guy like that.”

Donatelli doesn’t see any reason why Burton couldn’t be the next former Nailer to suit up in the NHL.

“He’s proved that he can play here in the American Hockey League, and now he’s going to try to make that next step.”


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open up their exhibition schedule this Wednesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena against the Hershey Bears.  Tickets are available at the arena box office, by phone at 570-208-7367 or online at TicketMaster.com.

Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly.

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PENGUINS RE-SIGN JARRETT BURTON


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Jarrett Burton to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

Burton appeared in 39 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year during his first season playing under an AHL contract. He posted seven goals and four assists for 11 points in that time. The 26-year-old from Echo Bay, Ont. also registered 10 points (4G-6A) in nine games in a brief stint with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) from Jan. 20 to Feb. 4, 2017.

Proving to be an effective penalty killer during his time in the pros, Burton previously played four years at Clarkson University, where he tallied 28 goals, 26 assists, 54 points and 91 penalty minutes in 141 collegiate games. He also posted two consecutive 20-point seasons during his junior and senior years, and played alongside fellow Wilkes-Barre/Scranton teammate Troy Josephs in his final year with the Golden Knights.

Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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JARRY, PENGUINS SHUT-OUT PHANTOMS, 4-0

 

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their lead atop the Atlantic Division and inched closer to a playoff berth by defeating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-0 at PPL Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (45-18-3-0) rode the coat tails of Tristan Jarry and their league-best penalty kill to victory. Jarry stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season, while the P.K. went a perfect nine-for-nine on the night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring at 12:58 of the first period. Video review confirmed Teddy Blueger snuck a puck past Lehigh Valley goalie Alex Lyon’s short-side, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Penguins’ fourth-line provided the team with a pair of goals in the middle frame. Adam Krause deflected in a shot from the point for his first goal of the season 5:07 into the second period. Jarrett Burton put his stick on a pass from Troy Josephs that beat Lyon through the legs, extending the Penguins lead to 3-0 at 12:18 of the middle frame.

The penalty killing clinic by the Penguins took over from there, neutralizing five-straight man advantages for the Phantoms before Tom Kostopoulos netted a power play goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a mere 1:14 remaining in regulation.

Kostopoulos’ two point night (1G-1A) allowed him reach the 50-point plateau for the seventh time in his career. Zach Aston-Reese notched two assists to extend his career-opening point streak to three games.

Lyon turned aside 26 shots in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 26, when it takes on the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in a Sunday matinée. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday’s game is also one of three Kids Get In Free games this season.

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.

STRONG START SEES PENGUINS BEAT BRUINS, 3-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode a strong first period performance to a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (41-17-3-0) struck three times in the opening frame and chased Zane McIntyre, the AHL’s leader in save percentage and goals against average, before 11 minutes had passed in the contest.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got off on the right foot by scoring 31 seconds into the contest. Dominik Simon went in on a breakaway following a neutral zone turnover and ripped a wrist shot past McIntyre. The Penguins’ early lead didn’t last long though, as the P-Bruins’ Noel Acciari answered with a power play goal less than two minutes later.

Josh Archibald tipped in a point shot at 9:48 of the first period to give the Penguins back the lead. One minute and nine seconds passed before Jarrett Burton buried a rebound to make it 3-1 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After Burton’s goal, the Bruins made the decision to pull McIntyre and replace him in net with Malcolm Subban.

Providence cut their deficit down to only one goal when Matt Grzelcyk sniped the top corner on an odd man rush at 12:18 of the second period.

With the Penguins nursing their one-goal lead in the third period, Tristan Jarry held the Bruins at bay as the team in front of him secured victory for the second night in a row.

Jarry finished the contest with 26 saves for his 24th win of the season. McIntyre recorded six saves on nine shots faced, while Subban went a perfect 23-for-23 in relief.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 17, when it travels down the turnpike to Allentown to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop for the Penguins’ clash with the Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at PPL Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Mar. 18, and once again they’ll face the Phantoms.

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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS RECALL JARRETT BURTON FROM NAILERS

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have recalled forward Jarrett Burton from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

In 15 contests with the Nailers this season, Burton has posted four goals and seven assists for 11 points and eight penalty minutes. The 26-year-old went on a stretch during which he put up 10 points (4G-6A) in nine games from Jan. 20 – Feb. 4, 2017.

Burton, in his third season of pro hockey, has scored one goal for the Penguins this season in 13 games played. Burton was responsible for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game on Nov. 25   at Bridgeport.

In parts of two seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Burton has recorded three goals and 20 penalty minutes in 36 games.

The Echo Bay, Ont. native played in 44 regular season games with Wheeling last season, racking up 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 total points. He also joined the Nailers from the Penguins for Wheeling’s  run to the Kelly Cup Final last spring. Burton had 14 points (7G-7A) in 21 Kelly Cup Playoff games with Wheeling.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is tonight, Saturday, Feb. 11, when they host the Binghamton Senators at 7:05 p.m. Tonight’s contest is also the Penguins’ annual Military Appreciation Night. Individual game tickets for tonight’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 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS ASSIGN JARRETT BURTON TO WHEELING

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have assigned forward Jarrett Burton to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

Burton, in his third season of pro hockey, has scored one goal for the Penguins this season in 13 games played. Burton was responsible for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game on Nov. 25 at Bridgeport.

In parts of two seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Burton has recorded three goals and 20 penalty minutes in 36 games.

The Echo Bay, Ont. native played in 44 regular season games with Wheeling last season, racking up 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 total points. He also joined the Nailers from the Penguins for Wheeling’s run to the Kelly Cup Final last spring. Burton had 14 points (7G-7A) in 21 Kelly Cup Playoff games with Wheeling.

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

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game takes place on Saturday, Jan. 21, when they host the Hershey Bears at 7:05 p.m. Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

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 SUFFER 3-2 OVERTIME LOSS AT BRIDGEPORT

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a third period deficit to force overtime against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night, but fell 3-2 in extra time at Webster Bank Arena.

The Penguins (12-4-2-0) threw 35 shots at the Sound Tigers’ rookie goaltender and scored a late-game tying goal, but Bridgeport ultimately prevailed and maintained its perfect 5-0 record this season in games that go beyond regulation.

It took exactly one minute for Bridgeport to earn the game’s first goal. Steve Bernier converted on a two-on-one rush for his third goal in two games.

Early in the second period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went to its second power play of the game and sent a flurry of offense at rookie goaltender Eamon McAdam, but never found a tying goal. The Penguins’ top man advantage unit spent the entire two minute minor assessed to Connor Jones in the Sound Tigers’ zone, ended up with several grade-A scoring chances, two shots on goal and another one that Dominik Simon rang off the post.

The Penguins’ efforts on the power play did not yield any results, but shortly thereafter, Simon slid a puck over to a streaking Jarrett Burton who threw it into the back of the Sound Tigers’ net for a tying goal. Burton’s first goal of the season came at 8:06 of the middle frame.

Two minutes and 51 seconds later, Bridgeport climbed back up, 2-1, with another odd man rush. This time, Ross Johnston finished the job.

As time ticked down in the third period, Josh Archibald snuck a shot through McAdam from a sharp angle and tied the game at two goals apiece with just 3:24 remaining in regulation.

The game went to three-on-three, sudden death overtime during which both teams exchanged glorious chances. At 3:55 of the extra frame, a collision in the crease between the Penguins’ Danny Kristo and the Sound Tigers’ Connor Jones created enough havoc around Casey DeSmith for a shot from Bernier to clip off of Jones and sneak across the goal line. After a review, the goal stood, and Jones had netted the game-winner for Bridgeport.

DeSmith ended the game having made 23 saves on 26 shots faced, while McAdam recorded 33 stops in the win. It was DeSmith’s first loss of the season, dropping his personal record to 5-0-1.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 26, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Once again, their opponent is the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 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.

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 FALL TO DEVILS IN PRESEASON OPENER

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins began their 2016 exhibition schedule at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday night, but suffered a loss at the hands of the Albany Devils.

Albany scored four power play goals in what became a 4-1 victory for the Devils.

On their third power play of the game, the Devils scored the game’s opening goal when Jan Mandát tipped in a shot from Mathieu Brodeur at 12:41 of the first period.

Jarrett Burton pulled the score into a 1-1 tie by redirecting shot from the point into the Devils’ net at 12:02 of the second period.

Another man advantage marker put Albany back on top at 15:12 of the middle frame, this time with John Quenneville finishing the play.

A third power play goal lifted the Devils into a 3-1 lead. Ben Sexton was the man responsible for Albany’s third tally, knocking a loose puck into the Penguins net 1:14 into the third period.

Ty Loney scored the Devils’ fourth power play goal of the game with 8.2 remaining in regulation, bringing the game to its final score of 4-1.

Albany finished the night four-for-seven on the man advantage, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did not convert on any of its six man advantage opportunities.

Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith made 12 saves on 13 shots faced before passing the baton to Leland Irving at the midway point of the contest. Irving started his night with two point-blank saves on shorthanded scoring chances by the Devils, and went on to stop 11 of 14 shots.

The Penguins are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza when they take on the Hershey Bears. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

 

PENGUINS HOST DEVILS ON THURSDAY

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GAME DAY SNAPSHOT

The Penguins open their 2016 preseason schedule on home ice against the Devils.  Its the first of three exhibition contests for the Pens, who will also face off with the Hershey Bears this Saturday at home, and Sunday at the Giant Center.

WHOWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (roster) vs. Albany Devils

WHERE:  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

WHEN:  Thursday, October 6 at 7:05pm

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It’s also the first preseason game for the Devils, who will also take on the Hartford WolfPack this Sunday in Connecticut.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.