PITTSBURGH RE-SIGNS J.S. DEA


The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The two-way deal runs through the 2017-18 season and has an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level.

Dea, 23, made his NHL debut for the Penguins in the 2016-17 regular-season finale against the New York Rangers. He was a member of the 2016 and ’17 Penguins’ ‘Black Aces’ taxi squad when the Pens won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound Laval, Quebec native, Dea has played three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. In 2016-17, he played 73 games, the second most on WBS, and notched 34 points (18G-16A), the seventh most on the team.

In 2015-16, Dea set career highs across the board in games played (75), goals (20), assists (16), points (36), plus-minus (+13) and shots (147) with WBS. His seven power-play goals as a rookie in 2014-15 tied him for the team lead with Scott Wilson.

Dea was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Penguins on September 17, 2013. He played three seasons with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With the Huskies, Dea tallied 192 career points (111G-81A). In 2013-14, he scored 49 goals, 18 more than second-highest player on the team. That total set a single-season career high and tied for the fourth most in the QMJHL.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will open their next season on Oct. 7 against the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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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A LATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR DEA

Jean-Sébastien Dea, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ resident fashion icon, knows a thing or two about style. Whether it’s with a patterned bow tie and rose ensemble or a graceful shot to the top corner, Dea simply finds ways to look good both on and off the ice.

It’s easy to imagine his wish lists often include pinstriped three-piece suits or a fresh set of pocket squares, but Dea unwrapped an unforgettable present later in the season, one that he’s worked a long time to earn.

Dea had another offensively-charged year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2016-17. He posted 18 goals during the regular season and added two more in the playoffs to make an even 20 tallies for the second year in a row. But even though he was still putting up the points, Dea felt his performance wasn’t up to his own standards.

It wasn’t until the holiday break that Dea really ramped up his game and showed that he’s not just all flash.

“I really turned a corner at Christmas,” Dea said. “Slow start, but after that, I got it going. I think I really started playing some good hockey. And I got rewarded with my first (NHL) game.”

Yes, of course. The first NHL game. As his third full season in the Penguins organization was coming to a close, Dea got the call from up top that he was being recalled to Pittsburgh for their game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. For a young man from Québec that’s already living his dream as a professional hockey player, the opportunity to make his NHL debut at the world’s most famous venue quickly skyrocketed to the top of the list of his favorite memories in his career.

“That one takes the cake,” he said. “It’d be hard to give it to anything else. My first game was something truly special. I will remember that forever.”

Dea’s work isn’t done though. Now that he’s had a taste of the NHL, it’s easy to understand why he wants more. And based on the way he upped his game at this past season’s holiday break, he thinks he’s closer to making more NHL memories than he’s ever been.

“Now that I look back at the years, I think I can say I’m headed in the right direction,” Dea said. “I’m really excited for the future.”

Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season are on sale now, and available by calling the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 570-208-7367.

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PENGUINS FALL IN GAME FIVE, 2-1


BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Zane McIntyre made 50 saves and Danton Heinen tallied twice, as the Providence Bruins defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1, in Game Five of the Atlantic Division Semifinal on Sunday afternoon.

With that result, the Penguins postseason came to an end, while the Bruins will face the winner of the Hershey Bears – Lehigh Valley Phantoms series in the Atlantic Division Final.

Even though the Penguins outshot the Bruins 21-9 in the first period, they found themselves in a 1-0 hole at the close of the first 20 minutes. After a too many men on the ice penalty, Providence quickly took advantage with Heinen scoring a power play goal at 12:37 of the first.

Heinen notched his second goal of the game 13 minutes into the third period, giving him an AHL-leading four goals in the playoffs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cut Providence’s lead in half thanks to a man advantage marker of its own. Jean-Sébastien Dea did the honors, rifling a shot so hard into the top corner that the puck got stuck between the mesh and back bar. Dea’s goal came with 5:23 remaining in regulation and on the Penguins’ 47th shot of the afternoon.

Despite the Penguins continuing the barrage of shots on McIntyre, the equalizer never came, effectively ending the team’s season.

The Penguins’ power play finished the contest going one-for-six, while their penalty kill nullified two of the Bruins’ three man advantage opportunities.

Casey DeSmith posted 24 saves in the loss.

EIGHT DIFFERENT PENGUINS SCORE IN WIN OVER WOLF PACK

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Offense came pouring from up and down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ roster, as eight different players scored in their 8-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (40-17-3-0) became the first team in the American Hockey League to reach 40 wins this season as multiple players put up career nights. Jean-Sébastien Dea, Kevin Porter and Barry Goers all had three-point games – Goers’ first of his AHL career – while Derrick Pouliot stole the show with the first four-point outing (1G-3A) of his career.

Pouliot blasted home Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game at 6:27 of the first period, and then set up Jarrett Burton less than three minutes later to make it 2-0.

After the Penguins forced an offensive zone turnover, Porter gathered a rebound off of a point shot and tucked it into the Wolf Pack net with 17.2 seconds left in the opening frame. The goal not only gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission, but earned Porter his 300th point as a pro.

The Penguins increased their lead to 4-0 with a redirect by Dea 5:50 into the second period. With an assist from Goers, the defenseman notched the 100th point of his pro career.

Taylor Beck got Hartford on the board with a heavy snap shot from the high slot near the midway mark of the game, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swiftly reestablished its four-goal advantage with a tally by Sahir Gill.

Dominik Simon, Tom Kostopoulos and Goers added goals in the third period to bring the game to its final score.

Casey DeSmith stopped 19 of 20 shots faced to register his 16th victory of the season. Mackenzie Skapski made 27 saves while manning the crease for Hartford.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 11, when it takes on the Providence Bruins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the Penguins’ clash with the P-Bruins 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 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 WEEKLY – 3/7/17

 

Penguins get ready for busy week of division foes

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (39-16-3-0) returns home for first time since Feb. 14

 

Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS 1 at Hershey 2
A goaltending duel at Giant Center saw the Bears narrowly escape the Penguins and halt Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s six-game winning streak against Hershey. Tristan Jarry was stellar in net for the Pens, making 25 saves (including 14 in the third period). Bears netminder Pheonix Copley posted 36 stops in the win.

 

Sunday, Mar. 5 – PENGUINS 6 at Hartford 3
The Penguins earned their 39th win thanks in large part to big afternoons from David Warsofsky and Jean-Sébastien Dea. Both Warsofsky and Dea put up two-goal, one-assist performances. Casey DeSmith made 24 saves while manning the crease for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the rookie goalie’s 15th victory of the season.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first home game since Feb. 14 will be against its same opponent from Valentine’s Day, Lehigh Valley. The Penguins hold a narrow 3-2-0-0 season series lead on the Phantoms, but have outscored Lehigh Valley 12-2 at home so far this season.

 

Friday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins look to make it a perfect six-for-six against the Wolf Pack on an Eyewitness News Fan Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s offense has been out in full force in games against Hartford, averaging five goals per game in their five meetings against the Wolf Pack this season.

 

Saturday, Mar. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Providence
The top two teams in the Atlantic Division square off in a match up that could decide who sits in first place at the end of the weekend. Both teams have earned two wins against one another this season.

 

Ice Chips

– With Sunday afternoon’s win, the Penguins improved to 23-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– Tom Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 58 of the team’s games this season.

– Jean-Sébastien Dea’s two-goal outing on Sunday was the first multi-goal game of his AHL career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.5%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-29 rating.

– Warsofsky now has 12 multi-point games this season, tying him with Jake Guentzel for the team lead.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (23).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 58 39 16 3 0 81 .698
2. Providence 58 34 15 5 4 77 .664
3. Lehigh Valley 57 36 18 3 0 75 .658
4. Bridgeport 57 35 19 2 1 73 .640
5. Hershey 59 31 17 8 3 73 .619
6. Springfield 58 22 26 8 2 54 .466
7. Hartford 58 21 32 3 2 47 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 58 20 24 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
David Warsofsky 43 14 27 41
Oskar Sundqvist 52 16 23 39
Kevin Porter 54 9 28 37

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 36 23-12-1 2.27 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 21 15-4-2 2.36 .911 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Mar. 8       Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Fri, Mar. 10        Hartford              Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 8          Providence        Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Mar. 7     (LW)   Christian Hilbrich          Recalled from WHL

Wed, Mar. 1    (D)       Frank Corrado          Traded by TOR to PIT;

Assigned by PIT

Wed, Mar. 1    (D)       Derrick Pouliot                     Recalled by PIT

DEA, WARSOFSKY LEAD PENS TO 6-3 WIN OVER WOLF PACK

Jean-Sebastien Dea tallied a pair of goals on Sunday afternoon.

HARTFORD, CT – David Warsofsky and Jean-Sébastien Dea led the attack, each picking up a pair of goals and adding an assist, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at XL Center.

The effort was Warsofsky’s third three-point game of the season, and his second two-goal outing.  The Pens’ all-star moved into fourth place among AHL defensemen in points (41) and tied for second in goals (14) on the season.

Dea recorded two goals in a game for the first time in his AHL career, and recorded three points in a game for the first time since his career-best four-point effort (1+3) on November 4, 2015 against the St. John’s IceCaps.

The Penguins sandwiched power play goals by Kevin Porter and Warsofsky around a Nicklas Jensen man advantage tally to give the visitors a 2-1 lead after one period.

The WolfPack battled back though, with Jensen and Matt Carey scoring two minutes apart in to grab a 3-2 lead midway through the middle frame.

It was all Penguins from there.

Josh Archibald tied the game with a redirect off of an Oskar Sundqvist centering feed at 13:23, and Warsofsky netted his second of the game 1:30 later to put the Pens back in front.

It looked like the period would end with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton up by one goal, but Dea redirected a point shot that beat goaltender Brandon Halverson with .8 seconds left to make it a 5-3 game.

Magnus Hellberg relieved Halverson at the start of the third period, and held the Pens off the scoreboard until Dea jammed home his second of the night with 3:25 left in regulation.

Casey DeSmith stopped 24 of 27 shots to record his 15th win of the season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Halverson turned aside 18 of 23 shots he faced in 40 minutes of play in the loss, while Hellberg stopped 10 of 11 shots in one period of relief.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starts a three-game homestand on Wednesday, March 8, when the Penguins host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05pm.

Individual game tickets for Wednesday’s game and 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.

NOTES:  Time Erixon and Dominik Simon each recorded two-assists…Tom Sestito, appearing in his 500th professional game, picked up a helper on Warsofsky’s second goal, giving him 100 assists in his pro career.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/21/17

 

Penguins try to get back on track against Utica, Lehigh Valley

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-14-3-0) continues seven-game road stretch

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 17 – PENGUINS 0 at Albany 4
Mackenzie Blackwood of the Devils made 24 saves for his first career shutout. The Penguins were unbeaten on the penalty kill all night, improving to 16-for-16 over their past three contests. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s line of Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger and Jean-Sébastien Dea accounted for 11 of the team’s 24 shots on goal.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS 1 at Springfield 2
The Penguins heaped the pressure on the Thunderbirds, but netminder Reto Berra never broke down, backstopping Springfield to an upset victory. David Warsofsky registered his team-leading seventh power play goal of the season.

 

Sunday, Feb. 19 – PENGUINS 2 at Providence 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play remained potent, striking twice against Providence’s second-ranked penalty kill. However, the Penguins surrendered a late, game-winning goal to the P-Bruins with 4:04 remaining in regulation. Tom Kostopoulos assisted on both of the Penguins’ goals.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS at Utica
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starts the weekend by heading to upstate New York once again. The Penguins got the better of the Comets, 3-2, in their only meeting of the season back on Jan. 27.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The rivalry between the Penguins and Phantoms rekindles with the season series knotted at 2-2-0-0. However, in those four games, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored Lehigh Valley, 16-11. Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea has 17 points (10G-7A) in 24 games against the Phantoms, the most production against any opponent in his career.

 

Ice Chips

– Sunday afternoon’s loss was the first time all season that the Penguins dropped the third game of a three-in-three (5-1-0-0).

– Tom Kostopoulos played in his 1300th pro game on Saturday at Springfield.

– Kostopoulos has produced at a point-a-game pace over his past 18 games, earning seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points.

– Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 54 of the team’s games this season.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.8%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-28 rating.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (22).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 54 37 14 3 0 77 .713
2. Lehigh Valley 52 34 16 2 0 70 .673
3. Bridgeport 51 33 16 1 1 68 .667
4. Providence 53 30 14 5 4 69 .651
5. Hershey 53 26 16 8 3 63 .594
6. Springfield 52 20 23 7 2 49 .471
7. Hartford 52 19 28 3 2 43 .413

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 54 18 24 42
David Warsofsky 39 12 26 38
Oskar Sundqvist 48 16 20 36
Kevin Porter 50 8 25 33

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 33 22-10-1 2.27 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 20 14-4-2 2.32 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT       LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Feb. 24       Utica                     Utica Memorial Aud          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 25      Lehigh Valley      PPL Center                         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 18     (RW)  Josh Archibald                  Reassigned by PIT

Sat, Feb. 18     (D)      Brett Stern                               Signed to PTO

Fri, Feb. 17      (LW)  Christian Hilbrich           Recalled from WHL

Sat, Feb. 11      (C)      Jarrett Burton                 Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS WIN BIG AGAINST PHANTOMS AGAIN, 5-1

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Oskar Sundqvist led the attack for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, tallying twice to give the American Hockey League’s top team a 5-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The win capped off a six-game home stand for the Penguins (37-11-3-0), during which Wilkes-Barre/Scranton post a 4-2-0-0 record, including a pair of wins over the division rival Phantoms (32-15-2-0).

The Penguins opened up the scoring at the 5:37 mark of the first frame. Derrick Pouliot fired one in on the first power play of the game, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 1-0 lead.

Later in the period, Jean-Sébastien Dea forced a turnover in the offensive zone, allowing Dominik Simon to capitalize and put the Penguins up, 2-0, with just under three minutes remaining in the first.

The Phantoms kicked off the second period with a power play, but 57 seconds into the frame, Sundqvist scored on a shorthanded breakaway, extending the Penguins lead to 3-0.

Lehigh Valley got their first and only goal of the game, when Nicolas Aubé-Kubel put a wrap-around off of the Penguins defense and past Tristan Jarry 9:10 into the second period.

Dea made it 4-1 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the 16:23 mark of the second period with a short-side, top-corner snipe from the right side half-wall that beat Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz over his left shoulder.

Sundqvist finished off the scoring for the night, recording his second tally of the game 4:20 into the final period, securing the Penguins 5-1 victory.

Jarry stopped 27 of 28 shots faced for his league-leading 22nd win of the season. Stolarz turned aside 38 shots in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Feb. 17 when they travel to upstate New York and take on the Albany Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and once again its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and 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 WEEKLY – 1/24/17

 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the first AHL team to reach 30 wins

Penguins (30-9-3-0) get set to face a series of North Division foes

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – PENGUINS 5 at Hershey 3
The Penguins downed their rivals at Giant Center thanks to a game-winning goal with exactly two minutes left in regulation by Carter Rowney. The win made the season series 6-2-0-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Friday, Jan. 20 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 5
Despite climbing back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell short of a comeback victory against the Phantoms at PPL Center. Rowney tallied an assist to keep his point streak alive at five games.

Saturday, Jan. 21 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 1
For the first time in two weeks, the Penguins returned home to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. They beat the Bears in convincing fashion and saw multi-point performances from Ryan Haggerty, J.S. Dea, Tom Kostopoulos and Dominik Simon.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 25 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton faces Syracuse for the third time this month and fifth time this season. The Penguins hold the edge in the season series at 3-1-0-0, but lost the last meeting on  Jan. 16 by a score of 4-1.

Friday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS at Utica
The Pens take on the Comets for the first time this season. Last year, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the season series with two wins. Utica currently sits fourth in the North Division.

Saturday, Jan. 28 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
In the second of back-to-back games, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will take on the Senators in their fifth meeting of the season. The Pens have won three of four against the Sens, the most recent on Jan. 7, 5-4, on the back of two goals by Danny Kristo.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins became the first AHL team to 30 wins on the year after beating Hershey, 5-1, on Jan. 21.

– Carter Rowney’s four-game goal-streak achieved on Jan. 18 at Hershey was the longest of his professional career.

– Carter Rowney has at least one point in all six of his games since returning from injury and posted eight points (5G-3A) in that time.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 9-2-0-0 so far in the month of January and undefeated at home (4-0-0-0).

– Jean-Sébastien Dea is in the midst of a three-game point streak, during which he’s recorded two goals and three assists.

– Tom Kostopoulos is two points away from reaching 500 career AHL points.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 42 30 9 3 0 63 .750
2. Lehigh Valley 40 27 11 2 0 56 .700
3. Providence 42 24 11 4 3 55 .655
4. Bridgeport 39 22 15 1 1 46 .590
5. Hershey 41 19 13 7 2 47 .573
6. Springfield 40 15 17 6 2 38 .475
7. Hartford 42 15 23 3 1 34 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Oskar Sundqvist 39 14 19 33
Tom Kostopoulos 42 13 18 31
David Warsofsky 27 8 21 29
Garrett Wilson 42 10 15 25

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 25 17-7-1 2.24 .918 1
Casey DeSmith* 16 12-2-2 2.28 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 25    Syracuse           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 27        Utica                  Utica Memorial Aud.          7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 28      Binghamton     Veterans Memorial Arena  7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 17     (D)      Cameron Gaunce                  Recalled by PIT

Fri, Jan. 20      (D)      Michael Webster           Recalled from WHL

Sat, Jan. 21      (D)      Michael Webster          Reassigned to WHL

Sun, Jan. 22    (D)      Michael Webster           Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS FALL TO BEARS, 5-2

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Jake Guentzel recorded two points (1G-1A) in his first game back from Pittsburgh, but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 5-2 decision to the Hershey Bears on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Nathan Walker and Chandler Stephenson coming 1:31 apart late in the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton capitalized on the team’s first power play of the game in the final minutes of the first period. Guentzel rifled a one-timer from the high slot that beat Bears goaltender Vítek Vaněček top-shelf with 1:12 left in the period, cutting the Bears’ advantage in half.

Zach Sanford, who assisted on Walker’s opening goal, picked up his second point of the contest at 14:30 of the second, finding the back of the net off of a nice string of passes from Walker and Brad Malone.

Guentzel added to his team-leading point total with an assist on Jean-Sébastien Dea’s eighth goal of the season, a wrist shot that beat Vaněček to his glove side 2:44 into the third period. Dea tied Guentzel for the most goals on the Penguins with that tally.

However, Hershey responded just 44 seconds later, forcing a turnover in Wilkes-Barre’s defensive zone which allowed former Penguin Zach Sill to snap in a Ryan Bourque feed for his fourth goal of the season.

Garret Mitchell sealed the victory for the Bears, skating in on the rush and firing a wrist shot past Tristan Jarry’s blocker with just under five minutes left in the final period.

Jarry stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced on the night, while Vaněček saved 26 out of 28.

The two teams will face off again Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop 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.