WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Garrett Wilson returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ line-up on Friday, putting forth an inspired performance in his team’s 5-4 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
Wilson recorded his first career AHL hat trick in Saturday’s game, with all three goals coming in the first period while playing with a heavy heart.
“It was a tough couple of weeks there with my mother passing away,” Wilson said. “Those goals are for her, and I feel like she was definitely helping me out there tonight.”
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-4-0-1) saw Wilson start the scoring only 2:26 into the contest on his first shift of game, batting in a two-on-one pass from Josh Archibald.
The Admirals tied the score, 1-1, with a shorthanded goal by Harry Zolnierczyk less than two minutes after Wilson kicked things off. Wilson answered back at 9:38 of the first period, then completed the hat trick on a power play goal three and a half minutes later. His third goal of the period also served as the 100th goal of Wilson’s professional career.
Eighty seconds into the second period, Admirals points leader Emil Pettersson wired a wrist shot that got past the glove side of Colin Stevens, cutting the Penguins’ lead down to 3-2.
Archibald, who was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on condition loan Saturday morning, got in on the scoring act with a shorthanded goal. Archibald’s first tally of the season came with 55 seconds remaining in the middle frame.
Milwaukee pulled within one again thanks to its man advantage unit clicking on its fifth power play of the night. Mark Zengerle was responsible for the Admirals’ power play goal with 12:28 left in regulation, and Anthony Richard tied it up, 4-4, when only 3:44 was left on the clock.
Jean-Sébastien Dea sent the crowd home happy when he went top shelf for the overtime game-winning goal at 2:51 of the extra period.
Stevens stopped 29 out of the 33 shots he faced, earning his first career AHL win in his first AHL start. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Juuse Saros, made 26 saves for the Admirals.
The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 2, when they take on the Rochester Americans at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday night’s contest against Rochester also serves as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Puck drop between the Penguins and Americans is 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.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned forward Josh Archibald to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Archibald, 25, has appeared in two games with Pittsburgh this season, going scoreless.
Pittsburgh’s sixth round choice in the 2011 NHL Draft, Archibald has appeared in 182 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in parts of four seasons (2013-17), recording 61 points (31+30). Last season he tied for the AHL lead with four shorthanded goals, and was sixth with a plus-25 rating.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, when the Penguins welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m., and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays. Lower bowl tickets (excluding glass seats) for Friday’s game against Milwaukee are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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When Mike Sullivan went out of his way to bestow the moniker of “Buzzsaw” upon Josh Archibald, one could correctly surmise that the head coach, then of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, was a fan of the forward’s style of play.
When Sullivan ascended to become the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, one might have also assumed that an NHL call-up would soon follow for Archibald.
But Archibald was not part of the group elevated from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton soon after Sullivan took over in Pittsburgh. The 2011 6th-round pick instead was forced to watch as teammates, such as Conor Sheary and Scott Wilson, found permanent homes in the NHL and eventually lifted the Stanley Cup.
But patience paid off for Archibald.
Using the tenacity and speed that once drew the admiration of his head coach, Archibald earned a spot with Pittsburgh late in the 2016-17 season, and found himself hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The third-year pro got off to a fast start this past season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, skating alongside Oskar Sundqvist and Garrett Wilson to form one of the best lines in the Eastern Conference. The trio combined for 60 points over the first 31 games of the campaign.
As the Penguins continued to jockey for positioning atop of the American Hockey League standings, Archibald had a career night on Feb. 4, posting two goals and an assist in a 7-1 pummeling of rival Lehigh Valley.
Less than a week later, the 24-year-old received his call-up to Pittsburgh and jetted across the country before taking the ice for his NHL season debut in Arizona.
“It was kind of a long trip. I left New York and I don’t think I got to Arizona until about midnight and had to get up to do the morning routine, morning skate and video,” Archibald recalled. “I was really excited to get back out there with the Penguins and show them what I had.”
Archibald showed both the Penguins and Coyotes what he had, notching his first two NHL goals to help Pittsburgh rally and earn a point on Feb. 11. His first tally opened the scoring as he was quick to a rebound chance and snapped a backhander to the top of the net.
His second goal showed off the skills that made him one of the top performers for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
With the Penguins on the penalty kill, Arizona goaltender Mike Smith had trouble handling the puck near the no-touch zone. Archibald came speeding in on the forecheck to cause havoc.
“It happened really fast,” recalled Archibald. “[The puck] was almost in that awkward spot in the triangle where he can’t play it. It was kind of sitting on the line. So I think he hesitated a little bit and I got in on the forecheck. I was able to recover it… …My body just took over and I was able to kick it up to myself with literally a wide open net.”
The bang-bang shorthanded goal with 5:22 to go pulled Pittsburgh within one and, with seconds left, Phil Kessel evened the score with the extra attacker. The Penguins ultimately fell in overtime, but Archibald could not have asked for a better personal performance in his season debut.
Archibald appeared in one more game for Pittsburgh before returning to the AHL, but was recalled for good at the end of the March. While injuries provided the opportunity for the forward to move into the line-up, Archibald believes his speed, getting behind the defense and never giving up on plays helped to establish himself with the Penguins.
Ice time was sparse through the remainder of the regular season, and Archibald found himself in the press box through the first two rounds of the playoffs. But as Pittsburgh advanced to Eastern Conference Final versus the Ottawa Senators, Archibald made his way back into the line-up for Game Four with his team trailing 2-1 in the series. The guidance from coaches for his first-ever NHL postseason appearance was brief.
“They just told me, ‘We know how you can play,’” said Archibald. “’You got to go out there and do it.’”
Archibald and the Penguins smacked down Ottawa in a 7-0 victory that tied up the Conference Final. He went on to dress for two more contests as Pittsburgh defeated the Senators in seven games to make it back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup Final.
The championship round saw the Penguins match-up against the Nashville Predators. Once again Archibald’s first appearance during the series came in Game Four.
“We felt we wanted to try to put some enthusiasm and energy and speed in the lineup,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told the Post-Gazette at the time. “Archie brings all those things to the table. He played some very solid games for us. He’s a guy that brings a certain dimension that we felt we wanted to have.”
Though the Predators knotted the series with a 4-1 win, it was an event that Archibald will forever savor.
“It was just one of those games, but it was a lot of fun,” Archibald said. “Great experience to get in a game like that.”
Of course, it is much easier to look back on such times when you end up on the winning side of history. That is exactly what happened with the Penguins pitching consecutive shutouts to claim their second straight Stanley Cup. Though Game Four was Archibald’s lone contest played during the series, he was on the ice after the deciding contest to take his rightful turn lifting the coveted trophy in the air. It was a moment that meant that much more with his college and Penguins teammate, Jake Guentzel, passing him the Cup.
“It was a pretty ecstatic moment for me. For [Jake] to hand me that Cup to me after what we’ve been through kind of together, in college and then him coming into Wilkes-Barre at the end of last year and then even this year in Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh, it was pretty awesome.”
Archibald will get a crack at another Stanley Cup and a chance to build on his NHL resume, as he signed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh on July 13. The one-way deal would seem to indicate a more permanent tenure at the NHL level for Archibald, who hopes that the end of the regular season and playoffs “were a good indication of what I can do.”
If life briefly settled down for Archibald following the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run, things are about to pick up big time in a short while. Josh and his wife, Bailey, who were married last summer, are expecting their first child in the next week or two.
From marrying his college sweetheart last summer, to scoring his first NHL goals, getting his named etched on the Stanley Cup and soon to be welcoming a new addition to the family, it has been quite the year for Archibald. There is little question as to where it ranks so far.
“Probably number one,” joked Archibald. “It definitely has been the best year so far. Hopefully, we can keep building and have even better years from here on out.”
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
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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The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Josh Archibald and Oskar Sundqvistfrom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Archibald, 24, dressed for all five postseason contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year, scoring a pair of goals. During the regular season, Archibald had career highs with 16 goals, 13 assists and 29 points in 61 AHL contests.
At the NHL level this year, Archibald appeared in 10 games, scoring three goals. His first two goals came in his first NHL game of the season on Feb. 11 in Arizona, with his second tally that night a shorthanded marker.
Sundqvist, 23, also split his season between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh. During the regular season, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time, and added 26 assists and 46 points in 63 games with the AHL Penguins. Sundqvist also skated in 10 regular-season games for Pittsburgh this year.
Last year, Sundqvist played in two NHL playoff games with Pittsburgh, and 18 regular-season contests, tallying four points (1G-3A) in those appearances.
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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got a bit of a boost prior to Game One of their Calder Cup playoff series against the Providence Bruins, when Josh Archibald, Tom Sestito and Cameron Gaunce were reassigned to the AHL club by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Archibald tallied a pair of goals (including the equalizer to force OT) in the Game Two win; Sestito picked up his first of the playoffs in the same contest; and Gaunce logged considerable time on the blue line, as the Penguins split the weekend series in Providence.
“It feels really good to be back with everybody here. We had a special season, so hopefully we can do something special here in the postseason,” said Archibald, who spent the previous three weeks in Pittsburgh.
The speedy forward didn’t make an appearance in Pittsburgh’s first round Stanley Cup series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but said the experience of just being around a team in the hunt for the trophy was a positive.
“It’s just more of being in that environment, being around those guys. Look what they did last year. They’re winners up there,” he said. “So to be able to take away from what they do and learn from them, it’s definitely a huge experience. It’s a good experience for me.”
Sestito had been with the NHL club since March 8, but sat out considerable time due to an upper body injury. He dressed for Pittsburgh’s final two regular season games, before rejoining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for their playoff run.
He’s taking the AHL team’s playoff run just as seriously as he would a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.
“You battle hard for these guys every day throughout the year, and you just want to keep it going as long as you can, because you see the end is near,” said Sestito, who is participating in his fourth postseason in 10 years as a pro. “As an older guy, you don’t know how many years you have left.
“This team’s got a lot of fire power and we’re excited to keep going.”
This is the fifth consecutive spring that Gaunce has seen postseason action, but he doesn’t take the opportunity to pursue a trophy for granted.
“It’s pretty big. It’s something that I take pride in. I’ve only missed the playoffs one season, junior and pro,” he said.
Gaunce also knows what it takes to claim the AHL’s ultimate prize, having been a member of the Texas Stars club that won the Calder Cup in 2014.
“I don’t think there’s an exact formula to winning a championship, because if there was every team would try to replicate that. But I don think there are certain things that carry over,” he stated. “I think the most important thing is consistency at this time of the year, who can play their best game, game in and game out.”
ARCHIE ON THE ATTACK
Archibald entered the 2017 postseason with two goals in 15 previous games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He doubled that total in Game Two on Sunday.
“I’ve worked on doing a lot of the little things right, and I think that’s transformed my game a lot and helped me out in the long run,” said Archibald, who set new personal bests across the board with 16 goals, 13 assists and 29 points with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. He also led the AHL with four shorthanded goals, and netted three goals in 10 games with Pittsburgh.
Archibald was on the ice with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton needing a goal to tie game in the final two minutes of play on Sunday.
“[Garrett Wilson] got in on the forecheck hard, forced the defenseman to turn it over. [Dominik Simon] came in and picked the puck up, made a great play to [David Warsofsky], who was coming in from the blue line to take a one-timer,” Archibald recalled. [Kevin Porter] and I were standing right in front to pick up any garbage. He slid it over to me and I pretty much had a wide open net in front.”
That goal with just 63 seconds left in regulation gave the team a much needed lift headed into the extra frame.
“We just had to calm down in the locker room,” he said. “We knew we could win it, it was just a matter of going out and doing the right things. Luckily enough we came out on top in that game.”
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins are currently tied, 1-1, in the best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinals.
The series moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Games Three (Thursday night) and Four (Friday night) at 7:05pm.
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Derrick Pouliot’s goal at 7:49 of overtime was the difference, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won a thriller, 6-5, over the Providence Bruins on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Pouliot picked up a loose puck and skated through the neutral zone, banking a shot off of the back of goaltender Zane McIntyre to even the best-of-five series 1-1. Game Three is scheduled for Thursday night back in Wilkes-Barre.
The Penguins at one point held a 3-0 lead, only to see the Bruins chip away and finally take a late one-goal advantage. But an extra attacker goal from Josh Archibald forced overtime and Pouliot’s fantastic individual effort gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the split on the road.
The Penguins controlled much of the play in the early going, outshooting the Bruins 18-9 in the first period, but couldn’t beat netminder Zane McIntyre during the opening frame.
That changed quickly in an offense-filled second period.
Chris Casto’s errant clear found it’s way into the stands, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a power play just 20 seconds into the middle period. Warsofsky made sure the opportunity wasn’t wasted with a blast from the point which opened the scoring for the Pens.
The former Bruins defenseman made it a 2-0 contest just 23 seconds later with another shot from the near boards.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain Tom Kostopoulos was sprung from the penalty box after an interference call and corralled a Penguins clear in the Providence zone. He then fed Tom Sestito at the far post, and Sestito deposited the puck in the net to make it a 3-0 game.
Chris Porter got the Bruins on the board 14 seconds after Sestito’s goal, as the teams played four-on-four hockey after offsetting roughing minors to Sestito and Tyler Randell were handed out.
Porter picked up his second of the night at 17:11, banging in a loose puck from a scrum in front of the Pens’ net. And Tommy Cross, recently reassigned from the Boston Bruins, went top shelf from the right face-off circle with 1:46 left in the period.
The Penguins went back in front when Josh Archibald picked up his first of the playoffs at 3:58 of the third period. But Danton Heinen notched his second of the series as a Tom Sestito hooking penalty was about to expire at 7:38 to tie the game, before Peter Mueller picked up a loose puck in a scrum and beat DeSmith at 12:48.
With time running down, the Pens pulled DeSmith for the extra attacker, and the move paid off as Archibald’s shot deflected off a skate and into the Bruins net with 1:03 left in regulation to force overtime.
DeSmith stopped 28 shots to pick up the victory for the Penguins, while McIntyre made 38 saves in the loss.
The best-of-five series now moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Game Three on Thursday night at 7:05pm. Individual tickets for Thursday night’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Josh Archibald and Tom Sestito, and defenseman Cameron Gaunce, to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Gaunce must clear waivers before he can be returned to WBS.
Archibald set career highs in goals (16), assists (13) and points (29) while appearing in 61 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. Sestito led the AHL club with 121 penalty minutes while recording 16 points (6+10) in 33 games. Gaunce contributed 13 points (3+10) and was a plus-15 in 49 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Penguins and Bruins begin their best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal series this Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, and the teams face off in Game Two in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.
The series switches to Wilkes-Barre for Game Three on Thursday, April 27 at 7:05pm. Individual tickets for Game Three are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, by calling 570-208-7367, or online at TicketMaster.com.
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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins locker room at the Toyota Sportsplex should have a revolving door installed with all of the player movement that has been going on lately. From March 2-29, no fewer than 35 transactions involving the AHL Penguins were made.
That number grew by four on Thursday, March 30.
With the improved health of several NHL regulars finally going their way, the Pittsburgh Penguins reassigned defenseman David Warsofsky, as well as forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Josh Archibald to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The trio returns to NEPA just as the Pens are beginning an extremely busy final three weeks of the regular season, with back-to-back three-in-three weekends on the schedule.
With Warsofsky returning to the fold, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reassigned defenseman Ryan Segalla to the Wheeling Nailers.
A NEW FACE
Earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Penguins inked 2014 draft pick Jeff Taylor to a two-year contract which starts next season. A product of Union College, Taylor then signed a PTO (professional tryout) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and hit the practice ice with the club for the first time on Wednesday.
A skilled blueliner, Taylor led all Union defensemen and was fifth overall on the team with 33 points (9+24) during his senior season. It was somewhat of a bounce back season for the native of Clifton Park, NY, who posted just 12 points (2+10) in 36 games last year.
“My junior season I struggled a little bit, I was trying to work on a few different things,” he said. “It was just a growing year, a building year. I’m glad I had it and I’m glad I got better from it.”
Head coach Clark Donatelli liked what he saw from the new signee following his first practice session with the Pens.
“He looked good out there,” Donatelli stated. “He’s a puck moving defenseman. I know him a little bit from development camp over the last few years.”
Donatelli said Taylor would likely feature in one of the Penguins three games over the weekend, but wasn’t looking to put too much pressure on the newcomer.
“We’re not going to expect too much from him. We just want him to go out there, get his feet wet, get a couple of games under his belt first,” he said.
BACK IN ACTION
While Taylor will see his first action ever, Garrett Wilson will likely see his first action in a month and a half, after being cleared to return to the lineup.
Wilson suffered a shoulder injury against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on February 14, and has been sidelined ever since. He skated in warmups for the Penguins last weekend, but figures to get his first taste of game action since the injury on Friday night.
“I think I definitely could have played last weekend,” Wilson said. “I knew I didn’t want to rush it. We still had a bit of time before playoffs. The severity of the separation, they wanted to give it a little extra time to make sure it really healed.”
Wilson used the past week of practice to see how his body would react to being banged about a bit, and from all reports he’s come out in good shape.
“I knew once I started hitting, using a lot of contact with it, it was going to make it pretty sore,” he said. “I got the contact in practice now, so I tried it against the boys a couple times. It feels pretty good. Hopefully it won’t change my game too much.”
The news wasn’t so good for defenseman Stuart Percy, who underwent surgery earlier this week and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs according to Donatelli.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home for a pair of games this weekend against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Saturday at 7:05pm) and Utica Comets (Sunday at 3:05pm). Sunday’s game is a KIDS FREE contest, with fans ages 14 and younger able to attend the game for FREE with a paid adult ticket.
Tickets for both games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7267.