PENGUINS SHUT DOWN PHANTOMS, 7-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A packed house at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza witnessed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take down the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7-1, on Saturday during the Penguins’ “Pink in the Rink” night.

The Penguins (34-10-3-0) had 11 different players chip in on the scoresheet and were led by Josh Archibald who tied a career-best with three points (2G-1A).

The night started off strong when Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos found the back of the net just 6:42 into the game.

Archibald scored the first of his two goals on the night at the 11:11 mark of the first period after accepting an incredible pass from Garrett Wilson. Five minutes later, Archibald struck shorthanded, making it 3-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins continued to put the pressure on the Phantoms in the second period, and broke loose for a fourth goal when Archibald set up Wilson 9:05 into the middle frame. Fifty-nine seconds later, Sahir Gill snuck his second goal of the season through the five-hole of Anthony Stolarz for a 5-0 lead for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Chris Conner ruined Tristan Jarry’s chance at the shutout by tipping in a two-man advantage tally at 14:34 of the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly reestablished their five-goal lead in quick fashion, though, as Danny Kristo scored a mere 62 seconds after Conner’s marker.

Kostopoulos scored again for his 199th career AHL goal to put a bow on the Penguins’ 7-1 victory.

Jarry earned his 20th win of the season, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced. Stolarz turned aside 25 shots in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Feb. 8 against the St. John’s IceCaps at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’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 OUTLAST COMETS FOR 3-2 VICTORY

UTICA, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won their third-consecutive game with a 3-2 triumph over the Utica Comets at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday night.

Goaltender Casey DeSmith turned in one of the finest goaltending performances of the year with 27 saves as the Penguins (32-9-3-0) maintained their hold on the top spot in the American Hockey League.

Josh Archibald got Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the board first with a blistering shot that went top shelf off the rush at 8:16 of the opening frame. The Penguins struck again from long distance when Tim Erixon ripped a slap shot from the blue line into the back of the net at 14:29, making it 2-0.

Early in the second period, the Comets appeared to have their first goal of the game on a perfectly executed three-on-one odd man rush, only to be denied by a lunging glove save by DeSmith.

After a scoreless middle frame, Utica cut their deficit in half with a power play goal 1:23 into the third. Alexandre Grenier unloaded a potent slapper from the point that found its way through traffic and past DeSmith, making it 2-1.

The Penguins answered back shortly thereafter, though. Immediately after the expiration of a man advantage, Derrick Pouliot tickled the twine for his second goal of the season, putting the Penguins back up by a pair at 3-1.

With the goalie pulled, the Comets pulled closer to the Penguins with an extra attacker tally from Evan McEneny with 2:55 remaining in regulation. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton weathered the storm and hung on for a win, ending Utica’s seven-game point streak.

DeSmith improved his personal record to 13-2-2 on the season, while Comets goalie Richard Bachman made 27 saves in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28, when they travel further south in New York to take on the Binghamton Senators. The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Feb. 3 for the first visit in 2016-17 by the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for Feb. 3’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.

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.

PENS POWER PLAY LEADS THE WAY IN 6-2 WIN

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins power play unit produced a season-high three goals on the man advantage on Saturday afternoon, and propelled the team to a 6-2 win over the St. John’s IceCaps at Mile One Centre.

The win raised the Pens’ record to 14-4-2-0 (30 points) on the season and kept the club in first place in the Atlantic Division, while the IceCaps saw their record even out at 11-11-1-0 (23 points).

After failing to score on their first man advantage of the game, the Penguins rattled off power play goals on their next three chances, and ended up scoring on half of their opportunities on the afternoon.

Danny Kristo opened the scoring at 18:08 of the first period with a point blast that beat Charlie Lindgren, giving Kristo his first goal in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform.

Penalties on Mark MacMillan (tripping) and Jacob de la Rose (goaltender interference) came just 34 seconds apart, giving the Penguins an extended two-man advantage early in the second period.  And the visitors took advantage of both chances, as Kevin Porter scored with 18 seconds left in the five-on-three, and Dominik Simon tallied 19 seconds later to make it a 3-0 game 6:07 into the middle period.

Chris Terry beat Tristan Jarry at 14:33 of the second period, ending the Pens’ netminder’s shutout streak at 95:28 dating back to November 23.

Jean-Sébastien Dea redirected a Simon shot past Lindgren with 42 seconds remaining in the second period to reestablish the three-goal lead.

Tim Erixon and Josh Archibald sandwiched third period goals around Daniel Audette’s second of the season to complete the day’s scoring.

Jarry made 31 saves on the afternoon to raise his record to 9-4-1, while Lindgren stopped 21 of 27 attempts and fell to 9-6-0.

The two teams will face off again on Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

NOTES:  Porter (1+2) and Tom Kostopoulos (0+3) each recorded three points, while Archibald and Simon each picked up a goal and an assist…The win was the Penguins’ sixth regular season victory in a row in St. John’s.  The team’s last regulation loss in Newfoundland came on December 6, 2013 in a 5-0 defeat…Kristo’s goal was his first of the season, and snapped an 11-game scoreless streak dating back to April 16 of last season…Erixon’s goal was his first since March 13 of last season.

The Pens return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

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 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.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS 17 TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

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Defenseman Steve Oleksy is among the 17 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned 17 players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Players assigned to WBS include: goaltenders Casey DeSmith and Leland Irving; defensemen Tim Erixon, Ethan Prow, Stuart Percy, Cameron Gaunce, Reid McNeill, Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel; and forwards Oskar Sundqvist, Adam Krause, Ryan Haggerty, Sahir Gill, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Garrett Wilson and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Erixon, Percy, Gaunce, McNeill, Oleksy, Ruhwedel and Wilson all have to clear waivers on Tuesday at noon before they can join WBS.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take the ice for their first preseason game when they host the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins will also battle the Hershey Bears in exhibition action at home on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:05 p.m. before wrapping up their preseason schedule at Giant Center against the Bears on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5:00 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.

PITTSBURGH vs COLUMBUS IN PRESEASON ACTION

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Ohio to face off with the Columbus Blue Jackets in preseason action on Sunday at 4:00pm.  And once again, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans will see some names they know in the lineup.

Jake Guentzel, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Carter Rowney are all in the lineup once again, as each has been for the team’s first three preseason affairs.  One new insertion is forward Adam Krause, who appeared in 15 regular season games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, posting four points (1+3) and 10 penalty minutes.  His first AHL goal came in spectacular fashion, scoring shorthanded against the Hershey Bears on March 20th of last season.

Fans can listen to today’s game via the Penguins mobile app, online at 105.9 the X, or can watch it on the NHL Network.  The Penguins roster for today’s game (subject to change):

Goaltenders
35 Tristan Jarry
36 Leland Irving

Defensemen
2 Chad Ruhwedel
4 Justin Schultz
10 Stuart Percy
24 Cameron Gaunce
42 Ethan Prow
51 Derrick Pouliot
61 Steve Oleksy

Forwards
11 Kevin Porter
13 Nick Bonino
19 Garrett Wilson
23 Scott Wilson
25 Tom Sestito
34 Tom Kuhnhackl
37 Carter Rowney
39 Jean-Sebastien Dea
45 Josh Archibald
49 Dominik Simon
59 Jake Guentzel
60 Adam Krause

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take the ice for their first preseason game when they host the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins will also battle the Hershey Bears in exhibition action at home on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:05 p.m. before wrapping up their preseason schedule at Giant Center against the Bears on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5:00 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-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.