PETERS HOLDS DOWN THE FORT, PENGUINS OUST GRIFFINS, 2-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Goaltender Anthony Peters had a stellar night between the pipes for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Peters recorded 32 saves in the victory and played a big role in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (34-17-4-2) going a perfect five-for-five on the penalty kill against one of the league’s top power plays.

On the Penguins’ second penalty kill of the night, Joseph Cramarossa fed Adam Johnson for a breakaway chance. Johnson deked goaltender Tom McCollum, sliding the puck across the goal line for a shorthanded goal that opened the scoring at 12:45 of the first period.

The Griffins proceeded to out-shoot the Penguins, 11-5, in the first period and kept the barrage of shots coming through the second stanza, firing 13 shots in the middle frame. Peters was up to the challenge, turning away every puck he faced.

Late in the second period, the Penguins were assessed a bench penalty for too many men on the ice. Then they immediately saw Thomas Di Pauli called for a delay of game face-off infraction, giving the Griffins a full two-minute five-on-three man advantage. The Penguins’ penalty kill was brilliant once again, and Peters made two jaw-dropping stops on cross-crease one-timers orchestrated by Grand Rapids.

Eventually, the Griffins solved Peters and tied the game when Ben Street knocked in a rebound from a blocked shot at 7:58 in the third period.

The Penguins came right back and responded three and half minutes later, as Kevin Czuczman fired the puck through a mass of humanity and past a screened McCollum.

Grand Rapids never truly tested Peters with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, and so Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held on for the 2-1 win.

McCollum stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced in a losing effort.

The Penguins’ next game is Tuesday, Mar. 13, when they travel to North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Checkers. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration as they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Mar. 17.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack 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.

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

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PEDAN PROPELS PENGUINS PAST BEARS, 4-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were buoyed by the play of defenseman Andrey Pedan as they turned away the Hershey Bears with a 4-1 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (27-12-3-1) saw Pedan score twice, including the game-winner, as the team extended its winning streak on home ice to seven games.

Pedan wasted little time firing up the crowd and his teammates, dropping the gloves to fight Hershey’s Zach Sill just five seconds into the game. The early donnybrook didn’t yield immediate results for the Penguins though, as it was the Bears striking first, 6:22 into the first period. A pass by Tyler Graovac intended for Riley Barber was broken up by Penguins forward Gage Quinney, but redirected off of Barber and floated into Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net.

Two minutes before the first intermission, the Penguins tied it up while on the power play. A rocket of a shot from Pedan rifled to the top corner and through a screen that Pheonix Copley couldn’t stop.

Both teams registered nine shots on goal during the second period, but both Tristan Jarry and Copley were up to the task, keeping the score even at 1-1.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got their first lead of the game 5:34 into the third period when Pedan tallied for the second time on the night off a perfectly timed drop pass from Greg McKegg. Pedan’s fellow defenseman, Kevin Czuczman, added an insurance goal for the Penguins at 11:40 of the third period.

Hershey pulled Copley for an extra attacker and Jarrett Burton took advantage after accepting a pass from Daniel Sprong right in the slot and put the game on ice with 2:16 left in regulation.

Jarry denied 25 Hershey shots, while Copley successfully fended off 22 of the 25 bids that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton threw his way.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 3 against their other Keystone State rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday’s contest will also be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Pink in the Rink night. 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.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/14/17

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.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
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

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
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

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 8 7-0-1 1.94 .936 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                                 TIME    

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

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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

HAGGERTY LEADS PENS TO 4-3 OT WIN OVER BRUINS

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.

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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 TicketMaster.com, 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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PENGUINS STAND TALL OVER DEVILS, 6-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode an explosive first period to a 6-2 victory over the Binghamton Devils in preseason action at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton racked up four goals in the first 20 minutes of play and saw multi-point nights from six different players en route to its first win of the exhibition schedule.

Garrett Wilson wasted little time kicking off the Penguins’ scoring onslaught, taking a behind-the-

back, no-look pass from Tom Kostopoulos and depositing it into the Devils’ net at 5:36 of the first period. Kostopoulos earned a goal of his own during a five-on-three power play at 11:53 of the first, and Adam Johnson made it 3-0 just one minute later.

Binghamton responded with a man advantage marker from Jan Mandát at 15:11 of the opening frame, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got back out to a three-goal lead when Zach Trotman’s slapshot snuck through Scott Wedgewood’s goaltending equipment and across the goal line 49 seconds prior to intermission.

The Penguins’ Dominik Simon and the Devils’ Nathan Bastian traded goals during the second period, bringing the score to 5-2.

Kevin Czuczman notched the final goal of the game midway through the third period.

Tristan Jarry denied the Devils on 15 of the 17 shots he faced, while Wedgewood made 24 saves in the loss.

The Penguins’ next preseason game is tomorrow Saturday, Sept. 30, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Charlotte Checkers. 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.

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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PITTSBURGH SIGNS CZUCZMAN TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

Defenseman Kevin Czuczman has appeared in 200 AHL games with he Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Manitoba Moose (photo courtesy of Manitoba Moose).

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Kevin Czuczman to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The contract is a two-way deal and it has an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level.

Czuczman (CHUHRCH-muhn), 26, broke into the NHL with the New York Islanders as an undrafted free agent following a three-year collegiate career at Lake Superior State. He jumped into the NHL immediately upon signing in 2013-14, collecting two assists in 13 games with the Islanders.

Last year, the Port Elgin, Ontario native spent the season with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, where he served as an alternate captain. Czuczman posted the best offensive numbers of his pro career, leading all Manitoba blueliners with 32 points (9G-23A) in 76 games.

A 6-foot-2, 206-pound defender, Czuczman played the majority of the ’14-15 and ’15-16 seasons with the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In three-plus professional seasons, Czuczman 54 points (14G-40A) in 200 career AHL regular-season games, plus AHL playoff appearances, split between Manitoba and Bridgeport.

As a junior in his final year at Lake Superior State in ’13-14, Czuczman was named to the All-WCHA Second Team after setting collegiate career highs in goals (10), assists (11) and points (21) in 36 games played. His 10 goals that year were tied for second-most among all NCAA defensemen. Czuczman was Lake Superior State’s “Most Valuable Defenseman” as a sophomore and its “Most Outstanding Freshman” in his debut campaign.

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