PORTER SCORES TWICE AGAIN AS PENGUINS DEFEAT CRUNCH, 6-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter continued his strong play against Syracuse, posting his second two-goal performance in as many games against the Crunch, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins skated to a 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The win upped the Pens record to 5-1-1-0 (11 points, first in the Atlantic Division) on the season, while the Crunch fell to 4-3-0-0 (8 points, third in the North Division).

Porter, who also scored twice in the Penguins last meeting with Syracuse on Oct. 22, helped the Penguins build a sizable first period lead with two more tallies, bringing his season total to a team-leading four goals.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got on the board first, thanks to Carter Rowney’s tip-in goal at 3:52 of the first period. Porter then put the Penguins up 2-0, and later 3-0, by scoring his third and fourth goals of the season at 14:51 and 18:37 of the opening frame, respectively.

With a chance to chip away at the Penguins’ lead late on their first power play of the game in the final minute of the first period, Casey DeSmith denied Syracuse on a redirect attempt in the slot, maintaining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s three-goal advantage heading into intermission.

Tom Kostopoulos potted his first goal of the season at 13:54 of the second period, bringing the score to 4-0, before Mike Halmo snapped DeSmith’s shutout bid at 4:56 of the third when he found loose change at the right of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net.

Later, Patrick McGrath took advantage of a turnover right at the Crunch blue line and rifled a wrist shot a Kristers Gudļevskis. The Crunch goaltender couldn’t hang on to the high-velocity shot, and Jean-Sébastien Dea smacked the rebound out of mid-air to build the Penguins’ lead back up to 5-1.

Oskar Sundqvist added an insurance marker with the Penguins’ second man advantage goal of the game, bringing the contest to its final score of 6-1.

DeSmith finished the afternoon having made 22 saves on 23 shots faced, while Gudļevskis stopped 23 of the 29 pucks thrown his way.

McGrath, Barry Goers and Ethan Prow all recorded their first points of the season with assists scattered throughout the contest.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Nov. 4 against the Binghamton Senators at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Pens and Sens 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 season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 10/25/16

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Defense on display as Penguins win two of three over weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3-1-0-0) allows just three goals in last three games

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Springfield 1

The Penguins were handed their first loss of the season when they ran into the performance of Thunderbirds goalie Reto Berra. Berra stopped all 23 shots faced, including one as time expired.

Saturday, Oct. 22 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 1

Kevin Porter scored two shorthanded goals 2:19 apart and later added an assist on the insurance marker, catapulting the Penguins to a victory over Syracuse. Casey DeSmith made 26 saves in his season debut.

Sunday, Oct. 23 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 1 (OT)

With the fate of the game on his stick, Dominik Simon converted on a penalty shot in sudden death overtime and gave the Penguins a 2-1 win over the Bears at Giant Center. The win snapped the 24-game streak in the Pens/Bears rivalry of the team that scores first going on to win the game.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Albany

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton welcomes the undefeated Albany Devils to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first and only time in 2016-17. Last year, the Penguins downed the Devils in both of their two meetings.

Saturday, Oct. 29 – PENGUINS at Springfield

The Penguins look to avenge their shutout loss to the Thunderbirds when they travel to New England for the first time this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-1-0-0 in its last five games at MassMutual Center.

Sunday, Oct. 30 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse

A Sunday matinée between the Pens and Crunch serves as a second head-to-head in eight days. Game time is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s home ice.

 

Ice Chips

– Dominik Simon’s overtime penalty shot game-winner on Sunday was the first in team history.

– Kevin Porter was the first Penguin to score two shorthanded goals in the same game since Jonathan Filewich on Dec. 23, 2006.

– Casey DeSmith’s .963 save percentage ranks second among AHL rookie goaltenders.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns the Eastern Conference’s best goals against (5) and combined team save percentage (.953).

– Tim Erixon played in his 200th AHL game on Saturday vs. Syracuse.

– Tom Kostopoulos is three points shy of reaching his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                          GP       W         L        OTL     SOL      PTS         Pt%

1. Springfield               4          3          1          0           0          6            .750

2. PENGUINS            4          3          1          0          0           6            .750

3. Bridgeport              4           1          2          0          0          4           .500

4. Hartford                 4           1          2          0          0          4           .500

5. Lehigh Valley         3          1          1           1          0           3            .500

6. Hershey                 4           1          2           1          0          3            .333

7. Providence            5           1          3           1          0          3            .000

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                              GP        G        A         PTS

Jake Guentzel*                       4          2         3          5

Kevin Porter                           4          2         1           3

Carter Rowney                       4          1         2          3

four players tied                                                        2

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT-SO     GAA       Sv%       Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*        1          1-0-0-0         1.00       0.963           0

Tristan Jarry                 1          2-1-0-0          1.33        0.950           0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                             TIME      

Fri, Oct. 26        Albany                  Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 29       Springfield          MassMutual Center            7:05 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 30     Syracuse              Mohegan Sun Arena           3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Oct. 22       ADD     (D) Ethan Prow           Reassigned from WHL

Fri, Oct. 21          DEL     (D) David Warsofsky               Recalled by PIT

Wed, Oct. 19     DEL      (D) Ethan Prow                Reassigned to WHL

KEVIN PORTER LEADS PENGUINS PAST CRUNCH, 3-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Porter factored in on all-three of the Penguins’ goals, and had the unique distinction of scoring two shorthanded goals in the same game, the first time that’s happened for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Dec. 23, 2006.

It took until 8:11 of the second period for the game’s first goal to be scored, when Porter was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway and picked the corner over the glove of Syracuse goalie Adam Wilcox.

One minute and 19 seconds later, on a different penalty kill, Porter gave everyone at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza a case of déjà vu by scoring a nearly identical shorthanded goal, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

On the same man advantage that Porter scored his second shorty, Cory Conacher notched a power play goal for Syracuse, cutting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead in half, 2-1. Conacher’s tally was the first power play goal the Penguins allowed all season.

Dominik Simon added an insurance marker for the Penguins 15:45 of the third period, making it 3-1 in favor of the home team. Porter recorded an assist on Simon’s goal, as did Reid Gardiner for his first professional point.

Casey DeSmith stopped 26 shots, earning the win in his season debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Wilcox made 28 saves at the opposing net.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is its first road game of 2016-17 and takes place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 23, against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Oct. 26 against the Albany Devils.

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 season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS THREE TO WILKES-BARRE

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned Kevin Porter, David Warsofsky and Tristan Jarry to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is the 2016-17 season opener on Saturday, Oct. 15 against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Game time for the Penguins’ season opener 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 season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.