PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY AUSTIN


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Johnny Austin to an American Hockey League contract for the 2018-19 season.

Austin is coming off of a four-year career at the University of Connecticut, where he had his most productive season in his senior year. In 35 games, Austin managed to set career highs in goals (4), assists (15), points (19), shots on goal (76) and blocked shots (60). His 19 points led all team defensemen, and placed fifth overall on the Huskies. Austin also notched 11 power play points, tying him for the team lead in that category, as well.

The 23-year-old from St. Louis Park, Minnesota also appeared in nine AHL games last season with the Laval Rocket while playing on an amateur tryout agreement. Austin earned his first pro point with an assist during his AHL debut on Mar. 23, 2018 vs. Charlotte.

Austin spent three of his four seasons at UConn playing alongside fellow Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Joseph Masonius. The two finished first and second in points, respectively, among team defensemen in 2017-18.

Season ticket packages for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 20th season of hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS’ PEDAN SCORES HAT TRICK IN 4-3 WIN OVER ROCKET

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LAVAL, Qué. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins established a new season high with their seventh win in a row during a contest in which the team saw one of its players post his first career hat trick for the second consecutive night. Defenseman Andrey Pedan’s three goals fueled the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Laval Rocket on Saturday at Place Bell.

Pedan became just the second defenseman in team history to record a hat trick while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 23-10-2-1 on the season, first in the Atlantic Division.

Laval got off to a hot start with Éric Gélinas scoring 32 seconds into the game. However, Pedan’s first goal of the evening evened the score 3:07 when the Russian blueliner rushed the puck through the neutral zone, threw a shot on goal from just below the blue line that deflected off goaltender Michael McNiven’s glove  and across the goal line.

The physical play ratcheted up through the rest of the first period, but neither team managed another goal before the first intermission.

The Rocket reestablished the lead with another early period goal when Adam Cracknell tipped in a shot from the point, only to see the Penguins’ Teddy Blueger answer back 23 seconds later.

Pedan got his second goal of the night on the power play at 5:49 of the second period, putting the Penguins on top, 3-2.

Laval earned its own man advantage marker with Cracknell’s second tally, gathering a rebound right on the doorstep midway through the middle frame.

Pedan nabbed his first career hat trick with a déjà vu set up on the power play, identical to the goal he scored at 5:49 of the second stanza. Once again, Pedan unloaded a shot from the top of the left circle and blistered it past McNiven with four minutes left in the middle frame.

Despite the best efforts of McNiven to keep his team within striking distance, making 11 saves on the Penguins in the third period alone, Pedan’s hat trick-completing tally stood as the game-winner and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton walked away triumphant, 4-3.

Pedan’s hat trick followed an outing in which Ryan Haggerty scored his first professional hat trick on Friday at Belleville.

Anthony Peters landed his fifth-straight win by making 23 saves. McNiven was dealt the loss even though he turned away 37 of 41 Penguins shots.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against 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. 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at ROCKET, JANUARY 13, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their Canadian tour as they arrive in Quebec to take on the Laval Rocket at Place Bell with a special 4:00 start time.

The Penguins (22-10-2-1, 47 pts, .662%) look to build on a six-game win streak that has them leading the Atlantic Division, while the Rocket (16-17-5-2, 39 pts, .488%) are in the fifth spot in the North Division.

Saturday’s game is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: Place Bell
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 20 WBS Laval 6-0 WIN
Saturday, January 13 Laval WBS  4:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins posted their second win against the Belleville Senators in a week, sweeping the season series with a 6-2 victory on Friday night. Ryan Haggerty recorded the first hat trick of his professional career, while Anthony Peters stopped 19 shots to record his fourth straight win between the pipes. Christian Thomas, Garrett Wilson, and Jean-Sébastien Dea also tallied for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Laval Rocket hosted Hartford Wolf Pack at Place Bell on Friday night and exploded for three goals in the first period, two off the stick of Adam Cracknell, culminating in a 4-2 victory for the Rocket. Hartford pulled back within one during the second period, but a Matt Taormina power play tally finished off the Wolf Pack. Zachary Fucale was solid in net, slamming the door on 27 of 29 Hartford attempts.


PENGUINS NOTES
Ryan Haggerty tallied his first professional Hat Trick on Friday night giving him six points in four games (5+1) since the new year.

Haggerty established a new single-season career-high by recording his 16th goal of the season in Friday night’s win. Haggerty’s previous high of 15 goals came with the Hartford WolfPack in the 2014-15 season, when it took him 73 games to hit that mark. He netted his 14th, 15th and 16th with the Pens in his 25th game this season.

Haggerty’s 16 goals tie him for 12th place in the AHL.

Christian Thomas has four goals and five points in his past three games, and carries a three-game goal streak into today’s action.

Garrett Wilson is on a five-game point streak and has seven points (2G-5A) since the holiday break. Points in five-straight games is an AHL career high for Wilson.

Penguins power play has now tallied three goals in their last 12 attempts making them .250 on the new year.


ROCKET NOTES
Left Winger Chris Terry leads the AHL with 41 points and is tied for first with 19 goals.

Adam Cracknell has a three-game point scoring streak (3+1)

Laval is tied for first in power play goals for in the North Division (32), but the Rocket rank last in the AHL with a 76.3 penalty kill percentage.

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PENGUINS EMERGE VICTORIOUS FROM 6-5 OVERTIME THRILLER

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – When the dust settled at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came out on top of a back-and-forth, electrifying, adrenaline-pumping, 6-5 overtime game against the Laval Rocket on Friday night.

Daniel Sprong netted a hat trick and helped power the Penguins (3-2-0-0) past the Rocket, who were facing one another for the first time in franchise history.

Sprong wasted no time extending his goal-scoring streak to five games when he fired a wicked wrister into the top corner 5:48 into the game, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton an early 1-0 lead.

The Rocket answered three minutes later when Chris Terry scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season, and then Laval took a 2-1 lead at 12:03 of the opening frame after a blistering slap shot from Tom Parisi.

The Penguins and Rocket continued to trade goals throughout the remaining eight minutes of the first period with Sprong and Kostopoulos finding the back of the net for the home squad and David Broll tallying for Laval. The two clubs combined for six goals in the opening stanza, skating to a 3-3 tie at the conclusion of the first 20 minutes.

Éric Gélinas reestablished the Rocket’s lead during a power play at 5:15 of the middle frame, only to see Gage Quinney even things up again fourteen seconds later.

Laval was able to carry a one-goal advantage into the second intermission after Nikita Scherbak set up Michael McCarron with a pretty feed from the slot with only 1:40 left in the period.

The third frame didn’t see as much offense as the previous two, but the Penguins were able to capitalize on a five-on-three man advantage at 10:41, tying the score at five goals apiece. Naturally, Sprong was the scorer for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as he notched his league-leading fifth power play goal of the season to complete his first professional hat trick.

Teddy Blueger sent the crowd home happy with the overtime game-winning goal with 2:16 left in the extra period.

Tristan Jarry saved 28 out of 33 shots he faced to earn his first win of the season. Charlie Lindgren made 31 out of 37 saves for the Rocket.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21, against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS REVEAL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE FOR 2017-18

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The full 2017-18 American Hockey League regular season schedule was announced this afternoon, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will officially begin their 19th season on Saturday, Oct. 7, when they face off with the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

SYNC SCHEDULE | COLOR PDF | B&W PDF | TEXT LIST PDF

The Penguins will play a 76-game regular season schedule (38 home/38 road) featuring games against every team in the Eastern Conference and an additional three opponents from the Western Conference. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton remains a member of the now eight-team Atlantic Division, along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Charlotte Checkers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Providence Bruins and Springfield Thunderbirds. The Penguins will meet division foes 50 times (25 home/25 road) with their remaining 26 games coming against clubs in the North Division (10 home/10 road) and Central Division (three home/three road).

The puck will drop on weekend evenings or afternoons for 30 of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 38 home games. The Penguins will be bringing back promotions such as $14 Fan Fridays and Kids Get In Free Sundays for the 2017-18 season. Starting in December, lower level tickets for Friday night home games are just $14 while supplies last in addition to $2 select beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. For the Penguins’ five Sunday home games, children age 14 and under can attend free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket, and four of those games will feature a postgame skate with select players. Information on other promotions for the season will be announced at a later date.

The Penguins begin the season with nine of their first 12 games taking place on home ice, but their longest homestand of the season lasts only four games. The Penguins will play four-consecutive home games on three separate occasions this season, once in October, December, and another split between March and April. Likewise, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has four different four-game road trips on the schedule, their longest of the season. Those stretches of road games are slated to take place in January, February, March and April.

The Penguins will play seven teams during this upcoming season that did not appear on the team’s 2016-17 schedule: the Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, Grand Rapids Griffins, Laval Rocket, Belleville Senators, Binghamton Devils and Charlotte.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has never played a regular season game against Rockford, Laval or Belleville. Grand Rapids last visited Northeastern Pennsylvania during the 2008-09 season, and Milwaukee hasn’t played a regular season game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since 2001-02. The Penguins last took on the Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza during the 2010-11 campaign. Binghamton is playing its first season under a new NHL affiliation.

The Penguins’ full 2017-18 schedule is listed below.

GAMES BY DAY OF THE WEEK   GAMES BY MONTH
Home Road Total Home Road Total
Monday 0 0 0 October 6 2 8
Tuesday 1 2 3 November 5 4 9
Wednesday 7 4 11 December 8 6 14
Thursday 0 0 0 January 5 6 11
Friday 11 14 25 February 5 6 11
Saturday 14 9 23 March 6 10 16
Sunday 5 9 14 April 3 4 7

 

GAMES vs. OPPONENTS (Home/Road)  
Atlantic Division North Division Central Division
Bridgeport (3/3) Belleville (1/1) Grand Rapids (1/1)
Charlotte (2/2) Binghamton (3/3) Milwaukee (1/1)
Hartford (3/3) Laval (1/1) Rockford (1/1)
Hershey (6/6) Rochester (1/1)
Lehigh Valley (6/6) Syracuse (2/2)
Providence (3/3) Toronto (1/1)
Springfield (3/3) Utica (1/1)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season, 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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AHL ANNOUNCES NEW DIVISION, OPPONENTS FOR PENGUINS IN 2017-18


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The American Hockey League announced its alignment for the 2017-18 season today reflecting changes to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ division and opponents.

More Info:  AHL Release

The Charlotte Checkers have been added to the Eastern Conference and will join the Penguins in the Atlantic Division. The AHL’s eight-team Atlantic Division now includes the following teams:

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Charlotte Checkers
Hartford Wolf Pack
Hershey Bears
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Providence Bruins
Springfield Thunderbirds
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Including the Checkers, the Penguins will play seven teams during this upcoming season that did not appear on the team’s 2016-17 schedule: the Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, Grand Rapids Griffins, Laval Rocket, Belleville Senators and Binghamton Devils.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has never played a regular season game against Rockford, Laval or Belleville. Grand Rapids last visited Northeastern Pennsylvania during the 2008-09 season, and Milwaukee hasn’t played a regular season game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since 2001-02. The Penguins last took on the Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza during the 2010-11 campaign. Binghamton is playing its first season with a new affiliation.

In addition to Bellville, Binghamton and Laval, the Penguins will also play the remaining teams from the North Division (Rochester, Syracuse, Toronto, Utica).

The Penguins will play all teams listed both at home and on the road.

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