PENGUINS LOSE IN ALLENTOWN, 5-2

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were out-dueled in a clash between the Atlantic Division’s top two teams, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms skated to a 5-2 victory at PPL Center on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-12-3-1) still hold first place in the Atlantic despite the loss and appeared to be in control of Friday’s contest until an early goaltending change turned the tide.

Daniel Sprong wasted little time to start the scoring, charging forth on a breakaway and rifling a shot through Dustin Tokarski’s five-hole 56 seconds into the game.

Lehigh Valley’s Greg Carey tied the game at 5:06 of the first period, but a redirect by Zach Aston-Reese put the Penguins back in the lead 1:20 later. At this point, Phantoms coach Scott Gordon decided to pull Tokarski and replace him with back-up Alex Lyon.

With time ticking down in the opening frame, Nic Aubé-Kubel got loose for a mini-break and hoisted a backhand shot over the pads of Anthony Peters. Aubé-Kubel’s goal tied the game, 2-2, three minutes before the second intermission.

The Phantoms took their first lead of the game when T.J. Brennan converted on a two-on-none rush at 11:48 of the second period.

Lehigh Valley tacked on two goals in the third period with tallies from Mike Vecchione and Aubé-Kubel separated by 1:21 of game time. Peters finished the game having made 25 saves. Tokarski only stopped two of the four shots he faced, but Lyon denied all 26 shots thrown his way in relief.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 27 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils 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 PHANTOMS, JANUARY 26, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finish a four-game road trip against their divisional rival the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center Friday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (25-11-3-1, 54 pts, .675%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (25-13-2-3, 55 pts, .640%) rank one slot behind the Penguins in second place.

Friday’s game is the ninth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: PPL Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13 WBS Lehigh Valley  5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14 Lehigh Valley WBS  3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3 Lehigh Valley WBS  6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22 WBS Lehigh Valley  4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6 Lehigh Valley WBS  5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23 WBS Lehigh Valley  3-2 Loss
Wednesday, December 27 WBS Lehigh Valley  4-5 Loss
Wednesday, January 17 Lehigh Valley WBS  4-1 WIN
Friday, January 26 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, February 3 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Sunday, February 18 Lehigh Valley WBS  5:05pm
Saturday, April 14 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins traveled down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Wednesday night, and left Chocolatetown with a 4-0 victory. Zach Aston-Reese tallied his seventh goal of the season for the game winner just 3:40 into the game. Jarrett Burton, Christian Thomas, and Zach Trotman also added goals for the Penguins, as Anthony Peters stopped all 18 Bears shots he faced for his first AHL shutout.

Lehigh Valley hosted the Providence Bruins at PPL Center on Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 win. The Phantoms saw tallies in the first period from Alex Krushelnyski and Greg Carey. Mike Vecchione added one more in the third, before Kenny Agostino ruined the shutout bid for Alex Lyon at 18:02 of the third. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson added another tally at 19:31 of the third, but the Bruins couldn’t find the equalizer.


PENGUINS NOTES
– Daniel Sprong returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup on Wednesday night, appearing in his first game with the team since December 29.  He picked up a pair of assists in the victory over the Bears.
– Despite missing most of a month with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Sprong still ranks sixth among AHL rookies with 30 points, is third with seven power play goals, and tied for second with 18 goals.
– Frank Corrado tallied his first multi-point game since December 1st on Wednesday night, with a two-assist effort against the Bears
– Anthony Peters backstopped the Penguins to his first career AHL shutout on Wednesday night.
-Tristan Jarry returned to the Penguins this week. He has a 6-3-1-0 record with four shutouts, a save percentage of .942, and a goals against average of 1.79 in his career at the PPL Center.

PHANTOMS NOTES
– Forward Oskar Lindblom was added last week to the Atlantic Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. He’s currently tied for second among all Phantoms and tied for seventh among all AHL rookies in scoring with 28 total points (12 goals, 16 assists).
– Defenseman T.J. Brennan enters the week leading all Lehigh Valley defenders and third among all AHL blueliners in scoring with 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists).
– With Wednesday’s victory, the Phantoms improved to 14-3-1-1 when scoring first this season.
– Goaltender Alex Lyon was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday afternoon.


CONNECTIONS
Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14 registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12 with 49 points (14+35) to his credit.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013 when the team was located in Adirondack. He accumulated 20 points (11+9)

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, playing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career leading 50 shut outs there.

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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ASTON-REESE FINDS HIS SCORING TOUCH


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have been one of the hottest teams in the American Hockey League over the past three weeks, posting eight straight wins and moving back to the top of the Atlantic Division standings.

One of the catalysts of the recently resurgent Penguins’ play has been rookie forward Zach Aston-Reese.

During that same group of games, Aston-Reese has come alive, posting 10 points (3+7) and finding the scoresheet in seven of the eight contests.

It’s been a nice stretch for the youngster, who didn’t record his first point until the sixth game of the season.

“I think the biggest thing is just being consistent in every game,” he said. “It’s good to struggle early on because that’s where you learn the lessons.”

But the former NCAA scoring champ spreads out the credit for his recent success as deftly as he dishes the puck to his teammates.

“Things are clicking,” said Aston-Reese, who has been skating alongside Jean-Sebastien Dea and Ryan Haggerty for much of the season.

Dea was on pace for a career-year, with 23 points (9+14) in 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being recalled by Pittsburgh this week.

And Haggerty has been terrorizing the opposition, netting a single-season best 16 goals in just 27 games this season.

“I just give him the puck and he skates down and puts it in,” laughed Aston-Rees.  “So it’s been nice.”

Now sitting in third place on the team’s scoring list with 24 points, Aston-Reese has seen additional ice time with Pittsburgh recalling forwards Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon in recent weeks.

“I think more so with special teams.  On the penalty kill, that’s where you get your legs going.  You get more looks on the power play,” he said.  “It definitely opens up more ice.”


Some other quick ZAR notes:

After Wednesday night’s three-point effort (2+1) against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Aston-Reese has now recorded three three-point games this season.

He is tied with linemate Ryan Haggerty for the team lead with a plus-19 rating.

Aston-Reese is tied for 14th among rookie scorers with 24 points and tied for fifth among rookies with 18 assists


Aston-Reese isn’t the only Penguins skater to sting together some nice stats over the past several weeks.

Haggerty has points in seven straight games dating back to December 30, with five goals and seven assists to his credit.

Christian Thomas has points in five straight contests (5+2=7), and has recorded the game-winning goal in three of the past four Wilkes-Barre/Scranton victories.

Goaltender Anthony Peters is a perfect 6-0-0 since signing his second tryout contract with the team, allowing just 10 goals in those contests.

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PENGUINS CAPTURE EIGHTH-STRAIGHT WIN BY BEATING PHANTOMS, 4-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their season-best winning streak to eight games by virtue of a 4-1 triumph over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-10-2-1) forged a new first line of Zach Aston-Reese, Gage Quinney and Ryan Haggerty for the rivalry match-up with Lehigh Valley. The move paid immediate dividends as all three players found the scoresheet, combining for six points, and Haggerty assumed the team lead with 29 points on the season.

BOXSCORE

Lehigh Valley struck first, using a power play goal from Philippe Myers to take a 1-0 lead at 15:11 of the opening frame.

The Phantoms appeared poised to build on their lead with a raucous start to the second period. However, the Penguins survived those tense moments and calmed things down by scoring at 5:32. Quinney was the goal-scorer for the Penguins, after being set-up by his new linemates, Aston-Reese and Haggerty.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly grabbed a 3-1 lead with tallies from Christian Thomas and Teddy Blueger, separated by 3:25 of game play in the second stanza.

Lehigh Valley pressed hard early in the third period, but Anthony Peters would not yield, denying the Phantoms on 10 shots faced in the final frame of regulation. Desperate to solve Peters and cut into the Penguins’ two-goal lead, Phantoms coach Scott Gordon pulled his goalie for an extra attacker with 5:31 left in the game. The gamble didn’t pay off, as Aston-Reese completed a three-point night with an empty net goal 30 seconds later.

Peters finished the night with 22 saves, winning his sixth-consecutive game in net for the Penguins. Dustin Tokarski was handed the loss, making 24 stops on 27 shots faced.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Jan. 19, as they travel to Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time this season for a date with the Providence Bruins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Jan. 27 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils 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.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, JANUARY 17, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return from their Dad’s weekend in Canada to face off against their divisional rival, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wednesday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (23-10-2-1, 49 pts, .681%) currently sit atop the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (23-12-2-3, 51 pts, .638%) rank one slot behind the Penguins by mere percentage points.
Tonight’s game is the eighth of 12 meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:  7:05 p.m.
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13  WBS  Lehigh Valley   5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3  Lehigh Valley  WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22  WBS  Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6  Lehigh Valley  WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23  WBS  Lehigh Valley   3-2 Loss
Wednesday, December 27  WBS  Lehigh Valley   4-5 Loss
Wednesday, January 17  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm
Friday, January 26  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Saturday, February 3  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Sunday, February 18  Lehigh Valley  WBS  5:05pm
Saturday, April 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Laval Rocket and came away with a 4-3 victory at Place Bell on Saturday afternoon. Andrey Pedan’s first career hat trick led the way, while Teddy Blueger also chipped in a goal, helping the Penguins to their seventh consecutive victory. In a very physical game, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton power play was able to find some traction as well, going two-for-six on the man advantage. Anthony Peters did his part, landing his fifth straight victory by stopping 23 of 26 shots.

Lehigh Valley trawled down the turnpike to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears in a divisional matchup on Sunday afternoon, and took home a 2-1 overtime win. T.J. Brennan scored just 44 seconds into overtime to seal the victory, while Nicolas Aubé-Kubel’s 11th tally of the year forced the extra frame. Alex Lyon captured his 10th win of the season, stopping 28 of 29 Bears chances.


PENGUINS NOTES

Ryan Haggerty and Andrey Pedan recorded the first ever back-to-back hat tricks in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history on Friday (Belleville) and Saturday (Laval).

Pedan became just the second defenseman in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history to net a hat trick, following in the footsteps of Alex Picard, who accomplished the feat on March 17, 2012 against the Worcest Sharks.

Haggerty’s 16 goals are tied for 14th in the league, and are a new personal best for the fourth-year forward. He recorded 15 goals in 2014-15 with the Hartford Wolf Pack, with his 15th coming in his 73rd game of the season. He netted his 16th in his 25th game this year.

Haggerty is averaging 1.04 points per game, tied for 19th in the AHL.

Kevin Czuczman is second among AHL defensemen and tied for 18th overall with 20 assists this season.

Anthony Peters has won five straight games since signing his second PTO with a goals against average of 1.79 and a save percentage of .929.


PHANTOMS NOTES

Phil Varone is second in the AHL in points (40) and tied for third in the AHL in assists (29).

Phantoms Chris Conner has scored seven goals this season, and three of them have come against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

TJ Brennan scored his 141st career goal on Sunday against the Bears, the second-most among AHL defensemen all-time. That tally pulls him to within 25 goals of the all-time record, held by former Penguins and Phantoms great John Slaney, who had 166 in his Hall of Fame career.

Dustin Tokarski has not lost in regulation in five appearances against the Penguins this season.


CONNECTIONS

Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14, registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season, tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, with 49 points (14+35) to his credit.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013 when the team was located in Adirondack. He accumulated 20 points (11+9) in that time.

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career leading 50 shutouts there.

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PENGUINS LOSE CLOSE ONE TO PHANTOMS, 5-4

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms engaged in yet another tightly contested affair on Wednesday night with the Phantoms narrowly pulling off a 5-4 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Every member of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s (16-10-2-1) line of Garrett Wilson (1G-1A), Gage Quinney (1G-1A) and Daniel Sprong (0G-2A) put forth a strong offensive showing. Despite their six combined points, Lehigh Valley edged their Pennsylvania Turnpike rival and pulled farther ahead in the division standings.

The Phantoms began the scoring 2:57 into the period after Nicolas Aubé-Kubel collided with Jean-Sébastien Dea, who then in turn ran into Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith. With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net vacant, T.J. Brennan’s shot from the point went into the open cage and gave Lehigh Valley a 1-0 lead.

Mike Vecchione had a cross-crease pass ricochet off of Penguins defenseman Frank Corrado and past DeSmith during a power play at 14:35 of the first period, making it 2-0.

The Penguins entered the second period on the power play and used that opportunity to create their first goal of the game. Just as man advantage expired, Colin Smith received a between-the-legs drop pass Wilson to get a wide-open view of the net and fired it in just 56 seconds into the middle frame.

Chaos ensued midway through the second period, when a four-goal scoring spree broke out in a three-minute stretch starting with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tying the game, 2-2, on a broken play that resulted in Quinney tucking a puck around the post and off of Lehigh Valley netminder Dustin Tokarski at 10:54 of the second period. Tyrell Goulbourne answered back for the Phantoms at 12:03 of the second stanza, and Chris Conner deposited a rebound created during a two-on-one rush 1:37 later. A mere 17 ticks of the clock after the Conner goal, Garrett Wilson scored on a breakaway, pulling the Penguins back to a one-goal deficit, 4-3.

The dust settled for the third period, and Lehigh Valley received an empty net goal off the stick of Phil Varone to make it 5-3. Adam Johnson scored for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 11.5 seconds left in regulation, but it proved to be too little too late as Varone’s empty netter from moments before stood as the game-winner.

DeSmith stopped 30 of the 34 shots he faced, while Tokarski made 32 saves at the other end of the ice.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 29 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Friday’s game between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hartford is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with upper and lower bowl tickets available for $14 and $2 select draught beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack 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.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/26/17

Penguins come out of holiday break with rematch against Phantoms

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (16-9-2-1) to play three games in next four days

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Dec. 22 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 3 (OT)
Teddy Blueger and Jarrett Burton delivered big time performances to defeat Binghamton in the Devils’ first regular season visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Burton registered the first multi-goal game of his AHL career to force overtime, and Blueger’s second goal of the night was the OT game-winner.

Saturday, Dec. 23 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton put forth over 40 shots on goal for the third time this season, but were handed a loss nonetheless by Lehigh Valley. Blueger scored his third goal of the weekend, while Ryan Haggerty recorded his season series-leading fifth goal this year against the Phantoms.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins get a second crack at the Phantoms four days after the loss that seven the season series at three wins apiece. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jean-Sébastien Dea and Lehigh Valley’s Chris Conner both top the season series with seven points through six games.

Friday, Dec. 29 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins had a 10-game winning streak against the Wolf Pack end earlier this month. They’ll look to start another one against a Hartford team that has thrust itself into the playoff conversation by going 6-1-2-2 in December.

Saturday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Clark Donatelli and his Penguins close out 2017 with a trip to Hershey, where his team is 8-2-1-1 in its last 12 visits to Giant Center. Daniel Sprong has scored a goal in every one of his games at Giant Center this season. Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose in regulation to Hershey this season (3-0-1-1).

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL rookie lead in goals (15) and power play goals (7).

– With his two tallies on Friday, Teddy Blueger eclipsed his career-best for goals in a season (8) in exactly half the games played (27).

– Blueger had five points (4G-1A) in his last four games.

– Seventy-five percent of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s goals scored this season have come at even strength, the second highest in the AHL.

– Garrett Wilson is one game away from his 300th AHL game.

– Colin Smith is two games away from his 300th AHL game.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 29 19 8 2 0 40 .690
2. Charlotte 31 20 10 0 1 41 .661
3. Lehigh Valley 32 19 9 2 2 42 .656
4. PENGUINS 28 16 9 2 1 35 .625
5. Bridgeport 29 14 12 2 1 31 .534
6. Hartford 32 13 13 3 3 32 .500
7. Hershey 32 14 15 0 3 31 .484
8. Springfield 33 13 18 1 1 28 .424

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 27 15 7 22
Ryan Haggerty 18 11 6 17
Teddy Blueger 28 9 7 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 28 6 10 16
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Kevin Czuczman 24 1 15 16

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 15 10-3-2 2.60 .914 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Dec. 27   Lehigh Valley   Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 29       Hartford            Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 30     Hershey            Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 27, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come back from the holiday break to finish out a two-game set against the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (16-9-2-1, 35 pts, .625%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (19-9-2-2, 42 pts, .656%) rank one slot ahead of the Penguins in third place.

Wednesday’s game is the seventh of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13 WBS Lehigh Valley   5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14 Lehigh Valley WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3 Lehigh Valley WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22 WBS Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6 Lehigh Valley WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23 WBS Lehigh Valley   3-2 Loss
Wednesday, December 27 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Wednesday, January 17 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm
Friday, January 26 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Saturday, February 3 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Sunday, February 18 Lehigh Valley WBS  5:05pm
Saturday, April 14 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms engaged in a tightly contested affair in both teams’ final game before the holiday break, with the Phantoms narrowly pulling off a 3-2 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Teddy Blueger scored for the third time on the weekend and Ryan Haggerty netted his 11th goal of the season. But Oskar Lindblom, Chris Conner, and Corban Knight all posted multi-point nights for the Phantoms en route to the victory. Casey DeSmith was solid in net stopping 29 of 32 shots for the Penguins, while Dustin Tokarski turned away 39 of 41 on the other side.


PENGUINS NOTES
Teddy Blueger notched his third goal of the weekend in the last matchup and now has a career-best nine goals this season.

Zach Aston-Reese also grabbed an assist on Saturday night, to continue his climb up the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton assist leader board. He now ranks second among active AHL Penguins in helpers this season with 11.

Michael Leighton is the all time shutout leader in the AHL with 50. He recorded his first win as a Penguin against Binghamton last Friday night.


PHANTOMS NOTES
With a three-point night against the Penguins on Saturday, Oskar Lindblom vaulted himself into third on the Phantoms in points this year with 23.

Chris Conner has scored six goals this season, with two of them coming against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Phantoms have players represented in the top three of goals, assists and points so far, this season. Danick Martel (17) and Greg Carey (16) sit at second and third respectively for goals, Phil Varone is tied for the lead for assists (25) and in second for points (34).


CONNECTIONS
Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14 registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, recording 49 points (14+35) with the Penguins.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season, tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played in 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013, when the team was located in Glens Falls, NY. He accumulated 20 points (11+9) during that time.

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career record 50 shutouts there.

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FESTIVUS CELEBRATION DECEMBER 23


We’re pulling the aluminum pole out of the crawlspace and setting it up for our first ever Festivus Celebration on Saturday night, December 23, when we face the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 5:05pm (SPECIAL START TIME).

Penguins players will be airing their grievances with the Phantoms while donning these special Festivus inspired sweaters, which will be auctioned off during the game.

Be sure to stop and have your photo taken with the Festivus pole on the concourse (we find tinsel distracting), and enjoy the feats of strength the Pens will be performing on the ice.

The first 4,000 fans in attendance will also receive the third in our series of four Penguins Trading Card Strips, featuring five Pens players plus a voucher good for a free treat from Grotto Pizza.

Get your tickets for Saturday night’s game at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online through TicketMaster.com or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

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PENGUINS FALL TO PHANTOMS, 5-0

BOXSCORE

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms used a three-goal outburst during a five-minute span in the first period to set up a 5-0 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at PPL Center on Wednesday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-6-1-1) threw 39 shots at Lehigh Valley goalie Dustin Tokarski, who turned all of them all aside for his first shutout of the season.

The Phantoms struck twice in a 53-second stretch to take a sudden 2-0 lead. First, Mikhail Vorobyev thrust a centering feed into the back of the Penguins’ net, then Corban Knight pounced on a turnover and buried it at 13:10 of the opening frame.

Knight contributed to Lehigh Valley’s next goal as well, setting up Oskar Lindblom on a two-on-one rush with under three minutes left in the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a power play early in the second period and hoped to cut into the deficit, but instead saw Tyrell Goulbourne rush down the ice shorthanded and make it 4-0. Penguins netminder Anthony Peters left the game following the Goulbourne goal having made 15 stops on 19 shots faced, and he was replaced by Sean Maguire.

Matt Read put a bow on the Phantoms’ victory by scoring his team’s fifth goal of the night at 13:36 of the third period. Read’s bid was the only shot of 16 that solved Maguire once he stepped in for Peters.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill finished the night a perfect five-for-five, while its man advantage unit was unable to convert on five opportunities of its own.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 8, against the Charlotte Checkers. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 7:05 p.m. and is a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for Friday’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.