WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON LOSES TO LEHIGH VALLEY, 4-1

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The PPL Center has been a home away from home for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins since the building opened its doors a little over two years ago, but they couldn’t find the same road magic on Wednesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

It was just the second regulation loss that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton suffered in 13 all-time visits to PPL Center. The loss dropped the Penguins to 10-3-1-0 on the season and extended the Phantoms’ (9-3-1-0) current winning streak to seven games.

The first period concluded in a scoreless tie, thanks in large part to the stellar performance of Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry. Jarry turned aside 16 shots in the opening frame, including one on Scott Laughton from point-blank range.

With the puck loose amidst a net-front scramble, Thomas Di Pauli went diving to the ice to jam it across the goal line. The goal was Di Pauli’s first as a pro and put the Penguins up 1-0 2:23 into the second period.

The Phantoms answered back when Danick Martel beat out an icing call and set up a tic-tac-toe passing play that finished with Corban Knight banging in a rebound at 17:29 of the middle frame.

Lehigh Valley ended up with three consecutive goals in the third period to end up with the win, starting with Greg Carey knocking in a loose puck at 5:57 for a 2-1 Phantoms lead. Fifty-four seconds later, a fortuitous bounce put the puck right on Taylor Leier’s stick around the crease, who lifted it into the top of the Penguins’ net, making it 3-1. A long-range empty net goal by T.J. Brennan with 25.5 seconds left in the contest sealed the 4-1 victory for Lehigh Valley .

Jarry finished the game having made 32 saves. It took until Lehigh Valley’s 28th shot for Jarry to allow his first of the night. Alex Lyon successfully fended off 30 shots in the win for the Phantoms.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Nov. 18 when they play host to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Individual game tickets for Friday 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.

PREVIEW: Sound Tigers vs Penguins – November 18, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night, November 18. This is the second meeting between the club’s this season, after the Penguins picked up a 7-1 win in Connecticut on November 5. The two clubs will square off in a home-and-home series to close out November, facing off in Bridgeport on Friday, November 25, and returning to northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 26.

DATE:  Friday, November 18, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
GIVEAWAY:  December Schedule Magnet Featuring Jake Guentzel
POSTGAME AUTOGRAPHS:  Tristan Jarry and Reid Gardiner (approximately 15 minutes after the game ends)

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-0-0 (16 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Bracken Kearns & Michael Dal Colle 7
ASSISTS  Bracken Keanrs 7
POINTS  Bracken Kearns 12
PIM  Kyle Burroughs 34
WINS  Christopher Gibson 6
GAA  Christopher Gibson 2.52

WHO’S HOT:  Goaltender Christopher Gibson is a perfect 6-0-0 in seven games played this season. After winning his first six contests to start the season, Gibson made a relief appearance against the Penguins on November 5, allowing two goals in the final period of a 7-1 loss. He missed last weekend’s action due to injury, but could make an appearance this weekend as the Sound Tigers play a three-in-three starting Friday night.

NEWS AND NOTES:The Sound Tigers are perfect when a game goes past regulation, winning once in overtime this season (Nov. 4, 5-4 at Hartford) before winning back-to-back road shootouts this past weekend against Syracuse (3-2) and Hershey (4-3)…The Sound Tigers have the best road record in the league at 5-1-0-0 (10 pts, .833 win percentage)

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  10-3-1-0 (21 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  7
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  13
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.00

WHO’S HOT:  Oskar Sundqvist has four points (1+3) in his past three games, and has points in seven of the past eight Penguins contests (4+5=9). His five goals through 14 games this season already equals his total in 41 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Thomas DiPauli recorded his first professional goal in the Penguins 4-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night…The Penguins are undefeated (3-0) in games following a loss this season…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed a league-low 24 goals through 14 games this season…Casey DeSmith continues to lead the AHL in goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (.963)…Tristan Jarry is fifth in the league with a 1.88 goals against average, and sixth with a .932 save percentage…Jake Guentzel is tied for first among rookies with six goals and second with 13 points…The Penguins continue to lead the league with a 91.1% penalty kill rate (5 goals in 56 times shorthanded)

Individual game tickets for Friday 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.

PHANTOMS vs PENGUINS – November 16, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon not only gave the team back-to-back wins on the weekend, it also gave the Pens the distinction of being the first team in the AHL to hit double-digit wins on the season.  

That came as a bit of a surprise to head coach Clark Donatelli.

“I didn’t realize that, but it feels good,” Donatelli said after practice at the Toyota SportsPlex on Tuesday.  “The guys are playing hard, and it’s good to get a good practice in here.  We’re just taking it game-by-game, period-by-period.  We just try to get better every day.”

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is off to a 10-2-1-0 mark, good for 21 points an the top winning percentage (.808) in the league.

“It’s early.  We’re not 15 games into it,” Donatelli stated.  “But we’re off to a good start and we’re going to hopefully continue to do the same things.”

The Penguins are in the middle of a stretch that sees the team play six games in just nine games, including a Wednesday night matchup with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown.  The Flyers’ affiliate enters this week’s action riding a six-game winning streak which has them just four points behind the Penguins in the Atlantic Division standings.

“We’re going to have to be ready right off the bat,” Donatelli said. “I think that they’re going to come at us really quick.  We’re going to be on the road, and we’re going to have to have a good start.”


DATE:  Wednesday, November 16, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  PPL Center
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-3-1-0 (17 pts) | Second in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Greg Carey & Colin McDonald 7
ASSISTS  Jordan Weal 11
POINTS  Jordan Weal 15
PIM  Danick Martel 25
WINS  Anthony Stolarz 6
GAA  Anthony Stolarz 2.39

WHO’S HOT:  Former Penguins forward Colin McDonald had a three-game goal streak (Nov. 5-12) snapped Sunday in Hershey, but is still tied for the Phantoms lead with seven tallies in just 12 games.

NEWS AND NOTES:Jordan Weal is tied for fifth in the AHL with 15 points (4+11)…T.J. Brennan is tied for second among AHL defensemen with 12 points (3+9)…Greg Carey leads all AHL skaters with six power play goals…The Phantoms are third in the Eastern Conference and fifth in the league with a 25.05 power play percentage (15 for 60)…

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  10-2-1-0 (21 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  7
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  13
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.00

WHO’S HOT:  Rookie forward Reid Gardiner has three goals in his past four games. He netted his first professional goal in a 7-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on November 5. It turned out to be the game-winning goal.

NEWS AND NOTES:  The Penguins have allowed just one goal in nine of their 13 games so far this season…Goaltender Casey DeSmith leads the AHL in both goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (.963)…Tristan Jarry isn’t far behind DeSmith in either category, ranking fifth in goals against average (1.76) and third in save percentage (.935)…A pair of Penguins rookies made their AHL and North American pro debuts last weekend. Center Thomas DiPauli suited up for the first time on November 11 against the Toronto Marlies, and also played in the Penguins win in Hartford on Sunday. DiPauli was signed as a free agent our of Notre Dame this past summer….Defenseman Lukas Bengtsson made his debut on Sunday in Hartford, going scoreless in the win. He spent last season with Frolunda in Sweden, winning the league championship before signing with Pittsburgh as a free agent…The Penguins remain the top penalty killing team in the league with a 90.6% success rate (48 of 53).

The Penguins return home on Friday night to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05pm.  Tickets for Friday night’s game 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.