TOM KOSTOPOULOS REACHES 500 CAREER AHL POINTS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Tom Kostopoulos has earned himself another spot in the history books. With a goal against the Binghamton Senators on Saturday night, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ captain earned his 500th point in the American Hockey League.

Kostopoulos becomes the 91st player in AHL history to reach 500 career points. He is also Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise leader in goals (172), assists (257), points (429), power play goals (63), game-winning goals (24) and games played (598).

The Mississauga, Ont. native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round (204th overall) at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He began his professional career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the team’s inaugural season in 1999-2000. Kostopoulos, 38, is currently in his sixth season wearing the “C” as captain of the Penguins.

Last year, Kostopoulos become just the fourth player in the history of the game to appear in 600 games in both the NHL and AHL.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Feb. 3 for the first visit in 2016-17 by the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for Feb. 3’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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

 

Tom Kostopoulos AHL Career Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM
W-B/S 1999-2004 & 2013-2017 598 172 257 429 826
Manchester 2004-2005 64 25 46 71 99

 

with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…
1999-2004 318 97 149 246 527
2013-2017 280 75 108 182 299

KOSTOPOULOS NETS HIS 400TH AS PENS BEAT SENS, 4-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had plenty of reasons to celebrate following their 4-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators on Friday night, but the moment that stole the show came when their captain reached yet another milestone in his decorated career.

Scoring a power play goal at 17:56 of the second period in front of a home crowd, Tom Kostopoulos recorded his 400th career point as a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin. Kostopoulos, the Penguins’ all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points is the first player in franchise history to reach that mark.

The game did not begin on as cheery of a note, though. Binghamton opened up the scoring with the lone goal of the first period when Mike Blunden found the back of the net with a wrap-around at 13:36 of the opening frame.

The Penguins responded with a strong second period, outshooting the Senators 15-6. Jake Guentzel put the Penguins on the board, tying the game the contest with a deflection at 15:56 of the second. Kostopoulos had an assist on Guentzel’s equalizer, point No. 399 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The 18-year pro and Penguin captain’s 400th point with the club broke the deadlock just two minutes later, bringing the score to 2-1.

Garret Wilson and Oskar Sundqvist each added to the Penguins’ lead in the third. Wilson’s first in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform came 5:23 into the third with a wrist shot that beat Binghamton goalie Matt O’Connor high blocker-side.  Sundqvist blasted a one-timer from the slot past O’Connor at 13:02 of the third, bringing the game to its 4-1 final.

Tristan Jarry finished the game with 20 saves on 21 shots while his counterpart, O’Connor stopped 26 of the 30 shots faced.

Friday night’s victory not only brought the Penguins to 6-1-1-0 (13 points, first in the Atlantic Division), but it was also the seventh-straight game in which they held their opponent to just one goal in regulation.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 4, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Nov. 11, when they take on the Toronto Marlies at home for the only time this season.

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.