WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced their opponents for the upcoming 2018-19 season, the club’s 20th season of hockey. Among the 16 teams that the Penguins will face next year is a new foe, the Cleveland Monsters.

Cleveland was moved to the Eastern Conference’s North Division as a result of AHL realignment announced earlier in the week on Monday, May 7. The Penguins will take on the Monsters four times this season; twice at home and twice on the road. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will also return to home-and-home sets with three Western Conference opponents that they saw in 2017-18, the Grand Rapids Griffins, Milwaukee Admirals and Rockford IceHogs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s full slate of opponents is as follows:

Opponent Home Road   Opponent Home Road
Binghamton 2 2   Milwaukee 1 1
Bridgeport 4 4   Providence 3 3
Charlotte 2 2   Rochester 1 1
Cleveland 2 2   Rockford 1 1
Grand Rapids 1 1   Springfield 3 3
Hartford 3 3   Syracuse 1 1
Hershey 6 6   Toronto 1 1
Lehigh Valley 6 6   Utica 1 1


The Penguins have not faced off against the Monsters since the 2008-09 season, when they were then known as the Lake Erie Monsters. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 3-1-0-0 against the Monsters all-time.

Guaranteed home dates and the full 2018-19 schedule will be announced at a later date.

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




MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scratched and clawed their way to a shootout loss in their final game of the weekend’s Midwest road trip, falling 3-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Sunday evening.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-17-4-2) peppered Anders Lindbäck with shots throughout the game, and it took until Josh Jooris shoved a puck across the goal line in the last minute of regulation for the Penguins to force overtime.

Both Lindbäck and Anthony Peters goaltenders made dazzling saves in the first period. Lindback robbed Gage Quinney on the power play with a diving effort midway through the frame, and Anthony Peters delivered an old-school, cartwheel, two-pad stack while the Penguins were on the penalty kill to keep the game even.

The Penguins dominated possession for most of the opening period, firing 20 shots at the net. However, the game’s first goal came on the Admirals’ second shot of the game. Anthony Richard picked off a pass and fed Frédérick Gaudreau on a shorthanded two-on-none rush at 10:38 of the first period.

Ethan Prow evened things up, 1-1, in the final minutes of the opening frame. Christian Thomas slid a pass from the wall to a wide-open Prow, who stepped up and rocketed a wrist shot over Lindbäck’s glove.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton once again out-possessed Milwaukee in the second stanza, but late in the period, the Penguins had trouble clearing the puck out of their zone, and the Admirals took advantage. Richard put the Admirals back on top, 2-1, when his shot following the failed clear deflected off of Thomas Di Pauli and sailed in the top right corner of the Penguins’ net.

Lindbäck continually turned aside the Penguins’ bids throughout the third period. In a last ditch effort to tie the game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled Peters for an extra attacker in the final minute of regulation.

A blocked shot skipped back to the point for the Penguins, and Ethan Prow dished it over to Jean-Sébastien Dea. Dea’s slapshot was stifled by Lindbäck, but Jooris would not be denied. He fought to collect the rebound and kept the Penguins’ hopes alive by tying the game, 2-2, with 39.3 seconds remaining.

Both goaltenders stood tall during an active overtime period, weathering the storm without allowing a goal. Lindbäck shut the door on Daniel Sprong during a breakaway in the extra session and stopped Jooris from reprising his role as hero in the waning moments of OT.

In the shootout, Justin Kirkland and Christian Thomas scored in the opening round, but neither team found the back of the net in rounds two and three. Richard notched the game-deciding goal for Milwaukee in round four.

Peters made 20 saves on the night, as well as two more in the shootout session. Lindbäck steered away 38 shots in regulation and overtime, and made three stops during the shootout.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 9, when they take the bus up I-81 to face-off with the Binghamton Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night 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, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will try to close out another three game in three night weekend with a victory when they face the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday night at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

The Penguins (33-17-4-1, 71 pts, .645%) sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, while Admirals (28-24-4-1, 61 pts, .535%) sit in sixth place in a crowded Central Division.
Sunday’s game is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 6:00 p.m. EST
PLACE: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena


Friday, December 1 WBS Milwaukee  5-4 OTW
Sunday, March 4 Milwaukee WBS  6:00pm


The Penguins fell to the Rockford IceHogs, 3-0, on Saturday in a hard-hitting, penalty-filled contest at BMO Harris Bank Center. Both teams had six power plays and combined for 66 penalty minutes throughout the course of the game but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton could not take advantage of all the special teams action in the second contest of its Midwest swing. Anthony Louis and Andreas Martinsen (2) put up the three goals for the IceHogs. Étienne Marcoux recorded 19 saves on 21 shots faced in his AHL debut.

Goalie Troy Grosenick stopped 36 shots in his Admirals debut, leading Milwaukee to a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday at Van Andel Arena. Grosenick turned aside all but one shot in his first game since being acquired from the San Jose Barracuda. Milwaukee saw scoring from Mark Zengerle, Alex Carrier, Harry Zolnierczyk, and Trevor Smith.


Garrett Wilson scored his first AHL hat trick when these teams met in December

Jean-Sébastien Dea scored the overtime winner December 1st.

In games following being being shut out this season the Penguins have posted a 2-1-1-0 record

Kevin Czuzczman played his 250th AHL game Friday night. During his tenure he has tallied 79 points (17+62).

Rookie Emil Pettersson leads the teams in both points (39) and assists (27) this season

Bobby Butler has 21 goals for the Admirals this season, which leads the team.

John Ramage is eight games away from 300 in his AHL career

Milwaukee left wing Harry Zolnierzyck spent the 2013-14 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 36 points (18+18) in 57 games with the Penguins.

Admirals center Trevor Smith skated in 75 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2012-13 season, recording 54 points (23+31).

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Garrett Wilson returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ line-up on Friday, putting forth an inspired performance in his team’s 5-4 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilson recorded his first career AHL hat trick in Saturday’s game, with all three goals coming in the first period while playing with a heavy heart.

“It was a tough couple of weeks there with my mother passing away,” Wilson said. “Those goals are for her, and I feel like she was definitely helping me out there tonight.”

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-4-0-1) saw Wilson start the scoring only 2:26 into the contest on his first shift of game, batting in a two-on-one pass from Josh Archibald.

The Admirals tied the score, 1-1, with a shorthanded goal by Harry Zolnierczyk less than two minutes after Wilson kicked things off. Wilson answered back at 9:38 of the first period, then completed the hat trick on a power play goal three and a half minutes later. His third goal of the period also served as the 100th goal of Wilson’s professional career.

Eighty seconds into the second period, Admirals points leader Emil Pettersson wired a wrist shot that got past the glove side of Colin Stevens, cutting the Penguins’ lead down to 3-2.

Archibald, who was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on condition loan Saturday morning, got in on the scoring act with a shorthanded goal. Archibald’s first tally of the season came with 55 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

Milwaukee pulled within one again thanks to its man advantage unit clicking on its fifth power play of the night. Mark Zengerle was responsible for the Admirals’ power play goal with 12:28 left in regulation, and Anthony Richard tied it up, 4-4, when only 3:44 was left on the clock.

Jean-Sébastien Dea sent the crowd home happy when he went top shelf for the overtime game-winning goal at 2:51 of the extra period.

Stevens stopped 29 out of the 33 shots he faced, earning his first career AHL win in his first AHL start. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Juuse Saros, made 26 saves for the Admirals.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 2, when they take on the Rochester Americans  at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday night’s contest against Rochester also serves as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Puck drop between the Penguins and Americans is 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, 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.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned forward Josh Archibald to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Archibald, 25, has appeared in two games with Pittsburgh this season, going scoreless.

Pittsburgh’s sixth round choice in the 2011 NHL Draft, Archibald has appeared in 182 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in parts of four seasons (2013-17), recording 61 points (31+30).  Last season he tied for the AHL lead with four shorthanded goals, and was sixth with a plus-25 rating.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, when the Penguins welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m., and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays. Lower bowl tickets (excluding glass seats) for Friday’s game against Milwaukee 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 at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Peter Ratchuk recorded one of the Penguins’ eight goals against the Admirals on January 13, 2002

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will welcome an unfamiliar foe to NEPA on Friday night, as they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm.

The contest will be just the third ever regular season meeting between the clubs, and the first since the 2001-02 season.

January 4, 2002 saw the Pens and Admirals square off for the first time, with Milwaukee taking a 2-1 decision in Wisconsin.  Robert Dome scored the lone Wilkes-Barre goal, while Robbie Tallas made 36 saves in a losing effort.

The Penguins came out on top in the return meeting, an 8-5 victory on January 13 in Wilkes-Barre.  Eric Meloche (1+2), Martin Sonnenberg (2+0), Tomas Surovy (1+1), Mike Wilson (1+1) and Alexandre Mathieu (0+2) each recorded multiple point efforts for the home club.  Sebastien Caron made 33 saves in net for the Pens.

The teams also met in the 2004 Calder Cup Finals, with the Admirals posting four straight wins to capture their only AHL championship.


Milwaukee left wing HARRY ZOLNIERCZYK spent the 2013-14 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 36 points (18+18) in 57 games with the Penguins.

Admirals center TREVOR SMITH skated in 75 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2012-13 season, recording 54 points (23+31).

Friday night’s meeting between the Penguins and Admirals is our first EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY of the season.  We’ll have lower bowl tickets available for just $14, select draft beers for just $2 (from 6-7:30), the first 5,000 fans will receive a Penguins Team Photo (courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times-Tribune and the Citizens’ Voice), and Freddie Tiffels and Daniel Sprong will take part in our post-game autograph session.

Get your tickets for Friday night’s game at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or give the Penguins a call at 570-208-7367.

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Penguins welcome uncommon foes for busy weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-4-0-1) still holds first place in the Atlantic Division


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 22 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 2
Ryan Haggerty scored 31 seconds into the contest, marking the second game in a row that he gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game. The Phantoms struck twice before the Penguins rattled off three-straight goals to win. Haggerty, J.S. Dea and Zach Aston-Reese all had three-point nights.

Friday, Nov. 24 – PENGUINS 2 at Syracuse 5
The Pens saw their 12-game point streak end as the Crunch won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Dominik Simon scored for the visitors, continuing his career trend of registering at least one point in every trip to Syracuse (6GP; 3G-4A).

Saturday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 4
The Penguins clawed their way back for another near-comeback against the Crunch, only to fall short by one tally. Freddie Tiffels scored his first AHL goal while Adam Johnson posted the third multi-point game of his career (0G-2A).


The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 1 – PENGUINS vs. Milwaukee
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts the Milwaukee Admirals for the first time since the 2004 Calder Cup Final. The Admirals have made the playoffs in 14 of their 16 AHL seasons, but are currently fourth in the Central Division and playing .500 hockey (5-5-0-0) over their last 10 games.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – PENGUINS vs. Rochester
The Penguins will see a lot of familiar faces come to town when the Americans visit Northeast PA for the first and only time this season. Rochester is led by former Pens assistant coach, Chris Taylor, and its roster is populated by five players who were in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

Sunday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-0-1 against Hershey this season and is 7-2-0-1 in its last 10 trips to Giant Center.


Ice Chips

– With an assist on Saturday, Dominik Simon took over the Penguins’ team lead in points (15). This is the first time Simon has held sole possession of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s points lead since Jan. 8, 2016 of his rookie season.

– Casey DeSmith started every game for the Penguins in the month of November (6-2-1).

– Zach Aston-Reese is tied for the best plus-minus rating among active AHL rookies (+10).

– Chris Summers played in his 400th AHL game on Saturday.

– Christian Thomas is three games away from his 300th career AHL games.

– Garrett Wilson is four points shy of his 200th point as a pro.

– Lukas Bengtsson is four points shy of his 100th point as a pro.



1. PENGUINS 17 12 4 0 1 25 .735
2. Lehigh Valley 20 12 6 0 2 26 .650
3. Providence 18 10 6 2 0 22 .611
4. Charlotte 19 11 7 1 0 23 .605
5. Bridgeport 21 12 8 0 1 25 .595
6. Hershey 21 9 9 0 3 21 .500
7. Hartford 21 7 11 2 1 17 .405
8. Springfield 22 8 13 1 0 17 .386



Dominik Simon 14 3 12 15
Daniel Sprong* 17 9 5 14
Ryan Haggerty 10 9 4 13
Jean-Sébastien Dea 7 7 2 12
Kevin Czuczman 17 1 11 12


Casey DeSmith^ 12 9-2-1 2.29 .924 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Dec. 1        Milwaukee      Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 2       Rochester        Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 3      Hershey           Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.



Wed, Nov. 22    (LW) Freddie Tiffels  Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Nov. 27    (G) Sean Maguire       Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Nov. 27    (G) Colin Stevens                    Released from PTO

Tue, Nov. 28      (G) Casey DeSmith                         Recalled by PIT



Come on out this Friday, December 1 to root on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins as they take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm.  It’s the first of our Eyewitness News Fan Fridays, with lower level tickets available for just $14 (while supplies last).  Plus we’ll be serving up select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.

Grab you official Penguins team photo courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times Tribune and Citizens Voice Team, and stick around for our postgame autograph session with a pair of Pens players.

Fan Friday tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.


It’s the one time we LIKE to see bears inside the arena!

Join the Penguins on Saturday, December 2 when we take on the Rochester Americans at 7:05pm for our annual Tobyhanna Army Depot Teddy Bear Toss.

Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed toys to the game, which will be tossed onto the ice following the Penguins’ first goal of the game.  The plush toys will be collected and distributed to children in need through Tobyhanna Army Depot’s “Operation Santa Claus” program.

The first 4,000 fans in attendance will also receive the second of our four Penguins Card Strips, featuring five Pens players and a voucher good for a free personal pizza (with purchase) from Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre.

Tickets for the game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at or by calling 570-208-7367.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will once again be doing their part to bring a little warmth to those in need this winter.

The Penguins and Eye Care Specialists will be hosting their annual winter coat drive, benefitting Luzerne County Head Start, at the team’s December 8 game against the Charlotte Checkers.  New and gently used coats will be collected at the East Gate Entrance of the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins will also be accepting donations at their front office location inside the Toyota SportsPlex at 40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre in advance of the game.

Tickets for December 8 are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at or by calling 570-208-7367

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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.


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.

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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