NAILERS NEWS – DECEMBER 4, 2017

The Wheeling Nailers sit in a tie with the Manchester Monarchs at the top of the ECHL’s North Division with a 12-7-2-0 record this season.  Here’s your weekly look at the team in our NAILERS NOTES feature.


RECENT ACTION

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 VS. READING (4-3 LOSS):  The Nailers carried a 3-2 lead into the third period, but a pair of power play goals from the Royals allowed the visitors to pull out a one-goal victory.  Cody Wydo (1+1) led the offensive attack for Wheeling, and extended his point streak to four games (3+3=6)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 VS. READING (5-4 OT WIN):  Once again Reading rallied late, posting a pair of goals in the third period to force overtime.  But Garrett Meuers popped home his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 2:10 of the extra frame to pull out the win for the Nailers.  Zach Tolkinen picked up his first two goals of the season in the win.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 VS. FORT WAYNE (3-2 LOSS):  A rested Fort Wayne squad (they didn’t play the previous night) rolled into Wheeling and took home a one-goal victory.Wydo and Dan Milan picked up goals in the loss for the Nailers.


THE WEEK AHEAD

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 @ READING:  The Royals currently sit in third place in the ECHL’s North Division with a 11-7-2-0 mark, just two points behind the division leading Nailers and Monarchs.  Only five points separate the first place teams from fifth place Adirondack in the division.  Reading is one of three teams in the league without a shorthanded goal this year.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ INDY:  The Nailers begin a two-game swing through the Central Division against the Fuel, who currently sit in seventh place with a 5-10-2-1 mark.  Indy’s 48 goals scored is the second-fewest in the ECHL.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 @ TOLEDO:  The Walleye (14-4-2-1) carry a four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) into the week, and have extended their lead at the top of the Central to six points over the second place Cincinnati Cyclones.   Toledo paces the league with a 90.9% success rate on the penalty kill (7 goals against/77 times shorthanded).


LEAGUE LEADERS

The NAILERS lead the entire ECHL with a  25.5% conversion rate on the power play (22 goals/98 attempts)

CODY WYDO is third in the ECHL with 27 points, tied for fourth with 12 goals and tied for seventh with 15 assists

REID GARDINER is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 24 points, tied for eighth with 11 goals and tied for second with four game-winning goals

GARRETT MEURS is tied for 10th in the league with 23 points, tied for fourth with 12 goals and tied for first with two overtime goals

HUNTER FEJES is tied for eighth in the ECHL with 11 goals and tied for eighth with four power play goals

CAM BROWN is tied for third in the ECHL with 18 assists.

NICK SORKIN is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 16 assists

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JOSH ARCHIBALD ASSIGNED TO WBS FOR CONDITIONING

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 TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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MILWAUKEE AN UNFAMILIAR FOE FOR PENGUINS

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.


CURRENT CONNECTIONS

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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THE HOLIDAY HAT TRICK IS BACK

The Penguins Holiday Hat Trick is the perfect one-size-fits-all gift for any hockey fan.  This special package features four undated ticket vouchers, redeemable for any Penguins regular season home game, as well as a Penguins winter hat.

Packages start at just $50 and are available through the Penguins front offices (40 Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre), by calling 570-208-7367, or through the Penguins Online Store.

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FAN FRIDAYS, TEDDY BEARS AND A WARM WINTER

FAN FRIDAYS ARE BACK!

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.


TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT TEDDY BEAR TOSS

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 TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7367.


WINTER COAT DRIVE

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 TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7367

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NAILERS NEWS – NOVEMBER 21, 2017

The Wheeling Nailers have moved to the top of the ECHL’s North Division after posting a 2-1-0-0 record last week.  Get up to speed on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins affiliate in this edition of NAILERS NEWS.

RECENT ACTION

November 14, 2017:  Cody Wydo and Freddy Tiffels each scored a pair of goals in a 6-4 victory over the Adirondack Thunder.  Cam Brown and Garrett Meurs also each registered two points.  Sean Maguire picked up the win while recording 34 saves.

November 17, 2017:  Derek Army led the Nailers attack with a goal and four points in a 6-2 win against the Norfolk Admirals.  Garrett Meurs (1G, 2A) and Dylan Zink (1G, 1A) also recorded multi-point games in the win.  Sean Maguire stopped 36 shots.

November 18, 2017:  Garrett Meurs recorded the only goal in the 4-1 loss during the second game of a back-to-back with Admirals.  Zach Tolkinen and Will King assisted on the on goal of the game for the Nailers.  Along with the assist, King stopped 30 shots.

LEAGUE LEADERS

Cody Wydo is third in the ECHL with 20 points in 14 games played.  Wydo is tied for 12th in the league with eight goals, and is eighth in the league in assists with 12.

Reid Gardiner is fourth in points with 19 and tied for second in the league in goals with 11.

Garrett Meurs is tied for 10th in the league with 17 points and is tied for seventh in the league with nine goals.

Cam Brown is tied for third in the ECHL with 14 assists.

Nick Sorkin is tied for fifth in the ECHL in assists with 13.

Sean Maguire is tied for third in the league with six wins on the season.

compiled by Kenny Jarema

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CORRADO REASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON


The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defenseman Frank Corrado to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced Monday by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Corrado, who played in three NHL games with Pittsburgh, returns to a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squad that owns the AHL’s best record at 11-2-1 this year. Those numbers include an active 11-game point streak (10-0-1).

The Penguins’ next game takes place on Wednesday, November 22 when the team returns home for a Thanksgiving eve contest with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 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.

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NAILERS NEWS – NOVEMBER 13, 2017

NAILERS NOTES

The Wheeling Nailers are off to a solid start in ECHL action, posting a 7-2-2-0 mark through 11 games, good for the fourth-best points percentage in the league.  The Nailers took two of three contests this past weekend, and currently sit in second place in the North Division standings.


RECENT ACTION

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 VS. TOLEDO (4-3 OT WIN)

Reid Gardiner netted his league-leading fourth game-winning goal – this one coming in overtime – to lead the Nailers to a 4-3 win against the Walleye at WesBanco Arena.  Wheeling took a 2-0 lead into the third frame thanks to goals by Hunter Fejes and Gardiner before Toldeo got on the board.  Cody Wydo reestablished the two-goal cushion before the visitors scored twice in a 1:06 span late in the game to force OT.  Sean Maguire made 30 saves in net.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT TOLEDO (5-3 LOSS)

Derek Army had a goal and an assist, while Gardiner posted a pair of helpers in the second game of the home-and-home series.  Freddie Tiffels, reassigned to Wheeling from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier in the week, recorded his first pro goal in the defeat.  Cody Wydo netted his fourth goal of the season.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 VS. NORFOLK (5-3 WIN)

Cody Wydo extended his goal streak to three games, picking up the game-winning goal, in the home win over the Admirals.  Garrett Meurs recorded his third multiple-goal game of the season, Cam Brown had three points (1+2) in the win, and Tiffels chipped in with two assists.  Goaltender Will King stopped 39 shots for his first professional win.


LEAGUE LEADERS

REID GARDINER is tied for second in the ECHL with 10 goals and 17 points, is tied for fourth with three power play goals, and leads the league with four game-winning goals.  He had his 10-game point streak snapped on Sunday against Norfolk.

CODY WYDO is tied for second in the ECHL with 17 points and 12 assists.

CAM BROWN is tied for second in the ECHL with 12 assists.

HUNTER FEJES is tied for second in the ECHL with four power play goals.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ next game takes place on Friday, November 17 when they travel to face the Binghamton Devils at 7:05 p.m.  The team returns him for a Thanksgiving eve contest with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday, November 22.

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.

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PENGUINS STRETCH POINT STREAK TO 10 GAMES WITH WIN OVER BEARS

Photo courtesy Just Sport Photography

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their point streak to 10 games (9-0-0-1) with a 5-1 win over the Hershey Bears on Sunday evening at the Giant Center.

The Penguins (10-2-0-1, 21 points, first place in Atlantic Division) saw 10 different players pick up points, as they downed the Bears (6-7-0-2, 14 points, fifth place in Atlantic Division) for the second time in three tries this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s impressive offensive performance came despite the team mustering just 13 shots on the afternoon, its lowest total on the season.

Jarred Tinordi opened the scoring for the visitors, potting his second goal in as many games just 2:39 into the first period.

Zach Aston-Reese extended the lead to 2-0 five minutes later, tucking a puck between the pads of Vítek Vaněček during the Penguins first power play of the afternoon.



The 2-0 advantage lasted until the 11:58 mark of the second frame, when Dustin Gazley capitalized on a strange bounce to beat Casey DeSmith for his first goal of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Penguins answered back quickly, with Thomas Di Pauli picking the upper right corner 58 seconds after Gazley’s goal to make it a 3-1 game.  And Daniel Sprong followed suit exactly one minute later, notching his team-leading ninth goal of the season from a seemingly impossible angle to make it 4-1.



Colin Smith iced the game with an empty net goal – his first tally in a Penguins uniform – with 3:07 to play in regulation.

DeSmith made 31 saves, upping his record to 7-0-1 on the season, while Vaněček stopped just eight attempts in his season debut.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has now won three straight games after dropping a shootout decision to the Bears on November 5, and has picked up 19 of a possible 20 points in its past 10 games.

The Penguins next game takes place on Friday, November 17 when they travel to face the Binghamton Devils at 7:05 p.m.  The team returns him for a Thanksgiving eve contest with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday, November 22.

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.

NOTES:  Thomas Di Pauli now has goals in three consecutive games…Daniel Sprong’s nine goals are tops among AHL rookies, and his 14 points are second among first-year players…Jarred Tinordi has three points (2+1) in four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season…Pat McGrath made his season debut in the contest…Zach Trotman and two assists in the contest.

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BRUINS – PENGUINS PREVIEW


TONIGHT’S GAME

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins meet for the first time this season tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (8-2-0-1, 17 pts) sit atop the Atlantic Division standings, three points ahead of the fourth place Bruins (7-4-0-0, 14 pts).

TIME: 7:05 p.m. | PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena | WATCH:  AHLLive.com  LISTEN:  WILK News Radio | TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or the arena box office

PROMO:  The first 4,000 fans will receive a Penguins Card Strip featuring Kevin Czuczman, Daniel Sprong, Teddy Blueger, Tristan Jarry and Ryan Haggerty.  The first of four card strip giveaways this season also features a voucher good for a free personal pizza (with purchase) from Grotto Pizza


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins are coming off of a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday night.  Andrey Pedan notched his first goal with the team (and added an assist), Ryan Haggerty picked up his fifth tally of the year, and Thomas Di Pauli netted a pair of goals in the win.  Casey DeSmith stopped 22 shots for his fifth win in six games this season.

The Bruins were shut out their last time out, falling to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 6-0, last Sunday.  Zane McIntyre stopped 31 of 37 shots he faced between the pipes.


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, November 11  Providence  WBS  7:05pm
 Friday, January 19  WBS  Providence  7:05pm
 Friday, February 9  WBS  Providence  7:05pm
 Sunday, February 11  WBS  Providence  3:05pm
 Wednesday, March 28  Providence  WBS  7:05pm
 Saturday, March 31  Providence  WBS  7:05pm

 


PENGUIN NOTES

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has points in eight straight games (7-0-0-1)

Daniel Sprong leads all AHL skaters with five power play goals, and is first among league rookies with eight goals.

Ryan Haggerty has five goals in just four games this season

Lukas Bengtsson has eight points (0+8) in 11 games with the Penguins this season, and ranks tied for 11th among AHL defensemen in points.

Tonight’s game with be the 150th AHL game of Dominik Simon’s career.


PENGUINS-BRUINS CONNECTIONS

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons (2011-15) with Providence, recording 56 points (13+43) in 150 games with the club.

Providence Bruins forward Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons (2011-15) with the Penguins, recording 31 points (10+21) in 130 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


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