ARCHIBALD, SUNDQVIST RETURN TO WILKES-BARRE

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Josh Archibald to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced Thursday by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Archibald, 24, has established new career highs in goals (14), assists (13) and points (27) in 57 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  He has appeared in three games with Pittsburgh this season, recording two goals and a plus-1 rating.

Sundqvist, 22, ranks fifth on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 39 points (16+23) in 53 games this season. He is scoreless in four appearances with Pittsburgh this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 17, when it travels down the turnpike to Allentown to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop for the Penguins’ clash with the Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at PPL Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Mar. 18, and once again they’ll face the 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.

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

DI PAULI LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURN TO ACTION

 


It’s been more than three months since Thomas Di Pauli last laced up his skates in a game for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  So you could forgive the first-year forward if he was a little reticent at practice on Friday morning.

“Keep it simple here,” laughed Di Pauli.  “I’ve been out of commission for a while.”

The thing is, Di Pauli wasn’t talking about his skating or stick handling being rusty.  Rather he was cautioning the assembled media members who had gathered to pepper him with questions on his imminent return to the lineup.

It’s been a frustrating start to a career for the 22-year old Di Pauli.  The highly-touted scorer out of Notre Dame signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins over the summer, and figured to be a big part of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton offense headed into the 2016-17 season.  But a back injury in training camp delayed his pro debut for nearly a month, and he appeared in just eight games before suffering a lower body injury on November 26 against Bridgeport.

 

Di Pauli rejoined his teammates at practice this week, and is a good bet to see his first action of the new year Saturday night when the Penguins travel to face the Hershey Bears.

 

“Obviously these three, couple of months have been pretty hard.  But I’ve worked hard…to get back as soon as possible,” he said after practice at the Toyota SportsPlex this morning.  “I feel great out there.  It’s nice to be back out there, full contact, skating around with the guys.”

 

The re-introduction of Di Pauli to the Penguins lineup is just as good as – if not better than – the Penguins acquiring a forward at the trade deadline according to head coach Clark Donatelli.

“We’re glad to get a fresh pair of legs in the lineup,” said Donatelli.  “He was playing well when he got hurt.

“He’s an energy guy, he can kill penalties.  He’s really hard on pucks.  So we’re expecting him to go out there and play like he was playing before. He can bring some energy, get in on offense.”

Di Pauli, who was skating on a line with Oskar Sundqvist and Josh Archibald at practice Friday, also said he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder after missing so much time this season.

“I’m definitely going to be out there to try to prove something, to management, to the team, to some of the guys.  I mean, a lot of these guys have been playing hockey, pro hockey, for a lot of years,” he said.  “This is my first year, so I feel like I have to prove something to the team that has been playing so well while I’ve been out.”

NOTES:  Frank Corrado, acquired by the Penguins at the trade deadline from the Toronto Maple Leafs, has yet to arrive in Wilkes-Barre due to immigration issues.  Donatelli was waiting to hear about the defenseman’s status as of noon on Friday.  If his paperwork isn’t approved this weekend, he could make his Penguins debut during the team’s three-game homestand next week.

“I hear good things [about Corrado],” Donatelli said.  “He’s a right side defenseman, he moves the puck.  He should fit in well with our style of play.

“We think he’s going to help us.”

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Saturday, Mar. 4, and it will take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and 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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS vs DEVILS – GAME PREVIEW

Devils vs Penguins

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to the New York capital to face off with the Albany Devils on Friday night. It’s the second of two meetings between the teas this season, following on a 3-1 Penguins win on October 26 in Wilkes-Barre.

The Devils (29-21-1-1) currently sit in second place in the North Division, having won three of their past four games.

The Penguins (37-11-3-0) carry a three-game winning streak into their final regular season game in Albany.


DATE:  Friday, February 17, 2017
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Times Union Center
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ABOUT THE DEVILS

RECORD 29-21-1-1, 60 pts | Second in North Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Ben Sexton 18
ASSISTS  Joel Quenneville 24
POINTS  Joel Quenneville 35
PIM  Andrew MacWilliam 79
WINS  Ken Appleby 14
GAA  Ken Appleby 2.42

WHO’S HOT:  Rookie BLAKE COLEMAN has four points (1+3) in the Devils’ past three games, and currently ranks second on the team with 17 goals and 32 points. He’s 10th in the league among rookies in points, and fourth among first-year goal scorers.

NEWS AND NOTESJOEL QUENNEVILLE is fourth among AHL rookies with 35 points and tied for second with 24 assists. His six power play goals are tied for third among first year skaters…Former Penguin BRIAN GIBBONS is fourth on the team with 26 points, and his 11 goals this season equals his previous AHL bests (2011-12 and 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)…BEN SEXTON is tied for the league lead with five game-winning goals…The Devils hold the fifth best penalty killing unit in the AHL with an 84.8% success rate (195 for 230)…Albany is tied for the league lead with seven overtime wins this season.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  37-11–3-0 (77 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS – (Active Players)

GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  18
ASSISTS  David Warsofsky  25
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  40
PIM  Tom Sestito  97
WINS  Tristan Jarry  22
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.22

WHO’S HOT: SAHIR GILL has four points (2+2) in his past two games, and has points in five of his past seven appearances (3+5=8). He has set new AHL bests in assists (11) and points (15) this season.

NEWS AND NOTES: An official scoring change from Tuesday night’s win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms gave TOM KOSTOPOULOS an assist in the contest, allowing the Penguins captain to hit the 40-point mark for the fourth consecutive season, and the eighth time in his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career…OSKAR SUNDQVIST had been scoreless in five games since returning from injury before recording a pair of goals, including a short-handed tally, in Tuesday’s win over the Phantoms…Five of DOMINIK SIMON’s eight goals this season have been game-winners, tying him for the top spot in the AHL…DAVID WARSOFSKY is one assist shy of tying his single season best (26), established with Providence in 2013-14. His 11 goals and 36 points in just 36 games this season are both personal bests for the All-Star defenseman…TRISTAN JARRY is tied for the AHL lead with 22 wins this season, and is currently tied with Marc-Andre Fluery for seventh on the team’s all-time list…The Penguins 86.5 penalty kill rate (189 for 207) is times in the league.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/15/17

 

Penguins look ahead to busy weekend still holding first place

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-11-3-0) end of season-long six-game homestand and hit the road

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS 0 vs. St. John’s 4
The IceCaps used a four-goal second period to shut-out the Pens and earn the win in their final visit to Mohegan Sun Arena.

Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Hershey 3 (OT)
The Penguins and Bears delivered another thrilling contest, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it a perfect four-for-four in overtime this season against their rival. Kevin Porter had a four-point night (1G-4A), including the OT game-winner.

Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 2
Sahir Gill earned the first two-goal game of his AHL career as the Penguins held off the Senators to win the season series, 5-1-0-0. Jarrett Burton posted his first AHL assist, too.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
The Penguins earned another big win over their division rival, evening the season series at 2-2-0-0. Oskar Sundqvist scored twice while Dominik Simon, J.S. Dea, Teddy Blueger and Gill also put forth two-point performances.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 17 – PENGUINS at Albany
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to upstate New York to take on Albany for first and only time at Times Union Center. The Pens won the two clubs’ first meeting in October, 3-1.

Saturday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS at Springfield
The Thunderbirds have sunk to sixth place in the Atlantic, but has split the season series with the Pens. Both teams have won twice in four head-to-head clashes in 2016-17.

Sunday, Feb. 19 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins and P-Bruins drop the puck for the fourth of six meetings. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-1-0-0 against Providence.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 11-2-1-0 when coming off of a loss this season.

– The Penguins are 16-1-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos earned his 200th AHL goal with the tying tally in Friday’s contest with Hershey.

– Kevin Porter’s four-point game on Friday was his first since Oct. 9, 2009 when he was a member of the San Antonio Rampage.

– Friday’s game was Garrett Wilson’s 400th professional game.

– Porter has 12 points (2G-10A) in his last nine games.

– Rookie Teddy Blueger has 13 points (2G-11A) in his last 12 games.

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-32 rating.

– Tristan Jarry leads the league with 22 wins.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 51 37 11 3 0 77 .755
2. Lehigh Valley 49 32 15 2 0 66 .673
3. Providence 50 28 13 5 4 65 .650
4. Bridgeport 48 30 16 1 1 62 .646
5. Hershey 50 25 14 8 3 61 .610
6. Springfield 49 17 23 7 2 43 .439
7. Hartford 49 18 26 3 2 41 .418

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 51 18 22 40
David Warsofsky 36 11 25 36
Oskar Sundqvist 45 16 19 35
Kevin Porter 47 8 25 33

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 31 22-8-1 2.21 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 19 14-3-2 2.34 .911 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Feb. 17         Albany              Times Union Center          7:00 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 18      Springfield       MassMutual Center           7:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 19     Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 11      (C)      Jarrett Burton                Recalled from WHL

Fri, Feb. 10      (RW)  Josh Archibald                       Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS WIN BIG AGAINST PHANTOMS AGAIN, 5-1

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Oskar Sundqvist led the attack for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, tallying twice to give the American Hockey League’s top team a 5-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The win capped off a six-game home stand for the Penguins (37-11-3-0), during which Wilkes-Barre/Scranton post a 4-2-0-0 record, including a pair of wins over the division rival Phantoms (32-15-2-0).

The Penguins opened up the scoring at the 5:37 mark of the first frame. Derrick Pouliot fired one in on the first power play of the game, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 1-0 lead.

Later in the period, Jean-Sébastien Dea forced a turnover in the offensive zone, allowing Dominik Simon to capitalize and put the Penguins up, 2-0, with just under three minutes remaining in the first.

The Phantoms kicked off the second period with a power play, but 57 seconds into the frame, Sundqvist scored on a shorthanded breakaway, extending the Penguins lead to 3-0.

Lehigh Valley got their first and only goal of the game, when Nicolas Aubé-Kubel put a wrap-around off of the Penguins defense and past Tristan Jarry 9:10 into the second period.

Dea made it 4-1 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the 16:23 mark of the second period with a short-side, top-corner snipe from the right side half-wall that beat Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz over his left shoulder.

Sundqvist finished off the scoring for the night, recording his second tally of the game 4:20 into the final period, securing the Penguins 5-1 victory.

Jarry stopped 27 of 28 shots faced for his league-leading 22nd win of the season. Stolarz turned aside 38 shots in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Feb. 17 when they travel to upstate New York and take on the Albany Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and once again its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and 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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS DROP 5-2 DECISION TO PROVIDENCE

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins couldn’t break through the Providence Bruins’ top-ranked road penalty kill in a 5-2 loss Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (21-6-3-0, first in Atlantic Division) broke through for one power play goal, but left seven other man advantage opportunities on the table and saw their season-best seven-game with streak come to an end.

Providence opened the scoring at the 5:41 mark of the first period with a rebound goal from Justin Hickman. The Bruins struck again with a power play from Colby Cave at 7:11 of the opening frame, making it 2-0.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton answered with a sharp-angle snipe by Josh Archibald off a beautiful feed from Oskar Sundqvist at 11:45 of the opening frame. The goal was Archibald’s sixth goal of the season, and made it 2-1.

Just 19 seconds into the second period, Rob O’Gara scored on an odd-man break and extended Providence’s lead to 3-1.

The Bruins scored twice more before the middle frame ended with a short-handed breakaway goal from Zac Rinaldo at 12:39 and another man advantage marker from Peter Cehlárik at 16:44.

Oskar Sundqvist ripped a wicked slap shot past Providence’s goaltender on the power play at the 8:51 mark of the third period for his 14th goal of the season. Sundqvist’s brought the game to its eventual final score, 5-2.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Casey DeSmith was replaced by Doug Carr for the entire final frame of the contest. DeSmith made 17 saves on 22 shots. Carr stopped the only two shots he faced in net. Providence’s Zane McIntyre made 29 stops and improved his season record to 10-0-0.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 31, against the Binghamton Senators in a New Year’s Eve clash at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 against the Hartford Wolf Pack, a team the Penguins are 3-0-0-0 against this season.

Individual game tickets for Tuesday 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.

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

PENS DEFEAT SENS, 5-4, IN OFFENSIVE SHOWCASE

BOXSCORE

 

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 5-4 victory against the Binghamton Senators on Monday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Penguins (20-5-3-0) became the second team this season to reach the 20-win threshold and maintained the No. 1 overall spot in the American Hockey League with the win.

Jake Guentzel not only capped off a three-point (2G-1A) night on his behalf with the game-winning goal in the third period, but also rounded out the scoring in what was an all-around wild, offensively-charged match-up.

Binghamton struck first with a power play goal from Mike Kostka just over five minutes into the game.

Tom Kostopoulos answered for the Penguins, knocking a puck past a fallen Matt O’Connor after being set up beautifully at the side of the Senators’ cage by Guentzel. Kostopoulos’ ninth tally of the season came at 13:07 of the first period.

The Penguins came out strong in the second period, testing O’Connor with multiple shots early in the frame. However, the Senators’ Mike Blunden reestablished a one-goal lead for Binghamton on his team’s first shot of the period 6:07 into the middle frame.

Madness reigned supreme after Blunden’s goal, as the teams combined for two goals each in a mere 3:37 span. Chris Carlisle scored for Binghamton only to see Guentzel respond for the Penguins 24 seconds later. A fortuitous bounce ended up behind Casey DeSmith, resulting in a goal for Jack Rodewald, but Oskar Sundqvist answered back for the Penguins less than a minute after that.

When the dust settled from the four-goal outburst, the Senators held a tender 4-3 lead.

The third period began with a flash reminiscent of the offensive eruption of the second, as Garrett Wilson wired a wrist shot into the top corner to tie the game, 4-4, just 11 seconds into the final frame of regulation.

Guentzel scored his second of the game and team-leading 14th of the season giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its first lead of the night and a 5-4 advantage on a power play marker at 3:35 of the third.

The Penguins weathered a late storm by the Senators and held on for the victory.

DeSmith recorded 28 saves in his eighth win of the season, while O’Connor ended up with 39 stops to his name.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 27, as they’ll face-off against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the better of Springfield in the last meeting, 4-2, in both squads’ final contest Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow 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.

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

PENGUINS WIN FIFTH-STRAIGHT WITH 4-2 TRIUMPH OVER T-BIRDS

BOXSCORE

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did their part spreading joy this holiday season by sending thousands of fans home happy after downing the Springfield Thunderbirds, 4-2, on Teddy Bear Toss night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

The victory came in the Penguins’ final game before the holiday break, and extended their current winning streak to a season-high five games.

After a scoreless first period, the Thunderbirds and Penguins traded goals by inadvertently putting pucks into their own nets less than five minutes apart.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled ahead with a diving effort by Oskar Sundqvist to push a knuckling puck across the goal line. Sundqvist’s team-leading 12th goal of the season made it 2-1 at 16:06 of the second period. Not even 60 seconds of game time passed before Garrett Wilson netted the Penguins’ second power play goal of the contest.

Jake Guentzel tied Sundqvist for the team-best in goals with his own 12th marker of the year at 5:01 of the third frame when he stick-handled past a sliding Thunderbirds defenseman and rocketed a shot into the back of the net.

In the final minutes of the third period, Anthony Greco tucked a puck past Tristan Jarry and made it 4-2 after a sequence of pin-ball redirections and bounces set Greco up perfectly on the backdoor post.

Jarry posted 29 saves in his league-leading 12th win of the season, while Mike McKenna made 28 saves in the loss for Springfield.

The Penguins enter the holiday break holding first place in the AHL with a 19-5-3-0. Their next game is Monday, Dec. 26 when they travel up I-81 to take on the Binghamton Senators. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the next night, Dec. 27, and they’ll take on the Thunderbirds again. Good seats are still 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.

NOTES:  Rookie defensemen Lukas Bengtsson has recorded a point in three-consecutive games (1G-3A)… Guentzel now has 13 points (6G-7A) in his past seven AHL games dating back to Nov. 18, and has only been held off the scoresheet once in that time frame (Dec. 14 at Hartford)… Warsofsky has 11 points (3G-8A) in his past eight games, and like Guentzel, only failed to register a point in the win at Hartford… Over the course of the Penguins’ five-game winning streak, they have outscored their opponents 24-8… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has successfully killed off 20-straight opponent power plays.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/13/16

 

Sundqvist, Guentzel headline first-place Penguins through weekend

Big performances put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (16-5-3-0) atop the entire AHL

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Dec. 9 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Hershey 5
In his return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Jake Guentzel recorded a goal and an assist in the Penguins’ 5-2 loss to Hershey. Vítek Vaněček made 26 saves for the Bears.

Saturday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Hershey 2
The Pens bounced back to dominate the Bears, 6-2, led by the four-goal performance by Oskar Sundqvist. Sundqvist’s four tallies tied Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise record for goals in a game. Guentzel posted a goal and an assist, as well.

Sunday, Dec. 11 – PENGUINS 4 at Bridgeport 1
For the second-straight game, the Penguins came back from an early deficit to go on an offensive tear as they defeated the Sound Tigers for the fourth time this season. Teddy Blueger scored his first career goal, Stuart Percy potted his first goal as a Penguin, and Guentzel put forth another one-goal, one-assist game.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 14 – PENGUINS at Hartford
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on the division’s last-place team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Pens have beaten the Pack twice this season, outscoring Hartford 9-2 in those two contests.

Friday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS vs. Rochester
The Rochester Americans make their only trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, and they come in riding a 2-9-0-1 skid in their last 12 games.

Saturday, Dec. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
If any team has had the Penguins’ number this season, it’s been the Thunderbirds. Springfield is 2-0-0-0 against the Pens this season, but has only two regulation wins against teams over .500 since the end of October.

 

Ice Chips

– This is the second-consecutive season that the Penguins occupy the No. 1 spot in the AHL during the second week in December.

– Oskar Sundqvist became the third Wilkes-Barre/Scranton player in team history to record a four-goal game, joining Erik Christensen (Oct. 5, 2005 vs. Bridgeport) and Jean-François Jacques (Feb. 16, 2007 vs. Binghamton).

– Jake Guentzel has 10 points (4G-6A) in his last five AHL games and leads all league rookies with 23 points overall (10G-13A).

– David Warsofsky is currently riding a five-game point streak, tying a career-best.

– Warsofsky’s three-point game on Sunday (1G-2A) tied a career high set on Dec. 6, 2013 vs. Manchester.

– All three of Warsofsky’s goals this season are power play goals.

– Tom Sestito’s next game will be his 300th in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                        GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS           24       16         5          3          0         35          .729

2. Lehigh Valley       25         17         7          1          0         35          .700

3. Hershey                25         15         5          4          1         35          .700

4. Bridgeport            24        16         8          0          0        32         .667

5. Providence           25         12         6          4          3        31          .620

6. Springfield           24         10         9          3          2        25          .521

7. Hartford               24          7         13          3           1         18          .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                     GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*             19        10        13        23

Oskar Sundqvist          22        11        10        21

Tom Kostopoulos        24         7        10        17

Kevin Porter                 22         5          9         14

Garrett Wilson             24         3         11         14

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%      Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      8         6-0-2        1.84        0.929            0

Tristan Jarry              16        10-5-1        2.12         0.921             1

 

* = rookie

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                  OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Dec. 14     Hartford             XL Center                           7:00 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 16         Rochester           Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 17        Springfield         Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Dec. 7  (LW)  Jake Guentzel          Reassigned on loan by PIT

Wed, Dec. 7  (D)     Derrick Pouliot        Reassigned on loan by PIT

Wed, Dec. 7  (C)     Teddy Blueger             Assigned on loan by PIT

PENGUINS FOUR-GOAL GAMES

Oskar Sundqvist joined some elite company on Saturday night, becoming just the third Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins player to record four goals in a game.  But Sundqvist’s hat trick plus one came under different circumstances than the first two times the feat was accomplished.
OCTOBER 5, 2005 – Erik Christensen wasted no time in opening his scoring account, picking up four goals and leading the Penguins to an 8-1 win in the season opener against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

This outcome of the game was never in doubt, as Matt Hussey opened the scoring at 2:58 of the first frame, before Christensen got on a roll.  The second-year pro recorded the next two Pens goals, and completed the hat trick before the game was halfway over.  He topped things off with his fourth of the night at 13:36 of the third period to finish off the night’s scoring.

Christensen’s first three tallies came against Wade Dubielewicz, who was eventually chased from the game following Tomas Surovy’s second goal of the game – the Penguins’ sixth of the night – at 8:11 of the second period.  Chris Madden was victimized for Christensen’s record-setting goal.

Christensen went on to record 20 more goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the season, and finished second on the team with 46 points (24+22) in just 48 regular season games.  He also saw significant playing time with the Pittsburgh Penguins that season, recording 13 points (6+7) in 33 games with the NHL club.

A dangerous force in shootouts (he’s tied for first on the team’s all-time list with 11 successful attempts), Christensen recorded 50 goals and 97 points in 141 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during parts of three seasons.  He appeared in 387 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Anaheim, the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, posting 163 points (68+95).  He has spent the past five seasons playing in Europe, and is currently tied for the team lead with 10 goals for HV71 Jonkoping in Sweden (as of December 12, 2016).

FEBRUARY 16, 2007 – Jean-Francois Jacques didn’t need to score four goals against the Binghamton Senators to secure a win.  His tally 1:58 into the game provided all the offense the team would need thanks to a 17-save performance by Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers.  But the Edmonton Oilers prospect tacked on three more goals en route to a 7-0 shutout of the I-81 rivals.

Jacques spaced out his first two goals, scoring his second with just 18 ticks left in the second period to put the Penguins up 3-0 (Rob Schremp had a goal sandwiched between the two scores).  He completed his hat trick 23 seconds into the third period, then finished off his four-goal performance with 6:14 to play in the game.

Dan Carcillo and Jonathan Filewich also netted goals in the game against Jeff Glass, who stopped 31 of 38 shots he saw.

Jacques added just one more goal in nine further games with the club after his big night, and finished the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton portion of his career with 27 points (10+17) in 29 total games.

The Montreal native appeared in 309 AHL games with the six teams between 2005 and 2014, recording 187 points (89+98).  He also suited up in 166 games with Edmonton and Anaheim in the NHL, posting 17 points (9+8).  Like Christensen, Jacques is also currently plying his trade overseas, and has appeared in all 27 of Ingolstadt ERC’s games in Germany this season.

DECEMBER 10, 2016 – While the first two four-goal games came in Penguins blowouts, the third featured the hat trick hero providing a much needed spark.

The Hershey Bears jumped out a 2-0 lead 12:11 into the game.  It looked like the Bears, who posted a 5-2 victory on the same ice the night before, were steering this game in a similar direction.

But that’s when Sundqvist changed things.

The second-year pro picked up a loose puck in the slot and waisted home his eighth goal of the season at 16:59 of the first, tying the team lead for goals in the process.

His second goal came almost midway through the game off of a Josh Archibald rebound, and tied the contest at 2-2.

Jake Guentzel followed that goal up with his ninth of the season 29 seconds later, giving the Penguins their first regular season lead against the Bears in five contests this season.

Sundqvist redirected a Kevin Porter shot for his third of the game just two and a half minutes later, and picked up his fourth goal in style with a breakaway tally early in the third period.

The Swedish sniper may have led the scoring attack but, unlike Christensen and Jacques, Sundqvist did not record the game-winning goal in the 6-2 victory (that was credited to Guentzel).  But it’s safe to say that the Penguins wouldn’t have picked up the win without his record-tying effort.

The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Dec. 16 as they’ll face-off against the Rochester Americans for the first and only time at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season. The contest is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow 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.

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