SUNDQVIST TIES TEAM RECORD FOR GOALS IN A GAME IN PENS WIN

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Oskar Sundqvist tied the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins franchise record for most goals in a single game, tallying four in a 6-2, come-from-behind win over the Hershey Bears at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night.

Sundqvist became the third Penguins skater to tally four goals in a game, matching the mark previously set by Erik Christensen (October 5, 2005 vs. Bridgeport) and  Jean-Francois Jacques (February 16, 2007 vs. Binghamton).

Similar to Friday night’s contest, the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Christen Djoos and Chandler Stephenson.

Sundqvist pulled one back for the Pens and tallied his first of the four with three minutes left in the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took advantage of Hershey’s untimely line-change halfway through the second, allowing Sundqvist to net his second of the night tying the contest.

Jake Guentzel followed up Sundqvist’s effort with a goal of his own – his second on the weekend –  just 29 seconds later to give the Penguins the 3-2 lead.

Sundqvist completed his hat trick at the 12:27 mark of the second, deflecting Kevin Porter’s shot from the slot to increase the Penguins lead to 4-2.
His impressive play continued into the start of the final frame, scoring his fourth of the contest at the 3:36 mark.

Tom Kostopoulos added the sixth and final goal late in the third for his seventh goal of the season.

Casey DeSmith had a perfect final two periods, and saved 21 of 23 shots he faced overall.  Joe Cannata stopped 30 of the 36 shots that came his way.

The Penguins’ next game is Sunday afternoon, when they face off with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Connecticut. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, December 16 where they host the Rochester Americans. Puck drop for that contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENS vs BEARS – DECEMBER 9

Hershey vs Penguins

 

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears meet in a matchup of heated rivals and AHL leaders. The Penguins are currently tied with the Bears for the most points (31) in the league this season, with Wilkes-Barre holding a slight lead in the Atlantic Division standings via points percentage. Friday night’s game is the fourth meeting between the teams this season, and the first in NEPA. The Penguins have a 2-1-0-0 mark against the Bears so far this season, with both victories coming in overtime.


DATE:  Friday, December 9, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
TICKETS:  Mohegan Sun Arena box office or 570-208-7367

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 13-4-4-1 (31 pts) | Second in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Christian Thomas 11
ASSISTS  Travis Boyd 15
POINTS  Travis Boyd 21
PIM  Tyler Lewington 63
WINS  Joe Cannata 8
GAA  Vitek Vanecek 2.10

WHO’S HOT:  Forward TRAVIS BOYD carries a seven-game point streak (4+6=10) into this weekend’s action. Boyd scored four goals in a three-game span from November 26-December 3. He ranks ninth overall in the AHL with 21 points (6+15) while his 15 assists are tied for sixth.

NEWS AND NOTES:CHRIS BOURQUE is two points shy of 600 for his AHL career…The Bears have scored the first goal of the game 15 times this season (most in the AHL) and are 11-0-3-1 in those games…Former Penguins forward ZACH SILL hit the century mark last Sunday, notching an empty net goal against Syracuse for his 100th AHL point.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  14-4-3-0 (31 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel, Oskar Sundqvist, J.S. Dea  7
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel, Tom Kostopoulos  10
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  17
PIM  Patrick McGrath  39
WINS  Tristan Jarry  9
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.82

WHO’S HOT: Captain TOM KOSTOPOULOS has five points (0+5) in his past three games, and has eight points (2+6) in his past seven contests.

NEWS AND NOTES: The next time CHAD RUHWEDEL hits the ice, he will be appearing in his 200th AHL game… DOMINIK SIMON has four goals this season, and three of those are game-winning tallies. He’s tied for first in the league with that total…Tristan Jarry is tied for their in the league with nine wins this season…CASEY DeSMITH is the only net minder to play at least 420 minutes this season and not suffer a regulation loss…TEDDY BLUEGER and TOM SESTITO could both make their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season debuts this weekend after being reassigned to the team by the Pittsburgh Penguins this week.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/6/16

800_wilson-4

Penguins prepare for Bears after successful St. John’s trip

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-4-3-0) takes three of four points against the IceCaps

 

Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS 6 at St. John’s 2

The Penguins’ power play carried them to a convincing victory in the first game of a back-to-back set at Mile One Centre. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s man advantage struck for a season-high three times in the contest, including two scored 19 seconds apart. Jean-Sébastien Dea’s even strength marker with less than a minute left in the second period was his seventh of the season, making him the team’s active leader in goals.

Sunday, Dec. 4 – PENGUINS 2 at St. John’s 3 (OT)

After coming back from a 2-0 deficit and forcing overtime, the Penguins ultimately fell in the extra frame despite outshooting their opponent, 52-25. Oskar Sundqvist tied Dea for the team lead in goals with his seventh of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play struck for the third-straight game, as well.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 9 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

The Penguins return home and face a familiar foe in the Hershey Bears. These two squads have already met three times this season, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won twice. It is also the first Eyewitness News Fan Fridays game this year.

Saturday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

The Pens and Bears square off for the second night in a row at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 7-0-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Sunday, Dec. 11 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

Wrapping up the three-games-in-three-days weekend for the Penguins is a contest with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Sound Tigers were bested by the Pens in a 1-0 game in Northeastern PA in their last meeting. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 3-0-0-0 in the third game of three-in-threes this year.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 10-0-1-0 in their last 11 games vs. St. John’s.

– The Penguins have allowed the fewest goals per game (2.00) of any team in the AHL this year.

– Of Dominik Simon’s four goals this season, three have been game-winners.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .930 save percentage and 1.82 goals against average both rank first among all Eastern Conference goaltenders.

–  Oskar Sundqvist is one point shy of tying his total offensive output in 45 games played last season (17 pts). Sundqvist has appeared in 19 contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year.

– Chad Ruhwedel reached his 100th AHL point with an assist in Saturday’s game at St. John’s.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          21         14         4          3          0         31           .738

2. Lehigh Valley      22         15         6          1           0        31           .705

3. Hershey               22         13         4          4           1         31           .705

4. Bridgeport           22         15         7          0          0        30         .682

5. Providence          22          9          6          4          3        25           .568

6. Springfield           21          8          8          3          2         21          .500

7. Hartford                21          7          11          3          0        17           .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^          16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist         19         7          9         16

Tom Kostopoulos       21         6         10        16

Carter Rowney            18         5          8         13

Kevin Porter                 19         5          7          12

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      7         5-0-2        1.82        0.930         0

Tristan Jarry              14        9-4-1          1.99        0.927          1

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Dec. 9          Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena            2:30 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 10      Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena            2:30 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 11      Bridgeport         Webster Bank Arena             5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Dec. 3         (LW)    Tom Sestito                 Reassigned on loan by PIT

PENGUINS FORCE OT, FALL TO ICECAPS IN EXTRA FRAME

desmith

SCORESHEET

 

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins overcame a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, but Chris Terry’s second goal of the game with just 26 seconds left in the extra frame gave the St. John’s IceCaps a 3-2 victory on Sunday at the Mile One Centre.

The Penguins (14-4-3-0, 31 points) picked up at least one point for the fourth straight contest (2-0-2-0), while the IceCaps (12-11-1-0, 25 points) recorded their first home win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since December 6, 2013.

St. John’s tallied twice in eight power play chances to record their regulation goals, which came off of the sticks of Terry (4:51 of the first period) and Sven Andrighetto (11:42 of the second period).

Oskar Sundqvist cut the IceCaps lead in half with just four ticks left in the second period, tapping in his seventh of the season from the left side of the net.  And Chad Ruhwedel blasted home a power play goal of his own from the left point with 9:24 left in regulation to send the game to the extra frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton peppered netminder Yann Danis with 49 shots through regulation and another three in the extra frame, while Casey DeSmith turned aside 22 of 25 pucks he saw on the day.

The Pens return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

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:  Ruhwedel led the attack for the Penguins with nine shots on the afternoon…  Only two Penguins (Jean-Sebastien Dea and Reid Gardiner) failed to register a shot in the game…Casey DeSmith suffered the OT loss, but has yet to drop a regulation decision this season (5-0-2)

PENS’ TOP LINE ROARS TO LIFE AGAINST SOUND TIGERS IN 4-3 WIN

800_bengtsson

BOXSCORE

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got back to their winning ways on Friday night, as a big-time performance by the team’s top line lifted the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The win improves the Penguins’ record to 11-3-1-0 on the season, maintaining their lead atop the Atlantic Division with 23 points. A big reason why Wilkes-Barre/Scranton still stands tall in first place in the division is the showing by the Penguins’ top line of Garrett Wilson, Carter Rowney and Tom Kostopoulos. Wilson (0G-2A) and Rowney (1G-1A) both had two-point nights while Kostopoulos potted the game-winning goal.

After a scoreless first period, Oskar Sundqvist broke the deadlock at the 9:20 mark of the middle frame when he received a pass from Ethan Prow and fired a wrist shot that beat Sound Tigers’ goaltender Stephon Williams to his glove side.

Just over a minute later, Carter Rowney collected the rebound from his own shot and took advantage of Williams’ precarious positioning, rocketing a wrist shot top shelf for a 2-0 Penguins lead. Lukas Bengtsson recorded his first AHL point with an assist on the mid-second period marker.

Similarly to Rowney’s tally, Bracken Kearns collected his own rebound that sat loose in front of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s crease and fired the puck past an outstretched Casey DeSmith at 13:02 of the second period. Kearns’ team-leading sixth goal and 13th point of the season brought the score to 2-1.

At 15:12 of the second, Jake Guentzel took advantage of a turnover in the offensive zone and fired the puck from the corner and into the slot. The feed found Jean-Sébastien Dea who tipped it in, increasing the Penguins’ lead to 3-1.

Andrew Rowe closed out the scoring in the second when he capitalized on a scrum in front of DeSmith with only 27 seconds remaining period to cut the score down to 3-2.

At 4:34 of the third period, Williams was forced into a collision with one of his defensemen behind the Bridgeport net which allowed Kostopoulos to tap the puck into the empty net for his fifth goal of the season. Though the goal was strange, it gave the Penguins breathing room in the third with a 4-2 lead.

The Sound Tigers fought hard to claw their way back late in the third as Joshua Winquist converted a chance at the doorstep at 14:55 of the period. However, Bridgeport couldn’t find an equalizer and the game concluded, 4-3.

DeSmith finished with 25 saves on 28 shots, adding to his perfect record which now stands at 5-0-0. Williams saved 24 of 28 shots faced and falls to 2-5-0 on the season. The Penguins were unsuccessful on three power plays, but were also never forced to the penalty kill at any point during the game.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 19, when they travel to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Nov. 26, and once again its opponent will be the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Individual game tickets for next Saturday 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.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS 17 TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

Steve Oleksy
Defenseman Steve Oleksy is among the 17 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned 17 players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Players assigned to WBS include: goaltenders Casey DeSmith and Leland Irving; defensemen Tim Erixon, Ethan Prow, Stuart Percy, Cameron Gaunce, Reid McNeill, Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel; and forwards Oskar Sundqvist, Adam Krause, Ryan Haggerty, Sahir Gill, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Garrett Wilson and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Erixon, Percy, Gaunce, McNeill, Oleksy, Ruhwedel and Wilson all have to clear waivers on Tuesday at noon before they can join WBS.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take the ice for their first preseason game when they host the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins will also battle the Hershey Bears in exhibition action at home on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:05 p.m. before wrapping up their preseason schedule at Giant Center against the Bears on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

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 season, 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.