LONGEST GAMES IN WBS PENGUINS HISTORY

It’s finals week at many colleges throughout the area, and kids are pulling all-nighters to get ready for their finals.

Well, there was an all-nighter in the American Hockey League last night as well.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers battled in the longest game in AHL history last night/this morning, with Alex Krushelnyski scoring at 6:48 of the fifth overtime to give the visiting Phantoms a 2-1 victory. That goal came at 1:09am.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have played seven games that have gone to multiple overtimes in the playoff history. Here’s a quick look back at those contests, from longest to shortest.

APRIL 25, 2005 – Colby Armstrong scores at 12:26 of the third overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators in Game Three of the East Division Semifinals. The Penguins, who had dropped the first two games to the Pens, went on to win the next three games and advance to the East Division Final.

MAY 6, 2015 – Zach O’Brien’s goals at 4:13 of the third overtime gave the Manchester Monarchs a 4-3 win in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Monarchs advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in five games, and went on to capture the Calder Cup that season.

MAY 7, 2001 – Alexendre Mathieu’s goal at 15:43 of the second overtime gave the Penguins a 2-1 win in Game Two of the Western Conference Final against the Hershey Bears. The Penguins swept the Bears in four games as they advanced to the Calder Cup Final for the first time in team history.

APRIL 23, 2016 – Jake Guentzel’s goal at 13:52 of the second overtime gave the Penguins a 5-4 win over the Providence Bruins, and a sweep of their best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal, with all three victories coming in overtimes.

MAY 8, 2012 – Simon Despres scored at 12:08 of the second overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the St. John’s Ice Caps in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. The victory staved off elimination for the Penguins, who went on ti win Game Six in St. John’s three days later. However, the Ice Caps posted a 3-2 victory in game Seven to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

MAY 14, 2014 – It was Simon Despres once again playing the hero, scoring at 6:32 of the second overtime to give the Penguins a 5-4 win over the Providence Bruins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the series in seven games, and advanced to face St. John’s in the Eastern Conference Final.

MAY 4, 2007 – Alexander Giroux’s goal at 5:57 of the second overtime gave the Hershey Bears a 4-3 win in Game Two of the East Division Final. Hershey went on to win that series in five games.

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PENGUINS LOSE GAME ONE TO CHECKERS IN OVERTIME, 3-2

 

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped Game One of the Atlantic Division Semifinals to the Charlotte Checkers in overtime at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a 2-0 lead going into the third period, but Charlotte scored twice to tie and then got an early, albeit controversial goal from Lucas Wallmark in the extra period to win, 3-2.

The Checkers had the Penguins pinned back in their zone for well over a minute when Brenden Kitchton’s point shot was tipped in by Wallmark. As a throng of bodies congregated around Tristan Jarry, contact was made with the Penguins goalie that sent him tumbling down to the ice at the same time as Wallmark’s tip. Jarry and his teammates protested the call, clamoring for goaltender interference, but the initial assessment on the ice stood, and Charlotte got the game-winner at 3:18 of overtime.

The game started with a first period marred by penalties. The two clubs combining for six man advantage opportunities over the course of the opening 20 minutes of play, but the Penguins were the only team to capitalize on the power play. Andrey Pedan’s slap shot from the point blistered past a screen set by Garrett Wilson at the front of the net and into Charlotte’s cage with 2:16 left in the first period.

Charlotte came out firing on all cylinders to start the second stanza, but its efforts were stonewalled by Jarry. Following up some highlight reel stops from the first period, Jarry denied the Checkers with a handful of post-to-post saves early in the middle frame.

The tide turned in the Penguins’ favor when Checkers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic allowed a goal from center ice midway through the second period. Daniel Sprong flung the puck towards the Checkers’ cage, and with one dramatic hop, the puck skipped over the glove of Nedeljkovic and into the net, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

The Checkers began an early onslaught of shots in the third period, and Aleksi Saarela finally solved Jarry with a sniper’s shot 6:32 into the final frame of regulation. Valentin Zykov tacked on a power play goal on Charlotte’s sixth man advantage of the game at 11:45 of the third period, tying the contest, 2-2.

The Penguins finished the third period with a flourish, peppering Nedeljkovic with shots. The second-year pro goaltender stood tall in the face of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s avalanche, and made enough saves to send the game to overtime.

Wallmark’s game-winner 3:18 onto the extra period established a 1-0 series lead for the Checkers in the best-of-five opening round series. Jarry finished the game with 35 saves, and Nedeljkovic posted 25 stops. Game Two takes place tomorrow night, Saturday, Apr. 21, at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The series will return to the Penguins’ home ice for Game 3 on Thursday, Apr. 26.

Ticket packages and individual game tickets for the Calder Cup Playoffs are now on sale. With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every game played in the playoffs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

 

PENGUINS EARN 40TH WIN WITH 4-3 VICTORY AT HARTFORD

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got a third-period equalizer to force overtime and got the deciding goal in the extra frame for a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (40-20-6-2) received a three-point effort from Christian Thomas, and Daniel Sprong potted the game-winner for his team-leading 27th goal of the season. Furthermore, the Penguins achieved 40 wins for the 13th season in a row, the league’s active record.

Ethan Prow was reinserted into the Penguins’ lineup due to a pregame suspension levied to Andrey Pedan, and made an immediate impact by setting up the game’s first goal. Prow ushered the puck out of the Penguins’ defensive end and then dished it to Christian Thomas, who wired a shot through Alexandar Georgiev’s five-hole 9:16 into the contest.

The Wolf Pack unleashed three-straight goals in the second period to stun the visitors and assume a 3-1 lead. First, Gabriel Fontaine deposited a tap-in on the power play at 1:34 of the middle frame. Less than two minutes later, Dawson Leedahl’s backhander gave Hartford its first lead of the night. Cristoval Nieves delivered a behind-the-back set-up to Scott Kosmachuk for the Wolf Pack’s third goal of the frame at 11:13.

After Wilkes-Barre/Scranton couldn’t get any puck luck on a dominant man advantage, Zach Trotman unloaded a slap shot that snuck behind Georgiev and pulled the Penguins within one goal. Trotman’s tally was assisted by Thomas and Jarred Tinordi with 3:07 left in the second period.

Thomas completed his three-point night and evened the score, 3-3, with a goal at 6:25 of the third period. Tom Sestito stripped a Hartford defenseman of the puck in the Wolf Pack’s zone and fed Thomas on the backdoor for the slam dunk.

Adam Johnson was afforded an opportunity to put the Penguins back on top when he was awarded a penalty shot midway through the third period, but Georgiev slammed the door shut.

The three-on-three overtime was filled with scoring chances for both sides as the two clubs combined for 10 shots on goal. However, the final shot was the only one that mattered, coming from the stick of Sprong with 39.8 seconds left in the extra frame.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 31, when they host the Providence Bruins for the second time this week. Puck drop between the Penguins and P-Bruins is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual tickets for the final four home games of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 19th season of hockey are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS DOWN DEVILS IN OVERTIME, 4-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – On a night of returns, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Binghamton Devils in overtime, 4-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (26-12-3-1) saw Jean-Sébastien Dea and Tom Kostopoulos tally points in their return to the lineup while Zach Aston-Reese recorded his second game-winner in the last three games.

Fresh down on reassignment from Pittsburgh, Dea put the Penguins up, 1-0, at 10:29 of the first period when he took a pass from Ryan Haggerty in the neutral zone, turned on the jets to beat the Devils defense, and deposit the puck bar-down over Mackenzie Blackwood.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the second tally of the night on a beautiful drop pass from Gage Quinney back into the slot for Kevin Czuczman 11:59 into the second frame.

The Devils used a pair of power play goals in the second period to pull even with the Penguins, starting with a man advantage marker from Nick Lappin 2:10 after Czuczman’s tally. Lappin scored again on the power play at 18:33 of the second period as the Devils also utilized a drop pass from Bracken Kearns back into the slot for Lappin.

The Penguins appeared to have found a late game-winning goal when Garrett Wilson took a lovely feed from Kostopoulos that Wilson rocketed to the near-side top corner behind Blackwood. However, 35 seconds later, Kearns redirected a shot off the post that then ricocheted off of Tristan Jarry’s back and across the goal line, tying the game, 3-3, and forcing overtime.

It took most of the back-and-forth overtime period, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the game-winner from the stick of Aston-Reese at 3:28 of the extra frame. Aston-Reese won a battle below the Devils’ goal line, Teddy Blueger dished him the puck right back. Aston-Reese wrapped around the blue paint and put it behind a floundering Blackwood.

Aston-Reese’s game-winner secured the Penguins’ third win of the season against the Devils, all of which have been decided by identical 4-3 scores.

Jarry made 26 saves in his first game back with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Oct. 28. Blackwood was dealt the overtime loss despite also recording 26 stops.

The Penguins rest up for the All-Star Break, but return to the ice on Friday, Feb. 2 against the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s showdown with Hershey is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday with lower bowl seating available for $14 and select draught beers on sale for $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WIN OVERTIME THRILLER WITH BEARS, 4-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter scored the overtime game-winner to cap off a four-point night as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears, 4-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

The two clubs combined for six power play goals in regulation, but two minutes and 55 seconds into the extra period, Teddy Blueger hit Porter at center ice on a breakaway, leading to the lone even strength goal of the evening against Bears goaltender Vítek Vaněček. The goal lifted the Penguins to their league-leading 35th victory in thrilling fashion.

The Bears opened the scoring, tallying a power play goal at the 7:20 mark in the first period when Paul Carey snuck one past the glove of Tristan Jarry.

Danny Kristo tied the game, 1-1, 8:55 into the second period on the man advantage for the Penguins. Later in the period, the Penguins scored their second power play goal of the game after David Warsofsky blasted one home from the point.

Two more power play goals in the third period allowed Hershey to tie the game and subsequently take a 3-2 lead. Chandler Stephenson found the back of the cage 6:30 into the third stanza, and Christian Thomas notched the go-ahead goal 3:24 later.

With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton desperate to find a tying goal, captain Tom Kostopoulos scored on a two-man advantage for his 200th career AHL goal. Kostopoulos’ milestone marker knotted the score, 3-3, with just under four minutes to play in regulation.

The Penguins had to kill off another Bears power play during the sudden death overtime, and shortly thereafter, Blueger fed Porter for the breakaway that led to the game-winning goal.

Jarry recorded 28 saves for his league-leading 21st win of the season. Vaněček stopped 32 of 36 shots in the net for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11, against the Binghamton Senators. Saturday night’s contest is also the Penguins’ annual Military Appreciation Night.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’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 BEAT CRUNCH, 3-2, IN OVERTIME THRILLER

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – On Tuesday, David Warsofsky was named to his first All-Star Game. On Wednesday, Warsofsky further validated his selection by scoring with 1.2 seconds left in overtime as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Syracuse Crunch, 3-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (31-9-3-0) captured their fifth-straight win on home ice thanks to Warsofsky’s second OT game-winner of the season.

As time ticked away in the extra frame and the Crunch possessed the puck in the Penguins’ zone, Warsofsky stripped a Syracuse player of the rubber and rushed the length of the ice on a breakaway.  With one shot to give his club the win before things would be decided in a shootout, Warsofsky picked the top corner over the blocker of Kristers Gudļevskis and was mobbed in celebration by his teammates who spilled off of the bench and onto the ice

Syracuse struck first at 13:26 of the opening period when Joël Vermin roofed a shot bar-down above Tristan Jarry off a cross-crease feed from Cory Conacher.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened the score, 1-1, at 4:15 of the second period after Tom Kostopoulos swooped across the Syracuse crease, corralled a Teddy Blueger rebound and potted the tying goal. The marker was his 499th career point in the AHL.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead at 6:30 of the middle frame after Kevin Porter scored blocker-side on a breakaway thanks to a needle-threading stretch pass from Warsofsky.

Syracuse’s Adam Comrie made it 2-2 at 9:31 of the second stanza after knocking in a rebound that sprung free next to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net.

An up-and-down third period yielded no more scoring. The two division-leading squads remained in a stalemate and required sudden death, three-on-three OT to settle the contest. Warsofsky finished the job from there.

Jarry made 39 saves on 41 shots faced, earned his 18th win of the season, and moved into a tie for first place in wins among AHL goalies. He also surpassed his win total from his rookie season.

Kristers Gudļevskis made 26 saves on 29 shots for the Crunch.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 27, when they travel to upstate New York and face the Utica Comets for the first time this season. The Penguins’ next home 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.

PENGUINS WIN, 6-5, IN OVERTIME CLASSIC WITH BEARS

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears put forth perhaps the most memorable game of the 2016-17 season, one which saw the Penguins emerge victorious in overtime, 6-5, at Giant Center on Sunday evening.

The Penguins (25-7-3-0) and Bears (18-8-7-2) combined for six goals in the third period, including two late tallies, that forced overtime where defenseman David Warsofsky gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the win.

Hershey capitalized for an early marker 2:52 into the game from Stanislav Galiev, and the Bears later added a power play goal by Zach Sanford to carry a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Penguins responded nicely with a pair of goals in the middle frame to knot the score, 2-2. Tim Erixon netted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game when he hammered a slap shot from the point past Vítek Vaněček at 8:52. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman also factored in on the Penguins’ second goal, sending a slapper on net that Tom Kostopoulos knocked in off the rebound.

The third period bent the barriers of reality with its offensive output, as the Penguins and Bears exchanged goals and leads like it was nothing.

Galiev scored his second of the game at 7:26 of the third to make it 3-2, but Derrick Pouliot responded for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1:09 later with an outstanding individual effort. Christian Thomas put Hershey back on top with a power play goal, but 1:08 later, Warsofsky and the Penguins answered back with a man advantage marker of their own.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took its first lead of the game with yet another power play goal at 17:56 of the third. After Pouliot successfully faked out the entirety of the Bears defense, he dished the puck to Garrett Wilson who was all alone in the slot. Wilson hoisted a backhand shot into the top corner, giving the Penguins a 5-4 lead.

In a last gasp effort, Hershey pulled the goalie for an extra attacker and Sanford scored his second of the game to tie it, 5-5, with exactly eight seconds remaining in regulation.

Warsofsky brought the game to a sudden close by threading the puck into the near-side corner from an impossible angle in the sudden death overtime period. With the game-winning goal, Warsofsky completed his third-straight multi-point game and extended his personal point streak to eight contests.

Casey DeSmith made 19 saves in regulation and one more in OT as the Penguins won their fourth-straight game and maintained their spot atop the AHL standings. Vaněček recorded 31 saves on 37 shots faced for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Jan. 11 when they face the Toronto Marlies at 7:00 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent will be the Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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 FALL IN OVERTIME TO THUNDERBIRDS, 2-1

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 2-1 contest in overtime against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday night at MassMutual Center.

Late in the first period, Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea tipped in a shot from Reid McNeill and gave his team a 1-0 lead with 1:47 left in the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton proceeded to throw a barrage of pucks at Springfield goalie Mike McKenna, but its 16-4 shot advantage in the second period wasn’t enough to expand on the 1-0 score.

The Thunderbirds’ Paul Thompson tied the game, 1-1, at 10:25 of the third period on the team’s fourth power play of the night.

Knotted up at one goal apiece, sudden death overtime was necessary to determine a winner. One minute and 30 seconds into the extra frame, Chase Balisy scored on breakaway, giving Springfield the  2-1 win.

Tristan Jarry made 23 saves on 25 shots while manning the crease for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. McKenna stifled the Penguins on 27 of 28 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 30, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza with an afternoon 3:05 p.m. start time. Sunday’s contest against Syracuse is also a Kids Get in Free game, during which any child age 14 and under can attend the game free of charge with the paid purchase of an adult ticket.

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.

OVERTIME PENALTY SHOT LIFTS PENGUINS OVER BEARS, 2-1

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The 2016-17 chapter of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears rivalry kicked off in dramatic fashion, with the Penguins earning a 2-1 overtime win at Giant Center on Sunday evening.

The Penguins (3-1-0-0) came back from down 1-0 in the third period to force overtime, and then won the contest on the most exciting play in hockey: an overtime penalty shot.

Dominik Simon was headed to the Hershey net on a naked breakaway at 1:52 of OT when he was hooked in the slot and awarded the penalty shot. He made sure the chance wasn’t wasted, beating Bears netminder Vítek Vanečěk with a backhander glove side for his second goal in as many games.

The game was scoreless for more than 45 minutes before a bizarre bounce sent the puck off the glass right into the slot in the Penguins defensive zone. Chris Bourque picked up the loose puck and slid a pass over to Riley Barber, who scored the game’s first goal at 16:39 of the second period.

The Penguins found a tying goal at 9:57 of the third period, when Jake Guentzel tipped in a slap shot from Chad Ruhwedel.

Both teams traded chances in a furiously contested, up-and-down third period before regulation came to an end tied, 1-1.

Simon’s goal not only gave the Penguins the win, but was also the first successful penalty shot conversion for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Andrew Ebbett on Mar. 14, 2014.

Tristan Jarry stood tall in goal for the Penguins, making 30 total saves for his second win of the season. Vanečěk recorded 33 stops for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Oct. 26 against the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 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 seaon 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.