PENGUINS REVEAL 2017 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER & SCHEDULE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today the schedule and roster for their 2017 training camp. Players will report to camp on Saturday, Sept. 23 and begin on-ice sessions the following day at 10:30 a.m. at the Toyota SportsPlex at Coal Street.

The Penguins’ initial training camp roster consists of 28 players: 17 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies.

Player Pos. Height Weight Birthday (Age) Birthplace
BOURBONNAIS, Riley C L 5’11” 195 8/8/1993 (24) Rochester, NY
BURTON, Jarrett C L 6’0″ 190 12/30/90 (26) Echo Bay, ON
BROWN, Cam C L 5’7″ 156 3/25/1993 (24) Natick, MA
FEJES, Hunter LW L 6’1″ 192 5/31/1994 (23) Anchorage, AK
FICK, Danny D R 6’0” 200 8/21/1991 (26) Marine on Saint Croix, MN
GARDINER, Reid RW R 5’11” 180 1/19/1996 (21) Humboldt, SK
HAGGERTY, Ryan RW R 6’0” 200 3/4/1993 (24) Stamford, CT
JOSEPHS, Troy C L 6’0″ 194 5/9/1994 (23) Whitby, ON
KOSTOPOULOS, Tom RW R 6’0” 197 1/24/1979 (38) Mississauga, ON
LEAVENS, Daniel C R 6’2″ 200 6/26/1993 (24) Toronto, ON
McGRATH, Pat RW R 5’10” 200 3/17/1993 (24) Wilkes-Barre, PA
MELE, Tom LW L 6’0″ 176 2/23/1986 (31) Bronx, NY
MILAN, Dan D L 6’3” 190 4/14/1992 (25) Detroit, MI
O’DONNELL, Shawn RW R 6’1″ 192 5/28/1988 (29) Halifax, NS
PARIZEK, Justin RW R 6’1″ 200 6/5/1992 (25) Lakeville, MN
PETGRAVE, Matt D L 6’2” 195 1/29/1992 (25) Brampton, ON
QUINNEY, Gage C L 5’11” 190 7/29/1995 (22) Las Vegas, NV
RYAN, Kenny RW R 6’0″ 209 7/10/1991 (26) Franklin, MI
SCHULZE, Kevin D L 5’10” 174 4/29/1993 (24) White Bear Lake, MN
SKUDALSKI, Craig D L 6’6” 215 5/25/1995 (22) Wyoming, PA
SORKIN, Nick LW L 6’3″ 209 6/3/1991 (26) Rockville, MD
SPINOZZI, Kevin D L 6’2” 200 5/23/1996 (21) Granby, QC
TAYLOR, Jeff D R 6’0” 185 4/13/1994 (23) Clifton Park, NY
WYDO, Cody LW L 5’11” 185 3/28/1991 (26) Allen Park, MI
ZINK, Dylan D L 6’0” 180 10/8/1992 (24) Madison, WI
Goalie Catches Height Weight Birthday (Age) Birthplace
MAGUIRE, Sean R 6’2” 202 2/2/1993 (24) Powell River, BC
KING, Will L 6’3” 196 6/13/1994 (23) Valencia, PA
STEVENS, Colin L 6’2” 181 6/30/1993 (24) Niskayuna, NY

 

Like in years past, all practices at Toyota SportsPlex are free and open to the public. The full training camp schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 23    
5:00 p.m. Intro Meeting Toyota SportsPlex
5:30 p.m. Physicals
Sunday, Sept. 24
10:30 a.m. Practice Toyota SportsPlex
Monday, Sept. 25
10:30 a.m. Practice Toyota SportsPlex
Tuesday, Sept. 26
10:30 a.m. Practice Toyota SportsPlex
Wednesday, Sept. 27
10:00 a.m. Pre-Game Skate Mohegan Sun Arena
7:05 p.m. Game vs. Hershey Bears
Thursday, Sept. 28  
10:00 a.m. Group A Practice  Mohegan Sun Arena
11:30 a.m. Group B Practice  Mohegan Sun Arena
Friday, Sept. 29
10:00 a.m. Pre-Game Skate Mohegan Sun Arena
7:05 p.m. Game vs. Binghamton Devils
Saturday, Sept. 30
10:00 a.m. Pre-Game Skate Mohegan Sun Arena
7:00 p.m. Game at Hershey Bears
Sunday, Oct. 1
10:30 a.m. Practice Mohegan Sun Arena
5:00 p.m. Game at Binghamton Devils

* – Players assigned to Group A and Group B will be determined the day of practice.
** – All dates and times subject to change

The Penguins take the ice for their first preseason game when they host the Binghamton Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins will battle the Hershey Bears in their second home contest of the exhibition schedule on Friday, Sept. 29 at 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 all Ticketmaster outlets, or by contacting the Penguins offices at (570) 208-7367.

Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly.

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

PLAYING FOR THE PENGUINS “WILL NEVER GET OLD” FOR HOMETOWN BOY PATRICK McGRATH

Patrick McGrath used to watch Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from behind the glass. He was six years old when he sat in the stands at the then Wachovia Arena for his first hockey game. Little did he know then, he’d end up skating on the other side of that glass for that same team.

Inking another American Hockey League contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this morning, McGrath guaranteed that he’d be suiting up for his hometown team for the third season in a row. It’ll be another year of wearing the Penguin logo on his chest and pulling that black and gold sweater over his head before every game.

“That’ll never get old,” McGrath said. “That’s always special. That’s your hometown team I grew up watching and that got me into hockey.”

The allure of playing only a few miles away from his backyard wasn’t the only reason the Shavertown native decided to re-up with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. For him, the biggest factors were the organization’s on-ice success and the friendships forged in the locker room last season.

“It was a pretty easy decision,” he said. “I mean, last year the season we had, the group of guys we had, the coaching staff and the organization as a whole, Pittsburgh all the way down, they’re in the Stanley Cup Final again. All of that makes the decision easy.”

McGrath will be looking to build on what was his most successful season as a pro. In his fourth season of professional hockey, it was the first time he spent the entire year at the AHL level. In 30 games, he notched four points (1G-3A) and 89 penalty minutes. McGrath scored the first goal of his AHL career on Apr. 8, 2017 while the Penguins were visiting the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Spending extended time at the AHL level without interruptions from injury or reassignment provided McGrath with not only an ever-important addition of confidence, but plenty of experience he plans to draw on moving forward in his career.

“From a developmental standpoint, [last season] was huge for me,” McGrath said. “It was a big step in my career being able to stay here the whole season and being able to contribute and play in a lot more games… It was a fun year. Like I said, the group of guys we had make it a lot more fun. Getting that goal was pretty special, too. That was fun.”

McGrath has already taken to the weight room at the team’s facility at the Toyota SportsPlex to start training for the 2017-18 campaign. Regular ice sessions are sure to follow, too. In terms of what he’ll be working on, McGrath already has a pretty good idea of what his objectives are for next season.

“I want to score more than one goal now,” he said. “I’ll be working on that.”

PENGUINS RE-SIGN SHAVERTOWN NATIVE PATRICK McGRATH

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Patrick McGrath to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

A native of Shavertown, Pa., McGrath became the first local hockey player to join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins when he signed a professional tryout agreement with the team on December 26, 2014. He made his AHL debut the next night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Last season, McGrath appeared in 30 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and recorded AHL career-highs with one goal, three assists and four points. He also racked up 89 penalty minutes in those 30 contests. McGrath was given the team’s Fan Favorite Award for the second season in a row on Apr. 15, 2017.

McGrath, 24, is entering his fifth season in professional hockey having played in 51 career AHL games and 137 contests with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). In his time with Wheeling, McGrath put up 14 points (6G-8A) and 532 penalty minutes. He ranks sixth in penalty minutes in Wheeling franchise history.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season, including 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 4/11/17

 

Penguins have division, conference wrapped up for regular season

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (50-19-3-1) captures fourth division title by sweeping three-in-three weekend

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 0
The Penguins blanked the Phantoms for the third-straight game with Tristan Jarry’s 21-save performance. Oskar Sundqvist put up three points (2G-1A) as the Penguins took a 7-4-0-0 advantage in the season series.

 

Saturday, Apr. 8 – PENGUINS 2 at Hartford 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton completed the season sweep of Hartford by securing its eighth win in the eighth and final meeting of the season. Shavertown native Patrick McGrath registered his first AHL goal.

 

Sunday, Apr. 9 – PENGUINS 2 at Providence 1
Cody Wydo and Jarrett Burton both recorded first period goals, giving the Penguins enough cushion to defeat the Bruins and lock up the top seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Wydo’s opening tally was his first AHL goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Apr. 12 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The closing chapter of the Penguins’ 12-game season series with Lehigh Valley kicks off Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s three-game homestand. The Penguins have not allowed a goal to the Phantoms in 215:38 of game time.

 

Friday, Apr. 14 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Bears will come into the last Eyewitness News Fan Friday desperately clinging to their playoff hopes. Since being acquired by Hershey at the NHL trade deadline, goalie Pheonix Copley is 10-5-0 and has a .929 save percentage.

 

Saturday, Apr. 15 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
It’s Fan Appreciation Night for the final game of the 2016-17 campaign. Much like the Bears, the Sound Tigers are scratching and clawing for playoff contention.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is headed to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 15th year in a row, the AHL’s active record.

– The Penguins outscored the Wolf Pack 40-14 over the course of their eight-game season sweep.

– Saturday was the first game Tom Kostopoulos did not dress for this season. The Penguins captain had not missed a game since Dec. 6, 2015, a streak of 136 games including playoffs.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (87.3%) and the top team save percentage (.922).

– The Penguins are the only team in the league with more than one goalie ranked in the top 10 in both save percentage and goals against average.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS – y 73 50 19 3 1 104 .712
2. Lehigh Valley 73 45 23 5 0 95 .651
3. Providence 73 43 21 5 4 95 .651
4. Hershey 74 41 22 8 3 93 .628
5. Bridgeport 74 44 26 3 1 92 .622
6. Springfield 73 29 33 9 2 69 .473
7. Hartford 73 24 43 4 2 54 .370

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 72 24 30 54
David Warsofsky 56 16 31 47
Kevin Porter 67 11 35 46
Oskar Sundqvist 60 20 25 45
Dominik Simon 67 14 31 45

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith* 27 21-4-2 2.05 .925 1
Tristan Jarry^ 45 28-15-2 2.15 .925 3

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                              TIME    

Fri, Apr. 12         Lehigh Valley    Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sat, Apr. 14       Hershey             Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Apr. 15      Bridgeport         Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Niclas Almari                        Signed to ATO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Connor Hall                          Signed to ATO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Kevin Schulze                       Signed to PTO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Ryan Segalla                Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS MYSTERY JERSEY BAGS ARE BACK

Our Mystery Jersey sale benefits the Penguins GOALS Foundation

Fans will have the chance to get their hands on some very unique Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys when the Penguins GOALS Foundation hosts its second annual MYSTERY JERSEY SALE this Saturday, April 15, during the team’s regular season finale.

We’ve grabbed 90 classic, authentic Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys (five different designs – not game-worn) and had them customized with some of your favorite Pens’ players numbers and names.  Then we had 75 of them signed by the players, packed all 90 in Penguins duffle bags, and stuffed those bags to the gills with goodies including hats, tee-shirts, pucks, cards and more!

The 75 signed jerseys – which include sweaters featuring Tom Kostopoulos, Jake Guentzel, Tristan Jarry, Patrick McGrath, Carter Rowney, Casey DeSmith, Tom Sestito, Oskar Sundqvist and Derrick Pouliot – will be available exclusively for purchase at the Pens game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday.  Fans won’t know whose jersey, or which design, they will be getting until they open their bags.

The other 15 jerseys – which are lettered and numbered, but NOT signed – will be available to purchase online through the Penguins Team Store starting at 7:05pm on Saturday night.

All jerseys are authentic sweaters, and size 56, 58, 58+ or 58 Goalie cuts.  The five designs included are the Penguins’ 2007-13 road sweater (37 jerseys); the 2013-16 road sweater (25 jerseys); the 2015-16 warm up sweater (22 jerseys); the 2015-16 third jersey (3 jerseys); and the 2014-15 warm up jersey (3 jerseys).

Each bag contains more than $400 worth of Penguins merchandise, and will be sold for $300.  All proceeds will benefit the Penguins GOALS Foundation.

As this is a MYSTERY BAG, we cannot guarantee specific sizes or players.  All sales are final, no exchanges will be made.

Individual game tickets for Saturday night’s game 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 packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

McGRATH GRABS FIRST AHL GOAL IN WIN OVER WOLF PACK


Shavertown native Patrick McGrath recorded his first American Hockey League goal, helping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 2-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at the XL Center.  The win gave the Penguins a sweep in the eight-game season series against the Wolf Pack.

McGrath one-timed home an Adam Krause feed from behind the net at 3:06 of the second period to open the evening’s scoring.  Jean-Sebastien Dea followed about six minutes later with a snipe from the slot to extend the lead to two goals.

Adam Tambellini beat Casey DeSmith 15 seconds into the third period to finally get the Wolf Pack on the board.  But the Penguins net minder was perfect from there on out, stopping 34 shots on the night for his 20th win of the season.  DeSmith also saw his goal against average drop to 2.09 on the season, fourth in the AHL.

Magnus Hellberg made 25 saves in defeat, his fourth loss at the hands of the Penguins this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finishes up the three-in-three road trip tomorrow afternoon against the Providence Bruins at 3:05pm at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  The Penguins can lay claim to the Atlantic Division championship by picking up one point against the Bruins.

The Penguins return home on Wednesday night to face the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05pm.

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.

AHL ANNOUNCES SUSPENSIONS

The American Hockey League today announced the following suspensions:

Iowa Wild defenseman Nick Seeler has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of a match penalty for an illegal check to the head of an opponent, assessed in a game at Texas on Mar. 11.

Seeler will miss Iowa’s games Friday (Mar. 17) at Milwaukee, Saturday (Mar. 18) vs. Milwaukee and Mar. 21 at Charlotte.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Patrick McGrath has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of his actions in a game vs. Providence on Mar. 11.

McGrath was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline) for leaving the players’ bench on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation. He will miss Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s games Friday (Mar. 17) at Lehigh Valley, Saturday (Mar. 18) vs. Lehigh Valley and Mar. 21 vs. Hartford.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are home again this Saturday night when they face the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05pm.  It’s our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, featuring a game-worn shamrock sweater auction.

Tickets for Saturday night’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling the Penguins directly at 570-208-7367.

STRONG START SEES PENGUINS BEAT BRUINS, 3-2

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode a strong first period performance to a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (41-17-3-0) struck three times in the opening frame and chased Zane McIntyre, the AHL’s leader in save percentage and goals against average, before 11 minutes had passed in the contest.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got off on the right foot by scoring 31 seconds into the contest. Dominik Simon went in on a breakaway following a neutral zone turnover and ripped a wrist shot past McIntyre. The Penguins’ early lead didn’t last long though, as the P-Bruins’ Noel Acciari answered with a power play goal less than two minutes later.

Josh Archibald tipped in a point shot at 9:48 of the first period to give the Penguins back the lead. One minute and nine seconds passed before Jarrett Burton buried a rebound to make it 3-1 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After Burton’s goal, the Bruins made the decision to pull McIntyre and replace him in net with Malcolm Subban.

Providence cut their deficit down to only one goal when Matt Grzelcyk sniped the top corner on an odd man rush at 12:18 of the second period.

With the Penguins nursing their one-goal lead in the third period, Tristan Jarry held the Bruins at bay as the team in front of him secured victory for the second night in a row.

Jarry finished the contest with 26 saves for his 24th win of the season. McIntyre recorded six saves on nine shots faced, while Subban went a perfect 23-for-23 in relief.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is 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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rookies Casey DeSmith, Reid Gardiner, Jarrett Burton and Lukas Bengtsson are getting ready for the holiday.  Are you set for Christmas yet?

Here’s hoping you and yours get everything your heart desires this holiday season.  Merry Christmas!

PENGUINS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT BEARS, 4-2

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BOXSCORE

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins mounted a third-period comeback to defeat the Hershey Bears, 4-2, in preseason action at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Down 2-1 heading into the final frame of regulation, the Penguins put 17 shots on net and scored twice on the power play in the third period to win their final exhibition game on home ice.

Shavertown native Patrick McGrath opened the scoring at 5:39 of the first period, his first ever goal in a Penguins uniform.

Ten minutes and 30 seconds later, Jakub Vrána fed Dustin Gazley with a cross ice pass and Gazley finished the play, tying the score at 1-1.

Gazley later became the set-up man for Hershey’s second tally when he found Hubert Labrie in the slot on a goal that gave the Bears a 2-1 lead at 10:16 of the second period.

The Penguins then scored two consecutive power play goals to take back the lead. Oskar Sundqvist tied the game at 6:39 of the third period, and Reid Gardiner made it 3-2 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3:54 later.

Tim Erixon sealed the victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with an empty-net goal with 1:11 remaining in the third period.

Casey DeSmith was in net for the Penguins for the entirety of the game and stopped 24 of 26 shots faced. Hershey’s Joe Cannata made 32 saves in his effort.

The Penguins take on the Bears again in their final game of the preseason tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 9 at Giant Center at 5:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the 2016-17 season opener next Friday, Oct. 15, 7:05 p.m. against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

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.