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

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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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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.