PREVIEW: PENGUINS AT PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 6, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head down the turnpike to face off with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center on Wednesday, December 6.

The Penguins (13-5-1-1, 28 pts, .700 pts%) sit atop of the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, with the Phantoms (13-7-1-2, 29 pts, .630 pts%) holding down fourth place.

Wednesday night’s contest is the fifth of 12 meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: PPL Center, Allentown
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SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Friday, October 13  Lehigh Valley  WBS  5-0, Win
 Saturday, October 14  WBS  Lehigh Valley  3-2 Loss
 Friday, November 3  WBS  Lehigh Valley  6-5 SOW
 Wednesday, November 22  Lehigh Valley  WBS  4-2 Win
 Wednesday, December 6  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
 Saturday, December 23  Lehigh Valley  WBS  5:05pm
 Wednesday, December 27  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm
 Wednesday, January 17  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
 Friday, January 26  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm
 Saturday, February 3  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm
 Sunday, February 18  WBS  Lehigh Valley  5:05pm
 Saturday, April 14  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins posted a .500 record during their recent three-games-in-three-days weekend, posting a 5-4 OT win against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday, December 1; dropping a 5-2 decision to the Rochester Americans on Saturday, December 2; and falling in the extra frame to the Hershey Bears, 3-2, on Sunday at the Giant Center.

The Phantoms picked up three of a possible four points over the weekend, downing the Bears, 7-2, on Friday night, before defeating the Laval Rocket, 5-4, in overtime on Saturday. Both games took place in Allentown.



PENGUINS NOTES

Goaltender Colin Stevens recorded the win in his AHL debut on Friday night, stopping 29 shots in the 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Admirals.

Netminder Anthony Peters made his WBS debut the following night in a 5-2 defeat against the Rochester Americans. Peters, who was signed to a PTO by the Penguins from the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, spent his first AHL season with Rochester. He appeared in seven games with the Amerks in March and April of 2015.

Teddy Blueger posted his first career multi-goal game on Saturday against Rochester. Blueger’s five goals through 20 games this season are just two shy of his 2016-17 total of seven, which came over 54 games played.

Jean-Sebastien Dea’s OT goal on Friday was his first game-winner of the season, but the 14th of his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career. That ties him with Tomas Surovy and Scott Wilson on the team’s all-time list, trailing only Tom Kostopoulos (24). It was also his third career OT winner (10/29/14 @ Lehigh Valley; 11/9/14 vs. Syracuse).

Josh Archibald returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment from Pittsburgh, and posted three points (1+2) in three games over the weekend, including a shorthanded goal in the Penguins win over Milwaukee.

Wednesday night’s game will be just the eighth road contest for the Penguins. Only the Tucson Roadrunners have played fewer games away from home so far this season.


PHANTOM NOTES

Center Phil Varone is tied for fourth in the AHL with 25 points, and tied for fourth with 18 assists.

Forward Greg Carey ranks third among AHL skaters with 12 goals this season.

Lehigh Valley is 13-1-1-1 when scoring three or more goals this season and is 11-1-0-1 when allowing three goals against or fewer.


CONNECTIONS

Penguins forward Tom Sestito spent parts of three seasons (2010-13) with the Phantoms when they were based out of Glens Falls, NY, recording 20 points (11+9) and 167 penalty minutes in 46 games with the club.

Phantoms captain Colin McDonald spent the 2011-12 season in Wilkes-Barre, posting 49 points (14+35) in 68 games.

Left wing Chris Conner spent parts of three seasons (2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14) with the Penguins, recording 76 points (28+48) inn 87 games with the club.

Defenseman Will O’Neill spent the 2015-16 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording career highs in assists (42) and points (50) while representing the Penguins at the AHL All-Star Classic.

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NAILERS NEWS – DECEMBER 4, 2017

The Wheeling Nailers sit in a tie with the Manchester Monarchs at the top of the ECHL’s North Division with a 12-7-2-0 record this season.  Here’s your weekly look at the team in our NAILERS NOTES feature.


RECENT ACTION

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 VS. READING (4-3 LOSS):  The Nailers carried a 3-2 lead into the third period, but a pair of power play goals from the Royals allowed the visitors to pull out a one-goal victory.  Cody Wydo (1+1) led the offensive attack for Wheeling, and extended his point streak to four games (3+3=6)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 VS. READING (5-4 OT WIN):  Once again Reading rallied late, posting a pair of goals in the third period to force overtime.  But Garrett Meuers popped home his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 2:10 of the extra frame to pull out the win for the Nailers.  Zach Tolkinen picked up his first two goals of the season in the win.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 VS. FORT WAYNE (3-2 LOSS):  A rested Fort Wayne squad (they didn’t play the previous night) rolled into Wheeling and took home a one-goal victory.Wydo and Dan Milan picked up goals in the loss for the Nailers.


THE WEEK AHEAD

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 @ READING:  The Royals currently sit in third place in the ECHL’s North Division with a 11-7-2-0 mark, just two points behind the division leading Nailers and Monarchs.  Only five points separate the first place teams from fifth place Adirondack in the division.  Reading is one of three teams in the league without a shorthanded goal this year.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ INDY:  The Nailers begin a two-game swing through the Central Division against the Fuel, who currently sit in seventh place with a 5-10-2-1 mark.  Indy’s 48 goals scored is the second-fewest in the ECHL.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 @ TOLEDO:  The Walleye (14-4-2-1) carry a four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) into the week, and have extended their lead at the top of the Central to six points over the second place Cincinnati Cyclones.   Toledo paces the league with a 90.9% success rate on the penalty kill (7 goals against/77 times shorthanded).


LEAGUE LEADERS

The NAILERS lead the entire ECHL with a  25.5% conversion rate on the power play (22 goals/98 attempts)

CODY WYDO is third in the ECHL with 27 points, tied for fourth with 12 goals and tied for seventh with 15 assists

REID GARDINER is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 24 points, tied for eighth with 11 goals and tied for second with four game-winning goals

GARRETT MEURS is tied for 10th in the league with 23 points, tied for fourth with 12 goals and tied for first with two overtime goals

HUNTER FEJES is tied for eighth in the ECHL with 11 goals and tied for eighth with four power play goals

CAM BROWN is tied for third in the ECHL with 18 assists.

NICK SORKIN is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 16 assists

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JOSH ARCHIBALD ASSIGNED TO WBS FOR CONDITIONING

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned forward Josh Archibald to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Archibald, 25, has appeared in two games with Pittsburgh this season, going scoreless.

Pittsburgh’s sixth round choice in the 2011 NHL Draft, Archibald has appeared in 182 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in parts of four seasons (2013-17), recording 61 points (31+30).  Last season he tied for the AHL lead with four shorthanded goals, and was sixth with a plus-25 rating.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, when the Penguins welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m., and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays. Lower bowl tickets (excluding glass seats) for Friday’s game against Milwaukee are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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MILWAUKEE AN UNFAMILIAR FOE FOR PENGUINS

Peter Ratchuk recorded one of the Penguins’ eight goals against the Admirals on January 13, 2002

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will welcome an unfamiliar foe to NEPA on Friday night, as they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm.

The contest will be just the third ever regular season meeting between the clubs, and the first since the 2001-02 season.

January 4, 2002 saw the Pens and Admirals square off for the first time, with Milwaukee taking a 2-1 decision in Wisconsin.  Robert Dome scored the lone Wilkes-Barre goal, while Robbie Tallas made 36 saves in a losing effort.

The Penguins came out on top in the return meeting, an 8-5 victory on January 13 in Wilkes-Barre.  Eric Meloche (1+2), Martin Sonnenberg (2+0), Tomas Surovy (1+1), Mike Wilson (1+1) and Alexandre Mathieu (0+2) each recorded multiple point efforts for the home club.  Sebastien Caron made 33 saves in net for the Pens.

The teams also met in the 2004 Calder Cup Finals, with the Admirals posting four straight wins to capture their only AHL championship.


CURRENT CONNECTIONS

Milwaukee left wing HARRY ZOLNIERCZYK spent the 2013-14 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 36 points (18+18) in 57 games with the Penguins.

Admirals center TREVOR SMITH skated in 75 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2012-13 season, recording 54 points (23+31).


Friday night’s meeting between the Penguins and Admirals is our first EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY of the season.  We’ll have lower bowl tickets available for just $14, select draft beers for just $2 (from 6-7:30), the first 5,000 fans will receive a Penguins Team Photo (courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times-Tribune and the Citizens’ Voice), and Freddie Tiffels and Daniel Sprong will take part in our post-game autograph session.

Get your tickets for Friday night’s game at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or give the Penguins a call at 570-208-7367.

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CASEY DESMITH RECALLED BY PITTSBURGH

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Casey DeSmith from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

DeSmith, 26, logged his first NHL action with the Penguins earlier this season. He made his NHL debut on October 29 in Winnipeg against the Jets.

Since returning to WBS earlier this month, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound DeSmith had assumed the top goaltending chores, compiling a 9-2-1 record, 2.29 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 12 AHL appearances. He helped backstop the WBS Penguins to the top record in the AHL at the time of his recall.

DeSmith, a native of Rochester, New Hampshire, is in his third professional season. Thus far he has amassed an overall AHL regular-season record of 32-9-4 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts in 47 career games.

Last season, DeSmith was selected to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team after going 21-5-3 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 29 games. His goals-against average led the entire AHL.

The WBS Penguins not only posted the best regular-season record in the AHL last year, but DeSmith and goaltending partner Tristan Jarry combined to record the lowest goals-against average in the league, earning the duo the Harry “Hap” Holmes Award.

DeSmith originally broke into the professional ranks with the Wheeling Nailers in 2015-16, and played the last two seasons on minor-league deals. He signed his first NHL contract on July 1, 2017.

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THE HOLIDAY HAT TRICK IS BACK

The Penguins Holiday Hat Trick is the perfect one-size-fits-all gift for any hockey fan.  This special package features four undated ticket vouchers, redeemable for any Penguins regular season home game, as well as a Penguins winter hat.

Packages start at just $50 and are available through the Penguins front offices (40 Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre), by calling 570-208-7367, or through the Penguins Online Store.

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FAN FRIDAYS, TEDDY BEARS AND A WARM WINTER

FAN FRIDAYS ARE BACK!

Come on out this Friday, December 1 to root on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins as they take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm.  It’s the first of our Eyewitness News Fan Fridays, with lower level tickets available for just $14 (while supplies last).  Plus we’ll be serving up select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.

Grab you official Penguins team photo courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times Tribune and Citizens Voice Team, and stick around for our postgame autograph session with a pair of Pens players.

Fan Friday tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.


TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT TEDDY BEAR TOSS

It’s the one time we LIKE to see bears inside the arena!

Join the Penguins on Saturday, December 2 when we take on the Rochester Americans at 7:05pm for our annual Tobyhanna Army Depot Teddy Bear Toss.

Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed toys to the game, which will be tossed onto the ice following the Penguins’ first goal of the game.  The plush toys will be collected and distributed to children in need through Tobyhanna Army Depot’s “Operation Santa Claus” program.

The first 4,000 fans in attendance will also receive the second of our four Penguins Card Strips, featuring five Pens players and a voucher good for a free personal pizza (with purchase) from Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre.

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


WINTER COAT DRIVE

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will once again be doing their part to bring a little warmth to those in need this winter.

The Penguins and Eye Care Specialists will be hosting their annual winter coat drive, benefitting Luzerne County Head Start, at the team’s December 8 game against the Charlotte Checkers.  New and gently used coats will be collected at the East Gate Entrance of the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins will also be accepting donations at their front office location inside the Toyota SportsPlex at 40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre in advance of the game.

Tickets for December 8 are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7367

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NAILERS NEWS – NOVEMBER 21, 2017

The Wheeling Nailers have moved to the top of the ECHL’s North Division after posting a 2-1-0-0 record last week.  Get up to speed on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins affiliate in this edition of NAILERS NEWS.

RECENT ACTION

November 14, 2017:  Cody Wydo and Freddy Tiffels each scored a pair of goals in a 6-4 victory over the Adirondack Thunder.  Cam Brown and Garrett Meurs also each registered two points.  Sean Maguire picked up the win while recording 34 saves.

November 17, 2017:  Derek Army led the Nailers attack with a goal and four points in a 6-2 win against the Norfolk Admirals.  Garrett Meurs (1G, 2A) and Dylan Zink (1G, 1A) also recorded multi-point games in the win.  Sean Maguire stopped 36 shots.

November 18, 2017:  Garrett Meurs recorded the only goal in the 4-1 loss during the second game of a back-to-back with Admirals.  Zach Tolkinen and Will King assisted on the on goal of the game for the Nailers.  Along with the assist, King stopped 30 shots.

LEAGUE LEADERS

Cody Wydo is third in the ECHL with 20 points in 14 games played.  Wydo is tied for 12th in the league with eight goals, and is eighth in the league in assists with 12.

Reid Gardiner is fourth in points with 19 and tied for second in the league in goals with 11.

Garrett Meurs is tied for 10th in the league with 17 points and is tied for seventh in the league with nine goals.

Cam Brown is tied for third in the ECHL with 14 assists.

Nick Sorkin is tied for fifth in the ECHL in assists with 13.

Sean Maguire is tied for third in the league with six wins on the season.

compiled by Kenny Jarema

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HOLIDAY DEALS THIS WEEK WITH THE PENGUINS


Get your holiday hockey shopping done this weekend, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins roll out great savings.

The Penguins Black Friday Sale runs from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Friday, November 24th; 9:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday the 25th; and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday the 26th at the Pens Team Store, located inside the Toyota SportsPlex.  Save 25% off all items in the store, including jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, hockey equipment and more (can not be combined with any other discount offers).

Coming to Saturday night’s game against the Syracuse Crunch?  The sale will also be going on in the Igloo Store that evening, with savings across the board.

We’ll also be rolling out our Holiday Hat Trick package, the one-size-fits-all gift for any hockey fan, which includes four undated ticket vouchers and a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins winter hat.  That’s a $104 value starting at just $50 (sorry, no discounts apply to the Holiday Hat Trick).

Plus, everyone’s favorite visitor from the North Pole, Santa Tux, will be in the store Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm for lots of fun!

To get a preview of the sale and all of the items involved, log on to our online store (Black Friday weekend sales not available online, but check back for CYBER MONDAY info soon)

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