DISCIPLINE KEY TO GAME TWO SUCCESS FOR PENGUINS


The Charlotte Checkers finished the regular season with the third-ranked power play in the American Hockey League. So giving them seven chances on the man advantage on Friday night was bound to come back and haunt the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Charlotte’s Valentin Zykov, who had 17 power play goals during the regular season, tallied on his team’s sixth opportunity last night to force overtime, where the Checkers won the game, 3-2.

Head coach Clark Donatelli knows the Pens can’t afford a repeat of the penalty box parade tonight.

“We’ve got to be disciplined and stay out of the box,” he said. “They have a really good power play. That gave them momentum and was the difference in the game. Five-on-five, I like our chances.”

The winning tally came 3:18 into overtime, as the Checkers swarmed the crease in front of goaltender Tristan Jarry. The Penguins protested at the time, saying that Zykov interfered with the netminder on Lucas Wallmark’s winner.

Donatelli isn’t dwelling on the end of the game, though.

“It doesn’t matter. It is what it is,” he said. “We were pinned in the zone for a minute there, and we should have had the puck out.”

No one is panicking after the first game according to the Penguins head coach.

“It’s a series, this is not one game,” said Donatelli. “We didn’t think we were going to come in here and sweep anyways. It’s another game [Saturday] and then we’ll take it one game at a time.

“It’s been close all year, all the games we’ve played against them. And we assume it’s going to be close again [Saturday].”

The Penguins and Checkers face off in Game Two at 6:00pm on Saturday night, before the series heads to Wilkes-Barre for Game Three on Thursday evening at 7:05pm.

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CATCHING UP WITH CHRIS SUMMERS


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Chris Summers is one of the most experienced players on the team, with 450 American Hockey League games on his resume, as well as 70 games in the National Hockey League.

But despite playing in more than 500 regular season pro games combined, he has just three postseason contests to his credit, those coming with the Portland Pirates back in 2013.

We caught up with Summer following practice on Friday morning to get his quick thoughts heading into Game One tonight against the Charlotte Checkers.

WBS:  How does it feel to be back in the postseason?

SUMMERS:  I’m excited.  I’m excited.  Ready to go.  We’ve got a really good group of guys here, a very talented group of guys.   We expect a lot from this group, and I think the fans should, the coaches should as well.  We’re excited to step on the ice and get this thing going.

WBS:  The Penguins had a sneaky good end to the season, winning seven of 10 games.  It seems like the team started to really come together at the end of March.  What did you see with the team late in the season?

SUMMERS:  I think we’ve tightened a few bolts.  There are some things we’ve been working on a little bit, and we’ve seen it unfold in games, especially the last few games at the end of the season.  And we’re a deep team, so I think that plays a big role in it too.  We’ve got guys that, if something should happen, those guys can step in.  And I think the biggest thing for us is we’re just excited to play.

WBS:  The Checkers won three of four against the Penguins this season, and have the highest scoring offense in the AHL this past regular season.  How do you contend with that?

SUMMERS:  I think the biggest thing for us is going to be implementing our style of hockey.  I think we’re a kind of rough and tumble team.  We can be at times.  But making sure that we establish our presence on the ice will be a big thing for us….It should be a good matchup.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin their opening-round best-of-five series against the Charlotte Checkers tonight at 7:00 PM at Bojangles’ Coliseum in North Carolina. Game Two is slated for tomorrow, April 21 at 6:00 PM. The series will shift back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Game Three on April 26 at 7:00 PM.

Calder Cup Playoff ticket packages (which include a $6 voucher good for food or merchandise for each game), as well as individual game playoff tickets, are on sale now through the Penguins front office.  Get yours by calling 570-208-7367, or fill in the form before to request more info from a Penguins representative.

JOORIS REASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON


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

Jooris, 28, appeared in six games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, recording one goal.  He was acquired by Pittsburgh from the Carolina Hurricanes for Greg McKegg on February 26.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin their opening-round best-of-five series against the Charlotte Checkers tonight at 7:00 PM at Bojangles’ Coliseum in North Carolina. Game Two is slated for tomorrow, April 21 at 6:00 PM. The series will shift back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Game Three on April 26 at 7:00 PM.

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PENGUINS TO TAKE ON CHECKERS IN FIRST ROUND


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Charlotte Checkers announced the schedule for their first round match-up in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.  The best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal series is set to begin on Friday, Apr. 20 at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The Penguins’ first postseason home game will take place on Thursday, Apr. 26.

The Penguins’ first round schedule is as follows:

Game 1 – Friday, Apr. 20 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 7:00 p.m.

Game 2 – Saturday, Apr. 21 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.

Game 3 – Thursday, Apr. 26 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.

*Game 4 – Saturday, Apr. 28 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.

*Game 5 – Sunday, Apr. 29 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 3:05 p.m.

*if necessary… All times Eastern

Individual game tickets and ticket packages for the 2018 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.

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WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON CLINCHES 16TH-STRAIGHT PLAYOFF BERTH

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – With Saturday night’s results, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have clinched a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 16th-consecutive season. The Penguins’ 16-year postseason streak is the American Hockey League’s active record.

Ticket packages for the 2018 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.

Individual game tickets for the postseason will go on sale on Monday, Apr. 9 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, TicketMaster.com, or also by calling the Penguins’ offices at (570) 208-7367.

The Penguins are currently (42-22-6-2) and sit in second place in the Atlantic Division.

WBS GRADS HAVING IMPACTS ON PITTSBURGH POSTSEASON

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue their quest for back-to-back Stanley Cups this Saturday night, when they host the Ottawa Senators in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals.  And like last year, the Pens progress has been led by players with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pedigrees.

Lets start at the top – as in the top goal scorer.  Jake Guentzel, who began the season in NEPA, has rattled off an NHL-best nine goals in his first 12 playoff games.  Included in his performance was a postseason hat trick in Game Three against the Columbus Blue Jackets and a total of three game-winning goals.  One of those was the OT winner to cap the hat trick agains Columbus.

Guentzel has posted 14 points so far, which is good for fourth in NHL.  His most recent point –  an assist on Bryan Rust’s goal in Game Seven against the Washington Capitals – broke Pittsburgh’s record for rookie scoring in a postseason.  That mark was formerly held by Jaromir Jagr, who needed 24 games to hit that mark in 1991.

Speaking of Rust, he continues to show clutch play in the biggest games.  Rust recorded both goals in a 2-1, Game Seven win against the Tampa Bay Lightning last season to get the Pens to the Stanley Cup Finals, and followed that up by notching the series clinching against the Caps earlier this week.

Rust has five goals in 12 games this postseason, including a pair of game-winners. Three of his 11 career playoff goals have been GWGs.

On the other end of the rink, Marc-Andre Fleury has been the saving grace, posting an 8-4 record with a 2.55 goals against average and .927 save percentage.  He turned aside 29 shots in the finale against Washington, giving him nine shutouts in his Pittsburgh playoff career.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner is Pittsburgh’s all-time playoff leader among goalies in games (112), starts (110) and wins (61).

Six other skaters who saw regular play with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have also suited up in the 2017 playoffs for Pittsburgh, including Conor Shear (11gp, 0-3-3), Tom Kuhnhackl (11gm, 1-1-2), Scott Wilson (8gp, 1-1-2), Brian Dumoulin (12gp, 0-2-2), Carter Rowney (7gp, 0-0-0) and Chad Ruhwedel (2gp, 0-0-0).  Both Rowney and Ruhwedel spent time in NEPA this season, and made their Stanley Cup Playoff debuts this year.

Pittsburgh and Ottawa will face off at PPG Arena on Saturday at 7:00pm and Monday at 8:00pm.  The series moves to Ottawa for Games Three (Wednesday) and Four (Friday).  Both of those contests are scheduled for 8:00pm starts.


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PITTSBURGH RECALLS ARCHIBALD, SUNDQVIST

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Josh Archibald and Oskar Sundqvistfrom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Archibald, 24, dressed for all five postseason contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year, scoring a pair of goals. During the regular season, Archibald had career highs with 16 goals, 13 assists and 29 points in 61 AHL contests.

At the NHL level this year, Archibald appeared in 10 games, scoring three goals. His first two goals came in his first NHL game of the season on Feb. 11 in Arizona, with his second tally that night a shorthanded marker.

Sundqvist, 23, also split his season between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh. During the regular season, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time, and added 26 assists and 46 points in 63 games with the AHL Penguins. Sundqvist also skated in 10 regular-season games for Pittsburgh this year.

Last year, Sundqvist played in two NHL playoff games with Pittsburgh, and 18 regular-season contests, tallying four points (1G-3A) in those appearances.

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PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – April 28, 2017


100/200

Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins was the 100th all-time Calder Cup Playoff game played in Wilkes-Barre.  The Penguins have a record of 60-40 on home ice in the postseason, and have outscored the opposition 295-241.

Thursday’s game was also the 200th playoff game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.  The Pens are 104-96 in those games, and have outscored the opposition 562-551.


CLOSE IT OUT

The Penguins can advance to the Atlantic Division Final with a win in Game Four on Friday night (tickets available here).  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 22-13 all-time with a chance to clinch a series, and 15-3 with a chance to clinch on home ice.


BEST OF FIVE

This is the eighth best-of-five series the Penguins have participated in, and the team is 6-1 in the first seven of those rounds.  The only loss came in the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals at the hands of the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-1.


Individual tickets for Friday night’s Game Four are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

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PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – APRIL 26


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got a bit of a boost prior to Game One of their Calder Cup playoff series against the Providence Bruins, when Josh Archibald, Tom Sestito and Cameron Gaunce were reassigned to the AHL club by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Archibald tallied a pair of goals (including the equalizer to force OT) in the Game Two win; Sestito picked up his first of the playoffs in the same contest; and Gaunce logged considerable time on the blue line, as the Penguins split the weekend series in Providence.

“It feels really good to be back with everybody here.  We had a special season, so hopefully we can do something special here in the postseason,” said Archibald, who spent the previous three weeks in Pittsburgh.

The speedy forward didn’t make an appearance in Pittsburgh’s first round Stanley Cup series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but said the experience of just being around a team in the hunt for the trophy was a positive.

“It’s just more of being in that environment, being around those guys.  Look what they did last year.  They’re winners up there,” he said.  “So to be able to take away from what they do and learn from them, it’s definitely a huge experience.  It’s a good experience for me.”

Sestito had been with the NHL club since March 8, but sat out considerable time due to an upper body injury.  He dressed for Pittsburgh’s final two regular season games, before rejoining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for their playoff run.

He’s taking the AHL team’s playoff run just as seriously as he would a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.

“You battle hard for these guys every day throughout the year, and you just want to keep it going as long as you can, because you see the end is near,” said Sestito, who is participating in his fourth postseason in 10 years as a pro.  “As an older guy, you don’t know how many years you have left.

“This team’s got a lot of fire power and we’re excited to keep going.”

This is the fifth consecutive spring that Gaunce has seen postseason action, but he doesn’t take the opportunity to pursue a trophy for granted.

“It’s pretty big.  It’s something that I take pride in.  I’ve only missed the playoffs one season, junior and pro,” he said.

Gaunce also knows what it takes to claim the AHL’s ultimate prize, having been a member of the Texas Stars club that won the Calder Cup in 2014.

“I don’t think there’s an exact formula to winning a championship, because if there was every team would try to replicate that.  But I don think there are certain things that carry over,” he stated.  “I think the most important thing is consistency at this time of the year, who can play their best game, game in and game out.”


ARCHIE ON THE ATTACK

Archibald entered the 2017 postseason with two goals in 15 previous games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  He doubled that total in Game Two on Sunday.

“I’ve worked on doing a lot of the little things right, and I think that’s transformed my game a lot and helped me out in the long run,” said Archibald, who set new personal bests across the board with 16 goals, 13 assists and 29 points with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  He also led the AHL with four shorthanded goals, and netted three goals in 10 games with Pittsburgh.

Archibald was on the ice with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton needing a goal to tie game in the final two minutes of play on Sunday.

“[Garrett Wilson] got in on the forecheck hard, forced the defenseman to turn it over.  [Dominik Simon] came in and picked the puck up, made a great play to [David Warsofsky], who was coming in from the blue line to take a one-timer,” Archibald recalled. [Kevin Porter] and I were standing right in front to pick up any garbage.  He slid it over to me and I pretty much had a wide open net in front.”

That goal with just 63 seconds left in regulation gave the team a much needed lift headed into the extra frame.

“We just had to calm down in the locker room,” he said.  “We knew we could win it, it was just a matter of going out and doing the right things.  Luckily enough we came out on top in that game.”


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins are currently tied, 1-1, in the best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinals.

The series moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Games Three (Thursday night) and Four (Friday night) at 7:05pm.

Individual tickets for both games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

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WILSON, SUNDQVIST BRING NHL POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE


Garrett Wilson and Oskar Sundqvist were key components of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins success this season.  Wilson recorded 31 points, the second-highest total in his six-year career, while being limited to just 59 games due to injury.  Sundqvist finished third on the team in both goals (20) and points (46), despite spending significant stretches in Pittsburgh.

The duo has more than 380 regular season AHL contests between them, but just a total of four Calder Cup playoff games.

But don’t let that lack of postseason experience scare you.

Wilson’s lone taste of the AHL playoffs came in 2015 as a member of the San Antonio Rampage, who dropped three straight games to the Oklahoma City Barons.

“We had a good team that year,” said Wilson, whose third-seeded Rampage squad was vanquished by the six-place Barons in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.  “It didn’t really end up the way we thought we were going to.”

While his time chasing the Calder Cup has been short so far, Wilson did see an extended playoff stay while helping the Owen Sound Attack to the Ontario Hockey League championship in 2011.  He also gained additional experience by appearing in six games with the Florida Panthers during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I have playoff experience, and I know how much it ramps up and how intense it gets,” said Wilson. “It’s really exciting and I’m really ready to go for it this year.”

Wilson took a lot away from his time with the Panthers last season, and he believes that could prove beneficial this spring.

“Just how much each shift really counts, every hit, every shot on net.  It’s really magnified.  Everything is important in the series and it all takes it toll,” he said.   “Seeing some of the guys there, the older guys like [Roberto] Luongo and [Jaromir] Jagr, they’ve been there before and [I saw] how much they actually wanted it.  To win a championship is really special, and I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win one.”

Like Wilson, Sundqvist spent last season on an NHL roster during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He suited up for two games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and spent the entire run to the championship with the team.

And while the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for every hockey player, Sundqvist is excited to get a bigger taste of postseason play.

“It’s going to be really fun, and I think this team can do something special,” he said.  “I’m real excited to get to play playoff hockey again.”

Sundqvist quadrupled his goal output from his rookie season (from five goals to 20 this year), and saw more than a handful of highlight reel tallies.  But he knows that once you get into the playoffs, things start to tighten up quite a bit.

“In the playoffs it’s not about nice goals.  You need to get those goals around the crease and bang a rebound in or something like that,” he stated.  “That’s what most of the goals are going to look like in this series.”

And he has no doubts that the Penguins will be prepared once the puck drops in Game One on Friday night.

“We’re as ready as we can be.  It’s going to be a fun series against Providence.”

The Penguins and Bruins begin their best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinal series this Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, and the teams face off in Game Two in Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.

The series switches to Wilkes-Barre for Game Three on Thursday, April 27 at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for Game Three are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, by calling 570-208-7367, or online at TicketMaster.com.

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