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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COMEBACK KIDS? THE PENS HAVE A HISTORY

Dropping the first two contests of a best-of-five playoff series isn’t the ideal situation for any team.

But it’s not the end of the world, either.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are no strangers to playoff comebacks, including those times when their backs have been firmly against the wall.

But two series stand out above the other 36 they’ve participated in entering the 2018 postseason.


2004

Back in 2004, the Penguins dropped the first two games of the best-of-seven East Division Semifinal against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, with both losses coming in overtime, before winning a Game Three in the extra frame.

But a 4-2 loss in Game Four had the Penguins fighting for their playoff lives.

Jeff Hamilton gave the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead 6:17 into the second period, before Tom Kostopoulos beat Dieter Kochan to even the score before the end of the middle frame to complete the regulation scoring.

The teams traded shots in the extra frame before TK set up Tomas Surovy for the winning goal to extend the series.

Game Six saw the series shift back to Wilkes-Barre, and the home cooking paid off for the Pens, who posted a 5-0 win. Matt Hussey opened the scoring midway through the first period and added another goal in the third, while Konstantin Koltsov, Shane Endicott and Kris Beech also tallied. Kostopoulos had two helpers in the win, and Andy Chiodo made 23 saves for the shutout.

Game Seven goes down as one of the most memorable road games in team history, as busloads of the Wilkes-Barre faithful made the trip to Bridgeport, where they saw Koltsov tally the decisive goal in overtime, giving the Penguins a 3-2 win to cap a remarkable series comeback.


2013

Five years ago, the Penguins and the Providence Bruins faced off for the first time in the AHL playoffs, with the clubs meeting in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. And the early results were not good for the Pens.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton dropped an 8-5 decision in the opening game, which included a four-point effort (1+3) from noted Penguin killer, Chris Bourque.

Game Two saw the Penguins jump out to a 1-0 lead 4:40 into the contest, thanks to Warren Peters’ shorthanded goal. But the Bruins rattled off four goals in fewer than 14 minutes to close out the opening frame, and the Bruins held on for a 4-2 victory.

Game Three, held back in Wilkes-Barre, was a much tighter contest, with Jared Knight and Trevor Smith trading goals in the second period. Brad Thiessen stopped 20 of 21 shots in regulation, but couldn’t stop Carter Camper’s attempt just 31 seconds into OT, giving the Bruins a 2-1 win and a seemingly unsurmountable 3-0 lead in the series.

But things were about to get interesting.

Camper gave the visiting Bruins a 1-0 lead just seven and a half minutes into the game, but that was the only goal Thiessen would surrender, as Peters, Riley Holzopfel and Chad Kolarik scored for the Penguins to give them their first win of the round.

Game Five, also in NEPA, saw Brian Dumoulin’s power play goal give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 10:55 of the first. Tempers began to flare a short time later, as Bobby Robbins and Adam Payerl dropped the gloves at 14:29. But it was a scuffle behind the play between Christian Hanson and Joey Mormina that gave the Penguins another chance on the man advantage at 16:20. It took Smith just 27 seconds to double the Wilkes-Barre lead with his second goal of the series.

Payerl picked up a goal of his own in the second period, and the game degenerated into a slugfest in the third, with 72 penalty minutes being assessed in the final 5:23. Paul Thompson also added a goal during that time, making the final score 4-0.

Back in Providence, the Bruins poured on the offensive onslaught in Game Six. But Thiessen proved to be too much for the home squad, stopping 46 of 47 shots to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 overtime victory. Dumoulin scored for the second straight game on the power play, while Smith netted the winner 3:26 into OT.

That performance seemed to suck the wind out of the Bruins’ sails, as the Penguins scored four times in the second period of Game Seven, en route to a 5-0 win and an astounding comeback to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.


So sitting in a 2-0 hole isn’t the best place to be for the Penguins. But it’s also not an impossible hole to climb out of.

Game Three of the series with the Charlotte Checkers is this Thursday night at 7:05pm.  Games Four and Five, if necessary, will be held on Saturday at 7:05pm and Sunday at 3:05pm.

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, or fill in the form below to be contacted by a ticket representative.

Penguins Playoff T-Shirts are available now at the Penguins Team Store on Coal Street, via the Penguins online store, and at the Igloo Store inside the Mohegan Sun Arena during Thursday night’s game.

PENGUINS LOSE HEATED BATTLE WITH BRUINS, 3-1

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a tenacious battle to the Providence Bruins, 3-1, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (40-21-6-2) outshot the visitors 35-27, but Jordan Binnington turned in a great performance in net that stymied the Penguins time and time again.

The Bruins got on the board first when Adam Payerl capitalized on the power play at 14:06 in the opening period. Payerl was able to slap a rebound behind Tristan Jarry to put the visitors up, 1-0.

With 3:12 left in the first period, Trent Frederic collected the puck on a failed clear attempt by the Penguins forwards and fired a shot past Jarry for his second pro goal. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stormed down the ice on the next shift and reduced the deficit back down to one. Jean-Sébastien Dea gathered a centering pass from Daniel Sprong and picked the corner over Binnington’s glove before the first intermission.

The Penguins and Bruins kept the chances coming in the middle frame, firing 11 and 13 shots respectively, as both goaltenders stayed strong in their crease.

Penguins came close to tying the game midway through the final period when Sprong rushed down the ice and whipped a shot at the opposing net. Garrett Wilson was there to collect the rebound only to be denied by Binnington.

The Bruins cashed in on the power play once again when Jordan Szwarz lifted the puck past Jarry into the left corner of the goal, extending his team’s lead to 3-1 at 8:32 in the third.

Binnington’s brilliance continued as he stood tall to fend off a Sam Lafferty scoring chance moments later. Lafferty collected a big rebound and threw it towards a wide open goal, but the goaltender reached behind his back, smacking the puck away in acrobatic fashion and robbing Lafferty of his first pro goal.

Binnington ended up with 34 saves, while Jarry posted 24 stops in the loss.

The Penguins’ next game is Tuesday, Apr. 3 against the Hershey Bears. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for the final three 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.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BRUINS – MARCH 31, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome a potential first round playoff foe, the Providence Bruins, to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Saturday night.

The Penguins (40-20-6-2, 88 pts, .647%) have regained second place in the Atlantic Division after winning twice in their last two games, while the Bruins (40-23-3-2, 85 pts, .625%) sit just three points behind in the same division, but bring with them a two-game losing streak.

Tonight’s game is the sixth and final regular season meeting between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office

SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, November 11 WBS Providence 4-3 WIN
Friday, January 19 WBS Providence 1-0 Loss
Friday, February 9 Providence WBS 4-0 Loss
Sunday, February 11 Providence WBS 3-2 WIN
Wednesday, March 28 WBS Providence 5-2 WIN
Saturday, March 31 WBS Providence  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins got a third-period equalizer to force overtime, and Daniel Sprong notched 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 received a three-point effort from Christian Thomas (2+1), as well as a regulation goal from Zach Trotman, before Sprong capped it off in overtime. Michael Leighton stopped 30 shots to remain unbeaten (4-0-0) with the Penguins.
The Bruins fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Friday night, 2-0, in their final trip of the season to the PPL Center. The P-Bruins were shut out for the fifth time this season while Jordan Binnington made his 24th start of the season in net. Lehigh Valley got goals from Greg Carey and TJ Brennan and Dustin Tokarski stopped all 22 shots he faced. Providence was 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

 

PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins achieved 40 wins for the 13th season in a row, a league record.

Daniel Sprong potted the OT winner last night for his team-leading 27th goal of the season. His goal total is the second-highest for a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rookie all-time, trailing only Michel Ouellet’s 30 goals in 2003-04.

Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals scored, and is second in points with 54. He is just six points behind Manitoba’s Mason Appleton total of 60, despite playing in 13 fewer games.

Sprong’s 27 goals are tied for seventh among all AHL scorers, and his five game-winning tallies are tied for 11th.

Sprong now has points in eight of his past nine games, totaling six goals and four assists in that span.

BRUINS NOTES
Despite losing to Lehigh Valley last night, a loss by Bridgeport to Springfield on Friday dropped Providence’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot to six.

Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins in every major offensive category and sits in third in the AHL in points

Jordan Binnington has the second best goals against average in the AHL this season with 1.98

Zane McIntyre is tied for first with the most shutouts in the AHL with 6. Two of those have come against the Penguins

CONNECTIONS
Penguins Defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins (2011-15) where he played 150 games and netted 56 points (13+43).

Bruins head coach Jay Leach spent the 2015-16 season on the Penguins’ bench, and posted a 2-0-1-0 mark as the team’s interim head coach.

Bruins right winger Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton playing 130 games and posting 31 points (10+21).

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

PENGUINS DEFEAT BRUINS, 5-2, RECLAIM SECOND PLACE IN DIVISION

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins used a second period surge to defeat the visiting Providence Bruins, 5-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night.

Daniel Sprong scored his team-leading 25th and 26th goals of the season within the opening minutes of the middle frame to spur Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (39-20-6-2) on to beat their rival and reclaim second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Penguins came out with a strong offensive effort in the first period, throwing 14 pucks at the net, but were unable to solve goaltender Zane McIntyre. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got its greatest scoring chance of the opening frame when Jean-Sébastien Dea was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway, only to be denied by McIntyre.

Shortly after McIntyre stoned Dea on the shorthanded opportunity, the P-Bruins eventually converted on that man advantage with 41.5 seconds left in the first period. Jakub Zbořil released a rocket slap shot that found its way through traffic and into the Penguins’ net to put the visitors on the board first.

The Penguins came roaring back to start the middle frame, using three goals within the first 6:05 of the period to gain a two-goal lead. First, Sprong fooled McIntyre with a spin-o-rama backhander from the left wall as the puck somehow leaked past the Providence goalie’s pad and inside the near post. Less than three minutes later, Garrett Wilson fed Sprong for an opportunity that he ripped through McIntyre’s five-hole.

Sprong’s second goal on the night pulled him into a tie with Charlotte’s Warren Foegele for the league lead in rookie goal scoring (26).

On his first shift back after retreating to the locker room for an injury evaluation, Joseph Cramarossa sniped the glove side of McIntyre and extended the Penguins’ lead to 3-1.

Anton Blidh halted the spread of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s wildfire when he beat Tristan Jarry clean over the glove on the rush, pulling the P-Bruins back within one at 8:54 of the second stanza.

Both teams’ offenses were held in check until midway through the final period. Teddy Blueger pulled off a sensational deke in tight quarters and roofed a shot right under the crossbar for a Penguins insurance maker, putting them up, 4-2.

Jarred Tinordi flipped the puck into the empty net in the game’s closing seconds to round out the scoring at 5-2.

Both Jarry and McIntyre ended up with 27 saves on the night.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 30 when they travel to Connecticut to take on the Hartford Wolf Pack for the final time this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Mar. 31, and they’ll host the Providence Bruins once again. Saturday’s 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.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BRUINS – MARCH 28, 2018


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome a potential first round playoff foe, the Providence Bruins, to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wednesday night.

The Penguins (38-20-6-2, 84 pts, .636%) are in third place in the Atlantic Division, while the Bruins (40-21-3-2, 85 pts, .644%) sit just one point ahead in the same division.

Tonight’s game is the fifth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME:         7:05 p.m.
PLACE:      Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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LISTEN:    WILK News Radio
TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, November 11 WBS Providence 4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19 WBS Providence 1-0 Loss
Friday, February 9 Providence WBS 4-0 Loss
Sunday, February 11 Providence WBS 3-2 SOWIN
Wednesday, March 28 WBS Providence  7:05pm
Saturday, March 31 WBS Providence  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins couldn’t muster the same comeback magic they showed earlier in the week as they closed out their three-in-three weekend set with a 6-3 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Sunday afternoon. The Pens fell behind by a 4-0 score early, before Chris Summers netted his first goal of the year. Bridgeport quickly recaptured the four-goal lead, before Jean-Sebastien Dea and Andrey Pedan tallied back-to-back power play goals. But that was as close as the home squad would get, and the Sound Tigers tacked on an empty net goal to complete the scoring. The Penguins finished the game two-for-six on the power play, while their penalty kill unit was put to work 11 times on the afternoon. Tristan Jarry stopped 25 shots for his first regulation loss in the AHL since Oct. 14, 2017.

The Bruins defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday, 6-1, on Saturday night to sweep their two-game homestand against the first-place team in the Atlantic Division. The P-Bruins got two goals each from Peter Cehlarik and Joona Koppanen, along with goals from Colby Cave and Zach Senyshyn, while Jordan Binnington made his 23rd start of the season in net. Lehigh Valley’s Philippe Myers broke up Binnington’s shutout at 6:56 of the third period, but that was all the division leaders could muster as Binnington stopped 18 of 19 shots.


PENGUINS NOTES
When the Penguins lead after two periods they have only lost two times, winning 23 of 25 games.

Daniel Sprong is second among AHL rookies for goals (24) and points (51) this season. He is the fifth Penguins rookie to record 50-plus points in a season (Toby Petersen – 67 in 2000-01; Tom Kostopoulos – 58 in 1999-00; Matt Murlye – 58 in 2002-03; Rob Schremp – 53 in 2006-07).

Tom Kostopoulos’ next game will be his 650th with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


BRUINS NOTES
Jordan Szwarz and Tommy Cross lead the Bruins with three points in the season series

Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins in every major offensive category, with 21 goals, 40 assists, 61 points and 11 power play goals.

Jordan Binnington has the third best goals against average in the AHL this season with 1.97

Zane McIntyre is tied for first with the most shutouts in the AHL with six. Two of those have come against the Penguins.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins Defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins (2011-15) where he played 150 games and netted 56 points (13+43).

Bruins head coach Jay Leach spent the 2015-16 season on the Penguins’ bench, and posted a 2-0-1-0 mark as the team’s interim head coach.

Bruins right winger Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton playing 130 games and posting 31 points (10+21).

compiled by Jonathan Kliment

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/27/18

 

Well-traveled Penguins come home for big showdowns with P-Bruins

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (38-20-6-2) hosts Providence in potential playoff preview

 

Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Mar. 20 – Penguins 3 at Toronto 4 (OT)

The Penguins gave the top team in the league all it could handle, throwing 40 shots on net and coming back from down 2-0, but fell short in extra minutes against the Marlies.

Friday, Mar. 23 – Penguins 4 at Utica 5 (OT)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s resiliency was on display once again, this time erasing a 3-0 deficit to force overtime. However, an early OT marker gave Utica the win. With two points (1G-1A), Daniel Sprong reached the 50-point plateau.

Saturday, Mar. 24 – PENGUINS 5 at Binghamton 4 (SO)

For the third game in a row, the Pens required extra time. In the eighth shootout round, Garrett Wilson scored so the team remained undefeated in five contests against the Devils.

Sunday, Mar. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bridgeport 6

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill was put to the test, having to defend 11 man advantages for Bridgeport. Despite two power play goals early in the final period, the Pens were unable to construct a comeback to force OT again.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Mar. 28 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will face Providence for the fifth time this season. The Penguins look to gain the lead in the season series, which is tied at two wins apiece.

Friday, Mar. 30 – PENGUINS at Hartford

The Penguins travel to Hartford for the final time this season. The Pens are 10-1-1-0 at XL Center over the past five years.

Saturday, Mar. 31 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Big points are on the line as the Pens and P-Bruins compete for a potential four-point swing for the second time in four days.

 

Ice Chips

– By scoring on Saturday, defensemen Jarred Tinordi (4) and Andrey Pedan (8) both established new career highs in goals.

– With his goal on Sunday, Pedan totaled 22 points (9G-13A) this season, surpassing his previous career-best 21 points in 2015-16.

– Daniel Sprong is currently ranked in the top four in three different categories among AHL rookies. He’s placed second in goals (24), third in shots (164) and is tied for fourth in power play goals (9).

– Michael Leighton is 3-0-0-0 in his time with the Penguins with all three wins coming beyond regulation against the Binghamton Devils.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 68 42 17 4 5 93 .684
2. Providence 66 40 21 3 2 85 .644
3. PENGUINS 66 38 20 6 2 84 .636
4. Charlotte 68 39 26 0 3 81 .596
5. Bridgeport 66 32 26 5 3 72 .545
6. Hartford 68 30 30 5 3 68 .500
7. Hershey 68 28 31 4 5 65 .478
8. Springfield 67 28 33 5 1 62 .463

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 55 24 27 51
Jean-Sébastien Dea 61 15 27 42
Teddy Blueger 61 17 21 38
Ryan Haggerty 38 16 19 35
Garrett Wilson 60 15 19 34

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 22 10-7-3 2.78 .902 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Mar. 28   Providence       Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Mar. 30      Hartford            XL Center                             7:15 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 31      Providence       Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Mar. 27     (G) Alex D’Orio                                 Signed to ATO

Tue, Mar. 27     (LW) Jan Drozg                                 Signed to ATO

Fri, Mar. 23       (RW) Josh Jooris                    Reassigned from PIT

Fri, Mar. 23       (D) Kevin Schulze                   Released from PTO

PENGUINS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT BRUINS IN SHOOTOUT, 3-2

BOXSCORE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins avenged their two shutout losses at Dunkin’ Donuts Center by defeating the Providence Bruins in a shootout, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in their last visit to Rhode Island this season.

It took 146:31 of game time over the course of three games, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-13-3-1) finally solved Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre to pull together a two-goal comeback before winning in the best-of-three shootout.

The start of the game was a defensive chess match. Neither team could tally a shot on goal during the first five minutes of the contest thanks to tight-checking defense and shot-blocking prowess on both sides.

The Bruins’ Tommy Cross blasted the first goal of the day past Casey DeSmith during a power play at 13:42. Providence built a 2-0 lead at 17:35 of the first period when Adam Payerl rush towards the net and shoved his own rebound across the goal line.

McIntyre had blanked the Penguins for seven-straight periods at Dunkin’ Donuts Center at this point, but that streak finally came to an end in the middle frame.

Gage Quinney came streaking in on an odd man rush and fired the puck up and over McIntyre’s glove to bring Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within one 6:31 into the second period. The Penguins tied it up on a Jarred Tinordi chip shot over a sprawled-out McIntyre, finished the work done by Reid Gardner who racked up several rebound bids at the side of the net. Tinordi’s tally at 11:06 of the second period was his first goal since Nov. 12.

The third period decided nothing as the score remained 2-2 at the end of 60 minutes, and the shots were dead even at 30-30. No victor emerged after a five-minute overtime session, either.

Jean-Sébastien Dea used crafty puckwork to score in the first round of the shootout and DeSmith was perfect on three Bruins shootout attempts, giving the Penguins their first win at Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season.

DeSmith slammed the door on 32 of 34 shots faced in regulation and overtime, while McIntyre recorded an identical statline at the opposite end of the ice.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Feb. 16 when they travel to upstate New York for a tilt with the Rochester Americans. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets 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 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS FALL TO BRUINS, 4-0

BOXSCORE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the second time in less than a month’s time, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visited the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on an impressive winning streak and couldn’t push it further as they fell to the Providence Bruins, 4-0, on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (29-13-3-1) was shut-out by Zane McIntyre for the second trip to Providence in a row, as the Bruins goaltender recorded a 22-save clean sheet to end the Penguins’ four-game win streak.

The Penguins’ netminder, Casey DeSmith, was tested early and often as the Bruins peppered him with 22 shots in the first period, including a blitzkrieg just after the six-minute mark. Both teams battled for position in front of DeSmith, clogging his crease and limiting his vision. Still, DeSmith made a number of tremendous saves before the Penguins cleared the puck and broke the press.

Providence finally solved DeSmith at 8:53 of the first period as Kenny Agostino buried a puck just under the crossbar. A shot from Connor Clifton bounced off the back boards and right onto Agostino’s stick, giving him the opportunity to seize the first lead of the game.

The Bruins extended their lead to 2-0 at 14:39 of the second period while on the power play. A turnover by Andrey Pedan led to Colton Hargrove snapping a wrist shot past DeSmith.

McIntyre continued to hold Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at bay in the third period while Providence tallied twice to make it 4-0. Matt Beleskey thwarted a Penguins clearing attempt and then slid a pass over to Tommy Cross for a one-timer goal 5:58 into the final frame of regulation. Clifton set up another Bruins tally roughly 11 minutes later when he and Colby Cave combined to get Adam Payerl the puck in prime scoring position.

DeSmith stopped 39 of the 43 shots he faced, while McIntyre earned his second shutout in a row against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins’ next game is Sunday, Feb. 11 when they hope to bounce back in a rematch with the Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets 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 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BRUINS – FEBRUARY 9, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their road trip in the northeast as they visit the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center for a pair for games this weekend.

The Penguins (29-12-3-1, 62 pts, .689%) continue to hold the top spot in the Atlantic Division, and are currently on a four-game winning streak. The Bruins (26-16-3-1, 56 pts, .609%) are ranked third in the same division, having gone 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 contests.

Friday’s game is the third of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Dunkin’ Donuts Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME  ROAD  TIME/RESULT 
Saturday, November 11  WBS  Providence  4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19  Providence  WBS  1-0 Loss
Friday, February 9  Providence  WBS  7:05pm
Sunday, February 11  Providence  WBS  3:05pm
Wednesday, March 28  WBS  Providence  7:05pm
Saturday, March 31  WBS  Providence  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins used a great night on the special teams front to defeat the Springfield Thunderbirds, 3-1, on Wednesday night at MassMutual Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got two power play goals and featured an impenetrable penalty kill to earn its first win in Springfield since Feb. 5, 2016. The teams traded goals in the second frame with Gage Quinney breaking things open before Springfield’s Dryden Hunt tied it up, 1-1. A power play goal from Thomas Di Pauli put the Penguins back on top, 2-1. Garrett Wilson tallied a power play, empty net insurance marker with 1:13 to go in the third period to seal the win. The Penguins finished the night two-for-seven on the man advantage, while the Thunderbirds couldn’t capitalize on any of their three power play opportunities.

The Bruins fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night, 3-1, at the XL Center. Providence got its lone goal from Colton Hargrove, while Zane McIntyre made his 28th start of the season in net. Hartford’s Steven Fogarty gave the Wolf Pack the lead with his seventh goal of the season – a shorthanded tally. The Pack doubled their advantage thanks to Vinni Lettieri as he netted his 14th goal of the season. The P-Bruins came out of the gates firing to start the second period, and that led to Hargrove’s 10th goal of the campaign at 1:55. Ryan Gropp quickly regained the two-goal lead for Hartford, scoring at 4:33 of the middle frame. Providence was 0-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.


PENGUINS NOTES
The Penguins have notched five hat tricks in 2017-18, the most in a single season in team history.

Daniel Sprong is on an eight-game point streak (5+9). Sprong is also tied for second among AHL rookies for goals scored this season with 20 and fourth with 37 points.

Sprong is tied for 19th overall in the AHL in points and tied for ninth in goals.

Jean-Sebastien Dea has points in 12 of the past 14 games his has played in for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dating back to December 22 (5+8).

BRUINS NOTES
Jordan Szwarz leads the Bruins with 15 goals in 31 games this season.

Swedish rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson leads all Bruins rookies in every major offensive category (13+15=28).

Jordan Binnington has the fourth best goals against average in the AHL this season at 2.09

Zane McIntyre is tied for third among AHL netmidners with three shutouts.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins Defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins (2011-15) where he played 150 games and netted 56 points (13+43).

Bruins head coach Jay Leach spent the 2015-16 season on the Penguins’ bench, and posted a 2-0-1-0 mark as the team’s interim head coach.

Bruins right winger Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton playing 130 games and posting 31 points (10+21).

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, when they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets 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 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.