PENGUINS FALL IN GAME FIVE, 2-1


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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Zane McIntyre made 50 saves and Danton Heinen tallied twice, as the Providence Bruins defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1, in Game Five of the Atlantic Division Semifinal on Sunday afternoon.

With that result, the Penguins postseason came to an end, while the Bruins will face the winner of the Hershey Bears – Lehigh Valley Phantoms series in the Atlantic Division Final.

Even though the Penguins outshot the Bruins 21-9 in the first period, they found themselves in a 1-0 hole at the close of the first 20 minutes. After a too many men on the ice penalty, Providence quickly took advantage with Heinen scoring a power play goal at 12:37 of the first.

Heinen notched his second goal of the game 13 minutes into the third period, giving him an AHL-leading four goals in the playoffs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cut Providence’s lead in half thanks to a man advantage marker of its own. Jean-Sébastien Dea did the honors, rifling a shot so hard into the top corner that the puck got stuck between the mesh and back bar. Dea’s goal came with 5:23 remaining in regulation and on the Penguins’ 47th shot of the afternoon.

Despite the Penguins continuing the barrage of shots on McIntyre, the equalizer never came, effectively ending the team’s season.

The Penguins’ power play finished the contest going one-for-six, while their penalty kill nullified two of the Bruins’ three man advantage opportunities.

Casey DeSmith posted 24 saves in the loss.

PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – April 29, 2017


It all comes down to this.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins meet in a decisive Game Five on Sunday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  The winner moves on to the Atlantic Division Finals.  The loser is done for the season.

But if history is any indicator, the Penguins are in a good position to move on.


BEST-OF-FIVE

The Penguins have played in seven best-of-five series prior to this season, and have gone 6-1 in those playoff rounds.  Two of those series went the distance, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winning on both occasions.

The team’s very first appearance in the Calder Cup postseason came against the Syracuse Crunch in the 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinal.  Similar to this season, the Pens posted wins in Games Two and Three, before recording a 6-2 victory in Game Five on home ice.

The only other best-of-five to go five games came in 2012, when the Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Hershey Bears, dropped Games Three and Four at the Giant Center, before pulling out a 2-1 win in Game Five back home.

The lone time the Pens failed to win a best-of-five series was back in 2003, when they fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-1, in the Western Conference Quarterfinal.

The Penguins have posted first-round, best-of-five wins in each of the past five postseasons (2012 vs Hershey; 2013 and 2014 vs Binghamton; 2015 vs Syracuse; and 2016 vs Providence).


IN GAME FIVE

The Penguins have an all-time record of 17-10 in Game Fives, including a 10-4 mark on home ice, and an 8-1 record in first round series.

The only first round, Game Five loss for the team came on April 26, 2006, when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Penguins, 3-2, in overtime.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went on to capture Games Six and Seven to advance to the East Division Final.


WITH A CHANCE TO CLINCH/WHEN FACING ELIMINATION

Following Friday night’s game, the Penguins have an all-time record of 22-14 when they have a chance to clinch a playoff series, and a 15-4 mark in such games on home ice.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the previous three series when the team failed to clinch on home ice (201 Western Conference Semifinals vs. Syracuse; 2004 Eastern Conference Final vs. Hartford; 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinal vs. Providence).

The Penguins are 24-15 all-time when facing elimination, and 16-5 on home ice.


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

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.

Penguins postseason ticket packages, which include tickets to every home contest during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are on sale now.  With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every home game in the playoffs, as well as their same seat guaranteed throughout the team’s playoff run. Fans can secure their seats for every home game by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – APRIL 24, 2015

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins ranked one and two in defense during the American Hockey League’s regular season.

So how does one explain 11 goals combined in Sunday afternoon’s Game Two?

“I don’t think you expect any playoff game to be 6-5,” said Penguins defenseman David Warsofsky.  “Sometimes the bounces go that way.”

They were certainly going Warsofsky’s way on Sunday, as the former Bruins blueliner recorded four points, including a pair of goals just 23 seconds apart to open the afternoon’s scoring.

“I think our whole mentality is get pucks to the net, and they went in,” said Warsofsky, who blasted a one-timer from the point for the Pens’ first goal, then snuck a second through traffic and past goaltender Zane McIntyre off an offensive zone faceoff.  “I got a couple of bounces there.  I’ve had a shot mentality for a long time this year and you get lucky once in a while.”


Derrick Pouliot’s overtime winner didn’t come in the normal fashion for the Penguins defenseman.  It wasn’t a big bomb from the point or wicked writer form the slot that beat McIntyre and sent the team to victory.  Instead it was a patient approach and a bank shot off of the goaltender’s back leg that allowed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to even the series at a game apiece.

Pouliot started the play with a puck retrieval at the Penguins’ blue line, then hit Garrett Wilson with a tape-to-tape past through the neutral zone.  Wilson moved the puck to Kevin Porter on the left side, as Pouliot came tearing down the board.  Porter dumped the puck off to Pouliot, who angled in on goal.

“I had enough speed where I backed the d-man off,” said Pouliot.  “He’s a good goalie. He came out and took away pretty much everything I had on the shot.  I was able to fake him out and get around and bank it in off his leg there.”


Pouliot’s goal upped the Penguins all-time record in playoff overtime games to 31-22, and 6-2 in overtime games against the Bruins.

Both Warsofsky (2+2) and Kevin Porter (0+4) recorded four-point games on Sunday, falling just one point shy of equalling the team record for points in a game.

Porter’s four helpers tied the team mark for assists in a playoff game.  Chris Kelleher (April 13, 2001), Micki DuPoint (April 27, 2007), and Tom Kostopoulos (May 13, 2016), each picked up four assists in five point games.

Kostopoulos recorded an assist on Tom Sestito’s second period goal, giving the Penguins captain his 43rd playoff helper in a Penguins uniform, and his 66th point.

Casey DeSmith picked up his sixth career playoff win for the Penguins, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on the team’s all-time list.

The best-of-five series now moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Games Three (Thursday) and Four (Friday) 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.

PENGUINS WIN THRILLER IN OT ON POULIOT GOAL

Derrick Pouliot’s goal at 7:49 of overtime was the difference, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won a thriller, 6-5, over the Providence Bruins on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Pouliot picked up a loose puck and skated through the neutral zone, banking a shot off of the back of goaltender Zane McIntyre to even the best-of-five series 1-1.  Game Three is scheduled for Thursday night back in Wilkes-Barre.

The Penguins at one point held a 3-0 lead, only to see the Bruins chip away and finally take a late one-goal advantage.  But an extra attacker goal from Josh Archibald forced overtime and Pouliot’s fantastic individual effort gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the split on the road.

The Penguins controlled much of the play in the early going, outshooting the Bruins 18-9 in the first period, but couldn’t beat netminder Zane McIntyre during the opening frame.

That changed quickly in an offense-filled second period.

Chris Casto’s errant clear found it’s way into the stands, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a power play just 20 seconds into the middle period.  Warsofsky made sure the opportunity wasn’t wasted with a blast from the point which opened the scoring for the Pens.

The former Bruins defenseman made it a 2-0 contest just 23 seconds later with another shot from the near boards.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain Tom Kostopoulos was sprung from the penalty box after an interference call and corralled a Penguins clear in the Providence zone.  He then fed Tom Sestito at the far post, and Sestito deposited the puck in the net to make it a 3-0 game.

Chris Porter got the Bruins on the board 14 seconds after Sestito’s goal, as the teams played four-on-four hockey after offsetting roughing minors to Sestito and Tyler Randell were handed out.

Porter picked up his second of the night at 17:11, banging in a loose puck from a scrum in front of the Pens’ net.  And Tommy Cross, recently reassigned from the Boston Bruins, went top shelf from the right face-off circle with 1:46 left in the period.

The Penguins went back in front when Josh Archibald picked up his first of the playoffs at 3:58 of the third period.  But Danton Heinen notched his second of the series as a Tom Sestito hooking penalty was about to expire at 7:38 to tie the game, before Peter Mueller picked up a loose puck in a scrum and beat DeSmith at 12:48.

With time running down, the Pens pulled DeSmith for the extra attacker, and the move paid off as Archibald’s shot deflected off a skate and into the Bruins net with 1:03 left in regulation to force overtime.

DeSmith stopped 28 shots to pick up the victory for the Penguins, while McIntyre made 38 saves in the loss.

The best-of-five series now moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Game Three on Thursday night at 7:05pm.  Individual tickets for Thursday night’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

PENGUINS PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK – APRIL 22, 2017

Casey DeSmith makes one of his 31 saves in Game One on Friday night. (photo credit – Providence Bruins)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith may have been on the wrong side of a 2-1 decision in Game One against the Providence Bruins, but that’s not to say the American Hockey League’s regular season leader in goals against average played poorly.

In fact, DeSmith turned aside 31 shots on Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, only surrendering a pair of power play goals in the playoff opener for the Pens.

“I felt good.  I felt confident like I have been the past few weeks of the season. I just hope to keep it going,” said DeSmith.  “I thought we played pretty well.  Both teams had their chances.  Their power play, they executed and got some nice goals.

“Game Two, the penalty kill’s going to have to be a bit better here.  Hopefully we can put a few more pucks past [Providence goaltender Zane] McIntyre.”

The Pens had posted four consecutive playoff wins over the P-Bruins before the defeat on Friday night.  But the team won’t have long to dwell on the loss, as Game Two takes place with an early 3:05pm puck drop on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s nice that we don’t have to wait a week,” said DeSmith.  “We can get right back after it tomorrow and hopefully pick up the win.”

GAME ONE NOTES

  • The Penguins and Bruins have faced off in 18 postseason contests all-time, and 10 of those have been one-goal games, including the past five in a row.
  • The Penguins are now 1-3 in Game Ones against the Bruins, with the lone win coming in last season’s series.
  • The Penguins are now 5-4 in postseason games played in Providence.  They have outscored the Bruins 31-27 in those contests.
  • The Penguins overall record in Game One of a playoff series fell to 17-21 all time, including 9-13 on the road.
  • The Penguins are 7-9 in Game Ones of the first round of the playoffs.
  • Brett Stern and Jarrett Burton each made their Calder Cup Playoff debuts in Game One.
  • Jean-Sebastien Dea’s goal in Game One was his first career Calder Cup point, and came in his 15th postseason game.

The Penguins and Bruins Face off in Game Two of the  Atlantic Division Semifinal series Sunday afternoon at 3:05pm at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

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.

For information on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff packages, which include a $6 food voucher for every game, just fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.

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.

For information on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff packages, which include a $6 food voucher for every game, just fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.

SECOND TIME AROUND SIMILAR FOR DESMITH

Casey DeSmith’s rise from ECHL backup to AHL postseason starter last year was somewhat unexpected.  After all, the rookie out of Rochester, New Hampshire, didn’t even crack the Wheeling Nailers lineup until December of 2015.

But as the 2015-16 regular season ran down, DeSmith found himself firmly planted in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton crease.

Injuries and circumstances led to DeSmith’s initial rise up the organizational depth chart.

First, Matt Murray received a permanent promotion to Pittsburgh in early March, freeing up a space in Wilkes-Barre’s goaltending corps.  Tristan Jarry subsequently assumed the regular starter role for the AHL club, with veteran Brian Foster serving as the backup.

But Foster faltered, and DeSmith leap-frogged Wheeling regular Frank Palazzese to move into the second position on the Penguins roster.

Jarry experienced a bit of a late-season slump, and DeSmith stepped in to hold down the goaltending duties during the final week of the campaign.

He kept the crease as the Penguins moved into the postseason, helping the team to a pair of wins on home ice to start the best-of-five series against the Providence Bruins.

But the contest that seemingly cemented DeSmith’s standing in the organization was Game Three, which took place in Providence on April 23.  DeSmith turned aside an astounding 59 shots – a new team record – as the Penguins posted a 5-4, double overtime victory to sweep the Bruins from the postseason.

“It’s a game I’ll never forget, that’s for sure,” said DeSmith.  “Double overtime and winning in the fashion that we did to sweep the series, was really special, one of the most exciting times of last year.”

The Penguins were ousted by the Hershey Bears in overtime of Game Seven in the Atlantic Division Final, but by that time DeSmith had solidified his stature as a regular in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup.  He went from playing on a tryout contract in the playoffs to inking an AHL deal in early July, essentially guaranteeing himself a spot in northeast PA for the 2016-17 season.

Despite the late-season success he enjoyed, DeSmith was tabbed to hold down the backup role in Wilkes-Barre, with Jarry figuring to receive the bulk of the playing time.  During most of the season, DeSmith saw one start for every two that Jarry played.

But as the season wound down, DeSmith once again found himself thrust into the limelight as the team’s regular starter.

With their playoff seeding already set in stone, the Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Jarry on April 9, giving him his first NHL start that night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.  And when Matt Murray came up injured prior to the Pens first playoff game, Jarry moved into the backup role for Pittsburgh.

With a week left in the regular season, DeSmith found himself back in familiar territory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“It’s kind of funny how that worked out again,” said DeSmith. “You never want to see Murray or anyone go down.  But I’m really happy to have this kind of opportunity to take over like I did last year.  Playoffs is a really fun time, and to be involved in it, to be able to play playoff games is a privilege for anybody.”

And just like last year, DeSmith is peeking at a good time. Since March 5, he’s gone 7-1-1 while allowing just 12 goals in that span.  His 2.01 goals against average during the regular season was the best in the AHL, and his .925 save percentage put him in a tie for second place.

“I felt like I was playing my best hockey of the season at the end [of 2015-16],” DeSmith said.  I think this year’s kind of the same thing. The past three or four weekends, I felt like I played my best hockey of the season.  It’s kind of coming at the perfect time here.”

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.

For information on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff packages, which include a $6 food voucher for every game, just fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.

WARSOFSKY NO STRANGER TO PENS-BRUINS PLAYOFF RIVALRY


David Warsofsky is no stranger to the playoff rivalry that has blossomed between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins over the past four years.  The second team AHL all-star was a member of the Bruins squads that faced off with the Pens during both the 2013 and 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

“I’ve been on the other side of it, where I’ve been playing against Wilkes-Barre,” said Warsofsky.  “It’s always an intense series.”

The first postseason head-to-head between the two teams produced a bit of AHL history, as the Penguins rallied from a three games to none deficit to win the best-of-seven series in 2013.

The clubs met the following year in the second round once again, with the Penguins advancing thanks to wins in Games Two, Three (double OT), Five and Seven.  The final game of that second series produced some heart palpitations for Pens fans, as the home team tallied five times in a six minute span during the second period, only to see the Bruins claw back with four straight goals, including one from Warsofsky.

Those face-offs provided more than a few thrills for Wilkes-Barre’s backers (including a ridiculous individual effort from Brian Gibbons).  But a more suitable barometer for this year’s post-season meeting would be the six-game regular season series the Pens and Bruins recently completed.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted wins in four of six contests, with three of those coming by a single goal.  Providence produced a 5-2 win on December 30, but that was the only game to finish with more than two goals separating the clubs.

“Both of these teams, we kind of have the same type of hockey that we play.  We both play hard hockey,” Warsofsky said.  “Our forwards are physical, our D move the puck.  It’s a grind of a game for both teams.

“You get two teams that play really hard against each other, it usually makes for a fun series.”

Closely contested games figure to be a fixture of the upcoming contests between the clubs.  The Penguins have the AHL’s reigning goals against average king, Casey DeSmith, between the pipes, while Providence’s Zane McIntyre finished a scant .02 percentage points behind the second-year puckstopper.

Part of McIntyre’s success has been the willingness of the players in front of him to physically sacrifice their bodies.

“They put a big emphasis on blocking shots, especially out of their forwards,” Warsofsky said.  “As defensemen, if we can get [a shot] by that first layer, I think that’s our job most importantly.  We’ll have a net front presence and let them do their jobs after that.

“We’ve got to get shots to the net, make it hard for their goalie to see the puck.  Hopefully a few will go in.”

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.

For information on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff packages, which include a $6 food voucher for every game, just fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly.

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PENGUINS TO FACE BRUINS IN CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins announced the schedule for their first round match-up in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The best-of-five series is set to begin on Friday, Apr. 21 at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Penguins’ first postseason home game will take place on Thursday, Apr. 27.

The Penguins’ first round schedule is as follows:

Game 1 – Friday, Apr. 21 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday, Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 3:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Thursday, Apr. 27 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 4 – Friday, Apr. 28 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 5 – Sunday, Apr. 30 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 3:05 p.m.
*if necessary… All times Eastern

Individual game tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home playoff games go on sale this coming Monday, April 17, at 10am, and can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, or by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

Penguins postseason ticket packages, which include tickets to every home contest during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are on sale now. With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every home game in the playoffs, as well as their same seat guaratneed. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every home game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE, AND COME HUNGRY

There’s no better time to experience Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey than during the Calder Cup Playoffs – and we should know!  The Penguins have qualified for the American Hockey League’s postseason for 15 consecutive years – the longest current streak in the league.

There’s also no better way to experience the postseason than with a Penguins Playoff Package.

By purchasing a Penguins Playoff Package, you’re guaranteeing that you’ll have the same seat for the entire run to the Calder Cup, at a savings over the gate price.  Plus, package holders also receive a $6 voucher for each home game, which can be used toward the purchase of food or merchandise inside the arena (One voucher per seat/per game.  Voucher must be used for the game with which it is issued).

We also make it easy to purchase your seats with the ‘Pay As We Play’ payment option.  We keep your credit card on file, and charge it after each home game.

PLEASE NOTE:  When buying a playoff package, you are committing to ALL home playoff games played.

PLAYOFF TICKET PACKAGE BENEFITS

  • Tickets to all 15 possible Penguins home playoff games
  • Discount off of the gate price
  • Same seat each game
  • Ability to transfer tickets via email
  • ‘Pay as we Play’ payment plan
  • $6 food voucher per seat, per game, good toward the purchase of food at any arena concession stand or at the Penguins Igloo Store

If you’d like more info on how you can get in on the fun of the playoffs, just give us a call at 570-208-7367, or fill out the contact form on this page.

 ZONE

 Price Per Game (Games A-C)  Price Per Game (Games D-P)  Total Price Per Seat For All Possible Home Games (15 Games Maximum)
Glass Seats $31.00 $32.00 $477.00
Red Zone $21.00 $22.00 $327.00
Gold Zone $18.00 $19.00 $282.00
Blue Zone $15.00 $16.00 $237.00

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