PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite a career performance from goalie Anthony Peters, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were dealt a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Providence Bruins on Friday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Peters recorded 42 saves between the pipes for the Penguins, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-11-2-1) could not find the back of the net and saw its season-best eight-game winning streak come to an end.

Peters had to be sharp from the get-go as Providence used heavy forecheck and a mid-period power play to test the goaltender from all angles. The Blyth, Ontario native weathered the onslaught and made 13 saves in the opening frame.

The second period began with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton generating two glorious scoring chances while shorthanded. First Jarrett Burton missed wide following a turnover forced by the heavy press of Garrett Wilson, and Teddy Blueger got loose for a breakaway only to be turned aside by Zane McIntyre. Both McIntyre and Peters continued to answer the bell at opposite ends of the ice to keep the contest knotted at zero after two periods.

In the third, Anders Bjork was robbed on two separate occasions by Peters, who made arguably his two best saves of the night on the rookie recently reassigned from the NHL.

Peters stifled the Bruins’ scoring chances until Providence finally solved him during its fifth power play of the game. Tommy Cross gave the Bruins the first and only tally of the night by beating Peters through a group of players gathered in front of the net at 11:13 of the third period.

The Penguins pulled Peters late in favor of the extra attacker, but even the six-on-five advantage couldn’t help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton get a tying goal past McIntyre who posted 28 saves for the shutout.

The Penguins’ next game is Sunday, Jan. 21, when they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Jan. 27 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils 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, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to continue their hottest stretch of the season as they go for their ninth straight victory when they visit the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time this season.

The Penguins (24-10-2-1, 51 pts, .689%) continue to hold onto the top spot in the Atlantic Division, while the Bruins (22-12-3-1, 48 pts, .632%) are just one spot behind despite a recent four-game slide.

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

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Dunkin Donuts Center


Saturday, October 21 WBS Providence 4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19 WBS Providence  7:05pm
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


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hosted the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza extended their winning streak to eight-games with a 4-1 victory. Zach Aston-Reese tallied three points (1+2) on the night, as he assisted on both the tying Gage Quinney and the winning Christian Thomas tallies. Andrew Peters was stellar in net again, stopping 22 of 23 Phantoms attempts, bringing his win streak since signing his second PTO to six games.

The Providence Bruins welcomed the Springfield Thunderbirds into Dunkin’ Donuts Center last Sunday, with the road team skating away with a 5-2 victory. The Bruins got goals from Colton Hargrove and Kenny Agostino just 29 seconds apart in the first period, but those would be the only tallies they were able to get on the day. Jordan Binnington got the start in net for the Bruins, but allowed three goals on 19 shots before making way for Zane McIntyre in relief.

With two assists Wednesday night, Ryan Haggerty took over the team scoring lead with 29 points(16+13).

Haggerty has points in seven straight games dating back to December 30. He has posted 12 points (5+7) during that stretch.

Andrey Pedan was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 15 after recording five points (3G-2A) and a plus-5 rating in two games.

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

Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has won six straight starts, posting a 1.66 goals against average and .946 save percentage in that time.

Christian Thomas has posted the game-winning goal in three of the Penguins’ past four victories.

Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins with 33 points (9+24) in 32 games this season.

Swedish rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson leads all Bruins rookies with 11 goals, 14 assists and 25 points.

Jordan Binnington has the third highest save percentage in the AHL this season (.931).

Providence is ranked fourth with the fewest goals against, having only given up 100 goals in 38 games.

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


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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came away with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Providence Bruins Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza thanks to another stellar performance by Ryan Haggerty.

Haggerty notched three points during the contest, including the overtime game-winner that earned Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (9-2-0-1) a point in the standings for the ninth-straight game.


The two division rivals showed their intensity from the get-go as Tom Sestito and Chris Breen decided to drop the gloves 33 seconds into the contest. One minute later, Ryan Fitzgerald gave Providence an early 1-0 lead on a breakaway.

The Bruins went up 2-0 at 8:01 of the middle frame. Colby Cave received a centering pass and elevated the puck over a screened Casey DeSmith. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started to turn the tide a little more than two minutes after Cave’s tally, as Kevin Czuczman’s first goal as a Penguin cut the deficit in half.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled even at 6:58 of the third period when another defenseman, Jarred Tinordi, also scored his first goal in a Penguins uniform. Tinordi launched the puck at the net with a slap shot following a feed from Haggerty, who notched his second assist of the game at that point.

Thomas Di Pauli put the Penguins up, 3-2, deflecting a shot from Andrey Pedan through the legs of Bruins goalie Zane McIntrye with just 2:23 remaining in the final frame.

With McIntyre pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Bruins tied the game with 28.3 seconds left. Fitzgerald was credited with his second goal of the night and sent the game to sudden death overtime.

Haggerty scored the game-winner just 20 seconds into the extra period after being set up beautifully on a two-on-one pass from Jean-Sébastien Dea. The deciding tally was Haggerty’s sixth goal of the season in five games played.

DeSmith turned aside 32 of the 35 shots he faced for the Penguins. McIntrye stopped 25 of 28 in net for the Bruins. The Penguins’ penalty kill was also perfect on the night, going six-for-six against the Bruins’ man advantage unit.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 12, when it takes on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Nov. 22 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins meet for the first time this season tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (8-2-0-1, 17 pts) sit atop the Atlantic Division standings, three points ahead of the fourth place Bruins (7-4-0-0, 14 pts).

TIME: 7:05 p.m. | PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena | WATCH:  LISTEN:  WILK News Radio | TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or the arena box office

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The Penguins are coming off of a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday night.  Andrey Pedan notched his first goal with the team (and added an assist), Ryan Haggerty picked up his fifth tally of the year, and Thomas Di Pauli netted a pair of goals in the win.  Casey DeSmith stopped 22 shots for his fifth win in six games this season.

The Bruins were shut out their last time out, falling to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 6-0, last Sunday.  Zane McIntyre stopped 31 of 37 shots he faced between the pipes.


 Saturday, November 11  Providence  WBS  7:05pm
 Friday, January 19  WBS  Providence  7:05pm
 Friday, February 9  WBS  Providence  7:05pm
 Sunday, February 11  WBS  Providence  3:05pm
 Wednesday, March 28  Providence  WBS  7:05pm
 Saturday, March 31  Providence  WBS  7:05pm



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has points in eight straight games (7-0-0-1)

Daniel Sprong leads all AHL skaters with five power play goals, and is first among league rookies with eight goals.

Ryan Haggerty has five goals in just four games this season

Lukas Bengtsson has eight points (0+8) in 11 games with the Penguins this season, and ranks tied for 11th among AHL defensemen in points.

Tonight’s game with be the 150th AHL game of Dominik Simon’s career.


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons (2011-15) with Providence, recording 56 points (13+43) in 150 games with the club.

Providence Bruins forward Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons (2011-15) with the Penguins, recording 31 points (10+21) in 130 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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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.


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.


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).


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.


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, or by calling 570-208-7367.


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.”


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, or by calling 570-208-7367.

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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, or by calling 570-208-7367.


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, or by calling 570-208-7367.