PENGUINS SIGN ÉTIENNE MARCOUX TO PTO

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed goaltender Étienne Marcoux to a professional tryout agreement.

Marcoux, 24, was named to the North Division All-Star Team for the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic. In 30 contests with the Indy Fuel, Marcoux has earned a 16-11-1 record along with a 3.07 goals against average and .917 save percentage. He was named the league’s Rookie of the Month in December, while his 16 wins and .917 save percentage rank second and fourth, respectively, among ECHL rookie goalies.

Prior to joining the Fuel for this season, Marcoux spent two seasons in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey system playing for the University of New Brunswick. Marcoux and the Varsity Reds captured the CIS University Cup in both of his seasons with the team in 2016 and 2017. The native of La Plaine, Québec also posted the best goals against average among all CIS goalies (1.59) in 2016-17.

Marcoux enjoyed a 165-game career in the Québec Major Junior Hockey League with the Montréal Juniors/ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada franchise. He Led the QMJHL in goals against average (2.14) and save percentage (.913) during the 2012-13 season, and he was named a QMJHL Scholastic Player of the Month three times during his career (Dec. 2009, Feb. 2011 and Nov. 2012). After his final season of junior hockey, he signed an American Hockey League contract with the Norfolk Admirals, but only appeared in nine combined games for the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies and Rapid City Rush during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 2, when they trek to the Midwest and face-off against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday,     Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop for Star Wars Night between the Penguins and Griffins 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 TicketMaster.com, or by calling  800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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TIFFELS RETURNED TO WHEELING, PETERS SIGNED TO PTO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Also, the Penguins have signed goaltender Anthony Peters to a professional tryout agreement.

Tiffels, 22, has posted three goals and four assists for seven points over the course of the first six ECHL games of his career. He rattled off all seven of his points with Wheeling over the course of a four-game point streak that spanned from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2017.

Tiffels, who hails from Cologne, Germany, has appeared in five games for the Penguins this season. He scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch, a 4-3 loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Prior to turning pro, he skated for three seasons at Western Michigan University, posting 27 goals and 32 assists for 59 points in 105 games. Tiffels was drafted by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2015 NHL   Entry Draft.

Peters has played twelve games this year with the Buffalo Sabres’ ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, posting a 7-4-1 record. Peters owns a .929 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average, which both rank fourth in the ECHL, this season in Cincinnati.

The 26-year-old from Blyth, Ontario spent his first two seasons of professional hockey with the Florida Everblades (ECHL), Rochester Americans (AHL) and Charlotte Checkers (AHL). In his first pro season, Peters posted a 25-17-1 record with a 2.20 GAA and .920sv%. He was named Everblades team MVP and finished fifth in ECHL MVP voting. Prior to turning pro, Peters spent four years playing at Saint Mary’s University. He was named 2014-2015 CIS Goaltender of the Year and was named to the CIS First All-Star Team in his freshman and senior seasons at Saint Mary’s.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, when the Penguins welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m., and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays. Lower bowl tickets (excluding glass seats) for Friday’s game against Milwaukee are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SIGN KEVIN SPINOZZI TO PTO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Kevin Spinozzi to a professional tryout contract.

Spinozzi was one of 21 players initially invited to Penguins training camp on Sept. 21 and stuck with the team through every round of roster adjustments during the preseason.

The 21-year-old blueliner is coming off of a career-best season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. During the 2016-17 campaign, Spinozzi notched personal highs in goals (13), assists (28), points (41) and multi-point games (11). While wearing the captain’s “C” for the Sting, Spinozzi led the team with a plus-13 rating and topped all Sarnia defensemen with four power play goals. He also tied for the team’s postseason lead in points with four (3G-1A).

Spinozzi, who hails from Granby, Québec, earned 113 points (28G-85A) and 297 penalty minutes in 275 career games playing in the OHL.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena against the Charlotte Checkers. 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SIGN NICK SORKIN TO PTO

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Nick Sorkin to a professional tryout agreement. Sorkin joins the Penguins from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Sorkin has appeared in 57 games this season with Wheeling, scoring 14 goals and adding 43 assists for 57 points. The Rockville, Md. native ranks third on the team in points and second in assists. Sorkin also played five games in the AHL this season with the San Diego Gulls on a PTO, but did not record any points.

The Penguins are the third AHL team he has been with, after San Diego and the Hamilton Bulldogs, for which he made his AHL debut back in 2014. Sorkin has earned 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 total points in 82 career AHL games.

Before turning pro, Sorkin spent four years at the University of New Hampshire playing in 142 career games. He posted 98 total points with 34 goals, and 64 assists while playing in front of current Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Friday, Apr. 7 when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Apr. 12, and its opponent will once again be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Apr. 12’s game and 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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMAN BRETT STERN TO PTO

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Brett Stern to a professional tryout agreement. Stern comes to the Penguins from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Stern made his AHL debut earlier this season as a member of the Penguins on Monday, Jan. 16 at Syracuse, and went on to appear in four games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton throughout the month of January. He recorded no points in those games and was released from his PTO on Feb. 1 with an even plus-minus rating.

Stern has played in 42 of Wheeling’s games this season, posting six goals and 15 assists for 21 points, as well as a plus-six rating. On Dec. 31, 2016 and Jan. 6, 2017, the Lino Lakes, Minn. native recorded the first back-to-back multi-point games of his career by earning two assists on both nights.

Last year, Stern finished the season with seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, the second-highest total among Wheeling defensemen.

Before turning pro, Stern spent four years at Minnesota State University and captained the Mavericks in his senior season. Three of those four years were played alongside current Penguins forward Teddy Blueger.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Saturday, Feb. 18, when they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and 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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMAN BRETT STERN TO PTO

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Brett Stern to a professional tryout agreement. Stern comes to the Penguins from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Stern has played in all 34 of Wheeling’s games this season, posting six goals and 13 assists for 19 points, as well as a plus-seven rating. The second-year pro blue liner has put up seven points (2G-5A) in his last six games and scored in both of the Nailers’ past two contests.

On Dec. 31, 2016 and Jan. 6, 2017, the Lino Lakes, Minn. native recorded the first back-to-back multi-point games of his career by earning two assists on both nights.

Last year, Stern finished the season with seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, the second-highest total among Wheeling defensemen.

Before turning pro, Stern spent four years at Minnesota State University and captained the Mavericks in his senior season. Three of those four years were played alongside current Penguins forward Teddy Blueger.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, when they face off once again with the Syracuse Crunch at 1:00 p.m. at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena. Monday’s broadcast will be available exclusively online with WILK Newsradio’s web stream in addition to AHLLive.com.

The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and their opponent will be the Hershey Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.