JARRY, PENGUINS SHUT-OUT PHANTOMS, 4-0

 

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their lead atop the Atlantic Division and inched closer to a playoff berth by defeating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-0 at PPL Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (45-18-3-0) rode the coat tails of Tristan Jarry and their league-best penalty kill to victory. Jarry stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season, while the P.K. went a perfect nine-for-nine on the night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring at 12:58 of the first period. Video review confirmed Teddy Blueger snuck a puck past Lehigh Valley goalie Alex Lyon’s short-side, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Penguins’ fourth-line provided the team with a pair of goals in the middle frame. Adam Krause deflected in a shot from the point for his first goal of the season 5:07 into the second period. Jarrett Burton put his stick on a pass from Troy Josephs that beat Lyon through the legs, extending the Penguins lead to 3-0 at 12:18 of the middle frame.

The penalty killing clinic by the Penguins took over from there, neutralizing five-straight man advantages for the Phantoms before Tom Kostopoulos netted a power play goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a mere 1:14 remaining in regulation.

Kostopoulos’ two point night (1G-1A) allowed him reach the 50-point plateau for the seventh time in his career. Zach Aston-Reese notched two assists to extend his career-opening point streak to three games.

Lyon turned aside 26 shots in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 26, when it takes on the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in a Sunday matinée. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday’s game is also one of three Kids Get In Free games this season.

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.

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

PENGUINS CRUISE TO 5-1 WIN AT SYRACUSE

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode an impressive offensive performance to a 5-1 win against the Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena on Friday night.

Hobey Baker finalist Zach Aston-Reese continued to impress early on in his pro career, as he notched a goal and an assist in his second pro game while the Penguins (44-18-3-0) kicked off their three-in-three weekend on a high note.

Thomas Di Pauli scored his second career goal to open the scoring, giving the Penguins an early 1-0 lead only 5:22 into the contest.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued to go to work as Kevin Porter and Aston-Reese set one another up for back-to-back goals one shift apart, making it 3-0. Syracuse goalie Kristers Gudļevskis saw his night end before the 15-minute mark and was replaced by Mike McKenna.

Syracuse eventually got on the board with a shorthanded tally by Michaël Bournival on a two-on-none rush with Cory Conacher with 3:44 remaining in the first.

The Penguins reestablished their three-goal edge 1:09 into the middle frame. A blue line blast from Barry Goers went past a screen and then McKenna, making it 4-1. Another early period goal at the start of the third period made it 5-1 when Dominik Simon tapped in his 13th goal of the year after a cross-crease pass from Ryan Haggerty.

In addition to a runaway victory for the road team, the game devolved into a penalty-filled contest by the end of regulation, too. The two clubs combined for 13 power plays and 40 total penalty minutes, but 32 of those PIMs came after the midway point of the game.

Tristan Jarry was spectacular once again in net for the Penguins as he made 27 saves on 28 shots for his 26th win on the year, tying him for the league lead. McKenna made 23 saves on 25 shots in his relief stint after Gudļevskis allowed three goals on seven shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 24, when it takes on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center. The Penguins’ next home showing is on Sunday, Mar. 26 when they take on the Utica Comets for a 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinée and Kids Get In Free game.

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.

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

ASTON-REESE NOTCHES GAME-WINNER IN PRO DEBUT AS PENGUINS DEFEAT HARTFORD, 5-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – It didn’t take long for college hockey’s top offensive threat to make an impression on the pro ranks. Zach Aston-Reese scored the game-winning goal for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in their 5-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (43-18-3-0) downed the Wolf Pack for the seventh time this season thanks to Aston-Reese’s well-timed strike at the end of the first period and two more tallies from Ryan Haggerty.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got off to an early lead 4:45 into the game when Josh Archibald waited ever so patiently to avoid going offside and accepted a breakaway pass that he wristed into the net. However, the lead did not last long, as Chris Brown struck back for Hartford just 23 seconds after Archibald’s goal.

Haggerty earned another breakaway opportunity for the Penguins and converted on his chance, making it 2-1 at 7:34 of the opening frame. The Wolf Pack raced to another swift answer, though, this time in the form of a shorthanded goal by Marek Hrivík coming less than a minute after Haggerty’s marker.

The rollercoaster opening frame was closed out by Aston-Reese rocketing a shot past Hartford goalie Jeff Malcolm with a mere 18 seconds remaining in the period, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Haggerty’s second goal of the night gave the Penguins some breathing room at 3:36 of the second period. David Warsofsky extended that lead to 5-2 at 6:39 of the middle frame with a point shot on the power play. The power play goal spelled the end of the night for Malcolm, who was replaced in the cage by Mackenzie Skapski.

Skapski went on to make 15 saves on 15 shots faced in relief, but the team in front of him never got any closer on the scoreboard as the Penguins secured the two points. Casey DeSmith stopped 19 shots in the win for the Penguins. Malcolm turned away 14 shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 24 at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena against the Syracuse Crunch. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Penguins’ next home showing is on Sunday, Mar. 26 when they take on the Utica Comets for a 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinée and Kids Get In Free game.

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.

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

PENGUINS’ COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN 3-2 LOSS TO PHANTOMS

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Despite a valiant third period comeback attempt, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were unable to win the second game of their weekend home and home with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, falling 3-2 on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (42-18-3-0) trailed by three goals after the first 40 minutes, but used their special teams to climb back into the game with a pair of third period tallies.

For the second game in a row, Lehigh Valley struck first. Tyrell Goulbourne sniped one past Tristan Jarry 6:01 into the contest for his first goal of the season, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.

Lehigh Valley extended their lead to 3-0 after scoring two goals just 15 seconds apart early on in the second period. Jarry was knocked down by a teammate and couldn’t get back in position for a Reese Wilcox shot that found the back of the net at 4:07. Then, on the very next shift, Danick Martel tipped the puck past Jarry for what proved to be the game-winner.

Shortly after having a goal overturned, the Penguins capitalized on the man advantage with Tom Kostopoulos roofing a shot from in tight 4:49 into the third period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled within one by scoring while shorthanded for the second game in a row against Lehigh Valley. On a two-on-none rush, Oskar Sundqvist opted for the shot instead of the pass and rifled it over the glove of Anthony Stolarz with just under five minutes to play.

The Penguins were unable to capitalize on a later power play, and saw the Phantoms even their season series at four wins each.

Jarry stopped 26 shots in the loss for the Penguins. Stolarz turned 37 aside shots in the win for the Phantoms.

The Penguins’ penalty kill was a perfect six-for-six on the night, including two successful kills while the Phantoms had a five-on-three man advantage. The Penguins’ power play converted once on four opportunities.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Tuesday, Mar. 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack 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.

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

PENGUINS WIN FIRST GAME OF BACK-TO-BACK WITH PHANTOMS

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took the first game of a weekend home and home set with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms with a 4-1 win on Friday night at PPL Center.

The Penguins (42-17-3-0) scored four unanswered goals, including two during a dominant second period in which they outshot the Phantoms, 15-8.

Lehigh Valley struck first, scoring their only goal of the game with a power play goal 6:11 into the first period. Maxim Lamarche one-timed a cross-ice feed past Tristan Jarry on the first man advantage of the game.

Josh Archibald turned the tables on the Phantoms during the second power play of the night, notching his fourth shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game, 1-1. Goalie Alex Lyon’s pass intended for a teammate bounced to Teddy Blueger who found Archibald for a devastating slap shot that found the back of the net at 8:34 of the second period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jumped ahead when Ryan Haggerty corralled a puck that ricocheted off the boards behind the net right to his stick and his shot banked off of Lyon, giving the Penguins a 2-1 lead six minutes after Archibald tied things up.

The Penguins extended their lead to 3-1 after Kevin Porter won a face-off directly to Tom Kostopoulos who blasted it over the glove of Lyon with just under ten minutes to play in the third period.

Dominik Simon put the game away with an empty net goal with 1:12 left in regulation.

Jarry turned away 29 shots in a victory for the Penguins. Lyon recorded 28 saves in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 18, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Once again, its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Saturday night is also the Penguins’ annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, for which the team will wear special, one-night-only green sweaters. 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 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.

STRONG START SEES PENGUINS BEAT BRUINS, 3-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode a strong first period performance to a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (41-17-3-0) struck three times in the opening frame and chased Zane McIntyre, the AHL’s leader in save percentage and goals against average, before 11 minutes had passed in the contest.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got off on the right foot by scoring 31 seconds into the contest. Dominik Simon went in on a breakaway following a neutral zone turnover and ripped a wrist shot past McIntyre. The Penguins’ early lead didn’t last long though, as the P-Bruins’ Noel Acciari answered with a power play goal less than two minutes later.

Josh Archibald tipped in a point shot at 9:48 of the first period to give the Penguins back the lead. One minute and nine seconds passed before Jarrett Burton buried a rebound to make it 3-1 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After Burton’s goal, the Bruins made the decision to pull McIntyre and replace him in net with Malcolm Subban.

Providence cut their deficit down to only one goal when Matt Grzelcyk sniped the top corner on an odd man rush at 12:18 of the second period.

With the Penguins nursing their one-goal lead in the third period, Tristan Jarry held the Bruins at bay as the team in front of him secured victory for the second night in a row.

Jarry finished the contest with 26 saves for his 24th win of the season. McIntyre recorded six saves on nine shots faced, while Subban went a perfect 23-for-23 in relief.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 17, when it travels down the turnpike to Allentown to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop for the Penguins’ clash with the Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at PPL Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Mar. 18, and once again they’ll face the Phantoms.

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.

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

EIGHT DIFFERENT PENGUINS SCORE IN WIN OVER WOLF PACK

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Offense came pouring from up and down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ roster, as eight different players scored in their 8-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (40-17-3-0) became the first team in the American Hockey League to reach 40 wins this season as multiple players put up career nights. Jean-Sébastien Dea, Kevin Porter and Barry Goers all had three-point games – Goers’ first of his AHL career – while Derrick Pouliot stole the show with the first four-point outing (1G-3A) of his career.

Pouliot blasted home Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of the game at 6:27 of the first period, and then set up Jarrett Burton less than three minutes later to make it 2-0.

After the Penguins forced an offensive zone turnover, Porter gathered a rebound off of a point shot and tucked it into the Wolf Pack net with 17.2 seconds left in the opening frame. The goal not only gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission, but earned Porter his 300th point as a pro.

The Penguins increased their lead to 4-0 with a redirect by Dea 5:50 into the second period. With an assist from Goers, the defenseman notched the 100th point of his pro career.

Taylor Beck got Hartford on the board with a heavy snap shot from the high slot near the midway mark of the game, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swiftly reestablished its four-goal advantage with a tally by Sahir Gill.

Dominik Simon, Tom Kostopoulos and Goers added goals in the third period to bring the game to its final score.

Casey DeSmith stopped 19 of 20 shots faced to register his 16th victory of the season. Mackenzie Skapski made 27 saves while manning the crease for Hartford.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 11, when it takes on the Providence Bruins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for the Penguins’ clash with the P-Bruins 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.

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

PENGUINS SHUT-OUT BY PHANTOMS, 3-0

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ran into a shutout showing by Alex Lyon of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a 3-0 loss on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Lyon put forth 31 saves to preserve a clean sheet as the Penguins fell to 39-17-3-0 on the season.

Chris McCarthy gave the Phantoms an early lead at 3:39 of the first period by taking advantage of a turnover at the Penguins’ blue line.

Both team’s goaltenders strutted their stuff in what became a scoreless second period. Lyon and Tristan Jarry racked up double-digit save totals in the middle frame with 11 and 10 stops, respectively.

As the Penguins’ efforts to tie the game were continually turned aside, Colin McDonald eventually made it 2-0 at 12:02 of the third. A late power play goal by Mark Zengerle brought the scoring to a close.

The Penguins were unsuccessful on one power play bid in the game, and their penalty kill went six-for-seven on the night.

Jarry ended up matching Lyon’s 31-save total, but saw his personal record drop to 23-13-1.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 10, when it takes on the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Penguins’ clash with the Wolf Pack is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with Penguins players Christian Hilbrich and Ryan Haggerty.

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.

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

GOERS BURIES OVERTIME WINNER AS PENS BEAT PHANTOMS, 4-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Barry Goers scored the overtime game-winner with 15 seconds remaining in the extra frame to lift the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (38-15-3-0) snapped a four-game skid thanks to Goers’ first goal of the season coming while skating in his 300th professional game.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netted the night’s first tally when Tom Kostopoulos scored his 20th goal of the season while the two clubs were playing four-on-four at 17:08 of the first period. The goal secured Kostopoulos’ sixth 20-goal season of his career.

Greg Carey tied the game, 1-1, 8:43 into the second period on the man advantage for Lehigh Valley. Later in the frame, Danick Martel snuck one past Tristan Jarry, giving the Phantoms a 2-1 lead.

Less than two minutes after Martel’s goal, the Penguins responded. Oskar Sundqvist’s pass to Jarrett Burton found the back of the net after it bounced off Burton’s skate, sending the game to a 2-2 tie for the third period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jumped back ahead when Dominik Simon sent a picture perfect pass to Jean-Sébastien Dea who was all alone in the slot and rifled one into Lehigh Valley’s cage. Dea’s goal gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead 2:04 into the third period.

However, another power play goal for the Phantoms equalized the score at 3-3 with 7:57 left in regulation. This time, Corban Knight was the one responsible for Lehigh Valley’s man advantage marker.

At 4:45 of the overtime period, Goers jumped up into the play and batted in a rebound for his first goal since Apr. 18, 2015, clinching the win for the Penguins.

Jarry turned away 34 shots in the victory for the Penguins. Alex Lyon stopped 28 shots in the overtime loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is a week from now, Saturday, Mar. 4, and it will take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8, and once again, 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 OUTLASTED BY BRUINS, 3-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins suffered a 3-2 loss against the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Penguins (37-14-3-0) converted twice on the power play, but surrendered a late deciding goal to the Bruins (30-14-5-4).

The Bruins opened up the scoring at the 12:21 mark of the first period. Ben Marshall’s wrist shot from the blue line traveled through a sea of bodies and ricocheted off of Danton Heinen, putting Providence up 1-0. But less than two minutes later the Penguins responded with a man advantage marker from Dominik Simon, tying the game up at 1-1.

Providence jumped back on top, 2-1, 7:47 into the middle frame. After David Warsofsky’s stick snapped on a routine breakout play, Heinen set up Sean Kuraly for a one-timer that blew past Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied the game again in the third period, this time with a tally coming on a five-on-three power play. Shortly after calling a timeout to draw up the perfect play, Derrick Pouliot blasted a slap shot into the Bruins’ net at 1:49 of the final stanza.

Jordan Szwarz delivered the game-winning goal for Providence with 4:04 remaining in regulation.

Jarry stopped 32 shots in the loss for the Penguins. Zane McIntyre remained undefeated in regulation on the season (13-0-1) as he turned aside 37 shots in the win for the Bruins.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Feb. 24, when it travels to upstate New York to take on the Utica Comets. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 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.