PENGUINS FALL, 2-1, AT SPRINGFIELD

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton suffered a 2-1 loss against the Springfield Thunderbirds at MassMutual Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (37-13-3-0) dropped consecutive games in regulation for just the second time this season despite throwing mounds of pressure at the Thunderbirds (19-23-7-2) throughout the contest. Springfield goalie Reto Berra was superb in net, making 34 saves for the victory.

During the opening period, the work of both teams’ goaltenders helped secure a scoreless tie. It took until 4:07 of the second period for the game’s first tally to take place. Springfield’s Kyle Rau sent a pretty pass over to Jared McCann, who gave the Thunderbirds the 1-0 lead with a power play goal.

As time was dwindling away for the Penguins, David Warsofsky eventually tied the game at 7:57 of the third period with a shot from the point on the power play. The goal was Warsofsky’s team-leading man advantage marker of the season.

Springfield regained the lead 3:09 later when Juho Lammikko found a rebound and popped it over the right pad of Casey DeSmith.

A late surge from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while on a six-on-four power play ended the action in exciting fashion, but the Penguins couldn’t find another equalizer and the Thunderbirds hung on for the 2-1 victory.

DeSmith posted 25 saves on 27 shots faced as his personal record dropped to 14-4-2 on the season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 19, when it takes on the Providence Bruins. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bruins is scheduled for 3:00 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 WEEKLY – 10/25/16

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Defense on display as Penguins win two of three over weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3-1-0-0) allows just three goals in last three games

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Springfield 1

The Penguins were handed their first loss of the season when they ran into the performance of Thunderbirds goalie Reto Berra. Berra stopped all 23 shots faced, including one as time expired.

Saturday, Oct. 22 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 1

Kevin Porter scored two shorthanded goals 2:19 apart and later added an assist on the insurance marker, catapulting the Penguins to a victory over Syracuse. Casey DeSmith made 26 saves in his season debut.

Sunday, Oct. 23 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 1 (OT)

With the fate of the game on his stick, Dominik Simon converted on a penalty shot in sudden death overtime and gave the Penguins a 2-1 win over the Bears at Giant Center. The win snapped the 24-game streak in the Pens/Bears rivalry of the team that scores first going on to win the game.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Albany

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton welcomes the undefeated Albany Devils to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first and only time in 2016-17. Last year, the Penguins downed the Devils in both of their two meetings.

Saturday, Oct. 29 – PENGUINS at Springfield

The Penguins look to avenge their shutout loss to the Thunderbirds when they travel to New England for the first time this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-1-0-0 in its last five games at MassMutual Center.

Sunday, Oct. 30 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse

A Sunday matinée between the Pens and Crunch serves as a second head-to-head in eight days. Game time is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s home ice.

 

Ice Chips

– Dominik Simon’s overtime penalty shot game-winner on Sunday was the first in team history.

– Kevin Porter was the first Penguin to score two shorthanded goals in the same game since Jonathan Filewich on Dec. 23, 2006.

– Casey DeSmith’s .963 save percentage ranks second among AHL rookie goaltenders.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns the Eastern Conference’s best goals against (5) and combined team save percentage (.953).

– Tim Erixon played in his 200th AHL game on Saturday vs. Syracuse.

– Tom Kostopoulos is three points shy of reaching his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                          GP       W         L        OTL     SOL      PTS         Pt%

1. Springfield               4          3          1          0           0          6            .750

2. PENGUINS            4          3          1          0          0           6            .750

3. Bridgeport              4           1          2          0          0          4           .500

4. Hartford                 4           1          2          0          0          4           .500

5. Lehigh Valley         3          1          1           1          0           3            .500

6. Hershey                 4           1          2           1          0          3            .333

7. Providence            5           1          3           1          0          3            .000

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                              GP        G        A         PTS

Jake Guentzel*                       4          2         3          5

Kevin Porter                           4          2         1           3

Carter Rowney                       4          1         2          3

four players tied                                                        2

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT-SO     GAA       Sv%       Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*        1          1-0-0-0         1.00       0.963           0

Tristan Jarry                 1          2-1-0-0          1.33        0.950           0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                             TIME      

Fri, Oct. 26        Albany                  Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 29       Springfield          MassMutual Center            7:05 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 30     Syracuse              Mohegan Sun Arena           3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Oct. 22       ADD     (D) Ethan Prow           Reassigned from WHL

Fri, Oct. 21          DEL     (D) David Warsofsky               Recalled by PIT

Wed, Oct. 19     DEL      (D) Ethan Prow                Reassigned to WHL

PENGUINS STIFLED BY SPRINGFIELD, LOSE 1-0

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ran into a strong goaltending performance and were handed their first defeat of the season by a score of 1-0 on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Springfield Thunderbirds netminder Reto Berra came up with 23 saves, including a big blocker stop with less than two seconds left in the game, to drop the Penguins to 1-1-0-0 on the season.

The Thunderbirds scored the game’s first goal when Ryan Horvat snuck a shot underneath the leg of Tristan Jarry at 9:25 of the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton countered Horvat’s go-ahead tally with a flurry of attempts thrown towards the Springfield net, but Berra shut the door.

The second and third period were infrequently played at five-on-five, as both squads combined for 26 penalty minutes during that time. The Penguins went to the penalty kill five different times and left unscathed every time, improving the team’s P.K. to a perfect 11-for-11 overall.

With the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker in the final 1:19 of the game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton prevented Springfield from escaping from its defensive zone, but were unable to punch one past Berra. Berra’s biggest save came as time expired on a slap shot by Chad Ruhwedel, who tied with teammate Steve Oleksy for a game-high four shots on goal.

Jarry finished the game having made 22 saves on 23 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 22, against the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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.