PENGUINS LOSE TO AMERICANS, 5-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A physical matchup took place on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Rochester Americans. The Penguins fought hard, but ultimately fell, 5-2.

Teddy Blueger scored both of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s (13-5-0-1) goals in the contest, notching the first multi-goal game of his career.

After a scoreless opening frame, Blueger bravely stood in front of a wicked point shot from Andrey Pedan and tipped it past Linus Ullmark three and a half minutes into the second period. Blueger’s tally put the Penguins on the board and elicited the fans to hurl hundreds of stuffed animals onto the ice as part of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

After the mid-game stoppage for teddy bear clean-up, Rochester came out strong and rattled off four unanswered goals in the second stanza. Eric Cornel got the Americans on the board at 8:50 of the middle frame, followed by a goal by Garret Ross and two scores from Evan Rodrigues.

Facing a three-goal deficit, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cut into the lead at 14:29 of the third period courtesy of a shorthanded goal by Blueger. Ullmark misplayed the puck behind his cage, and Blueger swooped in on the loose change and tucked it around the post for his second tally of the night.

C.J. Smith iced the game for Rochester with an empty-netter with just 55.3 seconds left as the game reached its final score of 5-2.

Anthony Peters recorded 32 saves on the 36 shots he faced in his Penguins debut. Ullmark posted 22 stops for the Americans.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 3, when they travel to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 8 against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers’ visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for Dec. 8’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/28/17

Penguins welcome uncommon foes for busy weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-4-0-1) still holds first place in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 22 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 2
Ryan Haggerty scored 31 seconds into the contest, marking the second game in a row that he gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game. The Phantoms struck twice before the Penguins rattled off three-straight goals to win. Haggerty, J.S. Dea and Zach Aston-Reese all had three-point nights.

Friday, Nov. 24 – PENGUINS 2 at Syracuse 5
The Pens saw their 12-game point streak end as the Crunch won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Dominik Simon scored for the visitors, continuing his career trend of registering at least one point in every trip to Syracuse (6GP; 3G-4A).

Saturday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 4
The Penguins clawed their way back for another near-comeback against the Crunch, only to fall short by one tally. Freddie Tiffels scored his first AHL goal while Adam Johnson posted the third multi-point game of his career (0G-2A).

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 1 – PENGUINS vs. Milwaukee
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts the Milwaukee Admirals for the first time since the 2004 Calder Cup Final. The Admirals have made the playoffs in 14 of their 16 AHL seasons, but are currently fourth in the Central Division and playing .500 hockey (5-5-0-0) over their last 10 games.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – PENGUINS vs. Rochester
The Penguins will see a lot of familiar faces come to town when the Americans visit Northeast PA for the first and only time this season. Rochester is led by former Pens assistant coach, Chris Taylor, and its roster is populated by five players who were in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

Sunday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 2-0-1 against Hershey this season and is 7-2-0-1 in its last 10 trips to Giant Center.

 

Ice Chips

– With an assist on Saturday, Dominik Simon took over the Penguins’ team lead in points (15). This is the first time Simon has held sole possession of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s points lead since Jan. 8, 2016 of his rookie season.

– Casey DeSmith started every game for the Penguins in the month of November (6-2-1).

– Zach Aston-Reese is tied for the best plus-minus rating among active AHL rookies (+10).

– Chris Summers played in his 400th AHL game on Saturday.

– Christian Thomas is three games away from his 300th career AHL games.

– Garrett Wilson is four points shy of his 200th point as a pro.

– Lukas Bengtsson is four points shy of his 100th point as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 17 12 4 0 1 25 .735
2. Lehigh Valley 20 12 6 0 2 26 .650
3. Providence 18 10 6 2 0 22 .611
4. Charlotte 19 11 7 1 0 23 .605
5. Bridgeport 21 12 8 0 1 25 .595
6. Hershey 21 9 9 0 3 21 .500
7. Hartford 21 7 11 2 1 17 .405
8. Springfield 22 8 13 1 0 17 .386

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Dominik Simon 14 3 12 15
Daniel Sprong* 17 9 5 14
Ryan Haggerty 10 9 4 13
Jean-Sébastien Dea 7 7 2 12
Kevin Czuczman 17 1 11 12

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 12 9-2-1 2.29 .924 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Dec. 1        Milwaukee      Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 2       Rochester        Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 3      Hershey           Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Nov. 22    (LW) Freddie Tiffels  Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Nov. 27    (G) Sean Maguire       Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Nov. 27    (G) Colin Stevens                    Released from PTO

Tue, Nov. 28      (G) Casey DeSmith                         Recalled by PIT

FAN FRIDAYS, TEDDY BEARS AND A WARM WINTER

FAN FRIDAYS ARE BACK!

Come on out this Friday, December 1 to root on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins as they take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm.  It’s the first of our Eyewitness News Fan Fridays, with lower level tickets available for just $14 (while supplies last).  Plus we’ll be serving up select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.

Grab you official Penguins team photo courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times Tribune and Citizens Voice Team, and stick around for our postgame autograph session with a pair of Pens players.

Fan Friday tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.


TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT TEDDY BEAR TOSS

It’s the one time we LIKE to see bears inside the arena!

Join the Penguins on Saturday, December 2 when we take on the Rochester Americans at 7:05pm for our annual Tobyhanna Army Depot Teddy Bear Toss.

Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed toys to the game, which will be tossed onto the ice following the Penguins’ first goal of the game.  The plush toys will be collected and distributed to children in need through Tobyhanna Army Depot’s “Operation Santa Claus” program.

The first 4,000 fans in attendance will also receive the second of our four Penguins Card Strips, featuring five Pens players and a voucher good for a free personal pizza (with purchase) from Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre.

Tickets for the game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7367.


WINTER COAT DRIVE

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will once again be doing their part to bring a little warmth to those in need this winter.

The Penguins and Eye Care Specialists will be hosting their annual winter coat drive, benefitting Luzerne County Head Start, at the team’s December 8 game against the Charlotte Checkers.  New and gently used coats will be collected at the East Gate Entrance of the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins will also be accepting donations at their front office location inside the Toyota SportsPlex at 40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre in advance of the game.

Tickets for December 8 are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7367

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

PENGUINS WIN SIXTH-STRAIGHT IN 3-2 DEFEAT OF AMERICANS

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their current win-streak to six games by beating the Rochester Americans, 3-2, at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on Friday night.

Two power play goals paced the Penguins (28-7-3-0) to victory, including a tally from Carter Rowney in his first game back from injury that kept him out 18 games.

Rochester got an early jump in the game, as Daniel Muzito-Bagenda nabbed a rebound goal for the Americans 4:37 into the first.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded minutes later with its first man advantage marker. Carter Rowney nabbed his seventh goal of the season on a pass from Tom Kostopoulos at 9:44 of the first. Kostopoulos then got a power play goal of his own 3:50 later as the result of tipping in a slap shot from Tim Erixon.

Rowney and Kostopoulos’ power play goals turned the tables on the home team, and quickly put the Penguins into a 2-1 lead.

While the second period yielded no additional score for either team, the Penguins penalty kill put in a stingy performance, killing off their third, fourth, and fifth penalties of the game.

The Americans evened the score at 5:38 of the third, as former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Cal O’Reilly broke the Penguins’ penalty kill streak and potted a power play goal for Rochester.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton sealed their eventual win when Stuart Percy grabbed the go-ahead goal at 13:16 in the third. The Penguins killed six of seven Rochester power plays for the win, and cashed in on two of their own four man-advantages.

Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry turned aside 27 shots in his 16th win of the season, tying him for the league lead. Amerks netminder John Muse stopped 21 of 24 shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 14, when they face off with the Syracuse Crunch at 7:00 p.m. at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena. 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.

WESTERN NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ seven-game road trip rolls into western New York this weekend, with the league leaders set to take on a pair of North Division foes three times in a four-day span.

The action gets underway Friday night, when the Penguins (26-7-3-0, 55 points, first in Atlantic Division) face off with the Rochester Americans (16-20-0-1, 33 points, sixth in North Division) at 7:05pm.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a 4-1 win over the Amerks back on December 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Lukas Bengtsson notched his first AHL goal in that contest and added an assist; Jake Guentzel and David Warsofsky both matched Bengtsson’s point output; and Casey DeSmith stopped 27 shots for the victory.

The Americans, 2-2-0-0 since the start of the new year, are led by left wing Cole Schneider, whose 36 points puts him third in the league behind the Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (39 points) and Chicago Wolves winger Kenny Agostino (50 points).  Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Cal O’Reilly (7+26=33), also ranks in the top-10 in league scoring with the Americans.

This is the final meeting between the two teams this regular season.

Following Friday night’s contest, the Penguins travel 90 minutes east to Syracuse, where they’ll face off with the Crunch (18-9-2-5, 43 points, first in North Division) in games on Saturday night and Monday afternoon.

The Crunch enter a Friday night contest with the Toronto Marlies riding a six-game point streak, but only two of those six contests have been wins (2-0-2-2 in that time).   Syracuse has a league-high five shootout losses this season.

Matt Taormina paces Syracuse with 33 points (10+23) in 29 games, and ranks tied for sixth in the league in points.  Adam Wilcox has 13 wins in 20 appearances for the Crunch, placing him in a tie for sixth place in the AHL as well.

The Penguins and Crunch have met twice already this season, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winning both contests on home ice.  Kevin Porter netted a pair of shorthanded goals in a 3-1 win  on October 22, then picked up two more goals in a 6-1 drubbing on October 30.  Porter claimed the game-winning goal in both contests.

After this set of games, the Pens and Crunch will meet two more times – January 25 in Wilkes-Barre and March 24 in Syracuse.

WBS BITS (all stats/streaks/standings are as of January 12, 2017) 

Tom Sestito has four goals in his past four appearances with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and has posted six points in that stretch of games dating back to January 6.

Derrick Pouliot has seven points (1+6) in his past five games after going without a point in his first nine games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

Jake Guentzel picked up his 20th goal in his 31st game of the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday night.

Tristan Jarry is tied for second in the league with 15 wins, one behind Lehigh Valley’s Alex Lyon.  Harry’s 2.09 goals against average is fifth overall, and his .923 save percentage is eighth.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 13, against the Rochester Americans. 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.