PENGUINS REVEAL OPPONENT SLATE FOR 2018-19 SEASON

 

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced their opponents for the upcoming 2018-19 season, the club’s 20th season of hockey. Among the 16 teams that the Penguins will face next year is a new foe, the Cleveland Monsters.

Cleveland was moved to the Eastern Conference’s North Division as a result of AHL realignment announced earlier in the week on Monday, May 7. The Penguins will take on the Monsters four times this season; twice at home and twice on the road. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will also return to home-and-home sets with three Western Conference opponents that they saw in 2017-18, the Grand Rapids Griffins, Milwaukee Admirals and Rockford IceHogs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s full slate of opponents is as follows:

Opponent Home Road   Opponent Home Road
Binghamton 2 2   Milwaukee 1 1
Bridgeport 4 4   Providence 3 3
Charlotte 2 2   Rochester 1 1
Cleveland 2 2   Rockford 1 1
Grand Rapids 1 1   Springfield 3 3
Hartford 3 3   Syracuse 1 1
Hershey 6 6   Toronto 1 1
Lehigh Valley 6 6   Utica 1 1

 

The Penguins have not faced off against the Monsters since the 2008-09 season, when they were then known as the Lake Erie Monsters. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 3-1-0-0 against the Monsters all-time.

Guaranteed home dates and the full 2018-19 schedule will be announced at a later date.

Season ticket packages for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 20th season, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SHUT-OUT BY DELIA, ICEHOGS

 

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ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell to the Rockford IceHogs, 3-0, on Saturday in a hard-hitting, penalty-filled contest at BMO Harris Bank Center.

Both teams had six power plays and combined for 66 penalty minutes throughout the course of the game but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-17-4-1) did not take advantage of all the special teams action in the second contest of its Midwest swing.

Anthony Louis put the IceHogs on the board first, redirecting in a pass from the boards while standing between the hashmarks at 8:47 of the opening frame.

Rockford nearly made it 2-0 when Luke Johnson stepped up to a loose puck in the slot during an IceHogs’ power play, but rang it off the post behind Étienne Marcoux with eight minutes left in the second period. Shortly thereafter, the Penguins nearly pulled even on a man advantage of their own when Adam Johnson tipped a shot over the glove of Collin Delia, but its trajectory carried it narrowly wide of the post. After those close calls, the second period ultimately came and went without any scoring for either side.

Even though the middle frame didn’t yield any scoring, it only took 10 seconds into the third period for Andreas Martinsen to put the IceHogs ahead, 2-0.

In an attempt to spark his teammates, Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea accepted a fight with IceHogs defender Viktor Svedberg. Dea, standing at five-foot-eleven, didn’t last very long against Svedberg, who’s listed at six-foot-nine, but the altercation saw Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head to a rare four-on-three man advantage.

The four-on-three power play was the Penguins’ sixth man advantage opportunity of the game, and despite some solid scoring chances, Delia stood tall.

Martinsen sealed the win for Rockford with an empty net goal when only 61 seconds remained in regulation.

Marcoux recorded 19 saves on 21 shots faced in his AHL debut, while Delia stopped 34 shots to post the first shutout of his pro career.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 4, when they continue their three-in-three set through the Midwest and face the Milwaukee Admirals. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins 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 between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night 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 Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS at ICEHOGS – MARCH 3, 2018


For the first time in franchise history, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visit the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night at BMO Harris Bank Center.

The Penguins (33-16-4-1, 71 pts, .657%) continue to hold second place in the Atlantic Division, while the IceHogs (28-24-3-3, 62 pts, .535%) are in fifth place in a very tough Central Division.

Saturday’s game is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: BMO Harris Bank Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, February 23 WBS Rockford 6-3 WIN
Saturday, March 3 Rockford WBS  6:00pm

RECENT ACTION
The Penguins made their first visit to Van Andel Arena in almost a decade and left with a 4-2 victory in tow, beating the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night. It took Wilkes-Barre/Scranton until 7:58 of the third period to grab its first lead of the game, but it managed to hold the defending Calder Cup Champions to just 19 shots throughout the course of the contest. The Griffins received goals from Matt Puempel and Eric Tangradi, while the Penguins saw scoring from Adam Johnson, Garrett Wilson (2), Teddy Blueger. The Griffins pressured the Penguins greatly with the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton staved off a tying tally and sealed the victory with an empty net goal from Wilson. Anthony Peters recorded 17 saves in the win.

Frederick Allard converted on a turnover for the game-winning goal with just over five minutes remaining, and the Milwaukee Admirals put the game out of reach with two more late tallies, leading to a 4-1 victory over the IceHogs Friday night at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Cody Franson scored the IceHogs’ lone goal of the game, one-timing a pass from Tyler Sikura at 15:16 in the second period to tie the contest at 1-1. Rockford netminder Jeff Glass stopped eight of 11 pucks in the loss.

PENGUINS NOTES

The Penguins are undefeated against Central Division teams so far this season (3-0-0-0). After winning last night, they have now defeated Grand Rapids, Rockford and Milwaukee.

With two goals last night, Garrett Wilson has scored three goals in the last four games.

Daniel Sprong is tied for second among AHL rookies with 21 goals and third among first-year skaters with 44 points. He’s also tied for 10th overall in the league in goals and tied for 15th in points.

After going 13 games without a point, Adam Johnson has four goals and six points in his past five contests.

With his game-winner last night, Teddy Blueger has now tied Daniel Sprong for the team lead with four GWGs.

ICEHOGS NOTES
With an assist on Wednesday against the Texas Stars, Adam Clendening set the IceHogs all-time records for both points and assists for a Rockford defenseman. Clendening notched his 135th point and 111th assist of his IceHogs tenure.

Matthew Highmore potted his 21st goal of the year last weekend against the Hershey Bears, setting the team’s AHL franchise record for rookie goals in a single season. Highmore surpassed Tanner Kero’s previous record of 20 goals from the 2015-16 season.

CONNECTIONS
Adam Clendening spent six games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2015-16 notching three assists and a plus-4.

Michael Leighton spent two seasons (2014-16) with Rockford, appearing in 88 games and posting a 50-21-12-10 record.

Ryan Haggerty played 36 games for the IceHogs in 2015-16, scoring 13 points (9+4).

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PENGUINS USE OFFENSIVE OUTBURST TO BEAT ICEHOGS, 6-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ offense shined to defeat the visiting Rockford IceHogs, 6-3, on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (31-15-4-1) received goals from six different players throughout the course of the game, and Tom Kostopoulos recorded two assists in his 700th AHL game.

Joseph Cramarossa got the Penguins on the board first when he collected a rebound and fired it into the IceHogs’ net at 5:36 of the opening period. It marked Cramarossa’s fourth point (2G-2A) in his fourth game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since being acquired in a trade on Feb. 14.

Kostopoulos delivered a nifty pass to Daniel Sprong and then set the screen on Jeff Glass as the rookie sniper whipped home a power play goal to put the Penguins up, 2-0, at 8:04 of the first period. The IceHogs struck back a little over two minutes following Sprong’s team-leading 21st tally of the season, cutting their deficit in half. John Hayden spun a shot towards the Penguins’ cage, and Tyler Sikura got just enough of it on a redirect for the puck to slip through Casey DeSmith and make it 2-1.

The Penguins increased their lead back to two in the final minutes of the first period when Gage Quinney shot beat Glass.

After most of the second period came and went without a goal for either side, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored the lone tally of the middle frame with only 2:26 remaining before the intermission. Kostopoulos found Garrett Wilson who whistled a shot low along the ice and through Glass’ five-hole, bringing the score to 4-1.

Adam Johnson and Reid Gardiner tacked on goals in the final period, the latter of which notched his first of the season. Rockford fought back with goals by Chris DiDomenico and Anthony Louis in the third, but it was too little too late to combat the Penguins’ earlier offensive surge.

DeSmith denied 24 shots for the win, while Glass made 19 saves on the night.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 24, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County War Memorial. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Sunday, Feb. 25, and its opponent will be the Hershey Bears. Sunday’s game is also a Kids Free Sunday, with all children age 14 and under can enter the contest free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 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 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs ICEHOGS – FEBRUARY 23, 2018

For the first time in franchise history, the puck will drop between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night. It’s another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY, with lower bowl seats available for just $14, plus select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.

The Penguins (30-15-4-1, 65 pts, .650%) sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, while the IceHogs (26-22-3-3, 58 pts, .537%) are in sixth place in a very tough Central Division.

Friday’s game is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT 
Friday, February 23 WBS Rockford 7:05pm
Saturday, March 3 Rockford WBS  6:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a 4-1 decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center on Sunday evening. Lehigh Valley’s netminder, John Muse, held the Penguins at bay on seven power plays. The Phantoms got goals from Oskar Lindblom, Phil Varone, and Mike Vecchione make it 3-0 through two periods, before Jean-Sébastien Dea tipped in a shot from Jarred Tinordi while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was skating shorthanded. Lehigh Valley’s Matt Read iced the victory with a shorthanded, empty net goal with 1:54 remaining in regulation. Casey DeSmith finished the game with 28 saves for the Penguins.

The IceHogs scored four unanswered goals in 8:13 and held off a comeback from the San Antonio Rampage for a 4-3 victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center Sunday night. Nathan Noel notched the game-winning goal – his first goal in the AHL – to cap Rockford’s hot stretch just over two minutes into the second period. Luke Johnson, Henrik Samuelsson and Tanner Kero each found twine as well for the IceHogs earlier in the game. The Rampage struck three times, but netminder Collin Delia withstood a late onslaught, turning aside 25 of 28 pucks.

PENGUINS NOTES
Joseph Cramarossa has accumulated three points (1G-2A) in as many games since becoming a member of the Penguins following a trade with the Stockton Heat on Feb. 14.

Prior to Sunday’s shorty by J.S. Dea, the Penguins’ last shorthanded goal on the road was scored on Nov. 3, 2017 at Lehigh Valley by Dea.

Dea has reached 30 points for the third season in a row with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and achieved a career high in assists (19).

The Penguins signed defenseman Kevin Schulze to a PTO on Feb. 17. Schulze tops Wheeling defensemen in goals (8), assists (20) and points (28).

The Penguins rewarded Anthony Peters’ stellar play with an AHL contract on Wednesday.

ICEHOGS NOTES
The IceHogs have allowed three or more goals in seven of the last nine games since Jan. 27. Opponents have scored five or more goals three times in that span and combined for 34 total goals over the last nine contests. Rockford is allowing an average of 3.8 goals per game over that stretch.

Nathan Noel made his AHL debut last week agains Cleveland and scored his first AHL goal in his third appearance with the IceHogs on Sunday (Feb. 18) against the Rampage. The forward originally made his pro debut with the Indy Fuel this season and collected nine points (4g, 5a) in 17 games prior to his promotion to the IceHogs.

Ten different rookies have scored a goal for the Hogs in 2017-18. Of those 10 rookies, eight have produced double-digit points on the year, and four have amassed 20-plus points (Matthew Highmore, Anthony Louis, Tyler Sikura and William Pelletier).

Adam Clendening picked up an assist on Sunday to move within one point of Rockford’s all-time scoring and assists records for a team defenseman. Clendening trails only Brian Connelly’s 134 points and 110 assists for the team record.

Henrik Samuelsson signed a PTO with the IceHogs on Feb. 11 and has scored a goal in each of his first three games with the Hogs. He led the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads in scoring through 49 games this season prior to joining Rockford.

Matthew Highmore has notched assists in a season-high three straight games. The rookie leads the IceHogs in scoring with 34 points (20g, 14a) in 54 games.

CONNECTIONS
Adam Clendening spent six games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2015-16 notching three assists and a plus-4 rating.

Michael Leighton spent two seasons with Rockford appearing in 88 games posting a 50-21-12-10 record.

Ryan Haggerty played 36 games for the IceHogs in 2015-16, scoring 13 points (9+4)

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ICEHOGS PAY FIRST VISIT TO WBS THIS FRIDAY


For the first time in franchise history, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be facing off against the Rockford IceHogs on Friday, February 23rd.  And since this week’s foe is a little unfamiliar, we thought we’d give you a little background on Friday night’s opponent.

While the IceHogs may be new to Penguins fans, they’ve actually been playing hockey since 1999, when they broke in as members of the United Hockey League.  The team’s name was selected by fan voting, beating out monickers ranging from Rhinos to Roughnecks (according to the IceHogs website).

The team competed in the UHL for eight seasons, making five playoff appearances.  Their best season in the league was their final one (2006-07), as they finished third in the 10 team league with a 48-21-7 record, and captured the Colonial Cup Championship in seven games over the Kalamazoo Wings.

The AHL debuted in Rockford in 2007-08 when ownership purchased the dormant Cincinnati Might Ducks franchise and signed an affiliation agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Since joining the AHL, the IceHogs have made five postseason appearances, and have twice advanced to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.  Their best season so far has been the 2014-15 campaign, when they finished with a 46-23-5-2 mark, finishing second in the Midwest Division.

This season, the IceHogs have a record of 26-22-3-3, and currently sit in sixth place in the Central Division. Rookie forward Matthew Highmore currently leads the IceHogs in goals (20), points (34), and games played (54), while forward Anthony Louis leads the team in assists with 21.  Jeff Glass leads all Rockford goaltenders in games played (19) and wins (10), with a record of 10-5-1-0.

The IceHogs also have many notable alumni that have gone on to play for the Blackhawks and ultimately win the Stanley Cup.  Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Scott Darling, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nick Leddy, Troy Brouwer, Andrew Shaw, Kris Versteeg, and Antti Raanta have all spent time in Rockford and gone on to win the Stanley Cup with the NHL club.

Current Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Ryan Haggerty (2015-16) and Michael Leighton (2014-16) have spent time with the IceHogs, while some recognizable faces from the Pens’ past (Jeff Taffe, Rob Scuderi, David Koci, Tim Brent) have also suited up for the team.

Come on out and be a part of history, as the Penguins and IceHogs face off for the first time ever this week.  It’s another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY, with lower bowl seats available for just $14, and select draft beers available for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.

This special FAN FRIDAY rate is available only through the Penguins front office by calling 570-208-7367, by visiting our offices at 40 Coal Street inside the Toyota SportsPlex, or online through the Penguins Team Store.

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PENGUINS REVEAL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE FOR 2017-18

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The full 2017-18 American Hockey League regular season schedule was announced this afternoon, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will officially begin their 19th season on Saturday, Oct. 7, when they face off with the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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The Penguins will play a 76-game regular season schedule (38 home/38 road) featuring games against every team in the Eastern Conference and an additional three opponents from the Western Conference. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton remains a member of the now eight-team Atlantic Division, along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Charlotte Checkers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Providence Bruins and Springfield Thunderbirds. The Penguins will meet division foes 50 times (25 home/25 road) with their remaining 26 games coming against clubs in the North Division (10 home/10 road) and Central Division (three home/three road).

The puck will drop on weekend evenings or afternoons for 30 of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 38 home games. The Penguins will be bringing back promotions such as $14 Fan Fridays and Kids Get In Free Sundays for the 2017-18 season. Starting in December, lower level tickets for Friday night home games are just $14 while supplies last in addition to $2 select beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. For the Penguins’ five Sunday home games, children age 14 and under can attend free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket, and four of those games will feature a postgame skate with select players. Information on other promotions for the season will be announced at a later date.

The Penguins begin the season with nine of their first 12 games taking place on home ice, but their longest homestand of the season lasts only four games. The Penguins will play four-consecutive home games on three separate occasions this season, once in October, December, and another split between March and April. Likewise, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has four different four-game road trips on the schedule, their longest of the season. Those stretches of road games are slated to take place in January, February, March and April.

The Penguins will play seven teams during this upcoming season that did not appear on the team’s 2016-17 schedule: the Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, Grand Rapids Griffins, Laval Rocket, Belleville Senators, Binghamton Devils and Charlotte.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has never played a regular season game against Rockford, Laval or Belleville. Grand Rapids last visited Northeastern Pennsylvania during the 2008-09 season, and Milwaukee hasn’t played a regular season game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since 2001-02. The Penguins last took on the Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza during the 2010-11 campaign. Binghamton is playing its first season under a new NHL affiliation.

The Penguins’ full 2017-18 schedule is listed below.

GAMES BY DAY OF THE WEEK   GAMES BY MONTH
Home Road Total Home Road Total
Monday 0 0 0 October 6 2 8
Tuesday 1 2 3 November 5 4 9
Wednesday 7 4 11 December 8 6 14
Thursday 0 0 0 January 5 6 11
Friday 11 14 25 February 5 6 11
Saturday 14 9 23 March 6 10 16
Sunday 5 9 14 April 3 4 7

 

GAMES vs. OPPONENTS (Home/Road)  
Atlantic Division North Division Central Division
Bridgeport (3/3) Belleville (1/1) Grand Rapids (1/1)
Charlotte (2/2) Binghamton (3/3) Milwaukee (1/1)
Hartford (3/3) Laval (1/1) Rockford (1/1)
Hershey (6/6) Rochester (1/1)
Lehigh Valley (6/6) Syracuse (2/2)
Providence (3/3) Toronto (1/1)
Springfield (3/3) Utica (1/1)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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AHL ANNOUNCES NEW DIVISION, OPPONENTS FOR PENGUINS IN 2017-18


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The American Hockey League announced its alignment for the 2017-18 season today reflecting changes to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ division and opponents.

More Info:  AHL Release

The Charlotte Checkers have been added to the Eastern Conference and will join the Penguins in the Atlantic Division. The AHL’s eight-team Atlantic Division now includes the following teams:

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Charlotte Checkers
Hartford Wolf Pack
Hershey Bears
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Providence Bruins
Springfield Thunderbirds
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Including the Checkers, the Penguins will play seven teams during this upcoming season that did not appear on the team’s 2016-17 schedule: the Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, Grand Rapids Griffins, Laval Rocket, Belleville Senators and Binghamton Devils.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has never played a regular season game against Rockford, Laval or Belleville. Grand Rapids last visited Northeastern Pennsylvania during the 2008-09 season, and Milwaukee hasn’t played a regular season game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since 2001-02. The Penguins last took on the Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza during the 2010-11 campaign. Binghamton is playing its first season with a new affiliation.

In addition to Bellville, Binghamton and Laval, the Penguins will also play the remaining teams from the North Division (Rochester, Syracuse, Toronto, Utica).

The Penguins will play all teams listed both at home and on the road.

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