The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned eight players, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Forwards Tom Kostopoulos, Ryan Haggerty, Reid Gardiner, Gage Quinney; defensemen Dylan Zink and Jeff Taylor; and goaltender Sean Maguire have all been re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Forward Jordy Bellerive, an 18-year-old undrafted free agent who signed his entry-level contract with Pittsburgh during training camp, has been returned to his junior club, the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League.

The Penguins have 47 players remaining in camp (28 forwards; 15 defensemen; 4 goalies). Attached is an updated roster.

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


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Ryan Haggerty to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.

Haggerty saw action in 58 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, earning 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in that time. In his first three AHL seasons with the Penguins, Rockford IceHogs and Hartford Wolf Pack, the 24-year-old has racked up 69 points (35G-34A) in 170 games.

Prior to turning pro in 2014, the Stamford, Conn. native was a collegiate hockey standout at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In three seasons at R.P.I., Haggerty posted 47 goals and 37 assists for 84 total points in 106 NCAA contests. Named the Engineer’s Most Valuable Player during his junior season, Haggerty finished third in the NCAA in goals (28) and tied for eighth in points (43).

Haggerty and the Penguins will open their next season on Oct. 7 against the Charlotte Checkers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.





SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins saw their four-game win streak come an end on Friday night in a 3-1 loss to the Springfield Thunderbirds at MassMutual Center.

The Penguins (46-19-3-0) found themselves in an insurmountable three-goal hole late in the third period as Thunderbirds’ goaltender Sam Brittian recorded 27 saves for just his third victory of the season.

After a scoreless first period, Springfield earned the game’s first goal on a point shot by Matt MacKenzie navigated its way through traffic and into Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net. MacKenzie’s fourth tally of the season came at 10:18 of the second.

An unfortunate bounce early in the third period victimized the Penguins and presented a gift to the Thunderbirds for them to extend their lead to 2-0. Fifty-five seconds into the frame, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Tristan Jarry went behind his cage to retrieve a dump-in, but the puck caromed off the glass and into the slot where Anthony Greco could fire the biscuit into an open net.

Kyle Rau made it 3-0 for the Thunderbirds at 12:19 of the third.

Ryan Haggerty sent a heat-seeking missile to the top corner of the Falcons’ net, spoiling Brittain’s shutout bid with 4:05 left to play in regulation.

The Penguins’ penalty kill was five-for-six on the night, with Greco’s strange tally early in the final stanza the only man advantage marker allowed on the night by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Jarry recorded 23 saves on 26 shots faced for the Penguins.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 1, when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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.



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.



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the first AHL team to reach 30 wins

Penguins (30-9-3-0) get set to face a series of North Division foes


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – PENGUINS 5 at Hershey 3
The Penguins downed their rivals at Giant Center thanks to a game-winning goal with exactly two minutes left in regulation by Carter Rowney. The win made the season series 6-2-0-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Friday, Jan. 20 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 5
Despite climbing back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell short of a comeback victory against the Phantoms at PPL Center. Rowney tallied an assist to keep his point streak alive at five games.

Saturday, Jan. 21 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 1
For the first time in two weeks, the Penguins returned home to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. They beat the Bears in convincing fashion and saw multi-point performances from Ryan Haggerty, J.S. Dea, Tom Kostopoulos and Dominik Simon.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 25 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton faces Syracuse for the third time this month and fifth time this season. The Penguins hold the edge in the season series at 3-1-0-0, but lost the last meeting on  Jan. 16 by a score of 4-1.

Friday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS at Utica
The Pens take on the Comets for the first time this season. Last year, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the season series with two wins. Utica currently sits fourth in the North Division.

Saturday, Jan. 28 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
In the second of back-to-back games, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will take on the Senators in their fifth meeting of the season. The Pens have won three of four against the Sens, the most recent on Jan. 7, 5-4, on the back of two goals by Danny Kristo.


Ice Chips

– The Penguins became the first AHL team to 30 wins on the year after beating Hershey, 5-1, on Jan. 21.

– Carter Rowney’s four-game goal-streak achieved on Jan. 18 at Hershey was the longest of his professional career.

– Carter Rowney has at least one point in all six of his games since returning from injury and posted eight points (5G-3A) in that time.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 9-2-0-0 so far in the month of January and undefeated at home (4-0-0-0).

– Jean-Sébastien Dea is in the midst of a three-game point streak, during which he’s recorded two goals and three assists.

– Tom Kostopoulos is two points away from reaching 500 career AHL points.



1. PENGUINS 42 30 9 3 0 63 .750
2. Lehigh Valley 40 27 11 2 0 56 .700
3. Providence 42 24 11 4 3 55 .655
4. Bridgeport 39 22 15 1 1 46 .590
5. Hershey 41 19 13 7 2 47 .573
6. Springfield 40 15 17 6 2 38 .475
7. Hartford 42 15 23 3 1 34 .405



Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Oskar Sundqvist 39 14 19 33
Tom Kostopoulos 42 13 18 31
David Warsofsky 27 8 21 29
Garrett Wilson 42 10 15 25


Tristan Jarry 25 17-7-1 2.24 .918 1
Casey DeSmith* 16 12-2-2 2.28 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 25    Syracuse           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 27        Utica                  Utica Memorial Aud.          7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 28      Binghamton     Veterans Memorial Arena  7:05 p.m.



Tue, Jan. 17     (D)      Cameron Gaunce                  Recalled by PIT

Fri, Jan. 20      (D)      Michael Webster           Recalled from WHL

Sat, Jan. 21      (D)      Michael Webster          Reassigned to WHL

Sun, Jan. 22    (D)      Michael Webster           Recalled from WHL



WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – It was a well-received homecoming for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as they defeated the Hershey Bears (19-20-7-2) by a 5-1 score in front of a sell-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

The Penguins (30-9-3-0), playing their first home game in two weeks, became the first team in the American Hockey League to reach 30 wins this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring on the power play after a tic-tac-toe passing play and redirect off the shaft of Carter Rowney’s stick at 15:49 of the first period. His tenth goal on the year extended his point streak to six games since returning from injury.

Two quick strikes put the Penguins up 3-0 in the middle frame after Jean-Sébastien Dea scored at 1:13 and Ryan Haggerty ripped one home just a minute and a half afterwards. Haggerty struck again at 14:14 of the second period, making it 4-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Hershey finally got on the board at 3:46 of the final period with a goal from Zach Sanford. But Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reestablished a four-goal cushion at 7:08 of the third period with an exceptional effort by team captain Tom Kostopoulos, who knocked in a rebound while suspended in mid-air. Kostopoulos’ goal was his second point of the night and brought him within two points of reaching 500 in his AHL career.

Casey DeSmith made 20 saves in net for the Penguins and earned his 12th win of the season. Vítek Vaněček recorded 11 saves on 15 shots before being replaced in the second period by Joe Cannata. Cannata posted nine stops on 10 pucks the Penguins threw his way.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Jan. 25, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Wednesday’s game 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.



HARTFORD, CT – Kevin Porter and Tom Sestito each recorded a goal and an assist, and Dominik Simon picked up four helpers, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 6-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Wednesday night.

The victory was the third in a row for the Penguins, whose 17-5-3-0 record remains the top mark in the American Hockey League.  Hartford (7-14-3-1) saw its winless streak stretch to five games (0-4-0-1) with the loss.

Garrett Wilson notched the lone goal of the opening frame at 13:26 and the 1-0 lead held until the 9:34 mark of the second period.  Nicklas Jensen, who was reassigned from the New York Rangers earlier in the day, put home his team-leading ninth tally to tie the score at 1-1.

The deadlock was short-lived, however, as Kevin Porter came in from the far boards and beat netminder Magnus Hellberg glove side just 16 seconds later.

Porter’s goal was the first of four straight for the Penguins.  Cameron Gaunce tallied his first in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform (the eventual game-winner) with 29 seconds left in the second period, and Ryan Haggerty took a feed from Sestito at the far post two and a half minutes into the third to make it a 4-1 advantage.

Tom Kostopoulos extended the Penguins streak of games with a power play goal to seven at the 14:37 mark, before Chris Summers found the back of the net for his first of the season with the Wolf Pack.

Sestito padded the Pens advantage with a second man-advantage marker with just 26 seconds left in the game.

Tristan Jarry picked up his 11th win of the season with a 31 save performance, while Hellberg turned aside 27 shots in defeat.

The Penguins’ are back on home ice this Friday, December 16 as they face-off against the Rochester Americans for the first and only time at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season. The contest is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow night’s game 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.

NOTES:  The game was Tom Sestito’s 300th in the AHL…Jake Guentzel was held scoreless in the game, snapping a three-game scoring streak which saw him tally a goal and an assist in each contest…The Penguins are 11-for-28 (39.3%) on the power play over their past seven games…Simon has nine points (1+8) over the past six games…Wilson’s goal gives him points in three straight games (1+3=4)…David Warsofsky had his five-game scoring streak snapped.




Penguins still atop the AHL, first team to 10 wins

 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (10-2-1-0) proves its mettle with bounce-back performances


Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Toronto 3

In a showdown of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams, Toronto shut-out Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for just its second regulation loss of the season. Thomas Di Pauli made his pro debut for the Penguins.

Saturday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Providence 1

The Penguins bounced back from their Friday night loss with a gritty victory over the Bruins in which they spread their scoring over all three periods. Casey DeSmith made 28 saves between the pipes, improving his personal record to 4-0-0.

Sunday, Nov. 13 – PENGUINS 4 at Hartford 1

An excellent start stunned the Wolf Pack, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored three times in the first period. Dominik Simon and David Warsofsky both scored power play goals for the Pens, and Ryan Haggerty potted his first with the black and gold. Lukas Bengtsson made his AHL debut.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley

The Penguins take on their PA rival for the first time this season. The Phantoms come into the contest on a six-game win streak. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the 2015-16 season series, 7-4-1-1, and is also 9-1-1-1 all-time at PPL Center.

Friday, Nov. 18 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport

Bridgeport comes to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for their first visit this season. The Sound Tigers have found back-to-back shootout wins since losing 7-1 to the Pens on Nov. 5.

Saturday, Nov. 19 – PENGUINS at Hershey

Giant Center hosts the Penguins-Bears rivalry for the second time this season. In their previous meeting this season, the Pens triumphed in overtime on a Dominik Simon penalty shot.

Ice Chips– The Penguins hold first place in the AHL and became the first team in the league to earn its 10th win with Sunday’s victory.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play ranks as the league’s best, clicking at 90.6%.

– Jake Guentzel is tied for the AHL’s rookie lead in goals (6) and stands atop the entire league in plus-minus (+12).

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .962 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.

– Rookie Reid Gardiner has goals in three of his last four games.

– Kevin Porter’s next game with be his 300th in the AHL.

– Ryan Haggerty is on a three-game point streak (1G-2A).



TEAM                        GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS           13         10         2          1          0         21          .808

2. Lehigh Valley        12         8          3          1          0          17          .708

3. Bridgeport             12         8          4          0         0          16         .667

4. Springfield             13         7          5          1          0          15          .577

5. Hershey                  13         6          4          2          1          15          .577

6. Providence            13         4          6          2          1          11           .423

7. Hartford                 13         3          8          2          0          8           .308



SKATERS                    GP         G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*            13          6          7         13

Carter Rowney            13         3          7         10

Oskar Sundqvist          12         5         4          9

Kevin Porter                 11           4          5          9

Tom Kostopoulos        13         4          4          8

Chad Ruhwedel           13         2          6          8


GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      4         4-0-0       1.00        0.963          0

Tristan Jarry               9         6-2-1         1.76         0.935          0


* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Nov. 16  Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                        7:05 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 18      Bridgeport         Mohegan Sun Arena       7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 19     Hershey             Giant Center                     7:00 p.m.



Wed, Nov. 9    ADD   (D) Chad Ruhwedel           Reassigned by PIT

Wed, Nov. 9    DEL     (LW) Tom Sestito                   Recalled by PIT

Thu, Nov. 10    ADD   (D) Lukas Bengtsson             Assigned by PIT

Thu, Nov. 10    ADD   (D) Thomas Di Pauli               Assigned by PIT




A three-goal first period provided all of the offense the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins needed to record a 4-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday evening at the XL Center.

The win saw the Penguins improve to 10-2-1-0 on the season, making Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the first American Hockey League club to hit double digit wins this year.  Conversely, the loss stretched Hartford’s winless streak to eight games (0-6-2-0) and saw the Wolf Pack fall to 3-8-2-0 for the campaign.

The Penguins hardly looked like a team playing its third game in less than three days, pumping 14 shots on the Magnus Hellberg in the first period, and 40 on the afternoon.

Reid Gardiner wasted little time opening the scoring, blocking a shot in the neutral zone and then taking on Hellberg one-on-one.  His blocker-side shot beat the Hartford net minder 1:39 into the contest for his third goal of the season.

A Chris Summers tripping call gave the Penguins their first power play of the game 7:22 into the game, and Dominik Simon made sure the opportunity wasn’t wasted, scoring on a backhand 40 seconds into the advantage for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

Marek Hrivik’s stick caught Lukas Bengtsson in the face and drew blood late in the first, sending the Wolf Pack’s leading scorer to the penalty box for a double minor.  David Warsofsky made the first half of the penalty count by blistering a shot from the point that beat Hellberg to the far corner for the defenseman’s second goal of the season at 19:30.

That score held until Hrivik finally solved Tristan Jerry 5:19 into the third for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.  But Ryan Haggerty, playing against his former club, notched his first goal as a Penguins with 3:10 to play to ice the game for the Penguins.

Jarry stopped 22 shots to raise his record to 6-2-1 on the season, while Hellberg fell to 3-3-2 for the Wolf Pack.  The Penguins finished the game 2-for-7 on the power play, and killed both Hartford chances they faced, raising their league-leading penalty kill rate to 90.6%.

The Penguins return to action Wednesday night, when they travel to Allentown to face the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05pm.  The Pens are back home next Friday, November 18, when they play host to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Individual game tickets for Friday night’s game, and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ticket packages, including 22-game, 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.


Devils vs Penguins


The Penguins open their 2016 preseason schedule on home ice against the Devils.  Its the first of three exhibition contests for the Pens, who will also face off with the Hershey Bears this Saturday at home, and Sunday at the Giant Center.

WHOWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (roster) vs. Albany Devils

WHERE:  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

WHEN:  Thursday, October 6 at 7:05pm


TICKETSTicketMaster.com or at the arena box office

It’s also the first preseason game for the Devils, who will also take on the Hartford WolfPack this Sunday in Connecticut.

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 season, 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.