PENGUINS CAPTURE EIGHTH-STRAIGHT WIN BY BEATING PHANTOMS, 4-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their season-best winning streak to eight games by virtue of a 4-1 triumph over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-10-2-1) forged a new first line of Zach Aston-Reese, Gage Quinney and Ryan Haggerty for the rivalry match-up with Lehigh Valley. The move paid immediate dividends as all three players found the scoresheet, combining for six points, and Haggerty assumed the team lead with 29 points on the season.

BOXSCORE

Lehigh Valley struck first, using a power play goal from Philippe Myers to take a 1-0 lead at 15:11 of the opening frame.

The Phantoms appeared poised to build on their lead with a raucous start to the second period. However, the Penguins survived those tense moments and calmed things down by scoring at 5:32. Quinney was the goal-scorer for the Penguins, after being set-up by his new linemates, Aston-Reese and Haggerty.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly grabbed a 3-1 lead with tallies from Christian Thomas and Teddy Blueger, separated by 3:25 of game play in the second stanza.

Lehigh Valley pressed hard early in the third period, but Anthony Peters would not yield, denying the Phantoms on 10 shots faced in the final frame of regulation. Desperate to solve Peters and cut into the Penguins’ two-goal lead, Phantoms coach Scott Gordon pulled his goalie for an extra attacker with 5:31 left in the game. The gamble didn’t pay off, as Aston-Reese completed a three-point night with an empty net goal 30 seconds later.

Peters finished the night with 22 saves, winning his sixth-consecutive game in net for the Penguins. Dustin Tokarski was handed the loss, making 24 stops on 27 shots faced.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Jan. 19, as they travel to Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time this season for a date with the Providence Bruins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Jan. 27 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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.

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PENS PRACTICE REPORT: PEDAN PROGRESS


Andrey Pedan had appeared in 211 American Hockey League games prior to Saturday afternoon’s contest against the Laval Rocket.  And in that time, the Russian defenseman had a grand total of one multi-goal game in his minor league career, that coming on April 6, 2014 as a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

So you could excuse the 6’5” blue line for being just a little bit happy when he popped in three goals to lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins past the Rocket this past weekend.

“I was excited.  There  were not many hats out there, playing on the road,” laughed Pedan.  “[Garrett Wilson] did a really good job in front [of the goal], so it was easy.  I just had to hit the net.”

Pedan’s first goal was a shot from the slot that hit goaltender Michael McNiven, then fluttered over the goal line.  But tallies two and three were deftly placed shots from the point, both coming on the power play.

The sixth-year pro was happy to hit the back of the net, even if it wasn’t the first thing on his mind.

“I don’t really worry about points, just taking care of the D-zone,” he said.  “We have a great group of forwards who can score.”

Perhaps the only person happier than Pedan this past weekend was head coach Clark Donatelli, who has seen the early season acquisition (he was traded to the Penguins for defenseman Derrick Pouliot) bloom on the Penguins backline.

“We’ve been working with him here now since the trade and trying to get him up to speed on our systems and his details and his habits, how he plays,” Donatelli said.  “I think you can see a big difference from when we got him to now.

“Less is more with him.  It’s hard to do less when you’re competing like that.  But I think he’s buying in.  He did a lot less and got three goals, and got a lot accomplished on the defensive side of the puck as well.  So he’s come a long way since we got him, and we’re really happy with his success.


Pedan wasn’t the only Penguin celebrating a hat trick last weekend.  Ryan Haggerty started off the team’s trek through Canada with a three-goal game in a 6-2 victory against the Belleville Senators on Friday night.  What made it even more special is that his father, Roger, was on hand as part of the team’s fathers’ trip to witness it firsthand.

“It was something special to have all of the dads here,” said the younger Haggerty, who now has 16 goals in just 26 games this season.  “And it’s pretty cool to play that well as a team and to go out and win a game like that.  It’s more special to have all of the dads with us.”

Haggerty has already eclipsed his previous single-season high of 15 goals in a season, set in 2014-15 with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  It took him 73 games that year to reach the mark.

“Hagg’s has been playing great all year,” Donatelli said.  “He’s got an NHL shot and release.  He’s just played fantastic from the time he stepped on the ice his first game this year.  He’s been very consistent in his play, and I think that’s a big difference from last year.”


The Penguins have been known as one of the top defenseive teams in the AHL in recent years, with their goaltenders taking home the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes Award, presented to the netminders on the team with the lowest goals against average, in five of the past seven seasons.

So it may be a bit of a surprise to learn that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton currently ranks second in the league in goals scored per game at 3.67 (132 goals in 36 games).

What’s even more impressive is that the team has done plenty of damage while two of its top scorers – Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong – have been on recall with Pittsburgh.

Simon was originally summoned by Pittsburgh on December 8, but returned to the team on December 30.  He netted the overtime winner in that contest before returning to the NHL club.

Sprong got his promotion on that same day, after netting 18 goals in 29 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Despite not having the duo in the lineup since the end of the calendar year, the Penguins have posted five straight wins (seven overall dating back to December 29), and have outscored the opposition 23-9 in 2018.

“Spronger leaves, and it’s just another opportunity for someone else to come in and grab that ice time,” said Donatelli.  “We have a lot of guys here that are going to take advantage of that.  You’re seeing it with him and Simon being up there, where guys are getting more ice time.  They jump right in there and take advantage of that.”


Wednesday night’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms starts a stretch of games that will see the Penguins face off with Atlantic Division foes in 10 of 11 contests.  And although the Pens currently hold down the top slot in the standings, Donatelli knows the upcoming schedule will be a challenging one to navigate.

“My experience in this division, even when you’re winning you don’t break away [from the pack],” he said.  “If you’re not on your ‘A’ game, you’re going to get beat in this league, and especially in our division.  We’re just going to approach it one game at a time.  It’s a tough stretch for us, but our guys are ready.”


The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/16/18

AHL’s first Fathers’ Trip ends with Penguins winning seven-straight

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-10-2-1) tries to extend its season-best win streak against division rivals

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 12 – PENGUINS 6 at Belleville 2
Ryan Haggerty kicked off the Penguins’ Fathers’ Trip with a bang, scoring his first pro hat trick and setting a new career high with 16 goals this season with his dad, Roger, in attendance. The Penguins also saw Christian Thomas find the back of the net for the fourth-straight game, and Jean-Sébastien Dea added an empty netter to seal the Pens’ sixth win in a row.

Saturday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS 4 at Laval 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was powered to its seventh win in a row once again on the back of a hat trick. This time, it was D-man Andrey Pedan tallying three times for his first career hatty. The Penguins surrendered early period goals twice to the Rocket, but responded in less than three minutes both times. The Penguins also got their special teams going with two power play goals from Pedan, including the game-winner.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season-best seven-game win streak began after back-to-back losses to Lehigh Valley on Dec. 23 and 27. The Penguins look to avenge those defeats to keep their current streak alive. The Phantoms lead the season series with a 4-2-0-1 record against the Penguins in seven meetings.

Friday, Jan. 19 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins visit the Bruins for the first time this season. In these two clubs’ only match-up this season, Providence came to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 11 and were met with a 4-3 overtime loss on a Ryan Haggerty snipe.

Sunday, Jan. 21- PENGUINS at Hartford
In three games between the Penguins and Wolf Pack this season, the home team has won every time. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to end that streak at XL Center in a 5:00 p.m. showdown.

 

Ice Chips

– Christian Thomas was named to Canada’s men’s hockey roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games on Thursday.

– Ryan Haggerty and Andrey Pedan’s hat tricks marked the first back-to-back hat tricks in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.

– Pedan became only the second defenseman in Penguins history to record a hat trick (Alex Picard: Mar. 17, 2012).

– After posting a hat trick and five points (3G-2A) along with a plus-5 rating in last weekend’s games, Pedan was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has won five straight starts with a 1.79 goals against average and .929 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 36 23 10 2 1 49 .681
2. Lehigh Valley 40 23 12 2 3 51 .638
3. Providence 38 22 12 3 1 48 .632
4. Bridgeport 37 18 13 4 2 42 .568
5. Charlotte 38 21 16 0 1 43 .566
6. Hershey 40 17 17 3 3 40 .500
7. Springfield 40 17 21 1 1 36 .450
8. Hartford 40 15 19 3 3 36 .450

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Ryan Haggerty 26 16 11 27
Jean-Sébastien Dea 36 9 14 23
Teddy Blueger 36 11 11 22
Zach Aston-Reese 34 5 16 21
Kevin Czuczman 32 1 20 21
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 8 5-2-1 2.83 .900 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 17      Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 19          Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 21       Hartford           XL Center                            5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sun, Jan. 14       (LW) Cody Wydo                    Reassigned to WHL

Fri, Jan. 12         (G) Casey DeSmith                          Recalled to PIT

Fri, Jan. 12         (G) Adam Morrison                         Signed to PTO

Tue, Jan. 9         (RW) Reid Gardner                Reassigned to WHL

HAGGERTY’S HAT TRICK LIFTS PENGUINS OVER SENATORS, 6-2

BELLEVILLE, Ont. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins achieved their sixth win in a row thanks to a big night from Ryan Haggerty in a 6-2 defeat of the Belleville Senators on Friday night at Yardmen Arena.

Haggerty notched the first hat trick of his professional career as part of a four-point night while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (22-10-2-1) tied its longest winning streak of the season.

BOXSCORE

Haggerty got the scoring started for the Penguins just 5:04 into the first period when he rushed into the Senators’ zone and ripped a shot by Marcus Högberg from the top of the right circle.

Belleville’s Colin White scored just before the midpoint of the first period on a wrap-around pass from Max McCormick that set-up White for the slam dunk at the far-side post.

The Penguins regained the lead, 2-1, at 3:38 of the second period as Haggerty grabbed his second goal of the night. One minute and 45 seconds later, newly named Olympian Christian Thomas continued his hot streak against the Senators, finding the back of the net to earn his fourth point (3G-1A) in the two-game series.

Thomas’ goal prompted Senators coach Kurt Kleinendorst to pull Högberg and replace him with back-up goalie Danny Taylor. Taylor’s presence calmed the Senators, as he stopped all eight shots he faced in the second period and watched on as his team capitalized on a power play late in the frame. White’s second goal of the night cut Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead to 3-2 at 16:48 of the second period.

Haggerty completed the hat trick with another wicked shot that he fired from the high slot and beat Taylor for the first time of the night at 5:12 of the third period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its lead to 5-2 on a power play goal put in at an impossible angle by Garrett Wilson at 14:17 of the final frame of regulation.

Jean-Sébastien Dea sealed the victory with an empty netter with 2:50 remaining in the game, giving the Penguins 12 goals in their two-game season series against the Senators.

Anthony Peters stonewalled the Senators on 19 of the 21 shots faced to win his fourth-straight start. Högberg was dealt the loss, stopping making 10 saves and allowing three goals, while Taylor recorded 16 saves in relief.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Jan. 13, when they travel to the province of Québec for the first and only time this season to face the Laval Rocket. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. 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.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/9/18

Penguins take five-game win streak north of the border

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (21-10-2-1) to visit Belleville, Laval for the first and only time this season

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bridgeport 2 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie the game with 23.5 seconds left in regulation and then win just 26 seconds into overtime. Ryan Haggerty and Greg McKegg tallied to even the score, and then Teddy Blueger’s third overtime game-winning goal this season sent the crowd home happy.

Friday, Jan. 5 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 2
A three-goal third period assisted the Penguins in beating the Thunderbirds for the second time this season. McKegg and Haggerty scored for the second game in a row. Haggerty’s 13th goal of the year turned out to be his third game-winner this season.

Saturday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Belleville 0
The Penguins wrapped up their homestand with authority, shutting out the Senators in Belleville’s first ever visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Christian Thomas led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with two goals and an assist, while Casey DeSmith recorded his second clean sheet of the season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 12 – PENGUINS at Belleville
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to repeat its last game’s result as they tangle with Belleville again. The Senators, the sixth-place team in the North Division, were outscored 12-1 last weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS at Laval
The Penguins take on the Rocket for the second time this season. Their first meeting was a high flying thriller, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton emerging victorious in overtime, 6-5. Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. puck drop will be a showdown between the Penguins’ third ranked offense (3.59 goals per game) and the Rocket’s 28th ranked defense (3.47 goals against per game).

 

Ice Chips

– Penguins Daniel Sprong and Casey DeSmith were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star team for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, New York on Thursday, Jan. 4.

– DeSmith’s inclusion on the Atlantic’s All-Star squad marks the fourth year in a row that a Penguins’ goalie has been named to the AHL All-Star Classic (Jeff Zatkoff, 2015; Matt Murray, 2016;  Tristan Jarry, 2017).

– Garrett Wilson is on a four-game point streak and has six points (1G-5A) since the holiday break. Points in four-straight games ties an AHL career high for Wilson.

– Teddy Blueger leads the AHL in overtime goals (3).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 35 22 10 3 0 47 .671
2. PENGUINS 34 21 10 2 1 45 .662
3. Lehigh Valley 37 21 11 2 3 47 .635
4. Charlotte 36 21 14 0 1 43 .597
5. Bridgeport 34 16 13 4 1 37 .544
6. Hershey 37 17 16 1 3 38 .514
7. Hartford 37 14 17 3 3 34 .459
8. Springfield 37 14 21 1 1 30 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Jean-Sébastien Dea 34 8 14 22
Ryan Haggerty 24 13 8 21
Teddy Blueger 34 10 11 21
Zach Aston-Reese 32 5 14 19
Kevin Czuczman 30 1 18 19

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 17 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 6 3-2-0 2.94 .902 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Jan. 12          Belleville           Yardmen Arena                  7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 13        Laval                  Place Bell                             4:00 p.m.

Wed, Jan. 17      Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 9         (RW) Reid Gardiner               Reassigned to WHL

Sun, Jan. 7         (D) Frank Corrado                     Reassigned by PIT

Fri, Jan. 5           (G) Sébastien Caron               Released from PTO

Wed, Jan. 3       (G) Sébastien Caron                        Signed to PTO

PENGUINS TAKE DOWN THUNDERBIRDS, 4-2


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continued their recent roll by earning their fourth win in a row in a 4-2 defeat of the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (20-10-2-1) used three tallies in the third period to take down Springfield, which had come into Friday’s contest having earned points in five of its last six games.

BOXSCORE

The Penguins scored the game’s first goal at 3:12 of the second period when Chris Summers’ point shot was redirected by Adam Johnson right to Greg McKegg, who put it into the Thunderbirds’ net.

Both teams were held at bay by excellent goaltending from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Casey DeSmith and Springfield’s Samuel Montembeault until Mark Fayne tied things up, 1-1, 1:03 into the third period.

Christian Thomas picked the top corner over Montembeault’s glove at 4:02 of the final frame of regulation, putting the Penguins back on top, 2-1.

Ryan Haggerty gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton some breathing room with a goal at 13:09 of the third period, only to see Springfield’s Dryden Hunt strike back 21 seconds later.

With the score sitting at 3-2 in favor of the Penguins, the Thunderbirds pulled their goalie with 1:26 left in regulation. Despite the advantage of an extra attacker, they were never able to truly test DeSmith before the sound of the final buzzer, and Johnson sealed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s victory with an empty net tally when only one second was left in the game.

DeSmith finished the game with 20 saves, while Montembeault recorded 19 stops for the Thunderbirds.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 6, as the Belleville Senators make their first ever visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Senators 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.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 27, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come back from the holiday break to finish out a two-game set against the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (16-9-2-1, 35 pts, .625%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (19-9-2-2, 42 pts, .656%) rank one slot ahead of the Penguins in third place.

Wednesday’s game is the seventh of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


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

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13 WBS Lehigh Valley   5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14 Lehigh Valley WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3 Lehigh Valley WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22 WBS Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6 Lehigh Valley WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23 WBS Lehigh Valley   3-2 Loss
Wednesday, December 27 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Wednesday, January 17 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm
Friday, January 26 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Saturday, February 3 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Sunday, February 18 Lehigh Valley WBS  5:05pm
Saturday, April 14 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms engaged in a tightly contested affair in both teams’ final game before the holiday break, with the Phantoms narrowly pulling off a 3-2 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Teddy Blueger scored for the third time on the weekend and Ryan Haggerty netted his 11th goal of the season. But Oskar Lindblom, Chris Conner, and Corban Knight all posted multi-point nights for the Phantoms en route to the victory. Casey DeSmith was solid in net stopping 29 of 32 shots for the Penguins, while Dustin Tokarski turned away 39 of 41 on the other side.


PENGUINS NOTES
Teddy Blueger notched his third goal of the weekend in the last matchup and now has a career-best nine goals this season.

Zach Aston-Reese also grabbed an assist on Saturday night, to continue his climb up the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton assist leader board. He now ranks second among active AHL Penguins in helpers this season with 11.

Michael Leighton is the all time shutout leader in the AHL with 50. He recorded his first win as a Penguin against Binghamton last Friday night.


PHANTOMS NOTES
With a three-point night against the Penguins on Saturday, Oskar Lindblom vaulted himself into third on the Phantoms in points this year with 23.

Chris Conner has scored six goals this season, with two of them coming against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Phantoms have players represented in the top three of goals, assists and points so far, this season. Danick Martel (17) and Greg Carey (16) sit at second and third respectively for goals, Phil Varone is tied for the lead for assists (25) and in second for points (34).


CONNECTIONS
Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14 registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, recording 49 points (14+35) with the Penguins.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season, tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played in 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013, when the team was located in Glens Falls, NY. He accumulated 20 points (11+9) during that time.

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career record 50 shutouts there.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/19/17

Penguins prep for Devils, Phantoms and Festivus

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-2-1) has scored 15 goals in its last four games

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Springfield 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rattled off five unanswered goals en route to stunning Springfield, 6-3. Greg McKegg scored his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to kickstart a comeback, followed by a two-tally outburst from Daniel Sprong. Zach Aston-Reese had three assists, while Shavertown native Patrick McGrath sealed the “W” with his first goal of the season.

Friday, Dec. 15 – PENGUINS 3 at Hartford 7
The Penguins went into Friday having won 10-straight games against the Wolf Pack, but couldn’t make it 11. The Pens allowed seven goals for the first time since Jan. 28, 2012. However, Sprong managed to score for the fourth contest in a row.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS 2 at Bridgeport 3 (OT)
In a back and forth, well-contested game by both teams, the Sound Tigers used an overtime power play to secure the extra point in the standings. Casey DeSmith posted 30 saves in a losing effort, while Aston-Reese forced OT with his first goal since Nov. 12.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 22 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
The Binghamton Devils step through the doors of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for their first time in the team’s regular season history on Friday. The Penguins already took on the Devils once in their barn, defeating them, 4-3.

Saturday, Dec. 23 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins will air their grievances on Festivus Night against their in-state rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The season series between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley has been tight so far, with the Pens holding a narrow 3-2-0-0 edge through five games.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals (15), shots on goal (82), and also tied for most power play goals among rookies (7).

– Zach Aston-Reese’s three-assist game on Wednesday was his second three-assist game of the season and the third three-point game of his career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 4-0-1 when tied after two periods last week, one of only three teams who are undefeated in regulation in that scenario (min. three instances).

– Ryan Haggerty is in a five-way tie for the best shooting percentage in the AHL (33.3%).

– Thomas Di Pauli ranks second in the AHL in insurance goals with four this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 27 18 7 2 0 38 .708
2. Charlotte 29 19 9 0 1 39 .660
3. Lehigh Valley 30 18 9 1 2 39 .652
4. PENGUINS 26 15 8 2 1 33 .635
5. Bridgeport 27 13 11 2 1 29 .542
6. Hartford 29 11 12 3 3 28 .500
7. Hershey 29 12 14 0 3 27 .463
8. Springfield 31 12 18 1 0 25 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 25 15 7 22
Ryan Haggerty 16 10 6 16
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 26 6 8 14
Kevin Czuczman^ 22 1 13 14
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Sean Maguire 4 1-1-0 2.19 .924 0
Casey DeSmith 15 10-3-2 2.60 .914 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                              TIME    

Fri, Dec. 22       Binghamton      Mohegan Sun Arena             7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 23     Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena            5:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Dec. 16       (D) Kevin Spinozzi                              Signed to SPC

Mon, Dec. 18    (C) Jarrett Burton                       Recalled from WHL

Mon, Dec. 18    (D) Jeff Taylor             Reassigned by PIT from WHL

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

HAGGERTY, DEA, ASTON-REESE POWER PENGUINS TO 4-2 WIN

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ line of Ryan Haggerty, Jean-Sébastien Dea and Zach Aston-Reese put forth a dominant performance to take down the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night.

Haggerty, Dea and Aston-Reese all racked up three-point nights as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-2-0-1) extended their league-best point streak to 12 games.

The Penguins wasted little time getting on the board when Haggerty scored just 31 seconds into game. This was the second game in a row that Haggerty found the back of the net in the first minute of play.

BOXSCORE

Corbin Knight evened things up for the Phantoms at 5:29 of the opening frame, taking a pretty cross-crease feed from Alex Krushelnyski and lifting the puck over a diving Casey DeSmith. Less

than two minutes later, Lehigh Valley took a 2-1 lead when Greg Carey gathered a rebound and sneak it across the goal line.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied things up again as Haggerty and Dea connected on a two-on-one rush at 6:57 of the middle stanza. Haggerty soared out of the Penguins’ defensive zone with the puck, gained access into the Phantoms’ zone and fed the puck to Dea, who then beat a sprawling Alex Lyon.

The Penguins gained a 3-2 lead at 15:54 of the second period with Colin Smith fired a wrist shot between Lyon’s legs for his second goal of the season.

DeSmith and the Penguins held off the Phantoms throughout the third period, and in the very last moments of the third period, Haggerty battled through the Lehigh Valley defenders guarding an empty net and record his second goal of the night. The empty netter not only sealed the 4-2 victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but also tied him for the team lead with nine goals this season.

Haggerty completed the contest with two goals and one assist, while Dea had one tally and two helpers, and Aston-Reese notched three assists throughout the game.

DeSmith turned aside 31 of the 33 shots he faced to remain unbeaten in regulation through his first 10 starts this season (9-0-1). Lyon stopped 34 shots in the loss for Lehigh Valley.

The Penguins’ next game takes place on Friday, Nov. 24 when the team travels to upstate New York for the first half of a home-and-home set against the Syracuse Crunch. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returns to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to face Syracuse on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 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.