PENGUINS BLANK PHANTOMS, 5-0, AND EARN FIRST WIN OF 2017-18


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earned their first win of the 2017-18 season in convincing fashion as Casey DeSmith’s 33-save shutout led the team to a 5-0 triumph over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1-1-0-0) had five different players account for its five goals, while DeSmith recorded the second clean sheet of his career.

After outlasting an early blitzkrieg by the Phantoms, the Penguins’ first goal of the game came from Tom Sestito on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s very first shot of the contest. Thomas Di Pauli outraced Lehigh Valley defenseman Samuel Morin on an impending icing call, then whipped around the net and set-up Sestito for the opening tally at 6:21 of the first period.

Shortly thereafter, Daniel Sprong notched his second power play goal of the season, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

The third Penguins goal came at 7:52 of the second period as Frank Corrado’s fluttering shot from the point fooled Alex Lyon. Jean-Sébastien Dea made it 4-0 at 15:19 of the middle frame with the help of tic-tac-toe passing from Tom Kostopoulos and Adam Johnson. Lyon was pulled from the Phantoms net following Dea’s goal and replaced by Dustin Tokarski.

Tokarski was perfect in relief of Lyon for over 20 minutes of action until the Penguins found another man advantage marker, this time coming from Dominik Simon. Simon closed out the scoring in the 5-0 contest with 2:51 left in regulation.

Johnson (2A), Kevin Czuczman (2A), Zach Trotman (1A) and Dylan Zink (1) all earned their first points as Penguins throughout the course of the evening, as well.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill was a perfect seven-for-seven on the night, and its power play unit converted on two of its six opportunities.

Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon finished with 11 saves on 15 shots before being replaced by Tokarski, who posted eight saves on nine shots.

The Penguins and Phantoms face-off again tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 14, when the two clubs drop the puck at Lehigh Valley’s PPL Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game Sunday, Oct. 15 against the Syracuse Crunch at 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 full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS BLANK PHANTOMS FOR THIRD GAME IN A ROW, REACH 100 POINTS

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins became the first team in the American Hockey League to reach 100 points this season by shutting out the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the third-straight game in a 3-0 win on Friday night at PPL Center.

The Penguins (48-19-3-1) have gone 215:38 of game time without surrendering a goal to the Phantoms, but were led on this night by an offensive outburst by Oskar Sundqvist.

Sundqvist opened the scoring at 4:19 of the second period by beating Anthony Stolarz with a powerful slap shot from the right-wing circle. The goal was Sundqvist’s 100th point as a pro.

On the first face-off following a jaw-dropping sequence that somehow denied the Penguins a sure goal, Sundqvist secured his second tally of the game. The Penguins took the 2-0 lead just 1:28 into the third period.

 

The Phantoms attempted to rally by calling their timeout and pulling the goalie for an extra attacker with just under four minutes left in regulation. After a defensive zone face-off win by Sundqvist, David Warsofsky heaved the puck down the ice into the empty net, putting the game away.

Tristan Jarry denied the Phantoms on all 21 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season. Stolarz turned away 29 shots in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 8, when it faces the Hartford Wolf Pack for the eighth and final time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at XL Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Apr. 12, and once again they’ll take on the Phantoms.

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.

DESMITH STOPS 26, PENGUINS SHUT-OUT PHANTOMS AGAIN

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins held the top offense in the American Hockey League at bay yet again, shutting out the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the second-consecutive game, this time by a 3-0 margin on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Casey DeSmith turned aside 26 shots for his first regular season shutout in the AHL, helping the Penguins (47-19-3-0) to pull within two points of a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Tensions were high during a chippy first period of play between the Penguins and Phantoms, as both teams were held scoreless, but combined for 10 penalty minutes.

The Penguins opened up the scoring 6:47 into the second period when Frank Corrado buried a loose puck for his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The home team went up, 2-0, thanks to Troy Josephs’ first professional goal coming with just under three minutes to play in the middle frame.

Derrick Pouliot blasted home a shot from the point at seven minutes of the third period to make it 3-0 in favor of the Penguins..

By the end of the game, the Penguins had stretched its shutout streak against the Phantoms to 155:38. The team’s penalty kill has been a perfect 14-for-14 in that stretch, including a two-for-two showing on Saturday night.

Alex Lyon stopped 34 shots before being replaced by Martin Ouellette in the third period. Ouellette denied the Penguins on all eight shots he faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Apr. 2, when it takes on the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in a Sunday matinée. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Sunday’s game is also the final Kids Get In Free games this season.

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.

JARRY, PENGUINS SHUT-OUT PHANTOMS, 4-0

 

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their lead atop the Atlantic Division and inched closer to a playoff berth by defeating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-0 at PPL Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (45-18-3-0) rode the coat tails of Tristan Jarry and their league-best penalty kill to victory. Jarry stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season, while the P.K. went a perfect nine-for-nine on the night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring at 12:58 of the first period. Video review confirmed Teddy Blueger snuck a puck past Lehigh Valley goalie Alex Lyon’s short-side, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Penguins’ fourth-line provided the team with a pair of goals in the middle frame. Adam Krause deflected in a shot from the point for his first goal of the season 5:07 into the second period. Jarrett Burton put his stick on a pass from Troy Josephs that beat Lyon through the legs, extending the Penguins lead to 3-0 at 12:18 of the middle frame.

The penalty killing clinic by the Penguins took over from there, neutralizing five-straight man advantages for the Phantoms before Tom Kostopoulos netted a power play goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a mere 1:14 remaining in regulation.

Kostopoulos’ two point night (1G-1A) allowed him reach the 50-point plateau for the seventh time in his career. Zach Aston-Reese notched two assists to extend his career-opening point streak to three games.

Lyon turned aside 26 shots in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 26, when it takes on the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in a Sunday matinée. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday’s game is also one of three Kids Get In Free games this season.

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.

JARRY GETS PENS’ FIRST SHUTOUT ON THE SEASON IN 1-0 WIN

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored only one goal on Saturday night, but it was enough for the win as Tristan Jarry turned aside all 24 shots he saw to lead the Pens to a 1-0 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The win was the Penguins’ (13-4-2-0) first shutout of the season and catapulted the team back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Jean-Sébastien Dea scored the only goal of the game, but not until after two full periods of scoreless hockey.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport traded excellent scoring chances in the first period, with both goalies standing on their heads to keep their opponents off the scoresheet. At the conclusion of the opening frame, both Jarry and Sound Tigers goalie Stephon Williams had eight saves to their names.

In the second period, the Penguins had three different man advantage opportunities, but were unable to solve Williams. Whether at even strength or on the power play, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton controlled the pace of play, outshooting Bridgeport 10-2 midway through the period and then 14-9 when the second came to a close.

Just seconds before the expiration of the second frame, Jarry threw out his blocker and denied Bridgeport on a two-on-one rush and its best look of the period.

Things got interesting when the Penguins went on their fifth power play of the game. David Warsofsky nailed the post on a slap shot from the point, and then Kevin Porter rang one off the crossbar moments later. With one second remaining in the man advantage, a puck popped free from a collection of bodies amid a net-front scramble, floated over the head of Williams and across the goal line.

Dea was credited with the goal at 4:30 of the third period and gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Late in regulation, Bridgeport pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton missed on a couple of chances to fire one into the empty net, but still held the Sound Tigers at bay to hang on for the 1-0 victory.

Jarry ended up with his sixth career shutout, while Williams was credited with 29 saves and the loss.

The Penguins’ next game is Saturday, Dec. 3, the first of a back-to-back series in Newfoundland against the St. John’s IceCaps. Game time for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first face-off against St. John’s is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 9 against the Hershey Bears. 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.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.