CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE PENGUINS

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be celebrating the festive season and asking their fans to help spread holiday cheer when they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday, December 17 at 7:05pm.

The contest, the team’s final game before the Christmas break, will once again feature the Tobyhanna Army Depot Teddy Bear Toss.  Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed toys to the game, which will be tossed onto the ice following the Penguins’ first goal of the game.  The plush toys will be collected and distributed to children in need through Tobyhanna Army Depot’s “Operation Santa Claus” program.

Additionally, the Penguins will be wearing special ugly Christmas sweaters, featuring a pixelated penguin logo along with a black and yellow holiday design.  The jerseys will be auctioned off on the concourse during the game, and make great gifts for the ultimate Penguins fan on your Christmas list.

If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, we’ll have autographed Penguins Christmas Pucks for sale behind section 108.  Each puck is signed by a Penguins player, then individually wrapped so you don’t know whose autograph you’re getting.   Pucks with special holiday stickers will take home a game-used stick, but every one makes a great present and, at just $10 apiece, you won’t break the bank to finish up your shopping.

Young fans will also be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the concourse throughout the game, getting in those last minute holiday wishes while enjoying the Penguins in action.

Ticket for the Penguins holiday celebration are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online through TicketMaster.com, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

And don’t forget, the Penguins Holiday Hat Trick is the perfect one-size-fits-all gift for any hockey fan.  The special package features four undated ticket vouchers, redeemable for any Penguins regular season home game, as well as a Penguins hat.  Packages start at just $50 and are available through the Penguins front offices (40 Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre), by calling 570-208-7367, or through the Penguins Online Store.

PENGUINS FALL IN OVERTIME TO THUNDERBIRDS, 2-1

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 2-1 contest in overtime against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday night at MassMutual Center.

Late in the first period, Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea tipped in a shot from Reid McNeill and gave his team a 1-0 lead with 1:47 left in the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton proceeded to throw a barrage of pucks at Springfield goalie Mike McKenna, but its 16-4 shot advantage in the second period wasn’t enough to expand on the 1-0 score.

The Thunderbirds’ Paul Thompson tied the game, 1-1, at 10:25 of the third period on the team’s fourth power play of the night.

Knotted up at one goal apiece, sudden death overtime was necessary to determine a winner. One minute and 30 seconds into the extra frame, Chase Balisy scored on breakaway, giving Springfield the  2-1 win.

Tristan Jarry made 23 saves on 25 shots while manning the crease for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. McKenna stifled the Penguins on 27 of 28 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 30, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza with an afternoon 3:05 p.m. start time. Sunday’s contest against Syracuse is also a Kids Get in Free game, during which any child age 14 and under can attend the game free of charge with the paid purchase of an adult ticket.

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 season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS STIFLED BY SPRINGFIELD, LOSE 1-0

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ran into a strong goaltending performance and were handed their first defeat of the season by a score of 1-0 on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Springfield Thunderbirds netminder Reto Berra came up with 23 saves, including a big blocker stop with less than two seconds left in the game, to drop the Penguins to 1-1-0-0 on the season.

The Thunderbirds scored the game’s first goal when Ryan Horvat snuck a shot underneath the leg of Tristan Jarry at 9:25 of the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton countered Horvat’s go-ahead tally with a flurry of attempts thrown towards the Springfield net, but Berra shut the door.

The second and third period were infrequently played at five-on-five, as both squads combined for 26 penalty minutes during that time. The Penguins went to the penalty kill five different times and left unscathed every time, improving the team’s P.K. to a perfect 11-for-11 overall.

With the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker in the final 1:19 of the game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton prevented Springfield from escaping from its defensive zone, but were unable to punch one past Berra. Berra’s biggest save came as time expired on a slap shot by Chad Ruhwedel, who tied with teammate Steve Oleksy for a game-high four shots on goal.

Jarry finished the game having made 22 saves on 23 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 22, against the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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 season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.