WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were handed a 4-0 loss by the St. John’s IceCaps at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night.

Despite outshooting their opponent 31-26, the Penguins (34-11-3-0) couldn’t get any pucks past Charlie Lindgren of the IceCaps, who earned his second shutout of the season. Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith turned aside 22 shots in what was just his third regulation loss of the season.

After the two clubs battled to a scoreless tie through the first period, St. John’s opened up the scoring seven minutes into the second frame as Charles Hudon went in for a breakaway and was able to put one past the right pad of DeSmith for the game’s first goal.

It took just 49 more seconds for Chris Terry to find the back of the cage during a net-front scramble, putting St. John’s up 2-0.

Zach Redmond later slapped one in on a two-man advantage at 15:57 of the second period, extending the IceCaps lead to 3-0.

Yannick Veilluex struck for a shorthanded goal with less than 1:20 left in the middle frame to complete the scoring.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is at home on Friday, Feb. 10 against the Hershey Bears. Friday night’s 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 Friday’s game and 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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton splits first weekend out of All-Star break

Penguins (34-10-3-0) coming off of impressive 7-1 victory over division rival


Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS 2 vs. St. John’s 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got offensive contributions from two defensemen, but it wasn’t enough to beat the visiting St. John’s IceCaps. Ethan Prow scored his first pro goal, and Derrick Pouliot cashed in on the power play for the Penguins.


Saturday, Feb. 4 – PENGUINS 7 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
In the Phantoms’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, the Penguins shut them down with a convincing 7-1 victory. Eleven different Penguins recorded a point, while Sahir Gill, Tom Kostopoulos, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson and Josh Archibald all had multi-point performances. Archibald tied a career-high with three points (2G-1A), and posted his team-leading third shorthanded goal.


The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS vs. St. John’s
The IceCaps return to face the Penguins for the fourth time this season and final regular season meeting in franchise history. St. John’s leads the season series, 2-1-0-0, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 17-5-1-0 all-time against the IceCaps.


Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The resurgent Hershey Bears come to Northeast PA to take on the Penguins. After starting the New Year 2-6-2-1, the Bears have now won four-straight. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holds a big advantage in the season series, winning seven of nine meetings so far.


Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
The Penguins have gone 4-1-0-0 against the Senators this season as the two teams prepare for their sixth and final meeting of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the last head-to-head, 6-2 at Binghamton. Saturday’s game is also the Penguins’ Military Appreciation Night.


Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 10-2-1-0 when coming off of a loss this season.

– The Penguins are 15-1-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos played in his 600th game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, becoming the 14th person in league history to appear in 600+ contests with one club.

– Friday’s game was Steve Oleksy’s 500th professional game. Oleksy has played in four different leagues over the course of his career (NHL, AHL, ECHL, IHL).

– Rookie Teddy Blueger has nine points (2G-7A) in his last  eight games.

– Josh Archibald is the first Penguin to have three shorthanded goals in a season since 2013-14 (Brian Gibbons, Dominik Uher).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-31 rating.



1. PENGUINS 47 34 10 3 0 71 .755
2. Lehigh Valley 45 30 13 2 0 62 .689
3. Providence 46 26 12 5 3 60 .652
4. Hershey 47 24 13 7 3 58 .617
5. Bridgeport 44 26 16 1 1 54 .614
6. Springfield 45 17 20 6 2 42 .467
7. Hartford 47 17 25 3 2 39 .415



Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 47 17 19 36
Oskar Sundqvist 41 14 19 33
David Warsofsky 32 9 24 33
Garrett Wilson 47 11 17 28


Tristan Jarry 29 20-8-1 2.24 .920 1
Casey DeSmith* 17 13-2-2 2.26 .913 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Feb. 8      St. John’s           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 10        Hershey            Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 11        Binghamton     Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.



Mon, Jan. 30   (C)      Carter Rowney                      Recalled by PIT

Thu, Feb. 2      (D)      Brett Stern                     Released from PTO




WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Mike McCarron recorded three points (1G-2A) and Daniel Carr netted a pair of goals to lead the St. John’s IceCaps to a 5-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (33-10-3-0) suffered their first loss on home ice this calendar year, and had a five-game home winning streak snapped in the process.

The IceCaps wasted little time in finding the back of the net, as Ryan Johnston beat Tristan Jarry on the first shot of the night just 62 seconds into the game.

The Penguins answered back quickly, though, as Ethan Prow found the back of the net for his first pro goal 2:37 into the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 2-1 lead after Derrick Pouliot ripped a shot from the point off of a pass from Sahir Gill at the 11:35 mark of the first period.  The power play marker was Pouliot’s third goal of the season and gave the Penguins defenseman a three-game point streak.

That was all of the offense the Penguins would muster, though, and the IceCaps tallied four straight goals.

Carr tied the game at 2-2 by victimizing the Penguins after an icing call 14:53 into the second period. McCarron gave the IceCaps their second lead of the game off of an offensive zone face-off after an icing, making it 3-2 at 4:57 of the third period.

Carr later added his second goal of the game, a power play tally with six minutes remaining. Before former Penguin Bobby Farnham rounded off the scoring with an empty netter at 19:08 of the third frame.

Jarry stopped 22 of 26 shots while manning the crease for the Penguins, while Lindgren stopped 25 of 27 shots in the win for the IceCaps.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4, for the first visit of the season by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday’s contest against the Phantoms is also the Penguins annual “Pink in the Rink” breast cancer awareness night.  The teams will be facing off on pink ice at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, and fans can buy a special ticket package with a portion of their purchase going to the American Cancer Society.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’s game and 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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.



Penguins prepare for Bears after successful St. John’s trip

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-4-3-0) takes three of four points against the IceCaps


Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS 6 at St. John’s 2

The Penguins’ power play carried them to a convincing victory in the first game of a back-to-back set at Mile One Centre. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s man advantage struck for a season-high three times in the contest, including two scored 19 seconds apart. Jean-Sébastien Dea’s even strength marker with less than a minute left in the second period was his seventh of the season, making him the team’s active leader in goals.

Sunday, Dec. 4 – PENGUINS 2 at St. John’s 3 (OT)

After coming back from a 2-0 deficit and forcing overtime, the Penguins ultimately fell in the extra frame despite outshooting their opponent, 52-25. Oskar Sundqvist tied Dea for the team lead in goals with his seventh of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play struck for the third-straight game, as well.


The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 9 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

The Penguins return home and face a familiar foe in the Hershey Bears. These two squads have already met three times this season, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won twice. It is also the first Eyewitness News Fan Fridays game this year.

Saturday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

The Pens and Bears square off for the second night in a row at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 7-0-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Sunday, Dec. 11 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

Wrapping up the three-games-in-three-days weekend for the Penguins is a contest with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Sound Tigers were bested by the Pens in a 1-0 game in Northeastern PA in their last meeting. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 3-0-0-0 in the third game of three-in-threes this year.


Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 10-0-1-0 in their last 11 games vs. St. John’s.

– The Penguins have allowed the fewest goals per game (2.00) of any team in the AHL this year.

– Of Dominik Simon’s four goals this season, three have been game-winners.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .930 save percentage and 1.82 goals against average both rank first among all Eastern Conference goaltenders.

–  Oskar Sundqvist is one point shy of tying his total offensive output in 45 games played last season (17 pts). Sundqvist has appeared in 19 contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year.

– Chad Ruhwedel reached his 100th AHL point with an assist in Saturday’s game at St. John’s.



TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          21         14         4          3          0         31           .738

2. Lehigh Valley      22         15         6          1           0        31           .705

3. Hershey               22         13         4          4           1         31           .705

4. Bridgeport           22         15         7          0          0        30         .682

5. Providence          22          9          6          4          3        25           .568

6. Springfield           21          8          8          3          2         21          .500

7. Hartford                21          7          11          3          0        17           .405



SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^          16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist         19         7          9         16

Tom Kostopoulos       21         6         10        16

Carter Rowney            18         5          8         13

Kevin Porter                 19         5          7          12


GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      7         5-0-2        1.82        0.930         0

Tristan Jarry              14        9-4-1          1.99        0.927          1


* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh


DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Dec. 9          Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena            2:30 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 10      Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena            2:30 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 11      Bridgeport         Webster Bank Arena             5:00 p.m.



Sat, Dec. 3         (LW)    Tom Sestito                 Reassigned on loan by PIT



The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to Newfoundland for a pair of games against the St. John’s IceCaps this Saturday and Sunday and, barring a meeting in the Eastern Conference Finals, this will be the Pens’ final trip to ‘The Rock’.  The Ice Caps, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, are slated to relocate to Laval, Quebec next season, where they will be rechristened the Rocket.

The Penguins and IceCaps have forged a solid, if infrequent, rivalry since St. John’s reentered the league in 2011-12.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has dominated the regular season schedule, posting a 16-4-0-0 mark (including a 9-1-0-0 record at the Mile One Centre), while the IceCaps have recorded a pair of post-season series victories (2012, 2014).

As we prepare to take to the ice in the Maritimes one last time, here’s a look back at the highlights from the all-time series between the Penguins and IceCaps.

JANUARY 14, 2012:  The first ever meeting between the clubs saw a combined 10 goals, as the Penguins posted a 6-4 win in Newfoundland.  Bryan Lerg led the way with three points (2+1) for the Penguins, while captain Ryan Craig recorded a pair of goals himself.  Ben Street scored on a second period penalty shot against David Aebischer, while Brad Thiessen stopped an attempt by Carl Klingberg in the third period.  Street’s goal was one of three shorthanded tallies in the game by the Penguins.

JANUARY 15, 2012:  Ben Street scored 1:33 into overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 win.  Bryan Lerg netted his second shorthanded goal in as many games.

MAY 8, 2012:  Simon Despres scored 12:08 into the second overtime, giving the Penguins a 3-2 win in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in Wilkes-Barre.  The victory extended the series and sent the team’s back to St. John’s for Game Six.  The Pens would win that contest, 4-2, and force a Game Seven, in which the IceCaps prevailed.

JANUARY 23, 2013:  Brad Thiessen made 26 saves as the Penguins posted a 3-0 shutout in Wilkes-Barre.  Alex Grant, Philip Samuelsson (now with the IceCaps) and Riley Holzapfel recorded first period goals.

APRIL 13, 2013:  Jeff Zatkoff matched Thiessen’s earlier effort, stopping 18 shots for another 3-0 shutout, this one taking place in St. John’s.  Dominik Her recorded a pair of goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Bobby Farnham (also a current St. John’s skater) picked up a pair of assists.

APRIL 14, 2013:  Chad Kolarik notched the OT winner at 2:09 of the extra frame to complete a hat trick, as the Penguins posted a 5-4 win.

NOVEMBER 23, 2013:  Five different Penguins posted third period goals as the home team posted a 5-2 win.  Tom Kostopoulos and Bobby Farnham each had a goal and an assist in the game.

MAY 31, 2014:  One of the most famous goals in recent Penguins history.  Zach Sill scored with 16 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Penguins the lead in what would go on to be a 4-2 victory in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final in Wilkes-Barre.  Chuck Kobasew tied the game at 2-2 with 7:30 left in the third – on what has simply become know as ‘The Shift’ in Penguins lore – and his empty net goal with seven seconds to play lit fireworks which saw 11 players handed misconduct penalties.  The win forced a Game Six in St. John’s, which the IceCaps won, 5-0, giving the team it’s first trip to the Calder Cup Final.

OCTOBER 17, 2014:  Reid McNeill scored at 2:56 of overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 road win, and their first victory of the season.

NOVEMBER 29, 2014:  Matt Murray stopped 22 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Jean-Sebastien Dea recorded the lone goal as the Pens posted a 1-0 win in NEPA.

NOVEMBER 4, 2015:  Tom Kuhnhackl recorded two goals and an assist, Jean-Sebastien Dea picked up four points (1+3) and the Penguins posted a 5-2 win in Wilkes-Barre.  Will O’Neill recorded three assists against his former team, and Matt Murray stopped 41 shots.

JANUARY 13, 2016:  The IceCaps took a 3-2 lead into the second period, and extended that to 4-2, before the Penguins rattled off four straight goals to post a 6-4 win in St. John’s.  Scott Wilson (1+2), Conor Shear (1+2) and Derrick Pouliot (0+3) each had three points in the game.

The Penguins return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling 570-208-7367.




Penguins reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference to close first quarter

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-4-2-0) gets back on top with first shutout of the season


Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS 0 at Hershey 4
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton couldn’t conjure the same comeback magic it found in its previous two trips to Giant Center and suffered its fourth regulation loss of the season. The Bears racked up the fewest shots on goal against the Penguins any opponent this season (18). Danny Kristo made his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut.

Friday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS 2 at Bridgeport 3 (OT)
The Penguins bounced back from their Wednesday loss to earn a point at Webster Bank Arena. Jarrett Burton scored his first goal of the season, and Josh Archibald tied the game to send the contest to overtime with a tally at 16:36 of the third period.

Saturday, Nov. 26 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Bridgeport 0
Tristan Jarry stopped all 24 shots he faced for the Penguins’ first shutout on the season. After two periods of scoreless hockey, Jean-Sébastien Dea earned a power play goal at 4:30 of the third period. Dea’s sixth of the season stood as the game-winner.


The Week Ahead

Saturday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS at St. John’s
The Penguins pack their bags and travel up to Newfoundland to take on the St. John’s IceCaps, who are 3-1-0-0 in their last four home games. Last year, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the four-game season series and have won nine-straight regular season contests with St. John’s.

Sunday, Dec. 4 – PENGUINS at St. John’s
The Pens and IceCaps square off for the second-straight afternoon. Sunday will also be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s last regular season game at St. John’s, as the IceCaps are slated to relocate to Laval, Québec in 2017-18.


Ice Chips

– This is the third-consecutive season that Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton has reached the quarter mark of the season (19 games played) leading its division, and second-straight season that its finished the first quarter atop the Eastern Conference.

– The Penguins have allowed the fewest goals per game (1.95) of any team this year.

– Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .938 save percentage and 1.65 goals against average both rank second among all AHL goaltenders.

–  Tristan Jarry’s shutout on Saturday was the sixth of his career, moving him into sole possession of seventh place among  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time shutout leaders.

– Chad Ruhwedel is one point away from 100 in his AHL career.



TEAM                         GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS            19        13         4           2          0         28          .737

2. Lehigh Valley        18        12          5           1          0         25          .694

3. Hershey                 19        11          4            3          1          26         .684

4. Bridgeport             18        12          6           0         0         24         .667

5. Providence            19         7           6           3          3        20          .526

6. Springfield            18         7           7           2          2         18         .500

7. Hartford                 19         6         10          3          0         15         .395



SKATERS                     GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^           16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist          17         6          9         15

Carter Rowney             18         5          8        13

Tom Kostopoulos        19         6          6         12

Garrett Wilson             19         3          7         10


GOALIES                  GP      W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      6          5-0-1         1.65        0.938           0

Tristan Jarry              13          8-4-1         1.99        0.926            1

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh


DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Sat, Dec. 3        St. John’s            Mile One Centre              2:30 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 4       St. John’s            Mile One Centre              2:30 p.m.



Mon, Nov. 28   (D)   Derrick Pouliot      Recalled from condition. loan by PIT

Tue, Nov. 22     (D)   Derrick Pouliot                        Conditioning loan from PIT