PENGUINS LOSE REMATCH TO CRUNCH, 4-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back to make things interesting, but still lost, 4-3, to the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

For the second game in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-4-0-1) trailed Syracuse by two goals heading into the third period. Just like the night before, the Penguins were able to slash their opponent’s lead down to one, but never find an equalizer.

The Penguins wrap up the month of November with a 6-2-0-1 record, earning 13 points to maintain first place in the Atlantic Division.

Syracuse scored first when Daniel Walcott scored his first goal of the season less than two minutes into the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly fired back with two-straight tallies. Freddie Tiffels netted his first AHL goal at the 2:58 mark in the first period. Five minutes later, Teddy Blueger found the back of the net on a rebound of a shot from Ryan Haggerty shot, giving the Penguins a 2-1 lead.

The Crunch evened things up, 2-2, with a power play goal with 2:32 remaining in the first period courtesy of Carter Verhaeghe.

Syracuse broke things open in the middle frame, scoring their AHL-leading seventh shorthanded goal at 10:56 of the second period. Michaël Bournival’s second shorty in as many days against the Penguins put the Crunch back in the lead before a Matthew Peca breakaway made it 4-2 with 3:10 on the clock in the second period.

At the 12:45 mark of the third, Frank Corrado rifled a slap shot from the blue line past Connor Ingram, pulling the Penguins within striking distance.

With the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a series of good looks at Ingram, but all attempts were foiled and the Penguins lost to Syracuse for the second game in a row.

Casey DeSmith stopped 21 out of the 25 shots he faced and lost consecutive games for only the second time in his AHL career, falling to 9-2-1 this season. Ingram recorded 30 saves for his first victory since Oct. 21.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 1, when they welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m. and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays.  All tickets for Friday’s game against Milwaukee are $14 and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 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’ POINT STREAK ENDS IN LOSS AT SYRACUSE

 

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins nearly forged a late comeback against the Syracuse Crunch, but ultimately fell, 5-2, at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena on Friday night.

Colin Smith put forth a goal and an assist for the Penguins, but it wasn’t enough as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-3-0-1) saw its league-best point streak come to an end at 12 games.

Alexander Volkov scored less than two minutes into the game, granting the Crunch an early lead.

Three seconds ticked off the clock on the Crunch’s first power play of the game when Jamie McBain blasted a slap shot into the back of the Penguins’ net. Fifty-seven seconds later, another McBain shot led to a Syracuse goal with Kevin Lynch getting the redirect in front.

With two man advantage opportunities late in the opening frame, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hit the post three different times, but couldn’t get any pucks to cross the goal line. Therefore, Syracuse took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

Smith got the Penguins on the board with a power play goal midway through the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled within one when Smith set up Dominik Simon on a two-on-two rush at the 13-minute mark of the third frame.

Trailing by a goal late in the third period, Syracuse’s Ben Thomas was booked for a boarding penalty that earned him a game misconduct and afforded the Penguins a five minute major power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was unable to convert on the lengthy man advantage and saw Syracuse pot two empty netters in the final two minutes of play. Carter Verhaeghe and Michaël Bournival’s empty net goals brought the game to its final score of 5-2.

Casey DeSmith made 25 saves manning the pipes for the Penguins and was handed his first loss in regulation this season (9-1-1). Louis Domingue posted 23 stops for the win.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 25, the second half of a home-and-home set with Syracuse. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is 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.

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 SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN IN 6-1 DEFEAT OF CRUNCH

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins seized their second win of the 2017-18 season with a 6-1 victory against the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2-2-0-0) saw two rookies take the reins of its potent offense, Daniel Sprong and Gage Quinney, who had a goal and two assists each. Sprong extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, while Quinney impressed with his three-point output in what was his AHL debut.

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The Penguins got on the board just 34 seconds into the game with a rebound goal on the first shot of the night by Jean-Sébastien Dea.

Syracuse goaltender Connor Ingram held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in check for the rest of the opening frame, denying the Penguins on 11 of the 12 shots he faced in the first period. However, the floodgates opened on Ingram and the Crunch quickly in the second stanza.

Garret Wilson had a puck ricochet off of his boot and across the goal line 1:16 into the second period. Exactly three minutes later, Thomas Di Pauli tipped in a feed from Teddy Blueger and put the Penguins in a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Crunch answered during a five-on-three power play, when Cory Conacher’s shot deflected off of Wilson’s stick and snuck over the glove of Casey DeSmith.

After extended power play time on the other side of the ice, Christian Thomas scored his first goal as a Penguin and reestablished his team’s three-goal lead with 3:01 left in the second period.

Sprong made fans wait until the final period of regulation to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games, but he did just that midway through the third frame, making it 5-1. Sprong later set up Quinney for the 22-year-old’s first AHL goal with 5:18 left in the game.

DeSmith earned his second win on the season by saving 24 out of the 25 shots he faced, and he still has yet to be scored on at even strength so far this season. Ingram recorded 25 saves for the Crunch.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Oct. 20 against the Laval Rocket at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Rocket 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.

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.

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PENGUINS CRUISE TO 5-1 WIN AT SYRACUSE

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode an impressive offensive performance to a 5-1 win against the Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena on Friday night.

Hobey Baker finalist Zach Aston-Reese continued to impress early on in his pro career, as he notched a goal and an assist in his second pro game while the Penguins (44-18-3-0) kicked off their three-in-three weekend on a high note.

Thomas Di Pauli scored his second career goal to open the scoring, giving the Penguins an early 1-0 lead only 5:22 into the contest.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued to go to work as Kevin Porter and Aston-Reese set one another up for back-to-back goals one shift apart, making it 3-0. Syracuse goalie Kristers Gudļevskis saw his night end before the 15-minute mark and was replaced by Mike McKenna.

Syracuse eventually got on the board with a shorthanded tally by Michaël Bournival on a two-on-none rush with Cory Conacher with 3:44 remaining in the first.

The Penguins reestablished their three-goal edge 1:09 into the middle frame. A blue line blast from Barry Goers went past a screen and then McKenna, making it 4-1. Another early period goal at the start of the third period made it 5-1 when Dominik Simon tapped in his 13th goal of the year after a cross-crease pass from Ryan Haggerty.

In addition to a runaway victory for the road team, the game devolved into a penalty-filled contest by the end of regulation, too. The two clubs combined for 13 power plays and 40 total penalty minutes, but 32 of those PIMs came after the midway point of the game.

Tristan Jarry was spectacular once again in net for the Penguins as he made 27 saves on 28 shots for his 26th win on the year, tying him for the league lead. McKenna made 23 saves on 25 shots in his relief stint after Gudļevskis allowed three goals on seven shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 24, when it takes on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center. 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.

BLOW BY BLOW – THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASSACRE


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have played more than 1,400 regular season games as of March 17, 2017, and quite a few of those hold memorable moments for players and fans alike .But the one game that undoubtedly stands out among all of those in the crowd was played exactly 15 years ago today in Wilkes-Barre.

Last year we unearthed an old VHS tape of the “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” and converted it over to digital.  This is the cleanest copy of this game we can find, and although it doesn’t have an audio track, you’ll still get a good feel for what’s going on.

We’ve broken down all of the key moments of the 4-0 loss for you right here, to give you a glimpse of the most memorable game in team history.

It didn’t take long for the fists to start flying.

Syracuse’s Brad Wingfield, who had only recently joined the Crunch after posting 472 penalty minutes in just 49 games with the United Hockey League’s Elmira Jackals,   tangled with Darcy Verot in the slot.  Steve Parson’s didn’t take kindly to the Crunch tough guy picking on Verot, and stepped in.  Each was given a modest five minutes for this altercation:

The first period fireworks weren’t over though.  A Pens shot bounced off the back boards toward the front of the Syracuse net, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jason MacDonald made a beeline toward the puck, which was gobbled up by netminder J.F. Labbe.  MacDonald was pulled down by Alex Johnston, and the duo dropped the gloves (Johnson also received two minutes for holding).

There were some minor incidents late in the first (a Brendan Walsh slash offset by an Andrei Srybko rough), and Steve Parsons picked up 14 minutes in one swoop with high sticking, unsportsmanlike conduct and 10-minute misconduct infractions at 5:40.

Walsh and Duvie Westcott raised the temperature a bit further when they tangled in front of the Crunch net.

But the night didn’t get really interesting until the third period was seven minutes old.

Wingfield laid out an unsuspecting John Jakopin in the neutral zone with a strong shoulder, which led to the Pens defenseman chasing after Wingfield.

Jakopin wasted no time in challenging Wingfield off of the ensuing faceoff.   And then, well, all heck broke loose.

There was a lot happening there, so let’s recap:

1) Jakopin and Wingfield square off, with each throwing punches while the other was on his back.
2) MacDonald grabs Winfield and lands a few blows of his own, before Parsons arrives on the scene.  That earned Parsons a third man in penalty.
3) Not to be outdone, J. F. Labbe entered the fray from his crease, and was also assessed a third man in penalty.
4) Darcy Verot heads over to take on Labbe, but is pulled away by Brett Harkins.
5) Parsons then turns his attention to Adam Borzecki, who was tied up with Bert Robertsson on the near boards.
6) Parsons reemerges, trying to get to Wingfield, who is at the bottom of a scrum with MacDonald and Jamie Heward on top.
7) Things appear to settle down momentarily, until Parsons sees Wingfield on the far side of the ice.
8) Parsons undoes his fight strap to slip the linesman, then throws off his shoulder pads (and undershirt), leading to the topples tussle with Wingfield at the red line.

Meanwhile, MacDonald and David Ling had been trading blows back where the initial penalties occurred.  As Ling began to back out of the fight (featuring yet another shirtless combatant in MacDonald), Sryubko jumps from the Syracuse bench to challenge the wiped-out MacDonald.

The tally, player by player, for just the above carnage:

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (102 PIM)

John Jakopin – Fight (5 minutes)

Darcy Verot – Cross Checking (2 minutes)

Jason MacDonald – Fighting (5 minutes) / Game Misconduct (Secondary Altercation) / Fighting (5 minutes) / Game Misconduct (Secondary Altercation) / Game Misconduct (Aggressor) / Game Misconduct (Third Major In A Game)

Steve Parsons – Fighting (5 minutes) / Game Misconduct (Third Man In) / Game Misconduct (Aggressor) / Game Misconduct (Secondary Altercation) / Game Misconduct (Physical Abuse of Official)

SYRACUSE (80 PIM)

Brad Wingfield – Fighting (5 minutes) / Fighting (5 minutes) / Game Misconduct (Aggressor) / Game Misconduct (Secondary Altercation)

David Ling –  Fighting (5 minutes) / Game Misconduct (Secondary Altercation)

J. F. Labbe – Game Misconduct (Third Man In)

Andrei Sryubko – Game Misconduct (Leaving The Bench) / Fighting (5 minutes) / Game Misconduct (Secondary Altercation)

Parsons’ night came to an end with 64 PIMs next to his name, an American Hockey League record for penalty minutes in a game (two minors, two majors, 1 misconduct, 4 game misconducts).

Parsons probably could have had a few more minutes tagged on if the ref’s would have seen this:

While Parsons’ and MacDonald’s nights had come to early ends, Verot remained in the game.  But with less than five minutes left in the game, he found himself sent to the showers early as well for this fight with Jeremey Reich:

In addition to the fighting major, Verot was given a match penalty intent to injure.

The Penguins tallied 162 penalty minutes on the night (still a team record), while the Crunch piled up 124.  Subsequently, the AHL handed down suspensions for Parsons (12 games), MacDonald (six games), Verot (two games), Sryubko (six games) and Wingfield (two games).

BRETT STERN RELEASED FROM PTO

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have released defenseman Brett Stern from his professional tryout contract. He will report back to the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Stern made his AHL debut on Monday, Jan. 16 at Syracuse, and went on to appear in four games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton throughout the month of January. He recorded no points in those games and leaves with an even plus-minus rating.

The Lino Lakes, Minn. native returns to Wheeling having played 34 ECHL games this season, posting 19 points (6G-13A) and a plus-seven rating. The second-year pro put up seven points (2G-5A) in the six games with the Nailers prior to signing the PTO with the Penguins on Jan. 16.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday night, Feb. 3, when they welcome the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for their first game since the All-Star break.  It’s another Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers available for just $2 from 7-8:30pm, and postgame autographs from two Penguins players.

Individual game tickets for the game on Friday 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.

PENGUINS BEAT CRUNCH, 3-2, IN OVERTIME THRILLER

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – On Tuesday, David Warsofsky was named to his first All-Star Game. On Wednesday, Warsofsky further validated his selection by scoring with 1.2 seconds left in overtime as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Syracuse Crunch, 3-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (31-9-3-0) captured their fifth-straight win on home ice thanks to Warsofsky’s second OT game-winner of the season.

As time ticked away in the extra frame and the Crunch possessed the puck in the Penguins’ zone, Warsofsky stripped a Syracuse player of the rubber and rushed the length of the ice on a breakaway.  With one shot to give his club the win before things would be decided in a shootout, Warsofsky picked the top corner over the blocker of Kristers Gudļevskis and was mobbed in celebration by his teammates who spilled off of the bench and onto the ice

Syracuse struck first at 13:26 of the opening period when Joël Vermin roofed a shot bar-down above Tristan Jarry off a cross-crease feed from Cory Conacher.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened the score, 1-1, at 4:15 of the second period after Tom Kostopoulos swooped across the Syracuse crease, corralled a Teddy Blueger rebound and potted the tying goal. The marker was his 499th career point in the AHL.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead at 6:30 of the middle frame after Kevin Porter scored blocker-side on a breakaway thanks to a needle-threading stretch pass from Warsofsky.

Syracuse’s Adam Comrie made it 2-2 at 9:31 of the second stanza after knocking in a rebound that sprung free next to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net.

An up-and-down third period yielded no more scoring. The two division-leading squads remained in a stalemate and required sudden death, three-on-three OT to settle the contest. Warsofsky finished the job from there.

Jarry made 39 saves on 41 shots faced, earned his 18th win of the season, and moved into a tie for first place in wins among AHL goalies. He also surpassed his win total from his rookie season.

Kristers Gudļevskis made 26 saves on 29 shots for the Crunch.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 27, when they travel to upstate New York and face the Utica Comets for the first time this season. The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Feb. 3 for the first visit in 2016-17 by the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for Feb. 3’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.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON BEAT BY SYRACUSE, 4-1

 
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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ perfect record in the New Year came to an end on Monday afternoon as a result of a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena.

Despite outshooting the opposition 32-19, the Penguins (28-8-3-0) saw their win streak snapped at seven games. It was their second seven-game winning streak of the season.

Yanni Gourde opened the scoring after picking off a breakout attempt by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It was Syracuse’s first shot of game and made it 1-0 at 10:57 of the first period.

Daniel Walcott squeaked in a power play goal off a rebound at 14:54 of the first period making it 2-0 Crunch.

At the 6:42 mark of the second stanza, Syracuse extended their lead to 3-0 thanks to Slater Koekkoek’s first goal of the season.

Carter Rowney cleaned up the garbage beside the Crunch’s net and smacked in a rebound at 14:27 of the middle frame, cutting Syracuse’s lead to 3-1 and giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton life. The tally was Rowney’s third in three games since returning from injury on Friday night.

The Penguins proceeded to outshoot the Crunch 10-3 in the third period, desperate to find the goals necessary to keep their streak alive. However, their fate was sealed when Matthew Peca added an empty-net goal with 2:55 of the final period to make the score 4-1.

Tristan Jarry made 15 saves on 19 shots for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Syracuse’s Adam Wilcox made 31 saves on 32 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday night, Jan. 18, when they’ll battle the Hershey Bears at Giant Center at 7:00 p.m. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, once again against the Bears, and less than 900 tickets remain for that game.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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.

PENGUINS STAVE OFF CRUNCH FOR SEVENTH-STRAIGHT WIN

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tied their season-best winning streak by capturing their seventh win in a row as a result of a 3-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena.

The Penguins (28-7-3-0) went into the third period without any goals, but still emerged with the win thanks to contributions from their line of Carter Rowney, Dominik Simon and Jake Guentzel.

Syracuse defenseman Jake Dotchin jumped up from his usual position on the blue line and nabbed the game’s first goal at 15:34 of the opening frame.

The second period was a penalty-filled affair, with little time spent at five-on-five. The period began with two full minutes of four-on-four hockey, and the Penguins and Crunch followed that up by combining for 14 penalty minutes in the period.

However, with all the open ice and special team opportunities for both sides, the middle frame ended with no goals and the Crunch still clinging to their 1-0 lead.

Rowney tied it, 1-1, at 5:33 of the third period with his second goal in as many games since returning from injury. Three minutes later, the puck bounced around a web of legs in front of the Syracuse net and ended up sliding between the legs of goalie Kristers Gudļevskis. The goal was ultimately credited to Simon and put the Penguins on top, 2-1.

Another devolution saw Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse rack up 14 penalty minutes in a 24-second span. The sequence resulted in four players for both teams in their respective penalty boxes at the same time.

Despite all of the penalty time in the game, the Penguins and Crunch both went 0-for-6 on the man advantage in the game until Guentzel sealed the victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with an empty net, power play goal at 19:26 of the third.

Casey DeSmith posted 22 saves in net for the Penguins, while Gudļevskis stopped 20 of 22 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, when they face off once again with the Syracuse Crunch at 1:00 p.m. at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and their opponent will be the Hershey Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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.

WESTERN NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ seven-game road trip rolls into western New York this weekend, with the league leaders set to take on a pair of North Division foes three times in a four-day span.

The action gets underway Friday night, when the Penguins (26-7-3-0, 55 points, first in Atlantic Division) face off with the Rochester Americans (16-20-0-1, 33 points, sixth in North Division) at 7:05pm.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a 4-1 win over the Amerks back on December 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Lukas Bengtsson notched his first AHL goal in that contest and added an assist; Jake Guentzel and David Warsofsky both matched Bengtsson’s point output; and Casey DeSmith stopped 27 shots for the victory.

The Americans, 2-2-0-0 since the start of the new year, are led by left wing Cole Schneider, whose 36 points puts him third in the league behind the Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (39 points) and Chicago Wolves winger Kenny Agostino (50 points).  Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Cal O’Reilly (7+26=33), also ranks in the top-10 in league scoring with the Americans.

This is the final meeting between the two teams this regular season.

Following Friday night’s contest, the Penguins travel 90 minutes east to Syracuse, where they’ll face off with the Crunch (18-9-2-5, 43 points, first in North Division) in games on Saturday night and Monday afternoon.

The Crunch enter a Friday night contest with the Toronto Marlies riding a six-game point streak, but only two of those six contests have been wins (2-0-2-2 in that time).   Syracuse has a league-high five shootout losses this season.

Matt Taormina paces Syracuse with 33 points (10+23) in 29 games, and ranks tied for sixth in the league in points.  Adam Wilcox has 13 wins in 20 appearances for the Crunch, placing him in a tie for sixth place in the AHL as well.

The Penguins and Crunch have met twice already this season, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winning both contests on home ice.  Kevin Porter netted a pair of shorthanded goals in a 3-1 win  on October 22, then picked up two more goals in a 6-1 drubbing on October 30.  Porter claimed the game-winning goal in both contests.

After this set of games, the Pens and Crunch will meet two more times – January 25 in Wilkes-Barre and March 24 in Syracuse.

WBS BITS (all stats/streaks/standings are as of January 12, 2017) 

Tom Sestito has four goals in his past four appearances with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and has posted six points in that stretch of games dating back to January 6.

Derrick Pouliot has seven points (1+6) in his past five games after going without a point in his first nine games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

Jake Guentzel picked up his 20th goal in his 31st game of the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday night.

Tristan Jarry is tied for second in the league with 15 wins, one behind Lehigh Valley’s Alex Lyon.  Harry’s 2.09 goals against average is fifth overall, and his .923 save percentage is eighth.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 13, against the Rochester Americans. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and their opponent will be the Hershey Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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.