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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/10/17

 

Penguins win four-straight to stay perfect in the New Year

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-7-3-0) embarks on season-long seven-game road stretch

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 1

Tom Sestito recorded three points (2G, 1A) and a Gordie Howe hat trick in the Penguins’ first game of the three-in-three weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 7 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Binghamton 4

The Force was strong with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as Danny Kristo’s two goals propelled the Penguins to a nail-biting victory over the Sens on Star Wars Night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Sunday, Jan. 8 – PENGUINS 6 at Hershey 5 (OT)

David Warsofsky’s overtime goal gave the Pens their fourth-straight victory and the weekend sweep of Hershey. The two teams combined for a whopping six goals in the third period.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 11 – PENGUINS at Toronto

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to even the season series against the Marlies after a 3-0 shutout loss on Nov. 11, the only time the two teams met this season.

Friday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS at Rochester

The Penguins defeated Rochester, 4-1, in the teams’ only meeting of the season on Dec. 16. The Amerks are an even   4-4-0-0 in their last eight games.

Saturday, Jan. 14 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to take a bigger bite out of the season series against the Crunch with. The Pens already won their first two meetings against Syracuse.

Monday, Jan. 16 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

The Penguins and Crunch meet again at the War Memorial for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinée, 1:00 p.m. puck drop.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are undefeated so far in 2017 (4-0-0).

– David Warsofsky was named CMM/AHL Player of the Week after seven points (2G-5A) and a plus-7 rating in four games.

– Warsofsky is the third defenseman in Penguins history to be named Player of the Week (Philip Samuelsson, John Slaney).

– Tom Sestito’s three-point night (2G-1A) on Friday was his first since Oct. 11, 2008 when he was with the Syracuse Crunch.

– Sestito eclipsed 1,000 career penalty minutes in the AHL on Jan. 6 vs. Hershey.

– Oskar Sundqvist played in his 200th professional game on Friday, Jan. 6 vs. Hershey.

– Dominik Simon reached the 100 AHL games milestone on Jan. 8 at Hershey.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 35 25 7 3 0 53 .757
2. Lehigh Valley 34 23 9 2 0 48 .706
3. Providence 36 21 8 4 3 49 .681
4. Hershey 35 18 8 7 2 45 .643
5. Bridgeport 33 18 14 0 1 37 .561
6. Springfield 33 14 13 4 2 34 .515
7. Hartford 36 12 20 3 1 28 .389

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel* 30 19 19 38
Oskar Sundqvist 33 14 18 32
David Warsofsky 24 7 21 28
Tom Kostopoulos 35 11 13 24
Garrett Wilson 35 9 14 23

 

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Tristan Jarry              20       14-5-1         2.14         0.921            1

Casey DeSmith*      14       10-2-2       2.46        0.907          0

* = rookie

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 11      Toronto               Ricoh Coliseum                 7:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 13         Rochester           Blue Cross Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 14        Syracuse            War Memorial Arena      7:00 p.m.

Mon, Jan. 16     Syracuse             War Memorial Arena        1:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Jan. 6       (G)     Tristan Jarry               Recalled from loan by PIT

Fri, Jan. 6       (D)     Chad Ruhwedel       Recalled from loan by PIT

Fri, Jan. 6       (RW) Reid Gardiner                      Released from SPC

Mon, Jan. 9    (C)     Jarrett Burton             Reassigned to Wheeling

PREVIEW: Sound Tigers vs Penguins – November 18, 2016

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night, November 18. This is the second meeting between the club’s this season, after the Penguins picked up a 7-1 win in Connecticut on November 5. The two clubs will square off in a home-and-home series to close out November, facing off in Bridgeport on Friday, November 25, and returning to northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 26.

DATE:  Friday, November 18, 2016
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
GIVEAWAY:  December Schedule Magnet Featuring Jake Guentzel
POSTGAME AUTOGRAPHS:  Tristan Jarry and Reid Gardiner (approximately 15 minutes after the game ends)

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD 8-4-0-0 (16 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Bracken Kearns & Michael Dal Colle 7
ASSISTS  Bracken Keanrs 7
POINTS  Bracken Kearns 12
PIM  Kyle Burroughs 34
WINS  Christopher Gibson 6
GAA  Christopher Gibson 2.52

WHO’S HOT:  Goaltender Christopher Gibson is a perfect 6-0-0 in seven games played this season. After winning his first six contests to start the season, Gibson made a relief appearance against the Penguins on November 5, allowing two goals in the final period of a 7-1 loss. He missed last weekend’s action due to injury, but could make an appearance this weekend as the Sound Tigers play a three-in-three starting Friday night.

NEWS AND NOTES:The Sound Tigers are perfect when a game goes past regulation, winning once in overtime this season (Nov. 4, 5-4 at Hartford) before winning back-to-back road shootouts this past weekend against Syracuse (3-2) and Hershey (4-3)…The Sound Tigers have the best road record in the league at 5-1-0-0 (10 pts, .833 win percentage)

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  10-3-1-0 (21 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Jake Guentzel  6
ASSISTS  Jake Guentzel & Carter Rowney  7
POINTS  Jake Guentzel  13
PIM  Patrick McGrath  37
WINS  Tristan Jarry  6
GAA  Casey DeSmith  1.00

WHO’S HOT:  Oskar Sundqvist has four points (1+3) in his past three games, and has points in seven of the past eight Penguins contests (4+5=9). His five goals through 14 games this season already equals his total in 41 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Thomas DiPauli recorded his first professional goal in the Penguins 4-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night…The Penguins are undefeated (3-0) in games following a loss this season…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed a league-low 24 goals through 14 games this season…Casey DeSmith continues to lead the AHL in goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (.963)…Tristan Jarry is fifth in the league with a 1.88 goals against average, and sixth with a .932 save percentage…Jake Guentzel is tied for first among rookies with six goals and second with 13 points…The Penguins continue to lead the league with a 91.1% penalty kill rate (5 goals in 56 times shorthanded)

Individual game tickets for Friday 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.

PORTER SCORES TWICE AGAIN AS PENGUINS DEFEAT CRUNCH, 6-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter continued his strong play against Syracuse, posting his second two-goal performance in as many games against the Crunch, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins skated to a 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The win upped the Pens record to 5-1-1-0 (11 points, first in the Atlantic Division) on the season, while the Crunch fell to 4-3-0-0 (8 points, third in the North Division).

Porter, who also scored twice in the Penguins last meeting with Syracuse on Oct. 22, helped the Penguins build a sizable first period lead with two more tallies, bringing his season total to a team-leading four goals.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got on the board first, thanks to Carter Rowney’s tip-in goal at 3:52 of the first period. Porter then put the Penguins up 2-0, and later 3-0, by scoring his third and fourth goals of the season at 14:51 and 18:37 of the opening frame, respectively.

With a chance to chip away at the Penguins’ lead late on their first power play of the game in the final minute of the first period, Casey DeSmith denied Syracuse on a redirect attempt in the slot, maintaining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s three-goal advantage heading into intermission.

Tom Kostopoulos potted his first goal of the season at 13:54 of the second period, bringing the score to 4-0, before Mike Halmo snapped DeSmith’s shutout bid at 4:56 of the third when he found loose change at the right of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net.

Later, Patrick McGrath took advantage of a turnover right at the Crunch blue line and rifled a wrist shot a Kristers Gudļevskis. The Crunch goaltender couldn’t hang on to the high-velocity shot, and Jean-Sébastien Dea smacked the rebound out of mid-air to build the Penguins’ lead back up to 5-1.

Oskar Sundqvist added an insurance marker with the Penguins’ second man advantage goal of the game, bringing the contest to its final score of 6-1.

DeSmith finished the afternoon having made 22 saves on 23 shots faced, while Gudļevskis stopped 23 of the 29 pucks thrown his way.

McGrath, Barry Goers and Ethan Prow all recorded their first points of the season with assists scattered throughout the contest.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Nov. 4 against the Binghamton Senators at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Pens and Sens 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.

SPOOKTACULAR SUNDAY FUN WITH THE PENS

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It’s an afternoon full of family fun with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this Sunday.

Join us on October 30th when the Penguins host the Syracuse Crunch at 3:05pm.  It’s our first KIDS FREE SUNDAY of the season, and fans ages 14 and under can get into the game for FREE with a paid adult ticket.

Get in the Halloween spirit by wearing your costume to the game, then stick around afterward for a free postgame skate.

Tickets for this spooktacular event are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 570-208-7367.

KEVIN PORTER LEADS PENGUINS PAST CRUNCH, 3-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Porter factored in on all-three of the Penguins’ goals, and had the unique distinction of scoring two shorthanded goals in the same game, the first time that’s happened for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Dec. 23, 2006.

It took until 8:11 of the second period for the game’s first goal to be scored, when Porter was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway and picked the corner over the glove of Syracuse goalie Adam Wilcox.

One minute and 19 seconds later, on a different penalty kill, Porter gave everyone at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza a case of déjà vu by scoring a nearly identical shorthanded goal, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

On the same man advantage that Porter scored his second shorty, Cory Conacher notched a power play goal for Syracuse, cutting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead in half, 2-1. Conacher’s tally was the first power play goal the Penguins allowed all season.

Dominik Simon added an insurance marker for the Penguins 15:45 of the third period, making it 3-1 in favor of the home team. Porter recorded an assist on Simon’s goal, as did Reid Gardiner for his first professional point.

Casey DeSmith stopped 26 shots, earning the win in his season debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Wilcox made 28 saves at the opposing net.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is its first road game of 2016-17 and takes place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 23, against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. The Penguins’ next home game is Wednesday, Oct. 26 against the Albany Devils.

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.