WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON FALLS AT HARTFORD, 7-3

 

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins suffered a 7-3 defeat at the hands of the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at XL Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-1-1) surrendered a bevy of goals in a short period of time early in the second period that put it in a hole that it was never able to escape. John Gilmour, Scott Kosmachuk and Peter Holland all recorded three-point games for Hartford.

The Wolf Pack opened the scoring at 6:52 of the first period. Defenseman Ryan Graves joined an odd-man rush headed towards the Penguins’ net and was fed a trailing feed from Cole Schneider before ripping it past Casey DeSmith.

Thomas Di Pauli raced up ice while the two teams were skating at four-on-four and slid a backhand shot under Marek Mazanec to tie the game, 1-1, with 6:31 left in the opening frame. However, Hartford’s Kosmachuk converted on the power play two minutes after the Di Pauli tally, putting the Wolf Pack back in the lead.

Hartford unloaded three goals before the second period was four minutes old to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Gilmour scored twice, 2:32 apart, effectively ending DeSmith’s night. He was replaced by Sean Maguire who allowed a rebound goal to Gabriel Fontaine 16 seconds into his relief appearance.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started to chip away at the mighty deficit midway through the middle frame when Teddy Blueger corralled a favorable bounce off the end boards, banked it off Mazanec’s back and across the goal line.

The Penguins has several strong scoring chances early in the third, but either hit the post or were denied by Mazanec. The Wolf Pack notched goals six and seven courtesy of Fontaine and Anthony DeAngelo at 7:21 and 8:09 of the third period, respectively.

Daniel Sprong posted his team-leading 15th goal of the season at 9:20 of the final frame of regulation, brining the game to its final score of 7-3.

DeSmith made seven saves on 11 shots before being replaced by Maguire, who denied the Wolf Pack 24 times on 27 shots faced. Mazanec made 31 saves in the win.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 16, as they stay in the confines of Connecticut to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/5/17

First-place Penguins prepare for another busy week

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-5-1-1) still holds the top spot in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Dec. 1 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Milwaukee 4 (OT)
In the Admirals’ first face-off with the Penguins since the 2004 Calder Cup Final, both teams put on a show with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulling out the win in overtime. Garrett Wilson scored his first career hat trick in the first period, but Milwaukee stormed back to force OT. J.S. Dea notched the game-winner, helping goalie Colin Stevens earn his first AHL win in his first AHL start.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Rochester 5
Teddy Blueger posted the first multi-goal game of his career, accounting for all of the Pens’ scoring in a loss on Teddy Bear Toss night. Goalie Anthony Peters made his Penguins debut.

Sunday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS 3 at Hershey 4 (OT)
Daniel Sprong and Gage Quinney set one another up for first period goals, but Hershey scored three-straight to take a 3-2 lead. Tom Sestito sent the game to overtime, but Chris Bourque put the Bears over the top with an OT power play goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton heads to PPL Center to face Lehigh Valley, which has dropped five of its last nine games. The Penguins are 14-4-1-1 all-time at PPL Center.

Friday, Dec. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
The Penguins look for revenge on the Checkers, who spoiled Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season opener on Oct. 7. Charlotte recently regained playoff positioning, and now sit in third place in the Atlantic.

Sunday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose to Hershey in regulation this season, going 2-0-1-1 in four contests against its bitter rival.

 

Ice Chips

– Dominik Simon’s six-game point streak (Nov. 12 – Dec. 1) tied a career high he set in March of last year.

– Friday and Saturday’s games marked the first time the Penguins scored shorthanded goals in back-to-back contests since Oct. 13 and Oct. 18, 2013.

– Saturday’s overtime goal pulled Jean-Sébastien Dea into a tie with Tomáš Surový and Scott Wilson for the second-most game-winning goals in franchise history (14).

– Christian Thomas played in his 300th AHL game on Sunday.

– Garrett Wilson achieved his 200th point as a pro with an assist on Sunday.

– Lukas Bengtsson is three points shy of his 100th point as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 20 13 5 1 1 28 .700
2. Lehigh Valley 21 13 6 2 0 28 .667
3. Providence 23 14 8 0 1 29 .630
4. Charlotte 23 13 7 1 2 29 .630
5. Bridgeport 22 12 8 1 1 26 .591
6. Hershey 24 11 10 0 3 25 .521
7. Hartford 24 8 12 3 1 20 .417
8. Springfield 25 9 15 1 0 19 .380

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 19 10 6 16
Dominik Simon 19 3 13 16
Kevin Czuczman 20 1 13 14
Ryan Haggerty 12 9 4 13
Jean-Sébastien Dea 20 6 7 13

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 12 9-2-1 2.29 .924 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Dec. 6     Lehigh Valley   PPL Center                                  7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 8        Charlotte          Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 10    Hershey            Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Dec. 5        (LW) Freddie Tiffels     Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Fri, Dec. 1          (G) Anthony Peters                                   Signed to PTO

Fri, Dec. 1          (LW) Freddie Tiffels         Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Fri, Dec. 1          (RW) Josh Archibald           Conditioning loan by PIT

PENGUINS LOSE TO AMERICANS, 5-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A physical matchup took place on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Rochester Americans. The Penguins fought hard, but ultimately fell, 5-2.

Teddy Blueger scored both of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s (13-5-0-1) goals in the contest, notching the first multi-goal game of his career.

After a scoreless opening frame, Blueger bravely stood in front of a wicked point shot from Andrey Pedan and tipped it past Linus Ullmark three and a half minutes into the second period. Blueger’s tally put the Penguins on the board and elicited the fans to hurl hundreds of stuffed animals onto the ice as part of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

After the mid-game stoppage for teddy bear clean-up, Rochester came out strong and rattled off four unanswered goals in the second stanza. Eric Cornel got the Americans on the board at 8:50 of the middle frame, followed by a goal by Garret Ross and two scores from Evan Rodrigues.

Facing a three-goal deficit, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cut into the lead at 14:29 of the third period courtesy of a shorthanded goal by Blueger. Ullmark misplayed the puck behind his cage, and Blueger swooped in on the loose change and tucked it around the post for his second tally of the night.

C.J. Smith iced the game for Rochester with an empty-netter with just 55.3 seconds left as the game reached its final score of 5-2.

Anthony Peters recorded 32 saves on the 36 shots he faced in his Penguins debut. Ullmark posted 22 stops for the Americans.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 3, when they travel to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 8 against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers’ visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for Dec. 8’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 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 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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 WEEKLY – 10/24/17

Penguins sweep weekend with two wins past regulation

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4-2-0-0) used overtime to beat Laval and a shootout to dispatch of Hartford

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 20 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Laval 5  OT
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton emerged victorious in its first-ever meeting with Laval in thrilling fashion. Daniel Sprong netted his first AHL hat trick, but it was the overtime goal by Teddy Blueger that sent the Penguins home with their third victory of the season. Tristan Jarry saved 28 out of 33 shots he faced to earn his first win of the season.

Saturday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hartford 2
The Penguins rallied back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime and won the best-of-three shootout on a lone goal by Jean Sébastien Dea. Gage Quinney extended his goal-streak to three games with a goal in the first period. Jarrett Burton’s first of the year tied the game on a bar-down slap shot. Casey DeSmith improved to 3-0-0 on the season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Oct. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will try to extend its winning streak to four games when it welcomes the Hershey Bears to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first of 12 meetings this season. The Bears are off to an uncharacteristically slow start to the season (1-4-0-1) and have given up the most goals per game in the AHL (4.50).

Saturday, Oct. 28 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport
Bridgeport finished 25-13-0-0 at home last season, and are looking to make it two-straight victories on home ice when it welcomes the Penguins for the first time this season. The Pens went 5-0-1-0 in their season series with the Sound Tigers last year, outscoring them 23-12. However, Bridgeport has added the scoring prowess of rookie Scott Eansor to its arsenal, who is tied with Daniel Sprong for the AHL lead in goals.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong’s five-game goal streak tied Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise record for goal streak to start a season, set by Tomáš Surový in 2003.

– Sprong leads the AHL in power play goals (5), is tied for the league lead in goals (7) and shots (29), and is tied for second in points (10).

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, seven of Sprong’s 12 AHL goals have come on the power play.

– Casey DeSmith still has not allowed a goal at even strength this season, a streak that has lasted 117:45.

– Tom Kostopoulos is three games away from his 700th AHL game.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 6 5 1 0 0 10 .883
2. Lehigh Valley 7 5 1 0 1 11 .786
3. Charlotte 7 5 2 0 0 10 .714
4. PENGUINS 6 4 2 0 0 8 .667
5. Hartford 7 3 3 0 1 7 .500
6. Bridgeport 6 2 4 0 0 4 .333
7. Hershey 6 1 4 0 1 3 .250
8. Springfield 7 1 6 0 0 2 .143

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 6 7 3 10
Gage Quinney* 3 3 2 5
Dominik Simon 6 1 4 5
Lukas Bengtsson* 6 0 5 5
Kevin Czuczman 6 0 5 5

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 3 3-0-0 0.98 .965 1
Tristan Jarry 3 1-2-0 3.96 .883 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                    OPPONENT     LOCATION                            TIME    

Fri, Oct. 27           Hershey            Mohegan Sun Arena             7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 28         Bridgeport        Webster Bank Arena             7:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Oct. 17         (D)     Chris Summers               Reassigned by PIT

Thu, Oct. 19        (D)     Zach Trotman                       Recalled by PIT

Mon, Oct. 23      (G)     Casey DeSmith                    Recalled by PIT

 

PENGUINS EMERGE VICTORIOUS FROM 6-5 OVERTIME THRILLER

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – When the dust settled at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came out on top of a back-and-forth, electrifying, adrenaline-pumping, 6-5 overtime game against the Laval Rocket on Friday night.

Daniel Sprong netted a hat trick and helped power the Penguins (3-2-0-0) past the Rocket, who were facing one another for the first time in franchise history.

Sprong wasted no time extending his goal-scoring streak to five games when he fired a wicked wrister into the top corner 5:48 into the game, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton an early 1-0 lead.

The Rocket answered three minutes later when Chris Terry scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season, and then Laval took a 2-1 lead at 12:03 of the opening frame after a blistering slap shot from Tom Parisi.

The Penguins and Rocket continued to trade goals throughout the remaining eight minutes of the first period with Sprong and Kostopoulos finding the back of the net for the home squad and David Broll tallying for Laval. The two clubs combined for six goals in the opening stanza, skating to a 3-3 tie at the conclusion of the first 20 minutes.

Éric Gélinas reestablished the Rocket’s lead during a power play at 5:15 of the middle frame, only to see Gage Quinney even things up again fourteen seconds later.

Laval was able to carry a one-goal advantage into the second intermission after Nikita Scherbak set up Michael McCarron with a pretty feed from the slot with only 1:40 left in the period.

The third frame didn’t see as much offense as the previous two, but the Penguins were able to capitalize on a five-on-three man advantage at 10:41, tying the score at five goals apiece. Naturally, Sprong was the scorer for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as he notched his league-leading fifth power play goal of the season to complete his first professional hat trick.

Teddy Blueger sent the crowd home happy with the overtime game-winning goal with 2:16 left in the extra period.

Tristan Jarry saved 28 out of 33 shots he faced to earn his first win of the season. Charlie Lindgren made 31 out of 37 saves for the Rocket.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21, against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack 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.

PENGUINS PROSPECTS HIT THE ICE IN BUFFALO THIS WEEKEND

Jeff Taylor will be among the players who suited up for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins participating in the 2017 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo

Daniel Sprong and Zach Aston-Reese headline the 24-man roster (full roster and player bios) that the Pittsburgh Penguins will send to participate in the 2017 Prospects Challenge held at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York from September 8-11.

This year, the Penguins will compete against rookies from the host Buffalo Sabres, the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins. This is Pittsburgh’s first year competing in Buffalo after several years participating in a rookie tournament in London, Ontario.

Pittsburgh will play in the opening game of the Prospects Challenge on Friday, September 8 at 3:30 PM. The Penguins will also play on Saturday, September 9 at 3:30 PM against New Jersey, before concluding with a night contest against the Sabres on Monday, September 11 at 7:00 PM.

All three games will be broadcast live on penguins.nhl.com with Josh Getzoff handling play-by-play duties. Michelle Crechiolo and the Pens’ social media team will be on hand to provide coverage all weekend.

Prior to departing for Buffalo, the Penguins prospects will practice on Thursday, September 7 at 10:30 AM at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pa. Players, coaches and members of the development staff will be available to the media immediately following practice.

During the Prospects Challenge, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Clark Donatelli will be behind the bench for the Penguins, alongside his assistants, J.D. Forrest and Tim Army.

Sprong, 20, who skated in 18 NHL regular-season games for the Penguins as an 18 year old in 2015-16, has been a member of Pittsburgh’s ‘Black Aces’ taxi squad during the back-to-back Stanley Cup runs. Back in 2015, Sprong used a strong rookie tournament in London, Ontario to eventually make the NHL roster out of training camp, before returning to his junior club in Charlottetown of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Last year, Sprong’s season was delayed by offseason shoulder surgery, but when he returned to the ice, he was one of the most dominant skaters in the QMJHL. In just 31 games with Charlottetown, he produced 32 goals and 59 points, including four hat tricks and a four-goal game.

Aston-Reese, 23, joined the Pittsburgh organization as an undrafted free agent from Northeastern after leading the NCAA in goals (31) and points (63) in 2016-17. In a brief late-season cameo with WBS, Aston-Reese scored three goals and eight points in 10 games.

Here are some tidbits on the remainder of Pittsburgh’s Prospects Challenge roster:

*Five more players in addition to Sprong and Aston-Reese – defensemen Lukas Bengtsson, Ethan Prow and Jeff Taylor; and forwards Teddy Blueger and Thomas Di Pauli – are prospects signed to NHL contracts that have also logged action with WBS.

*Rookie free agent forward Adam Johnson, who inked an entry-level deal with Pittsburgh following a strong showing at the team’s annual prospect development camp in July, will compete in his first game action in a Penguins jersey. Johnson was second on Minnesota-Duluth in goals (18) and points (37) as a sophomore last year.

*Three members of the Penguins’ 2017 draft class will suit up, including top pick Zachary Lauzon. The 18-year-old defenseman was chosen by the Penguins in the second round (51st overall). He will be joined by forward Jan Drozg, a fifth-round (152nd overall) pick, and fellow blueliner Antti Palojarvi, who was selected in the sixth round (186th overall).

*Freddie Tiffels, a 22-year-old 2015 sixth-round (167thoverall) draft pick, will be joining Johnson in seeing his first game action with Pittsburgh following a three-year collegiate career at Western Michigan.

*Of the 24 players attending the Prospects Challenge, 17 attended Pittsburgh’s prospect development camp in July.

Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2017 Prospects Challenge Schedule

Thursday, September 7

10:30 AM – Practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

Friday, September 8

9:00 AM – Morning Skate (KeyBank Rink)

3:30 PM – Game vs. Boston (Kaybank Rink)

Saturday, September 9

9:00 AM – Morning Skate (New Wave Energy Rink)

3:30 PM – Game vs. New Jersey (KeyBank Rink)

Monday, September 11

11:00 AM – Morning Skate (New Wave Energy Rink)

7:00 PM – Game vs. Buffalo (KeyBank Rink)

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BLUEGER JOINS TEAM LATVIA AFTER EXPECTATION-SHATTERING SEASON


Teddy Blueger joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins late last season after his college career came to a close. In the 20 games he played, he acclimated himself more than adequately with his responsible two-way game, but posted just one point in that time.

When he returned from a training camp injury to start his first full professional season, more of the same was expected from Blueger: stout defensive play, reliable penalty killing, modest offensive output.

He lived up to the first two of those expectations.

He absolutely crushed the third one.

Blueger concluded the 2016-17 season with 31 points (7G-24A) and added another tally in the playoffs.

“I was hoping to be a little more productive than last year,” Blueger said. “I don’t really think numbers always tell the whole story, so I don’t base my game on that. But it was nice to be able to contribute that way.”

His increased offense surely kept the higher-ups in the Penguins organization smiling, but it clearly turned heads back in his home country, too.

Not long after Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season came to a close, the Latvian national team came calling. Blueger will spend the first few weeks of his offseason representing his home country at the IIHF World Championships.

He’s worn sweaters adorning the Latvian coat of arms multiple times before at lower level events, but this is the first time the honor comes on such a large stage.

Blueger (who will be playing under his given name, Teodors Bļugers,) hopes to use the forward steps he took this season in the AHL and apply them to his upcoming international hockey experience.

“I learned a lot this year,” Blueger said. “I enjoyed being given the chance to play in all situations. Even strength, P.K., power play, all that stuff. It was a great experience for me.”

Blueger’s bench boss with the Penguins, Clark Donatelli, reinforced those beliefs that the rookie centerman made the most of any new opportunities presented to him.

“I think he exceeded all expectations, of all of us, in terms of how he was going to do,” Donatelli said. “Teddy put the work in and got the results. Then the more we gave him, the more he took. When he was handed more responsibilities, he ate it up. He had a great year.”

Latvia’s tournament begins on Saturday, May 6 when it takes on Denmark in its first game of the preliminary round. Blueger and his fellow countrymen will face even tougher competition after that, being as Latvia occupies the same group as hockey powerhouses Sweden, Russia and the United States. Blueger’s first country will take on his adopted home on Saturday, May 13.

Regardless of how far the 12th-seeded Latvia goes in the tournament, Blueger won’t be off the ice for long afterwards. Always one of the last players to leave practice during the season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Latvian rink rat wants to focus on refining his skills even more before next year.

“The biggest thing for me is my speed and explosiveness,” Blueger said. “If I could get a little bit quicker, I think that would go a long way for me in today’s game.”


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PENGUINS FALL IN GAME FOUR TO BRUINS, 4-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Providence Bruins defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-2, in Game Four of the Atlantic Division Semifinal on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.  The win allowed the Bruins to remain alive in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, and forced a decisive Game Five on Sunday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.

The Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead that the Penguins eventually cut in half with a third period surge, but the comeback bid by the home team fell short against a Providence squad that was facing elimination.

Wayne Simpson buried his first goal of the playoffs just 1:15 into the game, and Colton Hargrove extended the lead eight minutes later with a power play goal.

Providence tacked on another goal with just 44.4 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Jake DeBrusk uncorked a short-side snipe on a three-on-one rush after taking a feed from Austin Czarnik.

DeBrusk added his second of the game by tipping in a slap shot from Bruins captain Tommy Cross at 14:09 of the second period.

The Penguins got on the board as Dominik Simon picked the pocket of Bruins defenseman Alex Grant and then flipped the puck over to Teddy Blueger, who wired a one-timer to the top corner with under three minutes left before the second intermission.

Simon earned another assist by helping to set up an Ethan Prow goal, making it 4-2 at 9:10 of the third period.

Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith posted 38 saves on the night, including a whopping 20 stops in the second period. Those 20 saves tied Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise playoff record for saves in one period, set five years ago by Brad Thiessen against the St. John’s IceCaps.

Zane McIntyre halted 27 shots for his second win of this postseason.

The final game in the best-of-five series is Sunday, Apr. 30, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for Game Five of the Atlantic Division Semifinal is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for Sunday afternoon’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

Penguins postseason ticket packages, which include tickets to every home contest during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are on sale now.  With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every home game in the playoffs, as well as their same seat guaranteed. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every home game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (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.