PENGUINS DEFEAT GRIFFINS, 4-2

Josh Jooris (#37) made his Penguins debut on Friday night.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made their first visit to Van Andel Arena in almost a decade and left with a 4-2 victory in tow, beating the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night.

It took Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-16-4-1) until 7:58 of the third period to grab its first lead of the game, but it managed to hold the defending Calder Cup Champions to just 19 shots throughout the course of the contest.

The Griffins wasted little time getting on the scoresheet, as Matt Puempel lit the lamp 1:43 into the game. Ben Street wheeled below the Penguins’ goal line then slid a pass to the front of the net that Tangradi tipped to a wide-open Puempel.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton used an early second period goal to even the score, 1-1. Adam Johnson raced down the ice on a four-on-two odd-man rush for the Penguins, but instead of passing, he skated behind the Griffins net and then fired a shot through Tom McCollum once he emerged on the other side of the cage. Johnson’s tally at 2:04 of the middle frame marked his eighth goal of the season and fourth goal in his last four games.

Grand Rapids pulled back on top, 2-1, midway through the second period when Tangradi tipped in a Puempel shot during their third power play of the game.

The Penguins knotted the score once again with a man advantage marker of their own. Kevin Czuczman’s bid from the left-side face-off dot was redirected by Garrett Wilson at 3:22 of the third period.

Teddy Blueger gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its first lead of the contest by hopping on a turnover right at the front of Grand Rapids’ net and depositing it behind McCollum at 7:58 of the final frame of regulation.

The Griffins pressured the Penguins greatly with the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton staved off a tying tally and sealed the victory with an empty net goal from Wilson.

Anthony Peters recorded 17 saves in the win, while McCollum posted 25 stops for the Griffins.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 3, when they continue their swing through the Midwest and face the Rockford IceHogs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night 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.

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PITTSBURGH RETURNS BLUEGER TO WBS

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Teddy Blueger to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Blueger, 23, spent the past week-plus with the Penguins, but did not see any game action during his first career NHL stint. At the AHL level this year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he ranks fifth on the team with 26 points (12G-14A) and he owns a plus-10 in 45 games.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are back in action this Friday night when they welcome the Rockford Ice Hogs to NEPA for the first ever meeting between the clubs.  Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.

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BLUEGER GETS NHL RECALL

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Teddy Blueger from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl have been placed on IR.

The 23-year-old Blueger will look to make his NHL debut as the Penguins leave for their ninth annual Dads’ Trip to face Dallas and St. Louis.

The 6-foot, 195-pound center has accumulated 26 points (12G-14A) and a plus-10 in 45 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. His 12 goals ranked third on the team and his 26 points were fifth.

A native of Riga, Latvia, Blueger has seven points (3G-4A) in his last 14 games. Blueger had points in seven of those 14 contests.

Blueger was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. This is Blueger’s second full season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Last year he finished third on the team with a plus-24 and tied for ninth on the team with 31 points.

Blueger has 19 goals, 38 assists, 57 points and a plus-32 in 109 career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday night against the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, when they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/30/18

Penguins take on rivals Bears, Phantoms after All-Star Break

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (26-12-3-1) still holds first place in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 24 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 0
Anthony Peters recorded the first shutout of his AHL career as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 5-0-1-1 against their I-81 rival this season. Zach Aston-Reese started the scoring at 3:40 of the first period, and it eventually stood as the game-winner as the Penguins defense allowed a season-low 18 shots on goal.

Friday, Jan. 26 – PENGUINS 2 at Lehigh Valley 5
All-Star Daniel Sprong kicked things off on the right foot, scoring 54 seconds into the game. However, after Aston-Reese’s second tally of the week sparked a first period goaltending change, the Phantoms rattled off four unanswered tallies.

Saturday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 3 (OT)
The Penguins entered the All-Star Break on a high note thanks to Teddy Blueger’s continued overtime heroics. Blueger, who leads the AHL with three overtime game-winning goals, switched roles and set up Aston-Reese for the deciding goal in OT. Tristan Jarry played in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Oct. 28.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 2 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton welcomes Hershey to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time since Nov. 5. The Penguins have not suffered a regulation loss to the Bears this season. The Bears’ Chris Bourque is currently in a four-way tie for the league lead in points (43).

Saturday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins get a chance to avenge their loss to the Phantoms from a week prior and that opportunity will come on home ice. In Lehigh Valley’s five previous visits to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has failed to score four or more goals only once.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong participated in the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday. Sprong recorded two assists in the Atlantic Division’s three games.

– Zach Aston-Reese has goals in three-straight games and has 19 points (7G-12A) in his last 19 games.

– Ryan Haggerty posted 13 points (5G-8A) in 11 games during the month of January.

– Tom Kostopoulos’ next game will be his 700th in the AHL.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has a 1.69 goals against average and .935 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 42 26 12 3 1 56 .667
2. Lehigh Valley 45 26 13 3 3 58 .644
3. Providence 44 25 15 3 1 54 .614
4. Charlotte 44 24 18 0 2 50 .568
5. Bridgeport 44 22 16 4 2 50 .568
6. Hartford 46 20 20 3 3 46 .500
7. Springfield 47 21 24 1 1 44 .468
8. Hershey 45 17 21 3 4 41 .456

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 32 19 13 32
Ryan Haggerty 32 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese* 40 9 19 28
Teddy Blueger 42 12 13 25
Jean-Sébastien Dea^ 37 10 14 24

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Anthony Peters 13 7-4-2 2.33 .916 1
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Feb. 2        Hershey           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 3        Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Jan. 23   (D) Jeff Taylor                Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Mon, Jan. 24   (G) Tristan Jarry                           Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 25   (G) Charles Williams                 Released from PTO

Mon, Jan. 25   (LW) Freddie Tiffels     Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Mon, Jan. 26   (C) Jean-Sébastien Dea                   Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS’ PEDAN SCORES HAT TRICK IN 4-3 WIN OVER ROCKET

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LAVAL, Qué. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins established a new season high with their seventh win in a row during a contest in which the team saw one of its players post his first career hat trick for the second consecutive night. Defenseman Andrey Pedan’s three goals fueled the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Laval Rocket on Saturday at Place Bell.

Pedan became just the second defenseman in team history to record a hat trick while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 23-10-2-1 on the season, first in the Atlantic Division.

Laval got off to a hot start with Éric Gélinas scoring 32 seconds into the game. However, Pedan’s first goal of the evening evened the score 3:07 when the Russian blueliner rushed the puck through the neutral zone, threw a shot on goal from just below the blue line that deflected off goaltender Michael McNiven’s glove  and across the goal line.

The physical play ratcheted up through the rest of the first period, but neither team managed another goal before the first intermission.

The Rocket reestablished the lead with another early period goal when Adam Cracknell tipped in a shot from the point, only to see the Penguins’ Teddy Blueger answer back 23 seconds later.

Pedan got his second goal of the night on the power play at 5:49 of the second period, putting the Penguins on top, 3-2.

Laval earned its own man advantage marker with Cracknell’s second tally, gathering a rebound right on the doorstep midway through the middle frame.

Pedan nabbed his first career hat trick with a déjà vu set up on the power play, identical to the goal he scored at 5:49 of the second stanza. Once again, Pedan unloaded a shot from the top of the left circle and blistered it past McNiven with four minutes left in the middle frame.

Despite the best efforts of McNiven to keep his team within striking distance, making 11 saves on the Penguins in the third period alone, Pedan’s hat trick-completing tally stood as the game-winner and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton walked away triumphant, 4-3.

Pedan’s hat trick followed an outing in which Ryan Haggerty scored his first professional hat trick on Friday at Belleville.

Anthony Peters landed his fifth-straight win by making 23 saves. McNiven was dealt the loss even though he turned away 37 of 41 Penguins shots.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms 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.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/9/18

Penguins take five-game win streak north of the border

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (21-10-2-1) to visit Belleville, Laval for the first and only time this season

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bridgeport 2 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie the game with 23.5 seconds left in regulation and then win just 26 seconds into overtime. Ryan Haggerty and Greg McKegg tallied to even the score, and then Teddy Blueger’s third overtime game-winning goal this season sent the crowd home happy.

Friday, Jan. 5 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 2
A three-goal third period assisted the Penguins in beating the Thunderbirds for the second time this season. McKegg and Haggerty scored for the second game in a row. Haggerty’s 13th goal of the year turned out to be his third game-winner this season.

Saturday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Belleville 0
The Penguins wrapped up their homestand with authority, shutting out the Senators in Belleville’s first ever visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Christian Thomas led the way for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with two goals and an assist, while Casey DeSmith recorded his second clean sheet of the season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 12 – PENGUINS at Belleville
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to repeat its last game’s result as they tangle with Belleville again. The Senators, the sixth-place team in the North Division, were outscored 12-1 last weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS at Laval
The Penguins take on the Rocket for the second time this season. Their first meeting was a high flying thriller, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton emerging victorious in overtime, 6-5. Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. puck drop will be a showdown between the Penguins’ third ranked offense (3.59 goals per game) and the Rocket’s 28th ranked defense (3.47 goals against per game).

 

Ice Chips

– Penguins Daniel Sprong and Casey DeSmith were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star team for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, New York on Thursday, Jan. 4.

– DeSmith’s inclusion on the Atlantic’s All-Star squad marks the fourth year in a row that a Penguins’ goalie has been named to the AHL All-Star Classic (Jeff Zatkoff, 2015; Matt Murray, 2016;  Tristan Jarry, 2017).

– Garrett Wilson is on a four-game point streak and has six points (1G-5A) since the holiday break. Points in four-straight games ties an AHL career high for Wilson.

– Teddy Blueger leads the AHL in overtime goals (3).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 35 22 10 3 0 47 .671
2. PENGUINS 34 21 10 2 1 45 .662
3. Lehigh Valley 37 21 11 2 3 47 .635
4. Charlotte 36 21 14 0 1 43 .597
5. Bridgeport 34 16 13 4 1 37 .544
6. Hershey 37 17 16 1 3 38 .514
7. Hartford 37 14 17 3 3 34 .459
8. Springfield 37 14 21 1 1 30 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Jean-Sébastien Dea 34 8 14 22
Ryan Haggerty 24 13 8 21
Teddy Blueger 34 10 11 21
Zach Aston-Reese 32 5 14 19
Kevin Czuczman 30 1 18 19

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 17 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 6 3-2-0 2.94 .902 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Jan. 12          Belleville           Yardmen Arena                  7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 13        Laval                  Place Bell                             4:00 p.m.

Wed, Jan. 17      Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 9         (RW) Reid Gardiner               Reassigned to WHL

Sun, Jan. 7         (D) Frank Corrado                     Reassigned by PIT

Fri, Jan. 5           (G) Sébastien Caron               Released from PTO

Wed, Jan. 3       (G) Sébastien Caron                        Signed to PTO

PENGUINS ROAR BACK AGAINST SOUND TIGERS, WIN 3-2


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in overtime, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (19-10-2-1) tallied three unanswered goals to post its third win in a row. Teddy Blueger continued his hot streak from December into the New Year by netting the overtime game-winner.

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Bridgeport struck first while on the power play just 3:41 into the opening frame. The Sound Tigers set up Travis St. Denis for a one-timer that blasted past Penguins goalie Anthony Peters. The Sound Tigers took a 2-0 lead off of a rebound that bounced right to the stick of Michael Dal Colle, who put it into an open net 3:45 after St. Denis’ opening tally.

The Penguins thought they had earned their first goal of the game when Thomas Di Pauli beat

Christopher Gibson through the five-hole with 13:11 left in regulation, but the referee waived it off immediately due to a Penguins player being in the goal crease. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did cash in 1:29 later as Zach Aston-Reese scored off of a face-off win by Jean-Sébastien Dea, pulling the Penguins back within one.

The Penguins pulled Peters for an extra attacker while on late-game power play, giving them a six-on-four advantage with 1:20 left in regulation. A series of passes set up the tying goal from Greg McKegg at 19:36 of the third period. McKegg’s equalizer not only forced overtime, but also ended Bridgeport’s streak of 33 straight penalty kills without surrendering a goal.

Just as overtime got started, Blueger broke in one-on-one against the Sound Tigers’ Josh Ho-Sang, juked to his right and thrust a backhander past Gibson. Blueger’s third overtime game-winner of the season came just 26 seconds into the extra frame.

Peters stopped 28 of the 30 shots Bridgeport threw his way, while Gibson made 22 saves before the decisive overtime winner.

The Penguins’ next game will be on Friday, Jan. 5 against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop between the Penguins and Thunderbirds 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.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/26/17

Penguins come out of holiday break with rematch against Phantoms

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (16-9-2-1) to play three games in next four days

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Dec. 22 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 3 (OT)
Teddy Blueger and Jarrett Burton delivered big time performances to defeat Binghamton in the Devils’ first regular season visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Burton registered the first multi-goal game of his AHL career to force overtime, and Blueger’s second goal of the night was the OT game-winner.

Saturday, Dec. 23 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton put forth over 40 shots on goal for the third time this season, but were handed a loss nonetheless by Lehigh Valley. Blueger scored his third goal of the weekend, while Ryan Haggerty recorded his season series-leading fifth goal this year against the Phantoms.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins get a second crack at the Phantoms four days after the loss that seven the season series at three wins apiece. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jean-Sébastien Dea and Lehigh Valley’s Chris Conner both top the season series with seven points through six games.

Friday, Dec. 29 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins had a 10-game winning streak against the Wolf Pack end earlier this month. They’ll look to start another one against a Hartford team that has thrust itself into the playoff conversation by going 6-1-2-2 in December.

Saturday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Clark Donatelli and his Penguins close out 2017 with a trip to Hershey, where his team is 8-2-1-1 in its last 12 visits to Giant Center. Daniel Sprong has scored a goal in every one of his games at Giant Center this season. Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose in regulation to Hershey this season (3-0-1-1).

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the AHL rookie lead in goals (15) and power play goals (7).

– With his two tallies on Friday, Teddy Blueger eclipsed his career-best for goals in a season (8) in exactly half the games played (27).

– Blueger had five points (4G-1A) in his last four games.

– Seventy-five percent of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s goals scored this season have come at even strength, the second highest in the AHL.

– Garrett Wilson is one game away from his 300th AHL game.

– Colin Smith is two games away from his 300th AHL game.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 29 19 8 2 0 40 .690
2. Charlotte 31 20 10 0 1 41 .661
3. Lehigh Valley 32 19 9 2 2 42 .656
4. PENGUINS 28 16 9 2 1 35 .625
5. Bridgeport 29 14 12 2 1 31 .534
6. Hartford 32 13 13 3 3 32 .500
7. Hershey 32 14 15 0 3 31 .484
8. Springfield 33 13 18 1 1 28 .424

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 27 15 7 22
Ryan Haggerty 18 11 6 17
Teddy Blueger 28 9 7 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 28 6 10 16
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Kevin Czuczman 24 1 15 16

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 15 10-3-2 2.60 .914 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Dec. 27   Lehigh Valley   Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 29       Hartford            Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 30     Hershey            Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 27, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come back from the holiday break to finish out a two-game set against the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (16-9-2-1, 35 pts, .625%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (19-9-2-2, 42 pts, .656%) rank one slot ahead of the Penguins in third place.

Wednesday’s game is the seventh of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13 WBS Lehigh Valley   5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14 Lehigh Valley WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3 Lehigh Valley WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22 WBS Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6 Lehigh Valley WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23 WBS Lehigh Valley   3-2 Loss
Wednesday, December 27 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Wednesday, January 17 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm
Friday, January 26 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Saturday, February 3 WBS Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
Sunday, February 18 Lehigh Valley WBS  5:05pm
Saturday, April 14 Lehigh Valley WBS  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms engaged in a tightly contested affair in both teams’ final game before the holiday break, with the Phantoms narrowly pulling off a 3-2 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Teddy Blueger scored for the third time on the weekend and Ryan Haggerty netted his 11th goal of the season. But Oskar Lindblom, Chris Conner, and Corban Knight all posted multi-point nights for the Phantoms en route to the victory. Casey DeSmith was solid in net stopping 29 of 32 shots for the Penguins, while Dustin Tokarski turned away 39 of 41 on the other side.


PENGUINS NOTES
Teddy Blueger notched his third goal of the weekend in the last matchup and now has a career-best nine goals this season.

Zach Aston-Reese also grabbed an assist on Saturday night, to continue his climb up the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton assist leader board. He now ranks second among active AHL Penguins in helpers this season with 11.

Michael Leighton is the all time shutout leader in the AHL with 50. He recorded his first win as a Penguin against Binghamton last Friday night.


PHANTOMS NOTES
With a three-point night against the Penguins on Saturday, Oskar Lindblom vaulted himself into third on the Phantoms in points this year with 23.

Chris Conner has scored six goals this season, with two of them coming against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Phantoms have players represented in the top three of goals, assists and points so far, this season. Danick Martel (17) and Greg Carey (16) sit at second and third respectively for goals, Phil Varone is tied for the lead for assists (25) and in second for points (34).


CONNECTIONS
Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14 registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, recording 49 points (14+35) with the Penguins.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season, tallying 50 points (8+42) in 2015-16.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played in 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013, when the team was located in Glens Falls, NY. He accumulated 20 points (11+9) during that time.

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL career record 50 shutouts there.

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BLUEGER STAYS HOT, BUT PENGUINS FALL TO PHANTOMS, 3-2

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms engaged in a tightly contested affair on Saturday in both teams’ final game before the holiday break, with the Phantoms narrowly pulling off a 3-2 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Teddy Blueger scored for the third time this weekend, but his continued hot streak couldn’t put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (16-9-2-1) over the top in this down-to-the-wire contest with its Pennsylvania Turnpike rival.

The Penguins opened the scoring late in the first period when a rip at the top left circle from Zach Aston-Reese was deflected by Blueger and over the shoulder of Phantoms netminder Dustin Tokarski at 18:16.

Chris Conner eventually pulled Lehigh Valley even with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with his own shot from the top of the left circle at 16:35 of the second period. The Penguins showed no quit as they pushed the puck right back down to the Phantoms end, and Ryan Haggerty stuffed a loose puck through Tokarski two minutes after Conner tied the game.

Midway through the third period, Lehigh Valley’s Nicolas Aubé-Kubel snuck one underneath Casey DeSmith on a one-timer, knotting things up, 2-2.

The Phantoms took their first lead of the game with 6:07 remaining in regulation after a stifled breakout by the Penguins resulted in Conner setting up Oskar Lindblom with a slick drop pass in the slot. Lindblom’s goal resulted in his third point of the night (1G-2A) and put Lehigh Valley ahead, 3-2.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled DeSmith in favor of an extra attacker with 1:43 still left in the game, but the equalizer never materialized, and the Penguins were unable to force overtime for the third-straight game.

DeSmith stopped 29 of 32 shots in the effort, while Tokarski denied 39 of 41 Penguins bids.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Dec. 27, and once again their opponent will be the Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms 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.