PENGUINS POWER PAST PROVIDENCE

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins defeated the Providence Bruins, 2-1, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to take a 2-1 series lead in the Atlantic Division Semifinal.

Special teams were the name of the game on Thursday night, as the two teams combined for three power play goals, but it was the two tallies by Penguins defensemen that gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the edge.

The Penguins came out jumping to begin their first home game of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, out-shooting the Bruins, 13-5, in the opening frame. However, all of the Penguins’ pressure yielded no results. In fact, the game was still deadlocked in a scoreless tie until 16.2 seconds were left in the second period.

As time was dwindling down late in the middle stanza, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Tim Erixon sniped a top-shelf, power play goal, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

David Warsofsky doubled that lead for the Penguins with another man advantage marker early in the next period. After a quick face-off win by Kevin Porter, Warsofsky fired a shot through traffic that fooled Zane McIntyre 1:32 into the third. By combining on that goal, Warsofsky and Porter pulled into a tie for the Calder Cup Playoffs overall lead in points with six.

Providence answered back with a power play goal of its own with 6:35 remaining in regulation. Jordan Szwarz made it a one-goal game when he corralled some loose change in the slot and slid it into the back of the Penguins’ net.

With their goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Bruins sent a flurry of shots the Penguins’ way only for them to be blocked by sprawling defenders or turned aside by Casey DeSmith. Time ran out on Providence’s comeback bid as the Penguins pulled within one win of advancing to the Atlantic Division Final.

DeSmith denied 32 shots in the win for the Penguins. McIntyre recorded 30 saves in the loss for the Bruins.

The next game in the best-of-five series is tomorrow, Friday, Apr. 28, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop for Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Semifinal is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.  Individual tickets for Friday night’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.

PENGUINS LOSE TO BEARS, 2-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa – In their final meeting of a 12-game season series, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell, 2-1, to the Hershey Bears on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Casey DeSmith made 19 saves while manning the crease for the Penguins (50-20-3-2) and was handed his first regulation loss since Feb. 18.

After a quiet first period, Hershey broke the scoreless tie at 3:31 of the middle frame with a tally from Jakub Vrána. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded to the go-ahead goal with mounds of pressure, outshooting Hershey in the period by a 12-6 margin at one point. However, the Penguins still went into the second intermission facing a 1-0 deficit.

Tim Erixon scored a power play goal on the Penguins’ lone man advantage opportunity of the contest to tie the game. Erixon took a one-timer on a swift pass from Teddy Blueger, and his rocket snuck through Pheonix Copley’s pads at 10:33 of the third period.

The Bears came roaring back and jumped back on top just 27 seconds later when defenseman Christian Djoos wristed a shot past DeSmith for his 13th goal of the year.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got DeSmith to the bench in exchange for an extra attacker with 90 seconds left in regulation, but couldn’t solve Copley again. The Hershey netminder turned away 22 shots on the night for the win.

The Penguins’ special teams were perfect on limited opportunities, as their power play went one-for-one, and the penalty kill snuffed a pair of Bears opportunities.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton completes its regular season tomorrow night, Saturday, Apr. 15, when the Penguins host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Saturday’s game 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 packages for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS OUTLAST COMETS FOR 3-2 VICTORY

UTICA, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won their third-consecutive game with a 3-2 triumph over the Utica Comets at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday night.

Goaltender Casey DeSmith turned in one of the finest goaltending performances of the year with 27 saves as the Penguins (32-9-3-0) maintained their hold on the top spot in the American Hockey League.

Josh Archibald got Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the board first with a blistering shot that went top shelf off the rush at 8:16 of the opening frame. The Penguins struck again from long distance when Tim Erixon ripped a slap shot from the blue line into the back of the net at 14:29, making it 2-0.

Early in the second period, the Comets appeared to have their first goal of the game on a perfectly executed three-on-one odd man rush, only to be denied by a lunging glove save by DeSmith.

After a scoreless middle frame, Utica cut their deficit in half with a power play goal 1:23 into the third. Alexandre Grenier unloaded a potent slapper from the point that found its way through traffic and past DeSmith, making it 2-1.

The Penguins answered back shortly thereafter, though. Immediately after the expiration of a man advantage, Derrick Pouliot tickled the twine for his second goal of the season, putting the Penguins back up by a pair at 3-1.

With the goalie pulled, the Comets pulled closer to the Penguins with an extra attacker tally from Evan McEneny with 2:55 remaining in regulation. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton weathered the storm and hung on for a win, ending Utica’s seven-game point streak.

DeSmith improved his personal record to 13-2-2 on the season, while Comets goalie Richard Bachman made 27 saves in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28, when they travel further south in New York to take on the Binghamton Senators. 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.

PENS POWER PLAY LEADS THE WAY IN 6-2 WIN

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins power play unit produced a season-high three goals on the man advantage on Saturday afternoon, and propelled the team to a 6-2 win over the St. John’s IceCaps at Mile One Centre.

The win raised the Pens’ record to 14-4-2-0 (30 points) on the season and kept the club in first place in the Atlantic Division, while the IceCaps saw their record even out at 11-11-1-0 (23 points).

After failing to score on their first man advantage of the game, the Penguins rattled off power play goals on their next three chances, and ended up scoring on half of their opportunities on the afternoon.

Danny Kristo opened the scoring at 18:08 of the first period with a point blast that beat Charlie Lindgren, giving Kristo his first goal in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform.

Penalties on Mark MacMillan (tripping) and Jacob de la Rose (goaltender interference) came just 34 seconds apart, giving the Penguins an extended two-man advantage early in the second period.  And the visitors took advantage of both chances, as Kevin Porter scored with 18 seconds left in the five-on-three, and Dominik Simon tallied 19 seconds later to make it a 3-0 game 6:07 into the middle period.

Chris Terry beat Tristan Jarry at 14:33 of the second period, ending the Pens’ netminder’s shutout streak at 95:28 dating back to November 23.

Jean-Sébastien Dea redirected a Simon shot past Lindgren with 42 seconds remaining in the second period to reestablish the three-goal lead.

Tim Erixon and Josh Archibald sandwiched third period goals around Daniel Audette’s second of the season to complete the day’s scoring.

Jarry made 31 saves on the afternoon to raise his record to 9-4-1, while Lindgren stopped 21 of 27 attempts and fell to 9-6-0.

The two teams will face off again on Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

NOTES:  Porter (1+2) and Tom Kostopoulos (0+3) each recorded three points, while Archibald and Simon each picked up a goal and an assist…The win was the Penguins’ sixth regular season victory in a row in St. John’s.  The team’s last regulation loss in Newfoundland came on December 6, 2013 in a 5-0 defeat…Kristo’s goal was his first of the season, and snapped an 11-game scoreless streak dating back to April 16 of last season…Erixon’s goal was his first since March 13 of last season.

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

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

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 10/25/16

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Defense on display as Penguins win two of three over weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3-1-0-0) allows just three goals in last three games

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Springfield 1

The Penguins were handed their first loss of the season when they ran into the performance of Thunderbirds goalie Reto Berra. Berra stopped all 23 shots faced, including one as time expired.

Saturday, Oct. 22 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 1

Kevin Porter scored two shorthanded goals 2:19 apart and later added an assist on the insurance marker, catapulting the Penguins to a victory over Syracuse. Casey DeSmith made 26 saves in his season debut.

Sunday, Oct. 23 – PENGUINS 2 at Hershey 1 (OT)

With the fate of the game on his stick, Dominik Simon converted on a penalty shot in sudden death overtime and gave the Penguins a 2-1 win over the Bears at Giant Center. The win snapped the 24-game streak in the Pens/Bears rivalry of the team that scores first going on to win the game.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Albany

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton welcomes the undefeated Albany Devils to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first and only time in 2016-17. Last year, the Penguins downed the Devils in both of their two meetings.

Saturday, Oct. 29 – PENGUINS at Springfield

The Penguins look to avenge their shutout loss to the Thunderbirds when they travel to New England for the first time this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-1-0-0 in its last five games at MassMutual Center.

Sunday, Oct. 30 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse

A Sunday matinée between the Pens and Crunch serves as a second head-to-head in eight days. Game time is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s home ice.

 

Ice Chips

– Dominik Simon’s overtime penalty shot game-winner on Sunday was the first in team history.

– Kevin Porter was the first Penguin to score two shorthanded goals in the same game since Jonathan Filewich on Dec. 23, 2006.

– Casey DeSmith’s .963 save percentage ranks second among AHL rookie goaltenders.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns the Eastern Conference’s best goals against (5) and combined team save percentage (.953).

– Tim Erixon played in his 200th AHL game on Saturday vs. Syracuse.

– Tom Kostopoulos is three points shy of reaching his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                          GP       W         L        OTL     SOL      PTS         Pt%

1. Springfield               4          3          1          0           0          6            .750

2. PENGUINS            4          3          1          0          0           6            .750

3. Bridgeport              4           1          2          0          0          4           .500

4. Hartford                 4           1          2          0          0          4           .500

5. Lehigh Valley         3          1          1           1          0           3            .500

6. Hershey                 4           1          2           1          0          3            .333

7. Providence            5           1          3           1          0          3            .000

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                              GP        G        A         PTS

Jake Guentzel*                       4          2         3          5

Kevin Porter                           4          2         1           3

Carter Rowney                       4          1         2          3

four players tied                                                        2

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT-SO     GAA       Sv%       Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*        1          1-0-0-0         1.00       0.963           0

Tristan Jarry                 1          2-1-0-0          1.33        0.950           0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                             TIME      

Fri, Oct. 26        Albany                  Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 29       Springfield          MassMutual Center            7:05 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 30     Syracuse              Mohegan Sun Arena           3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Oct. 22       ADD     (D) Ethan Prow           Reassigned from WHL

Fri, Oct. 21          DEL     (D) David Warsofsky               Recalled by PIT

Wed, Oct. 19     DEL      (D) Ethan Prow                Reassigned to WHL

PENGUINS WIN FINAL PRESEASON GAME, 4-1

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins emerged victorious in their preseason finale, scoring four unanswered goals to down the Hershey Bears, 4-1, at Giant Center on Sunday evening.

The two teams opened the scoring by trading goals just eight seconds apart in the first period. Joey Leach wired a slap shot into the Penguins’ net at 6:54 of the first period, giving the Bears a brief 1-0 lead until Sahir Gill answered back for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 7:02.

Gage Quinney put the Penguins on top, 2-1, beating Bears goalie Joe Cannata to the glove side with 48.6 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued its power play success from the previous night when Dominik Simon finished a picture perfect passing play on the man advantage at 17:05 of the second period, lifting the Penguins into a 3-1 lead.

Oskar Sundqvist scored for the second-straight game when he found the empty net while shorthanded at 17:44 of the third, ensuring a 4-1 victory for the Penguins.

Defenseman Tim Erixon ended up with the secondary assist on Sundqvist’s shorthanded empty-netter, bringing his point total in the contest to a game-high three (all of which were assists.)

Casey DeSmith made eight saves while manning the net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the first period, while Doug Carr went unsolved on the 19 shots he faced in the second and third periods. Cannata finished the game having made 19 saves on 22 shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is the 2016-17 season opener on Saturday, Oct. 15 against the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Game time for the Penguins’ season opener 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.

PENGUINS HOST DEVILS ON THURSDAY

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GAME DAY SNAPSHOT

The Penguins open their 2016 preseason schedule on home ice against the Devils.  Its the first of three exhibition contests for the Pens, who will also face off with the Hershey Bears this Saturday at home, and Sunday at the Giant Center.

WHOWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (roster) vs. Albany Devils

WHERE:  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

WHEN:  Thursday, October 6 at 7:05pm

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It’s also the first preseason game for the Devils, who will also take on the Hartford WolfPack this Sunday in Connecticut.

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 season, 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS 17 TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

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Defenseman Steve Oleksy is among the 17 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned 17 players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Players assigned to WBS include: goaltenders Casey DeSmith and Leland Irving; defensemen Tim Erixon, Ethan Prow, Stuart Percy, Cameron Gaunce, Reid McNeill, Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel; and forwards Oskar Sundqvist, Adam Krause, Ryan Haggerty, Sahir Gill, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Garrett Wilson and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Erixon, Percy, Gaunce, McNeill, Oleksy, Ruhwedel and Wilson all have to clear waivers on Tuesday at noon before they can join WBS.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take the ice for their first preseason game when they host the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins will also battle the Hershey Bears in exhibition action at home on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:05 p.m. before wrapping up their preseason schedule at Giant Center against the Bears on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5:00 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 season, 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.