PENGUINS SEASON IN REVIEW

It’s never easy to see your season come to an end.  It’s even more difficult when you have high expectations.  And after a 51-win regular season, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins certainly thought they had the ability to advance deep into the Calder Cup Playoffs.

But a 2-1 Game Five defeat at the hands of the Providence Bruins on Sunday ended the Pens’ hopes for a run at a postseason championship.

“I thought we did absolutely everything in our power [Sunday] to try to win that game,” said forward Oskar Sundqvist.

Falling in the first round is undoubtedly disappointing.  And when you take into account that the Atlantic Division featured four of the top eight teams in the entire league, any opening series matchup was going to present challenges – on both sides of the puck.

“Overall, yeah, we’re disappointed we’re not in the playoffs. We’re disappointed that we have a   good enough team here that we could of made a good run,” said head coach Clark Donatelli.  “If you look at the whole broad picture of what we did as a group, there are a lot of positives that came out of it.”

So before we close the book for good on the 2016-17 season, let’s take a look back at some of those positives and high points for the Penguins.


GREAT GUENTZEL

Jake Guentzel’s first goal of the season was among the best in the AHL this season.
Jake Guentzel wasted little time in establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the AHL, recording four points (1+3) in the Penguins’ season-opening 6-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on October 15.
The rookie forward recorded 17 points (7+10) in his first 16 games of the season, before receiving his first recall by the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 21.  He made his NHL debut that night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers, and announced his arrival with authority, scoring goals on his first two shots in a Pittsburgh uniform.

Guentzel returned to Wilkes-Barre in early December, recorded his first career hat trick on December 27 against the Springfield Falcons, and posted 42 points (21+21) in just 31 teams with the AHL club.  He was recalled once again on January 16, and has been a fixture in the Pittsburgh lineup ever since.


SUNNY RISING

Oskar Sundqvist capped his hat trick with a fourth goal against the Hershey Bears

Oskar Sundqvist’s second season can’t be considered anything except a success.  The native of Sweden recorded his sixth goal of the campaign in his 16th game, eclipsing his mark from the 2015-16 season.  He had 16 points by December 4 (one fewer than his entire tally from last year), and blew past his first-year total on December 10, when he tied a team record with four goals in a game against the Hershey Bears.

Sundqvist hit the 20-goal mark on April 7, one of just three Penguins skaters to see that total this season, and his 46 points (20+26) in 63 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied him for third on the team.

Additionally, he saw action in 10 games with Pittsburgh this season, giving him 28 NHL contests in his first two years in North America.


ARCHIE ON THE ATTACK

Josh Archibald tied for the AHL lead with four short-handed goals this season, a total which included this beauty.

Josh Archibald came into his own this season, setting new career highs in goals (16), assists (13) and points (29).  He also paced the AHL with four short-handed tallies, and finished sixth in the league with a plus-25 mark in 61 games.  The fourth-year pro also thrilled with Pittsburgh, scoring his first two NHL goals in his first game of the season, February 11 against the Arizona Coyotes.


MILESTONE MAN

Tom Kostopoulos picked up his 500th AHL point with this tally against the Binghamton Senators

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain Tom Kostopoulos showed few signs of slowing down in his 18th season of professional hockey, leading the Penguins with 24 goals and 54 points while appearing in a team-high 74 games.

Along the way, TK hit memorable marks by recording his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (November 4); hitting the 500 point plateau in the AHL (January 28); appearing in his 600th game with the Pens (February 4); and recording his 200th AHL goal (February 10).


DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE

The Penguins goaltending duo of Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith posted the lowest goals against average in the league at 2.15, earning the tandem the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes award.

Jarry finished the season with 28 wins, third most in the league and the fourth-highest single season total in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.  The AHL All-Star moved into a tie for fourth place on the team’s all-time wins list with Matt Murray (45) by year’s end, and his three shutouts this season evened Jeff Zatkoff’s career total of eight, tied for fifth in the Pens record book.

DeSmith posted an impressive 21 wins in 29 appearances, and led the entire AHL with a 2.01 goals against average. He stopped 26 shots to record his first AHL shutout on April 1 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his final 11 regular season appearances.

Additionally, David Warsofsky proved to be one of the most reliable defenseman in the league, finishing third overall with a plus-30 ranking, ranking seventh among blue liners with 47 points, and tied for fourth among defensemen with nine power play goals.  A member of the Atlantic Division squad at the AHL All-Star Classic, Warsofsky’s totals of 16+31=47 established new career highs across the board for the seventh-year pro.


FANTASTIC FIRSTS

Nine different Penguins skaters recorded their first career AHL goals during the 2016-17 season:

Reid Gardiner – November 5 at Bridgeport

Thomas DiPauli – November 16 at Lehigh Valley

Teddy Blueger – December 11 at Bridgeport

Lukas Bengtsson – December 16 vs Rochester

Ethan Prow – February 3 vs St. John’s

Zach Aston-Reese – March 21 vs Hartford

Troy Josephs – April 1 vs Lehigh Valley

Pat McGrath – April 8 at Hartford

Cody Wydo – April 9 at Providence

Also, goaltender Sean Maguire picked up his first AHL victory with a22 save performance against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the Pens regular season finale on April 15.


GOING TO THE SHOW

In addition to Guetnzel, three other Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made their NHL debuts with Pittsburgh this season.

Carter Rowney, suited up for the big club for the first time on January 31 against the Nashville Predators, and netted his first NHL goal on March 17 against the New Jersey Devils.

Tristan Jarry and Jean-Sebastien Dea both appeared in Pittsburgh’s regular season finale on April 9 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.


ADDITIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS

Jake Guentzel captured the CCM / AHL Rookie of the Month honors for December with 17 points  (11+6) in 10 games during the month.

Guentzel and DeSmith were named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team at season’s end.

Warsofsky earned All-AHL Second Team honors.

The Penguins clinched their 15th consecutive playoff appearance – the longest current stream in the AHL – on April 2.

The Penguins laid claim to the Emile Francis (Atlantic Division Champion) and Frank Mathers (Eastern Conference Champion) trophies following a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins on April 9.

The Penguins finished the season with a record of 51- 20-3-2 (107 points) and captured the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the league’s regular season champion on April 15.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 4/11/17

 

Penguins have division, conference wrapped up for regular season

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (50-19-3-1) captures fourth division title by sweeping three-in-three weekend

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 0
The Penguins blanked the Phantoms for the third-straight game with Tristan Jarry’s 21-save performance. Oskar Sundqvist put up three points (2G-1A) as the Penguins took a 7-4-0-0 advantage in the season series.

 

Saturday, Apr. 8 – PENGUINS 2 at Hartford 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton completed the season sweep of Hartford by securing its eighth win in the eighth and final meeting of the season. Shavertown native Patrick McGrath registered his first AHL goal.

 

Sunday, Apr. 9 – PENGUINS 2 at Providence 1
Cody Wydo and Jarrett Burton both recorded first period goals, giving the Penguins enough cushion to defeat the Bruins and lock up the top seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Wydo’s opening tally was his first AHL goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Apr. 12 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The closing chapter of the Penguins’ 12-game season series with Lehigh Valley kicks off Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s three-game homestand. The Penguins have not allowed a goal to the Phantoms in 215:38 of game time.

 

Friday, Apr. 14 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Bears will come into the last Eyewitness News Fan Friday desperately clinging to their playoff hopes. Since being acquired by Hershey at the NHL trade deadline, goalie Pheonix Copley is 10-5-0 and has a .929 save percentage.

 

Saturday, Apr. 15 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
It’s Fan Appreciation Night for the final game of the 2016-17 campaign. Much like the Bears, the Sound Tigers are scratching and clawing for playoff contention.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is headed to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 15th year in a row, the AHL’s active record.

– The Penguins outscored the Wolf Pack 40-14 over the course of their eight-game season sweep.

– Saturday was the first game Tom Kostopoulos did not dress for this season. The Penguins captain had not missed a game since Dec. 6, 2015, a streak of 136 games including playoffs.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (87.3%) and the top team save percentage (.922).

– The Penguins are the only team in the league with more than one goalie ranked in the top 10 in both save percentage and goals against average.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS – y 73 50 19 3 1 104 .712
2. Lehigh Valley 73 45 23 5 0 95 .651
3. Providence 73 43 21 5 4 95 .651
4. Hershey 74 41 22 8 3 93 .628
5. Bridgeport 74 44 26 3 1 92 .622
6. Springfield 73 29 33 9 2 69 .473
7. Hartford 73 24 43 4 2 54 .370

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 72 24 30 54
David Warsofsky 56 16 31 47
Kevin Porter 67 11 35 46
Oskar Sundqvist 60 20 25 45
Dominik Simon 67 14 31 45

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith* 27 21-4-2 2.05 .925 1
Tristan Jarry^ 45 28-15-2 2.15 .925 3

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                              TIME    

Fri, Apr. 12         Lehigh Valley    Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sat, Apr. 14       Hershey             Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Sun, Apr. 15      Bridgeport         Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Niclas Almari                        Signed to ATO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Connor Hall                          Signed to ATO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Kevin Schulze                       Signed to PTO

Tue, Apr. 11       (D)     Ryan Segalla                Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS MYSTERY JERSEY BAGS ARE BACK

Our Mystery Jersey sale benefits the Penguins GOALS Foundation

Fans will have the chance to get their hands on some very unique Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys when the Penguins GOALS Foundation hosts its second annual MYSTERY JERSEY SALE this Saturday, April 15, during the team’s regular season finale.

We’ve grabbed 90 classic, authentic Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jerseys (five different designs – not game-worn) and had them customized with some of your favorite Pens’ players numbers and names.  Then we had 75 of them signed by the players, packed all 90 in Penguins duffle bags, and stuffed those bags to the gills with goodies including hats, tee-shirts, pucks, cards and more!

The 75 signed jerseys – which include sweaters featuring Tom Kostopoulos, Jake Guentzel, Tristan Jarry, Patrick McGrath, Carter Rowney, Casey DeSmith, Tom Sestito, Oskar Sundqvist and Derrick Pouliot – will be available exclusively for purchase at the Pens game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday.  Fans won’t know whose jersey, or which design, they will be getting until they open their bags.

The other 15 jerseys – which are lettered and numbered, but NOT signed – will be available to purchase online through the Penguins Team Store starting at 7:05pm on Saturday night.

All jerseys are authentic sweaters, and size 56, 58, 58+ or 58 Goalie cuts.  The five designs included are the Penguins’ 2007-13 road sweater (37 jerseys); the 2013-16 road sweater (25 jerseys); the 2015-16 warm up sweater (22 jerseys); the 2015-16 third jersey (3 jerseys); and the 2014-15 warm up jersey (3 jerseys).

Each bag contains more than $400 worth of Penguins merchandise, and will be sold for $300.  All proceeds will benefit the Penguins GOALS Foundation.

As this is a MYSTERY BAG, we cannot guarantee specific sizes or players.  All sales are final, no exchanges will be made.

Individual game tickets for Saturday night’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.

A TALE OF TWO STAYS FOR KOSTOPOULOS

Tom Kostopoulos spent the first five seasons of his professional hockey player pulling on a Penguins sweater.  When he left the organization following the 2003-04 campaign, Kostopoulos had appeared in a team-record 318 games as a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Rob Scuderi got close to the mark in 2005-06, when he appeared in his 305th game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Tim Wallace crept up on the record during his five-year stay with the Pens (2006-11), suiting up for 304 regular season games with the club.

When Kostopoulos returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2012-2013 season and embarked on his second stint with the AHL Penguins, his games played record remained intact.

But, for a minute, let’s imagine Kostopoulos never played for the Penguins during the team’s early years.  Assume that his first game with the club came on January 25, 2013, against the Rochester Americans.  Any guesses as to where he would rank on the team’s all-time games played list?

First place.

When he suited up against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night, Kostopoulos appeared in the 306th regular season game of his second stint with the team.  If you were to look at his two stays with the Pens as separate careers, he would hold the top two spots on the club’s games register.

As a matter of fact, splitting his Penguins stays in two gives Kostopoulos the top two spots in assists (149/119) and points (246/203) as well.  His goals totals would put him in first (97) and third (84) places, with Tomas Surovy holding down the two spot with 89 tallies.

But let’s get back to the real numbers now.  At 38-years old, Kostopoulos holds every significant offensive record in Penguins history, with 625 games played, 181 goals, 268 assists and 449 points.  He also paces the Pens with 69 power play goals and 22 game-winners, while ranking tied for second with six career short-handed scores.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Apr. 12, and its opponent will once again be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Apr. 12’s game and 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.

JARRY, PENGUINS SHUT-OUT PHANTOMS, 4-0

 

BOXSCORE

 

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.

ASTON-REESE SHAKES OFF NERVES IN PRO DEBUT

You could forgive Zach Aston-Reese for having a few butterflies fluttering around before Tuesday night’s game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.  After all, the 22-year old was about to make his professional hockey debut while suiting up on the top line for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

“I was a little nervous in warm ups.  I think I whiffed on half of my shots,” he laughed following the Pens’ 5-2 win.  “But halfway through the first I got my confidence a little bit.”

And by the end of the period, any semblance of nervousness was gone.

The leading scorer in the NCAA this season, Aston-Reese netted his first pro goal with just 17.3 seconds left in the opening frame, giving the Penguins a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes of play.

The goal came off of a goal line feed from team captain Tom Kostopoulos, who found Aston-Reese in the slot.

“TK made a really nice play to me.  I didn’t hesitate, I just put it on net,” said Aston-Reese.  “It was fortunate enough to go in.”

The Northeastern product was being a bit modest saying he was fortunate to score.  Goals have come at a prodigious pace for the recently signed free agent this season, as he scored 31 times in 38 games with the Huskies during his senior year.

Head coach Clark Donatelli was impressed with what he saw out of the rookie forward.

“Quick release.  For his first game, he’s pretty poised with the puck,” said Donatelli.  “You can tell he’s a goal scorer.”

Aston-Reese didn’t look out of place skating with Kostopoulos and Kevin Porter, two vets who had combined to play more than 1,900 professional games headed into last night’s action.  But he did notice a bit of a difference in one area compared to the college game.

“I said on the bench to TK actually that guys are a lot stronger and it’s tougher to get to the net,” he remarked.

Tuesday was just a taste of the AHL for Aston-Reese.  The Penguins will play three games in three days this weekend, something which is a rarity in the college ranks.  Still, the Staten Island native is looking forward to the challenge of the late season schedule.

“It’s not going to get any easier.  I just have to keep my mind right, keep my body going here.”

NOTES:  Aston-Reese became the first Penguins player to score in his pro debut sine Kasperi Kapanen tallied against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on April 8, 2015…Aston-Reese became the 77th Penguins player to receive an assist from Tom Kostopoulos.

PENGUINS’ COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN 3-2 LOSS TO PHANTOMS

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Despite a valiant third period comeback attempt, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were unable to win the second game of their weekend home and home with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, falling 3-2 on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (42-18-3-0) trailed by three goals after the first 40 minutes, but used their special teams to climb back into the game with a pair of third period tallies.

For the second game in a row, Lehigh Valley struck first. Tyrell Goulbourne sniped one past Tristan Jarry 6:01 into the contest for his first goal of the season, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.

Lehigh Valley extended their lead to 3-0 after scoring two goals just 15 seconds apart early on in the second period. Jarry was knocked down by a teammate and couldn’t get back in position for a Reese Wilcox shot that found the back of the net at 4:07. Then, on the very next shift, Danick Martel tipped the puck past Jarry for what proved to be the game-winner.

Shortly after having a goal overturned, the Penguins capitalized on the man advantage with Tom Kostopoulos roofing a shot from in tight 4:49 into the third period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled within one by scoring while shorthanded for the second game in a row against Lehigh Valley. On a two-on-none rush, Oskar Sundqvist opted for the shot instead of the pass and rifled it over the glove of Anthony Stolarz with just under five minutes to play.

The Penguins were unable to capitalize on a later power play, and saw the Phantoms even their season series at four wins each.

Jarry stopped 26 shots in the loss for the Penguins. Stolarz turned 37 aside shots in the win for the Phantoms.

The Penguins’ penalty kill was a perfect six-for-six on the night, including two successful kills while the Phantoms had a five-on-three man advantage. The Penguins’ power play converted once on four opportunities.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Tuesday, Mar. 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Hartford Wolf Pack. 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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/14/17

 

Penguins eclipse 40 wins with back-to-back division victories

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (41-17-3-0) turns its attention to a home and home with Lehigh Valley

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was shut-out for the sixth time this season while Lehigh Valley evened the season series at three wins apiece. Alex Lyon and Tristan Jarry both made 31 saves.

 

Friday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS 8 vs. Hartford 1
The Penguins bounced back from their shutout loss in a big way by racking up eight goals against the Wolf Pack. Kevin Porter and Barry Goers had three-point nights, while Derrick Pouliot posted a career high four points (1G-3A). The win improved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s record against Hartford to 6-0-0-0.

 

Saturday, Mar. 11 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Providence 2
An explosive start to the game gave the Penguins all they needed to down the P-Bruins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck three times in the first period, including a goal 31 seconds into the contest by Dominik Simon. It was the quickest goal the Pens had scored all season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton begins a home and home set against Lehigh Valley with the first half taking place in Allentown. The Pens defeated the Phantoms in their last trip to PPL Center, a thrilling 4-3 overtime triumph.

 

Saturday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms play for the second night in a row, this time on the Pens’ home ice. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 1-0-0-0 in the second game of a home and home series this season.

 

Tuesday, Mar. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Pens look to make it a perfect seven-for-seven against the Wolf Pack on their last Tuesday game of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton averages 5.5 goals per game against Hartford.

 

Ice Chips

– With Saturday night’s win, the Penguins improved to 24-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– The last time the Penguins scored eight goals in a game was in a 9-2 win against the Albany River Rats on Feb. 17, 2010.

– Barry Goers’ three-point game (2G-1A) on Friday was not only the first of his AHL career, but also his first two-goal outing as a pro.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.5%).

– David Warsofsky leads all AHL defensemen with 13 multi-point games this season and a plus-28 rating.

– Tristan Jarry is tied for the second-most wins in the AHL (24).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 61 41 17 3 0 85 .697
2. Lehigh Valley 60 39 18 3 0 81 .675
3. Bridgeport 61 37 21 2 1 77 .631
4. Providence 61 34 18 5 4 77 .631
5. Hershey 62 33 18 8 3 77 .621
6. Springfield 61 25 26 8 2 60 .492
7. Hartford 61 21 35 3 2 47 .385

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 61 21 24 45
David Warsofsky 46 14 29 43
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Kevin Porter 57 10 30 40
Oskar Sundqvist^ 53 16 23 39

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 38 24-13-1 2.28 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 22 16-4-2 2.29 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                            TIME      

Fri, Mar. 17        Lehigh Valley     PPL Center                            7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 18      Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Tue, Mar. 21      Hartford              Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Mar. 13  (RW)   Josh Archibald                      Recalled by PIT

Sat, Mar. 11     (LW)   Christian Hilbrich          Reassigned to WHL

Sat, Mar. 11     (D)       Brett Stern                     Released from PTO

Fri, Mar. 10     (C)       Adam Krause                Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/7/17

 

Penguins get ready for busy week of division foes

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (39-16-3-0) returns home for first time since Feb. 14

 

Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS 1 at Hershey 2
A goaltending duel at Giant Center saw the Bears narrowly escape the Penguins and halt Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s six-game winning streak against Hershey. Tristan Jarry was stellar in net for the Pens, making 25 saves (including 14 in the third period). Bears netminder Pheonix Copley posted 36 stops in the win.

 

Sunday, Mar. 5 – PENGUINS 6 at Hartford 3
The Penguins earned their 39th win thanks in large part to big afternoons from David Warsofsky and Jean-Sébastien Dea. Both Warsofsky and Dea put up two-goal, one-assist performances. Casey DeSmith made 24 saves while manning the crease for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the rookie goalie’s 15th victory of the season.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first home game since Feb. 14 will be against its same opponent from Valentine’s Day, Lehigh Valley. The Penguins hold a narrow 3-2-0-0 season series lead on the Phantoms, but have outscored Lehigh Valley 12-2 at home so far this season.

 

Friday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins look to make it a perfect six-for-six against the Wolf Pack on an Eyewitness News Fan Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s offense has been out in full force in games against Hartford, averaging five goals per game in their five meetings against the Wolf Pack this season.

 

Saturday, Mar. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Providence
The top two teams in the Atlantic Division square off in a match up that could decide who sits in first place at the end of the weekend. Both teams have earned two wins against one another this season.

 

Ice Chips

– With Sunday afternoon’s win, the Penguins improved to 23-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– Tom Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 58 of the team’s games this season.

– Jean-Sébastien Dea’s two-goal outing on Sunday was the first multi-goal game of his AHL career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.5%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-29 rating.

– Warsofsky now has 12 multi-point games this season, tying him with Jake Guentzel for the team lead.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (23).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 58 39 16 3 0 81 .698
2. Providence 58 34 15 5 4 77 .664
3. Lehigh Valley 57 36 18 3 0 75 .658
4. Bridgeport 57 35 19 2 1 73 .640
5. Hershey 59 31 17 8 3 73 .619
6. Springfield 58 22 26 8 2 54 .466
7. Hartford 58 21 32 3 2 47 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 58 20 24 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
David Warsofsky 43 14 27 41
Oskar Sundqvist 52 16 23 39
Kevin Porter 54 9 28 37

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 36 23-12-1 2.27 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 21 15-4-2 2.36 .911 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Mar. 8       Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Fri, Mar. 10        Hartford              Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 8          Providence        Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Mar. 7     (LW)   Christian Hilbrich          Recalled from WHL

Wed, Mar. 1    (D)       Frank Corrado          Traded by TOR to PIT;

Assigned by PIT

Wed, Mar. 1    (D)       Derrick Pouliot                     Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/28/17

 

Penguins split weekend thanks to thrilling overtime win

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (38-15-3-0) will conclude seven-game road stretch with games at Hershey, Hartford

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS 1 at Utica 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell short of a third period comeback and dropped its fourth game in a row. Tom Kostopoulos netted the Penguins’ only goal in the game, a power play goal at 8:50 of the final frame. The Penguins’ penalty kill was a perfect five-for-five on the night.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 3 (OT)
Barry Goers saved his first goal of the season for the perfect moment, burying the overtime game-winner that lifted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to its first victory at PPL Center this season. The Penguins edged ahead to a lead in the season series, as well, 3-2-0-0. Kostopoulos scored again for his 20th tally of the season, securing the sixth 20-goal season of his career. Tristan Jarry finished the game with 34 saves, including three in overtime.

 

The Week Ahead

Saturday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS at Hershey
After a rare six-day layoff, the Penguins renew their rivalry with the Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won six-straight against Hershey this season, and boasts an 8-2-0-0 record in 10 meetings in 2016-17. However, four of the Penguins’ eight triumphs over the Bears this season have come in overtime. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Tom Sestito has seven points (3G-4A) in six games against Hershey this season.

 

Sunday, Mar. 5 – PENGUINS at Hartford
The Penguins take on the Wolf Pack for the first time since they met in the first game of the calendar year on Jan. 3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton emerged victorious in that contest, 3-2, staying undefeated in four clashes with Hartford this season. In fact, the Penguins have averaged 4.75 goals per game in their four games against the Wolf Pack.

 

Ice Chips

– With Saturday’s win, the Penguins improved to 22-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– Tom Kostopoulos became the 10th player in AHL history to have a 20-goal season at the age of 38 or older.

– Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 56 of the team’s games this season.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.3%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-28 rating.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (23).

– Jarry is one of only six goalies who have faced over 1000 shots this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 56 38 15 3 0 79 .705
2. Providence 56 33 14 5 4 75 .670
3. Lehigh Valley 54 34 17 3 0 71 .657
4. Bridgeport 54 34 18 1 1 70 .648
5. Hershey 56 28 17 8 3 67 .598
6. Springfield 55 22 24 7 2 53 .482
7. Hartford 55 20 30 3 2 45 .409

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 56 20 24 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
David Warsofsky 41 12 26 38
Oskar Sundqvist 50 16 21 37
Kevin Porter 52 8 26 34

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 35 23-11-1 2.28 .920 1
Casey DeSmith* 20 14-4-2 2.32 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Sat, Mar. 4        Hershey            Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 5       Hartford            XL Center                           3:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu, Feb. 23    (RW)   Danny Kristo               Traded by PIT to CAR

Sat, Feb. 18      (RW)   Josh Archibald                 Reassigned by PIT

Sat, Feb. 18      (D)       Brett Stern                              Signed to PTO

Fri, Feb. 17        (LW)    Christian Hilbrich         Recalled from WHL