GOERS BURIES OVERTIME WINNER AS PENS BEAT PHANTOMS, 4-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Barry Goers scored the overtime game-winner with 15 seconds remaining in the extra frame to lift the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (38-15-3-0) snapped a four-game skid thanks to Goers’ first goal of the season coming while skating in his 300th professional game.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netted the night’s first tally when Tom Kostopoulos scored his 20th goal of the season while the two clubs were playing four-on-four at 17:08 of the first period. The goal secured Kostopoulos’ sixth 20-goal season of his career.

Greg Carey tied the game, 1-1, 8:43 into the second period on the man advantage for Lehigh Valley. Later in the frame, Danick Martel snuck one past Tristan Jarry, giving the Phantoms a 2-1 lead.

Less than two minutes after Martel’s goal, the Penguins responded. Oskar Sundqvist’s pass to Jarrett Burton found the back of the net after it bounced off Burton’s skate, sending the game to a 2-2 tie for the third period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jumped back ahead when Dominik Simon sent a picture perfect pass to Jean-Sébastien Dea who was all alone in the slot and rifled one into Lehigh Valley’s cage. Dea’s goal gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead 2:04 into the third period.

However, another power play goal for the Phantoms equalized the score at 3-3 with 7:57 left in regulation. This time, Corban Knight was the one responsible for Lehigh Valley’s man advantage marker.

At 4:45 of the overtime period, Goers jumped up into the play and batted in a rebound for his first goal since Apr. 18, 2015, clinching the win for the Penguins.

Jarry turned away 34 shots in the victory for the Penguins. Alex Lyon stopped 28 shots in the overtime loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is a week from now, Saturday, Mar. 4, and it will take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8, and once again, its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS LOSE TO COMETS, 2-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell 2-1 to the Utica Comets at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday night.

The Penguins (37-15-3-0) attempted a third period rally, out-shooting the Comets by a 10-3 margin in the final period of play, but ended up just short of a tying goal.

Utica struck first when defenseman Jordan Subban scored for the third-straight game. Subban flew down the right wing boards on an odd man rush and picked the top corner at 10:25 of the opening frame.

Darren Archibald gave the Comets’ a 2-0 lead by sliding past the Penguins defense and completing a nice deke in tight to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net 9:43 into the second period.

The Penguins pulled within a goal at 8:50 of the third period thanks to a power play goal by Tom Kostopoulos who was set-up for a tip in the slot by Dominik Simon. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton could not muster an equalizer as Utica clung to its one-goal lead as time expired.

Tristan Jarry turned in 23 saves as part of a shining performance in net for the Penguins. Thatcher Demko posted 27 stops during the win for the Comets.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 25, when it takes on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will once again be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

KOSTOPOULOS TAKES IT OUTSIDE – 2011 HERITAGE CLASSIC


Tom Kostopoulos has appeared in 630 National Hockey League contests during his long and vaunted career, and 629 of those took place in friendly, climate-controlled structures.

But on February 20, 2011, TK and his Calgary Flames teammates hit the ice outdoors in what may be the coldest game ever played.

The 2011 Heritage Classic took place at McMahon Stadium in Calgary between the Flames and Montreal Canadiens.  More than 40,000 fans packed into the venue, despite sub-zero temperates.

There was some fear leading up to the game that the contest would have to be delayed or even canceled because of the weather.

“They kept changing the cut off, the degrees,” recalled Kostopoulos.  “A week before I think was at minus-8 we weren’t going to play.  Then two days before they said minus-10 we won’t play.  That’s degrees celsius.

“And we played at minus-12.  It was freezing, except for the benches.  The benches were heated.”

The wind chill brought the temperature down to -25 celsius, and one of Kostopoulos’ teammates had a unique way to stay warm during play.

“Our goalie, Miikka Kiprusoff, wore a full scuba diving suit underneath his equipment,” recalled TK, who mentioned that many of his friends who visited for the game cam unprepared for the frigid temps.

But the weather didn’t cool the enthusiasm of the those who too part in the game, or who were there to experience the spectacle from he stands.

“It was just cool to see the amount of people in the building, and then the roar when we did something well or scored,” said Kostopoulos. “When you’re used to playing in front of 10 to 12,000 people, 60,000 is a lot different.  So it was pretty amazing, just taking it all in.”

PENGUINS vs DEVILS – GAME PREVIEW

Devils vs Penguins

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to the New York capital to face off with the Albany Devils on Friday night. It’s the second of two meetings between the teas this season, following on a 3-1 Penguins win on October 26 in Wilkes-Barre.

The Devils (29-21-1-1) currently sit in second place in the North Division, having won three of their past four games.

The Penguins (37-11-3-0) carry a three-game winning streak into their final regular season game in Albany.


DATE:  Friday, February 17, 2017
TIME:  7:00pm
PLACE:  Times Union Center
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ABOUT THE DEVILS

RECORD 29-21-1-1, 60 pts | Second in North Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Ben Sexton 18
ASSISTS  Joel Quenneville 24
POINTS  Joel Quenneville 35
PIM  Andrew MacWilliam 79
WINS  Ken Appleby 14
GAA  Ken Appleby 2.42

WHO’S HOT:  Rookie BLAKE COLEMAN has four points (1+3) in the Devils’ past three games, and currently ranks second on the team with 17 goals and 32 points. He’s 10th in the league among rookies in points, and fourth among first-year goal scorers.

NEWS AND NOTESJOEL QUENNEVILLE is fourth among AHL rookies with 35 points and tied for second with 24 assists. His six power play goals are tied for third among first year skaters…Former Penguin BRIAN GIBBONS is fourth on the team with 26 points, and his 11 goals this season equals his previous AHL bests (2011-12 and 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)…BEN SEXTON is tied for the league lead with five game-winning goals…The Devils hold the fifth best penalty killing unit in the AHL with an 84.8% success rate (195 for 230)…Albany is tied for the league lead with seven overtime wins this season.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  37-11–3-0 (77 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS – (Active Players)

GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  18
ASSISTS  David Warsofsky  25
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  40
PIM  Tom Sestito  97
WINS  Tristan Jarry  22
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.22

WHO’S HOT: SAHIR GILL has four points (2+2) in his past two games, and has points in five of his past seven appearances (3+5=8). He has set new AHL bests in assists (11) and points (15) this season.

NEWS AND NOTES: An official scoring change from Tuesday night’s win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms gave TOM KOSTOPOULOS an assist in the contest, allowing the Penguins captain to hit the 40-point mark for the fourth consecutive season, and the eighth time in his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career…OSKAR SUNDQVIST had been scoreless in five games since returning from injury before recording a pair of goals, including a short-handed tally, in Tuesday’s win over the Phantoms…Five of DOMINIK SIMON’s eight goals this season have been game-winners, tying him for the top spot in the AHL…DAVID WARSOFSKY is one assist shy of tying his single season best (26), established with Providence in 2013-14. His 11 goals and 36 points in just 36 games this season are both personal bests for the All-Star defenseman…TRISTAN JARRY is tied for the AHL lead with 22 wins this season, and is currently tied with Marc-Andre Fluery for seventh on the team’s all-time list…The Penguins 86.5 penalty kill rate (189 for 207) is times in the league.

PENGUINS WIN OVERTIME THRILLER WITH BEARS, 4-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter scored the overtime game-winner to cap off a four-point night as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears, 4-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

The two clubs combined for six power play goals in regulation, but two minutes and 55 seconds into the extra period, Teddy Blueger hit Porter at center ice on a breakaway, leading to the lone even strength goal of the evening against Bears goaltender Vítek Vaněček. The goal lifted the Penguins to their league-leading 35th victory in thrilling fashion.

The Bears opened the scoring, tallying a power play goal at the 7:20 mark in the first period when Paul Carey snuck one past the glove of Tristan Jarry.

Danny Kristo tied the game, 1-1, 8:55 into the second period on the man advantage for the Penguins. Later in the period, the Penguins scored their second power play goal of the game after David Warsofsky blasted one home from the point.

Two more power play goals in the third period allowed Hershey to tie the game and subsequently take a 3-2 lead. Chandler Stephenson found the back of the cage 6:30 into the third stanza, and Christian Thomas notched the go-ahead goal 3:24 later.

With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton desperate to find a tying goal, captain Tom Kostopoulos scored on a two-man advantage for his 200th career AHL goal. Kostopoulos’ milestone marker knotted the score, 3-3, with just under four minutes to play in regulation.

The Penguins had to kill off another Bears power play during the sudden death overtime, and shortly thereafter, Blueger fed Porter for the breakaway that led to the game-winning goal.

Jarry recorded 28 saves for his league-leading 21st win of the season. Vaněček stopped 32 of 36 shots in the net for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11, against the Binghamton Senators. Saturday night’s contest is also the Penguins’ annual Military Appreciation Night.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/7/17

 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton splits first weekend out of All-Star break

Penguins (34-10-3-0) coming off of impressive 7-1 victory over division rival

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS 2 vs. St. John’s 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got offensive contributions from two defensemen, but it wasn’t enough to beat the visiting St. John’s IceCaps. Ethan Prow scored his first pro goal, and Derrick Pouliot cashed in on the power play for the Penguins.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4 – PENGUINS 7 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
In the Phantoms’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, the Penguins shut them down with a convincing 7-1 victory. Eleven different Penguins recorded a point, while Sahir Gill, Tom Kostopoulos, Kevin Porter, Garrett Wilson and Josh Archibald all had multi-point performances. Archibald tied a career-high with three points (2G-1A), and posted his team-leading third shorthanded goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – PENGUINS vs. St. John’s
The IceCaps return to face the Penguins for the fourth time this season and final regular season meeting in franchise history. St. John’s leads the season series, 2-1-0-0, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 17-5-1-0 all-time against the IceCaps.

 

Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The resurgent Hershey Bears come to Northeast PA to take on the Penguins. After starting the New Year 2-6-2-1, the Bears have now won four-straight. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holds a big advantage in the season series, winning seven of nine meetings so far.

 

Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
The Penguins have gone 4-1-0-0 against the Senators this season as the two teams prepare for their sixth and final meeting of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the last head-to-head, 6-2 at Binghamton. Saturday’s game is also the Penguins’ Military Appreciation Night.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are 10-2-1-0 when coming off of a loss this season.

– The Penguins are 15-1-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos played in his 600th game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, becoming the 14th person in league history to appear in 600+ contests with one club.

– Friday’s game was Steve Oleksy’s 500th professional game. Oleksy has played in four different leagues over the course of his career (NHL, AHL, ECHL, IHL).

– Rookie Teddy Blueger has nine points (2G-7A) in his last  eight games.

– Josh Archibald is the first Penguin to have three shorthanded goals in a season since 2013-14 (Brian Gibbons, Dominik Uher).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-31 rating.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 47 34 10 3 0 71 .755
2. Lehigh Valley 45 30 13 2 0 62 .689
3. Providence 46 26 12 5 3 60 .652
4. Hershey 47 24 13 7 3 58 .617
5. Bridgeport 44 26 16 1 1 54 .614
6. Springfield 45 17 20 6 2 42 .467
7. Hartford 47 17 25 3 2 39 .415

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 47 17 19 36
Oskar Sundqvist 41 14 19 33
David Warsofsky 32 9 24 33
Garrett Wilson 47 11 17 28

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 29 20-8-1 2.24 .920 1
Casey DeSmith* 17 13-2-2 2.26 .913 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Feb. 8      St. John’s           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 10        Hershey            Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 11        Binghamton     Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Jan. 30   (C)      Carter Rowney                      Recalled by PIT

Thu, Feb. 2      (D)      Brett Stern                     Released from PTO

PENGUINS SHUT DOWN PHANTOMS, 7-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A packed house at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza witnessed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take down the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7-1, on Saturday during the Penguins’ “Pink in the Rink” night.

The Penguins (34-10-3-0) had 11 different players chip in on the scoresheet and were led by Josh Archibald who tied a career-best with three points (2G-1A).

The night started off strong when Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos found the back of the net just 6:42 into the game.

Archibald scored the first of his two goals on the night at the 11:11 mark of the first period after accepting an incredible pass from Garrett Wilson. Five minutes later, Archibald struck shorthanded, making it 3-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins continued to put the pressure on the Phantoms in the second period, and broke loose for a fourth goal when Archibald set up Wilson 9:05 into the middle frame. Fifty-nine seconds later, Sahir Gill snuck his second goal of the season through the five-hole of Anthony Stolarz for a 5-0 lead for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Chris Conner ruined Tristan Jarry’s chance at the shutout by tipping in a two-man advantage tally at 14:34 of the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly reestablished their five-goal lead in quick fashion, though, as Danny Kristo scored a mere 62 seconds after Conner’s marker.

Kostopoulos scored again for his 199th career AHL goal to put a bow on the Penguins’ 7-1 victory.

Jarry earned his 20th win of the season, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced. Stolarz turned aside 25 shots in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Feb. 8 against the St. John’s IceCaps at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON DEFEATED BY ST. JOHN’S, 5-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Mike McCarron recorded three points (1G-2A) and Daniel Carr netted a pair of goals to lead the St. John’s IceCaps to a 5-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (33-10-3-0) suffered their first loss on home ice this calendar year, and had a five-game home winning streak snapped in the process.

The IceCaps wasted little time in finding the back of the net, as Ryan Johnston beat Tristan Jarry on the first shot of the night just 62 seconds into the game.

The Penguins answered back quickly, though, as Ethan Prow found the back of the net for his first pro goal 2:37 into the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 2-1 lead after Derrick Pouliot ripped a shot from the point off of a pass from Sahir Gill at the 11:35 mark of the first period.  The power play marker was Pouliot’s third goal of the season and gave the Penguins defenseman a three-game point streak.

That was all of the offense the Penguins would muster, though, and the IceCaps tallied four straight goals.

Carr tied the game at 2-2 by victimizing the Penguins after an icing call 14:53 into the second period. McCarron gave the IceCaps their second lead of the game off of an offensive zone face-off after an icing, making it 3-2 at 4:57 of the third period.

Carr later added his second goal of the game, a power play tally with six minutes remaining. Before former Penguin Bobby Farnham rounded off the scoring with an empty netter at 19:08 of the third frame.

Jarry stopped 22 of 26 shots while manning the crease for the Penguins, while Lindgren stopped 25 of 27 shots in the win for the IceCaps.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4, for the first visit of the season by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday’s contest against the Phantoms is also the Penguins annual “Pink in the Rink” breast cancer awareness night.  The teams will be facing off on pink ice at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, and fans can buy a special ticket package with a portion of their purchase going to the American Cancer Society.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’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 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/31/17

 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has dominant January, cruises into All-Star break

Penguins (33-9-3-0) get set for a six-game home stand out of the break

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Syracuse 2

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton prevailed in a tight game thanks to David Warsofsky’s heroic overtime effort. The game-winning goal came with just 1.2 seconds left in the extra frame.

 

Friday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS 3 at Utica 2

In their first meeting of the season, the Penguins downed the Comets, 3-2. Kevin Porter, Tom Sestito and Cameron Gaunce each recorded two assists in the contest, but Casey DeSmith stole the show with his 27 save effort in the win.

 

Saturday, Jan. 28 – PENGUINS 6 at Binghamton 2

Teddy Blueger and Dominik Simon both had three-point nights as the Penguins rolled into the All-Star break. Three points for Blueger established a new career high. Kostopoulos scored to reach his 500th AHL point.

 

Monday, Jan. 30 – AHL ALL-STAR CHALLENGE

Clark Donatelli’s Atlantic Division All-Stars surrendered only two goals in regulation over the four-game three-on-three tournament, but fell 1-0 (shootout) in the championship game to the Central Division.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS vs. St. John’s

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first game after the break sees the IceCaps come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time this season. The two teams split two contests on The Rock back in December.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley was victorious in the teams’ last game on  Jan. 20 and is 2-0-0-0 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. These two beasts of the East are meeting for just the third time this season with eight more matchups to come.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ended the month of January with a 12-2-0-0 record. It was the best the Pens have ever done in Jan. and tied the club record for wins in one month (March, 2008).

– Team captain Tom Kostopoulos became the 91st player in AHL history to achieve 500 career AHL points.

– David Warsofsky’s goal on Wednesday with 1.2 seconds      left in overtime is the latest OT game-winner scored in         Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history

– Warsofsky finished fourth in the CCM Hardest Shot event at the AHL All-Star Skills Competition, unleashing a 98.4 mph slap shot.

– Tristan Jarry allowed only one goal on seven shots faced during the AHL All-Star Challenge. He had the best goals against average of the eight goalies in the tournament (0.33).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 45 33 9 3 0 69 .767
2. Lehigh Valley 43 29 12 2 0 60 .698
3. Providence 45 25 12 5 3 58 .644
4. Bridgeport 42 25 15 1 1 52 .619
5. Hershey 44 21 13 7 3 52 .591
6. Springfield 43 16 19 6 2 40 .465
7. Hartford 45 16 24 3 2 37 .411

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 45 15 18 33
Oskar Sundqvist 39 14 19 33
David Warsofsky 30 9 24 33
two players tied 26

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 27 19-7-1 2.21 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 17 13-2-2 2.26 .913 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Feb. 3          St. John’s          Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 4        Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Wed, Feb. 8      St. John’s          Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu, Jan. 26     (C)      Carter Rowney                      Recalled by PIT

Thu, Jan. 26     (D)      Steve Oleksy                   Reassigned to WBS

Fri, Jan. 27       (C)      Carter Rowney               Reassigned to WBS

Man, Jan. 30    (C)      Carter Rowney                      Recalled by PIT

KOSTOPOULOS EARNS 500TH AHL POINT IN PENGUINS’ 6-2 WIN

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ended their schedule before the All-Star break on a high note by setting a franchise record, seeing their captain hit an historic milestone, and beating the Binghamton Senators, 6-2, on Saturday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Penguins (33-9-3-0) set a club record with their 12th win in the month of January, and Tom Kostopoulos became the 91st player in American Hockey League history to earn 500 points in his AHL career.

The Penguins struck first in the contest when Ryan Haggerty unloaded a fireball at the Senators net that burned past Chris Driedger at 10:52 of the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its lead when Teddy Blueger used his soccer skills to kick the puck over to a wide open Dominik Simon who wasted no time burying it. Simon’s tally was his sixth of the season and came at 15:32.

The Senators got on the board thanks to Nick Paul knocking in a rebound with 2:57 left in the first period. However, the Penguins quick reestablished their two-goal lead 1:05 later with a pinpoint pass from Blueger to Jean-Sébastien Dea. Twenty-one seconds after that, Blueger scored a goal of his own, making it 4-1 for the Penguins.

Chad Nehring tipped in a point shot and brought the Senators within two 6:04 into the second period. But once again, the Penguins responded. Derrick Pouliot danced his way through the neutral zone and fed Danny Kristo who brought the score to 5-2.

Kostopoulos achieved his 500th AHL point on a goal at 11:54 of the third period and put a bow on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s league-leading 33rd victory of 2016-17.

All-Star Tristan Jarry made 32 saves for his 19th win of the season, which is tied for most in the AHL. Driedger posted 10 stops on 14 shots before being replaced by Matt O’Connor at the start of the second period. O’Connor made 9 saves on 11 shots faced.

On deck for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the All-Star break, during which the Penguins’ David Warsofsky and Tristan Jarry will participate in the AHL All-Star Classic at PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next 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 at Casey Plaza 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.