TOM KOSTOPOULOS REACHES 500 CAREER AHL POINTS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Tom Kostopoulos has earned himself another spot in the history books. With a goal against the Binghamton Senators on Saturday night, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ captain earned his 500th point in the American Hockey League.

Kostopoulos becomes the 91st player in AHL history to reach 500 career points. He is also Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise leader in goals (172), assists (257), points (429), power play goals (63), game-winning goals (24) and games played (598).

The Mississauga, Ont. native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round (204th overall) at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He began his professional career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the team’s inaugural season in 1999-2000. Kostopoulos, 38, is currently in his sixth season wearing the “C” as captain of the Penguins.

Last year, Kostopoulos become just the fourth player in the history of the game to appear in 600 games in both the NHL and AHL.

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 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.

 

Tom Kostopoulos AHL Career Statistics

GP G A PTS PIM
W-B/S 1999-2004 & 2013-2017 598 172 257 429 826
Manchester 2004-2005 64 25 46 71 99

 

with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…
1999-2004 318 97 149 246 527
2013-2017 280 75 108 182 299

PENGUINS BEAT CRUNCH, 3-2, IN OVERTIME THRILLER

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – On Tuesday, David Warsofsky was named to his first All-Star Game. On Wednesday, Warsofsky further validated his selection by scoring with 1.2 seconds left in overtime as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Syracuse Crunch, 3-2, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (31-9-3-0) captured their fifth-straight win on home ice thanks to Warsofsky’s second OT game-winner of the season.

As time ticked away in the extra frame and the Crunch possessed the puck in the Penguins’ zone, Warsofsky stripped a Syracuse player of the rubber and rushed the length of the ice on a breakaway.  With one shot to give his club the win before things would be decided in a shootout, Warsofsky picked the top corner over the blocker of Kristers Gudļevskis and was mobbed in celebration by his teammates who spilled off of the bench and onto the ice

Syracuse struck first at 13:26 of the opening period when Joël Vermin roofed a shot bar-down above Tristan Jarry off a cross-crease feed from Cory Conacher.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened the score, 1-1, at 4:15 of the second period after Tom Kostopoulos swooped across the Syracuse crease, corralled a Teddy Blueger rebound and potted the tying goal. The marker was his 499th career point in the AHL.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead at 6:30 of the middle frame after Kevin Porter scored blocker-side on a breakaway thanks to a needle-threading stretch pass from Warsofsky.

Syracuse’s Adam Comrie made it 2-2 at 9:31 of the second stanza after knocking in a rebound that sprung free next to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net.

An up-and-down third period yielded no more scoring. The two division-leading squads remained in a stalemate and required sudden death, three-on-three OT to settle the contest. Warsofsky finished the job from there.

Jarry made 39 saves on 41 shots faced, earned his 18th win of the season, and moved into a tie for first place in wins among AHL goalies. He also surpassed his win total from his rookie season.

Kristers Gudļevskis made 26 saves on 29 shots for the Crunch.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 27, when they travel to upstate New York and face the Utica Comets for the first time this season. 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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/24/17

 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the first AHL team to reach 30 wins

Penguins (30-9-3-0) get set to face a series of North Division foes

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – PENGUINS 5 at Hershey 3
The Penguins downed their rivals at Giant Center thanks to a game-winning goal with exactly two minutes left in regulation by Carter Rowney. The win made the season series 6-2-0-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Friday, Jan. 20 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 5
Despite climbing back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fell short of a comeback victory against the Phantoms at PPL Center. Rowney tallied an assist to keep his point streak alive at five games.

Saturday, Jan. 21 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 1
For the first time in two weeks, the Penguins returned home to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. They beat the Bears in convincing fashion and saw multi-point performances from Ryan Haggerty, J.S. Dea, Tom Kostopoulos and Dominik Simon.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 25 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton faces Syracuse for the third time this month and fifth time this season. The Penguins hold the edge in the season series at 3-1-0-0, but lost the last meeting on  Jan. 16 by a score of 4-1.

Friday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS at Utica
The Pens take on the Comets for the first time this season. Last year, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the season series with two wins. Utica currently sits fourth in the North Division.

Saturday, Jan. 28 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
In the second of back-to-back games, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will take on the Senators in their fifth meeting of the season. The Pens have won three of four against the Sens, the most recent on Jan. 7, 5-4, on the back of two goals by Danny Kristo.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins became the first AHL team to 30 wins on the year after beating Hershey, 5-1, on Jan. 21.

– Carter Rowney’s four-game goal-streak achieved on Jan. 18 at Hershey was the longest of his professional career.

– Carter Rowney has at least one point in all six of his games since returning from injury and posted eight points (5G-3A) in that time.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 9-2-0-0 so far in the month of January and undefeated at home (4-0-0-0).

– Jean-Sébastien Dea is in the midst of a three-game point streak, during which he’s recorded two goals and three assists.

– Tom Kostopoulos is two points away from reaching 500 career AHL points.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 42 30 9 3 0 63 .750
2. Lehigh Valley 40 27 11 2 0 56 .700
3. Providence 42 24 11 4 3 55 .655
4. Bridgeport 39 22 15 1 1 46 .590
5. Hershey 41 19 13 7 2 47 .573
6. Springfield 40 15 17 6 2 38 .475
7. Hartford 42 15 23 3 1 34 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Oskar Sundqvist 39 14 19 33
Tom Kostopoulos 42 13 18 31
David Warsofsky 27 8 21 29
Garrett Wilson 42 10 15 25

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 25 17-7-1 2.24 .918 1
Casey DeSmith* 16 12-2-2 2.28 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 25    Syracuse           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 27        Utica                  Utica Memorial Aud.          7:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 28      Binghamton     Veterans Memorial Arena  7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Jan. 17     (D)      Cameron Gaunce                  Recalled by PIT

Fri, Jan. 20      (D)      Michael Webster           Recalled from WHL

Sat, Jan. 21      (D)      Michael Webster          Reassigned to WHL

Sun, Jan. 22    (D)      Michael Webster           Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS DEFEAT HERSHEY, 5-1, IN HOMECOMING WIN

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – It was a well-received homecoming for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as they defeated the Hershey Bears (19-20-7-2) by a 5-1 score in front of a sell-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

The Penguins (30-9-3-0), playing their first home game in two weeks, became the first team in the American Hockey League to reach 30 wins this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring on the power play after a tic-tac-toe passing play and redirect off the shaft of Carter Rowney’s stick at 15:49 of the first period. His tenth goal on the year extended his point streak to six games since returning from injury.

Two quick strikes put the Penguins up 3-0 in the middle frame after Jean-Sébastien Dea scored at 1:13 and Ryan Haggerty ripped one home just a minute and a half afterwards. Haggerty struck again at 14:14 of the second period, making it 4-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Hershey finally got on the board at 3:46 of the final period with a goal from Zach Sanford. But Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reestablished a four-goal cushion at 7:08 of the third period with an exceptional effort by team captain Tom Kostopoulos, who knocked in a rebound while suspended in mid-air. Kostopoulos’ goal was his second point of the night and brought him within two points of reaching 500 in his AHL career.

Casey DeSmith made 20 saves in net for the Penguins and earned his 12th win of the season. Vítek Vaněček recorded 11 saves on 15 shots before being replaced in the second period by Joe Cannata. Cannata posted nine stops on 10 pucks the Penguins threw his way.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Jan. 25, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Crunch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Wednesday’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.

 

PENGUINS – PHANTOMS TO BECOME FAMILIAR FOES


The rivalry between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms has always been an intense one. But this year’s series between the two teams takes on even more significant when you look at how the two teams have performed thus far this season.

The Penguins currently hold down the top spot in the American Hockey League with a .763 points percentage (61 points in 40 games). There’s just one other club in the AHL with a points percentage over the .700 mark, and that happens to be the Phantoms, who have 52 points in 37 games.

Needless to say, the 11 times the teams meet over the final three months of the season could go a long way in helping to deciding who the Atlantic Division champion will be.

The teams’ stats are strikingly similar.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has allowed the fewest goals against per game in the league at 2.325, while Lehigh Valley is close behind, ranking fourth overall at 2.648.

The Phantoms lead the AHL by averaging 3.675 goals for per game, while the Penguins place third overall at 3.425.

The Penguins have put together a pair of seven-game winning streaks this season, while the Phantoms’ eight-game streak from November 2-18 is tied for the longest in the league this year.

And the Keystone State foes are two of just three clubs (Grand Rapids is the other) to not have a losing or winless streak stretch past two games.

There is some separation on special teams, as Lehigh Valley ranks fifth overall with a 23.5% success rate on the power play, compared to the Penguins’ 10th place showing at 18.9%.

The Penguins flip the script on the PK however, ranking second in the entire league with an 86.7% success rate, while the Phantoms are 16th overall at 82.1%.

So what do those numbers all add up to? We’ll see soon enough.  The clubs begin what’s sure to be a hard-fought stretch of games this Friday night in Allentown.

NOTES: Penguins forward Carter Rowney missed the entire month of December (and part of January) due to injury, but has come back strong since rejoining the lineup. He has five points in his first four games back, and carries a career-best four-game goal streak into this weekend’s action.

Tristan Jarry won his league-leading 17th game of the season on Wednesday night in Hershey, equalling the win total from his rookie campaign. His 34 career wins are ninth on the team’s all-time list. Dany Sabourin is eighth with 38 wins, and Marc-Andre Fleury is seventh with 39.

Tom Kostopoulos is four points away from hitting the 500 mark for his AHL career. His 826 penalty minutes are third on the Penguins all-time list, and just four behind Darcy Verot’s second place total of 830.

The Penguins’ next home game is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent is Hershey. Fewer than 400 tickets remain for Saturday night’s contest against the Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/17/17

 

Penguins start the New Year with seven-game win streak

First-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (28-8-3-0) prepares for division opponents

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 11 – PENGUINS 2 at Toronto 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner from Tom Sestito with 3:10 left. It was the Pens’ first regulation win at Toronto since Jan. 26, 2013.

 

Friday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS 3 at Rochester 2
The Penguins cashed in twice on the power play en route to beating the Amerks. Carter Rowney returned to the Pens’ line-up for the first time in 18 games and had a goal and an assist.

 

Saturday, Jan. 14 – PENGUINS 3 at Syracuse 1
Tying a season-high, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it seven wins in a row with its victory over Syracuse. Rowney scored for the second-straight game, and Tom Kostopoulos earned his 300th career assist in the AHL.

 

Monday, Jan. 16– PENGUINS 1 at Syracuse 4
Rowney found the back of the net for the third game in a row, but the Penguins saw their streak come to an end.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Hershey for the seventh time this season. At Giant Center, the Pens are 3-1-0-0 this season and have put up three come-from-behind, overtime victories.

 

Friday, Jan. 20 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The top two squads in the Atlantic Division face-off for just the second time this season. The Pens are 9-2-1-1 all-time at PPL Center, but the Phantoms won their last meeting, 4-1.

 

Saturday, Jan. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Penguins return home for the first time in seven games, and they take on the Bears for the second time of the week. Less than 900 tickets remain for this clash between bitter rivals.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ seven-game winning streak was their second of the 2016-17 season.

– Dating back to before his injury, Carter Rowney has seven points (5G-2A) in his last seven games.

– Tristan Jarry is in a three-way tie for the most wins in the league with 16.

– Rowney’s current three-game goal-scoring streak is the third of his career. He has never scored in four-straight games before at any point in his pro career.

– Of Dominik Simon’s five goals this season, four have been game-winners.

– Tom Kostopoulos is six points away from reaching 500 career AHL points.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 39 28 8 3 0 59 .756
2. Lehigh Valley 37 25 10 2 0 52 .703
3. Providence 39 22 10 4 3 51 .654
4. Hershey 38 19 10 7 2 47 .618
5. Bridgeport 36 19 15 1 1 40 .556
6. Springfield 37 15 15 5 2 37 .500
7. Hartford 39 14 21 3 1 32 .410

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Oskar Sundqvist 37 14 18 32
David Warsofsky^ 24 7 21 28
Tom Kostopoulos 39 12 15 27
Garrett Wilson 39 9 14 23

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Tristan Jarry              23       16-6-1         2.13        0.921           1

Casey DeSmith*      15       11-2-2         2.36       0.910          0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                   OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 18       Hershey             Giant Center                      7:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 20          Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 21          Hershey              Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu,  Jan. 12    (D)      Chad Ruhwedel                  Reassigned by PIT

Sun, Jan. 15     (D)      Brett Stern                                 Signed to PTO

Mon, Jan. 16   (LW)   Jake Guentzel                           Recalled by PIT

Mon, Jan. 16   (D)      Chad Ruhwedel                       Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS WIN SIXTH-STRAIGHT IN 3-2 DEFEAT OF AMERICANS

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their current win-streak to six games by beating the Rochester Americans, 3-2, at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on Friday night.

Two power play goals paced the Penguins (28-7-3-0) to victory, including a tally from Carter Rowney in his first game back from injury that kept him out 18 games.

Rochester got an early jump in the game, as Daniel Muzito-Bagenda nabbed a rebound goal for the Americans 4:37 into the first.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded minutes later with its first man advantage marker. Carter Rowney nabbed his seventh goal of the season on a pass from Tom Kostopoulos at 9:44 of the first. Kostopoulos then got a power play goal of his own 3:50 later as the result of tipping in a slap shot from Tim Erixon.

Rowney and Kostopoulos’ power play goals turned the tables on the home team, and quickly put the Penguins into a 2-1 lead.

While the second period yielded no additional score for either team, the Penguins penalty kill put in a stingy performance, killing off their third, fourth, and fifth penalties of the game.

The Americans evened the score at 5:38 of the third, as former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Cal O’Reilly broke the Penguins’ penalty kill streak and potted a power play goal for Rochester.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton sealed their eventual win when Stuart Percy grabbed the go-ahead goal at 13:16 in the third. The Penguins killed six of seven Rochester power plays for the win, and cashed in on two of their own four man-advantages.

Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry turned aside 27 shots in his 16th win of the season, tying him for the league lead. Amerks netminder John Muse stopped 21 of 24 shots.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 14, when they face off with the Syracuse Crunch at 7:00 p.m. at Onondaga County Oncenter War Memorial Arena. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and their opponent will be the Hershey Bears.

Individual game tickets for the game on Jan. 21 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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/27/16

 

Penguins in the midst of season-best six-game winning streak

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (20-5-3-0) still owns AHL’s No. 1 overall spot

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 14 – PENGUINS 6 at Hartford 2

Dominik Simon led an offensive onslaught of the Wolf Pack, racking up four assists in the Pens’ win. Simon, Kevin Porter, Tom Sestito and Oskar Sundqvist all had multi-point outings.

Friday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Rochester 1

Rochester was downed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in its first and only visit to Northeastern Pennsylvania this season. Lukas Bengtsson scored his first AHL goal, and Casey DeSmith fell just 1:22 short of his first shutout of the season.

Saturday, Dec. 17 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Springfield 2

The Penguins finally got the best of the Thunderbirds by beating them 4-2 on Teddy Bear Toss night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Tristan Jarry earned his 12th win.

Monday, Dec. 26 – PENGUINS 5 at Binghamton 4

Four combined goals in 3:37 of game time highlighted this showdown, but the Pens pulled off the comeback and sixth-straight win thanks in large part to Jake Guentzel’s three points.

 

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield

The T-Birds return to the Penguins’ home ice 10 days after their defeat before the holiday break. Springfield holds the season series edge at 2-1-0-0.

Friday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Providence has only lost once in regulation (11-1-1-3) since falling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in their last meeting on Nov. 12.

Saturday, Dec. 31 – PENGUINS at Binghamton

Before the calendar flips to 2017, the Pens drops the puck with the Sens in a New Year’s Eve clash. The Pens have won both meetings this season.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ current six-game win streak is the second-longest of Clark Donatelli’s head coaching tenure. Donatelli’s Pens won seven in a row from Jan. 2 – Jan. 13, 2016.

– Jake Guentzel leads all AHL rookies with 29 points (14G-15A) and a plus-16 rating.

– Guentzel’s 14 goals also put him in a four-way tie for the most in the league.

– Defenseman David Warsofsky has 12 points (3G-9A) in his last nine games.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored four goals or more in every one of its victories over the course of its six-game win streak.

– Tristan Jarry’s 12 wins is the second-most in the league.

– Tom Kostopoulos is 13 points away from his 500th in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          28       20         5          3          0        43          .768

2. Lehigh Valley      29        20        8          1          0        41           .707

3. Hershey               29        17          6         4          2        40          .690

4. Providence         30        16          7         4          3        39          .650

5. Bridgeport          28         16         12        0          0        32           .571

6. Springfield          27         11         11          3          2          27         .500

7. Hartford              29          11        14         3          1           26          .448

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*           23        14        15         29

Oskar Sundqvist         26        13        14         27

Tom Kostopoulos       28         9         11         20

Garrett Wilson            28         6         12         18

David Warsofsky         19         5         13         18

 

GOALIES                 GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*     10      8-0-2         1.97        0.925         0

Tristan Jarry             18       12-5-1         2.10        0.924           1

* = rookie

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                                TIME      

Tue, Dec. 27     Springfield         Mohegan Sun Arena               7:00 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 30      Providence         Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 31      Binghamton       Veterans Memorial Arena     6:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Dec. 17         (D)      Chad Ruhwedel         Recalled from loan by PIT

PENS DEFEAT SENS, 5-4, IN OFFENSIVE SHOWCASE

BOXSCORE

 

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 5-4 victory against the Binghamton Senators on Monday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Penguins (20-5-3-0) became the second team this season to reach the 20-win threshold and maintained the No. 1 overall spot in the American Hockey League with the win.

Jake Guentzel not only capped off a three-point (2G-1A) night on his behalf with the game-winning goal in the third period, but also rounded out the scoring in what was an all-around wild, offensively-charged match-up.

Binghamton struck first with a power play goal from Mike Kostka just over five minutes into the game.

Tom Kostopoulos answered for the Penguins, knocking a puck past a fallen Matt O’Connor after being set up beautifully at the side of the Senators’ cage by Guentzel. Kostopoulos’ ninth tally of the season came at 13:07 of the first period.

The Penguins came out strong in the second period, testing O’Connor with multiple shots early in the frame. However, the Senators’ Mike Blunden reestablished a one-goal lead for Binghamton on his team’s first shot of the period 6:07 into the middle frame.

Madness reigned supreme after Blunden’s goal, as the teams combined for two goals each in a mere 3:37 span. Chris Carlisle scored for Binghamton only to see Guentzel respond for the Penguins 24 seconds later. A fortuitous bounce ended up behind Casey DeSmith, resulting in a goal for Jack Rodewald, but Oskar Sundqvist answered back for the Penguins less than a minute after that.

When the dust settled from the four-goal outburst, the Senators held a tender 4-3 lead.

The third period began with a flash reminiscent of the offensive eruption of the second, as Garrett Wilson wired a wrist shot into the top corner to tie the game, 4-4, just 11 seconds into the final frame of regulation.

Guentzel scored his second of the game and team-leading 14th of the season giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its first lead of the night and a 5-4 advantage on a power play marker at 3:35 of the third.

The Penguins weathered a late storm by the Senators and held on for the victory.

DeSmith recorded 28 saves in his eighth win of the season, while O’Connor ended up with 39 stops to his name.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 27, as they’ll face-off against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the better of Springfield in the last meeting, 4-2, in both squads’ final contest Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow night’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.

PENGUINS POST THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

HARTFORD, CT – Kevin Porter and Tom Sestito each recorded a goal and an assist, and Dominik Simon picked up four helpers, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins posted a 6-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Wednesday night.

The victory was the third in a row for the Penguins, whose 17-5-3-0 record remains the top mark in the American Hockey League.  Hartford (7-14-3-1) saw its winless streak stretch to five games (0-4-0-1) with the loss.

Garrett Wilson notched the lone goal of the opening frame at 13:26 and the 1-0 lead held until the 9:34 mark of the second period.  Nicklas Jensen, who was reassigned from the New York Rangers earlier in the day, put home his team-leading ninth tally to tie the score at 1-1.

The deadlock was short-lived, however, as Kevin Porter came in from the far boards and beat netminder Magnus Hellberg glove side just 16 seconds later.

Porter’s goal was the first of four straight for the Penguins.  Cameron Gaunce tallied his first in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform (the eventual game-winner) with 29 seconds left in the second period, and Ryan Haggerty took a feed from Sestito at the far post two and a half minutes into the third to make it a 4-1 advantage.

Tom Kostopoulos extended the Penguins streak of games with a power play goal to seven at the 14:37 mark, before Chris Summers found the back of the net for his first of the season with the Wolf Pack.

Sestito padded the Pens advantage with a second man-advantage marker with just 26 seconds left in the game.

Tristan Jarry picked up his 11th win of the season with a 31 save performance, while Hellberg turned aside 27 shots in defeat.

The Penguins’ are back on home ice this Friday, December 16 as they face-off against the Rochester Americans for the first and only time at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season. The contest is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow night’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.

NOTES:  The game was Tom Sestito’s 300th in the AHL…Jake Guentzel was held scoreless in the game, snapping a three-game scoring streak which saw him tally a goal and an assist in each contest…The Penguins are 11-for-28 (39.3%) on the power play over their past seven games…Simon has nine points (1+8) over the past six games…Wilson’s goal gives him points in three straight games (1+3=4)…David Warsofsky had his five-game scoring streak snapped.