WILKES-BARRE. Pa. – Even though they found themselves down early, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins erupted with offense in the second half of the game to beat the Hershey Bears, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-19-4-2) notched five goals in the final two periods of play, including two from Thomas Di Pauli, to emerge victorious and remain unbeaten in regulation against its bitter rival this season (8-0-1-1).

Hershey wasted little time scoring when Liam O’Brien jammed a puck past Anthony 62 seconds into the contest. Shortly thereafter, the Bears struck again as a centering pass took a favorable bounce right to a wide-open Joe Whitney to extend the lead to 2-0.

Étienne Marcoux then came in to relieve Peters, giving the home team a well-needed energy boost. Joseph Cramarossa put the Penguins on the board at 11:49. Jarrett Burton sped down the right side of the ice and fired the biscuit at Hershey’s net. Cramarossa was right there to knock in the rebound and pull his squad within one.

However, Hershey re-established its two-goal advantage when Jonas Siegenthaler stepped up from the point, shot the puck through a crowd and rifled it over Marcoux’s glove with 4:07 left in the opening frame.

The game turned on its head midway through the second period when Bears defenseman Madison Bowey handed Penguins forward Gage Quinney the puck at the Hershey blue line, springing Quinney loose on a breakaway. Quinney hit the post, but regained the puck and on the same offensive zone possession, fed Tom Sestito atop the crease for a goal that made it 3-2 at 11:58 of the second stanza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton proceeded to out-possess Hershey throughout the second period, peppering Pheonix Copley with grade-A scoring chances. The team’s hard work culminated in Di Pauli burying a buzzer-beater goal at the end of the second period. After being reviewed by the officials, it was determined that the puck crossed the goal line with one second before the second intermission.

The Penguins took a 4-3 lead 2:38 into the third period thanks to Christian Thomas collecting his own rebound and shoving the puck underneath Copley’s equipment. Five minutes later, Di Pauli added another goal, shooting a one-timer on the rush set up by Tom Kostopoulos. The tally that made it 5-3, Penguins, marked Kostopoulos’ third assist of the game.

Siegenthaler notched his second goal of the night while the two teams were skating at four-on-four to make things interesting, but Cramarossa and Teddy Blueger combined on a two-on-one race up ice to put the Penguins back in a 6-4 lead with 4:41 left in regulation.

Marcoux denied 17 of 19 shots he faced to earn his first win in the AHL. Peters left the game having made one save on three shots against. Copley made 26 saves in the loss for Hershey.

The Penguins’ next game is on Tuesday, Mar. 20 when they visit the Toronto Marlies. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday, Mar. 25. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Charlotte Checkers faced one another for the second night in a row at Bojangles’ Coliseum, but this time, the Penguins were on the losing end of a 3-1 final on Wednesday.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (36-18-4-2) pressed hard in the third period, but couldn’t muster the comeback to suffer its first loss in Charlotte in franchise history (5-1-0-0).

The two clubs played to a scoreless tie in the first 20 minutes of play, despite the Penguins forcing plenty of turnovers and generating several odd-man rushes.

Charlotte finally found the game’s first goal at 7:30 of the middle frame when Julien Gauthier muscled his way from the corner to the hashmarks and overpowered Anthony Peters with a heavy snap shot. The Checkers expanded their lead to 2-0 six minutes later on a power play goal generated on a tic-tac-toe setup finished by Greg McKegg.

As the Penguins entered the third period, they wasted no time peppering Alex Nedeljkovic with shots. The Checkers’ goalie continually stifled their efforts until Tom Sestito pitchforked a rebound through Nedeljkovic’s five-hole at 8:11 of the final frame. Daniel Sprong raced past Charlotte’s defense for a breakaway, was stopped by Nedeljkovic, but kept his feet moving to gather the loose puck and put it back on goal, creating the rebound opportunity for Sestito.

With the comeback in sights, McKegg dashed his former team’s hopes by notching an insurance marker for Charlotte with 5:23 left in regulation.

Peters recorded 27 saves, while the opposing Nedeljkovic posted 17 stops.

The Penguins’ next game is at home on Saturday, Mar. 17 against the Hartford Wolf Pack and serves as the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 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, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell in overtime to the Hershey Bears, 4-3, on Sunday at Giant Center.

Daniel Sprong and Gage Quinney led the way offensively for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-5-1-1) with two-point efforts, but Chris Bourque got the last laugh for Hershey by scoring the overtime game-winner.

The Penguins took off early when Quinney fished a puck from a net-front scramble and poked it into the Bears’ net 2:12 into the game. Quinney later set up Daniel Sprong midway through the first period

for his 10th tally of the season, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 2-0 lead.

Liam O’Brien cut the Bears’ deficit in half with 6:33 left in the second period, opening up the skies at Giant Center for thousands of teddy bears and stuffed animals to rain down onto the ice as part of Hershey’s teddy bear toss game.

O’Brien struck again at 8:49 of the third, pulling Hershey into a 2-2 tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. With a delayed penalty upcoming to the Penguins, the Bears pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Following a pitch and catch give-and-go rush through the neutral zone, O’Brien fired his second goal of the night past Anthony Peters.

Hershey assumed a brief 3-2 lead when a point shot by Jonas Siegenthaler slipped in with 6:10 left in regulation, but Tom Sestito brought the game back to an even score less than a minute later.

Sestito’s goal earned the Penguins a point in the standings by forcing overtime, but Bourque found the game-winner on a power play 1:15 into the extra period.

Anthony Peters started in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the second night in a row, making 25 saves in the OT loss. Pheonix Copley turned aside 22 Penguins shots to earn the win for the Bears.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Dec. 6, when they travel to PPL Center to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 8 against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers’ visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for Dec. 8’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 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, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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Penguins use offensive outburst for first two wins of the season

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2-2-0-0) outscores opponents 11-1 in its two victories


Weekly Rewind

Friday, Oct. 13 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Lehigh Valley 0
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earned its first win of the 2017-18 campaign on the back of a 33-save shutout by Casey DeSmith. Tom Sestito tallied the eventual game-winner at 6:21 of the first period, while Daniel Sprong went on to score his second goal of the season with a power play goal.

Saturday, Oct. 14 – PENGUINS 2 at Lehigh Valley 3
The Penguins scored twice in the final period of play, but their comeback fell short against the Phantoms at PPL Center. Sprong kick-started Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s comeback by scoring for the third game in a row. Garrett Wilson later notched his first of the season to pull the Penguins within one, but they never found the late-game equalizer.

Sunday, Oct. 15 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Syracuse 1
Six different Penguins scored in their bounce-back victory during a Sunday matinée with the defending Eastern Conference champions. Gage Quinney scored a goal and had two assists in his AHL debut, and Sprong found the back of the net for the fourth-straight game. Christian Thomas scored his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, as well.


The Week Ahead

Friday, Oct. 20 – PENGUINS vs. Laval
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will try and string together a winning streak when it welcomes the Laval Rocket to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time ever. The Rocket have scored the most goals in the AHL this season (19).

Saturday, Oct. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
Hartford finished last in the AHL last season, but they’re off to a hot start in 2017-18 and tied for the best record in the Atlantic Division (3-1-0-0). The Penguins swept their season series with the Wolf Pack last season, going 6-0-0-0.


Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 7-1-0-1 in the third game of its three-in-three weekends last season and is already 1-0-0-0 at the back-end of three-in-threes this season.

– The Penguins received offense from five and six different goal scorers in its two wins this past weekend.

– Casey DeSmith still has not allowed a goal at even strength this season.

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, five of Daniel Sprong’s nine AHL goals have come on the power play.

– Tom Sestito is one game away from playing his 500th professional game.



1. Charlotte 4 3 1 0 0 6 .750
2. Hartford 4 3 1 0 0 6 .750
3. Lehigh Valley 5 3 1 0 1 7 .700
4. Providence 3 2 1 0 0 4 .667
5. PENGUINS 4 2 2 0 0 4 .500
6. Bridgeport 3 1 2 0 0 2 .333
7. Hershey 3 0 2 0 1 1 .167
8. Springfield 4 0 4 0 0 0 .000


Daniel Sprong* 4 4 2 6
Thomas Di Pauli* 4 2 1 3
Gage Quinney* 1 1 2 3
Dominik Simon 4 1 2 3
Lukas Bengtsson* 4 0 3 3
Kevin Czuczman 4 0 3 3
Casey DeSmith 2 2-0-0 0.50 .983 1
Tristan Jarry 2 0-2-0 3.53 .900 0

* = rookie


DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Oct. 20         Laval                      Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 21         Hartford                Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.



Wed, Oct. 5        (D)     Chris Summers                   Recalled by PIT



WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earned their first win of the 2017-18 season in convincing fashion as Casey DeSmith’s 33-save shutout led the team to a 5-0 triumph over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1-1-0-0) had five different players account for its five goals, while DeSmith recorded the second clean sheet of his career.

After outlasting an early blitzkrieg by the Phantoms, the Penguins’ first goal of the game came from Tom Sestito on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s very first shot of the contest. Thomas Di Pauli outraced Lehigh Valley defenseman Samuel Morin on an impending icing call, then whipped around the net and set-up Sestito for the opening tally at 6:21 of the first period.

Shortly thereafter, Daniel Sprong notched his second power play goal of the season, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

The third Penguins goal came at 7:52 of the second period as Frank Corrado’s fluttering shot from the point fooled Alex Lyon. Jean-Sébastien Dea made it 4-0 at 15:19 of the middle frame with the help of tic-tac-toe passing from Tom Kostopoulos and Adam Johnson. Lyon was pulled from the Phantoms net following Dea’s goal and replaced by Dustin Tokarski.

Tokarski was perfect in relief of Lyon for over 20 minutes of action until the Penguins found another man advantage marker, this time coming from Dominik Simon. Simon closed out the scoring in the 5-0 contest with 2:51 left in regulation.

Johnson (2A), Kevin Czuczman (2A), Zach Trotman (1A) and Dylan Zink (1) all earned their first points as Penguins throughout the course of the evening, as well.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill was a perfect seven-for-seven on the night, and its power play unit converted on two of its six opportunities.

Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon finished with 11 saves on 15 shots before being replaced by Tokarski, who posted eight saves on nine shots.

The Penguins and Phantoms face-off again tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 14, when the two clubs drop the puck at Lehigh Valley’s PPL Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game Sunday, Oct. 15 against the Syracuse Crunch at 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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 Penguins preparing for their first three-in-three weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (0-1-0-0) searches for its first win of 2017-18 against Lehigh Valley, Syracuse


Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Oct. 7 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Charlotte 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened its 19th season of play and quickly saw one of its young stars, Daniel Sprong, light the lamp early in the first period. Thomas Di Pauli also notched a shorthanded goal for the Penguins, but their new Atlantic Division foe, the Charlotte Checkers, had two shorties of its own in store to counter. Charlotte used its special teams attack of one power play goal and two shorthanded goals to defeat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on its home opener.

The Week Ahead

Friday, Oct. 13 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins look for their first win of the season as they renew their rivalry with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 7-4-0-1 against Lehigh Valley last season, including a franchise record shutout streak that lasted more than three games (268:49). The Phantoms are   1-0-0-1, and most recently lost in a shootout to Hartford.

Saturday, Oct. 14 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms face-off once again in the second match-up of their weekend home-and-home. The Penguins have seen much success in the Phantoms’ barn since their relocation to Allentown in 2014. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a 13-3-1-1 all-time record at PPL Center.

Sunday, Oct. 15 – PENGUINS vs. Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton closes out its first three-in-three weekend of the season with a Sunday matinée at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, the Syracuse Crunch. The contest is also the first Kids Get In Free Sunday of the year. Kids age 14 and under enter free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket. Syracuse is off to an 0-1-1-0 start to the season, with its last game being an overtime loss to Rochester.

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 10-9-0 in home openers and  9-10-0 overall in its season openers.

– Seven different players made their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins regular season debut on Saturday: Kevin Czuczman, Adam Johnson, Andrey Pedan, Daniel Sprong, Chris Summers, Christian Thomas and Zach Trotman.

– Thomas Di Pauli’s goal on Saturday was the first shorthanded tally of his pro career.

– Saturday night was the first time since Mar. 19, 2013 vs. Worcester (Freddie Hamilton) that the Penguins allowed two shorthanded goals to the same player in one game.

– Tom Sestito is four games away from playing his 500th professional game.



1. Charlotte 2 2 0 0 0 4 1.00
2. Providence 1 1 0 0 0 2 1.00
3. Lehigh Valley 2 1 0 0 1 3 .750
4. Hartford 2 1 1 0 0 2 .500
5. Bridgeport 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000
6. Springfield 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000
7. PENGUINS 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000
8. Hershey 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000



Thomas Di Pauli* 1 1 0 1
Daniel Sprong* 1 1 0 1
Teddy Blueger 1 0 1 1
Tristan Jarry 1 0 1 1


Tristan Jarry 1 0-1-0 4.02 .886 0

* = rookie


DATE                  OPPONENT     LOCATION                             TIME    

Fri, Oct. 13          Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 14         Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                                7:05 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 15        Syracuse            Mohegan Sun Arena               3:05 p.m.



Wed, Oct. 4        (D)     Kevin Spinozzi                      Signed to PTO



The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed three players who played key roles in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finishing with the American Hockey League’s best regular-season record in 2016-17, it was announced Saturday by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Forward Tom Sestito and defenseman Frank Corrado both signed one-year, two-way contracts. Goaltender Casey DeSmith inked a two-year, two-way deal, the first NHL contract of his career.

All three contracts contain an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level.

Sestito, 29, saw the most NHL action of the trio last season, skating in 13 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, where he picked up two assists and collected 48 penalty minutes. At the AHL level with WBS, Sestito had 16 points (6G-10A) and collected 121 penalty minutes in 33 games.

The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Sestito has spent the last two years with the Penguins organization. He has three assists and 67 penalty minutes in 17 NHL games. Sestito has added 30 points (11G-19A) and 225 penalty minutes in 74 AHL regular-season contests with WBS, plus five points (2G-3A) in 12 AHL postseason games.

Corrado, 24, was acquired by the Penguins from the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 1 in a deal that sent Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy, plus a 2017 fourth-round draft pick, to the Leafs. Corrado saw most of his action with WBS after his arrival, but he did suit up for two regular-season games with Pittsburgh in March.

A 6-foot, 205-pound right-handed defenseman, Corrado appeared in 17 regular-season games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, notching four points (1G-3A) and a plus-3. He also played in one postseason game. A 2011 fifth-round (150th overall) draft pick by the Vancouver Canucks, Corrado has suited up for 71 NHL regular-season games with the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Penguins, picking up eight points (3G-5A).

DeSmith, 25, earned his first NHL contract after leading all AHL netminders with a 2.01 goals-against average. DeSmith went 21-5-4 with one shutout and a .926 save percentage in 29 regular-season games. His save percentage tied for second-best in the AHL.  He was one-half of the AHL’s best goaltending duo alongside Tristan Jarry. The two combined to win the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes Memorial Award, which is awarded to the goaltenders that post the lowest goals-against average in the AHL.

A 6-foot, 180-pound Rochester, New Hampshire native, DeSmith was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team.

An undrafted free agent, DeSmith has appeared in 35 career AHL regular-season contests, compiling an overall record of 23-7-3 to go with his 2.00 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

During the last two AHL playoff runs, DeSmith has assumed the starting role for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with Jarry backing up at the NHL level both years. DeSmith has gone 7-7 with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

Before joining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, DeSmith played three seasons of college hockey at the University of New Hampshire, where he made the Hockey East All-Rookie Team as a freshman. DeSmith also saw action with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League for two seasons before advancing to the collegiate level.

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The numbers are too daunting to ignore. Tom Kostopoulos, at 38-years old, racked up 24 goals, 54 points and played in 74 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this past season.

All of those figures led the team.

However, when Kostopoulos was contemplating on whether or not to return for the 2017-18 campaign, it wasn’t all about the stats. Kostopoulos’ family weighs in on the decision just as heavily on his mind as his on-ice performance.

Clearly, he has their blessing to play a 19th season of pro hockey,

“I think if it didn’t work for them, I would hang ‘em up,” Kostopoulos said. “But they’re all for it, and that keeps it fun for me.”

Kostopoulos’ wife, Lisa, and children, Lily and Luc, are often seen around Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and the Penguins practice facility at the  Toyota SportsPlex during the season. For the kids, there hasn’t been a time in their lives when dad wasn’t playing hockey. Even though a life around the rink has become status quo for them, he still seeks their opinion and wants to know how they feel about living half their years in Canada and the other half in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“When we’re here, we’re keeping our kids away from their grandparents and a lot of their friends, too,” Kostopoulos said. “I also try and explain to them that this lifestyle gives me time with them most afternoons, although I miss a lot of their sports games and activities on the weekends when [the Penguins] play. I get most weeknights with then, I can pick them up from school and stuff like that, but when hockey ends, that can change.”

All of these factors play into Kostopoulos and his family’s thought process when they sat down to discuss what the next step for him was going to be. A verdict was met, and now Lily and Luc will be seen hanging around with their dad after games for at least one more year.

The family isn’t the only one that grabs Kostopoulos’ attention, either. When he’s not at home, Kostopoulos is spending serious quality time forming bonds with his teammates. Hard practices, long bus rides and grinding through three-in-threes with one another fosters another family atmosphere for the Penguins’ captain.

Tom Sestito said after Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s final playoff game that he’d be in Kostopoulos’ ear to try and convince him to come back. Barry Goers claimed that whenever someone presses for an answer on Kostopoulos’ future, the veteran has “one of the best poker faces” around. Those two and many others got a chance to make their pitch to T.K. before everyone dispersed for the summer.

“Once our season was over, we got together a few times as a team. Tom was in my ear a little bit, and some of the other guys were saying why quit now? My teammates’ perspective weighs a lot in my decision.

“If they were looking at me like, ‘Eh, maybe it’s time to go,’ I’d probably give it up. But it’s great to have their support.”

So with the support of his two families, Kostopoulos made it official on Monday morning that he’d be returning for another year with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The challenge now becomes waiting for his 19th season to start.

“It’s boring right now, now that hockey’s over,” he lamented. “I like coming to the rink every day, I like being around the guys and being around the sport. I’m happy to be signed to back.”

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There’s no way around it. Tom Sestito is a one of a kind individual.

His wit is sharper than an infomercial knife set and his verbal barbs come quicker than a swarm of angry yellow jackets. He’ll let you know exactly what he’s thinking at any time, and his unapologetic brazenness only adds to the big man’s charm.

You could travel all around the world for 10 years and never meet another Tom Sestito.

The Rome, N.Y. native has been a part of four different organizations over the course of his 10-year career, played for four different NHL teams, four different AHL teams, and even spent time overseas in the United Kingdom’s pro hockey league. He’s seen a lot. He’s never seen anyone like Tom Kostopoulos.

“He’s the best captain I’ve had in pro hockey,” Sestito said. “I’ve had a lot of captains and I’ve been on a lot of teams, too. He’s the best.”

Sestito, a one in a millions personality himself, is always appreciative of the unique attributes that personify his teammates. That’s why he’s going to be trying his hardest to tilt Kostopoulos’ offseason decision on his playing future back towards a return with the black and gold.

“Oh, I’ll be in his ear trying to get him to play another year,” Sestito said. “There’s no doubt about it. Hopefully, I’m back here too, but you can’t say enough about the guy.”

While Kostopoulos’ future is still unknown at this point, Sestito brings up the fact that he’s not exactly a sure thing to return either. An unrestricted free agent this summer, the 29-year-old forward has his pick of the litter when it comes to where he’ll play next. That list isn’t limited to the NHL and AHL either, mind you. Europe always remains a viable option to these players, as well.

Sestito doesn’t anticipate flipping through many brochures, though. Speaking his mind as always, he’s made it very clear that he’d want to return to the Penguins organization

“This has been my favorite place to play. The way they handle your family, my wife, my kid, it’s been great. It’s been home. It’s a first class organization.

“As an older guy, I don’t like waiting too long. Hopefully, we can get to it and get something ironed out.”

While the rest of us have no choice but to wait and see what his next move is, there’s one certainty he’s shown Penguins fans through his first two seasons with the team: You’ll never be left waiting for a response from Tom Sestito, no matter the subject.

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got a bit of a boost prior to Game One of their Calder Cup playoff series against the Providence Bruins, when Josh Archibald, Tom Sestito and Cameron Gaunce were reassigned to the AHL club by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Archibald tallied a pair of goals (including the equalizer to force OT) in the Game Two win; Sestito picked up his first of the playoffs in the same contest; and Gaunce logged considerable time on the blue line, as the Penguins split the weekend series in Providence.

“It feels really good to be back with everybody here.  We had a special season, so hopefully we can do something special here in the postseason,” said Archibald, who spent the previous three weeks in Pittsburgh.

The speedy forward didn’t make an appearance in Pittsburgh’s first round Stanley Cup series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but said the experience of just being around a team in the hunt for the trophy was a positive.

“It’s just more of being in that environment, being around those guys.  Look what they did last year.  They’re winners up there,” he said.  “So to be able to take away from what they do and learn from them, it’s definitely a huge experience.  It’s a good experience for me.”

Sestito had been with the NHL club since March 8, but sat out considerable time due to an upper body injury.  He dressed for Pittsburgh’s final two regular season games, before rejoining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for their playoff run.

He’s taking the AHL team’s playoff run just as seriously as he would a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.

“You battle hard for these guys every day throughout the year, and you just want to keep it going as long as you can, because you see the end is near,” said Sestito, who is participating in his fourth postseason in 10 years as a pro.  “As an older guy, you don’t know how many years you have left.

“This team’s got a lot of fire power and we’re excited to keep going.”

This is the fifth consecutive spring that Gaunce has seen postseason action, but he doesn’t take the opportunity to pursue a trophy for granted.

“It’s pretty big.  It’s something that I take pride in.  I’ve only missed the playoffs one season, junior and pro,” he said.

Gaunce also knows what it takes to claim the AHL’s ultimate prize, having been a member of the Texas Stars club that won the Calder Cup in 2014.

“I don’t think there’s an exact formula to winning a championship, because if there was every team would try to replicate that.  But I don think there are certain things that carry over,” he stated.  “I think the most important thing is consistency at this time of the year, who can play their best game, game in and game out.”


Archibald entered the 2017 postseason with two goals in 15 previous games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  He doubled that total in Game Two on Sunday.

“I’ve worked on doing a lot of the little things right, and I think that’s transformed my game a lot and helped me out in the long run,” said Archibald, who set new personal bests across the board with 16 goals, 13 assists and 29 points with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  He also led the AHL with four shorthanded goals, and netted three goals in 10 games with Pittsburgh.

Archibald was on the ice with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton needing a goal to tie game in the final two minutes of play on Sunday.

“[Garrett Wilson] got in on the forecheck hard, forced the defenseman to turn it over.  [Dominik Simon] came in and picked the puck up, made a great play to [David Warsofsky], who was coming in from the blue line to take a one-timer,” Archibald recalled. [Kevin Porter] and I were standing right in front to pick up any garbage.  He slid it over to me and I pretty much had a wide open net in front.”

That goal with just 63 seconds left in regulation gave the team a much needed lift headed into the extra frame.

“We just had to calm down in the locker room,” he said.  “We knew we could win it, it was just a matter of going out and doing the right things.  Luckily enough we came out on top in that game.”

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins are currently tied, 1-1, in the best-of-five Atlantic Division Semifinals.

The series moves to Wilkes-Barre where the Penguins will play host to the Bruins in Games Three (Thursday night) and Four (Friday night) at 7:05pm.

Individual tickets for both games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at, or by calling 570-208-7367.

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