SESTITO, GAUNCE TO PITTSBURGH; POULIOT TO WBS

Derrick Pouliot has 14 points in 32 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Tom Sestito and defenseman Cameron Gaunce from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot has been re-assigned to WBS.

Sestito, 29, has skated in 33 games this year for WBS, totaling 16 points (6G-10A) and 121 penalty minutes. He has already improved his AHL offensive totals from last season in eight less games played.

Earlier this season, Sestito notched one assist and 24 penalty minutes in eight NHL games with Pittsburgh. Over the past two seasons, Sestito has two assists and 43 penalty minutes in 12 games with Pittsburgh.

Gaunce, 26, has two assists and is plus-one in six NHL games with Pittsburgh this year. At the AHL level with WBS, he has 13 points (2G-11A) and is plus-15 in 49 contests.

Pouliot has 14 points (5+9) in 32 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton begins a three-game homestand tonight against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 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 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.

ROWNEY STAYS HOT, SCORES LATE AS PENGUINS BEAT BEARS, 5-3

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HERSHEY, Pa. – Carter Rowney continued his hot run since returning to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton line-up, as the Penguins took down the Hershey Bears, 5-3, at Giant Center on Wednesday night.

Rowney tallied the game-winning goal with 2:00 left in regulation – extending his goal streak to a career-best four games – as the Penguins improved to 29-8-3-0 on the season.

Hershey’s Nathan Walker capitalized on a defensive zone turnover by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to score the game’s first goal at 17:17 of the first period.

The second period was far more kind to the Penguins. Tom Sestito scored just 29 seconds into the middle frame, and later set up Teddy Blueger to give the Pens a 2-1 lead before the five-minute mark.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its lead to 3-1 on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Josh Archibald at 9:47 of the second period. Archibald’s shorty was his second of the season and the Penguins’ fourth in the 2016-17 season.

The Bears came out in the third period desperate to tie the game, and did just that with goals from Paul Carey and Darren Dietz at 6:16 and 10:38, respectively.

With the score knotted in the second half of the third, both teams traded scoring chances until Rowney banged in a rebound with exactly two minutes remaining in regulation. Sestito was credited with an assist on Rowney’s tally, giving him his third point of the night (1G-2A). It was Sestito’s second three-point game of the season, both coming against the Bears.

Garrett Wilson sealed the victory for the Penguins with an empty net goal one minute and 23 seconds later.

Tristan Jarry finished the night with 28 saves for his league-leading 17th win. Joe Cannata turned aside 20 shots in defeat.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 20, when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins’ next home showing is Saturday, Jan. 21, and once again their opponent is Hershey. Less than 900 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

GUENTZEL, SESTITO TALLY THIRD PERIOD GOALS TO GIVE PENS WIN IN TORONTO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came from behind again for a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The Penguins (26-7-3-0) entered the third period down 1-0 to the Marlies, but tallies from Jake Guentzel and Tom Sestito powered them to their fifth-straight win.

An exciting first period brought with it many quality chances for both teams, yet no scoring by the conclusion of 20 minutes.

In the middle frame, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued the press and almost had the game’s opening goal when Guentzel rocketed a shot off the crossbar at 13:27 of the second period.

The first tally of the game finally arrived at 15:37 of the second. Toronto’s Tony Cameranesi fired a high, sharp-angle shot past Tristan Jarry for his first goal of the season and giving the Marlies a 1-0 lead.

Guentzel, of course, would have a say in things before it was all said and done as he picked up a Toronto turnover and rifled the puck past Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks for an equalizer at 6:46 of the third period. The goal was Guentzel’s league-leading 20th of the season.

With 3:10 remaining in regulation, Sestito picked the top corner on an odd man rush and gave the Penguins the late 2-1 lead.

Jarry made 27 saves on 28 shots including several on a last-minute push by Toronto. Sparks recorded 32 saves on 34 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Jan. 13 when they face the Rochester Americans at 7:00 p.m. at Blue Cross 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-game, 12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/10/17

 

Penguins win four-straight to stay perfect in the New Year

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-7-3-0) embarks on season-long seven-game road stretch

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 1

Tom Sestito recorded three points (2G, 1A) and a Gordie Howe hat trick in the Penguins’ first game of the three-in-three weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 7 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Binghamton 4

The Force was strong with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as Danny Kristo’s two goals propelled the Penguins to a nail-biting victory over the Sens on Star Wars Night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Sunday, Jan. 8 – PENGUINS 6 at Hershey 5 (OT)

David Warsofsky’s overtime goal gave the Pens their fourth-straight victory and the weekend sweep of Hershey. The two teams combined for a whopping six goals in the third period.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 11 – PENGUINS at Toronto

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to even the season series against the Marlies after a 3-0 shutout loss on Nov. 11, the only time the two teams met this season.

Friday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS at Rochester

The Penguins defeated Rochester, 4-1, in the teams’ only meeting of the season on Dec. 16. The Amerks are an even   4-4-0-0 in their last eight games.

Saturday, Jan. 14 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to take a bigger bite out of the season series against the Crunch with. The Pens already won their first two meetings against Syracuse.

Monday, Jan. 16 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

The Penguins and Crunch meet again at the War Memorial for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinée, 1:00 p.m. puck drop.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins are undefeated so far in 2017 (4-0-0).

– David Warsofsky was named CMM/AHL Player of the Week after seven points (2G-5A) and a plus-7 rating in four games.

– Warsofsky is the third defenseman in Penguins history to be named Player of the Week (Philip Samuelsson, John Slaney).

– Tom Sestito’s three-point night (2G-1A) on Friday was his first since Oct. 11, 2008 when he was with the Syracuse Crunch.

– Sestito eclipsed 1,000 career penalty minutes in the AHL on Jan. 6 vs. Hershey.

– Oskar Sundqvist played in his 200th professional game on Friday, Jan. 6 vs. Hershey.

– Dominik Simon reached the 100 AHL games milestone on Jan. 8 at Hershey.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 35 25 7 3 0 53 .757
2. Lehigh Valley 34 23 9 2 0 48 .706
3. Providence 36 21 8 4 3 49 .681
4. Hershey 35 18 8 7 2 45 .643
5. Bridgeport 33 18 14 0 1 37 .561
6. Springfield 33 14 13 4 2 34 .515
7. Hartford 36 12 20 3 1 28 .389

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel* 30 19 19 38
Oskar Sundqvist 33 14 18 32
David Warsofsky 24 7 21 28
Tom Kostopoulos 35 11 13 24
Garrett Wilson 35 9 14 23

 

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Tristan Jarry              20       14-5-1         2.14         0.921            1

Casey DeSmith*      14       10-2-2       2.46        0.907          0

* = rookie

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Jan. 11      Toronto               Ricoh Coliseum                 7:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 13         Rochester           Blue Cross Arena               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 14        Syracuse            War Memorial Arena      7:00 p.m.

Mon, Jan. 16     Syracuse             War Memorial Arena        1:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Jan. 6       (G)     Tristan Jarry               Recalled from loan by PIT

Fri, Jan. 6       (D)     Chad Ruhwedel       Recalled from loan by PIT

Fri, Jan. 6       (RW) Reid Gardiner                      Released from SPC

Mon, Jan. 9    (C)     Jarrett Burton             Reassigned to Wheeling

SESTITO’S THREE POINTS HELP PENGUINS DEFEAT BEARS, 5-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Tom Sestito led the way for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the latest chapter of their rivalry with the Hershey Bears, tallying three points to lead the Pens to a 5-1 victory on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Sestito scored two goals and added an assist on Teddy Blueger’s game-winning goal as part of his first three-point outing since Oct. 11, 2008.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-7-3-0) maintained its league-best record with the team’s second straight win to start 2017.

It didn’t take too long for Sestito to get on the scoresheet, as he and Blueger set one another up for goals just nineteen seconds apart at 6:48 and 6:57 of the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck for a third time to start the second frame, as Garrett Wilson grabbed a loose puck in the slot on a botched breakout attempt. Wilson’s goal – his eighth of the campaign – was his 20th point on the year, and also led to Hershey replacing starting goalie Vítek Vaněček with Joe Cannata three minutes into the second period.

Sestito soon struck again by popping a puck in the crease into the right side of Hershey’s net at 6:21 of the middle frame, making it 4-0.

The Penguins’ point run kept rolling when Jake Guentzel grabbed his league-leading 19th goal of the season as he tipped in a shot from the blue line from David Warsofsky.

With 11 minutes left to play, Hershey nixed Casey DeSmith’s chance at the shutout with a goal by Darren Dietz. Dietz’s tally may have foiled the rookie goalie’s bid for a clean sheet, but was all the offense the visitors could muster.

By the end of the contest, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had four players put up multi-point performances, including Sestito (2G-1A), Blueger (1G-1A), Wilson (1G-1A) and David Warsofsky (0G-2A).

The Penguins’ penalty kill was perfect throughout the contest, killing all five power plays it faced to maintain their Eastern Conference-leading penalty kill.

DeSmith finished the game having made 26 saves for his ninth win of the season. Vaněček made eight stops on 11 shots faced, and Cannata recorded 17 saves on 19 bids thrown his way.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Binghamton Senators. Saturday’s contest is also Star Wars Night. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will wear specialty Star Wars-themed jerseys during the game that will be auctioned off to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of NEPA.

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.

NOTE:  Prior to the game, the Penguins announced that they and Reid Gardiner had mutually agreed to release the rookie forward.  He will report to the Western Hockey League for the second half of the season.

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.

SESTITO SET TO MAKE WBS SEASON DEBUT VERSUS BEARS

The rivalry between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears is always intense.

Insert Tom Sestito and Liam O’Brien into the equation, and the intensity level skyrockets.

Sestito, who began the 2016-17 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, figures to make his NEPA debut when the Pens and Bears face off in a two-game tilt at the Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend.

Sestito and O’Brien engaged in a war of words online last spring, as well as a few memorable matchups on the ice in both the regular season and playoffs.

So what can we expect from Tito’s return?

 

“I’m excited to be down here and get playing in some games,” Sestito said.  “I’m looking forward to contributing as much as I can, and hopefully that translates into some wins.”

That’s all well and good.  But what about facing off against your favorite foe, Tom?

“Hershey’s a big rival. It’s not going to be hard to get up for that game,” Sestito said, toeing the line.  “So it will be exciting on Friday, and we’ll see how many fireworks there are.”

Head coach Clark Donatelli knows what an imposing figure Sestito can cut on the ice, and he’s looking forward to getting the gritty forward into the lineup.

“He’s going to help us.  He’s a big guy with great hands, and he’s in really good shape,” said Donatelli.  “He’s a big asset for us.”


Donatelli also received word this morning that forward Jake Guentzel and defenseman Derrick Pouliot would be returning to the team in time for this weekend’s games.  Those two additions make an already formidable lineup even better.

Guentzell hasn’t suited up in the AHL since recording three points (1+2) against the Bears back on November 19.  Since that time, he’s make his NHL debut and tallied three goals (including two in his first game) with Pittsburgh.  Despite being in the show for more than three weeks, Guentzel still leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wth 17 points, while sharing the team lead in goals (7) and assists (10).  He also remains tied for second among AHL rookies in points.

Pouliot appeared in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment two weeks ago, and has now been declared healthy to play full time.  But a log jam on the Pittsburgh blue line means he’ll be getting in quality minutes in NEPA.

“Obviously they’re very good players, and we’ll inject them into the lineup for sure,” Donatelli stated.


The Penguins currently lay claim to first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division by virtue of a .738 points percentage (31 of a possible 42).  But the Bears and Lehigh Valley Phantoms are close on the Penguins’ heels with .705 percentages (31 of a possible 44 points), while the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are just one point behind those two clubs.  That means the 2-5 ranked clubs in the AHL all reside in the division, and the Pens will face a pair of them in their three-in-three stretch this weekend (Friday & Saturday vs. Hershey; Sunday in Bridgeport)

“It’s a tough division, and head-to-head those teams are hard,” said Donatelli.  “We’ve got our hands full, but we’re just going to take it game-by-game.”


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

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

SESTITO REASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE

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

Forward Chris Kunitz has been activated from injured reserve.

Kunitz spent six games on IR with a lower-body injury. Prior to that, he had notched nine points (2G-7A) in his previous 11 games. For the season, Kunitz has 11 points (2G-9A) and a plus-5 in 18 contests.

Sestito has one assist and 24 penalty minutes in eight games with Pittsburgh this season.  He has 20 points (10+10) and 475 penalty minutes in 149 NHL games all-time with the Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks.

Last season Sestito recorded 14 points (5+9) and 104 penalty minutes in 41 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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

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

OLEKSY, RUHWEDEL TO PITT; SESTITO TO WBS

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defensemen Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Forward Tom Sestito has been assigned to WBS.

Oleksy, 30, and Ruhwedel, 26, have helped the WBS Penguins jump out of the gate to an 8-1-1 record that has the club at the top of the AHL standings.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Oleksy has suited up for all 10 games thus far for WBS, amassing four points (1G-3A), a plus-1 and 12 penalty minutes.

Last spring, Oleksy traveled with the Penguins during the final two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs following the injury to Trevor Daley, earning both a day with the Stanley Cup and a championship ring.

Oleksy has played in 62 career NHL games, all with the Washington Capitals, tallying 19 points (3G-16A) and a plus-15.

Ruhwedel, who stands 5-foot-11, 191 pounds, leads all WBS blueliners this year in goals (2), assists (5) and points (7) in 10 games. He has an active three-game assist streak (4 total).

A native of San Diego, California, Ruhwedel broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres as an undrafted free agent, collecting two assists in 33 NHL contests over parts of four years.

During his three-year college career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Ruhwedel was an NCAA First-Team All-American his final year, helped his school reach the 2013 Frozen Four held at PPG Paints Arena and was teammates with Scott Wilson for two seasons.