PENGUINS BEAT MARLIES, 4-2, IN CLASH OF CONFERENCE’S BEST

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – In match-up between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came from behind and defeated the Toronto Marlies, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (8-2-0-1) now owns sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference and has points in eight-consecutive games.

The Marlies notched the first goal of the night a mere 68 seconds into regulation when Dmytro Timashov redirected a shot from Martin Marinčin at the point.

The Penguins evened things up at the 10:58 mark in the first period when Andrey Pedan capitalized on a Marlies turnover in their defensive zone and blasted a slapshot past Toronto goalie Garret Sparks.

Late in the opening frame, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton authoritatively killed off a five-on-three man advantage that lasted 1:44 to keep the score tied going into the first intermission.

Despite peppering Sparks with a season-high 17 shots in the second period, it took until 18:48 of the stanza for the Penguins to find the back of the net, but that’s exactly what Ryan Haggerty did with his fifth goal in four games. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wasted little time applying pressure on the Marlies’ defense to begin the third period, and Thomas Di Pauli tallied 1:49 into the frame, making it a 3-1 score in favor of the Penguins.

Nikita Soshnikov caught the Penguins in the middle of a line change, stepped to the slot, shot, and corralled his own rebound to cut the deficit in half and pull Toronto within one goal at 13:48 of the third. The Marlies never got any closer than that, though, as Di Pauli netted his second goal of the night with and empty netter.

Sparks set a new season high with 38 saves in a losing effort, while Casey DeSmith stopped 22 out of the 24 shots he faced to improve to 5-0-1 on the season and remain undefeated in regulation.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Saturday, Nov. 11, when it takes on the Providence Bruins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and P-Bruins is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS ACQUIRE CORRADO FROM TORONTO


The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Frank Corrado from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick, it was announced today by Penguins executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Corrado will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

In a separate move, Pittsburgh has reassigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Corrado, 23, has 12 points (1G-11A) and is plus-6 in 18 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies this year. He has also suited up for two NHL games with Toronto.

The 6-foot, 205-pound blueliner has eight points (3G-5A) in 69 career NHL games split between Toronto and the Vancouver Canucks.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Corrado was chosen in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by Vancouver. In parts of six AHL seasons, he has 51 points (14G-37A) in 126 games.

Gaunce has picked up two assists in six games with Pittsburgh this season.At the AHL level with WBS, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Gaunce has 13 points (2G-11A) and is plus-15 in 47 games.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Saturday, Mar. 4, when they 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 against 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.

WARSOFSKY RECALLED; JARRY RE-ASSIGNED

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

Goaltender Tristan Jarry has been re-assigned to WBS.

Warsofsky, 26, is the reigning AHL Player of the week after notching two goals, five assists and a plus-6 in four games last week, helping the league-leading WBS Penguins to four consecutive victories.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Warsofsky has already established a career high with seven goals, and has 21 assists for 28 points in 24 games for WBS. Warsofsky’s point total is sixth most among AHL blueliners. He also leads the AHL in plus/minus (+22), and he owns an eight-game point streak (4G-11A-15PTS).

Warsofsky has appeared in four games with Pittsburgh this season, tallying one assist.

Jarry was recently named to represent the Penguins at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.  He currently ranks tied for third in the AHL with 14 wins, and is sixth with a 2.14 goals against average.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their seven-game road trip Wednesday night when they face the Toronto Marlies at 7:00pm.

DI PAULI DEBUTS TO GOOD REVIEWS

It was a minor coup when the Pittsburgh Penguins signed free agent forward Thomas Di Pauli this past August.  Some of that had to do with Di Pauli originally being drafted by Pittsburgh’s arch rivals, the Washington Capitals, back in 2012.  But Di Pauli’s impressive NCAA stats over the past two seasons at Notre Dame (a combined 22+39=61 in 78 games for the Irish).

Penguins fans were eager to see the speedy center in action as the curtain lifted on the 2016-17 season.  But a lower body injury suffered in Pittsburgh’s training camp delayed the start of Di Pauli’s pro career until this past weekend.

The Italian-born forward made his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut in the team’s Friday night contest against the Toronto Marlies, and also suited up on Sunday in Hartford.  He didn’t record a point in either of those games, but head coach Clark Donatelli was still happy with his performance, and his potential.

“He’s going to bring energy, he can play top six,” Donatelli said after Tuesday’s practice at the Toyota SportsPlex.  “Right now we have him playing with [Oskar Sundqvist], he’s going to be a penalty killer, bring energy.  He’s got a really good stick, he’s going to get a handful of goals also.”

For his part, Di Pauli was just happy to get into a game situation and begin the acclimation process to the pro game.

“You’ve got to come back and feel it out first before you go full speed,” he stated. “These past couple of games definitely were nice to get that under my belt.

“The most important thing to get to where I want to be is practice at full speed.  I think that’s going to be big.  That’s going to help me transition into playing at full speed during the game, instead of coasting and waiting for pucks.”

The Penguins return home on Friday night to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05pm.  Tickets for Friday night’s game 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 DOWNED BY MARLIES, 3-0

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins suffered just their second loss in regulation this season on Friday night, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Toronto Marlies at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.The Penguins (8-2-1-0, first in the Atlantic Division) saw their eight-game point streak come to an end at the hands of the Marlies, who now tie Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto opened the scoring with a power play goal 7:33 into the game when Rychel finished a cross-crease feed from Kasperi Kapanen.

Rychel notched his second of the contest and doubled the Marlies’ lead at 16:47 of the first with a wrist shot right in the slot that beat Tristan Jarry low to his glove side.

Frédérik Gauthier tapped in a rebound for the Marlies at 4:30 of the second period, extending their lead to 3-0.

Later in the middle frame, Josh Archibald had a chance to get one for the Penguins after intercepting a pass and attacking all alone with a shorthanded breakaway. Archibald’s five-hole attempt was denied by Toronto goalie Antoine Bibeau, one of 19 saves Bibeau made on the evening.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came close to chipping away at Toronto’s three-goal lead with early third period chances from the likes of Jake Guentzel and Carter Rowney, but either Bibeau shut the door or the chances whizzed wide of the post.

Bibeau earned his league-leading third shutout of the season, stopping all 19 shots that came his way. Jarry, who was called “a shining light” by Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli after the game, made 32 saves on 35 shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 12, against the Providence Bruins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bruins is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

MARLIES vs PENGUINS – NOVEMBER 11, 2016

The Penguins are back home this Friday night to host the Toronto Marlies. It’s a battle of the top two teams in the American Hockey League.

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TORONTO MARLIES at WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016
TIME: 7:05pm
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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LISTEN: WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
TICKETS: Arena box office | bit.ly/WBSIndividual | 570-208-7367

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

RECORD: 7-2-0-1 (15 pts) | First in North Division

TEAM LEADERS:

Goals Kasperi Kapanen

7

Assists Brandon Leipsic

11

Points Brandon Leipsic

15

PIMS Rinat Valies

56

Wins Antoine Bibeau

5

GAA Antoine Bibeau

1.84

WHO’S HOT:  Forward Brendan Leipsic posted points in six straight games, tallying 12 points (3+9) from October 15-26.  Since having that streak snapped against the Albany Devils on October 28, he has started another, and carries a three-game point streak (1+2) into Friday night’s action.

NEWS AND NOTES:  Toronto goalie Antoine Bibeau was named the CCM AHL Goaltender of the Month for OCtober after posting a  5-0-1 record with a 1.64 goals against average and .944 save percentage….Leipsic was named the CCM AHL Player of the Month for October after posting 13 points (3+10) in eight games.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD 8-1-1-0 (17 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS:

Goals Jake Guentzel

5

Assists Jake Guentzel

7

Points Jake Guentzel

12

PIMS Patrick McGrath

35

Wins Tristan Jarry

5

GAA Casey DeSmith

1.00

WHO’S HOT:  After posting just one assist in his first six games, Tom Kostopoulos has turned on the scoring.  He has six points (4+2) in the past four games, and carries a four-game goal streak into Friday night’s game.  The longest goal streak of his Penguins career is five games, and that came between November 2-11, 2001 (eight goals)

NEWS AND NOTES:  Jake Guentzel leads all AHL rookies with 12 points and is tied for first among first-year players with five goals.  He also leads all skaters with a plus-12 rating on the season…Goaltender Casey DeSmith has allowed three goals in three starts, posting a 3-0-0 record.  His 1.00 goals against average is third in the league, and his .962 save percentage is second.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/8/16

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Penguins hold first place in the AHL after perfect three-in-three weekend

 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (8-1-1-0) has points in eight-straight games

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 4 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 1

The Penguins started slowly, but ultimately scored four unanswered against the Senators to win their first of six season meetings. Tom Kostopoulos recorded an assist and a goal to reach his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS 7 at Bridgeport 1

The Penguins scored in the first two minutes of all three periods and stunned the Sound Tigers, 7-1. Jake Guentzel racked up four points (2G-2A) for the second time this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton allowed one goal in regulation for the eighth-straight game.

Sunday, Nov. 6 – PENGUINS 5 at Providence 4  (SO)

It wouldn’t be a Pens vs. Bruins game without overtime, and this game needed even more to find a winner. Tristan Jarry made 38 saves in regulation and overtime, then four more in the shootout, before Garrett Wilson won it for the Pens.

The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Toronto

The Toronto Marlies visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first and only time this season, and it comes at a time when they and the Pens hold the top two spots in the AHL.

Saturday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Providence scored more against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton than any other team has this season, but still couldn’t prevent a Penguins victory in their last meeting. Including playoffs, the past four games between the two clubs have gone to OT.

Sunday, Nov. 13 – PENGUINS at Hartford

In the season opener, the Pens downed the Wolf Pack, 6-2. Today, Hartford sits in last place of the Atlantic Division and has surrendered more goals than any other AHL team (44).

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ 15 goals against is the lowest total in the league and tied for the second-fewest goals allowed through the first 10 games of a season this decade.

– The Penguins hold the league’s top penalty kill at 92.7%.

– Jake Guentzel leads all AHL rookies with 12 points (5G-7A).

– Casey DeSmith’s .962 save percentage ranks first among AHL rookie goaltenders and second in the league overall.

– With tallies in four-straight games, Tom Kostopoulos is enjoying the third-longest goal streak of his 18-year career.

– Carter Rowney and Garrett Wilson both earned their 100th career AHL points on Sunday at Providence.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          10        8          1           1          0          17           .850

2. Hershey                10       6          2           2          0         14           .700

3. Lehigh Valley         9       5          3           1          0          11            .611

4. Bridgeport           10        6          4          0          0         12          .600

5. Springfield          10        5          4           1          0          11           .550

6. Providence          11        3          5           2          1            9            .409

7. Hartford              10        3          6           1          0            7           .350

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*           10         5          7         12

Carter Rowney           10         3          6          9

Kevin Porter                 9          2          3          8

Oskar Sundqvist          9          4          3          7

Tom Kostopoulos       10         4          3          7

Chad Ruhwedel^        10         2          5          7

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      3        3-0-0        1.00        0.962          0

Tristan Jarry                7         5-1-1         1.69         0.936          0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Nov. 11        Toronto               Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 12      Providence          Mohegan Sun Arena      7:00 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 13     Hartford              XL Center                          5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Nov. 7    DEL     (RW) Adam Krause             Assigned to WHL

Mon, Nov. 7    ADD   (D) David Warsofsky         Reassigned by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      ADD   (RW) Tom Sestito                  Assigned by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      DEL     (D) Steve Oleksy                    Recalled by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      DEL     (D) Chad Ruhwedel               Recalled by PIT

PENS TO SUPPORT RED CROSS’ HOLIDAYS FOR HEROES

The American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are teaming up this Veterans Day to help spread holiday cheer to military members this holiday season.

American Red Cross representatives will be on hand at the Penguins home game on Friday, November 11 against the Toronto Marlies, where they will be inviting fans to participate in the Holidays for Heroes program, which enables Northeastern Pennsylvania residents to “Give Something That Means Something.”  Fans are encourage to stop by the Red Cross table behind Section 101 at the Mohegan Sun Arena to sign special holiday greeting cards, which will then be distributed to service members and veterans in our area during the month of December.

“We can’t think of a better partner than the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for our Holidays for Heroes program. Their commitment to not only the Red Cross, but also to honoring our military heroes ever year, shows how much they care about our community,” said Bill Goldsworthy, Executive Director for the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. “Ausa_pensnd since the Penguins have the best fans in the league, we know the fan support will be second-to-none for this project on Veterans Day.”

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins players and club personnel will also be supporting the program by signing cards following the team’s practice on Wednesday, November 9 at the Toyota Sportsplex (40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre).

Tickets for the Penguins game against the Marlies are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

For more information on the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania or the Holidays for Heroes program, call 570- 823-7161.


Additionally, in recognition of Veterans Day, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are teaming up with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Multicare Alliance (NEPA VMA) to help raise funds for the local non-profit agency.

Fans can purchase a special package for the Penguins game on Saturday, November 12 against the Providence Bruins through a special offer, which includes a ticket to the contest, a hot dog, chips and a soda, all starting at just $19.25.  Plus, for each package sold, the Penguins will donate $4.00 back to the NEPA VMA.

Tickets for this special offer must be purchased through the Penguins ticket offices either in person at 40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre, or by phone at 570-208-5415.  This offer is not available at the arena box office.

The NEPA VMA is a non-profit all volunteer service organization of veterans dedicated to helping veterans and their families navigate through government and community based provider systems to obtain information, benefits, and services. They assist clients to develop a unique plan to meet individual and family needs, and work in collaboration with other community based service providers to help meet those objectives.

NEPA VMA provides free consultations to veterans and their family members, which include a comprehensive overview of support, benefits, and assistance in a variety of areas, including health care, education, employment, housing, and day-to-day living.

For more information on this special offer, please contact the Penguins at 570-208-5415, or email Jon Sarka at jsarka@wbspenguins.com