TORONTO, Ont. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins put forth a strong offensive effort in a match-up with the Toronto Marlies with 40-shots and twice coming from behind, but still lost in overtime, 4-3, at Ricoh Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-19-5-2) matched the AHL’s top ranked team throughout regulation, and still earned a valuable point in the standings with the loss in extra time.

Toronto got the game’s first goal midway through the first period. Kyle Baun won the puck from the Penguins defense below the goal line, then banged in a rebound beside Tristan Jarry.

On their second man advantage of the night, the Marlies’ Andrew Nielsen capitalized and put his squad up, 2-0, at 15:37 of the opening frame. However, two minutes later, Daniel Sprong stripped Toronto defenseman Martin Marinčin of the puck right at the Marlies’ net-mouth and notched his team-leading 23rd goal of the season to pull the Penguins within one.

After Sprong’s turnover tally, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ended the period with a fury of shots, but goaltender Garret Sparks weathered the storm. The Penguins’ momentum carried into the second period, and Sparks was solved once again when Garrett Wilson tied things up on a tipped shot 1:42 into the middle frame.

Calle Rosén regained the Marlies the lead, 3-2, at 14:48 of the second period.

Heading into the second intermission, the Penguins had mustered 31 shots on goal, but were still trailing by one goal.

Early in the third period, Ethan Prow evened the score with a big blast from the blue line that navigated through traffic and past Sparks at 3:49 of the final frame of regulation.

Toronto turned up the heat after Prow’s equalizer, but it became Jarry’s turn to stifle an opponent’s bevy of scoring opportunities. Jarry, making his first net appearance for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Feb. 3, denied all 15 of the Marlies’ shots in the third period to help his team force overtime.

The Marlies emerged victorious in the extra frame as Adam Brooks put the game away on a two-on-one 1:17 into OT.

Jarry recorded 36 saves on the night, while Sparks was one better with 37.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 23 when they visit the Utica Comets. 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.

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


Penguins maintain strong record against rival Bears, now contend with league-leading Marlies

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-19-4-2) travels to Toronto, then has three-in-three weekend


Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Mar. 13 – Penguins 5 at Charlotte 2
Though the Checkers struck first, the Penguins used two rounds of scoring bunches to defeat the Checkers. Zach Trotman scored in his first game back from injury.

Wednesday, Mar. 14 – Penguins 1 at Charlotte 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second showdown with the Checkers in two days was less successful than the first. Tom Sestito notched the Penguins’ only goal of the game.

Saturday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Hartford 4
The Penguins struggled to solve Wolf Pack goalie Chris Nell, who stood tall through an 18-shot barrage in the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also held Hartford to three shots in the middle frame, tied for fewest allowed by the team this season.

Sunday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Hershey 4
Étienne Marcoux earned his first AHL victory as the Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit after one period to defeat the Bears. Thomas Di Pauli’s two goals helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improve to 8-0-1-1 against Hershey this season.


The Week Ahead

Tuesday, Mar. 20 – PENGUINS at Toronto
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Toronto for the second time this season after winning, 4-2, in the clubs’ pervious meeting. However, the Marlies own the league’s best record, 44-17-1-1, and have allowed the fewest goals in the AHL (135).

Friday, Mar. 23 – PENGUINS at Utica
The Penguins travel to Utica for the first and only time this year, looking to avenge their pervious 5-4 overtime loss to the Comets. Utica has only won two of its last 11 games, but forward Cameron Darcy has five points (3G-2A) in his last five contests.

Saturday, Mar. 24 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
The Penguins look to go a perfect 5-0 against the Devils this season when they face-off on Saturday. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s last three games against Binghamton have gone to OT.

Sunday, Mar. 23 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
Kids Get In Free Sunday showcases a Bridgeport team scratching and clawing to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Penguins are 2-0-1-0 against the Sound Tigers this season.


Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for second among AHL rookies in goals (22)

– Teddy Blueger leads the AHL with four overtime goals.

– Blueger had his first three-point night of the season and second of his career on Sunday, scoring a goal and two assists.



1. Lehigh Valley 66 42 16 3 5 92 .697
2. PENGUINS 62 37 19 4 2 80 .645
3. Providence 64 38 21 3 2 81 .633
4. Charlotte 66 37 26 0 3 77 .583
5. Bridgeport 64 31 25 5 3 70 .547
6. Hartford 66 29 29 5 3 66 .500
7. Hershey 66 27 30 4 5 63 .477
8. Springfield 65 28 31 5 1 62 .477



Daniel Sprong* 51 22 25 47
Jean-Sébastien Dea 57 13 25 38
Teddy Blueger 57 17 20 37
Ryan Haggerty 35 16 15 31
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 22 10-7-3 2.78 .902 1

* = rookie
^ = on recall to Pittsburgh


DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                               TIME        

Tue, Mar. 20     Toronto            Ricoh Coliseum                       7:00 p.m.

Fri, Mar. 23        Utica                 Utica Memorial                       7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 24      Binghamton    Veterans Memorial Arena    7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 25     Bridgeport       Mohegan Sun Arena             3:05 p.m.



Tue, Mar. 20     (G) Étienne Marcoux             Released from PTO

Mon, Mar. 19     (G) Tristan Jarry                    Reassigned from PIT

Sun, Mar. 18      (RW) Josh Jooris                                Recalled by PIT


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head over the border one final time this regular season to take on the Toronto Marlies on Tuesday night at Ricoh Coliseum.

The Penguins (37-19-4-2, 80 pts, .645%) hold on to second place in the Atlantic Division by percentage points over Providence, while the Marlies (44-16-1-1, 90 pts, .726%) are in first in the North Division and have already clinched a playoff spot.

Tuesday’s game is the second of two meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m. EST
PLACE: Ricoh Coliseum


Wednesday, November 8 WBS Toronto 4-2 WIN
Tuesday, March 20 Toronto WBS  7:00pm


The Penguins found themselves down early, but 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. The Bears scored a pair of early goals, and led 3-1 after 20 minutes of play, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton notched five goals in the final two periods of play, including a pair from Thomas Di Pauli, to emerge victorious and remain unbeaten in regulation against its bitter rival this season (8-0-1-1). Etienne Marcoux came on in relief of Anthony Peters and denied 17 of 19 shots he faced to earn his first win in the AHL.

The Marlies had a five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in a hard-fought 3-1 effort against the visiting Utica Comets at Ricoh Coliseum. The Marlies Mason Marchment had their lone goal, while Utica’s Tanner MacMaster, Zack MacEwen and Patrick Wiercioch all tallied for the home club. Calvin Pickard made 34 saves in the game, his second straight start for Toronto.

Jean-Sébastien Dea’s next game will be his 250th AHL game.

Teddy Blueger has five points in his past four games (3+2).

Tom Kostopoulos picked up three assists on Sunday against Hershey, and now has six points (1+5) in his past four games.

Etienne Marcoux became the seventh Penguins goaltender to record a win this season with his victory on Sunday against the Bears. Marcoux was released from his pro tryout contract with the Penguins on Tuesday, and will report back to the Indy Fuel (ECHL)

Ben Smith is three goals away from 100 career AHL goals.

Frederik Gauthier’s next game will be his 150th AHL game.

Ben Smith leads all active Marlies with 50 points (24+26), and is tied for 16th in the AHL in scoring.

The Marlies have the top record in the league at 44-17-1-1 (90 pts, .714%). They’ve also allowed a league-low 135 goals against this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Defender Frank Corrado played parts of two seasons with the Marlies. He appeared in 25 games and 15 points (1+14)

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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, 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.


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, 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.


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.


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 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.




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, 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.


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.




DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016
TIME: 7:05pm
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
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RECORD: 7-2-0-1 (15 pts) | First in North Division


Goals Kasperi Kapanen


Assists Brandon Leipsic


Points Brandon Leipsic


PIMS Rinat Valies


Wins Antoine Bibeau


GAA Antoine Bibeau


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.


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


Goals Jake Guentzel


Assists Jake Guentzel


Points Jake Guentzel


PIMS Patrick McGrath


Wins Tristan Jarry


GAA Casey DeSmith


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 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.



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



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



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.



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