PENGUINS WEEKLY – 4/4/17

 

Penguins headed back to the postseason

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (47-19-3-1) is the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff berth

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 31 – PENGUINS 1 at Springfield 3
Ryan Haggerty’s third period goal spoiled the shutout bid for the Thunderbirds’ Sam Brittain, but the Penguins’ four-game winning streak came to an end.

 

Saturday, Apr. 1 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Lehigh Valley 0
For the second meeting in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a shutout against Lehigh Valley. Casey DeSmith made 26 stops for the first regular season clean sheet of his pro career. Frank Corrado notched his first goal as a Penguin, and Troy Josephs later earned his first pro goal.

 

Sunday, Apr. 2 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Utica 3 (SO)
The Penguins rallied with the goalie pulled to tie the game with 58.2 seconds left in regulation and sent the Sunday matinée to overtime. After a five-minute sudden death period came and went without any stoppages or goals, the Comets’ Curtis Valk scored the lone shootout tally.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins head into their 11th match-up of the season with Phantoms riding a two-game shutout streak against Lehigh Valley. They’ve also emerged victorious in their last three visits to PPL Center.

 

Saturday, Apr. 8 – PENGUINS at Hartford
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to complete a season sweep of Hartford. The Penguins are 7-0-0-0 against the Wolf Pack this year and have outscored them 39-13 in that time.

 

Sunday, Apr. 9 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Bruins try to solidify their standing in a crowded Atlantic Division playoff hunt and even the season series with the Pens (3-2-0-0 vs. PRO). Providence has won 10 of its last 12 home games.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is headed to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 15th year in a row, the AHL’s active record.

– The Penguins have not allowed a goal to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 155:38 of game time.

– Thirty-five percent of Teddy Blueger’s offense in his pro career has come this season against the Phantoms.

– David Warsofsky’s 14 multi-point games this season is tied for most among AHL defensemen.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (87.2%) and the top team save percentage (.920).

– Casey DeSmith’s 2.14 goals against average ranks fourth in the AHL.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 70 47 19 3 1 98 .700
2. Lehigh Valley 70 44 22 4 0 92 .657
3. Providence 70 41 20 5 4 91 .650
4. Bridgeport 70 42 24 8 1 88 .629
5. Hershey 71 38 22 3 3 87 .613
6. Springfield 70 29 30 9 2 69 .493
7. Hartford 70 23 41 4 2 52 .371

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 67 24 27 53
David Warsofsky 53 15 30 45
Dominik Simon 67 14 31 45
Kevin Porter 66 11 34 45
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Oskar Sundqvist 58 18 24 42

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 44 27-15-2 2.20 .924 2
Casey DeSmith* 25 19-4-2 2.14 .920 1

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                OPPONENT        LOCATION                               TIME    

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

Sat, Apr. 8        Hartford                XL Center                               7:00 p.m.

Sun, Apr. 9       Providence           Dunkin’ Donuts Center       3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Apr. 1        (RW)   Josh Archibald                     Recalled by PIT

Thu, Mar. 30       (D)    David Warsofsky           Reassigned by PIT

Thu, Mar. 30       (C)     Oskar Sundqvist            Reassigned by PIT

Thu, Mar. 30       (D)     Ryan Segalla                Reassigned to WHL

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/28/17

Goaltending and defense propel Penguins to four-game win streak

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (46-18-3-0) firing on all cylinders as magic number dwindles down

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 24 – PENGUINS 5 at Syracuse 1
In a clash of the Eastern Conference’s division leaders, the Penguins emerged victorious without allowing a goal at even strength. Zach Aston-Reese scored for the second game in a row while he, Kevin Porter and Barry Goers all had multi-point games.

 

Saturday, Mar. 25 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 0
Tristan Jarry pitched Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second shutout of the season and handed the Phantoms their first scoreless game of the season in the process. Jarry made 35 saves, and the Penguins’ penalty kill went a perfect nine-for-nine.

 

Tuesday, Mar. 26 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Utica 1
Casey DeSmith made a team season-high 45 saves to hold off the Comets in a Sunday matinée at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The teams traded power play goals in the second period before Dominik Simon potted the game-winner in the third.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 31 – PENGUINS at Springfield
The Penguins shuttle up to MassMutual Center for their final meeting of the season with the T-Birds. Springfield is one of only two teams that is over .500 against the Pens (3-2-0-0).

 

Saturday, Apr. 1 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms face one another for the fifth time in four weeks. The Penguins hold a narrow edge in the season series, 5-4-0-0, but the Phantoms have won their last two visits to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

 

Sunday, Apr. 2 – PENGUINS vs. Utica
The Comets return to Northeast Pennsylvania for another Sunday matinée and Kids Get In Free game at Mohegan Sun Arena. It is the Pens’ last game against a North Division team this season.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 26-4-1-0 in games which they played the night before.

– The Penguins have outscored their opponents 16-4 over the course of their four-game winning streak.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has not surrendered a goal in 149:29 of even strength time.

– Dominik Simon leads the team with six game-winning goals, which is also tied for the second-highest total in the league.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (87.4%).

– Jarry is tied for the second-most wins in the AHL (27).

– New ATO signee Jeff Taylor finished second among ECAC defensemen in points this past season (33).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 67 46 18 3 0 95 .709
2. Lehigh Valley 67 43 20 4 0 90 .672
3. Providence 67 39 19 5 4 87 .649
4. Hershey 68 38 19 8 3 87 .640
5. Bridgeport 67 39 24 3 1 82 .612
6. Springfield 67 27 29 9 2 65 .485
7. Hartford 67 22 39 4 2 50 .373

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 67 24 27 51
Kevin Porter 63 11 34 45
David Warsofsky^ 50 15 29 44
Dominik Simon 64 14 29 43
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 42 27-14-1 2.19 .924 2
Casey DeSmith* 24 18-4-2 2.23 .917 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT       LOCATION                              TIME    

Fri, Mar. 31         Springfield          MassMutual Center               7:05 p.m.

Sat, Apr. 1          Lehigh Valley      Mohegan Sun Arena             7:05 p.m.

Sun, Apr. 2        Utica                      Mohegan Sun Arena             3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Mar. 27      (D)     Jeff Taylor                              Signed to ATO

Sat, Mar. 25        (D)     David Warsofsky                Recalled by PIT

Sat, Mar. 25        (D)     Frank Corrado                Reassigned by PIT

Thu, Mar. 23       (RW)  Josh Archibald                    Recalled by PIT

JARRY, PENGUINS SHUT-OUT PHANTOMS, 4-0

 

BOXSCORE

 

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their lead atop the Atlantic Division and inched closer to a playoff berth by defeating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-0 at PPL Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (45-18-3-0) rode the coat tails of Tristan Jarry and their league-best penalty kill to victory. Jarry stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season, while the P.K. went a perfect nine-for-nine on the night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring at 12:58 of the first period. Video review confirmed Teddy Blueger snuck a puck past Lehigh Valley goalie Alex Lyon’s short-side, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Penguins’ fourth-line provided the team with a pair of goals in the middle frame. Adam Krause deflected in a shot from the point for his first goal of the season 5:07 into the second period. Jarrett Burton put his stick on a pass from Troy Josephs that beat Lyon through the legs, extending the Penguins lead to 3-0 at 12:18 of the middle frame.

The penalty killing clinic by the Penguins took over from there, neutralizing five-straight man advantages for the Phantoms before Tom Kostopoulos netted a power play goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a mere 1:14 remaining in regulation.

Kostopoulos’ two point night (1G-1A) allowed him reach the 50-point plateau for the seventh time in his career. Zach Aston-Reese notched two assists to extend his career-opening point streak to three games.

Lyon turned aside 26 shots in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 26, when it takes on the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in a Sunday matinée. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday’s game is also one of three Kids Get In Free games this season.

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 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/22/17

 

Penguins start week right with win before three-in-three weekend

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (43-18-3-0) looks ahead to trio of playoff-caliber teams

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kicked off a back-to-back set with Lehigh Valley by rattling off four unanswered goals en route to a big win. Josh Archibald scored a shorthanded goal to turn the tide. Dominik Simon tallied for the third-straight game.

 

Saturday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
The Penguins attempted a valiant third period comeback, but ran out of time to drop the second game of their home and home with the Phantoms. Tom Kostopoulos scored on the power play, and Oskar Sundqvist struck shorthanded for the club’s eighth shorty of the season.

 

Tuesday, Mar. 21 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hartford 2
The Pens made it a perfect seven-for-seven against the Wolf Pack this season thanks in large part to a two-goal outburst from Ryan Haggerty. Zach Aston-Reese made his pro debut and scored the game-winning goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 24 – PENGUINS at Syracuse
The North Division-leading Crunch play host to the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins in their final meeting of the season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 4-1-0-0 against Syracuse this season.

 

Saturday, Mar. 25 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms face one another for the fourth time in March. The season series is knotted at four wins each, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has emerged victorious in its last two visits to PPL Center.

 

Sunday, Mar. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Utica
The Comets will come into Sunday’s matinée motivated, as they currently sit just one win outside the North Division playoff bubble. Sunday’s contest is also a Kids Get In Free game.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has already matched its win total from last season (43).

– Zach Aston-Reese is the first Penguin to score in his pro debut since Kasperi Kapanen (Apr. 8, 2015).

– Dominik Simon is on a five-game point streak, tying an AHL career high. He also has 12 points (4G-8A) in his last 11 games.

– The Penguins have outscored the Wolf Pack 38-13 this season.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.9%).

– David Warsofsky leads the AHL with a plus-31 rating and he tops all defensemen with 13 multi-point games this season.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (25).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 64 43 18 3 0 89 .695
2. Lehigh Valley 64 41 19 4 0 86 .672
3. Hershey 65 36 28 8 3 83 .638
4. Providence 64 36 19 5 4 81 .633
5. Bridgeport 64 38 23 2 1 79 .617
6. Springfield 64 27 27 8 2 64 .500
7. Hartford 64 21 37 4 2 48 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 64 23 26 49
David Warsofsky 49 15 29 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Kevin Porter 60 10 32 42
Dominik Simon 61 12 29 41

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 40 25-14-1 2.27 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 23 17-4-2 2.28 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT         LOCATION                                TIME    

Fri, Mar. 24        Syracuse              Onondaga War Memorial        7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 25       Lehigh Valley      PPL Center                                 7:05 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 26     Utica                      Mohegan Sun Arena                3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Mar. 21     (D)   Derrick Pouliot                Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Mar. 21     (D)   Frank Corrado                      Recalled by PIT

Mon, Mar. 21     (C)    Oskar Sundqvist                   Recalled by PIT

Mon, Mar. 21     (D)   Ryan Segalla                  Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS WIN FIRST GAME OF BACK-TO-BACK WITH PHANTOMS

BOXSCORE

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took the first game of a weekend home and home set with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms with a 4-1 win on Friday night at PPL Center.

The Penguins (42-17-3-0) scored four unanswered goals, including two during a dominant second period in which they outshot the Phantoms, 15-8.

Lehigh Valley struck first, scoring their only goal of the game with a power play goal 6:11 into the first period. Maxim Lamarche one-timed a cross-ice feed past Tristan Jarry on the first man advantage of the game.

Josh Archibald turned the tables on the Phantoms during the second power play of the night, notching his fourth shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game, 1-1. Goalie Alex Lyon’s pass intended for a teammate bounced to Teddy Blueger who found Archibald for a devastating slap shot that found the back of the net at 8:34 of the second period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton jumped ahead when Ryan Haggerty corralled a puck that ricocheted off the boards behind the net right to his stick and his shot banked off of Lyon, giving the Penguins a 2-1 lead six minutes after Archibald tied things up.

The Penguins extended their lead to 3-1 after Kevin Porter won a face-off directly to Tom Kostopoulos who blasted it over the glove of Lyon with just under ten minutes to play in the third period.

Dominik Simon put the game away with an empty net goal with 1:12 left in regulation.

Jarry turned away 29 shots in a victory for the Penguins. Lyon recorded 28 saves in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 18, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Once again, its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Saturday night is also the Penguins’ annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, for which the team will wear special, one-night-only green sweaters. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms 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.

Penguins ticket packages, including 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/14/17

 

Penguins eclipse 40 wins with back-to-back division victories

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (41-17-3-0) turns its attention to a home and home with Lehigh Valley

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Lehigh Valley 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was shut-out for the sixth time this season while Lehigh Valley evened the season series at three wins apiece. Alex Lyon and Tristan Jarry both made 31 saves.

 

Friday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS 8 vs. Hartford 1
The Penguins bounced back from their shutout loss in a big way by racking up eight goals against the Wolf Pack. Kevin Porter and Barry Goers had three-point nights, while Derrick Pouliot posted a career high four points (1G-3A). The win improved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s record against Hartford to 6-0-0-0.

 

Saturday, Mar. 11 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Providence 2
An explosive start to the game gave the Penguins all they needed to down the P-Bruins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck three times in the first period, including a goal 31 seconds into the contest by Dominik Simon. It was the quickest goal the Pens had scored all season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton begins a home and home set against Lehigh Valley with the first half taking place in Allentown. The Pens defeated the Phantoms in their last trip to PPL Center, a thrilling 4-3 overtime triumph.

 

Saturday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms play for the second night in a row, this time on the Pens’ home ice. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 1-0-0-0 in the second game of a home and home series this season.

 

Tuesday, Mar. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Pens look to make it a perfect seven-for-seven against the Wolf Pack on their last Tuesday game of the year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton averages 5.5 goals per game against Hartford.

 

Ice Chips

– With Saturday night’s win, the Penguins improved to 24-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– The last time the Penguins scored eight goals in a game was in a 9-2 win against the Albany River Rats on Feb. 17, 2010.

– Barry Goers’ three-point game (2G-1A) on Friday was not only the first of his AHL career, but also his first two-goal outing as a pro.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.5%).

– David Warsofsky leads all AHL defensemen with 13 multi-point games this season and a plus-28 rating.

– Tristan Jarry is tied for the second-most wins in the AHL (24).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 61 41 17 3 0 85 .697
2. Lehigh Valley 60 39 18 3 0 81 .675
3. Bridgeport 61 37 21 2 1 77 .631
4. Providence 61 34 18 5 4 77 .631
5. Hershey 62 33 18 8 3 77 .621
6. Springfield 61 25 26 8 2 60 .492
7. Hartford 61 21 35 3 2 47 .385

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 61 21 24 45
David Warsofsky 46 14 29 43
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Kevin Porter 57 10 30 40
Oskar Sundqvist^ 53 16 23 39

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 38 24-13-1 2.28 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 22 16-4-2 2.29 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                            TIME      

Fri, Mar. 17        Lehigh Valley     PPL Center                            7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 18      Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Tue, Mar. 21      Hartford              Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Mar. 13  (RW)   Josh Archibald                      Recalled by PIT

Sat, Mar. 11     (LW)   Christian Hilbrich          Reassigned to WHL

Sat, Mar. 11     (D)       Brett Stern                     Released from PTO

Fri, Mar. 10     (C)       Adam Krause                Recalled from WHL

PENGUINS SHUT-OUT BY PHANTOMS, 3-0

BOXSCORE

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ran into a shutout showing by Alex Lyon of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a 3-0 loss on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Lyon put forth 31 saves to preserve a clean sheet as the Penguins fell to 39-17-3-0 on the season.

Chris McCarthy gave the Phantoms an early lead at 3:39 of the first period by taking advantage of a turnover at the Penguins’ blue line.

Both team’s goaltenders strutted their stuff in what became a scoreless second period. Lyon and Tristan Jarry racked up double-digit save totals in the middle frame with 11 and 10 stops, respectively.

As the Penguins’ efforts to tie the game were continually turned aside, Colin McDonald eventually made it 2-0 at 12:02 of the third. A late power play goal by Mark Zengerle brought the scoring to a close.

The Penguins were unsuccessful on one power play bid in the game, and their penalty kill went six-for-seven on the night.

Jarry ended up matching Lyon’s 31-save total, but saw his personal record drop to 23-13-1.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 10, when it takes on the Hartford Wolf Pack at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Penguins’ clash with the Wolf Pack is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with Penguins players Christian Hilbrich and Ryan Haggerty.

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.

PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS – MARCH 8, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home for the first time since February 14 this Wednesday night, and they’ll be facing off with the same opponent they saw that evening as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to town.

The Phantoms are 2-2-1-0 in their past five contests, a sting which includes an overtime loss to the Penguins on February 25 in Allentown.

The Penguins are coming off of a seven-game road swing and a 6-3 win over the Hartford WolfPack on Sunday afternoon. The two teams are separated by just six points in the Atlantic Division standings.

Wednesday night’s game is the fifth of 12 meetings between the clubs this year, with the Penguins holding a 3-2-0-0 advantage in the season series.

DATE:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio (103.1) | bit.ly/WBSWILK
TICKETS:  570-208-7367 | bit.ly/WBSIndividual 

ABOUT THE PHANTOMS

RECORD 36-18-3-0 (75 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Greg Carey 26
ASSISTS  Andy Miele 34
POINTS  Chris Conner & T.J. Brennan 48
PIM  T.J. Brennan 95
WINS  Alex Lyon 22
GAA  Alex Lyon 2.74

WHO’S HOT:  T.J. BRENNAN had a six-game point streak snapped on Sunday when the Phantoms fell to the Providence Bruins, but the AHL vet had recorded 10 points (4+6) in that span of a half dozen games, including a hat trick against Utica on February 19. That was Brennan’s first multi-goal game of the season. His 17 goals are tops among AHL defensemen.

NEWS AND NOTES:Former Penguins CHRIS CONNER has points in each of the Phantoms’ past seven games (4+5=9) and is eight points shy of his career high of 56 points, set as a member of the Penguins in 2009-10…Conner and Brennan are tied for sixth in the AHL with 48 points…GREG CAREY is second in the AHL with 26 goals this season, one behind Chicago’s WADE MEGAN. His 17 power play goals are tops in the league…Goaltender ALEX LYON leads all rookie puck stoppers with 22 wins and is second with 2100:58 minutes played. His victory total is tied for third among all goalies, one behind the Pens’ TRISTAN JARRYLEHIGH VALLEY’s 22.7 power play percentage (63 for 278) is fifth in the league

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  39-16-3-0 (81 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  20
ASSISTS  Kevin Porter  28
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  44
PIM  Tom Sestito  121
WINS  Tristan Jarry  23
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.27

WHO’S HOT: DOMINIK SIMON has points in four of his past five games (1+5=6) and nine points (3+6) in his past nine contests. He has five assists in his past four games, and has eclipsed his assist total from last season (26 to 23) in 13 fewer games played. His 26 assists are third on the team behind DAVID WARSOFSKY (27) and KEVIN PORTER (28).

NEWS AND NOTES: Goaltender TRISTAN JARRY is second in the AHL with 23 wins, two behind Ontario’s JACK CAMPBELL, but the Penguins netminder has appeared in six fewer games than his California counterpart (42 to 36)…Jarry’s next appearance will be his 70th regular season game with the Penguins, snapping a tie with DANY SABOURIN for 10th place on the team’s all-time list amongst goalies. His 40 career wins are seventh all-time in Penguins history, two behind JEFF DROUIN-DESLAURIERSDAVID WARSOFSKY’S 14 goals are tied for second among AHL blueliners, his 27 assists are seventh, and his 41 points are third. His plus-29 rating is tied for first among all league skaters with San Diego’s JAYCOB MEGNA…The PENGUINS penalty kill continues to hold the top spot in the AHL with an 86.5 success rate (205 of 237)

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/7/17

 

Penguins get ready for busy week of division foes

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (39-16-3-0) returns home for first time since Feb. 14

 

Weekly Rewind

Saturday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS 1 at Hershey 2
A goaltending duel at Giant Center saw the Bears narrowly escape the Penguins and halt Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s six-game winning streak against Hershey. Tristan Jarry was stellar in net for the Pens, making 25 saves (including 14 in the third period). Bears netminder Pheonix Copley posted 36 stops in the win.

 

Sunday, Mar. 5 – PENGUINS 6 at Hartford 3
The Penguins earned their 39th win thanks in large part to big afternoons from David Warsofsky and Jean-Sébastien Dea. Both Warsofsky and Dea put up two-goal, one-assist performances. Casey DeSmith made 24 saves while manning the crease for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the rookie goalie’s 15th victory of the season.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Mar. 8 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first home game since Feb. 14 will be against its same opponent from Valentine’s Day, Lehigh Valley. The Penguins hold a narrow 3-2-0-0 season series lead on the Phantoms, but have outscored Lehigh Valley 12-2 at home so far this season.

 

Friday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins look to make it a perfect six-for-six against the Wolf Pack on an Eyewitness News Fan Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s offense has been out in full force in games against Hartford, averaging five goals per game in their five meetings against the Wolf Pack this season.

 

Saturday, Mar. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Providence
The top two teams in the Atlantic Division square off in a match up that could decide who sits in first place at the end of the weekend. Both teams have earned two wins against one another this season.

 

Ice Chips

– With Sunday afternoon’s win, the Penguins improved to 23-3-1-0 in games when they had played the night before.

– Tom Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 58 of the team’s games this season.

– Jean-Sébastien Dea’s two-goal outing on Sunday was the first multi-goal game of his AHL career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.5%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-29 rating.

– Warsofsky now has 12 multi-point games this season, tying him with Jake Guentzel for the team lead.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (23).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 58 39 16 3 0 81 .698
2. Providence 58 34 15 5 4 77 .664
3. Lehigh Valley 57 36 18 3 0 75 .658
4. Bridgeport 57 35 19 2 1 73 .640
5. Hershey 59 31 17 8 3 73 .619
6. Springfield 58 22 26 8 2 54 .466
7. Hartford 58 21 32 3 2 47 .405

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Tom Kostopoulos 58 20 24 44
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
David Warsofsky 43 14 27 41
Oskar Sundqvist 52 16 23 39
Kevin Porter 54 9 28 37

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 36 23-12-1 2.27 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 21 15-4-2 2.36 .911 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Mar. 8       Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Fri, Mar. 10        Hartford              Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 8          Providence        Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Mar. 7     (LW)   Christian Hilbrich          Recalled from WHL

Wed, Mar. 1    (D)       Frank Corrado          Traded by TOR to PIT;

Assigned by PIT

Wed, Mar. 1    (D)       Derrick Pouliot                     Recalled by PIT

JARRY STELLAR IN 2-1 LOSS TO BEARS

HERSHEY, PA – Goaltender Tristan Jarry turned in a stellar performance, stopping 14 shots in the third period alone, but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 2-1 decision to the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Saturday night. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak against the Bears this season.

Jarry stopped 25 of 27 shots overall on the night, but was at his best in the final frame, when the Penguins were shorthanded four times.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring 9:53 into the game when Josh Archibald redirected an Oskar Sundqvist backhander past Pheonix Copley for his 12th goal of the season.

The lead held for less than four minutes however, as Colby Williams grabbed a loose puck in the Penguins crease and deposited it for his fourth tally of the season.

The 1-1 score held until late in the second period, when Stanislav Galiev led an end-to-end rush and beat Jarry for his 18th goal of the season.

Copley was superb in his second start for the Bears since being reacquired by the team earlier this week, stopping 36 of 37 shots in the victory.

The Penguins failed to score on their lone power play attempt, while the Bears were held off the scoresheet on all six of their opportunities on the man advantage.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will return to action on Sunday afternoon, when they face the Hartford Wolf Pack at 3:00 p.m. at XL Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Wednesday’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.