PENGUINS WEEKLY – 4/17/18

 

Penguins finish season strong, prepare for first round series with Checkers

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (45-22-6-3) begins quest for Tom Kostopoulos’ first championship

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Apr. 13 – PENGUINS 3 at Springfield 2
Daniel Sprong set the franchise record for goals by a rookie with his 31st tally of the season. Sprong’s goal opened the game’s scoring, one of only a few bids that fooled Harri Säteri. The Thunderbirds’ goalie conjured 46 saves in the loss.

Saturday, Apr. 14 – PENGUINS 1 at Lehigh Valley 2 (SO)
The Penguins lost a shootout decision to the recently crowned Atlantic Division Champions. Both teams were held scoreless until the final two minutes of the third period, during which both teams found the back of the net. By getting to OT, the Penguins clinched the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division.

Sunday, Apr. 15 – PENGUINS 3 at Hershey 2
The Penguins remained unbeaten in regulation against the Bears in the two clubs’ final matchup of 2017-18, going 10-0-1-1 to notch the best single-season record in the rivalry’s 19-year history. Sprong scored again for goal 32, and Jan Drozg earned an assist in his pro debut.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Apr. 20 – PENGUINS at Charlotte – GAME ONE
Second-seeded Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to North Carolina to take on third-seeded Charlotte in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Penguins hope to avenge a 2011 playoff series loss handed to them by the Checkers in the teams’ only postseason meeting. Charlotte closed out the season on a 10-game point streak (9-0-1-0), and won 15 of its last 18 contests.

Saturday, Apr. 21 – PENGUINS at Charlotte – GAME TWO
The Penguins went 1-3-0-0 against the Checkers in their four-game regular season series, but both teams were evenly matched on the special teams front. Both were 16.7% on the PP and 83.3% on the PK when facing one another this season.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is going to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 16th consecutive season, the AHL’s longest active streak.

– Daniel Sprong’s 32 goals not only established a new franchise record for rookie scoring, but he also tied Janne Pesonen for the second-most goals in a season in team history.

– Sprong finished the season ranked in the AHL’s top five in three categories: third in goals (32), fourth in shots (214) and fifth in points (65). Sprong also led all rookies in goals and shots, while tying fellow first-years for tops in power play goals (11).

– Five of Michael Leighton’s six starts as a Penguin have gone past regulation. He is 4-0-1 in those games.

 

FINAL DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 76 47 19 5 5 104 .684
2. PENGUINS 76 45 22 6 3 99 .651
3. Charlotte 76 46 26 1 3 96 .632
4. Providence 76 45 26 3 2 95 .625
5. Bridgeport 76 36 32 5 3 80 .526
6. Hartford 76 34 33 6 3 77 .507
7. Springfield 76 32 37 5 2 71 .467
8. Hershey 76 30 37 4 5 69 .454

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 65 32 33 65
Jean-Sébastien Dea 70 18 32 50
Teddy Blueger 70 21 24 45
Garrett Wilson 69 17 25 42
Ryan Haggerty 47 16 21 37
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 24 12-7-3 2.71 .907 1
Tristan Jarry 16 9-5-2 3.05 .901 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Apr. 20        Charlotte         Bojangles’ Coliseum           7:00 p.m.

Sat, Apr. 21        Charlotte         Bojangles’ Coliseum           6:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Apr. 17      (LW) Sam Miletic                Reassigned from OHL

Tue, Apr. 17      (LW) Jan Drozg                       Released from ATO

Fri, Apr. 13        (G) Alex D’Orio                   Reassigned to QMJHL

Wed, Apr. 11    (C) Anthony Angello                       Signed to ATO

Wed, Apr. 11    (C) Cam Brown                                 Signed to PTO

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/27/18

 

Well-traveled Penguins come home for big showdowns with P-Bruins

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (38-20-6-2) hosts Providence in potential playoff preview

 

Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Mar. 20 – Penguins 3 at Toronto 4 (OT)

The Penguins gave the top team in the league all it could handle, throwing 40 shots on net and coming back from down 2-0, but fell short in extra minutes against the Marlies.

Friday, Mar. 23 – Penguins 4 at Utica 5 (OT)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s resiliency was on display once again, this time erasing a 3-0 deficit to force overtime. However, an early OT marker gave Utica the win. With two points (1G-1A), Daniel Sprong reached the 50-point plateau.

Saturday, Mar. 24 – PENGUINS 5 at Binghamton 4 (SO)

For the third game in a row, the Pens required extra time. In the eighth shootout round, Garrett Wilson scored so the team remained undefeated in five contests against the Devils.

Sunday, Mar. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bridgeport 6

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill was put to the test, having to defend 11 man advantages for Bridgeport. Despite two power play goals early in the final period, the Pens were unable to construct a comeback to force OT again.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Mar. 28 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will face Providence for the fifth time this season. The Penguins look to gain the lead in the season series, which is tied at two wins apiece.

Friday, Mar. 30 – PENGUINS at Hartford

The Penguins travel to Hartford for the final time this season. The Pens are 10-1-1-0 at XL Center over the past five years.

Saturday, Mar. 31 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Big points are on the line as the Pens and P-Bruins compete for a potential four-point swing for the second time in four days.

 

Ice Chips

– By scoring on Saturday, defensemen Jarred Tinordi (4) and Andrey Pedan (8) both established new career highs in goals.

– With his goal on Sunday, Pedan totaled 22 points (9G-13A) this season, surpassing his previous career-best 21 points in 2015-16.

– Daniel Sprong is currently ranked in the top four in three different categories among AHL rookies. He’s placed second in goals (24), third in shots (164) and is tied for fourth in power play goals (9).

– Michael Leighton is 3-0-0-0 in his time with the Penguins with all three wins coming beyond regulation against the Binghamton Devils.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 68 42 17 4 5 93 .684
2. Providence 66 40 21 3 2 85 .644
3. PENGUINS 66 38 20 6 2 84 .636
4. Charlotte 68 39 26 0 3 81 .596
5. Bridgeport 66 32 26 5 3 72 .545
6. Hartford 68 30 30 5 3 68 .500
7. Hershey 68 28 31 4 5 65 .478
8. Springfield 67 28 33 5 1 62 .463

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 55 24 27 51
Jean-Sébastien Dea 61 15 27 42
Teddy Blueger 61 17 21 38
Ryan Haggerty 38 16 19 35
Garrett Wilson 60 15 19 34

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 22 10-7-3 2.78 .902 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Mar. 28   Providence       Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Mar. 30      Hartford            XL Center                             7:15 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 31      Providence       Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Mar. 27     (G) Alex D’Orio                                 Signed to ATO

Tue, Mar. 27     (LW) Jan Drozg                                 Signed to ATO

Fri, Mar. 23       (RW) Josh Jooris                    Reassigned from PIT

Fri, Mar. 23       (D) Kevin Schulze                   Released from PTO

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/20/18

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.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
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

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
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
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
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

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

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.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/13/18

 

Penguins play Checkers tonight, tomorrow, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (35-17-4-2) makes first visit to Bojangles’ Coliseum since 2011 playoffs

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 9 – PENGUINS 3 at Binghamton 2 (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went to overtime with Binghamton for the third-straight meeting, and the Penguins came out on top once again. The Penguins are now 4-0-0-0 against the Devils this season thanks to Teddy Blueger’s fourth overtime game-winning goal of the year.

Saturday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Grand Rapids 1
The Penguins held on to beat the defending Calder Cup Champions in the Griffins’ first visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since Mar. 25, 2009. Adam Johnson notched the first shorthanded goal of his career, while Kevin Czuczman scored the game-winner with 8:35 left in regulation.

 

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, Mar. 13 – PENGUINS at Charlotte
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made the trek to North Carolina and will face Charlotte at Bojangles’ Coliseum for the first time since the 2011 playoffs. Charlotte has been a tough opponent for the Penguins, winning both of the clubs’ earlier meetings.

Wednesday, Mar. 14 – PENGUINS at Charlotte
Game 2 of the Penguins’ set at Bojangles’ Coliseum takes place on Wednesday. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 8-7-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Saturday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
The Penguins host their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The Pens are 2-2-0-0 against the Wolf Pack this season with the home team emerging victorious in all four contests.

Sunday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Penguins welcome their bitter rival to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for a Kids Free Sunday matinée. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a 7-0-1-1 record against Hershey this season.

 

Ice Chips

– Teddy Blueger leads the AHL with four overtime goals.

– Blueger’s four OT goals is also the most in a single season in Penguins history, and has him tied with Carter Rowney and Tom Kostopoulos for the franchise’s all-time lead.

– Jean-Sébastien Dea is on a three-game point streak and has 11 points (2G-9A) in his last 12 games.

– On Friday, Michael Leighton played in his first game since Dec. 22, 2017. He has won both of his starts with the Penguins, and both victories have come in overtime against Binghamton.

– Daniel Sprong currently ranks in a tie for third among all AHL rookies in goals (21), points (44) and shots on goal (146).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 63 40 16 3 4 87 .690
2. PENGUINS 58 35 17 4 2 76 .655
3. Providence 61 36 20 3 2 77 .631
4. Charlotte 62 35 24 0 3 73 .589
5. Bridgeport 61 30 23 5 3 68 .557
6. Springfield 62 28 29 4 1 61 .492
7. Hartford 62 26 29 5 3 60 .476
8. Hershey 63 25 29 4 5 59 .468

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 48 21 23 44
Jean-Sébastien Dea 55 13 25 38
Teddy Blueger 53 14 18 32
Ryan Haggerty 55 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese^* 41 9 20 29
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 18 9-5-3 2.63 .906 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Tue, Mar. 13   Charlotte         Bojangles’ Coliseum           7:00 p.m.

Wed, Mar. 14 Charlotte         Bojangles’ Coliseum           7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 17     Hartford           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 18   Hershey           Mohegan Sun Arena         3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu, Mar. 8        (RW) Josh Jooris                             Recalled by PIT

Fri, Mar. 9          (D) Kevin Spinozzi                       Assigned to WHL

Mon, Mar. 12    (D) Dylan Zink                          Reassigned to WHL

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/6/18

Penguins to host Star Wars Night on Saturday

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-17-4-2) returns from Midwest road trip with three points in three games

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Mar. 2 – PENGUINS 4 at Grand Rapids
The Penguins defeated the defending Calder Cup Champions in their first visit to Van Andel Arena in nearly a decade. After two back and forth periods, Teddy Blueger gave the Penguins their first lead of the night and game-winning goal in the third. Garrett Wilson added an empty net goal with less than a minute left in regulation for his second tally of the night.

Saturday, Mar. 3 – PENGUINS 0 at Rockford 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was shut-out in a tenacious meeting against Rockford that saw 66 total penalty minutes. Rockford scored two goals within the first half of regulation, and added an empty netter to close out the game. Rockford’s Collin Delia stood tall in net, pitching the first shutout of his career. Penguin goalie Étienne Marcoux stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced in his AHL debut.

Sunday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS 2 at Milwaukee 3 (SO)
Even though the Pens peppered Anders Lindbäck with 40 shots, the Admirals’ goaltender kept his team in the game and ended up with the shootout win. Ethan Prow scored his third goal of the season, and Josh Jooris sent the game to overtime in the final minute of regulation with his first goal as a Penguin.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 9 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Binghamton and looks to keep the season series perfect. The Penguins have defeated the Devils in each of their three meetings this season, all by identical 4-3 scores.

Saturday, Mar. 10 – PENGUINS vs. Grand Rapids
The Penguins face the Griffins for the second time in nine days after defeating them, 4-2, in their matchup last Friday. Grand Rapids hasn’t played in Wilkes-Barre since Mar. 25, 2009.

 

Ice Chips

– Newly signed goaltender Étienne Marcoux made his AHL debut on Saturday. Marcoux had a successful junior career, posting the best save percentage (.913) and goals against average (2.14) in the QMJHL in 2012-2013 and won back-to-back CIS University Cups in 2016 and 2017.

– Adam Johnson has six points (4G-2A) in his last seven games.

– Chris Summers played in his 500th pro game on Saturday at Rockford.

– Daniel Sprong currently ranks third among all AHL rookies in both goals (21) and power play goals (9).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 60 38 15 3 4 83 .692
2. PENGUINS 56 33 17 4 2 72 .643
3. Providence 58 34 19 3 2 73 .629
4. Charlotte 60 33 24 0 3 69 .575
5. Bridgeport 58 28 22 5 3 64 .552
6. Hartford 61 26 27 5 3 60 .492
7. Springfield 59 27 28 3 2 58 .492
8. Hershey 60 24 27 4 5 57 .475

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 46 21 23 44
Jean-Sébastien Dea 51 12 23 35
Ryan Haggerty 33 16 15 31
Teddy Blueger 41 13 17 30
Zach Aston-Reese^* 41 9 20 29
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 17 8-5-3 2.73 .901 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                               TIME    

Fri, Mar. 9          Binghamton     Veterans Memorial Arena     7:05 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 10      Grand Rapids   Mohegan Sun Arena               7:05 p.m.

Tue, Mar. 13       Charlotte          Bojangles’ Coliseum                7:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Feb. 29    (LW) Josh Jooris       Acquired by PIT; Assigned to WBS

Mon, Feb. 29    (RW) Dominik Simon                          Reassigned by PIT

Thu, Mar. 1        (G) Étienne Marcoux                                   Signed to PTO

Fri, Mar. 2          (RW) Dominik Simon                                Recalled to PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/27/18

Penguins trek to the Midwest for the first time in 10 years

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (32-16-4-1) hasn’t been to Grand Rapids since 2008, Milwaukee since 2004

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 23 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Rockford 3
The Penguins were victorious in their first meeting with the IceHogs in franchise history. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton erupted for three tallies in the first period, and six different players recorded goals throughout the game.

Saturday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS 1 at Syracuse 3
Special teams did not go the Penguins’ way as they dropped their fourth and final contest against the Crunch this season. Freddie Tiffels scored five minutes into the game, but Syracuse used shorthanded and power play goals to earn the win.

Sunday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hershey 2
Rookie Adam Johnson shined bright, notching two of the Pens’ three goals. The home team scored once in every period to knock off Hershey and improve to 7-0-1-1 against its I-81 rival this season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 2 – PENGUINS at Grand Rapids
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will take on Grand Rapids for the first time this season in the Penguins first visit to Van Andel Arena in a decade. Both teams own second place in their divisions.

Saturday, Mar. 3 – PENGUINS at Rockford
The Penguins face the IceHogs for their second meeting in eight days. Rockford owns the worst penalty kill in the league (75.8%), which Wilkes-Barre/Scranton victimized once on its only power play in their last clash.

Sunday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS at Milwaukee
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will close out their road trip by taking on the Admirals for the second and final time this season. In their previous contest, Garrett Wilson led the Penguins with a hat trick, but Jean-Sébastien Dea closed out the 5-4 overtime victory.

Ice Chips

– Friday’s contest marked Tom Kostopoulos’ 700th AHL game.

– The Penguins are undefeated against Central Division teams so far this season (2-0-0-0). They have defeated Rockford and Milwaukee, two of the three teams they will take on in their upcoming road trip.

– With two assists on Sunday, Daniel Sprong recorded his team-leading 12th multi-point game this season.

– At Monday’s NHL trade deadline, Pittsburgh dealt Greg McKegg in exchange for Josh Jooris, who was then assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Jooris has skated in 31 NHL games this season and has also accumulated three points in five AHL games.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 57 35 15 3 4 77 .675
2. PENGUINS 53 32 16 4 1 69 .651
3. Providence 55 32 18 3 2 69 .627
4. Charlotte 57 31 23 0 3 65 .570
5. Bridgeport 55 25 22 5 3 58 .527
6. Hartford 58 26 25 4 3 59 .509
7. Hershey 57 23 26 4 4 54 .474
8. Springfield 56 25 28 2 1 53 .473

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 43 21 23 44
Jean-Sébastien Dea 48 12 20 32
Ryan Haggerty 33 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese*^ 41 9 20 29
Teddy Blueger 48 12 16 28
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 15 7-4-2 2.85 .901 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                             TIME      

Fri, Mar. 2        Grand Rapids  Van Andel Arena                  7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 3       Rockford          BMO Harris Bank Center    7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 4      Milwaukee      UW-Milwaukee Panther     6:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Feb. 26    (RW) Josh Jooris   Traded by CAR to PIT; Assigned to WBS

Mon, Feb. 26    (LW) Greg McKegg                             Traded by PIT to CAR

Mon, Feb. 26    (C) Dominik Simon                              Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Feb. 26    (G) Tristan Jarry                                   Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Feb. 26    (RW) Zach Aston-Reese                                Recalled by PIT

Mon, Feb. 26    (RW) Zach Aston-Reese                      Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Feb. 26    (G) Casey DeSmith                                         Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/20/18

Penguins prepare for another three-in-three, first ever game against IceHogs

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-14-4-1) hosts Rockford for an Eyewitness News Fan Friday

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 16 – PENGUINS 3 at Rochester 12

The Penguins dropped their second contest of the season against the Americans in their first and only visit to Blue Cross Arena this year. Joseph Cramarossa posted an assist in his Penguins debut.

Saturday, Feb. 17 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Utica 5 (OT)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost a tight and tenacious game against Utica despite forging a wild third-period comeback. The newly acquired Cramarossa scored his first goal as a Penguin in his home debut. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tallied three goals in under nine minutes to erase a two-goal deficit, but fell 49 seconds into the overtime period.

Sunday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS 1 at Lehigh Valley 4

Jean-Sébastien Dea scored his second shorthanded goal of the season. However, that was the only time the Penguins solved Phantom net minder John Muse, who stopped 22 of 23 shots.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 23 – PENGUINS vs. Rockford

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton faces Rockford for the first time in franchise history. The IceHogs have only won two of their last nine games.

Saturday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS at Syracuse

The Penguins look to even the season series against the Crunch when they take on Syracuse for the fourth and final time this season.

Sunday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Hershey in the clubs’ ninth match-up this season. The Pens have not lost to the Bears in regulation, going 6-0-1-1, while winning the past four games.

 

Ice Chips

– Joseph Cramarossa has accumulated three points (1G-2A) in as many games since becoming a member of the Penguins following a trade with the Stockton Heat on Feb. 14.

– Prior to Sunday’s shorty by J.S. Dea, the Penguins’ last shorthanded goal on the road was scored on Nov. 3, 2017 at Lehigh Valley by Dea.

– Dea has reached 30 points for the third season in a row with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and achieved a career high in assists (19).

– The Penguins signed defenseman Kevin Schulze to a PTO on Feb. 17. Schulze tops Wheeling defensemen in goals (8), assists (20) and points (28).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 54 33 14 3 4 73 .676
2. PENGUINS 50 30 15 4 1 65 .650
3. Providence 52 30 17 3 2 65 .625
4. Charlotte 54 30 21 0 3 63 .583
5. Bridgeport 52 24 20 5 3 56 .538
6. Hartford 55 25 23 4 3 57 .518
7. Hershey 53 21 25 3 4 49 .462
8. Springfield 54 13 28 2 1 49 .454

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 40 20 20 40
Ryan Haggerty 33 16 15 31
Jean-Sébastien Dea 45 12 19 31
Zach Aston-Reese*^ 41 19 20 29
Teddy Blueger 45 12 14 26
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 25 14-6-2 2.75 .911 2
Anthony Peters 14 7-4-2 2.83 .900 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                             TIME  

Fri, Feb. 23      Rockford          Mohegan Sun Arena           7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 24     Syracuse          Oncenter War Memorial    7:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 25    Hershey           Mohegan Sun Arena           3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 17       (D) Dylan Zink                         Recalled from WHL

Sat, Feb. 17       (D) Jeff Taylor                     Reassigned from WHL

Sat, Feb. 17       (D) Kevin Schulze                             Signed to PTO

Mon, Feb. 19    (C) Teddy Blueger                 Reassigned from PIT

 

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/13/18

 

Penguins return from New England maintaining first place in the Atlantic Division

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-13-3-1) hosts Military Appreciation Night Presented by MetLife this Saturday

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – PENGUINS 3 at Springfield 1
The Penguins’ special teams came through in a tight battle against Springfield. Gage Quinney opened the scoring, followed by power play goals by Thomas Di Pauli and Garrett Wilson. Goalie Casey DeSmith and the penalty kill prevented Springfield from scoring on all three of their power play chances.

Friday, Feb. 9 – PENGUINS 0 at Providence 4
The Penguins saw their four-game win streak come to an end. Casey DeSmith made an impressive 39 saves while facing a 43 shot attack from Providence.

Sunday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS 3 at Providence 2 (SO)
The Penguins avenged their previous fall to the Bruins with a brilliant comeback and shootout victory. Trailing 2-0 after one period, the Penguins saw Gage Quinney and Jarred Tinordi feed the comeback, each notching a goal in the second period. Scoreless third and overtime periods led to a shootout, where Jean-Sébastien Dea tallied the only goal.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 16 – PENGUINS at Rochester
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to respond to a 5-2 loss handed to them by Rochester back in December. The Amerks have played 21 overtime games this season, most in the AHL.

Saturday, Feb. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Utica
On Military Appreciation Night Presented by MetLife, the Penguins host the Comets in the clubs’ first meeting this season. Utica is riding a six-game win streak and has skyrocketed to second in the North Division.

Sunday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looks to claim the season series lead at Lehigh Valley, as they both have five wins against the other.

 

Ice Chips

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton became the fourth team to reach 30 wins this season. The Penguins have failed to record 30 wins in only two of their 19 seasons.

– Casey DeSmith has tended goal in all four of the Penguins’ shootouts this season and has made 10 saves on 11 attempts.

–  Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in shots per game (3.16), and he also ranks second in points per game (1.00) and goals (20).

– Thomas Di Pauli ended a 15-game goalless streak by scoring on Wednesday, becoming the sixth Penguin to reach double digits in goal scoring.

– The Penguins are 7-1-1-0 when Gage Quinney scores a goal this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 47 30 13 3 1 64 .681
2. Lehigh Valley 50 30 14 3 3 66 .660
3. Providence 49 28 16 3 2 61 .622
4. Charlotte 50 27 20 0 3 57 .570
5. Bridgeport 49 23 19 5 2 53 .541
6. Hartford 51 24 20 3 3 55 .539
7. Springfield 51 22 27 1 1 46 .451
8. Hershey 51 19 25 4 4 45 .441

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 37 20 17 37
Ryan Haggerty 33 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese*^ 41 9 20 29
Jean-Sébastien Dea 42 11 17 28
Teddy Blueger^ 45 12 14 26
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith 22 14-6-2 2.50 .917 2
Anthony Peters 13 7-4-2 2.33 .916 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Feb. 16         Rochester          Blue Cross Arena                7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 17        Utica                   Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 18      Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                          5:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Thu, Feb. 8        (C) Teddy Blueger                           Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/30/18

Penguins take on rivals Bears, Phantoms after All-Star Break

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (26-12-3-1) still holds first place in the Atlantic Division

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 24 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 0
Anthony Peters recorded the first shutout of his AHL career as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 5-0-1-1 against their I-81 rival this season. Zach Aston-Reese started the scoring at 3:40 of the first period, and it eventually stood as the game-winner as the Penguins defense allowed a season-low 18 shots on goal.

Friday, Jan. 26 – PENGUINS 2 at Lehigh Valley 5
All-Star Daniel Sprong kicked things off on the right foot, scoring 54 seconds into the game. However, after Aston-Reese’s second tally of the week sparked a first period goaltending change, the Phantoms rattled off four unanswered tallies.

Saturday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 3 (OT)
The Penguins entered the All-Star Break on a high note thanks to Teddy Blueger’s continued overtime heroics. Blueger, who leads the AHL with three overtime game-winning goals, switched roles and set up Aston-Reese for the deciding goal in OT. Tristan Jarry played in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Oct. 28.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 2 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton welcomes Hershey to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time since Nov. 5. The Penguins have not suffered a regulation loss to the Bears this season. The Bears’ Chris Bourque is currently in a four-way tie for the league lead in points (43).

Saturday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins get a chance to avenge their loss to the Phantoms from a week prior and that opportunity will come on home ice. In Lehigh Valley’s five previous visits to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has failed to score four or more goals only once.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong participated in the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday. Sprong recorded two assists in the Atlantic Division’s three games.

– Zach Aston-Reese has goals in three-straight games and has 19 points (7G-12A) in his last 19 games.

– Ryan Haggerty posted 13 points (5G-8A) in 11 games during the month of January.

– Tom Kostopoulos’ next game will be his 700th in the AHL.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has a 1.69 goals against average and .935 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 42 26 12 3 1 56 .667
2. Lehigh Valley 45 26 13 3 3 58 .644
3. Providence 44 25 15 3 1 54 .614
4. Charlotte 44 24 18 0 2 50 .568
5. Bridgeport 44 22 16 4 2 50 .568
6. Hartford 46 20 20 3 3 46 .500
7. Springfield 47 21 24 1 1 44 .468
8. Hershey 45 17 21 3 4 41 .456

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 32 19 13 32
Ryan Haggerty 32 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese* 40 9 19 28
Teddy Blueger 42 12 13 25
Jean-Sébastien Dea^ 37 10 14 24

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Anthony Peters 13 7-4-2 2.33 .916 1
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Feb. 2        Hershey           Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 3        Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Jan. 23   (D) Jeff Taylor                Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Mon, Jan. 24   (G) Tristan Jarry                           Reassigned by PIT

Mon, Jan. 25   (G) Charles Williams                 Released from PTO

Mon, Jan. 25   (LW) Freddie Tiffels     Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Mon, Jan. 26   (C) Jean-Sébastien Dea                   Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/23/18

Anthony Peters steals the show in Penguins’ last three games

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-11-3-1) prepares for visits to Pennsylvania rivals

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Jan. 17 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its winning streak to a season-best eight games on the back of its top line: Zach Aston-Reese, Gage Quinney and Ryan Haggerty. Aston-Reese led the way with three points (1G-2A). Haggerty tacked on two assists to assume the team lead in points with 29.

Friday, Jan. 19 – PENGUINS 0 at Providence 1
The Pens couldn’t crack the scoreboard in Providence, falling, 1-0. The Bruins’ Tommy Cross scored the game’s only goal on a power play midway through the third period. Anthony Peters stopped a season-high 42 shots in the tough-luck loss.

Sunday, Jan. 21- PENGUINS 0 at Hartford 1  (OT)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out of the gate quickly with 21 shots in the first period, the most the team has generated in one period this season. Anthony Peters stopped 21 shots before the Wolf Pack’s Vince Pedrie ended the game 2:25 into overtime.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 24 – PENGUINS at Hershey
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton heads down I-81 to face-off against Hershey on Wednesday. The Pens are 4-0-1-1 against the Bears this season, and seven of their last 13 trips to Giant Center have required overtime.

Friday, Jan. 26 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The Pens take on the Phantoms at PPL Center with the Turnpike rivals’ season series tied at four wins apiece. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored Lehigh Valley, 26-24, this season.

Saturday, Jan. 27 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
Binghamton visits Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the second time this season on Saturday. On Dec. 22, Jarrett Burton and Teddy Blueger both scored twice in a Pens 4-3 OT win.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday from Pittsburgh. Despite not playing in the AHL since Dec. 29, Sprong still ranks first on the team in goals (18).

– Ryan Haggerty’s next game will be his 200th AHL game.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored its opponents 27-12 since the calendar turned to 2018.

– Friday and Sunday’s contests were the first consecutive 1-0 decisions in franchise history.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has a 1.50 goals against average and .944 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 39 24 11 3 1 52 .667
2. Providence 41 24 13 3 1 52 .634
3. Lehigh Valley 42 24 13 2 3 53 .631
4. Charlotte 42 24 17 0 1 49 .583
5. Bridgeport 41 20 15 4 2 46 .561
6. Hershey 42 17 18 3 4 41 .488
7. Hartford 43 17 20 3 3 40 .465
8. Springfield 44 19 23 1 1 40 .455

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Ryan Haggerty 29 16 13 29
Daniel Sprong* 29 18 10 28
Zach Aston-Reese* 37 6 18 24
Teddy Blueger 39 12 11 23
Jean-Sébastien Dea 36 9 14 23

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 11 6-3-2 2.30 .919 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 24     Hershey             Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 26        Lehigh Valley   PPL Center                          7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 27      Binghamton      Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Jan. 22   (RW) Daniel Sprong                   Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Jan. 22   (D) Jeff Taylor              Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Mon, Jan. 22   (LW) Freddie Tiffels    Reassigned by PIT from WHL