TAYLOR AND TIFFELS REASSIGNED TO PENGUINS FROM NAILERS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned defenseman Jeff Taylor and forward Freddie Tiffels to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

Taylor skated in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season after joining the team on an amateur tryout agreement late in the 2016-17 campaign. In nine AHL games, the 23-year-old defenseman has posted one assist. Taylor recently notched the first multi-point game of his pro career with a goal and an assist in Wheeling’s last game on Jan. 21 at Worcester. The first-year pro from Clifton Park, N.Y. has put up nine points (4G-5A) in 17 games with the Nailers this season.

Tiffels, 22, has appeared in 11 games for the Penguins this season, recording one goal and one assist in that time. He notched his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch. Furthermore, Tiffels posted an assist in all three of the Nailers’ games this past weekend. The Cologne, Germany native and first-year pro posted four goals and 11 assists for 15 points over the course of the first 18 ECHL games of his career.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 24, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Jan. 27 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS MANEUVER SEVERAL ROSTER MOVES

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced several roster moves today ahead of their game with the Providence Bruins. The Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned defenseman Jeff Taylor and forward Freddie Tiffels from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL); Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has reassigned forward Cody Wydo to Wheeling; and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has signed goaltender Charles Williams to a professional tryout agreement while releasing Adam Morrison from his PTO.

Williams joins the Penguins from the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL), with which he has a 13-6-3 record, .918 save percentage and 2.54 goals against average in his rookie season. Williams, 25, hails from Canton, Michigan, and is coming off of one the best seasons by a college netminder in recent years. After transferring to Canisius College for his senior season, Williams posted the best save percentage in the country (.943) and tied for the national lead in shutouts (6). He was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Goaltender of the Year, Player of the Year and First Team All-Star.

Wydo, 26, currently ranks third on Nailers in points with 33 (14G-19A). His 14 goals are also fourth-most on the team, and his 19 assists also hold fourth place for Wheeling. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60).

Taylor skated in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season after joining the team on an amateur tryout agreement late in the 2016-17 campaign. In nine AHL games, the 23-year-old defenseman has posted one assist. Taylor put up six points (2G-4A) in 14 games with the Nailers this season, including his first professional goal on Nov. 17 at Norfolk.

Tiffels, 22, has appeared in 11 games for the Penguins this season, recording one goal and one assist in that time. He notched his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch. The Cologne, Germany native and first-year pro posted four goals and eight assists for 12 points over the course of the first 15 ECHL games of his career.

Morrison will report back to the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Friday, Jan. 19, as they travel to Providence for the first time this season for a date with the Bruins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Jan. 27 against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling  800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS RECALL ECHL ALL-STAR CODY WYDO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have recalled forward Cody Wydo from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Wydo recently appeared in the 2018 ECHL All-Star Classic on Monday, Jan. 15, representing the Nailers and the North Division. The third-year pro recorded the second best time in the fastest skater event of the ECHL All-Star Skills Competition (13.04 seconds).

Wydo, 26, currently ranks third on Nailers in points with 33 (14G-19A). His 14 goals are also fourth-most on the team, and his 19 assists also hold fourth place for Wheeling. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60).

Over the course of his 166-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 68 goals and 81 assists for 149 total points.

Wydo posted an assist in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season on Dec. 22 vs. Binghamton. It was his only point in six games with the Penguins this season. In nine career AHL games, all with Penguins, Wydo has one goal and one assist for two points.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 17, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 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.

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GOALIE ADAM MORRISON SIGNED TO PTO

BELLEVILLE, Ont. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed goaltender Adam Morrison to a professional tryout agreement.

Goaltender Casey DeSmith has also been recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Morrison signed a PTO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier this season on Dec. 28. After being released from that tryout on Jan. 2, Morrison won three consecutive starts with the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers. Overall this season with the Nailers, the Edmonton, Alberta native has a 5-7-0 record, 3.03 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Once a third round pick (81st overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008, Morrison has pro career totals of 54 wins, 49 regulation losses, 12 overtime losses, a 2.85 goals against average and .909 save percentage.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Friday, Jan. 12, as they take on the Belleville Senators at Yardmen Arena. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 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.

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PENGUINS RECALL WYDO AND GARDINER FROM NAILERS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have recalled forwards Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Wydo posted an assist in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season on Dec. 22 vs. Binghamton. It was his only point in four games with the Penguins this season. In seven career AHL games, all with Penguins, Wydo has one goal and one assist for two points.

Wydo, 26, is playing in his third season of professional hockey and currently leads the Nailers in points with 33 (14G-19A). His 14 goals are also tied for second on the team, and his 19 assists rank third. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). Over the course of his 166-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 68 goals and 81 assists for 149 total points.

Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humbolt, Saskatchewan native has 27 points through 31 games and is tied with Wydo for the second-most goals on the team (14).

Gardiner, 21, spent the first half of his last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He was quickly traded by Prince Albert to the Kelowna Rockets, were he was able to spend his final season of junior hockey skating alongside his brother, Erik. With the Rockets, Gardiner posted 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 28 games. He then went on to lead Kelowna in points (28) during the WHL Playoffs and finished second in the postseason with 15 goals despite playing in five fewer games than the leader, Austin Wagner.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 3, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS REASSIGN WYDO AND GARDINER TO ECHL

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned forwards Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Wydo posted an assist in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season on Dec. 22 vs. Binghamton. It was his only point in four games with the Penguins this season. In seven career AHL games, all with Penguins, Wydo has one goal and one assist for two points.

Wydo, 26, is playing in his third season of professional hockey and currently leads the Nailers in points with 31 (13G-18A). His 13 goals are also tied for third on the team, and his 18 assists rank in a tied for second. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). Over the course of his 165-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 67 goals and 80 assists for 147 total points.

Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humbolt, Saskatchewan native currently has 27 points through 30 games, and has the second-most goals on the team (14).

Gardiner, 21, spent the first half of his last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He was quickly traded by Prince Albert to the Kelowna Rockets, were he was able to spend his final season of junior hockey skating alongside his brother, Erik. With the Rockets, Gardiner posted 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 28 games. He then went on to lead Kelowna in points (28) during the WHL Playoffs and finished second in the postseason with 15 goals despite playing in five fewer games than the leader, Austin Wagner.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers 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.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS AT BEARS, DECEMBER 30, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the road again, as they make a quick trip down I-81 to play their in-state rival, the Hershey Bear,s at Giant Center at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Penguins (17-10-2-1, 37 pts, .617%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Bears (14-16-0-3, 31 pts, .470%) rank two slots behind the Penguins in sixth place.

Tonight’s game is the sixth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME:  7:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Giant Center
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LISTEN:  WILK News Radio


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 27 WBS  Hershey >3-2 WIN
Sunday, November 5 WBS  Hershey  > 3-2 SOL
Sunday, November 12  Hershey  WBS  > 5-1 WIN
Sunday, December 3  Hershey  WBS  > 4-3 OTL
Sunday, December 10  Hershey  WBS  > 4-1 WIN
Saturday, December 30  Hershey  WBS   7:00pm
Wednesday, January 24  Hershey  WBS   7:00pm
Friday, February 2  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, February 25  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, March 18  WBS  Hershey   3:05pm
Tuesday, April 3  WBS  Hershey   7:05pm
Sunday, April 15  Hershey  WBS   5:00pm

RECENT ACTION
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and posted a 5-1 victory. Daniel Sprong’s second hat trick of the season and second four-point performance (3G-1A) of the year helped to secure the victory for the Penguins, while Anthony Peters posted his first win in a Penguins uniform, stopping 27 shots.


The  Hershey Bears  scored a 4-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. Mathias Bau’s second period goal at 16:16 stood as the game-winner, and Chris Bourque notched three assists in the winning effort. The Bears power play went 1-for-3 on the evening along with a perfect 3-for-3 penalty kill. Pheonix Copley got his first win in goal since December 3, stopping 26 shots.


PENGUINS NOTES

The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Daniel Sprong from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday morning, and returned forward Dominik Simon to the club.  Simon has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with the AHL Pens this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also summoned Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner from the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday morning.

Teddy Blueger now has points in each of his last four games (3+3=6)

Colin Smith has five points (1+4) in the season series with Hershey to lead both teams.

The Penguins lead the season series three games to two, with two of their victories coming at Giant Center.


BEARS NOTES

Chris Bourque leads the Bears in all major offensive categories, with 11 goals, 28 assists, 39 points and five power play goals.

Dustin Gazley is three points from 100 while wearing a Hershey jersey.

Nathan Walker made his 2017-18 AHL debut last night, after starting the season with the Washington Capitals.  Walker posted one goal and four penalty minutes in the NHL, and notched an assist in his first game back with the Bears.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins forward Christian Thomas spent the 2016-17 season with the Bears, and led the team in goals (24) and power play goals (12).  His goals, assists (25) and points (49) totals were all career highs.

Bears center Zach Sill spent parts of five seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time list with 277 games played. Sill recorded 73 points (33+40) and 315 penalty minutes with the Penguins betweenez 2009 and 2014.


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PENGUINS RECALL WYDO AND GARDINER FROM NAILERS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they recalled forwards Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner from their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Wydo posted an assist in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season on Dec. 22 vs. Binghamton. It was his only point in three games with the Penguins this season. In six career AHL games, all with Penguins, Wydo has one goal and one assist for two points.

Wydo, 26, is playing in his third season of professional hockey and currently leads the Nailers in points with 31 (13G-18A). His 13 goals are also tied for third on the team, and his 18 assists rank in a tied for second. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). Over the course of his 164-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 67 goals and 79 assists for 146 total points.

Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humbolt, Saskatchewan native currently has 27 points through 30 games, and has the second-most goals on the team (14).

Gardiner, 21, spent the first half of his last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He was quickly traded by Prince Albert to the Kelowna Rockets, were he was able to spend his final season of junior hockey skating alongside his brother, Erik. With the Rockets, Gardiner posted 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 28 games. He then went on to lead Kelowna in points (28) during the WHL Playoffs and finished second in the postseason with 15 goals despite playing in five fewer games than the leader, Austin Wagner.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Saturday, Dec. 30, when they travel down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers 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.

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GOALIES PETERS, MORRISON SIGNED TO PTOs

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed goaltenders Anthony Peters and Adam Morrison to professional tryout agreements.

Peters has played 16 games this year with the Buffalo Sabres’ ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, posting a 10-4-1 record. Peters owns a .925 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average, the latter of which ranks fourth in the ECHL. The 26-year-old from Blyth, Ontario has already appeared in three games for the Penguins this season, posting a 5.01 goals against average and .857 save percentage.

Prior to turning pro, Peters spent four years playing at Saint Mary’s University. He was named 2014-2015 CIS Goaltender of the Year and was named to the CIS First All-Star Team in his freshman and senior seasons at Saint Mary’s.

Morrison was last with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the team’s training camp prior to the 2016-17 season. This year with the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, Morrison has a 2-7-0 record, 3.04 goals against average and .900 save percentage.

Once a third round pick (81st overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008, Morrison has logged two AHL games in his career. Both were as a member of the Providence Bruins, but one came during the 2011-12 season and the other during the 2014-15 campaign. He has a 0-2-0 record as well as a 4.54 goals against average and .885 save percentage in that time.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 29 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Friday’s game between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hartford is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with upper and lower bowl tickets available for $14 and $2 select draught beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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.

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PENGUINS REASSIGN CODY WYDO TO WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned forward Cody Wydo to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Wydo posted an assist in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season on Dec. 22 vs. Binghamton. It was his only point in three games with the Penguins this season. In six career AHL games, all with Penguins, Wydo has one goal and one assist for two points.

Wydo, 26, is playing in his third season of professional hockey and currently leads the Nailers in points with 30 (13G-17A). His 13 goals are also tied for second on the team, and his 17 assists rank third. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). Over the course of his 164-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 67 goals and 79 assists for 146 total points.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 29 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Friday’s game between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hartford is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with upper and lower bowl tickets available for $14 and $2 select draught beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.