JOHNSON SCORES AGAIN, BUT PENGUINS LOSE TO DEVILS AT PROSPECTS CHALLENGE


BUFFALO, N.Y. – It was all about the Johnsons at Harborcenter on Saturday afternoon. Adam Johnson scored for the second game in a row for the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects at the 2018 Prospects Challenge, but the play of New Jersey Devils goalie Cam Johnson held his opponents at bay enough for the red and black to earn a 6-2 victory.

The Penguins prospects came out and clearly had more jump compared to their start from the night before, but Cam Johnson and his two best friends prevented them from finding the back of the net. The Penguins hit two posts throughout the first period, and Cam Johnson ended up robbing Pittsburgh’s Justin Almeida and Adam Johnson on what appeared to be sure goals.

Later in the opening frame, Brandon Gignac scored during a Devils power play, granting New Jersey the first goal of the contest.

Forty-nine seconds into the second period, a bouncing puck landed right on the tape of Blake Speers in the slot, who deposited it across the goal line for a 2-0 Devils advantage. Things then started to unravel for the Penguins prospects, who paraded to the penalty box and allowed the Devils to tack on four more goals in the middle frame.

With the score 6-0 and the Penguins finally back at even strength for an extended period of time, Cam Johnson continued his stellar play in net to maintain the clean sheet.

After some more dazzling saves from Cam Johnson and striking another post early in the third period, Troy Josephs finally solved the Devils goalie by redirected a point shot through his five-hole. Adam Johnson soared down the wings and cut across the crease for a lovely backhand roofjob shortly thereafter, making it 6-2. However, much like the game before, the Penguins’ third period push was a little too late, and time expired before they could put a greater dent in New Jersey’s commanding lead.

OTHER NOTES:

• The Penguins saw two new faces in the crease today, starting Tristan Tristan Côté-Cazenave for the first two periods, then utilizing Christian Propp for the third and final frame. Both goalies are undrafted free agents attending the Prospects Challenge with Pittsburgh on an invite basis.

• Propp made a very nice save early in his tenure to deny Brandon Gignac of the hat trick.

• Anthony Angello was still very physically imposing, but didn’t feel quite as impactful as he did on Friday against Boston. Wheeling Nailers signee Cédric Lacroix opened some eyes with his physicality and tenacity, as well.

• Jan Drozg is fast.

 

2018 PROSPECTS CHALLENGE PREVIEW


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The long, sweltering summer is almost over. Another hockey season is on the horizon, and just before the dawn of training camp comes the annual prospects tournament that the Pittsburgh Penguins like to participate in. Before the Bills Mafia starts jumping through flaming tables in the parking lot of New Era Field, Buffalo sports fans will converge on Harborcenter for the 2018 Prospects Challenge.

Like last season, this year’s Prospects Challenge will be played between the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, and Pittsburgh. For the most part, the mini-tournament acts as a tune-up for young players going into their NHL club’s camp, but it has demonstrated in the past to be a showcase for things like the arrival of Jake Guentzel two years ago, or intimated the progress of Teddy Blueger prior to his huge season last year. The Penguins roster has a bit of a different look than that of the 2017 Prospects Challenge (no more Blueger, Daniel Sprong, Thomas Di Pauli, Ethan Prow or Zach Aston-Reese,) but there’s still plenty worth keeping an eye on this weekend.

The Penguins’ full roster can be seen here, headlined by Adam Johnson, Anthony Angello and Jordy Bellerive.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans are already well-versed in what Johnson brings to the table. He posted 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in his rookie AHL season last year, he’s fast, he’s shrewd, and he is expected to take a big step forward this upcoming season. Johnson went into the summer with plans to bulk up and add muscle to his slender frame to assist him in excelling in the grittier side of the pro game as well as introducing even more explosiveness to his fleet-footed stride. Buffalo’s 2018 Prospects Challenge provides an early look at what kind of progress Johnson made, plus he’ll have plenty of opportunity to make an impact as he’ll likely be allocated top-six ice time over the weekend.

Anthony Angello left a lasting impression with his two-goal outing in the Penguins’ final game of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Though it was far from the desired team result for the fans leaving Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Angello’s performance rightfully stuck out in a lot of people’s minds. They’ll want more of the same from Angello this season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and he can start his season off on the right foot this weekend. Look for the big power forward to impose himself physically on the forecheck and generate countless scoring chances at the net-front for the Penguins prospects.

Jordy Bellerive was the breakout star for the Penguins at last year’s Prospect Challenge, leading the team in points despite playing in a fourth-line role. The undrafted, 1999-born forward earned a contract from Pittsburgh thanks to his performance, but his career hit a bit of a speed bump earlier this summer. An accident at a campfire gathering resulted in Bellerive and several of his friends ending up in a hospital after sustaining severe burns. What was surely the most frightening moment of Bellerive’s life briefly brought his hockey future into question, but he has since healed and will take the ice for the Penguins in Buffalo once again. He’s still a year away from AHL eligibility, but he’ll be leaned on by Clark Donatelli to contribute on the forecheck, penalty kill and maybe chip in a few goals along the way, too.

Other players to keep an eye on for the Penguins are two more guys expected to be with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season: Linus Ölund and Freddie Tiffels. Ölund joined the Penguins late in their most recent playoff appearance and had coaches excited based on what he showed in practice, but he never got in a game. He flashed similar instances of intrigue earlier this summer at development camp, and now this weekend serves as his black and gold game-action debut. Tiffels went back and forth between Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year. If the speedy German wants to graduate to more full-time duty in the AHL, he has an early chance to stamp an impression with his coaching staff this weekend.

The Penguins prospects’ order of operations this weekend is as follows…
Friday, Sept. 7 – Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8 – Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10 – Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo, 12:30 p.m.

 

OPPONENTS TO WATCH

BOSTON: Ryan Donato

After scoring more than 20 goals and eclipsing 40 points for the second year in a row for Harvard University, Ryan Donato left college and played 12 games in the NHL for the Boston Bruins at the end of last season. He also managed to find the back of the net five times in those 12 contests and racked up a goal and two assists for three points for quite an impressive NHL debut.

The son of long-time NHLer and Harvard head coach Ted Donato, Ryan is ready to embark on his first full professional season. Based on his offensive production in college as well as the show, he could prove to be a key piece if Boston can improve upon its 2017-18 and win a crowded Atlantic Division.


NEW JERSEY: Marian Studenič

Those in the New Jersey Devils organization are excited about their 2017 mid-draft grab because of his incredible sniping ability. Marian Studenič provided reliable depth scoring for the OHL Champion Hamilton Bulldogs, using his twisted wrister to pot 20 goals. He also tied for the team lead with two goals during the most-recent Memorial Cup tournament.

Studenič will have to round out his game a bit more to each full-time NHL duty some day, but in the interim, he’ll likely be handed a similar depth scoring role for the Binghamton Devils this season. Depending on how quickly he can adjust to the pro game, the Slovakian’s shooting talent will be a welcome addition to a Binghamton team that scored the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference last season (193). That adjustment process starts in Buffalo.


BUFFALO: Rasmus Dahlin, Casey Mittelstadt

The Buffalo Sabres are the hosts of the 2018 Prospects Challenge, so they were going to have big crowds at Harborcenter regardless of what the team looked like. Once they released their roster, they were almost guaranteed sellouts thanks to the names Dahlin and Mittelstadt.

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and Casey Mittelstadt are being heralded along with Jack Eichel as the future of the Sabres. Dahlin was this past year’s No. 1 overall pick, and they hype surrounding him has had the young man spoken in the same breath as fellow Swedes Nicklas Lidström and Erik Karlsson. Mittelstadt was the Sabres’ first round selection the year before, and the former Minnesota high school hockey prodigy made a name for himself as a dominant offensive force for the United States at the 2018 World Juniors.

Dahlin and Mittelstadt are both likely to go straight to the NHL this season, making this tournament an early taste of perhaps what’s to come in Buffalo as well as a unique opportunity for Penguins prospects to see how they stack up against players of Dahlin and Mittelstadt’s caliber.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE LAUNCHES NEW STREAMING PLATFORM


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The American Hockey League today announced an enhanced partnership with HockeyTech and the launch of a brand-new streaming platform, AHLTV.

AHLTV will allow Penguins fans to watch all 76 of the club’s regular season games in high definition on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices, as well as over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV. The brand new streaming service aims to capture the excitement of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and help fans follow the team on the road.

“We are extremely excited to introduce AHLTV beginning this fall,” said David Andrews, President and CEO of the AHL. “AHLTV reflects the high standards that our fans and stakeholders have come to expect from the American Hockey League, and HockeyTech shares our vision of bringing the excitement of AHL hockey as an enhanced digital experience to fans who can’t make it to the rink.”

More than simply a means to watch games, AHLTV will use HockeyTech’s leading technology to integrate data and video to every viewer’s unique experience. Game feeds will be seamlessly combined with the AHL’s statistical database from LeagueStat, providing real-time scoring updates for fans as they watch, and viewers will also be able to capture and save their own highlight clips to share with other AHLTV users within the platform.

In addition to the high-definition video feeds, AHLTV games will also feature HockeyTech’s ViPr system of video production, with Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and every other AHL arena outfitted with cameras that will capture the entire sheet of ice in one undistorted, panoramic view that allows mobile viewers control what they see by pinching, zooming and tilting their phone.

AHLTV subscriptions, which include live and archived games, begin at just $79.99 for the entire 2018-19 regular season. Fans can visit theahl.com/AHLTV now to register for a free AHLTV account and purchase 2018-19 subscriptions.

Subscription Package Price (USD)
2018-19 regular season – All teams, all games $79.99
2018-19 regular season – One team, all games $59.99
2018-19 regular season – One team, home or away $39.99
2018-19 regular season – All games, one month $19.99
2018-19 regular season – All games, one day $6.99

Fans can see the Penguins’ full 2018-19 schedule here.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens its 20th season of hockey on Saturday, Oct. 6 against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2018-19 season, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

JARROD SKALDE NAMED PENGUINS ASSISTANT COACH


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that Jarrod Skalde will be the team’s new assistant coach, joining head coach Clark Donatelli and fellow assistant J.D. Forrest behind the Penguins’ bench.

Skalde is already familiar with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s coaches and players after spending last season as player development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Niagara Falls, Ontario native also has previous coaching experience at the AHL level, serving as the Norfolk Admirals’ head coach during the 2014-15 campaign.

Skalde, 47, also had a long professional playing career before becoming a coach. He spent 18 seasons as a pro across North America, Europe and Asia, and he racked up 115 NHL games and 575 AHL games during that time. In his NHL days, Skalde was an original Mighty Duck, playing for Anaheim’s expansion team in 1993-94, in addition to skating for the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Atlanta Thrashers and Philadelphia Flyers.

He also was the head coach and director of hockey operations for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, as well as head coach of the OHL’s Guelph Storm in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Season ticket packages for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 20th season of hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

NEW LEARN TO SKATE AND PLAY PROGRAMS AT THE TOYOTA SPORTSPLEX


LEARN TO SKATE AT THE TOYOTA SPORTSPLEX

The next Youth Learn to Skate session at the Toyota SportsPlex (40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre) will begin Friday, SEPTEMBER 7 and runs through Friday, OCTOBER 26. Registration is just $80 for the eight-week course. You can also pre-rent your child’s skates for an additional $20 for the entire session! Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first serve basis for $13 per session (skate rental not included in walk-up fee).

The Youth Learn To Skate program is designed to teach beginning skaters of all ages.  After completing Learn To Skate, kids can go on to private figure skating lessons, our Little Pens Learn To Play Hockey program, or just attend public skating sessions and skate for FUN!

You can register by contacting Coach Matt Daube at 570-208-9474 or via e-mail at mdaube@toyotasportsplex.com or by Clicking Here!

*All children under the age of 7 MUST wear an approved hockey helmet or bicycle helmet.


LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY AT THE TOYOTA SPORTSPLEX

The next Youth Learn to Play session at the Toyota SportsPlex (40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre) will begin Saturday, SEPTEMBER 8 and runs through Friday, OCTOBER 27. Registration is just $100 for the eight-week course. Skate rentals are available for $3 per weel. Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first serve basis for $15 per session (skate rental not included in walk-up fee).

The Youth Learn to Play Hockey program is designed to introduce fundamental hockey skills to beginner hockey players. All beginner hockey skill sets (skating, puck handling, passing, shooting, and game play) will be focused on to develop and improve players to better ready them for in-house or travel hockey. Learn to Skate is strongly recommended prior to participating in Learn to Play but not required.

You can register by contacting Coach Matt Daube at 570-208-9474 or via e-mail at mdaube@toyotasportsplex.com or by Clicking Here!

*PLEASE NOTE: FULL HOCKEY EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED! (Equipment includes: Helmet with full cage/shield, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, stick, hockey pants, shin guards, stick and skates)

2018-19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

PENGUINS INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPT. 4


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Individual game tickets for all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home games for the    2018-19 season will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for all 40 home games (two pre-season, 38 regular season) can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, visiting Ticketmaster.com or by contacting the Penguins offices at (570) 208-7367.

The Penguins will play 32 of their 38 regular season home games on weekends and will be bringing back popular promotions and deals from last season.

The popular WBRE/WYOU EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY promotion will return for all 12 of the Penguins home games this season. WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays feature certain draft beers available for just $2 for a select period of time. Additionally, starting on Dec. 7, lower level tickets for Friday night home games available for just $14.

KIDS GET IN FREE SUNDAYS are also back for 2018-19, with children age 14 and under able to attend Sunday afternoon contests for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Following those games, fans will be able to take to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza ice for a free public skating session (fans are responsible for supplying their own skates).

Fans can see the Penguins’ full 2018-19 schedule here.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens its 20th season of hockey on Saturday, Oct. 6 against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Season ticket packages for the 2018-19 season, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

WHO BELONGS ON THE WBS MOUNT PUCKMORE?


There’s a really fun piece over on ESPN.com from Greg Wyshynski taking a look at the Mount Puckmore (the players who define a team’s history) for all of the teams in the NHL’s Metro Division (take a look at it here).  And that got us thinking….who would be on a WBS Mount Puckmore?

So we’re reaching out for your thoughts, Penguins fans.  Which four players have made the biggest contributions, left a lasting impact, and become synonymous with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey (we think we know one player that will be on almost every list)?

Here’s how you can take part.  Simply fill in the info below, and submit your selections between now and Friday, August 24.  We’ll tally all of the submissions at that point, and post the definitive list on Monday, August 27.

And to make it fun, one random submission will be selected to win a Penguins Prize Pack.

So let’s see who’s on your list!

Mount Puckmore

COAL STREET HOCKEY SCHOOL AND OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION


Coal Street Hockey School

The Coal Street Hockey School is returning for its 7th Year: August 20th through the 24th – 8:00am to 4:30pm. For ages 7 through 17, $299 per player/goalie. Cash or checks should be made payable to Toyota SportsPlex. Online registration is also available at toyotasportsplex.com.

This intensive, week-long camp will help get your skater ready for the upcoming season. Instruction will be provided by members of the Toyota SportsPlex coaching staff AND coaches from the new Wilkes University NCAA DIV. III hockey program! For additional information, please contact us at programs@toyotasportsplex.com or mdaube@toyotasportsplex.com, or via phone at 570-208-9474. Thanks!


Ice Hockey Official Certification

Do you love hockey? Have you ever aspired to become an Ice Hockey Official? The NEPA Ice Hockey Officials Association wants to help you “earn while you learn!”

Join us Saturday August 18th from 8AM-4PM at the Toyota SportsPlex to become a certified Ice Hockey Official.

To register go to www.aaharefs.org and follow the registration links or contact Henry Augenstein at henryaugenstein1@gmail.com with any questions.

*PLEASE NOTE – You MUST be 13 years of age or older

2018-19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information

PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY AUSTIN


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Johnny Austin to an American Hockey League contract for the 2018-19 season.

Austin is coming off of a four-year career at the University of Connecticut, where he had his most productive season in his senior year. In 35 games, Austin managed to set career highs in goals (4), assists (15), points (19), shots on goal (76) and blocked shots (60). His 19 points led all team defensemen, and placed fifth overall on the Huskies. Austin also notched 11 power play points, tying him for the team lead in that category, as well.

The 23-year-old from St. Louis Park, Minnesota also appeared in nine AHL games last season with the Laval Rocket while playing on an amateur tryout agreement. Austin earned his first pro point with an assist during his AHL debut on Mar. 23, 2018 vs. Charlotte.

Austin spent three of his four seasons at UConn playing alongside fellow Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Joseph Masonius. The two finished first and second in points, respectively, among team defensemen in 2017-18.

Season ticket packages for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 20th season of hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

BID ON PENGUINS JERSEYS, EXPERIENCES AND MORE WITH DASH


Scoring your favorite player’s game-worn jerseys, signed items and other in-game experiences just got easier and more exciting for fans of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as the team has signed on with DASH Auction to host it’s auctions for the 2018-19 season.

To kick off the partnership, the Penguins will be auctioning off a game-worn Zach Aston-Reese sweater via DASH starting this Monday, August 6, with the auction running through noon on Monday, August 13.  You can preview the auction now on DASH.

Fans around the globe will be able to place bids on player sweaters, game pucks, autographed merchandise and more via the DASH app.  Available for both iOS and Android devices, the DASH app is “the only digital auction platform built specifically for professional sports teams and their fans.”

In order to place bids, fans must first register via DASH – either through the app on a mobile device, or via the Penguins DASH page ( https://web.dashapp.io/auctions/wbspenguins ).  They can then see all upcoming or current auctions for their favorite team, and watch the action in real time as the bids go up.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin their 20th season in the American Hockey League on October 6, when they host the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7:05pm.  Season ticket packages, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and flex plans, are available now by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.

Fans can also request information on ticket packages by filling in and submitting the form below.  

2018-19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information