PENGUINS FALL IN OVERTIME TO WOLF PACK, 1-0

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were handed a 1-0 loss in overtime courtesy of the Hartford Wolf Pack despite throwing 43 shots on goal on Sunday evening at XL Center.

Rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev stunned Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-11-3-1) by turning aside all 43 shots he faced. At the other side of the ice, Anthony Peters put together another strong effort between the pipes, making 21 saves in regulation to help the Penguins secure a point in the standings.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out quickly and peppered Georgiev with 21 shots in the opening frame, the most the team has generated in one period all season long. Somehow, none of those 21 bids found a hole to get through. Conversely, the Penguins’ defense held the Wolf Pack to only three shots through the first 20 minutes.

One of the Penguins’ finest scoring chances came when Ryan Haggerty came in on a breakaway at 6:27 of the second period, but hit the post. It was one of four times in the course of the game that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck iron.

The third period turned into a wide open, back-and-forth affair with Georgiev and Peters trading save after save. Neither side could conjure a game winner in regulation which took the contest to overtime.

Hartford’s Vince Pedrie notched the only goal of the night coming off of a shot that snuck underneath Peters’ pads at 2:25 of the extra frame.

The Penguins’ loss comes two nights after suffering a 1-0 defeat in Providence, marking the first time that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has suffered shutouts in back-to-back games since Dec. 26 and 27, 2014.

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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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at WOLF PACK, JANUARY 21, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to Connecticut for the second time this season to matchup with the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center. The home team has won all three previous matchups this season.

The Penguins (24-11-2-1, 51 pts, .671%) are ranked atop the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while the Wolf Pack (16-20-3-3, 36 pts, .452%) sit in eighth in the same division.

Sunday’s game is the fourth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: XL Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15 Hartford WBS  7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29 WBS Hartford  5-1 WIN
Sunday, January 21 Hartford WBS  5:00pm
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  7:05pm
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were unable to crack the goal column in on Friday night, falling to the Providence Bruins, 1-0, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Both netminders were stellar throughout the game, with the lone goal, a power play tally, scored by Tommy Cross midway through the third period. Anthony Peters stopped a season-high 42 shots in the loss, while. Zane McIntyre stopped all 28 shots he faced to snuff out the Penguins’ eight-game win streak.

The Hartford Wolf Pack welcomed the Utica Comets to the XL Center on Friday night and snapped a three-game skid with a 3-2 overtime victory. Hartford’s Ryan Sproul scored the two regulation goals before Utica tallied twice in the third to force overtime. Rookie Filip Chytil scored his seventh of the year to secure the victory for the Wolf Pack. Marek Mazanec started in goal but was injured halfway through the third and had to be replaced by Alexandar Georgiev.

PENGUINS NOTES

The Penguins began their recent eight game win streak by beating Hartford 5-1 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Dec. 29

Canadian Olympian Christian Thomas leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with four game-winning goals this season

Since the calendar changed to 2018 the Penguins have outscored their opponents 27-11.

WOLF PACK NOTES
Cole Schneider has played in all 42 games for the Wolf Pack and ranks second in assists (18) and points (25) for the team
The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 19.2%
Hartford has 100% success against the Penguins power play so far this season


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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PENGUINS’ WIN STREAK HALTED IN 1-0 LOSS AT PROVIDENCE

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite a career performance from goalie Anthony Peters, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were dealt a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Providence Bruins on Friday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Peters recorded 42 saves between the pipes for the Penguins, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-11-2-1) could not find the back of the net and saw its season-best eight-game winning streak come to an end.

Peters had to be sharp from the get-go as Providence used heavy forecheck and a mid-period power play to test the goaltender from all angles. The Blyth, Ontario native weathered the onslaught and made 13 saves in the opening frame.

The second period began with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton generating two glorious scoring chances while shorthanded. First Jarrett Burton missed wide following a turnover forced by the heavy press of Garrett Wilson, and Teddy Blueger got loose for a breakaway only to be turned aside by Zane McIntyre. Both McIntyre and Peters continued to answer the bell at opposite ends of the ice to keep the contest knotted at zero after two periods.

In the third, Anders Bjork was robbed on two separate occasions by Peters, who made arguably his two best saves of the night on the rookie recently reassigned from the NHL.

Peters stifled the Bruins’ scoring chances until Providence finally solved him during its fifth power play of the game. Tommy Cross gave the Bruins the first and only tally of the night by beating Peters through a group of players gathered in front of the net at 11:13 of the third period.

The Penguins pulled Peters late in favor of the extra attacker, but even the six-on-five advantage couldn’t help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton get a tying goal past McIntyre who posted 28 saves for the shutout.

The Penguins’ next game is Sunday, Jan. 21, when they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL 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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PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BRUINS, JANUARY 19, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to continue their hottest stretch of the season as they go for their ninth straight victory when they visit the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time this season.

The Penguins (24-10-2-1, 51 pts, .689%) continue to hold onto the top spot in the Atlantic Division, while the Bruins (22-12-3-1, 48 pts, .632%) are just one spot behind despite a recent four-game slide.

Tonight’s game is the second of six meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Dunkin Donuts Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Providence 4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19 WBS Providence  7:05pm
Friday, February 9 Providence WBS  7:05pm
Sunday, February 11 Providence WBS  3:05pm
Wednesday, March 28 WBS Providence  7:05pm
Saturday, March 31 WBS Providence  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hosted the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza extended their winning streak to eight-games with a 4-1 victory. Zach Aston-Reese tallied three points (1+2) on the night, as he assisted on both the tying Gage Quinney and the winning Christian Thomas tallies. Andrew Peters was stellar in net again, stopping 22 of 23 Phantoms attempts, bringing his win streak since signing his second PTO to six games.

The Providence Bruins welcomed the Springfield Thunderbirds into Dunkin’ Donuts Center last Sunday, with the road team skating away with a 5-2 victory. The Bruins got goals from Colton Hargrove and Kenny Agostino just 29 seconds apart in the first period, but those would be the only tallies they were able to get on the day. Jordan Binnington got the start in net for the Bruins, but allowed three goals on 19 shots before making way for Zane McIntyre in relief.


PENGUINS NOTES
With two assists Wednesday night, Ryan Haggerty took over the team scoring lead with 29 points(16+13).

Haggerty has points in seven straight games dating back to December 30. He has posted 12 points (5+7) during that stretch.

Andrey Pedan was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 15 after recording five points (3G-2A) and a plus-5 rating in two games.

The Penguins have notched five hat tricks in 2017-18, most in a single season in team history.

Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has won six straight starts, posting a 1.66 goals against average and .946 save percentage in that time.

Christian Thomas has posted the game-winning goal in three of the Penguins’ past four victories.


BRUINS NOTES
Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins with 33 points (9+24) in 32 games this season.

Swedish rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson leads all Bruins rookies with 11 goals, 14 assists and 25 points.

Jordan Binnington has the third highest save percentage in the AHL this season (.931).

Providence is ranked fourth with the fewest goals against, having only given up 100 goals in 38 games.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins Defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins (2011-15) where he played 150 games and netted 56 points (13+43).

Bruins head coach Jay Leach spent the 2015-16 season on the Penguins’ bench, and posted a 2-0-1-0 mark as the team’s interim head coach.

Bruins right winger Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton playing 130 games and posting 31 points (10+21).

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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ASTON-REESE FINDS HIS SCORING TOUCH


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have been one of the hottest teams in the American Hockey League over the past three weeks, posting eight straight wins and moving back to the top of the Atlantic Division standings.

One of the catalysts of the recently resurgent Penguins’ play has been rookie forward Zach Aston-Reese.

During that same group of games, Aston-Reese has come alive, posting 10 points (3+7) and finding the scoresheet in seven of the eight contests.

It’s been a nice stretch for the youngster, who didn’t record his first point until the sixth game of the season.

“I think the biggest thing is just being consistent in every game,” he said. “It’s good to struggle early on because that’s where you learn the lessons.”

But the former NCAA scoring champ spreads out the credit for his recent success as deftly as he dishes the puck to his teammates.

“Things are clicking,” said Aston-Reese, who has been skating alongside Jean-Sebastien Dea and Ryan Haggerty for much of the season.

Dea was on pace for a career-year, with 23 points (9+14) in 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being recalled by Pittsburgh this week.

And Haggerty has been terrorizing the opposition, netting a single-season best 16 goals in just 27 games this season.

“I just give him the puck and he skates down and puts it in,” laughed Aston-Rees.  “So it’s been nice.”

Now sitting in third place on the team’s scoring list with 24 points, Aston-Reese has seen additional ice time with Pittsburgh recalling forwards Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon in recent weeks.

“I think more so with special teams.  On the penalty kill, that’s where you get your legs going.  You get more looks on the power play,” he said.  “It definitely opens up more ice.”


Some other quick ZAR notes:

After Wednesday night’s three-point effort (2+1) against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Aston-Reese has now recorded three three-point games this season.

He is tied with linemate Ryan Haggerty for the team lead with a plus-19 rating.

Aston-Reese is tied for 14th among rookie scorers with 24 points and tied for fifth among rookies with 18 assists


Aston-Reese isn’t the only Penguins skater to sting together some nice stats over the past several weeks.

Haggerty has points in seven straight games dating back to December 30, with five goals and seven assists to his credit.

Christian Thomas has points in five straight contests (5+2=7), and has recorded the game-winning goal in three of the past four Wilkes-Barre/Scranton victories.

Goaltender Anthony Peters is a perfect 6-0-0 since signing his second tryout contract with the team, allowing just 10 goals in those contests.

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PENGUINS CAPTURE EIGHTH-STRAIGHT WIN BY BEATING PHANTOMS, 4-1

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins extended their season-best winning streak to eight games by virtue of a 4-1 triumph over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (24-10-2-1) forged a new first line of Zach Aston-Reese, Gage Quinney and Ryan Haggerty for the rivalry match-up with Lehigh Valley. The move paid immediate dividends as all three players found the scoresheet, combining for six points, and Haggerty assumed the team lead with 29 points on the season.

BOXSCORE

Lehigh Valley struck first, using a power play goal from Philippe Myers to take a 1-0 lead at 15:11 of the opening frame.

The Phantoms appeared poised to build on their lead with a raucous start to the second period. However, the Penguins survived those tense moments and calmed things down by scoring at 5:32. Quinney was the goal-scorer for the Penguins, after being set-up by his new linemates, Aston-Reese and Haggerty.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly grabbed a 3-1 lead with tallies from Christian Thomas and Teddy Blueger, separated by 3:25 of game play in the second stanza.

Lehigh Valley pressed hard early in the third period, but Anthony Peters would not yield, denying the Phantoms on 10 shots faced in the final frame of regulation. Desperate to solve Peters and cut into the Penguins’ two-goal lead, Phantoms coach Scott Gordon pulled his goalie for an extra attacker with 5:31 left in the game. The gamble didn’t pay off, as Aston-Reese completed a three-point night with an empty net goal 30 seconds later.

Peters finished the night with 22 saves, winning his sixth-consecutive game in net for the Penguins. Dustin Tokarski was handed the loss, making 24 stops on 27 shots faced.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Jan. 19, as they travel to Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time this season for a date with the Providence 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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PENS PRACTICE REPORT: PEDAN PROGRESS


Andrey Pedan had appeared in 211 American Hockey League games prior to Saturday afternoon’s contest against the Laval Rocket.  And in that time, the Russian defenseman had a grand total of one multi-goal game in his minor league career, that coming on April 6, 2014 as a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

So you could excuse the 6’5” blue line for being just a little bit happy when he popped in three goals to lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins past the Rocket this past weekend.

“I was excited.  There  were not many hats out there, playing on the road,” laughed Pedan.  “[Garrett Wilson] did a really good job in front [of the goal], so it was easy.  I just had to hit the net.”

Pedan’s first goal was a shot from the slot that hit goaltender Michael McNiven, then fluttered over the goal line.  But tallies two and three were deftly placed shots from the point, both coming on the power play.

The sixth-year pro was happy to hit the back of the net, even if it wasn’t the first thing on his mind.

“I don’t really worry about points, just taking care of the D-zone,” he said.  “We have a great group of forwards who can score.”

Perhaps the only person happier than Pedan this past weekend was head coach Clark Donatelli, who has seen the early season acquisition (he was traded to the Penguins for defenseman Derrick Pouliot) bloom on the Penguins backline.

“We’ve been working with him here now since the trade and trying to get him up to speed on our systems and his details and his habits, how he plays,” Donatelli said.  “I think you can see a big difference from when we got him to now.

“Less is more with him.  It’s hard to do less when you’re competing like that.  But I think he’s buying in.  He did a lot less and got three goals, and got a lot accomplished on the defensive side of the puck as well.  So he’s come a long way since we got him, and we’re really happy with his success.


Pedan wasn’t the only Penguin celebrating a hat trick last weekend.  Ryan Haggerty started off the team’s trek through Canada with a three-goal game in a 6-2 victory against the Belleville Senators on Friday night.  What made it even more special is that his father, Roger, was on hand as part of the team’s fathers’ trip to witness it firsthand.

“It was something special to have all of the dads here,” said the younger Haggerty, who now has 16 goals in just 26 games this season.  “And it’s pretty cool to play that well as a team and to go out and win a game like that.  It’s more special to have all of the dads with us.”

Haggerty has already eclipsed his previous single-season high of 15 goals in a season, set in 2014-15 with the Hartford Wolf Pack.  It took him 73 games that year to reach the mark.

“Hagg’s has been playing great all year,” Donatelli said.  “He’s got an NHL shot and release.  He’s just played fantastic from the time he stepped on the ice his first game this year.  He’s been very consistent in his play, and I think that’s a big difference from last year.”


The Penguins have been known as one of the top defenseive teams in the AHL in recent years, with their goaltenders taking home the Harry ‘Hap’ Holmes Award, presented to the netminders on the team with the lowest goals against average, in five of the past seven seasons.

So it may be a bit of a surprise to learn that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton currently ranks second in the league in goals scored per game at 3.67 (132 goals in 36 games).

What’s even more impressive is that the team has done plenty of damage while two of its top scorers – Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong – have been on recall with Pittsburgh.

Simon was originally summoned by Pittsburgh on December 8, but returned to the team on December 30.  He netted the overtime winner in that contest before returning to the NHL club.

Sprong got his promotion on that same day, after netting 18 goals in 29 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Despite not having the duo in the lineup since the end of the calendar year, the Penguins have posted five straight wins (seven overall dating back to December 29), and have outscored the opposition 23-9 in 2018.

“Spronger leaves, and it’s just another opportunity for someone else to come in and grab that ice time,” said Donatelli.  “We have a lot of guys here that are going to take advantage of that.  You’re seeing it with him and Simon being up there, where guys are getting more ice time.  They jump right in there and take advantage of that.”


Wednesday night’s game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms starts a stretch of games that will see the Penguins face off with Atlantic Division foes in 10 of 11 contests.  And although the Pens currently hold down the top slot in the standings, Donatelli knows the upcoming schedule will be a challenging one to navigate.

“My experience in this division, even when you’re winning you don’t break away [from the pack],” he said.  “If you’re not on your ‘A’ game, you’re going to get beat in this league, and especially in our division.  We’re just going to approach it one game at a time.  It’s a tough stretch for us, but our guys are ready.”


The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms 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 WEEKLY – 1/16/18

AHL’s first Fathers’ Trip ends with Penguins winning seven-straight

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-10-2-1) tries to extend its season-best win streak against division rivals

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 12 – PENGUINS 6 at Belleville 2
Ryan Haggerty kicked off the Penguins’ Fathers’ Trip with a bang, scoring his first pro hat trick and setting a new career high with 16 goals this season with his dad, Roger, in attendance. The Penguins also saw Christian Thomas find the back of the net for the fourth-straight game, and Jean-Sébastien Dea added an empty netter to seal the Pens’ sixth win in a row.

Saturday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS 4 at Laval 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was powered to its seventh win in a row once again on the back of a hat trick. This time, it was D-man Andrey Pedan tallying three times for his first career hatty. The Penguins surrendered early period goals twice to the Rocket, but responded in less than three minutes both times. The Penguins also got their special teams going with two power play goals from Pedan, including the game-winner.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season-best seven-game win streak began after back-to-back losses to Lehigh Valley on Dec. 23 and 27. The Penguins look to avenge those defeats to keep their current streak alive. The Phantoms lead the season series with a 4-2-0-1 record against the Penguins in seven meetings.

Friday, Jan. 19 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins visit the Bruins for the first time this season. In these two clubs’ only match-up this season, Providence came to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 11 and were met with a 4-3 overtime loss on a Ryan Haggerty snipe.

Sunday, Jan. 21- PENGUINS at Hartford
In three games between the Penguins and Wolf Pack this season, the home team has won every time. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to end that streak at XL Center in a 5:00 p.m. showdown.

 

Ice Chips

– Christian Thomas was named to Canada’s men’s hockey roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games on Thursday.

– Ryan Haggerty and Andrey Pedan’s hat tricks marked the first back-to-back hat tricks in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.

– Pedan became only the second defenseman in Penguins history to record a hat trick (Alex Picard: Mar. 17, 2012).

– After posting a hat trick and five points (3G-2A) along with a plus-5 rating in last weekend’s games, Pedan was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has won five straight starts with a 1.79 goals against average and .929 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 36 23 10 2 1 49 .681
2. Lehigh Valley 40 23 12 2 3 51 .638
3. Providence 38 22 12 3 1 48 .632
4. Bridgeport 37 18 13 4 2 42 .568
5. Charlotte 38 21 16 0 1 43 .566
6. Hershey 40 17 17 3 3 40 .500
7. Springfield 40 17 21 1 1 36 .450
8. Hartford 40 15 19 3 3 36 .450

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Ryan Haggerty 26 16 11 27
Jean-Sébastien Dea 36 9 14 23
Teddy Blueger 36 11 11 22
Zach Aston-Reese 34 5 16 21
Kevin Czuczman 32 1 20 21
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 8 5-2-1 2.83 .900 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 17      Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 19          Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 21       Hartford           XL Center                            5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sun, Jan. 14       (LW) Cody Wydo                    Reassigned to WHL

Fri, Jan. 12         (G) Casey DeSmith                          Recalled to PIT

Fri, Jan. 12         (G) Adam Morrison                         Signed to PTO

Tue, Jan. 9         (RW) Reid Gardner                Reassigned to WHL