PENGUINS DROP FOUR GOALS ON BEARS IN SUNDAY VICTORY

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HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made a triumphant return to the win column on Sunday evening by beating the Hershey Bears, 4-1, at Giant Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-7-1-1) came out firing on all cylinders from the drop of the first puck and never looked back as they defeated their I-81 rival for the third time this season.

The Penguins erupted for three goals in the first period by taking advantage of the Bears’ errors and burying them into the back of the net. First, Christian Thomas collected a turnover in the slot and turned it into a slap shot goal at 7:15 of the first period. Daniel Sprong annihilated a one-timer to the top corner during a two man advantage at 10:10 of the opening frame, and then Thomas Di Pauli grabbed another Hershey turnover less than two minutes later and put it behind Pheonix Copley for a 3-0 Penguins lead.

Hershey got on the board before first intermission though with Tyler Graovac completing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence by the Bears when only 17.4 seconds remained in the opening frame.

Both teams were held off the scoresheet in the second period, mostly due to the strong play of Penguins goaltender Sean Maguire. Maguire turned aside 10 shots in the middle frame, and ultimately recorded 18 saves when the game was over for his first win of the season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored another two-man advantage marker at 9:48 of the third period, extending its lead to 4-1. Defenseman Zach Trotman unleashed a potent slap shot from the top of the slot, scoring his first AHL goal since Feb. 14, 2015.

The Penguins’ power play finished the night going two-for-eight, while their penalty kill staved off three of the Bears’ four man advantages.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Dec. 13 against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is 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.

ETHAN PROW REASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned defenseman Ethan Prow to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

Prow has played in six games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, picking up an assist on Nov. 11, 2017 against the Hershey Bears. The former Hobey Baker Award Finalist skated in 59 games for the Penguins last season and registered 16 points (1G-15A).

The 25-year-old blueliner has appeared in four career ECHL games, all with Wheeling, during which Prow posted two assists.

Prow joined the Penguins for this evening’s game, Sunday, Dec. 10, when they travel to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Dec. 13 against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 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.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BEARS – DECEMBER 10, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return to Hershey for the second consecutive Sunday to face the Bears at 5:00pm.

The Penguins (13-7-1-1, 28 pts, .636%) sit in third place in the extremely tight Atlantic Division standings, while the Bears (12-11-0-3, 27 points, .519%) place sixth in the eight team division.

Sunday’s contest is the fifth of 12 meetings between the teams this year.  The Penguins have a 2-0-1-1 record so far, while the Bears are 2-2-0-0 in the first four matchups.

TIME: 5:00 p.m.

PLACE: Giant Center

WATCH: AHLLive.com

LISTEN: WILK News Radio


SEASON SERIES

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

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night in Wilkes-Barre.  Daniel Sprong netted his team-leading 11th goal of the season, and Sean Maguire stopped 28 shots in his first AHL start this season.

The Bears defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms by a score of 4-2 last night in Hershey.  Lucas Johansen, Chris Bourque, Garrett Mitchell and Tyler Graovac tallied for the home side, and Vitek Vanecek stopped 24 shots between the pipes.


PENGUINS NOTES

Daniel Sprong is tied for third among rookie skaters with 11 goals this season, and ranks second among first year players with six power play goals.  His 11 goals are tied for 10th among all AHL scorers, and his six power play goals are tied for third overall.

Thomas Di Pauli is tied for 13th among rookies with seven goals.


BEARS NOTES

Chris Bourque leads all AHL skaters with 32 points, is tied for second with 21 assists, tied for 10th with 11 goals and tied for fifth with five power play tallies.

Travis Boyd is tied for sixth with 17 assists.

Mathias Bau is tied for eighth among rookies with eight goals.


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 LOSE TO CHECKERS, 2-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fought hard to the very end, but came up one goal short in a 2-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-7-1-1) saw Daniel Sprong score on the power play to assume the team lead in goals (11) and points (17) and pull his team within striking distance, but the equalizer never materialized.

The two clubs played to a scoreless first period with Penguins goalie Sean Maguire shining in net, making 14 saves in the opening frame. Maguire was eventually solved by Andrew Miller at 6:20 of the second period.

Charlotte later capitalized on a man advantage at 8:30 of the middle frame as Andrew Poturalski unloaded a wicked wrister just inside the far post behind Maguire, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead.

The final stanza started with a bang for the Penguins when Jean-Sébastien Dea won a face-off right to Sprong, who put forth one of his patented one-timers, blasted it off the post and into the Checkers’ net. Sprong’s sixth power play goal of the season came just 37 seconds into the third period.

The Penguins had eight more shots on goal and several more man advantage opportunities in the third period, but couldn’t beat Jeremy Smith for a tying goal before the expiration of 60 minutes.

Maguire impressed in his first start of the season, denying 28 of the 30 shots he faced. Smith made 22 saves while manning the pipes for Charlotte.

The Penguins’ next game is Sunday, Dec. 10, when they travel to visit their I-81 rival, the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Dec. 13 against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is 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.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS SIMON; ASSIGNS MCKEGG


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Dominik Simon from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Forward Greg McKegg has been re-assigned to WBS.

Simon, 23, has produced three goals, 13 assists and 16 points in 20 games with WBS this year. His assist and point totals are both tied for the team lead. Simon has tallied at least one point in 13 of his 20 games.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Simon has played in five career NHL games with Pittsburgh over the previous two years, collecting a pair of assists. During both the 2016 and ’17 Stanley Cup championship runs, Simon practiced with the ‘Black Aces.’

Simon, a native of Prague, Czech Republic, has played two-plus years in the AHL with WBS, totaling 110 points (43G-67A) and a plus-14 in 158 regular-season games. He has added five points (1G-4A) in 12 playoff contests. Simon’s best season came as a rookie in 2015-16 when he led the team with 25 goals, and recorded 48 points, in 68 games.

Pittsburgh originally drafted Simon in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

PENGUINS ASSIGN JARRETT BURTON TO WHEELING

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned forward Jarrett Burton to the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Burton has played in nine games this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording one goal and one assist in that time. This will be the 26-year-old from Echo Bay, Ontario’s first assignment with Wheeling since a brief nine-game stint with the Nailers from Jan. 20 to Feb. 4, 2017. He has 77 points (31G-46A) in 113 career ECHL games, all spent with Wheeling.

Burton appeared in 39 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year during his first season playing under an AHL contract. He posted seven goals and four assists for 11 points in his rookie season.

Proving to be an effective penalty killer during his time in the pros, Burton previously played four years at Clarkson University, where he tallied 28 goals, 26 assists, 54 points and 91 penalty minutes in 141 collegiate games.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Friday, Dec. 8, against the Charlotte Checkers. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 7:05 p.m. and is a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for Friday’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 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.

PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs CHECKERS – DECEMBER 8, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome the Charlotte Checkers back to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (13-6-1-1, 28 pts, .667%) are tied for first place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Checkers (14-8-0-1, 29 pts, .630%) are holding onto the fourth slot.

Friday night’s contest is the second of four meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH: AHLLive.com
LISTEN: WILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS: Eyewitness News Fan Friday ($14 lower bowl tickets) | Select draft beers available for just $2 (6-7:30pm) courtesy of the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition | Postgame Autographs featuring a pair of Penguins players to be announced


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, October 7  Charlotte  WBS  5-2, Loss
 Friday, December 8  Charlotte  WBS  7:05pm
 Tuesday, March 13  WBS  Charlotte  7:00pm
 Wednesday, March 14  WBS  Charlotte  7:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a 5-0 decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night in Allentown. It was the first time the Pens had been blanked since March 8 of last season, also against the Phantoms.

The Checkers carry a four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) into Friday night’s game, following a 4-3 win over Springfield on Sunday. Charlotte rattled off three straight goals after falling behind 3-1 midway through the game to pull out the victory.


PENGUINS NOTES

Goaltender Sean Maguire made his 2017-18 AHL debut in relief on Wednesday night in Allentown, stopping 15 of 16 shots he faced over 36 minutes of play. Maguire began the season with the Wheeling Nailers, and posted an 8-3-0-0 mark with a 3.28 GAA and .910 save percentage in 12 ECHL games.

The Penguins three overtime wins is tied for the second most in the AHL, behind only the Texas Stars four wins in the extra frame.


CHECKERS NOTES

Forward Warren Foegele is tied for the rookie lead, tied for third overall with 12 goals this season, tied for third with three game-winning goals and leads the league with four shorthanded goals.

Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic is tied or the AHL lead with 11 wins this season.

Right wing Valentin Zykov is third in the AHL with six power play goals.

Defenseman Philip Samuelsson is tied for sixth with a plus-13 rating.

The Checkers lead the Eastern Conference and are fourth in the AHL with a 21.5% success rate on the power play (23 goals / 107 chances).
Charlotte has only gone to overtime once this season, dropping a 2-1 shootout loss against the Providence Bruins on November 26.


CONNECTIONS

Checkers defenseman Philip Samuelsson spent parts of four seasons (2011-2015) with the Penguins, recording 45 points (6+39) in 197 games.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS CORRADO


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Frank Corrado from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defenseman Justin Schultz has been placed on injured reserve.

Corrado, 24, played in three games for Pittsburgh earlier this year, posting an even plus/minus while averaging 11:06 minutes per game. Corrado has compiled five points (1G-4A) and a plus-4 in 12 AHL contests with WBS.

A 6-foot, 205-pound Toronto, Ontario native, Corrado saw action in two games with the Penguins during last year’s regular season after being acquired at the trading deadline in a deal from the Toronto Maple Leafs that sent Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy to the Leafs. Corrado skated with Pittsburgh’s “Black Aces” practice squad during the final rounds of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run.

Originally a fifth-round (150th overall) selection by the Vancouver Canucks back in the 2011 NHL Draft, Corrado has appeared in a total of 74 career NHL games with Vancouver, Toronto and Pittsburgh, producing eight points (3G-5A). Corrado broke into the NHL as a 20 year old with Vancouver in 2013.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return to action on Friday night when they host the Charlotte Checkers at 7:05pm.  It’s another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY, with lower bowl tickets available for just $14, select draft beers for just $2 (from 6-7:30pm) courtesy of the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition, and postgame autographs from a pair of Penguins players.

Get tickets for Friday night’s game at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office or by calling 570-208-7367.

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PENGUINS FALL TO PHANTOMS, 5-0

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms used a three-goal outburst during a five-minute span in the first period to set up a 5-0 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at PPL Center on Wednesday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-6-1-1) threw 39 shots at Lehigh Valley goalie Dustin Tokarski, who turned all of them all aside for his first shutout of the season.

The Phantoms struck twice in a 53-second stretch to take a sudden 2-0 lead. First, Mikhail Vorobyev thrust a centering feed into the back of the Penguins’ net, then Corban Knight pounced on a turnover and buried it at 13:10 of the opening frame.

Knight contributed to Lehigh Valley’s next goal as well, setting up Oskar Lindblom on a two-on-one rush with under three minutes left in the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a power play early in the second period and hoped to cut into the deficit, but instead saw Tyrell Goulbourne rush down the ice shorthanded and make it 4-0. Penguins netminder Anthony Peters left the game following the Goulbourne goal having made 15 stops on 19 shots faced, and he was replaced by Sean Maguire.

Matt Read put a bow on the Phantoms’ victory by scoring his team’s fifth goal of the night at 13:36 of the third period. Read’s bid was the only shot of 16 that solved Maguire once he stepped in for Peters.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill finished the night a perfect five-for-five, while its man advantage unit was unable to convert on five opportunities of its own.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 8, against the Charlotte Checkers. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 7:05 p.m. and is a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for Friday’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 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 ANNOUNCE FOUR ROSTER MOVES


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels and defenseman Ethan Prow from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has assigned forward Troy Josephs to Wheeling, and goalie Colin Stevens has been released from his professional tryout agreement.

Tiffels, 22, has posted three goals and seven assists for 10 points over the course of the first nine ECHL games of his career. The Cologne, Germany native has appeared in five games for the Penguins this season and scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch.

Prow has played in six games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, picking up an assist on Nov. 11, 2017 against the Hershey Bears. The former Hobey Baker Award Finalist skated in 59 games for the Penguins last season and registered 16 points (1G-15A). Prow, 25, also appeared in one game for Wheeling last season, posting two assists in that lone contest on Oct. 20, 2016 against the Reading Royals.

Josephs is returning from injury and has not played any games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. Last season, the 23-year old forward led Clarkson University in goals (20) during his senior year. Josephs, who hails from Whitby, Ontario, joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton following the conclusion of his college campaign and suited up for 13 regular season games and one Calder Cup Playoff game for the Penguins. Josephs notched one goal and one assist for the Penguins in that time.

Stevens recently earned his first AHL win in his first AHL start on Friday, Dec. 1 against the Milwaukee Admirals. The 24-year-old goaltender from Niskayuna, New York put forth 29 saves to earn an overtime victory for the Penguins over the Admirals. Stevens will also report to Wheeling, where has played three games this year and posted a 2-0-1 record. Stevens owns a .907 save percentage and a 3.27 goals against average with the Nailers.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 6, when they travel to PPL Center to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 8 against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers’ visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for non-glass seating for Dec. 8’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 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.