PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/6/18

Penguins establish eight-game home win streak, now hit the road for four in a row

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (28-12-3-1) treks to New England for Atlantic Division showdowns

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 2 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Hershey 1
Andrey Pedan led the Penguins in a variety of ways, starting with an energizing fight to ramp up his team five seconds after the first puck drop. He kicked off the Pens’ four unanswered goals with a tally at the end of the first period, then scored again in the third. The Penguins improved their season record against the Bears to 6-0-1-1. 

Saturday, Feb. 3 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 1
Tristan Jarry shined in a tight game against the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Making 34 saves, Jarry enabled the Penguins to maintain a lead the entire game following first period goals from Jean-Sébastien Dea and Daniel Sprong. Jarry captured his sixth-straight win in the AHL.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – PENGUINS at Springfield
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to Springfield for the first time this season. The Penguins are 2-0-0-0 against the Thunderbirds this season, but went winless in three visits to MassMutual Center last season (0-2-1). Since their last game against the Penguins on Jan. 5, the T-Birds are 8-4-0-0.

Friday, Feb. 9 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins face the Bruins in hopes of avenging the 1-0 defeat that Providence handed them in their last trip to Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Jan. 19. Zane McIntyre posted a 28-save shutout in that bout and has a .936 save percentage in his last eight net appearances.

Sunday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins and Bruins will face-off once again to complete the road trip. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has the advantage of a day off on Saturday, whereas Providence will be playing in its final game of a three-in-three weekend.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is on a seven game point streak in the AHL, racking up five goals and eight assists for 13 points in that time.

– Zach Aston-Reese achieved 20 points (7G-13A) in his last 20 games prior to earning his first NHL recall.

– Kevin Czuczman scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his professional career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton called up Reid Gardiner from Wheeling prior to its game on Saturday and he made his season debut with the Penguins vs. the Phantoms. Gardiner leads the Nailers and tops all ECHL rookies with 26 goals this season.

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

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 44 28 12 3 1 60 .682
2. Lehigh Valley 47 27 14 3 3 60 .638
3. Providence 46 26 16 3 1 56 .609
4. Bridgeport 46 23 17 4 2 52 .565
5. Charlotte 47 25 19 0 3 53 .564
6. Hartford 48 21 20 4 3 49 .510
7. Springfield 48 22 24 1 1 46 .479
8. Hershey 48 18 23 3 4 43 .448

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 34 20 15 35
Ryan Haggerty 33 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese*^ 41 9 20 29
Teddy Blueger 44 12 14 26
Jean-Sébastien Dea 39 11 15 26
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Anthony Peters 13 7-4-2 2.33 .916 1
Casey DeSmith 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Feb. 7    Springfield       Mass Mutual Center          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 9        Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     7:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 11    Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     3:05 p.m.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 3        (LW) Troy Josephs                   Recalled from WHL

Sat, Feb. 3        (RW) Reid Gardiner                 Recalled from WHL

Sat, Feb. 3        (RW) Zach Aston-Reese                  Recalled by PIT

Sun, Feb. 4      (G) Tristan Jarry                                Recalled by PIT

Sun, Feb. 4      (G) Casey DeSmith                      Reassigned by PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/30/18

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

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

 

Weekly Rewind

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

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

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

 

The Week Ahead

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

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

 

Ice Chips

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

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

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

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

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

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

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

 

TEAM LEADERS

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

 

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

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

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

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

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

PENGUINS DOWN DEVILS IN OVERTIME, 4-3

BOXSCORE

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – On a night of returns, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Binghamton Devils in overtime, 4-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (26-12-3-1) saw Jean-Sébastien Dea and Tom Kostopoulos tally points in their return to the lineup while Zach Aston-Reese recorded his second game-winner in the last three games.

Fresh down on reassignment from Pittsburgh, Dea put the Penguins up, 1-0, at 10:29 of the first period when he took a pass from Ryan Haggerty in the neutral zone, turned on the jets to beat the Devils defense, and deposit the puck bar-down over Mackenzie Blackwood.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the second tally of the night on a beautiful drop pass from Gage Quinney back into the slot for Kevin Czuczman 11:59 into the second frame.

The Devils used a pair of power play goals in the second period to pull even with the Penguins, starting with a man advantage marker from Nick Lappin 2:10 after Czuczman’s tally. Lappin scored again on the power play at 18:33 of the second period as the Devils also utilized a drop pass from Bracken Kearns back into the slot for Lappin.

The Penguins appeared to have found a late game-winning goal when Garrett Wilson took a lovely feed from Kostopoulos that Wilson rocketed to the near-side top corner behind Blackwood. However, 35 seconds later, Kearns redirected a shot off the post that then ricocheted off of Tristan Jarry’s back and across the goal line, tying the game, 3-3, and forcing overtime.

It took most of the back-and-forth overtime period, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got the game-winner from the stick of Aston-Reese at 3:28 of the extra frame. Aston-Reese won a battle below the Devils’ goal line, Teddy Blueger dished him the puck right back. Aston-Reese wrapped around the blue paint and put it behind a floundering Blackwood.

Aston-Reese’s game-winner secured the Penguins’ third win of the season against the Devils, all of which have been decided by identical 4-3 scores.

Jarry made 26 saves in his first game back with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Oct. 28. Blackwood was dealt the overtime loss despite also recording 26 stops.

The Penguins rest up for the All-Star Break, but return to the ice on Friday, Feb. 2 against the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s showdown with Hershey is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday with lower bowl seating available for $14 and select draught beers on sale for $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears 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.

PENGUINS LOSE IN ALLENTOWN, 5-2

BOXSCORE

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were out-dueled in a clash between the Atlantic Division’s top two teams, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms skated to a 5-2 victory at PPL Center on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-12-3-1) still hold first place in the Atlantic despite the loss and appeared to be in control of Friday’s contest until an early goaltending change turned the tide.

Daniel Sprong wasted little time to start the scoring, charging forth on a breakaway and rifling a shot through Dustin Tokarski’s five-hole 56 seconds into the game.

Lehigh Valley’s Greg Carey tied the game at 5:06 of the first period, but a redirect by Zach Aston-Reese put the Penguins back in the lead 1:20 later. At this point, Phantoms coach Scott Gordon decided to pull Tokarski and replace him with back-up Alex Lyon.

With time ticking down in the opening frame, Nic Aubé-Kubel got loose for a mini-break and hoisted a backhand shot over the pads of Anthony Peters. Aubé-Kubel’s goal tied the game, 2-2, three minutes before the second intermission.

The Phantoms took their first lead of the game when T.J. Brennan converted on a two-on-none rush at 11:48 of the second period.

Lehigh Valley tacked on two goals in the third period with tallies from Mike Vecchione and Aubé-Kubel separated by 1:21 of game time. Peters finished the game having made 25 saves. Tokarski only stopped two of the four shots he faced, but Lyon denied all 26 shots thrown his way in relief.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, 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.

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.

PETERS, PENGUINS BLANK BEARS, 4-0

BOXSCORE

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coasted to a 4-0 win over the Hershey Bears at Giant Center on Wednesday night as Anthony Peters continued his recent run of stellar goaltending.

Peters turned aside all 18 shots he faced to post the first shutout of his AHL career as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 25-11-3-1 on the season.

Though Wilkes-Barre/Scranton only had four shots on goal in the first period, they capitalized on two of them. Zach Aston-Reese got the scoring started as he took a pass from Greg McKegg and beat Pheonix Copley 3:40 into the first period. The Penguins increased their lead to 2-0 midway through the frame when Jarrett Burton’s backhander from below the goal line deflected off of Copley’s back and into the net.

The second period saw the Bears get three opportunities on the man advantage in addition to several odd-man rushes, but the Penguins managed to limit them to only four shots in the frame.

The Penguins exploded for two more goals in a 1:07 span during the third period starting with a goal from Christian Thomas. Thomas Di Pauli found Thomas wide open between the hashmarks and the Olympian buried it at 10:54 of the third act. A little over one minute later, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton made it 4-0 off the stick of Zach Trotman, who was set up wonderfully by Gage Quinney and Daniel Sprong.

Sprong’s assist on Trotman’s goal gave him his second helper on the night and pulled the rookie into first place on the Penguins in points (30).

Copley stymied 17 of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 21 shots in the loss.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Jan. 26, when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the following night, 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.

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 WEEKLY – 1/23/18

Anthony Peters steals the show in Penguins’ last three games

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

 

Weekly Rewind

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

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

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

 

The Week Ahead

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

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

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

 

Ice Chips

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

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

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

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

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

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

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

 

TEAM LEADERS

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

 

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

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

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

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

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

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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

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

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

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.

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.

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PENGUINS BEAT BEARS WITH DOMINIK SIMON’S OVERTIME WINNER


HERSHEY, Pa. – Dominik Simon returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night, and paid immediate dividends.  Just hours after being reassigned to the team from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Simon scored the overtime winner in a 2-1 victory against the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center.

Simon was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (18-10-2-1) at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and notched the overtime game-winner at 9:20 p.m. to send the Penguins into the New Year on a two-game winning streak.

BOXSCORE

The Penguins came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, but couldn’t solve Bears goalie Vítek Vaněček despite out-shooting their opponent, 15-6, in the first period. Simon accounted for four of the Penguins’ shots in that opening period.

Stellar goaltending carried over into the second stanza, as well, with Vaněček and Anthony Peters trading jaw-dropping saves. It required a perfect shot to beat either netminder, and that’s exactly what Zach  Aston-Reese delivered at 7:26 of the middle frame. After Jean-Sébastien Dea and Ryan Haggerty combined to win a battle along the boards in the Bears’ zone, Aston-Reese ripped a beautiful, bar-down wrister from the slot past Vaněček for the game’s first goal.

Hershey finally got a puck across Peters’ goal line when Tyler Graovac tucked a shot inside the far post, tying the game, 1-1, at 3:10 of the third period.

The game was nearly decided twice in the final seconds of regulation with the two teams skating four-on-four. Hershey barreled down the ice on a four-on-one odd man rush with 15 seconds remaining in the third period only to be denied the go-ahead goal and watch Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Chris Summers break loose for a clean breakaway immediately afterwards. Vaněček shut the door on Summers right before the sound of the buzzer, signaling the end of regulation.

Simon rocketed a wrist shot behind his fellow countryman 3:10 into the extra period, improving the Penguins to 4-0-1-1 against the Bears this season.

Peters finished the game having made 20 saves, while Vaněček turned in a 36-stop performance in the overtime loss.

The Penguins’ next game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. 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.

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PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/19/17

Penguins prep for Devils, Phantoms and Festivus

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (15-8-2-1) has scored 15 goals in its last four games

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Springfield 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rattled off five unanswered goals en route to stunning Springfield, 6-3. Greg McKegg scored his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to kickstart a comeback, followed by a two-tally outburst from Daniel Sprong. Zach Aston-Reese had three assists, while Shavertown native Patrick McGrath sealed the “W” with his first goal of the season.

Friday, Dec. 15 – PENGUINS 3 at Hartford 7
The Penguins went into Friday having won 10-straight games against the Wolf Pack, but couldn’t make it 11. The Pens allowed seven goals for the first time since Jan. 28, 2012. However, Sprong managed to score for the fourth contest in a row.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS 2 at Bridgeport 3 (OT)
In a back and forth, well-contested game by both teams, the Sound Tigers used an overtime power play to secure the extra point in the standings. Casey DeSmith posted 30 saves in a losing effort, while Aston-Reese forced OT with his first goal since Nov. 12.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Dec. 22 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton
The Binghamton Devils step through the doors of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for their first time in the team’s regular season history on Friday. The Penguins already took on the Devils once in their barn, defeating them, 4-3.

Saturday, Dec. 23 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins will air their grievances on Festivus Night against their in-state rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The season series between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley has been tight so far, with the Pens holding a narrow 3-2-0-0 edge through five games.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals (15), shots on goal (82), and also tied for most power play goals among rookies (7).

– Zach Aston-Reese’s three-assist game on Wednesday was his second three-assist game of the season and the third three-point game of his career.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 4-0-1 when tied after two periods last week, one of only three teams who are undefeated in regulation in that scenario (min. three instances).

– Ryan Haggerty is in a five-way tie for the best shooting percentage in the AHL (33.3%).

– Thomas Di Pauli ranks second in the AHL in insurance goals with four this season.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 27 18 7 2 0 38 .708
2. Charlotte 29 19 9 0 1 39 .660
3. Lehigh Valley 30 18 9 1 2 39 .652
4. PENGUINS 26 15 8 2 1 33 .635
5. Bridgeport 27 13 11 2 1 29 .542
6. Hartford 29 11 12 3 3 28 .500
7. Hershey 29 12 14 0 3 27 .463
8. Springfield 31 12 18 1 0 25 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 25 15 7 22
Ryan Haggerty 16 10 6 16
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 26 6 8 14
Kevin Czuczman^ 22 1 13 14
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Sean Maguire 4 1-1-0 2.19 .924 0
Casey DeSmith 15 10-3-2 2.60 .914 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                              TIME    

Fri, Dec. 22       Binghamton      Mohegan Sun Arena             7:05 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 23     Lehigh Valley     Mohegan Sun Arena            5:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Dec. 16       (D) Kevin Spinozzi                              Signed to SPC

Mon, Dec. 18    (C) Jarrett Burton                       Recalled from WHL

Mon, Dec. 18    (D) Jeff Taylor             Reassigned by PIT from WHL