SPRONG SETS FRANCHISE RECORD IN PENGUINS’ 3-2 WIN

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins held on to secure two important points in the standings with a 3-2 triumph against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday night at MassMutual Center.

Daniel Sprong established a new franchise record for goals by a rookie with his 31st tally of the season that helped kick-start the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (44-22-6-2) offense.

Sprong set the Penguins’ rookie record when he opened the game’s scoring at 15:50 of the first period. Garrett Wilson slipped behind the Thunderbirds’ net and wrapped a behind-the-back pass to Sprong at the net-front, who beat Springfield goalie Harri Säteri glove-side.

If not for the strong play of Säteri, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would have built an even bigger lead before the end of the first period. The Penguins out-shot the Thunderbirds, 19-7, in the opening frame, but only carried a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.

Teddy Blueger solved Säteri for the second time of the night when he ripped a wrist shot from the high slot four minutes into the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton proceeded to pepper the Finnish netminder with shot after shot. Säteri earned his 30th save of the night with 12:12 still to play in the middle frame.

Säteri was finally given some run support by the team playing in front of him when Dryden Hunt scored on the power play at 13:40 of the second stanza.

Springfield then had two separate five-on-three man advantages late in the period with a chance to tie the game, but that’s when Tristan Jarry answered Säteri’s performance at the other side of the ice and shut the door on the Thunderbirds for the Penguins to maintain their 2-1 lead.

Three minutes into the third period, Curtis Valk tipped in a shot by Hunt and tied the game, 2-2.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopped back on top, 3-2, right after the expiration of a penalty kill. Ryan Haggerty had just been relinquished from the penalty box to see Zach Trotman unload a screaming slap shot past Säteri at 11:33 of the final frame of regulation.

The Thunderbirds pulled the goalie late for an extra attacker, but never truly tested Jarry in the final minute so the Penguins walked away with the win and the season sweep of Springfield (4-0-0-0).

Jarry made 28 saves for the victory, while Säteri made 46 stops in loss.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 14, when they face a familiar foe in the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penultimate contest of the regular season.

Ticket packages and individual game tickets for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs are now on sale. With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every game played in the playoffs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WIN BIG IN KOSTOPOULOS’ FINAL HOME GAME

 

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – It was an emotional night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday. Tom Kostopoulos was playing in his final regular season home game with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the emotion fueled the team to a 7-4 victory over the Binghamton Devils.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (42-22-6-2) also clinched a berth in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs with Saturday’s results. This will be the Penguins’ 16th postseason appearance in a row, the American Hockey League’s active record.

Clearly running on adrenaline after pre-game ceremonies honoring Kostopoulos, the home team took a 4-0 lead in the first period starting with a power play goal 3:45 into the contest. Jean-Sébastien Dea pulled off a spinning move at the front of the net and tucked the puck around goaltender Cam Johnson, who was making the first start of his pro career. Nineteen seconds later, Tom Sestito beat Johnson down low to put the Penguins up, 2-0.

Jarrett Burton tacked on a goal by batting in his own rebound that came off the crossbar midway through the opening frame, and Zach Trotman unloaded a slap shot that navigated under Johnson with 3:24 left in the period.

Binghamton’s Jake Walman got the visitors on the board midway through the second period with a wicked wrist shot that whizzed past the blocker of Michael Leighton. Walman proceeded to set up the Devils’ next goal, too, tossing a shot towards the net that was tipped in by Blake Pietila at 18:05 of the middle frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wasted no time in re-establishing their four-goal lead, using goals from Daniel Sprong and Christian Thomas in the first 5:44 of the third period. Sprong’s 30th goal of the season arrived 35 seconds into the final frame of regulation, and Thomas notched his third point of the night with the tally that made it 6-2.

However, the Devils stormed back in the second half of the third period, as tucks by Jacob MacDonald and Jan Mandát reduced the deficit to two goals once again.

Binghamton elected the pull the goalie for an extra attacker with over three minutes left in regulation. Thomas put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal to close out the scoring at 7-4, his fourth point of the game.

Leighton denied 26 Devils shots as he improved to 5-0-0 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Johnson made 29 saves in his pro debut.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Apr. 8, when they travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers for the final time this season.

Ticket packages for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs are now on sale. With the purchase of a postseason ticket package, fans will receive a $6 food/merchandise voucher for every game played in the playoffs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans can secure their seats for every game on the Cup run by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

Individual game tickets for the postseason will go on sale on Monday, Apr. 9 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, TicketMaster.com, or also by calling the Penguins’ offices at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 3/20/18

Penguins maintain strong record against rival Bears, now contend with league-leading Marlies

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-19-4-2) travels to Toronto, then has three-in-three weekend

 

Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Mar. 13 – Penguins 5 at Charlotte 2
Though the Checkers struck first, the Penguins used two rounds of scoring bunches to defeat the Checkers. Zach Trotman scored in his first game back from injury.

Wednesday, Mar. 14 – Penguins 1 at Charlotte 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second showdown with the Checkers in two days was less successful than the first. Tom Sestito notched the Penguins’ only goal of the game.

Saturday, Mar. 17 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Hartford 4
The Penguins struggled to solve Wolf Pack goalie Chris Nell, who stood tall through an 18-shot barrage in the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also held Hartford to three shots in the middle frame, tied for fewest allowed by the team this season.

Sunday, Mar. 18 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Hershey 4
Étienne Marcoux earned his first AHL victory as the Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit after one period to defeat the Bears. Thomas Di Pauli’s two goals helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improve to 8-0-1-1 against Hershey this season.

 

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, Mar. 20 – PENGUINS at Toronto
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Toronto for the second time this season after winning, 4-2, in the clubs’ pervious meeting. However, the Marlies own the league’s best record, 44-17-1-1, and have allowed the fewest goals in the AHL (135).

Friday, Mar. 23 – PENGUINS at Utica
The Penguins travel to Utica for the first and only time this year, looking to avenge their pervious 5-4 overtime loss to the Comets. Utica has only won two of its last 11 games, but forward Cameron Darcy has five points (3G-2A) in his last five contests.

Saturday, Mar. 24 – PENGUINS at Binghamton
The Penguins look to go a perfect 5-0 against the Devils this season when they face-off on Saturday. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s last three games against Binghamton have gone to OT.

Sunday, Mar. 23 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
Kids Get In Free Sunday showcases a Bridgeport team scratching and clawing to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Penguins are 2-0-1-0 against the Sound Tigers this season.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for second among AHL rookies in goals (22)

– Teddy Blueger leads the AHL with four overtime goals.

– Blueger had his first three-point night of the season and second of his career on Sunday, scoring a goal and two assists.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 66 42 16 3 5 92 .697
2. PENGUINS 62 37 19 4 2 80 .645
3. Providence 64 38 21 3 2 81 .633
4. Charlotte 66 37 26 0 3 77 .583
5. Bridgeport 64 31 25 5 3 70 .547
6. Hartford 66 29 29 5 3 66 .500
7. Hershey 66 27 30 4 5 63 .477
8. Springfield 65 28 31 5 1 62 .477

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 51 22 25 47
Jean-Sébastien Dea 57 13 25 38
Teddy Blueger 57 17 20 37
Ryan Haggerty 35 16 15 31
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 22 10-7-3 2.78 .902 1

* = rookie
^ = on recall to Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                               TIME        

Tue, Mar. 20     Toronto            Ricoh Coliseum                       7:00 p.m.

Fri, Mar. 23        Utica                 Utica Memorial                       7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 24      Binghamton    Veterans Memorial Arena    7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 25     Bridgeport       Mohegan Sun Arena             3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Tue, Mar. 20     (G) Étienne Marcoux             Released from PTO

Mon, Mar. 19     (G) Tristan Jarry                    Reassigned from PIT

Sun, Mar. 18      (RW) Josh Jooris                                Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS SCORE IN BUNCHES TO BEAT CHECKERS, 5-2

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Quick-succession scoring led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 5-2 triumph over the Charlotte Checkers at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (36-17-4-2) picked up two pairs of goals in a matter of seconds throughout the course of the contest to win its third game in a row and earn points in six of its last seven.

The Checkers were on the Penguins early, dominating possession in the first eight minutes of the game. All of their offensive zone time culminated in a goal, as Valentin Zykov potted his league-leading 31st tally of the season at 8:52 of the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded swiftly though, as Zach Trotman and Tom Kostopoulos scored 31 seconds apart for the Penguins to shock the Queen City crowd and take a sudden 2-1 lead.

Zach Trotman throws a puck on net and ties the game, 1-1
Tom Kostopoulos takes a Gage Quinney feed and makes it 2-1

After a largely uneventful first half of the second period, the Penguins struck twice in quick fashion again. First, Tom Sestito forced a turnover by levying a crunching hit at the Checkers’ blue line, and Sam Lafferty delivered an on-the-money pass to Joseph Cramarossa for a breakaway goal. Twenty seconds after

Sam Lafferty sets up Joey Cramarossa for the eventual game-winner.

Lafferty earned his first pro point with the helper on Cramarossa’s tally, Teddy Blueger found the back of the net during the power play. Blueger’s man advantage marker gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 4-1 lead at 15:02 of the middle frame.

Teddy Blueger pokes home a power play goal to seal the deal.

Charlotte cut into the deficit with a power play goal of its own. Andrew Poturalski did the honors with a one-timer in the high slot with 3:02 left before the second intermission.

Still trailing by two late in the third period, Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci got aggressive and pulled his goalie for an extra attacker with 4:44 remaining in regulation. Charlotte’s bold move only resulted in Kostopoulos setting up Blueger for an empty net goal with 1:31 left in regulation.

Anthony Peters recorded 29 saves for the win. Charlotte goalie Alex Nedeljkovic posted 23 stops.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Mar. 14, and their opponent will be the Checkers once again. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is the team’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration as they face-off against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, Mar. 17.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack 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 Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PETERS, PENGUINS BLANK BEARS, 4-0

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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 POST 6-0 SHUTOUT AGAINST SENATORS

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won their fifth game in a row with a commanding 6-0 shutout of the Belleville Senators on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (21-10-2-1) saw two-goal nights from Christian Thomas and Jean-Sébastien Dea as well as an all-star effort from Atlantic Division All-Star selection Casey DeSmith, who earned his second shutout of the season.

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Thomas rocketed home the first goal of the game by unloading a wicked wrist shot that went up

and over Belleville goalie Chris Driedger at 7:47 of the first period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored again less than two minutes later with a bid from Zach Trotman that navigated through a crowd in front of the net to give the Penguins a 2-0 advantage.

The goaltenders took over, trading save after save, until 16:22 of the second period when Thomas set up Dea with a nifty pass, extending the Penguins’ lead to 3-0.

The floodgates opened in the third period, with the Penguins able to double their score in the final frame of regulation. At 6:25 into the third period, Dea notched his second of the night when he banked a shot from behind the goal line off of Driedger’s back and into the net. Ethan Prow got in on the scoring with his first of the year at 13:40.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tallied goal number six on the night as Thomas swooped in from the side boards into the slot and beat Driedger blocker-side at 16:53 of the third. This was Thomas’ third goal since returning to the Penguins after capturing the Spengler Cup as a member of Team Canada on Dec. 31.

DeSmith stopped all 24 shots sent his way by the Senators, while Driedger was only able to deny 30 of 36 Penguin chances.

The Penguins’ next game is once again against the Senators, when they travel north of the border to Belleville on Friday, Jan. 12. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 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 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.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS TROTMAN FROM WBS

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

Trotman, 27, dressed for each of WBS’ first four games of the season, picking up a pair of assists and compiling a plus-1. Trotman had one assist in three preseason appearances for Pittsburgh.

A 6-foot-3, 217-pound native of Carmel, Indiana, Trotman has played in 67 career NHL games, all with the Boston Bruins, producing 12 points (3G-9A) and a plus-1. Originally a seventh-round (210th overall) selection by the Bruins in the 2010 NHL Draft, Trotman skated for three seasons collegiately at Lake Superior State.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are home for a pair of games this weekend, facing off with the Laval Rocket on Friday night and taking on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday.  Both games start at 7:05pm.

Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS STAND TALL OVER DEVILS, 6-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rode an explosive first period to a 6-2 victory over the Binghamton Devils in preseason action at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton racked up four goals in the first 20 minutes of play and saw multi-point nights from six different players en route to its first win of the exhibition schedule.

Garrett Wilson wasted little time kicking off the Penguins’ scoring onslaught, taking a behind-the-

back, no-look pass from Tom Kostopoulos and depositing it into the Devils’ net at 5:36 of the first period. Kostopoulos earned a goal of his own during a five-on-three power play at 11:53 of the first, and Adam Johnson made it 3-0 just one minute later.

Binghamton responded with a man advantage marker from Jan Mandát at 15:11 of the opening frame, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got back out to a three-goal lead when Zach Trotman’s slapshot snuck through Scott Wedgewood’s goaltending equipment and across the goal line 49 seconds prior to intermission.

The Penguins’ Dominik Simon and the Devils’ Nathan Bastian traded goals during the second period, bringing the score to 5-2.

Kevin Czuczman notched the final goal of the game midway through the third period.

Tristan Jarry denied the Devils on 15 of the 17 shots he faced, while Wedgewood made 24 saves in the loss.

The Penguins’ next preseason game is tomorrow Saturday, Sept. 30, when they take on the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opens up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza against the Charlotte Checkers. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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