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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will open its 2021-22 season at home on Saturday

PENGUINS WEEKLY – Mohegan Sun Arena is back to full capacity for a young, talented and deep Penguins squad

Weekly Preseason Rewind

The results of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins three preseason games were split right down the middle, as the Penguins amassed a 1-1-1-0 record during their exhibition slate. Though the results will not impact the league standings, the games were never short on excitement. All three preseason contests were decided by one goal. Third-year pro Jan Drozg paced the Penguins with three goals, but the real standout of the preseason was rookie Sam Houde. The 21-year-old racked up five assists in three exhibition games, all of which were primary assists. Houde’s performance kept him in the conversation to make the team amidst a crowded competition for roster spots. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s current opening-night roster projects to have nine rookies, including highly touted draft picks Sam Poulin, Nathan Légaré and Filip Hållander as well as 2021 NCAA National Champion Filip Lindberg.

Weekly Schedule Ahead

Saturday, Oct. 16 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins officially begin their 2021-22 regular season at home against their PA Turnpike Rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. This marks the third time that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will play its home opener against Lehigh Valley, the last of which was a 6-4 win for the Penguins in 2015. Saturday’s game will feature a 6:05 p.m. puck drop.

Sunday, Oct. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly goes back to work after its season opener with another home game, a Sunday matinée against the returning Charlotte Checkers. Charlotte, now affiliated with the Florida Panthers and Seattle Kraken, opted out of the 2020-21 AHL season. The Checkers are also still technically the reigning Calder Cup Champions, having hoisted the AHL’s ultimate prize in 2019. Sunday’s meeting is the first Kids Free Sunday of the season, for which children ages 14 and under get can attend the game for free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Ice Chips

– During Saturday’s season opener, AHL official Katie Guay will become the first woman to serve as a referee for an AHL game.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 11-10-1-0 all-time in its season openers and 11-9-2-0 in home openers.

– Penguins coaches J.D. Forrest and Kevin Porter were both given two-year contract extensions that run through 2023-24.

– Rookie Sam Poulin was drafted in the first round of the 2019 Draft by Pittsburgh. The last player taken in the first round by Pittsburgh to suit up for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was Derrick Pouliot in April of 2017.

DIVISION ALIGNMENT                        2020-21 RECORD       Pts%

Bridgeport Islanders                                   8 – 14 – 2 – 0            .375

Charlotte Checkers                                      did not play

Hartford Wolf Pack                                     14 – 9 – 1 – 0             .604

Hershey Bears                                             24 – 7 – 2 – 0             .758

Lehigh Valley Phantoms                            18 – 7 – 4 – 2             .672

Providence Bruins                                        15 – 6 – 2 – 2            .680

Springfield Thunderbirds                            did not play

W-B/SCRANTON PENGUINS                 13 – 13 – 4 – 2           .500

 

ROOKIES                   Pos       Age       Drafted                    

Filip Hållander           LW          21         2nd round (58), 2018

Sam Houde                 C           21          5th round (133), 2018

Nathan Légaré          RW         20         3rd round (74), 2019

Filip Lindberg              G           22         7th round (197), 2019

Tommy Nappier         G           23         n/a

Kyle Olson                  RW         22         4th round (122), 2017

Chris Ortiz                    D          20         n/a

Sam Poulin                 LW         20         1st round (21), 2019

Valtteri Puustinen     RW         22         7th round (203), 2019

 

GOALIES           Pro Stats:  GP        W-L-OT        GAA        SV%     Shutouts

Alex D’Orio                            54        20-25-4        3.10       .895              1

Louis Domingue                  286    126-112-20     2.92       .905             12

Filip Lindberg                        0                 –                 –              –                  –

Tommy Nappier                  10            3-7-0          2.94       .896              0

 

UPCOMING WEEKLY GAME SCHEDULE

DATE               OPPONENT       LOCATION                        TIME      

Sat, Oct. 16     Lehigh Valley      Mohegan Sun Arena       6:05 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 17    Charlotte             Mohegan Sun Arena       3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Oct. 11    (C) Radim Zohorna                 Reassigned from PIT

Tue, Oct. 12     (RW) Anthony Angello                    Recalled by PIT

Tue, Oct. 12     (LW) Drew O’Connor                      Recalled by PIT

Wed, Oct. 13     (D) Pierre-Olivier Joseph              Recalled by PIT

Wed, Oct. 13     (RW) Anthony Angello       Reassigned from PIT

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