January 3, 2023 Nick Hart
Player on the ice during the weekly.

lylyNew Year begins with three-straight home games for Penguins

WEEKLY – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-9-2-3) welcomes Charlotte and Hartford this week


Penguins Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Dec. 27 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Hershey 2 (SO)
The two I-81 rivals exchanged power-play goals in regulation with Alex Nylander picking up the Penguins’ tally late in the second period. Dustin Tokarski turned in a 38-save gem, but the Bears took the win via the shootout.

Friday, Dec. 30 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Providence 4
The Penguins put up a valiant effort, but even two goals by Valtteri Puustinen weren’t enough to take down the Bruins. Sam Houde opened the scoring for the Pens on the man advantage, followed by Puustinen’s pair in the second and third periods.

Saturday, Dec. 31 – PENGUINS 4 at Lehigh Valley 1
The Penguins celebrated their New Year’s Eve by defeating the Phantoms in decisive fashion. For the second game in a row, Houde and Puustinen scored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first two goals. Drake Caggiula put the team up, 3-1, in the middle frame, and Corey Andonovski provided insurance in the third. Taylor Gauthier made 29 saves to pick up the win in his AHL debut.

The Weekly Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 4 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
The Checkers make their first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena for both clubs’ first game of 2023. The Penguins split a pair of decisions earlier this season in Charlotte, as Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton scored nine combined goals in those games.

Friday, Jan. 6 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
The Penguins and Checkers face-off for the second-straight game. Charlotte comes into this two-game visit hot, having won four in a row after snapping a five-game losing streak.

Saturday, Jan. 7 – PENGUINS vs. Hartford
Hartford won the last meeting against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 11, but the Penguins are 34-10-2-2 (.750) in their last 48 games against the Wolf Pack.


Ice Chips

– Alex Nylander has 10 points (5G-5A) in his last nine games.

– Valtteri Puustinen now has eight goals and 11 points in 16 career games against Lehigh Valley.

– Puustinen is on a four-game point streak (3G-2A).

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has scored six extra-attacker goals this season and 16 total extra-attacker tallies since the start of last season.

– The Penguins have scored power-play goals in three-straight games.

– Taylor Fedun is one point shy of 200 AHL points.





* = rookie
x = currently with Pittsburgh



DATE                OPPONENT       LOCATION                        TIME      

Wed, Jan. 4      Charlotte           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 6          Charlotte           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 7         Hartford            Mohegan Sun Arena          6:05 p.m.



Fri, Jan. 30      (LW) Jordan Frasca                Reassigned by PIT to WHL

Fri, Jan. 30      (RW) Brooklyn Kalmikov                   Recalled from WHL

Fri, Jan. 30      (LW) Drake Caggiula                        Reassigned from PIT

Sat, Jan. 31     (RW) Brooklyn Kalmikov                   Reassigned to WHL

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