WBS Penguins Release 2015-16 Schedule


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will hit the ice for their 17th season in the American Hockey League on Friday, October 9, when they face off with the Providence Bruins in Rhode Island. The full 2015-16 AHL regular season schedule was announced Thursday afternoon.

After a two-game road trip which sees games against the Bruins and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Saturday, October 10), the Penguins will open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, October 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms with a special 4:05pm start.

The Penguins will play a 76-game regular season schedule (38 home/38 road) featuring games against every team in the Eastern Conference. With the AHL’s new alignment for the 2015-16 season, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will be a member of the Atlantic Division, along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Portland Pirates, Providence Bruins and Springfield Falcons. The Penguins will meet division foes 54 times (27 home/27 road) with their remaining 22 games coming against clubs in the North Division (11 home/11 road).

Returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s schedule after a one-year hiatus will be the Rochester Americans, Toronto Marlies and Utica Comets.

The longest homestand for the Penguins comes early in the season with seven straight contests at Mohegan Sun Arena from October 24 – November 14. It marks the team’s longest stretch on home ice since the 2009-10 season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s longest road trip will span six games from January 12 – 24 with visits to St. John’s, Syracuse, Portland and Providence.

The puck will drop on weekend evenings or afternoons for 28 of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 38 home games. The Penguins will also take the ice for their annual New Year’s Eve match on Thursday, December 31 at 5:05 p.m. versus the Syracuse Crunch.

You can find the entire WBS Penguins schedule here , we will add all the giveaway dates when we receive them. The giveaways will appear as links just click on the date to see what the giveaway is.

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Wheeling Nailers Sign Brett Stern


Wheeling Nailers have announced the Signing of Brett Stern.  Photo Credit - Wheeling Nailers

Wheeling Nailers have announced the Signing of Brett Stern.
Photo Credit – Wheeling Nailers

It was announced today that the Wheeling Nailers have signed their eighth  player of the 2015 offseason. Wheeling has signed defenseman Brett Stern to an ECHL contract.

Stern, 23, got an early start on his professional career at the tail end of the 2014-15 season, when he appeared in two games with the Orlando Solar Bears. Prior to that, Brett attended Minnesota State University, Mankato for four years, where he majored in Sport Management, while playing for the Mavericks. During his time in Mankato, Stern appeared in 137 games, notching six goals, 18 assists, 24 points, and 139 penalty minutes. In his senior season, Brett was named team captain, after serving as an alternate captain during his junior campaign.

“Brett is a big, strong defenseman, who can move the puck, and has good hands,” said Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli. “He has good leadership qualities, and wore the captain’s “C” at Minnesota State Mankato.”

The Lino Lakes, Minnesota native also played one season of junior hockey with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers, recording one goal, five assists, six points, and 27 penalty minutes in 31 games, while posting a +14 rating. Stern has been teammates with Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Teddy Blueger for the past two seasons.

“I have heard great things about Wheeling and West Virginia, and that the coaching staff is unbelievable to play for,” Stern said. “I see myself as a stay-at-home defenseman, who gets in the way of a lot of pucks, and throws the body around. Last year in Orlando was an awesome experience, as it taught me the ropes, giving me a better grasp of pro hockey both on and off the rink.”

Brett Stern and the Nailers will hit the ice on October 16th and 17th for a two-game series in Norfolk to start the 2015-16 regular season. The home opener will take place on October 24th at 7:35 against Brampton.

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Last Day To Vote 


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Nailers Sign Christophe Lalancette


The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are excited to announce their seventh player signing of the 2015 offseason. Wheeling has signed forward Christophe Lalancette to an ECHL contract.

Lalancette, 21, will be making his professional debut in October, after spending parts of five seasons playing junior hockey with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Drummondville Voltigeurs. Christophe’s burst onto the junior scene came in 2011-12, when he appeared in 63 games with the Titan, producing 16 goals, 31 assists, and 47 points. That performance helped him to a fourth round selection (109th overall pick) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. The following year, Lalancette set his career high in goals with 18, before a 2013 trade led him to Drummondville, where he racked up a 59 points in 2013-14. Overall, the Roberval, Quebec native appeared in 237 games, collecting 61 goals, 129 assists, 190 points, and 126 penalty minutes.

“Christophe is a good skater, who brings a lot of energy to the rink, as well as a high compete level,” said Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli. “Last year, he went to rookie camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and after seeing him there, I believe that he will fit in with our system and the way we play.”

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound forward has attended a National Hockey League camp in each of the three seasons since he was drafted. In 2012 and 2013, that experience came in San Jose, while in 2014, he was invited to rookie camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Christophe Lalancette and the Nailers will begin the 2015-16 regular season with a two-game series in Norfolk on October 16th and 17th, before the home opener at WesBanco Arena on October 24th against Brampton at 7:35.

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2015 NEPA BOTY (Blog Of The Year)


This year’s award is a little different. This year only the top three nominated blogs in each category get to move on to the finals.
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Nailers Sign Matt Tabrum


The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are excited to announce their sixth player signing of the 2015 offseason. Wheeling has signed forward Matt Tabrum to an ECHL contract.

Tabrum, 24, will make the leap from the college game to the pro game this fall, after spending the last four years attending the University of Denver, where he majored in Marketing, while suiting up with the Pioneers. Matt served as a very reliable player in Denver, as he appeared in 151 of 164 games, including a streak of 111 consecutive contests, which stretched over the course of all four seasons. Overall, he collected 14 goals, 17 assists, 31 points, and 125 penalty minutes, with his most productive season coming as a sophomore in 2012-13, when he had 7-8-15 totals. Tabrum and the Pioneers won the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in 2013-14 and 2014-15, and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

“Matt is a hard-nosed player, who is very durable, and brings a great work ethic to the rink every day,” said Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli. “He is a two-way forward, who will fit into our system well.”
Prior to playing collegiately, the Colorado Springs, Colorado native spent parts of two seasons in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede and Omaha Lancers, recording 12 goals, eight assists, 20 points, and 30 penalty minutes in 59 games. Some of Tabrum’s teammates at the University of Denver were 2014-15 Wheeling Nailer David Makowski (2011-14), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ty Loney (2011-15), and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett (2011-12).

“I have talked to a few people who played for the Nailers organization and Clark Donatelli, and they had nothing but nice things to say, which made me excited to come to Wheeling,” Tabrum said. “I see myself as a high energy guy, who will go out and bang bodies, while playing with some skill as well. While pro hockey is much different than college, I believe that I have a diverse enough game that it should transfer, as I take the next step up.”

Matt Tabrum and his new Nailers teammates will drop the puck on the 2015-16 regular season in Norfolk on October 16th and 17th, before taking the ice at WesBanco Arena on October 24th against Brampton at 7:35.

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Gorski Places 3rd & 4th This Weekend


Jon Gorski's #88 Formula Vee, If you are ever at an SCCA event make sure you say hello.

Jon Gorski’s #88 Formula Vee, If you are ever at an SCCA event make sure you say hello.

Jon Gorski had a busy weekend right here in his backyard, racing at Pocono speedway in Long Pond PA last Saturday and Sunday.

Gorski qualified 5th for Saturdays race and finished one place up in fourth for the Formula Vee class. For Sundays race Jon started in fourth position and moved up to third for a nice finish. Gorski also set the second fastest lap time for the weekend, all in all a good weekend for the Freeland native.

 

Jon Gorski Left as he places third in Sundays SCCA Race at Pocono Raceway

Jon Gorski Left as he places third in Sundays SCCA Race at Pocono Raceway

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