Hartzell Back On WBS Ice



It was announced later this afternoon that the Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned goaltender Eric Hartzell to the WBS Penguins from the Wheeling Nailers.

In two appearances this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hartzell went 2-0-0 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .882 save percentage.   He has also compiled a record of 5-4-0 for the Nailers in 2014-15, while recording a 2.54 GAA, a .915 save percentage and one shutout.

A 25-year old second-year pro, Hartzell split the 2013-14 season between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling.   He went 10-8-1 over 25 games with the Penguins, registering  a 2.48 GAA a .901 save percentage, three shutouts and earning AHL Goaltender of the Month honors for January.  In 14 contests for Wheeling, Hartzell posted a record of 8-5-1 with a 3.13 GAA, a .900 save percentage and one shutout.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are back in action on Friday, Dec. 19 when they face the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at 7:05 p.m

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Clark Seymour Returns To WBS



It was announced this afternoo by the WBS Penguins that defenseman Clark Seymour has been recalled from loan to the Wheeling Nailers.

Currently in his first season of professional hockey, Seymour has recorded one goal, five assists and 15 penalty minutes over 18 games with the Nailers.  Seymour made his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and American Hockey League debut on Dec. 6, collecting an assist for the Penguins.

A 21-year old native of Brockville, Ontario, Seymour played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (2009-14) between Peterborough and the Kingston Frontenacs, collecting 57 points (14G-43A) and 272 PIM over 288 contests.  He was originally a fifth-round pick (143rd overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are back in action on Friday, Dec. 19 when they face the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at 7:05 p.m.

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Rookies Rally Nailers to Victory in Weekend Finale



Derek Army has been one of the most productive performers as of late for the Wheeling Nailers, and on Sunday night, his success continued. Army picked up a goal and two assists, including the game winner at the 8:18 mark of the third period, lifting the Nailers to a 3-2 victory over the Reading Royals at WesBanco Arena.

After a scoreless first period, the two sides exchanged special teams during the middle frame. Reading got the first strike of the evening, while playing down a man. Bryant Molle blocked the puck on the left side of his own zone, allowing Pat Mullane to lead a 2-on-1 rush through center ice. Mullane shuffled a pass through the slot, where it was finished off by Sean Wiles in the right circle. The Nailers answered with a power play goal 1:03 later. David Makowski walked in from the right point, driving a slap shot into a pile of traffic in front of the net. The puck ended up trickling in over the line, for a 1-1 score after forty minutes. Derek Army assisted on the equalizer, extending his point streak to six games.

Wheeling took its first lead of the evening at the 3:34 mark of the third period. Derek Army centered a pass to Jarrett Burton, who chipped a shot over Connor Knapp’s right shoulder and into the top-left corner of the cage. The lead didn’t last long, as the Royals roared back with their second shorthanded tally of the game. Pat Mullane tossed a pass over to Adam Hughesman, who deposited a shot from the left circle, finishing off the 2-on-1 break. However, the Nailers had the final say, regaining the advantage 2:17 later. Riley Brace pumped a shot on goal from the left side, which was stopped by Knapp. The rebound deflected out to Army, who completed a three-point night with the eventual game winning goal. Burton added an assist, giving him three points as well in the 3-2 triumph for the home team.

Eric Hartzell stood on his head in goal for Wheeling, thwarting 36 of the 38 shots he faced for the win. Connor Knapp made 29 saves on 32 shots for Reading, taking the loss.

The Nailers will play a pair of home games next weekend, welcoming the Greenville Road Warriors to WesBanco Arena for 7:35 tilts on Friday and Saturday.

The December 19th game is a Frosty & Flat Screen Friday, presented by The Highlands & The Law Firm of Bordas and Bordas. There will also be a Max MacKay Poster Giveaway, courtesy of Rich and Shirley’s Quick Print of Wheeling. The 20th is a season ticket redemption night and team picture giveaway (holiday edition). Both games are slated for 7:35 starts against the Greenville Road Warriors.

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Penguins Get Winning Goal In OT Beat Bears 3-2



The WBS Penguins took on the Hershey Bears this afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Penguins coming off a shootout loss against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last night were looking to better themselves this afternoon.

The Penguins had some great chances during the first period Conor Sheary with the Pens best chance rang the puck off the post but no goal. Hershey had their share of chances as well Jeff Zatkoff doing a great job keeping the Bears out. End of one period it was all even 0-0.

The WBS Penguins gave the Hershey Bears two back to back power plays in the opening minutes of the second period, the Bears would convert on the second power play taking a one to nothing lead and putting a damper on the WBS crowd.

It would take a few power plays including a 5 x 3 that Hershey killed off before the WBS Penguins would get things together. Jean Sebastien Dea would net the Pens first of the night making it 1-1. Just 38 seconds later Dominick Uher would tally the Penguins second of the game making it 2-1 WBS.

That would be that for the second period heading off for the second intermission the WBS Penguins leading the Hershey Bears 2-1, and 20 of regulation left to play.

Third period was good end to end hockey from both teams each getting its respective chances both Zatkoff and Grubauer making some nice saves. WBS Penguins looked to have the game locked up but missed an empty net chance. Hershey came back the other way as the clock was winding down Chris Brown fired a shot from about the blue line that eluded Jeff Zatkoff who was probably already celebrating in his head making it a 2-2 game with just 2.7 second to tick off.

OT it was things started with Hershey looking to take off right out of the gate but WBS fought back with some magic of their own. Adam Payerl would be the hero sinking the winning goal just 3:10 in. Final score tonight the WBS Penguins 3 the Hershey Bears 2.

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Royals Escape With Second Straight One-Goal Win



The Wheeling Nailers threw everything they had at the Reading Royals’ net on Saturday night. Derek Army lit the lamp in the first period, but unfortunately, Martin Ouellette was unable to be solved after that goal. Reading tallied once in the second and once in the third, coming away with its second straight one-goal win, defeating the Nailers, 2-1 at Santander Arena.

The Nailers scored the lone goal during the first period, lighting the lamp at the 7:39 mark. Jarrett Burton won an offensive zone face-off back to Bobby Shea at the left point. Shea spun around a defender, freeing up space to toss the puck into a traffic jam in front of the net. Burton and Derek Army both took swings at the loose biscuit, with Army’s smack ultimately propelling Wheeling into the lead.

The defensive battle continued in the second period, but the game became tied, as Reading drew even. With 11:24 left in the frame, the Royals won a puck battle behind the goal, with Brandon Alderson centering a pass to Andrew Johnston, who connected on a one-timer from the right side of the slot for the equalizer.

The final frame also featured only one goal, and unfortunately for the Nailers, it went the other way. Martin Ouellette kicked out a save off of a Wheeling shot, leading to a rush in the opposite direction. Brandon Alderson dropped a pass off in the slot for Ryan Cruthers, who slipped a shot through Eric Hartzell’s legs. Despite a 13-shot third period, Wheeling was unable to draw even, as the Royals held on for the 2-1 win.

Martin Ouellette shined in goal for Reading, stopping 40 of the 41 shots he faced for the win. Eric Hartzell turned in a strong performance for Wheeling, but came up on the short end, despite 21 saves on 23 shots.

The Nailers and Royals will play the finale of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon in Wheeling at 5:05.

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Phantoms Get Win Over Penguins In Shootout



Another exciting Saturday night at the PPL center in Allentown as the WBS Penguins took on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who knew it would turn out to be a nail biter.

It was early in the first period the Penguikns looking like they were playing on a full tank of gas but, Murray coughs up a fat albert rebound and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms put it in making it a 1-0 game just over a minute in, Straka would get the credit for the tally. Adam Payerl and Steven Delisle would do a little dance sounded even.

The WBS Penguins would get two power play chances during the first period but would have nothing to show for it at the buzzer, Lehigh Valleys Anthony Solarz stopped some great shots keeping his team In the lead.

The WBS penguins getting some good chances in the second period outshooting the Lehigh Valley phantoms but just not finding an opening to get the puck in the net.

End to end hockey all period but the score remained the same 1-0 Phantoms heading for the dressing room WBS had to be thinking, just one just one.

Third period was again end to end hockey with a lot of action but no scoring to be had for the WBS Penguins as they trailed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1-0 since 1:17 of the first period.

With just over two minutes left in regulation J. S. Dea finds a hole in Stolarz armor and evens up the game at one. That’s where regulation wood end  everything tied up at one apiece and OT hanging in the wings.

It was an exciting OT but neither side came out of it with a goal lots of chances but no scoring so onto the shootout.

First shooter was Archibald for Wbs and scores. Straka took the ice for Lehigh Valley and scored. Sheary missed for WBS Akeson went next for the Phantoms and missed  Kuhnhackl comes in for WBS Penguins lifts it top shelf and scores making it 2-1 WBS, but Leier came in on Matt Murray and scored making it even at 2 so on we went.

Jayson Megna took to the ice for WBS in the fourth round of the shootout but did nor produce, it came down to Matt Murray and Nick Cousins and Lehigh Valley came away with the win beating the WBS Penguins 2-1 in the shootout

Video Highlights as soon as they are uploaded from Lehigh Valley

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Rust Helps Penguins Tame Sound Tigers



It was a penalty fest of a first period tonight in WBS as the Penguins took on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7 penalties total for the first period not the most I have seen but still a good amount.

The WBS penguins would weather the storm killing all of the power play they were giving the Sound Tigers. WBS would get their share of the power play action but would not sink the puck.

WBS would get on the board first just after the power play in a Barry Goers shot that looked as if it bounced but the goal went to Tom Kostopoulos making it one nothing WBS. That’s where the first would end with 40 more minute of play to go.

Bridgeport would score during the second period as Jeff Zatkoff was layed out on the ice making it a 1-1 game. The WBS Penguins would answer back though scoring twice making it 3-1 WBS. Bryan Rust would get the Pens second goal making it 2-1, a little later Derick Pouliot would make it a 3-1 game with a nice top shelf wrist shot beating Kevin Poulin to the punch. End of the second period the WBS Penguins had a nice 3-1 lead.

Bobby Farnham and Mike Halmo trade blows at the second period buzzer drawing fight majors for the beginning of the third period. Photo - PensFans4Ever

Bobby Farnham and Mike Halmo trade blows at the second period buzzer drawing fight majors for the beginning of the third period.
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Mike Halmo and Bobby Farnham would do a little dance at the end of the second period each drawing fight majors for the beginning of the third period. Bridgeport would give the Penguins several attempts on the power play during the third but WBS would come up empty. Bryan Rust would get his second of the night putting him on HTA and putting the Penguins up 4-1 deep into the third period making the edge just that much further away for the Sound Tigers.

That is how tonight’s game would end the WBS Penguins beating the Bridgeport Sound Tigers with a final score the WBS Penguins 4 the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1.

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