Alex Boak Returns To WBS Penguins



It was announced this morning that defenseman Alex Boak has been recalled from loan to the Wheeling Nailers and will be back in WBS.

Boak has skated in 19 games for the Penguins, registering one goal, three assists and 32 penalty minutes. The 25-year old rookie from Norwood, NY has also appeared in six contests this season for the Nailers.

Boak totaled seven goals, 24 assists and 357 penalty minutes over 148 games with Clarkson University from 2010-14. He went on to make his pro debut last spring with Wheeling, where he skated in eight games and recorded 24 penalty minutes.

The Penguins return from the AHL All-Star Break to face the Springfield Falcons on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m. Listen on WILK Newsradio or watch online at AHL Live.

Standing room only tickets remain for Saturday, Jan. 31 when the Penguins take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05 p.m.

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Tight Defense Keys Komets to Victory



After a high scoring affair on Friday night, the Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets took more of a defensive approach on Saturday. That style proved to be especially successful for the visiting Komets, who skated away with the 4-1 victory in front of the third largest crowd of the season at WesBanco Arena, at 3,974.

The Komets came out hungry in the first period, grabbing the first two goals of the contest. The first tally came at the 3:35 mark, when Reid Petryk sent a lead pass ahead to CJ Severyn, springing him alone in the offensive zone. Severyn kept the puck on his forehand, burying a shot into the left side of the net. The second goal came with 5:31 remaining, when Christian Ouellet tapped in a loose puck on the right side of the crease.

Defense was a strong priority for Fort Wayne on Saturday, and that was very evident in the middle period, as the Nailers were held to just three shots on goal. One of the Komets’ 13 attempts found the back of the cage, as Severyn won a shorthanded face-off back to Brett Perlini, who roofed a shot from the top of the right circle.

Shawn Szydlowski added a shorthanded empty net goal for the Komets in the third period, before the Nailers recorded their lone marker of the evening. Derek Army banged in a sharp angle shot on a power play, bringing his team leading total to 17. Riley Brace and Zack Torquato assisted on the tally, as Army and Brace each extended their point streaks to five games.

Garrett Bartus got the win for Fort Wayne, making 18 saves on 19 shots. Franky Palazzese suffered the loss for Wheeling, turning away 26 of the 29 shots he faced.

The Nailers will finish the weekend in Toledo on Sunday with a 5:15 face-off against the Walleye. Wheeling’s next home game takes place on February 6th, beginning a three-game homestand against Toledo, Cincinnati, and Elmira.
The Nailers will play a three-game homestand on February 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Friday the 6th is a 7:35 game against Toledo, featuring Flat Screen Friday, Frosty Friday, and a player poster giveaway.

Saturday the 7th is Duck Dynasty Night at 8:05 against Cincinnati, with an appearance by Jep Robertson from A&E’s highest rated television show.

Sunday the 8th is a 4:05 face-off against Elmira, and after the game, fans can join the Nailers for a post game skate. Kids tickets for that contest will be $5, and the Oglebay Good Zoo will have an exhibit in the concourse.

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Penguins Pull Out OT Win Over Admirals



The WBS Penguins took on the Norfolk Admirals tonight for the second game in two days at the Scope in Norfolk. The Admirals were looking to get things started right from the start setting a fast pace from the puck drop.

Norfolk would get on the scoreboard first tonight , a turnover behind the WBS net creates the chance a centering pass from Karlsson to Etem and Etem puts it home giving the Admirals the lead early in. Not long after the Norfolk goal WBS comes back collecting a failed clear by the Admirals Tom Kuhnhackl gets the puck to Jayson Megna who lifts it past Jason LaBarber making it all even at one each.

That would be all the scoring for the first Bobby Farnham and Joseph Camarossa had a little tiff but Bobby Farnham got the better of Camarossa. At the bell it was all knotted up at one a piece with forty more minutes of regulation left.

WBS getting a chance in the second on the power play as Chris Wagner gets whistled for hooking WBS let’s the chance slide by getting a few chances but not converting score remained 1- 1.

Norfolk would get their first chance on the power play as Nick Drazenovic gets called for a trip, WBS kills it off then ends upp on the power play as Camarossa sat for a rough but WBS not able to get anything past Labarbera. The Pens would get another chance on the power play this their third of the game as the Admirals get called for too many men on the ice, WBS would not convert and at this point are now 0/3 on the power play. END of two it was still 1-1.

The last period starts with 4 x 4 hockey neither side gets the advantage WBS would give Norfolk the first power play of the third period as Derrick Pouliot sat for a boarding call, WBS would get two short handed chances but would not find the opening.

Scott Wilson would net the Penguins second goal putting his team ahead 2-1 and putting him on a four game goal streak. Norfolk scores on the power play not even going to get into the breakdown because it was a 4×3 then 5×3 then 5×4  but it doesnt matter it ended it 2-2 after all was said and done and less then 5 minutes in regulation  as Norfolk scored on the power play.

That is where the game would end well regulation anyway both sides getting a point out of the night as they headed for OT.

WBS would get a break in the begining of the OT as Norfolks Kerdiles would take a holding penalty putting the Pens on the power play, but the Pens can’t find it.

Just when you think things were not going to go right the Pens capitalize on an Admirals turnover ending up with Tom Kostopoulos putting it past Jason LaBarbera, after a quick review the refs said good goal, giving the WBS Penguins the OT win and the second point on the night and the second win on the weekend against the Admirals.

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WBS Penguins Beat Admirals 4-2



It was the WBS Penguins taking on the Norfolk Admirals tonight at the Scope. The WBS Penguins looking to stack another win on top of their slide ending win against the St. John’s IceCaps.

Conor Sheary would light the lamp just over four minutes into tonight’s contest giving the WBS Penguins the early lead. WBS would get the first power play of the game but do nothing with it. Penguins had some great chances but Norfolk’s John Gibbson keeps the Admirals within one.

Farnham and Wagner get together after Wagner puts a hit on Ebbett, but third man in Nathan Mciver come in and decks Farnham from behind. After all is settled WBS ends up on the power play as Mciver sits for a rough. At the end of one period it was still WBS Penguins 1 Norfolk Admirals 0, WBS getting 2 power plays this period but could not convert.

Norfolk gets the even up goal as a pass bounces off a WBS Penguins defenseman and finds its way through the five hole of Matt Murray making it 1-1 early in the second.

The Norfolk Admirals get the go ahead goal on the power play as Matt Murray puts a Fat Albert rebound on the stock of Andrew O’Brien who snaps it in making it two to one Norfolk. The WBS Penguins come right back on a big effort from Andrew Ebbett who takes the puck down the ice comes in on Gibson and snipes one top shelf making it all even at two.

Norfolk gets a goal in the beginning of the third with the man advantage from the late Dumoulin penalty of the second period, but it gets waived off. Referee reviews it and rules it was kicked in and it stands as no goal.

WBS takes advantage of a Norfolk turnover as Scott Wilson takes the puck and puts it past John Gibson making it 3-2 with the WBS Penguins leading.

The WBS Penguins would get the empty net goal right off the faceoff. Andrew Ebbett would get the credit for the empty netter giving him two goals on the night and making the final score WBS 4 Norfolk 2.

The win tonight gives the WBS Penguins two wins in a row and one for the two against the Admirals this weekend.

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Alex Boak Heading To Wheeling



It was announced this morning by the WBS Penguins that defenseman Alex Boak has been returned on loan to the Wheeling Nailers.

Boak has skated in 19 games for the Penguins, registering one goal, three assists and 32 penalty minutes. The 25-year old rookie from Norwood, NY has also appeared in three contests this season for the Nailers.
Boak totaled seven goals, 24 assists and 357 penalty minutes over 148 games with Clarkson University from 2010-14. He went on to make his pro debut last spring with Wheeling, where he skated in eight games and recorded 24 penalty minutes.

The Penguins return to action on Friday, Jan. 23 when they take on the Norfolk Admirals at the Norfolk Scope at 7:30 p.m.

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Penguins End Slide With 5-1 Win Over IceCaps



It was the WBS Penguins taking on the St.John’s IceCaps at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight, the first home game since 1-10-15 and the last one until 1-31-15 when the Pens take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

St. Johns gets the first chance on the power play tonight as Boak got whistled for roughing after a scrum in the Penguins zone. WBS kills it off in nice fashion gaining a little momentum, then shortly after the PK Tom Kostopoulos finds the puck on his stick off the faceoff and snaps on past Connor Helebuyck making it one to none WBS.

Bobby Farnham just back from Pittsburgh made his presence known as he finds a puck comes in all alone on Connor Helebuyck and goes top shelf on him making it two to nothing WBS early on in the first period. WBS did a nice job on the PK during the first period killing off both of the IceCaps chances keeping the two goal lead WBS had.

Second period gets under way and the WBS Penguins pick up where they left off, Nick Drazenovic centers a pass to Conor Sheary who went top shelf on Helebuyck making it three to nothing Penguins just 4:20 in.

St. John’s would score late in the second a short handed bid by Nicolas Elerby makes it a 3 – 1 game and that is where it would end for the second period st. John’s gaining a little momentum heading off for the intermission.

The IceCaps momentum was short lived as Conor Sheary tallied his second of the game putting him on HTA  and putting the Penguins up 4-1 over the IceCaps. It wasn’t in the cards for Sheary to get hit Hat Trick tonight but it was in the cards for the WBS Penguins to break the winless streak.

Later in the third the Pens would go on the PK again as Scott Wilson would get called for holding the stick giving the IceCaps a chance to close the gap just a little, but the WBS PK held as it did all night. Wilson would come out of the box and end up netting the Penguins last goal of the night, an empty netter to make the final score tonight the WBS Penguins 5 the St. John’s IceCaps 1. Matt Murray doing a great job in net for WBS once again stoping 25 out of the 26 shots he faced helping his team to the victory.


 

 

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Pittsburgh Assigns Hartzell to WBS



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

In two appearances this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hartzell has gone 2-0-0 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .882 save percentage. The 25-year-old second-year pro has also compiled a record of 10-7-0 for the Nailers, while recording a 2.65 GAA, a .914 save percentage and one shutout.

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.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is back at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 21 when they battle the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:05 p.m.

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