Penguins Playoff Tickets Go On Sale April 16th



The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that tickets for individual playoff games will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 16 at 10:00am.

Tickets to Home Games A and B can be purchased at the Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, through any Ticketmaster outlet, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Penguins playoff ticket packages are also available by contacting the Penguins Front Office at (570) 208-PENS.

The Penguins finish up their 2013-14 regular season with a pair of road contests thisFriday in Binghamton and Saturday in Utica.

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Penguins Sign Three to ATOs



It was announced this morning that the WBS Penguins have signed three players to ATOs forward Jean-Sebastien Dea, defenseman Clark Seymour and goaltender Matt Murray

Dea, 20, recently completed his third season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The forward was tied for fourth in the QMJHL with 49 goals, while registering 26 assists and 53 penalty minutes in 65 games. He also posted nine points (6G-3A) in nine playoff games.

A native of Laval, Quebec, Dea has totaled 192 points (111G-81A) in 183 regular-season games and 33 points (19G-14A) in 18 postseason contests.

Murray helped lead the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to the West Division title this season in the Ontario Hockey League. The 19-year old from Thunder Bay, Ontario ranked second in the league in wins as he compiled a record of 32-11-6 in 40 games and was tied for first in the league with six shutouts. He was also fifth in goals against average (2.57) and third in save percentage (.921).

Selected in the third round (83rd overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Murray has gone 79-60-14 with a 3.42 GAA, and a .921 save percentage and eight shutouts.

Seymour, 20, set career highs offensively this season for the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, recording seven goals, 13 assists, 20 points and 85 penalty minutes over 61 games. He also led team defenseman with five points (2G-3A) in 11 games during the playoffs.

Originally from Brockville, Ontario, Seymour was a fifth-round pick (143rd overall) of the Penguins in 2012. Seymour has played five seasons in the OHL between Peterborough and the Kingston Frontenacs, collecting 57 points (14G-43A) and 272 PIM over 288 contests.

The Penguins finish up their 2013-14 regular season with a pair of road contests this Friday in Binghamton and Saturday in Utica.

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Nailers to Meet Stingrays in Round One



Wheeling Finishes Sixth, Set to Face South Carolina in Second Postseason Series

The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2013-14 regular season, the Nailers posted a 39-27-1-5 record, earning 84 points, which placed them sixth in the Eastern Conference Standings. While Wheeling was tied with Greenville, a 36-34 edge in regulation/overtime wins gave the Nailers the upper hand, earning them that position. That places Wheeling against South Carolina, who finished third in the Eastern Conference, compiling a 43-23-2-4 record, which was good for 92 points.

The Nailers and Stingrays clashed only once during the regular season, as South Carolina picked up a 3-0 victory at North Charleston Coliseum on December 28th. Jeff Jakaitis turned in a 21-save shutout for the Stingrays, while Alex Westlund was the losing goaltender for Wheeling, making 26 stops. Luke Greiner, Ryan Grimshaw, and Peter Boyd were the goal scorers.

This is the second time that Wheeling and South Carolina will meet in the postseason, as the two sides also decided a first round series during the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers got the upper hand, 3-1 in the best-of-five series, winning games one and two in North Charleston, before clinching the series at WesBanco Arena in game four. Both road wins for Wheeling in that series came in overtime, courtesy of Andrew Orpik and Kyle Bushee.

The 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series between the Wheeling Nailers and South Carolina Stingrays will begin at North Charleston Coliseum on Friday and Saturday, before heading to WesBanco Arena on April 23rd, 25th, and 26th, with all Wheeling home games beginning at 7:00.

Playoff tickets are available for purchase by calling the Nailers at (304) 234-GOAL.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. Apr. 18th at South Carolina, 7:05
Game 2 – Sat. Apr. 19th at South Carolina, 7:05
Game 3 – Wed. Apr. 23rd AT WHEELING, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri. Apr. 25th AT WHEELING, 7:00
Game 5 – Sat. Apr. 26th AT WHEELING, 7:00 (if necessary)
Game 6 – Tue. Apr. 29th at South Carolina, 7:05 (if necessary)
Game 7 – Wed. Apr. 30th at South Carolina, 7:05 (if necessary)

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Hartzell Back Vokoun Gone



As we tweeted earlier  but could not get up uintil now the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they have assigned goaltender Eric Hartzell to the WBS Penguins from the Wheeling Nailers and have recalled goaltender Tomas Vokoun from his conditioning assignment with the WBS Penguins

Vokoun appeared in two games for WBS over the weekend, going 1-1. He was playing his first games since having emergency surgery to dissolve a blood clot in late September.

Hartzell has gone 10-8-1 this year for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a 2.48 goals against average, a .901 save percentage and three shutouts.  In 14 appearances with Wheeling, the 24-year old rookie netminder has posted a record of 8-5-1 with a 3.13 GAA, a .900 save percentage and one shutout.

In four seasons at Quinnipiac University, the native of White Bear, Minnesota posted a career record of 58-27-17 with a 1.96 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 106 games.

The Penguins finish up their 2013-14 regular season with a pair of road contests next Friday in Binghamton and Saturday in Utica.

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Toronto Pulls A Rabbit Out Of Their Hat



It was fan appreciation night tonight at the WBS Penguins game as they took on the Toronto Marlies.

The WBS Penguins pulled out in front during the first few minutes of tonight’s game as Adam Payerl scored on the power play. The rest of the first period kind of flew by both sides getting chances Tomas Vokoun with a great save that could have evened this game up.

WBS ends up taking a late penalty Tom Kostopoulos went to the bin for elbowing putting the Pens down a man late in the first and giving Toronto a :58 second carry over power play to start the second frame as both sides headed for the dressing room WBS leading 1-0.

Irony that’s what happened in the beginning of the second period. Tom Kostopoulos was in te sin bin to begin the second comes out of the box and ends up scoring the Penguins second goal to make it a 2-0 game.

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Again both sides getting some action near the net but WBS seeming to get more than Toronto out shooting them by the end of the period 19 to 8. Sill and LeBlond mixed it up a bit Farnham was also in the mix by the end of it all PL3 (LeBlond) got 4 minutes Farnham got a ten and Sill got five you can read all the penalties here. End of the second Pens lead 2-0. In between the second and third periods we had a visitor come to our section, it was nice to see him in our arena it was Spike the Wheeling Nailers mascot stopping to say hello to everyone tonight.

Third period action looked as if it was going to be a repeat of the first two but just past the eight minute mark Toronto hit the mark getting one past Vokoun making it just a one goal game with the Penguins still holding the lead. The Marlies started to gain some momentum and the Penguins needed to get back on the attack.

Toronto nailed it again just 39 seconds later making it two all and the Marlies with the m ojo now WBS went back on the attack looking to get the game winner but with just 26.6 seconds left in regulation the Marlies pulled the proverbial rabbit out of their hats and scored the game winning goal WBS went for broke off the faceoff but could not get the job done.

The Toronto Marlies would take tonight’s contest by a score of 3–1. Here are your highlights below.

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Penguins Clinch 12th Consecutive Post Season Appearance



Well Penguin fans our WBS Penguins have done it again made their way through another season to the playoffs. Unfortunately we were not there for the win as this was my wife’s birthday trip and we were out of town for her special trip by the way it was amazing, however we have returned and will be there tonight. Meanwhile I will leave you with the press report, sorry.

Goals from Carter Rowney and Scott Harrington, as well as another outstanding performance from Peter Mannino, gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 win over the Binghamton Senators on Saturday night.

With the victory, the Penguins (42-23-3-5, 92 points) bypassed the Senators (42-24-1-5, 90 points) to move into first place in the East Division, and clinched their 12th consecutive playoff appearance.

Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in the game with just 47 seconds left in the opening frame when Ryan Dzingle, recently signed to an amateur tryout after completing his season with Ohio State, picked up his own rebound during a scramble in front of the Pens’ net and swatted home his first professional goal.

The score remained 1-0 for the next 20 minutes and one second, before Carter Rowney evened the proceedings with a shorthanded tally. Brendan Mikkelson picked up a puck behind his own goal line and floated a clear down the ice, where netminder Andrew Hammond stopped the puck but left it in no man’s land for Rowney. The Pens forward pulled a deke move and roofed the shot for his second goal of the season.

The Pens’ second goal was just as pretty. Nick Drazenovic led a three-on-two break into the Sens’ zone, pulled up short, then fed the trailing Harrington, who had the left side of the net wide open. He quickly shoveled a shot into the cage, giving the Pens their first lead of the night at 8:14 of the third.

Mannino was fantastic again, stopping 15 of 16 shots to record his 11th win of the season, his fifth win in a row, and his ninth win in his past 11 decisions. Since rejoining the team on February 28, Mannino has appeared in 14 games, and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of them.

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Condon Stones Cyclones for Sixth Shutout



Last weekend, Mike Condon was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player for the Wheeling Nailers, and the month of April capped off a dominant regular season for the rookie goaltender. On Saturday night, Condon denied all 45 shots he faced, earning his third shutout of the month and sixth of the season, as the Nailers blanked the Cincinnati Cyclones, 5-0 at US Bank Arena. Christiaan Minella and Derek Army each scored twice.

During the latter stages of the first period, the Nailers opened the scoring, courtesy of a power play goal. Mike Ratchuk let a wrist shot fly from the left point, which was stopped by goaltender Magnus Hellberg. However, Denver Manderson and Sahir Gill banged away at the rebound, with Gill ultimately getting the final whack on the right side, knocking it into the net. Gill’s tally gave him 53 points – clinching the team’s scoring title for the season.

At the 14:04 mark of the middle frame, Wheeling added to its lead with a second power play goal. Tom Kuhnhackl kicked the puck out to Denver Manderson, who slid a pass across the blueline to Mike Ratchuk at the left point. Ratchuk teed up a drive, which got tipped into the net by Derek Army for his second goal in as many nights. 2:26 later, Christiaan Minella gave the Nailers a 3-0 advantage, when he snapped in a shot from the right circle. Gill and Max MacKay assisted on the marker, after Gill won a battle for the puck against the wall in neutral ice.

In the third period, the Nailers capped off their triumph, tacking on two more tallies. At the 7:29 mark of the frame, Minella netted his second of the evening, as he drove down the right side of the offensive zone, dragging the puck into the side of the net. Then, with 5:12 to go, Army snagged his second of the game, picking up a loose puck on the left side of the net and flipping it in for the 5-0 final score.

Mike Condon set a new team record with his sixth shutout of the season, while also making a season-high 45 saves, as he earned the victory for the Nailers. Magnus Hellberg was the losing goaltender for Cincinnati, after surrendering five goals on 28 shots.

The Nailers will begin the playoffs next week in either Kalamazoo or South Carolina, before returning home on April 23rd, 25th, and 26th (if necessary), with all games starting at 7:00.

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