Penguins Set to Battle Manchester in Eastern Conference Semifinal

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins today announced the schedule for their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Manchester Monarchs in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Get the entire schedule here 

This will be the first-ever postseason meeting between the Penguins and Monarchs.

The Penguins are in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 13th consecutive year – the longest active streak in the AHL.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the only team in the league to have reached the second round in each of the last five seasons.

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A PensFans4Ever Look Back

Just wanted to look back at the 2014-2015 season and give you, our readers some photo’s that might remind you of the great season we had as we head into the second round of post season.

If you havent been to a playoff game you need to get to one. It is something you could never explain it’s just something you have to experience, and as the WBS Penguins move further and further into the Quest for the Calder Cup it intensifies exponentially.

Come on all you WBS Penguin and Pitt Penguin fans get your tickets and come out and support our boys on their quest.


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Shamanski Released From PTO

It was released today thet the WBS Penguins have released defenseman Steven Shamanski from his professional tryout agreement (PTO).

Shamanski made his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut on Apr. 12 at Portland and would gather his first American Hockey League point two games later with an assist versus Norfolk.  The 25-year old, first-year pro from Carberry, Manitoba played in 68 games this season for the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals, recording 14 goals, 24 assists and 58 penalty minutes.

Shamanski ranked fourth on the Jackals in points (38) and was third among ECHL defensemen in goals (14).  He represented the Jackals at the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game and set a new Elmira single-season record for goals scored by a defenseman.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 13th consecutive season – the longest active streak in the AHL – and currently await their opponent for the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

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Walleye Win Series in Overtime of Game Seven

The Wheeling Nailers took the Brabham Cup Champion Toledo Walleye the distance in their Best-of-Seven North Division Semi-Final, leading to a “last goal wins” scenario. Unfortunately for Wheeling, that goal went to the Walleye, as Kyle Bonis scored a shorthanded goal at 2:54 overtime, lifting Toledo to the North Division Final with a 2-1 win at Huntington Center in game seven.

With their home crowd behind them, the Walleye got off to a quick start, scoring the game’s first goal, while recording 11 of the first 13 shots. The goal came 3:40 into the contest, starting at the Toledo blueline, where Shane Sims kicked the puck to neutral ice, springing a 3-on-2 rush. Kyle Rogers slipped a pass to Kyle Bonis, who ripped a wrist shot along the ice and just inside of the right post.

Thanks to some brilliant goaltending from Eric Hartzell and Jeff Lerg, the score remained 1-0 all the way until the 12:37 mark of the third period, when the Nailers pulled even. AJ Jenks broke his stick on a pass in the center zone, allowing Wheeling to enter with numbers. Zack Torquato ended up with the puck on his stick in the slot, where he roofed a shot into the top-right corner of the cage. Riley Brace and Sahir Gill assisted on Torquato’s fourth tally in two nights, which ultimately forced overtime.

In the extra session, the Nailers thought they had the chance they were looking for, as Justin Mercier was whistled for tripping. Unfortunately, the ultimate backfire occurred, as Bonis finished off a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush with a perfectly placed shot underneath the crossbar for the 2-1 Walleye win.

Jeff Lerg was the winning goaltender for Toledo, as he stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced. Eric Hartzell suffered the tough decision in the other direction for Wheeling, thwarting away 37 of the 39 attempts he faced.

The Nailers will open the 2015-16 season on October 16th in Norfolk, with the home opener scheduled for October 24th against Brampton.

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Penguins Crunch Syracuse Move To Round 2

The WBS Penguins looking at a possible sweep with a win tonight headed to Syracuse to face the Crunch. Syracuse looking at a possible elimination were going to be bringing it hard.

Things started out fast tonight and seemed to keep the momentum,WBS went on the penalty kill as Chorney sat for Cross Checking early in the period, 3/4 of the way through Tom Kuhnhackl intercepted a bad pass and was off to the races Koekoek would take a tripping penalty nullifying the Crunches power play and giving WBS an abbreviated power play.

Scott Wilson scores for WBS on the power play, a nice one timer off a feed from Conor Sheary makes it one to none Penguins.  The Crunch weren’t going to lay down yet, knowing they were facing elimination Syracuse fought back scoring an extra effort goal just nine minutes later Yani Gourde got the tally.

Ashton and McNeill do a nice two step at the end of the first setting the tone for the second both sides heading off all knotted up at one each.

Hitting the ice for the start of the second WBS wastes no time Conor Sheary comes down the ice virtually untouched and wrists one past Gudlevskis to put the Pens up 2-1 just 2:39 in.

That would be it for the second for scoring but there was plenty of action. Both sides Getting chances but heading off the ice for the second intermission the WBS Penguins leading 2-1.

WBS would prove to have a lethal power play tonight as Conor Sheary sinks the first power play goal of the third period making it 3-1 WBS. Then Syracuse gets whistled for too many men putting the WBS Penguins right back in the power play. Derrick Pouliot smokes one past Gudlevskis making it 4-1 WBS.

The Crunch would tally a pinball goal as it bounced off a Penguin making it 4-2 with still a lot of hockey to play in the third, WBS burns its timeout to settle things down.

Andrew Ebbett would put a bow on tonight’s game for the WBS Penguins as he gets the empty net goal making it 5-2 with just seconds left in regulation.

The WBS penguins now move on to round two of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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Torquato’s Hat Trick Forces Series to Game Seven

For the third time in their 23-year history in the ECHL, the Wheeling Nailers will play a seventh and deciding game. On Tuesday night, Zack Torquato stepped up with one of the largest performances in the North Division Semi-Final Series, lighting the lamp three times. Riley Brace chipped in with a shorthanded tally, while Riley Brace added a power play marker in a 5-2 Nailers victory over the Toledo Walleye at Huntington Center.

The Nailers got the first bounce of the game to go their way, as they opened the scoring at the 3:42 mark of the first period. Toledo goaltender Jeff Lerg swung the puck around the boards, where it was intercepted by Zack Torquato along the right wing wall. Torquato immediately let a shot go, which slid under Lerg, who slipped and fell on his way back to the crease.

The visitors added to their advantage in the second period, netting one goal while playing shorthanded, and another on the power play. For the second time in the series, Riley Brace was the player who scored with his squad down a man, as he entered the offensive zone with Morgan Ellis and Jarrett Burton. While being hooked from behind, Brace put the puck on his backhand, jamming in a shot. With 3:02 left in the frame, an alert play helped Wheeling to a three-goal lead. Eric Hartzell snapped a pass to Sahir Gill on the right side of the offensive blueline. With Lerg out retrieving his stick, Gill flipped a shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

Toledo attempted to push its way back in the third period, starting at the 7:02 mark, when Joe Stejskal took a pass from Tyler Barnes, and deposited a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. The Nailers kept their lead at two until 4:38 remained in regulation, when Torquato whacked in a loose puck in the crease for an insurance marker. The play began with Adam Krause’s high wrister from the left circle, which was juggled down for the rebound attempt. 57 seconds later, Barnes brought the home team back within two, but in the final minute of the tilt, Torquato completed his hat trick, as well as the 5-2 Wheeling win with an empty netter.

Eric Hartzell stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced, while also picking up an assist in the win for Wheeling. Jeff Lerg took the loss for Toledo, giving up four goals on 37 shots.

The Nailers and Walleye will decide the North Division Semi-Final Series on Wednesday night at 7:35 in game seven at Huntington Center.

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Penguins Re-Assign Forward Oskar Sundqvist to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

It was announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Oskar Sundqvist from Skelleftea of the Swedish League to the WBS Penguins, this announcement came from executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Sundqvist, 21, recently completed his second full season playing for Skelleftea in Sweden’s top professional league. He helped his club advance to its third-consecutive league championship series, where the Vaxjo Lakers ended Skelleftea’s bid for a three-peat.

During the regular season, the 6-foot-3, 209-pound Sundqvist tallied nine goals, 19 points, a plus-15 and 34 penalty minutes in 41 games for Skelleftea. His goal and point totals were improvements from the six goals and 16 points he registered in 2013-14.

Selected by the Penguins in the third round (81st overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Sundqvist added one goal, four assists, five points and a plus-3 in 15 postseason games for Skelleftea.

Sundqvist played in a team-high five NHL exhibition games for Pittsburgh during the preseason, scoring twice and adding an assist. His three points were tied for second-most on the team.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins currently hold a 2-0 series lead against the Syracuse Crunch in their best-of-five first round series. Game 3 is set for Wednesday night, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Syracuse.

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