Pierre-Luc Letourneau-LeBlond Suspended For 3 Games

The American Hockey League today announced that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has been suspended for three (3) games as a consequence of a match penalty for boarding, assessed in a game at Providence on Jan. 18.

Letourneau-Leblond will miss Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s games Wednesday (Jan. 21) vs. St. John’s and Friday (Jan. 23) and Saturday (Jan. 24) at Norfolk.

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Late Goal Lifts Bruins Past Penguins

Again Fans we have been down and out in our household with a cold that just wont let go, should be back to 100% for the next game, please forgive the press release this should be the last one we are hoping.

Alexander Khokhlachev capitalized on a turnover in the Penguins zone and fired home the game-winner with 1:29 left in regulation to help the Providence Bruins take a 5-4 victory from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.   Scott Wilson registered the first multi-goal game of his pro career as part of a three-point effort, but it could not prevent the Penguins from seeing their winless streak stretch to six games.

A 1-1 score after 20 minutes of hockey gave way to a second period that saw the Penguins and Bruins combine for six goals and three lead changes.

Providence defenseman Ben Youds put his team ahead for the first time in the contest at 3:42, batting home a rebound for a power play goal.

Tom Kuhnhackl helped the Penguins respond on the man-advantage at 9:37 of the same period, tipping Brian Dumoulin’s wrist shot past goalie Jeremy Smith and starting a flurry that would see five goals scored over a span of 5:09.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went back on top, 3-2, less than two minutes later when Wilson set up Carter Rowney in the slot for a turnaround shot that found a sliver of space inside the right post.

It took just 70 seconds for the score to be tied once again as Youds wired a slapshot from the blueline for both his and the Bruins’ second power play marker of the game.

Wilson answered back at 13:22 with his second tally of the contest.  From the bottom of the near circle in the Providence zone, the rookie forward was able to whistle a shot over the shoulder of Smith to the top corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 4-3 lead lasted just 84 seconds with Matt Lindbland redirecting Steve Eminger’s right circle shot down and past Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff.

The Penguins would outshoot the Bruins, 14-4, in the third, but it was Providence’s fourth shot that proved to be the difference.  Colin Stuart gathered a turnover right outside the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton zone and one-handed a pass to Khokhlachev, who walked free into the slot before zipping the puck past the glove of Zatkoff.

Wilson’s three-point afternoon began with a 5-on-4 goal at 15:19 of the first, but Rob Flick completed a 2-on-1 rush to knot the score with 29.1 seconds remaining until the intermission.

Both teams went 2-for-6 on the power play.  Rowney also set an AHL career high with three points in the game (1G-2A).  Zatkoff suffered his fourth straight loss, stopping 12-of-17 shots.  Smith made 29 saves on 33 shots for Providence.

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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Nailers Bully Around the Beast, 7-2

When the Wheeling Nailers crossed the international border into Canada, they brought their offense with them. After scoring five goals on Friday, the Nailers lit the lamp seven times on Saturday, pounding the Brampton Beast for the second straight night. Shawn Skelly was the lone multiple goal scorer for Wheeling, who received points from 13 of 16 skaters in a 7-2 triumph at Powerade Centre.

The Nailers put together a strong first period, grabbing the first two goals of the evening. The first marker came at the 4:24 mark, when David Gilbert slipped a pass out of the right corner to Derek Army in the circle. Army’s shot got deflected, flipping up and over Trevor Cann’s right shoulder. Later in the frame, Wheeling added to its advantage. Clark Seymour stepped up from the right point, dishing a pass through the slot to Patrick McGrath, who powered in a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle.

The score remained 2-0 until the final minute of the second period, when both teams found the back of the net. Brampton’s goal came with 58 seconds remaining, when David Ling caught a puck at the offensive blueline, broke away, and slipped a shot just underneath Eric Hartzell’s glove. The Nailers came back with a quick answer, regaining their two-goal edge with 4.3 seconds remaining. Tyler Fernandez and Zack Torquato entered the zone on a 2-on-1 rush, with Torquato slapping a shot on goal from the right side. Cann made the save, but a juicy rebound kicked out to Morgan Ellis, who cashed in from the slot.

The late tally gave Wheeling plenty of momentum into the third period, which resulted in four more goals. Tyler Murovich swept a pass through the slot to Shawn Skelly, who finished off the play on the left side of the crease. 1:23 later, David Gilbert joined the scoring parade, as he banged home a centering pass by Derek Army. David Makowski drilled in a power play goal from the middle of the blueline at the 13-minute mark, before Shawn Skelly completed the scoring with a tap-in on the right side of the crease. Jason Pitton registered a third period goal for Brampton, but other than that, the Nailers experienced little trouble, winning 7-2.

Eric Hartzell picked up the win for Wheeling, swatting aside 22 of the 24 shots he faced. Trevor Cann took the loss for Brampton, surrendering seven goals on 46 shots.

The Nailers and Beast will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 2:00. Wheeling’s next home game takes place on January 23rd at 7:35 against Fort Wayne.

January 23rd & 24th will be a two-game series at home against Fort Wayne, as the new jumbotron will make its debut.

Friday’s promotions include: Flat Screen Friday, courtesy of The Highlands and The Law Firm of Bordas and Bordas… Player Poster Giveaway (2,000), presented by RSQP Print & Design… Wheeling Island Nailer Night… Frosty Friday.

Saturday’s game will be Star Wars Night, as well as a ski cap giveaway to the first 1,000 kids (14 & under) in attendance. That night will also feature the annual Boy Scout Sleepover.

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Penguins Devoured By Sharks

Tonight’s game got off to a slow start, not in playing way but in scoring way. There was a lot of end to end hockey WBS having a little trouble clearing their zone at times but seemed to get that under control. WBS having some chances in the Sharks end but just could not get the goal.

The Sharks would score first as J.S. Dea makes a bad turnover Daniil Tarasov would make a few nice moves and dump it in past Zatkoff making it a 1-0 game. Not long after Micheal Haley comes in on Zatkoff making it 2-0 Worcester, and now WBS has a hole to climb out of. Nick Drazenovic gets whistled for a high stick putting the Sharks on the power play with just 2:01 left to play in the first, Bryan Lerg, yes ex-Penguin makes WBS pay.

At the end of the first period it was the Worcester Sharks 3 the WBS Penguins 0. WBS had a few chances in the first but it seemed that the ice was tilted towards the sharks with just 40 minutes left in regulation the Penguins had a rut to climb out of.

Goalie change for the WBS Penguins to start the second period Matt Murray comes in for Jeff Zatkoff, WBS hoping the change does them good. WBS gets a chance on  the power play but cannot find the right  combination to get the goal. Sharks come back with a tic tac goal not long after the WBS PP chance making it a 4-0 game putting WBS further in the hole with less time to play.

That is where things would sit after two periods of play the WBS Penguins not having a good showing through 40 minutes and only 20 more to go wasn’t looking great for the boys up in Worcester.

The third period was not any better for the WBS Penguins Rust had a chance but Grosenick shut him down keeping the Sharks out in front the entire game.

Things would stay right where they were after the second period the WBS Penguins seeming to be once bit and twice shy against the Sharks not able to create any type of offense going. That would be that for the third period really not much to say, Troy Grosenick making some great save and getting his first SO blanking the WBS Penguins 4-0


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Scott Wilson Off IR, Reporting Back To WBS

It was reported yesterday that forward Scott Wilson was released from injured reserve and is being returned to the WBS Penguins. Wilson, 22, was injured in his NHL debut against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 2. Wilson has skated in 21 AHL games with WBS, tallying three goals, nine assists, 12 points and a plus-10.

This announcement came from executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

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WBS Penguins Release Gill

It was announced this morning by the WBS Penguins that they have released forward Sahir Gill from his professional tryout agreement.

Gill, 22, played in 12 games for the Penguins, collecting one goal and two assists. He tallied his first career AHL goal on Jan. 2 versus Binghamton.

Prior to signing a PTO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 4, 2014, Gill had posted 14 points (4G-10A) in 14 contests for the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Last season, he led Wheeling with 41 assists and 54 points (13G-41A) in 67 games.

Now in his second year of professional hockey, Gill played three seasons at Boston University (2010-13), where he recorded 28 goals, 50 assists and 55 penalty minutes over 117 games.

The Penguins are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 17 as the travel to Worcester to face the Sharks at 7:00 p.m.

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Todd Bertuzzi Signs PTO With BSens

The Binghamton Senators announced today they have agreed to a professional tryout agreement with forward Todd Bertuzzi.  Bertuzzi is scheduled to report to Binghamton on Monday, January 12.

Bertuzzi, 39, is a veteran of 1,159 National Hockey League regular season games having tallied 770 points (314 goals, 456 assists) over his 18 year professional career.  Originally drafted in the first round (23rd overall) in 1993 by the New York Islanders, the native of Sudbury, ON, Bertuzzi last played for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2013-14 season recording nine goals and seven assists in 59 games

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