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The New Kids on Block The depth of the Penguins organization has

He recorded his first pro shutout on

been tested in recent weeks with injuries both

Nov. 14, making 37 saves in a 1-0 win over

in Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. As

Elmira. Hartzell was named USA Hockey

Pittsburgh turned to its AHL affiliate to help

College Player of the Year after going 30-7-5

fill-in the gaps on the roster, Wilkes-Barre/

in 42 starts for Quinnipiac. He helped the

Scranton has called upon a number players

Bobcats reach the NCAA championship game

from the ECHL to step into the line-up. Here

after leading Quinnipiac to the school’s

is a look at some of the new players that look

first-ever Frozen Four appearance.

to help the Penguins continue their success this season.

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Eric Hartzell

Denver Manderson Denver Manderson was called up from Wheeling on Nov. 18 and made an immediate

Hartzell has appeared in net in three games

impact for the Penguins two days later, providing

for Wilkes-Barre since being reassigned from

the assist in his AHL debut on Cody Sylvester’s

Wheeling on Nov. 18. The rookie goaltender

game-winning goal in Rochester. After being

made a splash in his first two starts, stopping

limited to one game with Wheeling last season

52-of-54 shots to win both games and also

due to several injuries, Manderson opened up

record his first AHL shutout on Nov. 29 versus

2013-14 with two goals, seven assists and four

Binghamton. With Wheeling this season,

penalty minutes in 12 contests for the Nailers.

Hartzell began his pro career by posting a 2-2-

At the time of his call up, his point total (9)

1 record, 2.58 goals against average and .922

ranked third on the Nailers and he was also

save percentage in five games for the Nailers.

second in assists.


Carter Rowney Carter Rowney appeared in his first game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 29 against Binghamton and has skated in three total with the Penguins. At the time of his call up from the Nailers, the 23-year old led the Nailers in goals (6) and plus/ minus rating (+9), while his 13 points (6g-7a) were second-best on the team. Rowney was a four-year letterman at the University of North Dakota, where he compiled 32 goals, 41 assists and 65 penalty minutes in 150 games. He made his prof debut in March, dressing in four games for the Abbotsford Heat. Harrison Ruopp

43 assists, 289 PIM. Severyn was a seventh-round pick (186th overall) in 2007 by the Calgary Flames and played skated for four seasons at Ohio State University. Cody Sylvester Like Manderson, Cody Sylvester was also called up from Wheeling on Nov. 18 and made an impression in his first-ever AHL match. In his Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton debut on Nov. 20 against the Rochester Americans, Sylvester netted the deciding goal in a 3-1 win for the Penguins. He has now appeared in seven games for the Penguins. Prior to being recalled, Sylvester led the Nailers with five goals, while also registering an assist and six penalty minutes in 12 games. The 21-year old rookie spent

Rookie defenseman Harrison Ruopp made his AHL

last year with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western

debut last Saturday in a 3-0 win for the Penguins

Hockey League, where he ranked first on the squad

over the St. John’s IceCaps. Ruopp began the

in goals (41), assists (49) and points (90).

season with Wheeling, collected two assists and 21 PIM in nine games before being reassigned to Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 2. The 20-year old was a member of the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders from 2010-13 and compiled three goals, 31 assists and 395 PIM in 214 contests. Originally a 2011 third-round draft pick (84th overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes, Ruopp was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 22, 2012. C.J. Severyn

Anton Zlobin Left-winger Anton Zlobin was recalled to WilkesBarre/Scranton on Dec. 2 after a brief stint in Wheeling. Making his American Hockey League debut on Nov. 10 as the Penguins visited the Springfield Falcons, Zlobin was back in the line-up last weekend for both games in St. John’s. Zlobin, 20, started out his professional career this season by posting four goals, five assists and four penalty minutes in nine games for the Nailers. Last year, he

Severyn was signed to a professional tryout

was the Val d’Or Foreurs’ (QMJHL) leader in assists

agreement by the Penguins on Dec 2. And found

(62) and points (91), while also scoring 29 goals

himself in the line-up in both games last weekend

in 61 games. Zlobin’s totals had him ranked ninth

as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton faced St. John’s. A native

overall in the league in points and tied for fourth in

of Beaver, Pa., Severyn began the 2013-14 campaign

assists. Zlobin played the previous two seasons

with the Orlando Bears of the ECHL. He ranked first

with the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL), totaling

on the team in goals (6), points (17) and was tied for

63 goals, 58 assists and 52 penalty minutes over

the team lead with 11 assists over 19 games. Now

125 contests. Zlobin scored both goals – including

a third-year pro, Severn has appeared in 129 ECHL

the overtime game-winner – to lift Shawinigan to

games with Utah and Orland and totaled 33 goals,

the 2012 Memorial Cup.

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This Day in Penguins History December 11, 1999 The Penguins defeated the Providence Bruins in thrilling, overtime fashion, 4-3, in the franchise’s first-ever matchup between the two teams. This victory was the Penguins’ third in a row and was a part of a four-game winning streak – their longest of the team’s inaugural season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain Tyler Wright tied the contest at one with a power play goal 41 seconds into the middle period. Twenty seconds later, Wright assisted on Tom Kostopoulos’ 5-on-4 tally that gave the Penguins their first lead of the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Providence would later head to overtime, where Pavel Skrbek ended 36 seconds with his first shot of the contest. December 13, 2002 The Penguins traveled to Philadelphia where they defeated their rival, the Phantoms, in dominating fashion by a score of 6-1. After falling behind, 1-0, just four minutes into the game, the Penguins were propelled by a five-goal second period, led by a two-goal, two-assist effort by Matt Murley. Toby Petersen collected three assists on the power play as Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton went 4-on-9 on the man-advantage. These two points would end up being huge down the stretch as the Penguins narrowly edged the Phantoms for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. December 14, 2002 The Penguins continued their hot scoring streak, scoring six goals for the second time in as many nights, this time against the Syracuse Crunch for a 6-3 win. The Penguins’ 12 goals over this two-game stretch set a team record at the time for most goals scored in consecutive games. Once again, the opposition took an early lead and once again the Penguins responded with a huge offensive outburst. Alexander Zevahkin led the charge with two goals as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored four unanswered to take a 4-1 lead through two periods. Zevahkin added an insurance goal in the third period to complete his hat trick. December 10, 2005 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton exploded for four goals in the first period and never looked back in a 7-1 drubbing of the Manitoba Moose on home ice. The Penguins jumped ahead, 2-0, in the first period on some quick goals from Guillaume Lefebvre and Stephen Dixon, who scored 18 seconds apart. Rico Fata extended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s cushion to four with a pair of tallies before the intermission.

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Fata finished with three points on the night (2g-1a), as did Colby Armstrong (1g-2a). The Penguins special teams shined as well, going 2-for-8 on the power play and killing all seven man-advantages for Manitoba. Defensemen Rob Scuderi and Ryan Lannon were +4 in the contest. December 10, 2008 Janne Pesonen assisted on three goals in the first period as the Penguins raced off with a 7-3 victory over the Norfolk Admirals at the Norfolk Scope. Four minutes into the opening frame, Pesonen provided the primary assist on Dustin Jeffrey’s power play goal that put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ahead, 1-0. Mark Letestu would follow 38 seconds later with the first of two goal in the opening 20 minutes of hockey. The Penguins chased Admirals starting goaltender Karri Ramo 11:32 into the first after Letestu made it 4-0 for the road team. The onslaught continued for relief netminder Mike McKenna with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton potting three more goals on just 16 shots. Adam Berkhoel stopped 19 shots to pick up the win for the Penguins.


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HOOKING

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ELBOWING

Using the elbow to impede an opponent

BOARDING

Driving opponent into the boards

ROUGHING Engaging in fisticuffs or shoving.

SLASHING

Swinging the stick at an opponent

HIGH STICKING Carrying the stick above the shoulder against an opponent.

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

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SPEARING

Using the stick like a spear

ICING

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INTERFERENCE

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CROSS CHECKING Hitting an opponent with both hands on the sticks on the ice

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GETTING TO KNOW: CODY SYLVESTER Position: Center

Who has had the biggest influence on your

Number: #12

hockey career besides your parents?

Height: 5’ 11”

He’s kind of gone through everything that I’ve

Weight: 191

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Shoots: Left

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DOB: Apr. 13, 1992 Birthplace: Valleyview, AB

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I would have to say my brother, Dustin.

things. Growing up, I got to play with him and learned a lot from him. He’s taught me a lot about the game and that’s kind of the guy I go

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Last Amateur Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL, 2008-13)

to score or something like that. Where did Dustin play?

What is Kelowna known for? The Ogopogo. You guys probably don’t know what that is but if you look it up, I guess we’re known for this like big sea urchin or something in the lake. I don’t think anyone has seen it before. He’s kind of like the Loch Ness Monster of sea urchins. If you go there, you’ll see some statues of him and what not so that’s pretty cool.

He played five years in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice so I played against him for two of those years. Then he went to Europe when he was my age for his 21-year old year and he decided he wanted to try back over here. So he came back and played with the Abbotsford Heat for two years. Now he’s recently back in Europe in Vienna.


What was it like playing against him? The first game was actually pretty weird.

Who was your favorite team growing up? The Colorado Avalanche.

I think that was the first game we’ve ever played against each other. It was kind of weird but it was a lot of fun at the same time. We said a couple things to each other out there. He was 20 and I was 17 so I think I was on the fourth line and he was on the first. So we didn’t really play a whole lot against each

Who was your favorite player? Joe Sakic. I had a Sakic jersey all my life. I wore it all over the place. I just remember his shot was unbelievable. He could definitely put the puck in the net so I wanted to be like him.

other, but I think we had a couple shifts and took a couple draws against each other. It was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely remember those games for sure.

Who used to win the one-on-one battles in the driveway when you were growing up? I’d like to say I was,but I’d give him the upper hand. He was a little older than me and probably a little stronger. I think the times have changed now. I’m bigger than him. So I would to challenge him to any one-on-one battle now.

If you had a plane fueled up ready to go anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go? I would probably go to either Vegas or

Favorite TV show? Breaking Bad. That’s what I’m into right now. I’ve been watching that for a bit. It’s pretty interesting and it’s just getting good. What’s your favorite sports movie? The Mighty Ducks. What artist or song is dominating your iPod right now? I don’t really have a favorite band or artist but I would say any country artist. I’m pretty into the country stuff. What was your first car? My first car was a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire. It was a white. It’s actually still at my mom’s place.

somewhere nice and tropical. I love being on the beach, so definitely one of those two.

What was your first job? A stick boy for the Kelowna Rockets.

What’s your favorite all-time meal? I’d probably go steak. Maybe some mashed potatoes, rice, and corn. You know, the whole nine yards.

Who would you want to play your love interest if someone was making a movie about your life? Megan Fox.

If you could excel at any other sport besides golf, what would it be? Baseball. I’d be in the outfield for sure. What’s the best vacation you’ve been on? Hawaii. I’ve gone there twice and I love it there and I would definitely go back whenever I could.

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