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Penguins Prospect now playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Ville Koivunen
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Prospect from Guentzel deal gets first goal in WBS Penguins game

Published April 25, 2024 at 12:51

Pittsburgh Penguins received some good prospects from the Jake Guentzel trade and one of them scores his first goal for WBS in the first game of the playoffs.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins played their first game in the best of 3 series last night against the Leigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Flyers. The Phantoms were able to hold the Penguins to one goal in their 2-1 victory against cross state rivals.

The one offensive bright spot was the WBS Penguins goal from a prospect received from the Jake Guentzel trade, Ville Koivunen. With 1:44 left in the second period, down 2-0 Koivunen showed why he was a great prospect to get. Sam Poulin fired a pass across the front of the goal for Koivunen to direct into the net and over Cal Petersen's shoulder.

In 59 games with Karpat this year, Koivunen had 56 points (22G, 34A), and in 12 playoff games had 13 points.

In addition to Ville Koivunen making his debut with WBS Penguins, Tristan Broz also had his first AHL game of his hockey career.

Another noticeable line that Pittsburgh Penguin fans will recognized was the pairing of Ryan Shea with Jack St. Ivany for the Baby Pens first defensive line. Both players showcased their abilities at the end of the Penguins NHL season and hope to help the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton club take the next two games to move on in the Calder Cup playoffs.
April 25   |   22 answers
Prospect from Guentzel deal gets first goal in WBS Penguins game

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