Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Pens LOSE 3-1

Let’s look at tonight’s game in three parts:

The Good:

The Penguins allowed the B-Sens 15 shots on goal. Binghamton is a very good hockey team. Best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, enough to send head coach Luke Richardson to Providence to coach the AHL All-Stars for the Eastern Conference. If this loss is during a stretch where the Pens are winning, you take this kind of loss given those kind of shots allowed against a quality opponent such as Binghamton any day of the week.

The Bad:

0 for 9 on the power play. Only one goal scored again. Two separate five on threes. Nothing to show for it. Nary a shot, even.

The Ugly:

1-11 in the last twelve games including 1-8 against divisional opponents. That hurts. Really bad, especially when you see your divisional foes nearly every weekend it seems. This was touched on in tonight’s Penguins Insider recap.

The result was a 3-1 Wilkes-Barre loss. Beau Bennett scored a postage stamp goal early in the first. Binghamton would even the score late in the period via Derek Grant. Microcosm of the season really. The Pens pressure the B-Sens all period, are pickpocketed in the offensive zone, and Binghamton scores. They’d then get a five on three goal by Mike Hoffman in the second period, then Hugh Jessiman would score on a wrist shot from the top of the circle in the third period to seal the victory for the B-Sens.

Around the Division: Syracuse shut out Norfolk 3-0. Hershey was idle.

Standings: Syracuse 47 — Binghamton 43 — Hershey 34 — Penguins 31 — Norfolk 29

Conference: 1) SYR (47) 2) SPR (41) 3) POR (40) 4) BNG (43) 5) WOR (37) 6) BRI (37) 7) PRO (36) 8) HER (34) 10) WBS (31)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers beat the Trenton Titans tonight at home 3-2 in overtime. Cody Chupp had two assists.

SendToNews Highlights: Are slowly being curated by Kate Krenzer and the B-Sens braintrust, but here is a link that will eventually show you all the good stuff.

Pens back at it tomorrow night at home vs. the idle Worcester Sharks. Gameday for that will be up here on the blog at 3 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!

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