Chirps from Center Ice

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

Brian’s Song – Pens WIN 2-1

Brian Dumoulin’s second period even strength goal is enough to carry the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins to a 2-1 win over the visiting Adirondack Phantoms and the Penguins to a two game win streak. It’s Dumoulin’s second game winning goal in as many nights.

Wait. What? Penguins? Win streak? Dumoulin the hero again? Surely you jest!

It has happened before…

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Personnel news to get to tonight. In addition to Eric Tangradi and Simon Despres in Pittsbugh, Jayson Megna and Beau Bennett were also in Pittsburgh for the start of training camp starting Sunday. But wait, there’s more! Brian Strait and Robert Bortuzzo were also scratched and appear on their way up as well.

Brad Thiessen vs. Scott Munroe

First Period: I’ll have to look up the Penguins record when Paul Thompson scores a goal. For that matter I will have to look up the Pens record when Paul Thompson scores a power play goal like he did in the first period on a rebound of his own shot.

Phantoms couldn’t really get much of anything going tonight really for the whole game. They have been pillaged by call ups to Philadelphia and dressed a really inexperienced lineup.

Second Period: Bobby Farnham and Ian Slater fought one second into the game. Slater got the better of Farnham in the fight and it sparked the Phantoms. Oliver Lauridsen shoots a puck at the point that Marcel Noebels back hands home on a rebound. Some really great penalty killing by Brad Thiessen and the Penguins PK unit tonight as well. Late in the period, Brian Gibbons skates up the right wall and centers to a pinching Brian Dumoulin who lasered the puck in the net over Scott Munroe’s glove. It was a really pretty goal.

Third Period: Looked like a preseason game really in the opening ten minutes. Phantoms didn’t register a shot on goal in the first ten minutes and the Penguins only managed two of their own. Phantoms would get a power play with under a minute but never found the equalizing goal.

Three Stars: 3) Brad Thiessen (22 saves on 23 shots) 2) Paul Thompson (goal, even) and 1) Brian Dumoulin (game winning goal, assist, +1)

Paul Thompson had 7 shots on goal. I think he looks like the one who will carry the lion share of work while key guys are up in Pittsburgh for camp.

Around the Division: Binghamton beats Norfolk 4-2. Rochester beat Syracuse 4-1 and Hershey beat Connecticut 4-3 in a shootout.

Standings: Syracuse 53 — Binghamton 50 — Hershey 38 — Penguins 37 — Norfolk 31

Conference: 1) SYR (53) 2) SPR (46) 3) POR (46) 4) BNG (50) 5) WOR (41) 6) PRO (38) 7) MCH (38) 8) HER (38) 10) WBS 37

SendToNews Highlights: Are here. Include the goals and the end of the game.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers beat the Reading Royals tonight by a score of 2-1. Keven Veilleux assisted on both Nailers goals.

Want to thank Michael Cignoli from The Saratogian for giving me the opportunity to cover for him tonight. You should really check him out, he does fine fine work. My entry for his blog the “Rink Report” can be found here.

Pens are off until Tuesday in Norfolk and then play next Sunday outdoors in the AHL Outdoor Classic vs. Hershey. The lockout ending could not come at a better time for the Pens games wise.

I’ll try to keep things square here on the blog with guys going up and coming up in the East Division. Look for that probably Sunday with camps finally opening in the NHL.

Let’s Go Pens!

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