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Sundays are Where Nothing Happens

Day 3 of NHL / AHL Free Agency came and went.

Nothing happened.

You can still follow the Twitter list I created for the East Division-centric NHL / AHL Free Agency chatter here.

I’m not bringing the live blog back for a Day 4. Keep with me on Twitter for any news if it breaks Monday and check back on the blog for a recap if one is warranted.

Just like that, I go from lots of stuff to write about to nothing. Such is summertime blogging.

At least the pool water was warm this afternoon. 82 degrees. So I had that going for me.

Maybe something happens tomorrow. Maybe not.

GAMEDAY: vs. Adirondack 1/12

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Home Game: 21

AHL Game: 547

Who: Adirondack Phantoms

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m. EST

Media Kit

Last Game: Yesterday vs. Hershey, the Pens won 1-0. Brad Thiessen made 23 saves for the shutout and Brian Dumoulin scored a first period power play goal which held up as the game winner. For Adirondack, they were in Binghamton last night and won in a shootout 3-2. Matt Ford had a goal and an assist and went +2 for the night.

Record: For WBS: 16-17-2-1 (33 pts., 4th place East Division) — For ADK: 15-17-1-1 (32 pts., 5th place Northeast Division)

Why you should care: Pens look to ride momentum from last nights hard fought win against Hershey and spell that out into a win streak vs. Adirondack tonight in front of a sellout crowd.

Referee(s): Darcy Burchell

Linesmen: Scott Adams / Matt McNulty

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @PhantomsHockey

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /ADKhockey

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @PSPhantoms

Broadcasters: For WBS: Tom Grace @TGracePens and Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For ADK: Bob Rotruck @BobRotruck

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain / For Adirondack: PhantomsRadio

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Tom Grace Talking Bottle Opener (first 5,000 fans)

Other Game to Watch: The Connecticut Whale are in Hershey and will do battle with the Bears tonight. The Bears are only one point ahead of the Pens for third in the division.

Next Five Games: @ NOR 1/15, @ HER 1/20*, STJ 1/23, @ RCH 1/25, @ TOR 1/25

* – AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA

Fun While Losing

So after last night’s 5-1 thumping put on us by the Norfolk Admirals, I decided to put this tweet out:

There wasn’t a winner last night, as “Igloosers” was the headline chosen instead. I was looking for something that mixed the loss with the disdain for the Pens coming out of the inflatable igloo. There were, however, some doozys that deserve recognition regardless. So, on this early morning Thursday, I offer these tweets to sort of make you laugh the loss away…

Gold stars to you all.

I do plan on bringing this contest out again after a game next time. The “Igloosers” idea came to me as I was driving home from the game last night. My other choice would have been #blametheigloo.

I’ll probably have more serious news later on the WBS side of things later this afternoon, after practice wraps up. But for now, have a laugh at these and Let’s Go Pens!

New Look!

I’ve been kicking around changing the theme on the blog for a while now. So today, I finally changed it. Same content just with a few new tweaks:

  • Now there is content on both sides, with my Twitter updates on the right with the links on the left.
  • You can also search the blog for words in the upper right hand corner.
  • On the bottom of the blog, you can sign up for e-mail updates whenever there is a post by me so you are always in the know.

If you like it or hate it, please leave me a comment in the comments section.

Gameday post for todays game v. the Rochester Americans will be here at 3:45.

Let’s Go Pens!

Preview of coming attractions…

Every Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins Gameday here at Chirps from Center Ice will feature a “Gameday” preview of the days game. This will include the following:

  • Who we are playing.
  • What number home / away game it is.
  • AHL game number (which will link straight to the box score at theAHL.com)
  • Venue for the event.
  • Time of the event.
  • A quick recap of the last game each team played, who did what, and final score.
  • What each teams record is and how many points they have.
  • Why you should care about wanting to watch, tune in or attend the game.
  • Who the referee(s) is/are and who the linesmen are.
  • Team Twitter feeds. Including mine.
  • If there is a beat writer covering the game, their Twitter handle.
  • Radio, with links to both teams.
  • Television if applicable.
  • Whether there is a promotion for that game. (i.e., bobblehead, hats, jersey cards, etc.)
  • Next Five Games.

Today’s Gameday vs. Hershey will publish 4:05 today.

I’m always looking for a suggestion on what to add, so if you have one good let me know.

Get Ready…

Ready? Not only for the season to start, but for my AHL Preview I have had in the works for about a month. What? An AHL Preview? Really? YES! Please, please stay tuned. If you are an AHL fan, a staffer in a front office at an AHL team, ECHL team or even an NHL team, you will enjoy what I have in the works. Tonight I just spent about two and a half hours just adding the links, records and logos for the AHL West Division Preview, not counting the hour or so I put in just putting the teams capsules together.

If you don’t know already I am:

  • Not an English major
  • Not affiliated with anyone in hockey and like it that way
  • Employed full-time in the private sector

So that means I do this because I love it (and would really love a follow from the AHL’s twitter feed, but also would like to win the lottery tomorrow) and want to learn as much as I can about the league, its teams, players and the men and women who are actually paid to cover the teams intelligently.

I am telling you this is going to be huge. In about two, maybe three weeks, I will roll out these previews per division, every day. Starting with the West, then the North, then the Atlantic and probably something INSANE for the East.

Stay tuned!

Smell the flowers…

So I am down my aunts in New Jersey visiting with some family. My aunt is an established gardener.

I figure I can try out the WordPress app for my iPhone 4 with some pictures. I’m going to be using the phone a lot to live tweet WBS games. I may, from the road try to blog as well when my laptop isn’t on.

After the jump you will see some of the pictures I snapped outside of my aunts flower garden.

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