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Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: vs. Toronto 4/13

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Home Game: 38

AHL Game: 1103

Who: Toronto Marlies

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 4:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night at home, the Penguins clinched their twelfth straight trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 win vs. division rival Binghamton. Scott Harrington scored the go ahead goal in the third period and Peter Mannino stopped 15 of 16 shots. For Toronto, they were in Syracuse last night and lost 6-3. Sam Carrick had a goal and and assist in the loss.

Last Meeting: March 9 in Toronto, the Pens won in a shootout 4-3. Nick Drazenovic scored a goal and one in the shootout and was named first star of the game.

Record: For WBS: 42-23-3-5 (92 pts., 1st place East Division) — For TOR: 42-24-2-4 (90 pts., 1st place North Division)

Why you should care: The Toronto Marlies don’t get smacked around often like they did last night in Syracuse, in a game that saw over a hundred penalty minutes. The Penguins still have a division that they are contending for and cannot take this what would seem like otherwise meaningless game now that they have clinched for granted. There are still games to play and division championships to be decided in the East so the Penguins have to treat this game as they would one in November or December if they want to win.

Referee(s): T.J. Luxmore

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Tom George

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TorontoMarlies

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TorontoMarlies

Instagram: wbspenguins / torontomarlies

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie // @KyleTheReporter

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For TOR: Todd Crocker @HockeyCrock

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 103.1 WILK-FM / For Toronto: TSN 1050

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: The B-Sens are in Hershey today in a game that means a lot to both teams. Binghamton hasn’t clinched yet. Hershey is still playing for its playoff life. Going to be a good one in Chocolatetown today.

Remaining Games: @ BNG 4/18, @ UTI 4/19

GAMEDAY: vs. Binghamton 4/12

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Home Game: 37

AHL Game: 1088

Who: Binghamton Senators

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Syracuse, the Pens won in a shootout 3-2. Chuck Kobasew had two power play goals. Anton Zlobin and Spencer Machacek scored for the Penguins in the shootout and Tomas Vokoun stopped all four shooters in the shootout round. For Binghamton, the Senators beat the Bears 5-4 in overtime with Derek Grant netting the game winning goal for the B-Sens.

Last Meeting: Sunday in Binghamton, the Penguins lost 6-2. Spencer Machacek scored both goals for the Pens in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 41-23-3-5 (90 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For BNG: 42-23-1-5 (90 pts., 1st place East Division)

Why you should care: Tons on the line here. 1) East Division lead. 2) A playoff berth. 3) Loser probably gets St. John’s on the road to open playoffs. 4) Good old fashioned hate between these two clubs.

Referee(s): Trevor Hanson

Linesmen: Luke Murray / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @BSens_Hockey

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /binghamtonsenators

Instagram: wbspenguins / bsens_hockey

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @PSBSens

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For BNG: Grady Whittenburg @BSensRadio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 103.1 WILK-FM / For Binghamton: Oldies 96.9

Television: AHL Live and MyNetworkTV (local in Wilkes-Barre)

Promotion(s): Star Wars Night – Penguins Mug (first 5,000 fans)

Other Game to Watch: Albany hosts Providence tonight in a key matchup for both teams battling for the final spots in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Remaining Games: TOR 4/13, @ BNG 4/18, @ UTI 4/19

GAMEDAY: @ Syracuse 4/11

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Away Game: 36

AHL Game: 1075

Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter

When: 7:00 p.m.

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Last Game: Sunday in Binghamton, the Pens lost 6-2. Spencer Machacek scored both goals. For Syracuse, the Crunch beat the Utica Comets in overtime, 6-5 in stunning, thrilling fashion. Jonathan Marchessault scored two shorthanded goals in :15 in the final two minutes of regulation.

Last Meeting: March 21 in Syracuse, the Pens shutout the Crunch 2-0. Peter Mannino had a 16 save shutout.

Record: For WBS: 40-23-3-5 (88 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For SYR: 29-30-4-7 (69 pts., 5th place East Division)

Why you should care: Penguins can clinch playoffs this weekend. Another strong performance in Syracuse should get them one step closer.

Referee(s): Trevor Hanson / Jean-Philippe Sylvain

Linesmen: John Everett / Francis Trempe

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @SyracuseCrunch

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /syracusecrunch

Instagram: wbspenguins / officialsyracusecrunch

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @PSCrunchHockey

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For SYR: Dan D’Uva @Dan_DUva

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @Allovimo

Radio: For WBS: 103.1 WILK-FM  / For Syracuse: ESPN Radio 1200 AM

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Two of them. A Penguins win puts them in playoffs. But, they need help. Hershey and Norfolk have to lose in regulation. The Bears are in Binghamton and Norfolk is in Providence. Keep tabs on them tonight.

Remaining Games: BNG 4/12, TOR 4/13, @ BNG 4/18, @ UTI 4/19

GAMEDAY: @ Binghamton 4/6

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Away Game: 35

AHL Game: 1051

Who: Binghamton Senators

Where: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena

When: 3:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night at home vs. Albany, the Pens won 1-0 in overtime. Peter Mannino made 25 saves and Nick Drazenovic scored the game winner 1:02 into overtime. For Binghamton, they lost at home to the Norfolk Admirals 6-3. Chris Wideman and Patrick Mullen both had a goal and an assist each in the loss.

Last Meeting: February 19 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens lost 4-3 in overtime. Nick Drazenovic had a goal and two assists in the loss for the Pens.

Record: For WBS: 40-22-3-5 (88 pts., 1st place East Division) For BNG: 40-23-1-5 (86 pts., 2nd place East Division)

Why you should care: Here we go. Round 1 of 3 between these two rivals. It’s for the East Division Championship and for home ice in the first round. Eric Hartzell is getting the start today in Binghamton as confirmed by Jonathan Bombulie last night. It’ll be Hartzell’s first work in the AHL since being sent to the ECHL and having success there.

Referee(s): Darcy Burchell / Chris Brown

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Bob Fyrer

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @BSens_Hockey

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /binghamtonsenators

Instagram: wbspenguins / bsens_hockey

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @PSBSens

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For BNG: Grady Whittenburg @BSensRadio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 103.1 WILK-FM / For Binghamton: Oldies 96.9

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: At this point in the season I really don’t think anything else matters, but for keeping with what we do around here, Worcester hosts Manchester. Whoever wins the East could, conceivably, win the Conference, Manchester has owned this spot all year.

Next Five Games: @ SYR 4/11, BNG 4/12, TOR 4/13, @ BNG 4/18, @ UTI 4/19

GAMEDAY: vs. Albany 4/5

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Home Game: 36

AHL Game: 1048

Who: Albany Devils

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night at home vs. Bridgeport, the Pens won 3-0. Peter Mannino had a 17 save shutout. For Albany, the Devils were in Syracuse last night and lost 2-1. Harri Pesonen had the only goal for the Devils in the loss.

Last Meeting: March 23 in Atlantic City, the Pens won 3-2. Chuck Kobasew had two goals in the game, including the overtime game winner.

Record: For WBS: 39-22-3-5 (86 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For ALB: 35-22-4-8 (82 pts., 2nd place Northeast Division)

Why you should care: Key matchup late in the year with two teams battling for home ice for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Referee(s): Darcy Burchell

Linesmen: Bob Goodman / Bob Fyrer

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @AlbanyDevils

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /albanydevils

Instagram: wbspenguins / albanydevils

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @Pete_Dougherty and @Bill_Cain_

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For ALB: Josh Heller @Josh_Heller

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @trace_1114

Radio: For WBS: 103.1-FM WILK / For Albany: 104.5 The Team

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Tom Kostopoulos Bobblehead Night (first 5,000 fans)

Other Game to Watch: Norfolk is in Binghamton to play the Penguins Sunday opponent, the Binghamton Senators.

Next Five Games: @ BNG 4/6, @ SYR 4/11, BNG 4/12, TOR 4/13, @ BNG 4/18

GAMEDAY: vs. Bridgeport 4/4

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Home Game: 35

AHL Game: 1035

Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

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Last Game: Last Saturday in Norfolk, the Penguins won 2-1. Dominik Uher scored a shorthanded goal in the third perion which stood up as the game winner. For Bridgeport, they played Tuesday at home vs. the Springfield Falcons and lost 3-1. Andrew Pedan scored the only goal for the Sound Tigers in the loss.

Last Meeting: It was the first game of the year for both teams back on October 5. The Penguins won 5-2. Chris Conner and Harry Zolnierczyk both had two goals a piece.

Record: For WBS: 38-22-3-5 (84 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For BRI: 27-34-2-5 (61 pts., 4th place Northeast Division)

Why you should care: Penguins come into a very important weekend with a lot to play for. The Sound Tigers, on the other hand, were eliminated from playoff contention last weekend and don’t have a lot to play for other than to play upset. Penguins cannot overlook this team and just think that the two points are in the bag before they step on the ice.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski

Linesmen: Matt McNulty / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay@TheSoundTigers

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /soundtigers

Instagram: wbspenguins / thesoundtigers

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @fornabaioctp

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For BRI: Phil Giubileo @philgpbp

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 103.1 FM – WILK / For BRI: I don’t think Sound Tigers games are on radio.

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Anything Goes Friday

Other Game to Watch: Springfield opens an important weekend up in St. John’s this weekend. Penguins are chasing the IceCaps for the 4 seed.

Next Five Games: ALB 4/5, @ BNG 4/6, @ SYR 4/11, BNG 4/12, TOR 4/13

GAMEDAY: @ Norfolk 3/29

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Away Game: 34

AHL Game: 1001

Who: Norfolk Admirals

Where: Norfolk Scope

When: 7:15 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game / Last Meeting: Last night in Norfolk, the Pens won 2-1. Chuck Kobasew continued his white hot pace and Josh Archibald scored his first pro goal. Emerson Etem scored the only goal for the Ads in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 37-22-3-5 (82 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For NOR: 34-23-2-7 (77 pts., 3rd place East Division)

Why you should care: Admirals looking for payback after last night’s setback. If the Pens don’t play another solid 60 minutes, they are coming back to Wilkes-Barre with a split instead of a sweep.

Referee(s): Dave Lewis

Linesmen: Mark Hamlett / Luke Murray

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @NorfolkAdmirals /
@AdsGameUpdates

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /NorfolkAdmirals

Instagram: wbspenguins / NorfolkAdmirals

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For NOR: Pete Michaud @AdmiralsVoice

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @BeneathScope / @ShawnDulin

Radio: For WBS: Sports Hub 102.3 / For Norfolk: 102.1 The Game

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Let’s go with St. John’s and Hershey. Bears fans were happy to see the Pens win last night. Penguins fans will be happy to see the Bears win (as long as Wilkes-Barre does) because it will draw the Pens closer to the four seed in the East.

Next Five Games: BRI 4/4, ALB 4/5, @ BNG 4/6, @ SYR 4/11, BNG 4/12

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