Chirps from Center Ice

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Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 11/26

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Away Game: 11

AHL Game: 269

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Saturday at home vs. Manchester, the Pens lost 3-2. J-S Dea and Conor Sheary both notched power play goals in the defeat. For Hershey, the Bears were shut out at home against the St. John’s IceCaps by a score of 2-0.

Last Meeting: November 16 in Hershey, the Bears won 3-2. Jayson Megna had both goals for the Penguins in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 11-8-1-0 (23 pts., 1st place East Division) — For HER: 9-7-1-1 (20 pts., 2nd place East Division)

Why you should care: Penguins and Bears meet on a Thanksgiving Eve game important to both teams. The bears want to beat the Penguins and draw within a point of the East Division lead with two games in hand. The Penguins would like to win tonight because that increases the lead over Hershey to five points and takes the games in hand equation out of the picture. And it’s always nice to beat the Bears.

Referee(s): Mark Lemelin / Olivier Gouin

Linesmen: Bob Goodman / Scott Pomento

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @timleone

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / HER: Scott Stuccio @ScottStuccio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Hershey: 1460 The Ticket 

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: I am going out West with Iowa visiting Rockford. Since firing their coach, the Wild have improved vastly. Rockford is one of the hottest teams in the AHL. Should be a good measuring stick game for Iowa.

Next Five Games: STJ 11/29, LV 12/5, HER 12/6, @ HER 12/7, BRI 12/12

GAMEDAY: vs. Manchester 11/22

vs. manch white

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Home Game: 10

AHL Game: 258

Who: Manchester Monarchs

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Albany, the Penguins won 5-1. Jayson Megna and Scott Wilson both recorded a goal and an assist each in the win. For Manchester, the Monarchs were in Binghamton last night and lost 4-3 in overtime. Nick Shore had two goals and Brian O’Neill had two assists.

Last Meeting: October 12 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 4-1. Jean-Sebastien Dea had the only goal for the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 11-7-1-0 (23 pts., 1st place East Division) — For MCH: 11-4-1-0 (23 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: These two teams are two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference and both are unsurprisingly at top of the Conference. Both teams have won eight of their last ten games. So expect a very good game tonight in Wilkes-Barre.

Referee(s): T.J. Luxmore / Nic Leduc

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Francis Trempe

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @MonarchsHockey

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /MonarchsHockey

Instagram: wbspenguins / monarchshockey

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie and @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / MCH: Ken Cail @kenmonarchs

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep 

Radio: For WBS: WILK Newsradio / For MCH: WGIR 610 AM

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Team Photo, courtesy of Bayard Printing

Other Game to Watch: Syracuse hosts Utica in the The Frozen Dome Classic tonight, which is being played in Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Attendance in that game is expected to reach close to 30,000.

Next Five Games: @ HER 11/26, STJ 11/29, LV 12/5, HER 12/6, @ HER 12/7

GAMEDAY: @ Albany 11/21

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Away Game: 10

AHL Game: 233

Who: Albany Devils

Where: Times Union Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Wednesday at home against Portland, the Penguins won 2-0. Jeff Zatkoff had a 23 save shutout. For Albany, they played Portland in Portland and were shutout 2-0.

Last Meeting: October 21 in Albany, the Penguins were shutout 4-0. It was Keith Kinkaid with a 22 save shutout for the Devils.

Record: For WBS: 10-7-1-0 (21 pts., 1st place East Division) — For ALB: 7-4-1-3 (18 pts., 4th place Northeast Division)

Why you should care: The Penguins are looking for revenge against an Albany team that roughed them up pretty good exactly one month ago. It’s going to take another great effort for the Penguins to come home with the two points.

Referee(s): Garrett Rank

Linesmen: Mike Emanatian / Frank Murphy

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @AlbanyDevils

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /albanydevils

Instagram: wbspenguins / albanydevils

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie and @TLTomVenesky@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: WILK Newsradio / For Albany: 104.5 The Team

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: I like Syracuse and Adirondack. The Crunch and Flames are two of the AHL’s hottest teams.

Next Five Games: MCH 11/22, @ HER 11/26, STJ 11/29, LV 12/5, HER 12/6

GAMEDAY: vs. Portland 11/19

vs. 2012_POR

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Home Game: 9

AHL Game: 231

Who: Portland Pirates

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Sunday in Hershey, the Penguins surged to a 2-0 lead over the Bears but lost 3-2. Jayson Megna had both goals for Wilkes-Barre in the loss. For Portland, they were in Providence on Sunday and lost 3-2 also. Brendan Shinnimin had a goal in the loss for the Pirates and was named third star of the game.

Record: For WBS: 9-7-1-0 (19 pts., 1st place East Division) — For POR: 8-8-0-0 (16 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Wilkes-Barre comes into the new week at home against a Pirates team which has been struggling of late, winning two of their last five contests. The Penguins by their own admission beat themselves this past weekend with losses to Syracuse and Hershey. They will need a full 60 minute effort if they want to beat the Pirates tonight.

Referee(s): Nic Leduc / Stephen Reneau

Linesmen: Ryan Knapp / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @portlandpirates

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /PortlandPirates

Instagram: wbspenguins / piratesahl

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @Chris_MHJ

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / POR: Jeff Mannix @JeffMannix

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep 

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Portland: News Talk 1310 WLOB

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): None

Other Game to Watch: Bears are in Allentown taking on the Phantoms.

Next Five Games: @ ALB 11/21, MCH 11/22, @ HER 11/26, STJ 11/29, LV 12/5

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 11/16

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Away Game: 9

AHL Game: 219

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 5:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night at home vs. the Crunch, the Pens lost 3-2. The Penguins were up 2-0 but Syracuse scored three unanswered goals and won the game…. For Hershey, they suffered a similar fate to the Crunch Friday. The Bears were up 1-0 and then the Crunch scored five unanswered goals and won 5-1.

Last Meeting: November 7 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won in overtime 3-2. Jayson Megna scored the game winning goal at 1:01 in overtime to win.

Record: For WBS: 9-6-1-0 (19 pts., 1st place East Division) — For HER: 7-6-1-0 (15 pts., 2nd place East Division)

Why you should care: The Bears come into this contest rested and ready for their biggest rival. Hershey can’t catch the Penguins for the Division lead today, but they can put a dent in it with a win and with the fact that the Bears have two games in hand on the Penguins coming into today.

Referee(s): Kendrick Nicholson / Evgeny Romasko

Linesmen: Matt McNulty / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @timleone

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / HER: Scott Stuccio @ScottStuccio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Hershey: 1460 The Ticket 

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Let’s go with Springfield and Brideport. The Sound Tigers lead the Northeast but just four points over the last place Falcons. No, you read that right, the last place Falcons are just four points off the division lead in the ever competitive Northeast Division.

Next Five Games: POR 11/19, @ ALB 11/21, MCH 11/22, @ HER 11/26, STJ 11/29

GAMEDAY: vs. Syracuse 11/15

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Home Game: 8

AHL Game: 214

Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night vs. the Phantoms, the Pens won 3-1. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 21 of 22 shots. For Syracuse, the Crunch scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Hershey Bears 5-1. Mike Angelidis had a goal and an assist and was named the first star of the game.

Last Meeting: Just this past Sunday, the Pens won in overtime 5-4. J-S Dea scored the game winner and Beau Bennett had four assists.

Record: For WBS: 9-5-1-0 (19 pts., 1st place East Division) — For SYR: 7-4-2-0 (17 pts., 4th place Northeast Division)

Why you should care: This Crunch team is light years better than its record and place indicate at this juncture. For the Penguins to win they will need a complete game, most likely.

Referee(s): Ryan Fraser

Linesmen: Leo Boylan / Bob Fyrer

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @SyracuseCrunch

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /syracusecrunch

Instagram: wbspenguins / officialsyracusecrunch

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @syrhockey

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

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @Allovimo

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Syracuse: ESPN Radio Central New York

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Car Magnet

Other Game to Watch: Hartford and Bridgeport rematch tonight in Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers crushed the Wolf Pack 6-1 last night so you know Hartford is out for revenge.

Next Five Games: @ HER 11/16, POR 11/19, @ ALB 11/21, MCH 11/22, @ HER 11/26

GAMEDAY: vs. Lehigh Valley 11/14

vs. lv-white

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Home Game: 7

AHL Game: 201

Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Sunday at home vs. Syracuse, the Pens won in overtime, 5-4. J-S Dea had the overtime game winning goal and Beau Bennett had four assists. For Lehigh Valley, they were in Portland last Saturday and were shutout by the Pirates 3-0.

Last Meeting: October 29 in Allentown, the Pens won in overtime 2-1. J-S Dea had the game winning goal in that game too.

Record: For WBS: 8-5-1-0 (17 pts., 1st place East Division) — For LV: 5-5-1-0 (11 pts., 3rd place East Division)

Why you should care: Two teams on two different trends Friday night in Wilkes-Barre. The Pens have won three in a row and are at the top of the East Division. The Phantoms have lost five of their last six. But you know when the puck drops at 7:05, none of this will matter between the two teams.

Referee(s): Evgeny Romasko / Tim Mayer

Linesmen: Ryan Knapp / Matt McNulty

Twitter: @WBSPenguins and @WBSGameDay / @LVPhantoms

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins / /LehighValleyPhantoms

Instagram: wbspenguins / lehighvalleyphantoms

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie and @TLTomVenesky / @gblockus

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For Lehigh Valley: Bob Rotruck @BobRotruck

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK Newsradio / For Lehigh Valley: Fox 1470

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): None

Other Game to Watch: Everybody is playing tonight. But one game that sticks out to me is out West, Chicago visits Utica. The Comets have started this season gangbusters but the Wolves are a good team.

Next Five Games: SYR 11/15, @ HER 11/16, POR 11/19, @ ALB 11/21, MCH 11/22

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