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Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 5: Manchester Monarchs (MCH leads 3-1)

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Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 5 — Manchester Monarchs

AHL Game: I5

Who: Manchester Monarchs

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: MCH leads 3-1 (best of seven)

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night, Jordan Weal had a hat trick and the Monarchs took Game 4 by a 5-2 score. Tom Kostopoulos and Bryan Rust scored for the Pens late in the third to no avail.

What to Watch For: Desperation. Another loss and it’s sixteen years and no Cups for Wilkes-Barre. This is the best postseason team ever assembled in Wilkes-Barre. Manchester was the best team in the AHL and has made the Penguins look like clowns so far. But Wilkes-Barre hasn’t played its best game yet and a thousand mile journey begins with a single step.

Referee(s): Mark Lemelin / Darcy Burchell

Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso / 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

When is Game 6?: If the Penguins win, it’s Friday in Manchester at 7.

Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 4: Manchester Monarchs (MCH leads 2-1)

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Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 4 — Manchester Monarchs

AHL Game: I4

Who: Manchester Monarchs

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: MCH leads 2-1 (best of seven)

Media Kit

Last Game: On Saturday at home, the Penguins won 2-1. Bryan Rust returned from injury and scored a first period goal. Tom Kostopoulos added a power play goal in the second period and Matt Murray made 29 saves on 30 shots.

What to Watch For: First goal. Whoever scores the first goal in the series so far has won. Will that trend continue?

Referee(s): Kendrick Nicholson / Geno Binda

Linesmen: Tom George / 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

When is Game 5?: Tomorrow, Tuesday, in Wilkes-Barre at 7:05 p.m.

Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 3: Manchester Monarchs (MCH leads 2-0)

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Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 3 — Manchester Monarchs

AHL Game: I3

Who: Manchester Monarchs

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: MCH leads 2-0 (best of seven)

Media Kit

Last Game: The Penguins lost 5-2 in regulation Thursday. Dominik Uher and Conor Sheary netted goals, but Jordan Weal and Brian O’Neill both had two goals and an assist in the win.

What to Watch For: Defensive adjustments. It was the only thing left intact in Game 2 from Game 1. It didn’t work in Game 1 and again in Game 2. With the home team getting last change, Hynes and Company are going to need to fill out a lineup that can contain Manchester’s speed up front.

Referee(s): Tom Chmielewski / Trevor Hanson

Linesmen: Trent Knoor / John Grandt

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

When is Game 4?: Monday in Wilkes-Barre at 7:05 p.m.

Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 2: Manchester Monarchs (MCH leads 1-0)

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Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 2 — Manchester Monarchs

AHL Game: I2

Who: Manchester Monarchs

Where: Verizon Wireless Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Series: MCH leads 1-0 (best of seven)

Media Kit

Last Game: The Penguins lost 4-3 in triple overtime last night. Zach O’Brien scored the game winning goal at 4:13 of the third overtime. Matt Murray made 52 saves on 56 shots.

What to Watch For: Two things. First, conditioning. You have to think that last nights triple overtime thriller took a lot out of both teams, moreso maybe Manchester because they have played more games than the Penguins in the past week. Second, adjustments. Scott Wilson did not finish the game Wednesday, does that mean that Oskar Sundqvist makes his North American pro debut? Does anyone else shuffle into the lineup and if so what impact do they make?

Referee(s): Mark Lemelin / Evgeny Romasko

Linesmen: Jeremy Lovett / Joe Ross

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

When is Game 3?: Saturday in Wilkes-Barre at 7:05 p.m.

Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 1: Manchester Monarchs

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Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 1 — Manchester Monarchs

AHL Game: I1

Who: Manchester Monarchs

Where: Verizon Wireless Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Series: Tied 0-0 (best of seven)

Media Kit

Season Series: Oct. 12: MCH 4 @ WBS 1 — Nov. 22: MCH 3 @ WBS 2 — Mar. 6: WBS 3 @ MCH 6 — Mar. 7: WBS 3 @ MCH 0

Top Four Scorers for the Penguins vs. the Monarchs: 1. Tom Kuhnhackl (4 GP, 1-2-3, -1) 2. Dominik Uher (4 GP, 1-2-3, -1) 3. Carter Rowney (3 GP, 0-3-3, -1) 4. J-S Dea (2 GP, 2-0-2, +1)

Top Four Scorers for the Monarchs vs. the Penguins: 1. Jordan Weal (3-3-6, +3) 2. Brian O’Neill (2-2-4, +2) 3. Colin Miller (1-3-4, -3) 4. Nic Dowd (4 GP, 0-4-4, +2)

How the Monarchs got here: Defeated the Portland Pirates in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in five games.

How the Penguins got here: Swept the Syracuse Crunch in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in three games.

What to Watch For: Who scores first. In their five game series against the Pirates, if the Monarchs scored first they won. If Portland scored first, Manchester lost. The Penguins never trailed once against the Syracuse Crunch so who scores the first goal tonight will will make for an interesting evening in seeing how the other team responds and if they can come back and win.

Referee(s): Evgeny Romasko / Geno Binda

Linesmen: Brian MacDonald / Alex Stagnone

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

When is Game 2?: Tomorrow, Thursday from Manchester, at 7 p.m.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 3: Syracuse Crunch (WBS leads 2-0)

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal — Game 3

AHL Game: D3

Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Series: WBS leads 2-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins connected for three power play goals in the first period and Matt Murray made 27 saves en route to a 4-0 win.

What to watch for: Desperation from the Crunch. This is do or die for Syracuse tonight. Their task is a long one as the Penguins received reinforcements from Pittsburgh over the weekend. For the Penguins, they will want to put the game early to ensure the sweep and some time off before the next round.

Referee(s): T.J. Luxmore / Garrett Rank

Linesmen: Brian Oliver / Jud Ritter

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

When is Game 4?: If the Crunch win, and only if the Crunch win, Game 4 goes Thursday at 7.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 2: Syracuse Crunch (WBS leads 1-0)

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Eastern Conference Quarterfinal — Game 2

AHL Game: D2

Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: WBS leads 1-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Wilkes-Barre, Kasperi Kapanen scored twice in a span of 1:40 as the Penguins took Game 1 by a score of 5-1. Kapanen was named the first star of the game.

What to watch for: For the Penguins, repetition. For the Crunch, killer instinct. The Penguins can not rest on their laurels and expect the Crunch to lie down and wither away just because they lost last night by four goals. Syracuse needs to come out and take control of the game from the jump if they want to have visions of taking this series back to Syracuse tied at a game a piece.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Keith Kaval

Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso / Francis Trempe

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

When is Game 3?: Wednesday night in Syracuse at 7.

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