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Play 60, Not 50 — Pens LOSE 3-2

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The Toronto Marlies are the three time reigning North Division Champions. They are a formidable opponent and one that opposing teams in the Western Conference probably don’t like to see.

For the fans in attendance today in Wilkes-Barre, the same feelings were had.

Two Marlies goals :39 apart then a goal late with 26.7 seconds left, all in the third period, stun the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins who lose 3-2 today on Fan Appreciation Night.

The Penguins controlled 50 minutes of the 60 minute hockey game, but let it slip away.

A delay of game call by Bobby Farnham put the Marlies on the power play at 8:36 of the third period. Greg McKegg slammed home a Sam Carrick shot to put the Marlies on the board.

:39 later, AHL stud Defenseman TJ Brennan zipped home a shot from the point that plum beat starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun, appearing in his second and final rehab stint for the Penguins.

A stunned crowd and team. Coach John Hynes used his time out. Both teams had good chances. Vokoun had a big save though traffic to keep it square at two.

Marlies head coach Steve Spott then used his timeout with 1:10 left in the game. In what seemed like a blender of bodies, TJ Brennan unleashed a huge shot from the blue line which was blocked.

Left in the slot, seemingly unattended, was Jerry D’Amigo. D’Amigo shoots, and Kenny Ryan in front tips it in. The Marlies are up 3-2.

Not exactly the Mohegan Meltdown from a few years ago against Charlotte in the playoffs, but close.

Penguins got a power play goal from Adam Payerl in the first and a goal from Tom Kostopoulos in the second. They limited the Marlies to only 8 shots through two periods. It seemed like a walk in the park for the Penguins.

You just don’t do that to the Toronto Marlies. That must have been the message that Spott gave to his players in the second intermission because they responded and responded well.

Probably a good thing that this happens to the Penguins on a Sunday in early April as opposed to a Friday in mid-May. Take this lesson and learn from it.

Three Stars: 3) Anton Zlobin (two assists, +2) 2) Tom Kostopoulos (goal, even) and 1) Jerry D’Amigo (was originally awarded GWG, but that was changed to Ryan. D’Amigo assisted)

Lineup Notes: Chuck Kobasew was recalled by Pittsburgh in the morning. If you think that we needed Kobasew in order to win a Calder Cup, you are probably wrong about a lot of things….Matia Marcantuoni made his pro debut, in for Mike Carman….Zach Sill made his return from skate blade injury, his first action since January 25.

Pre-Game Awards: Media Award (Nick Drazenovic) — Rookie of the Year (Scott Harrington) — Community Service Award (Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond) — Most Valuable Defenseman (Philip Samuelsson) — Most Improved Player (Reid McNeill) — Herb Brooks Memorial Award for Spirit and Dedication (Brendan Mikkeslon) — Fan Favorite Award (Bobby Farnham) — Most Three Stars Award (Tom Kostopoulos) — Most Valuable Player (Tom Kostopoulos)

Around the Division: Binghamton lost in overtime 1-0 to the Hershey Bears. With the point, the B-Sens clinched playoffs….Norfolk wins in a shootout 3-2. Ol’ buddy Brad Thiessen started his third game in as many nights and got the win for the Admirals….Syracuse was shutout 4-0 by the Albany Devils. The Devils completed a perfect weekend.

Other Games of Relevance: Providence lost 3-2 to the Manchester Monarchs and have to wait another day to clinch…. The St. John’s IceCaps put an end to the Hartford WolfPack’s winning streak and win 6-2. 

Standings: Penguins 92 — Binghamton 91 — Hershey 86 — Norfolk 86 — Syracuse 72

Conference: 1) MCH (104) 2) SPR (100) 3) WBS (92) 4) STJ (95) 5) BNG (91) 6) ALB (89) 7) PRO (89) 8) HER (86)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers completed their regular season last night. They get the South Carolina Stingrays in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

SendToNews Highlights: Are here.

So here’s what the rest of the week holds in the East Division. The Binghamton Senators host the Toronto Marlies Wednesday. The Pens and B-Sens square off Friday for what very well may be the East Division Championship. Then the B-Sens host the Norfolk Admirals while the Penguins travel to Utica.

Blog wise, the Week 28 AHL Power Rankings will be up Monday at 4. I have a bunch of other things in the infant stages I am thinking of for the blog. Stay tuned.

Let’s Go Pens!

Magic Number? Dozen Matter! — Pens WIN 2-1

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You ever get that sense of something being lifted off of your shoulders and a sense of calm, cool, collectiveness all of a sudden?

When the clock hit zero tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight, I had that feeling. In fact, at 10:32 p.m. on a Saturday night, I still have that feeling.

With a 2-1 win tonight against the Binghamton Senators, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins have clinched a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs for a twelfth consecutive season.

Twelve years. That is something that, at the level of minor league hockey, just isn’t done. Think about where you were twelve years ago. Only the Milwaukee Admirals in the Western Conference can say that they have the same streak. They clinched last night.

It’s becoming an institution in Wilkes-Barre. It’s a great city to play in. First class facilities. A front office that goes above and beyond. Media that does the same, from Mike O’Brien all the way down the line.

The one thing that has eluded this city and this franchise, is the Calder Cup.

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Pretty, ain’t she?

Peter Mannino stopped 15 of 16. Goals by Carter Rowney shorthanded and Scott Harrington on a three on one rush were what the Penguins needed to get by the Senators and overtake Binghamton for first place in the East Division.

Chuck Kobasew was the veteran scratch tonight. Brian Dumoulin did not participate in warmups either after his hit he took in Syracuse last night. Scott Wilson took warmups but was scratched for Josh Archibald.

Penguins do everything right in the first period. Puck possession and a couple of power plays. One where the Pens had extended 5-on-3 time but failed to score.

Then, a puck is thrown in to the left of Mannino. The defenseman wants to take the puck and run it back up and out of the zone but Mannino yells and instructs him to move it along the wall. What ensued was the Senators scoring in the final minute when Ryan Dzingel scored his first goal as a professional to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. Peter Mannino’s shutout streak ends at 154:19.

Carter Rowney does the same for the Penguins in the final minute of the second period. The Pens sail a puck 200 feet down the ice while killing a penalty. Rowney is there to collect it, has all day, makes a couple of moves and roofs a shot in on starting goaltender Andrew Hammond to tie the game with 15.7 seconds left in the period.

Third period saw Binghamton open with some pop but then the Penguins take a puck up ice on a two on one, which became a three on one after the patient Nick Drazenovic dished to a trailing Scott Harrington who had a wide open net to shoot into.

Binghamton then gets two power play opportunities. Peter Mannino came up HUGE in the moment, denying the Senators attempts to tie the game.

With an empty net, the visitors never found the equalizer.

Three Stars: 3) Peter Mannino (15 saves on 16 shots) 2) Carter Rowney (goal, even) 1) Scott Harrington (goal, +1)

Around the Division: Hershey loses to Springfield in a shootout 4-3…. Syracuse beats Toronto in an ugly game 6-3….Norfolk and Brad Thiessen shutout the Worcester Sharks 3-0. Thiessen had a 28 save shutout for the Admirals.

Other Games that Matter: The ridiculously hot Hartford Wolf Pack have been eliminated form playoff contention, but that hasn’t stopped the Pack from playing spoiler. Hartford crushes the St. John’s IceCaps on the Rock 7-2 tonight….The Albany Devils are looking more and more like a playoff team with a 2-1 shootout win over the Providence Bruins tonight.

Standings: Penguins 92 — Binghamton 90 — Hershey 84 — Norfolk 84 — Syracuse 72

Conference: 1) MCH (102) 2) SPR (98) 3) WBS (92) 4) STJ (93) 5) BNG (90) 6) PRO (89) 7) ALB (87) 8) HER (84)

Wheeling Update: The Wheeling Nailers win 5-0 tonight in Cincinnati. The Nailers wrapped up the regular season tonight and will start the Kelly Cup Playoffs this week.

SendToNews Highlights: Better yet, how about YouTube Highlights of the same thing sent to SendToNews?

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Peaking at the right time? That’s a question that is up for a debate. If you think so, let me know.

Wilkes-Barre closes out the regular season home schedule tomorrow afternoon vs. the Toronto Marlies. Gameday for that will be up at noon.

Let’s Go Pens!!!

Power Players — Pens WINS 3-2 (SO)

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They didn’t clinch on the ice that their season ended on like they did last year in St. John’s, but the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins got closer to doing so with a 3-2 shootout win in Syracuse Friday night.

Chuck Kobasew scored two power play goals. Tomas Vokoun, facing his first live fire since June of last year while with Pittsburgh, stopped 23 of 25 shots.

Brian Dumoulin took a hard shot from Dalton Smith in the third period, took one shift afterwards but wasn’t seen again. You hope, with the injury to the other top defenseman Philip Samuelsson, that Dumoulin’s injury isn’t that bad or else Wilkes-Barre could be in a bind sooner rather than later. Edit: Jonathan tweeted that the injury is believed to be minor.

Tomas Vokoun vs. Cedrick Desjardins

Lineup Notes: Harry Zolnierczyk was recalled to Pittsburgh before the game. Bryan Rust made his pro debut on the Penguins third line with Dominik Uher and Carter Rowney. Injury scratches were Jeff Deslauriers, Philip Samuelsson and Zach Sill. Veteran was Tom Kostopoulos and healthies were Nick D’Agostino, Josh Archibald, Conor Sheary, Matia Marcantuoni and Scott Wilson.

First Period: Nice opening jump from both clubs. Chuck Kobasew scores on a power play goal to put the Penguins ahead 1-0. Andrew Ebbett assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to twelve games. Shots were 8-1 Penguins.

Then the Crunch took over.

Vlad Namestnikov on a power play goal with Adam Payerl setting an unintentional screen beats Vokoun near post. Wilkes-Barre gets a power play and do nothing with it. Carter Rowney slashes a guy to break up a Crunch rush. On the ensuing power play for Syracuse, Jonathan Marchessault centers to Jon DiSalvatore on a bang-bang play that puts the Crunch ahead 2-1.

The Penguins outshot the Crunch 8-1 in the games first 6:44 and then were outshot 11-0 by Syracuse the final 13:16 of the period.

Second Period: It was a Wilkes-Barre power play clinic. The Pens were given four consecutive power plays in the period, but scored on only one of them. Chuck Kobasew (again) scored on a backhander as he cashed in on a rebound of a shot from the point. Brett Connolly nearly scored on a penalty kill as he snaked around the Pens defenders and wrapped around and missed a wide open net. Of note, Bryan Rust had some late power play time.

Third Period: Penguins were really looking for the killshot, but never found it. No power plays in this period for either side. During the turn of events, Brian Dumoulin took a hard clean shot from Dalton Smith. Late, Desjardins made a couple of really nice saves to keep it square at two heading into….

Overtime: More Desjardins heroics. A stop on a Wilkes-Barre odd man rush up ice on Carter Rowney then a save on a Nick Drazenovic one timer.

Shootout: Anton Zlobin in Round 1, Spencer Machacek in Round 5. Tomas Vokoun stops all four Crunch players and Wilkes-Barre skates away with the two points.

Three Stars: 3) Vlad Namestnikov (goal, even) 2) Cedrick Desjardins (29 saves on 31 shots) and 1) Chuck Kobasew (two goals, even)

Around the Division: Hershey loses to Binghamton 5-4 in overtime…Norfolk does the same in Providence 2-1.

Other Games that Matter: Albany beats Bridgeport 2-1 in regulation. St. John’s was idle tonight.

Magic Number: One. Any point tomorrow by Wilkes-Barre should, conceivably, seal a twelfth straight trip to the dance.

Standings: Binghamton 90 — Penguins 90 — Hershey 83 — Norfolk 82 — Syracuse 70

Conference: 1) MCH (100) 2) SPR (96) 3) BNG (90) 4) STJ (93) 5) WBS (90) 6) PRO (88) 7) ALB (85) 8) HER (83)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers were in Cincinnati tonight and lost 6-3. Eric Hartzell was in net for this one and took the loss for the Nailers.

SendToNews Highlights: Are here.

Pens / B-Sens face-off tomorrow in what will likely be the biggest game of the season for both. East Division Championship up for grabs. A trip to the playoffs. Loser probably having to travel to St. John’s for Round 1 of the playoffs. Just tons of story lines. The Gameday setup will be here for you Saturday at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!!

Running on Empty — Pens LOSE 6-2

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Couple things with this game, a 6-2 Binghamton thumping, which was over before the game was 10 minutes old.

1) The Pens were gassed last night and emptied the reserves in last night’s 1-0 win vs. the Albany Devils. You could tell it from the looks on the players faces last night and, obviously, the start today.

2) Really nothing much to lose for the Penguins with a two point lead in the Division. They still have a game more played than Binghamton, had been playing well while Binghamton hadn’t, and were playing their third game in less than three days.

3) The young defenseman were exploited tonight. Nick D’Agostino was a -3 in the first period. He wasn’t seen much thereafter.

4) Eric Hartzell, making his first appearance since February 25, still has some things to work on. He was a disaster in the first period, 5 goals on 15 shots.

5) Binghamton had just been destroyed at home the night prior by a fumbling Norfolk Admirals team that scored three unanswered goals in the third period and rolled the B-Sens. So to think that the B-Sens, who have been at the top of the East Division for months now, would take the Penguins coming in a whooping the home team again just wasn’t going to happen.

That’s just how hockey goes in the AHL.

Eric Hartzell vs. Andrew Hammond.

Lineup Changes: Adam Payerl was recalled to Pittsburgh this morning. With Pittsburgh locked in at the two seed with nothing left to play for in the final two weeks of the NHL season, why not call up your prospects to get them a look in a live NHL game? Josh Archibald was back in for Conor Sheary and Harrison Ruopp was out for Nick D’Agostino.

First Period: Blitzkrieg. Hartzell doesn’t control a rebound of a Patrick Mullen shot and Matt Puempel scored to put the B-Sens up 1-0. Dave Dziurzynski on a softie. 2-0. Wacey Hamilton grabs a gear and gets around Barry Goers and burns Hartzell on the post. 3-0.

Spencer Machacek got one back on the power play to make it 3-1.

Garrett Thompson scores his first pro goal as Nick D’Agostino was stripped of a puck from a Binghamton defenseman. 4-1. Cole Schnieder finishes off a tic tac toe setup and it’s 5-1 on a power play goal for the B-Sens.

Second Period: Binghamton scores another power play goal, more give and go passing by the B-Sens and Matt Peumpel gets his second of the night. Furious, furious rush by the Pens after that sequence and it’s 5-2. Guess who? Spencer Machacek again.

Things finally settled after that. But it was too late. Here’s something I mined off of the scoresheet. After the Machacek goal, the Pens were given five consecutive power plays by refs Darcy Burchell and Chris Brown.

Third Period: I got nothing. But here’s a stat for you. The Binghamton Senators ate 11-31 on the power play this season vs. the Penguins. Please keep reading…

Three Stars: 3) Alex Grant (three assists, +1) 2) Patrick Mullen (three assists, +1) 1) Matt Peumpel (two goals, +1)

Around the Division: Bears battle with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and win 5-4….Norfolk loses a heartbreaker to Hartford 3-2….Syracuse was off.

Standings: Binghamton 88 — Penguins 88 — Hershey 82 — Norfolk 81 — Syracuse 69

Other Games that Matter: The only other game was Providence crushing Portland 7-2.

Conference: 1) MCH (98) 2) SPR (94) 3) BNG (88) 4) STJ (90) 5) WBS (88) 6) PRO (86) 7) ALB (83) 8) HER (82)

SendToNews Highlights: Are here. Unless your name is Leah, not much to look at from a Penguins perspective.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers did not play tonight but are in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Details on that here.

My Week 27 AHL Power Rankings will be completed tonight and will be here Monday at 4 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!!!

Away, Lucifer!*

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Nick Drazenovic hadn’t scored since March 9 when his goals up in Toronto helped the Penguins get by the Marlies in a shootout that Sunday afternoon.

A lot happened since then. A Wilkes-Barre resurgence. Peter Mannino. Chuck Kobasew. A veteran issue.

Tonight, Drazenovic made people remember who he was.

A 60-minute stalemate between the Albany Devils and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins ended at 1:02 of overtime when Tom Kostopoulos capitalized on a Devils turnover and passed to Drazenovic who collected his own rebound and backhanded one over the shoulder of starting goaltender Keith Kincaid to give the Penguins the 1-0 win and vault them to sole possession of first place in the division after a Binghamton loss tonight, which I will get to.

And Penguins starting goaltender Peter Mannino? A 25 save shutout again. A streak of 136:05, 10-3-1 record, with 4 shutouts.

Some changes to the lineup tonight. Conor Sheary made his pro debut tonight skating in place of Josh Archibald. He didn’t look overwhelmed in an April game which meant so much to both teams. Carter Rowney was in for Adam Payerl also and Harrison Ruopp for Nick D’Agostino. Eric Hartzell backed up Mannino tonight.

Not much in the way of a recap here. Pens controlled opening fifteen minutes. They had a goal waved off when Harry Zolnierczyk kicked the puck in the net. Long first period with a lot of whistles.

Second didn’t offer much either, other than the fact that the roles were reversed and the Devils were taking it to the Penguins. I recall a sequence of about three minutes where the Devils did pretty much whatever they wanted and kept the Pens hemmed in and not able to make a change. I think turn of events sealed the deal for the Pens because if they get scored on, it’s chase time against a Devils team that plays defense, defense and more defense.

Third had a big Penguins penalty kill in it and a Kincaid pad save on a shot ticketed for the back of the net.

Felt like both teams played like they deserved a point. Enter Drazenovic, who ended it on his nice backhand shot.

Three stars were Keith Kincaid with 17 saves on 18 shots, Nick Drazenovic with the overtime game winning goal and Peter Mannino with his 25 save shutout.

Around the Division: Norfolk beats Binghamton 6-3. The Pens are now in sole possession of first place in the East. Binghamton still has a game in hand. Hershey needs overtime to get by Worcester 3-2 and Syracuse gets three goals in less than 1:39 to play in the third to defeat Utica 6-5 in overtime at home.

Other Games that Matter: St. John’s beats Springfield 3-1. IceCaps will remain in fourth in the Conference. Hartford beats Providence in a shootout 2-1. P-Bruins just two back of now the Binghamton Senators for the fifth spot.

Standings: Penguins 88 — Binghamton 86 — Norfolk 81 — Hershey 80 — Syracuse 69

Conference: 1) MCH (96) 2) SPR (94) 3) WBS (88) 4) STJ (90) 5) BNG (86) 6) PRO (84) 7) ALB (83) 8) NOR (81)

Don’t be surprised if the Pens look gassed in the second half of tomorrow’s game. I’d also look for the guys that were scratched tonight to play tomorrow.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers could have punched a ticket to the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a win over the Orlando Solar Bears. They did not, rather losing 3-1.

SendToNews Highlights: Are here.

Gameday for the Penguins game up in Binghamton will be at 11:00 a.m. for the 3:05 start.

Let’s Go Pens!!

* – recycled headlines are considered poor form. Example. Hey, you try coming up with goofy headlines 76 times a year!

Shut Out the Sound — Pens WIN 3-0

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Jonathan’s tweets summed this one up nicely:

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So you can guess how this one would go.

A 17 save shutout by reigning AHL Goaltender of the Month Peter Mannino and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins roll the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by a score of 3-0. The Penguins, with a loss by the Binghamton Senators to the Rochester Americans tonight, pull into a tie with the B-Sens for first place in the East Division.

Peter Mannino vs. Kenny Reiter

Housekeeping: There appears to be a new radio home for the Penguins. It’s 103.1 WILK radio, announced this morning by Coal Street. In that press release, a bunch of AM radio stations added so the Penguins broadcast network grows to places like West Hazleton and Scranton and beyond…..Andrew Ebbett was recalled to Pittsburgh before the game but according to reports, it’s for insurance and nothing more.

First Period: Puck driven in deep. Caroms off of the back wall. Reiter goes out to play, misplays it, and Bobby Farnham scores on an empty net to put the Pens ahead 1-0. Later, Chuck Kobasew picks off a D to D pass and drives in to expend the lead to 2-0. Bridgeport would go without a shot for the games first 15:00 and it had the look and feel of a game that was going to get out of hand, quickly.

Second Period: Not so fast, my friend. Bridgeport would really take it to the Penguins at times during the period, but the Pens had a bend but not break mentality. Dominik Uher would score his second shorthanded goal in as many games on a pass off of the pads play to Harry Zolnierczyk, who shot the puck again at Reiter. Rebound laying right there for Uher to slam home to extend the lead to 3-0.

Third Period: Penguins protected a 3-0 lead. Really played more to protect Mannino’s shutout than anything else. Sound Tigers never had anything memorable that I could recall as far as a quality scoring chance.

Three Stars: 3) Chuck Kobasew (goal, +1) 2) Bobby Farnham (goal, +1) and 1) Peter Mannino (17 save shutout)

Around the Division: Binghamton loses 4-3 in Rochester…..Norfolk needs a shootout to get by Adirondack in a goaltending battle, 2-1…..Syracuse pays a favor to teams in playoffs by beating Albany 2-1. Hershey was off.

Standings: Binghamton 86 — Penguins 86 — Norfolk 79 — Hershey 78 — Syracuse 67

Conference: 1) MCH (94) 2) SPR (94) 3) BNG (86) 4) STJ (88) 5) WBS (86) 6) PRO (83) 7) ALB (82) 8) NOR (79)

Springfield punched their ticket to the postseason in a wild, wacky game up in St. John’s in my game to watch tonight. Falcons had a 5-1 lead in the first period and won 8-7. Falcons are tied with Manchester for tops in the Conference and are three points off Texas for best in the AHL overall.

Wheeling Update: The Nailers also won tonight by a score of 4-1 over the Evansville IceMen. Denver Manderson had a goal in that one. The Nailers are 2 points away from clinching playoffs.

SendToNews Highlights: Are here.

Pens welcome the Albany Devils tomorrow night at home. Gameday for this will be up at 3 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!

No, Not a Repeat — Pens WIN 2-1

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An exact 2-1 Wilkes-Barre win Saturday night just like the same 2-1 Wilkes-Barre win from the night before.

While it wasn’t a repeat of what happened last night, it sure looked awful similar. Pens jump out to a 2-0 lead. Admirals cut the lead in half with a goal by Devante Smith-Pelly.

Regardless, the Pens travel to Norfolk and take all four points away from the Admirals. A needed perfect weekend for the Pens, with a lot of jockeying behind them. It doesn’t matter what happens behind you as long as you keep winning.

Peter Mannino vs. John Gibson

The only lineup change tonight was Nick Drazenovic for Spencer Machacek, veteran for veteran.

First Period: A predictably more stronger period for the Norfolk Admirals as they are in a mix with other teams battling for their playoff lives. Shots were 10-4 Norfolk this period, in a real defensive battle.

Second Period: Brendan Mikkelson breaks the scoreless deadlock with this shot from the blue line to put the Pens on the board first. Chuck Kobasew didn’t have a point in the game, but he did have a fight, tangling with Kevin Gagne.

Third Period: If you tried to watch this game or any other game on AHL Live tonight and had difficulty, it wasn’t you, it was them. I managed to get a piece of this nice Dominik Uher shorthanded goal before it went out to pasture completely on me. Then, Devante Smith-Pelly scores a power play goal when the Penguins took a delay of game call. Pens would get two power plays but up against the top rated penalty kill in the AHL would not get a goal. Two Norfolk power plays bookended the Penguin power plays but the Pens did not allow a game tying goal. With Gibson pulled late, they never found the equalizer.

Ice Chips: Tonight was Tom Kostopoulos’ 400th game as a member of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins….With the secondary assist on the Brendan Mikkelson goal, Andrew Ebbett extended his point streak to 11 games….The Penguins are 19-3-4 when Ebbett tallies a point in the game.

Three Stars: 3) Brendan Mikkelson (goal, +1) 2) Devante Smith-Pelly (goal, -2) and 1) Dominik Uher (goal, +1)

Around the Division: Shootouts dominated the East Division tonight. Hershey wins a 12 round shootout against the St. John’s IceCaps and keep their playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 win tonight…..Binghamton just uses the standard five rounder to get by Syracuse 4-3 in a shootout up in Central New York.

Standings: Binghamton 85 — Penguins 84 — Norfolk 77 — Hershey 76 — Syracuse — 65

Conference: 1) MCH (94) 2) SPR (90) 3) BNG (85) 4) STJ (87) 5) WBS (84) 6) PRO (81) 7) ALB (80) 8) NOR (77)

Wheeling Update: Nailers were off tonight.

SendToNews Highlights: Are here for your viewing enjoyment. I am actually interested to see what happened in the third period because I couldn’t see it on AHL Live.

The B-Sens burn one of their two games in hand on the Penguins tomorrow when they face off against the Albany Devils in the Capital District tomorrow. The Penguins will want an Albany regulation win and so will you. I will have a blurb on that final score Sunday afternoon on Twitter.

Week 26 AHL Power Rankings will be here Monday at 4 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!!!

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