Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Road tripping…

In last nights action, WBS won in a shootout over the Hershey Bears 4-3. Nick Petersen and Nick Johnson scored for Wilkes-Barre early to make it 2-0, then Hershey stormed back with Brian Willsie and Kyle Greentree goals. They both scored and assisted on their goals. I said last night that Bears fans better get used to this. Then Chris Collins scored when Bears netminder Jared Demichiel was screened on a shot from Keven Veilleux. Then, while on the PK, Zach Miskovic, the rat who terrorized us last year, potted a shorthanded goal. A late Patrick Cullity holding call which spilled over into the OT period was killed by The Champs, and we went into a shootout again, this time with Nick Petersen securing the win for Wilkes-Barre.

I thought Geoff Walker really impressed. He’ll be the role player this year for sure.

Hershey was about at 15% capacity of the team which will skate in the Chocolate and White this year. We were about 85%. I was expecting a blow out. I was pleasantly surprised. Hershey is DEEP. They basically gave a team which, by all accounts, is supposed to be a serious contender for a Calder Cup this year and held with us despite all being basically a roster full of ECHL guys.

Jonathan Bombulie and the Citizen’s Voice again prove to me why they should be your go-to source for all things Penguins hockey this year by what you will find by clicking here. It’s in print too, buried on 9B of the Sports page. Somewhere on the Prairie, Patrick Williams just shed a tear.

I met Hershey play-by-play man John Walton last night. Extremely nice human being. It felt good speaking with a man who has done so much for his team, and the AHL in general, by getting AHL hockey (despite it being Hershey) out to the masses of people.

Speaking more on Hershey, I will be infiltrating the GIANT Center tonight for the final WBS preseason game v. the Bears tonight at 7. This is my first time ever in Titletown. We’ll see how it goes. Follow along on Twitter for tonight’s tweet-by-tweet action. I’ll be sure to have pictures up on Twitpic as we go along today.

Finally, I must be developing quite the reputation as a hack blogger / tweeter here in this American Hockey League as Binghamton Senators beat writer Joy Lindsay has opted to follow me on Twitter as of last night. Much appreciated. I promise to not disappoint. Check her blog out under the “AHL Beat Writers” section of the blog here to your right.

Now, Let’s Go Pens!

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