Chirps from Center Ice

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

Senators Rule – Pens LOSE 2-1

Welcome to the first ever live blog here at Chirps from Center Ice. With the All-Star Classic upon us, I am up in Binghamton, NY for Wilkes-Barre / Scranton at the Binghamton Senators. I normally hang around afterwards, but since I am driving to Hershey tomorrow, need to book it out of here when the games over and go to bed. Hence, we are giving live blogging a whirl tonight.

Refresh this page as it will change with the game as it progresses. Also don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for the live tweeting.

Click here for the Gameday Post from earlier today for all you need to know regarding tonight’s game.

Click here for the Gamesheet.

– Thanks to the B-Sens’ Kate Krenzer for giving me the media pack for tonight’s game. Chock full of stats.

– John Curry v. Robin Lehner as warmups are underway.

– Joey Mormina and Geoff Walker are the healthy scratches for WBS. Thiessen is still hurt.

– PA referred to us twice as the Hershey Bears.

First Period:

– Pens had to kill an unsportsmanlike penalty on John Curry.

– Pens don’t register a SOG for 6 minutes then get a flurry of them. Robin Lehner keeping the Sens in it early.

– Pens on the board first. Corey Potter point shot as a Eric Gryba hook penalty expires fumbles it’s way to Ryan Craig then Nick Johnson slammed it home for the 1-0 lead.

– Jesse Boulerice and Francis Lessard fight with under 2 minutes. No one really lands anything of significance.

– Off the next faceoff, Keven Veilleux fought Cody Bass. Much more spirited fight. Veilleux pumped Bass a few times and got the takedown.

– First period ends 1-0 Wilkes-Barre / Scranton. Shots, 17-7 Penguins.

Second Period:

– Erik Condra has the Senators on the board just :16 in. Nice spinorama by him to tie the game at 1.

– Bobby Butler robbed by John Curry’s pad on what was a sure goal.

– John Curry has 4 PIMs tonight, now taking a delay of game call.

– Not to be outdone, Robin Lehner denies Dustin Jeffrey with his pad.

– After trading power plays, the score remains tied at 1 with under 5 minutes left.

– Second period ends in a 1-1 deadlock with the Pens leading in shots 34-13.

Thoughts so far. Pens would be up in the game if it were any other goaltender, I think. They have to keep peppering Lehner. Lots of chances in close that will go in with patience.

Third period:

– Brett Sterling off the post. That’s three posts so fat this game for the Pens. That’s got to be some kind of record.

– Bobby Butler scores to put the Sens up 2-1. While being badly outshot, Bingo is taking the better quality shots.

– This one is over. Pens lose 2-1. Rough way to lose. They knew Hershey won and had to come out and handle a hungry B-Sens team who are fighting for their playoff lives right now.

Thoughts: Final shot total was 44-21 for the Penguins. Despite the large shot total, the Senators had the better chances. Pens need to do a better job on shots and cracking a goaltender. Hershey’s Braden Holtby comes to mind here on someone who is tough to beat.

Pens seemed to take their foot off the gas a bit after that first goal. They lack the killer instinct l think in games such as these.

Three stars were Erik Condra, Bobby Butler and Robin Lehner.

Division: Hershey won 1-0 over Charlotte. Springfield beat Norfolk 4-2. Rochester pumped Albany 6-1. Adirondack beat Syracuse 6-4.

Standings: Hershey draws to 11 points behind us, 72-61. Norfolk and Charlotte don’t go anyplace with 58 and 57 points respectively. Binghamton goes up to 53 points. Albany Syracuse and Adirondack are still 39, 38 and 35 right now.

So that’s all. I am heading back to Pennsylvania and will probably have something here post skills tomorrow night.

Go Pens!

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