Chirps from Center Ice

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

No Ten, Take Seven and Like It – Pens LOSE 7-4

Pens get run over by the Binghamton Senators tonight 7-4. They head into the All-Star break on top of the division. But the Hershey Bears won tonight and three out of the next five games are against the 11-time Calder Cup Champs.

Based off of radio play by play Tom Grace, the Pens are no strangers to bad games going into the All-Star game.

Brad Thiessen vs. Mike McKenna. Brian Gibbons was in for Brandon DeFazio. No changes on D.

First Period: Pens jumped to a quick two goal lead early. Ben Street took a puck off a wall and scored then Geoff Walker cleaned up a Ben Street point shot on a rebound. Then, Colin McDonald took a penalty and off of the faceoff Corey Locke scored to cut the B-Sens deficit to 2-1. Pens had a 5-on-3 late in the period but did not score.

Second Period: Jack Downing scored to even things at two. I missed it as AHL Live  dropped the feed as it was happening. Then, Geoff Walker took a high sticking penalty. Brad Thiessen tries to cover the puck, fails, and Mike Hoffman scored to make it 3-2 B-Sens. This was much like what happened last night in Harftord with Thiessen covering, or thinking he covers, a puck. Andre Petersson thne scored while Thiessen was badly screened to push the Binghamton lead to 4-2.

Then a bit of a comeback. Bryan Lerg scored off of his own rebound to bring things to 4-3. Later, Eric Tangradi scored to even things at four a piece. McKenna got a piece of it but not all of it. But not to be out done, while Mike Hoffman sat for a slashing call, Ryan Craig hauled down David Dziurzynski. Referee David Banfield awarded a penalty shot to Dziurzynski and he scored to make it 5-4 heading into the…

Third Period: Scott Munroe replaced Thiessen to open the third. The B-Sens scored 5 goals on 13 shots to this point. Andre Petersson scored his second of the game to make it 6-4 and then Dziurzynski while breaking from the penalty box scofred to push it to 7-4. Game over at this point.

Three Stars: 3) Corey Locke (goal, assist, even) 2) Andre Petersson (two goals, even) and 1) David Dziurzynski (two goals, two assists, +3)

Around the Division: Hershey beats Norfolk 3-2. Syracuse coughs up two goals late, and lose in a shootout to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5-4.

Standings: Pens have 58 points. Bears have 57. Admirals 55. Crunch have 44 points and the Binghamton Senators have 42.

Conference: 1-StJ (60) 2-WBS (58) 3-BRI (49) 4-HER (57) 5-NOR (55) 6-MCH (52) 7-WOR (49) 8-POR (47)

Colin McDonald heads to Atlantic City for the skills competition tomorrow and the All-Star game Monday. I am debating what content I want to run for this. Probably just recaps of the action on ice and some nuggets of what happen off. It’s always a TON of fun at the All-Star Classic. Can’t wait to get to Atlantic City!

Let’s Go Pens!

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