Chirps from Center Ice

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

Party Crashers – Pens LOSE 3-1

Was late to the game attending to a family matter and missed the first half of the game in person. Coming across town I heard the second period on. The Pens lose this game 3-1 on the anniversary of my 29th birthday. Catching up on those who were at the game the entire time saw, Pens played a pretty inert first and second period. A very un-Penguin like performance.

Brad Thiessen vs. Ben Bishop. Zach Sill took warmups but was scratched again.

First Period: Alex Grant fights David Dziurzynski. Jonathan Bombulie had a tweet that I openly laughed at:

Hugh Jessiman got a stick on an Andre Benoit shot to make it a 1-0 B-Sens lead on the power play. As for the rest, well, it didn’t seem like there really was much else other than the Grant fight and the Jessiman goal from what I scanned from others twitter feeds.

So yeah, I didn’t miss much.

Second Period: I got in right at the 14:00 mark. The first six minutes were uneventful. From what I heard on radio from the start of the second on the ride across town and from what I gathered catching up on twitter at red lights, the B-Sens were really peppering Thiessen. He held his ground. Offense has really been scarce for the Penguins against the Senators. Trevor Smith has scored the only goal for the Pens against the B-Sens all season.

Jakob Silverberg scores a power play goal on a bang in goal after Thiessen already made a few saves and was down and out. Shots through two periods were and extremely un-Penguin like 25 for the B-Sens and 16 for Wilkes-Barre.

Third Period: With the caliber of goaltender that Ben Bishop is and the way the night had been going for the Pens and really the season series against Binghamton, the Pens faced a steeper uphill battle down 2-0 in the third than usual. They responded by Trevor Smith scoring a goal at 8:10. The Pens played with urgency and a more crisp period, which was more like the team. Every time Binghamton got the puck into their offensive zone, the Pens would take it off them and rush back and into their own offensive zone. Rinse and repeat. They also did not allow the B-Sens a shot on goal until 3:55 left in the third. But, after a faceoff after Thiessen made a save on the first shot, Patrick Wiercioch scored a laser from the blueline to put the game essentially out of reach for the Pens. The remainder of the period, with momentum lost, ended.

Three Stars: 3) Andre Benoit (two assists) 2) Jakob Silfverberg (goal, assist, +1) and 1) Patrick Wiercioch (goal, assist, -1)

Around the Division: Syracuse blanks Adirondack 3-0. Norfolk loses on a controversial call at home vs. Bridgeport in overtime 4-3. Hershey was off.

Standings: Syracuse 35 — Binghamton 30 — Penguins 28 — Hershey 27 — Norfolk 21

Conference: 1) SYR (35) 2) SPR (32) 3) PRO (28) 4) BNG (30) 5) WBS (28) 6) POR (28) 7) WOR (27) 8) HER (27)

Wheeling Update: The Nailers faired no better than the Penguins tonight, losing 4-2 to the Trenton Titans in New Jersey’s capital.

SendToNews Highlights: Went up late, but here they are.

Pens travel to Syracuse tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. start. I openly wonder who will get the start for them, be it Zapolski, Thiessen or Zatkoff. Tune in, I guess. I will be. Gameday here tomorrow four hours before puck drop, at 3:30 p.m.

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