Chirps from Center Ice

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

A Bear Market

The Penguins were off Sunday afternoon but plenty of action in the AHL to keep tabs on.

BNG    1

TOR    2

Recap: Binghamton loses in a shootout 2-1 to the Toronto Marlies and take five of six points this weekend.

SYR    3

HER    5

Recap: Down 3-1, Bears head coach Mark French pulls starter Dany Sabourin in favor of Phillipp Grubauer. The Bears offense roars to life, scoring four unanswered, and the Bears stomp the Syracuse Crunch at home 5-3. Ex-WBS Penguin Jeff Taffe had a hand in four of the five Bears goals. (2-2-4)

The Crunch go one point out of a possible six, Bingo goes five for six, Wilkes-Barre goes two for four and the Bears have a perfect weekend. That midweek loss to Norfolk will sting for a bit. Here’s the new East Division point standings:

1) Syracuse 75
2) Binghamton 72
3) Hershey 64
4) Penguins 63
5) Norfolk 54

Syracuse, Hershey and Wilkes-Barre have 57 games played. Binghamton has 56.

Let’s also not forget about the Norfolk Admirals, idle today, who took four of six points this weekend and have 55 games played and have 54 points.

Here’s a snapshot of the Conference standings points right now:

5) POR (67)
6) HER (64)
7) WBS (63)
8) CT (61)
9) ALB (59)
10) WOR (58)

The top eight make playoffs. Albany has 54 games played. Portland and Worcester have 55 games played. Everyone else listed above has 57 games played.

This week is pretty quiet in the East Division and in the conference, relevant to the Penguins. Connecticut hosts Portland Tuesday night in Hartford. A Whale win puts them even points-wise with the Penguins. The Pirates got obliterated by the Penguins next opponent, the Providence Bruins 7-1 in Rhode Island today.

Third Quarter Grades are due. I’ll have them sometime either Tuesday or Wednesday. Debating giving a player a failing grade. For instance, Paul Crowder for the Wheeling Nailers had a NINE point weekend and had four assists today helping the Nailers beat the Kalamazoo Wings 5-3. Meanwhile there is a certain player that every time he touches the puck, it’s a turnover.

Anyway, that’ll be all on the blog until Tuesday likely for the grades, unless something huge breaks in between.

Let’s Go Pens!

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