Chirps from Center Ice

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

Now, the Real Fun Starts!

The Penguins woke up this morning not knowing who they would be playing in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

They will go to bed knowing that their closest neighbors await their challenge Saturday night on the Southern Tier of New York.

Let’s all party like it’s 2005! It’s the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins and the Binghamton Senators in the best of five Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Games 1 and 2 will be Saturday and Sunday in Binghamton. But first, let’s see how the final seedings were decided today:

POR     1

BRI     4

Recap: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers do the Penguins a favor and defeat the Portland Pirates by a score of 4-1. The Sound Tigers jumped out to a 3-1 lead after twenty minutes and held the Pirates at bay for the final 40 minutes. The Portland loss locks the Penguins at the five seed and the Pirates at the six. The Pirates face off against the Syracuse Crunch in Round 1.

BNG     5

SYR     1

Recap: Syracuse’s hopes of jumping up to the two seed fell short, losing to the Binghamton Senators 5-1 today, but the East Division Champion Crunch will settle for the three seed. Bingo scored five goals, from five different goal scorers, and no player that dressed was a minus.

NOR     3

PRO     4

Recap: The Norfolk Admirals were tied with the Providence Bruins 3-3 when Ryan Spooner scored a hat trick with :21 left pushing the P-Bruins to a 4-3 win. This effectively ended the Admirals season. A backbreaking, heartbreaking way to lose. There will be a new champion crowned in June.

MCH     2

HER     4

Recap: Locked into the seven seed and playing with house money, the Manchester Monarchs rolled out rookie Ty Rimmer in goal. He let in his first shot faced at :16 and the Hershey Bears never looked back and rolled to a 4-2 win and the final berth in the Eastern Conference.

The Penguins and B-Sens announced the first round playoff schedule. Home teams in CAPS.

Game 1 – Saturday, Apr. 27, W-B/Scranton at BINGHAMTON, 7:05 PM
Game 2 – Sunday, Apr. 28, W-B/Scranton at BINGHAMTON, 5:05 PM
Game 3 – Thursday, May 2, W-B/SCRANTON vs. Binghamton, 7:05 PM
*Game 4 – Saturday, May 4,  W-B/SCRANTON vs. Binghamton, 7:05 PM
*Game 5 – Monday, May 6,  W-B/Scranton at BINGHAMTON, 7:05 PM

* – if necessary

Finally, a bit of news today regarding the Penguins. Brad Thiessen and Jeff Zatkoff were named recipients of the Harry “Hap” Holmes Award this afternoon. The award is presented to the goaltender(s) with at least 25 games played on the team which allows the fewest goals in the regular season. The Penguins allowed a league low 178 goals in 2012-2013.

Here’s the schedule of content at Chirps from Center Ice this week…

Monday: Fourth Quarter Grades
Tuesday: Nothing planned. Follow me on Twitter for news, if any, and check the blog anyway.
Wednesday: Calder Cup Playoff Preview — Western Conference
Thursday: Calder Cup Playoff Preview — Eastern Conference
Friday: Penguins vs. B-Sens Series Preview
Saturday: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 1 Gameday setup with postgame recap after the game.
Sunday: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 2 Gameday setup with postgame recap after the game.

All blog content publishes at noon each day, with exception of the Gameday setups, which will publish at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Let’s Go Pens! All In!

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