Chirps from Center Ice

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

Chart-Free Blog Post!

There’s been way too many charts on the blog these past couple of days, so I present a blog post with no charts and just some news…

— The Wheeling Nailers season came to and end last night with a 4-0 loss to the Greenville Road Warriors. Goaltender Jason Missiaen posted a 31 save shutout and the Warriors are onto the Conference Finals. Wait. Missiaen….shutout….hmmmmm….where have I seen this before? Oh right.

— In the AHL, the Norfolk Admirals are on the brink of elimination after losing to the St. John’s IceCaps 5-1 last night. St. John’s can close it out tonight at Scope.

— Derrick Pouliot’s Portland Winterhawks lost last night to Tristan Jarry’s Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 7 of the WHL Finals 4-2. Both Jarry and Pouliot are Penguins prospects. Pouliot is pegged to come to Wilkes-Barre at some point. Pouliot has some serious, serious pedigree and should be inserted into the lineup for the Penguins almost automatically. Pouliot appeared in the Game 5 loss to the Syracuse Crunch last season in the Eastern Conference Finals.

— Here’s Jonathan’s updates from practice Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s practice was optional, but heavily attended. Tuesday’s focused on special teams. Andrew Ebbett didn’t participate in either practice. Philip Samuelsson’s status is still iffy.

Bobby Robins was suspended three games today by the AHL for leaving the penalty box in the third period of Game 2. Jared Knight’s ten minute misconduct was upgraded to a game misconduct for leaving the bench to join an altercation. Knight should be available for Game 3.

Jonathan doesn’t write it, but he equvilates the loss of Robins to that of the loss of a Bobby Farnham. He’s not going to score many points, but he’ll hit everything that moves.

Finally, news out of Chocolatetown today finds that the Bears and Capitals have renewed their affiliation agreement for another year and Washington re-signed Garrett Mitchell for next year. The announcement that head coach Mike Haviland chose to take a head coaching job at Colorado College was made last week, for those who missed it.

The Gameday Setup for Game 3 vs. Providence will be here tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!

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