Chirps from Center Ice

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

O’Neill Suspended, Monday Notes

The AHL announced Monday afternoon that St. John’s IceCaps defenseman Will O’Neill has been suspended one game as a result of his cross-checking major assessed to him late in Saturday’s game. O’Neill will miss Game 6 tomorrow night vs. Wilkes-Barre.

The loss of O’Neill could potentially be crippling for the IceCaps. Going solely based off of the charts I blogged about Friday (and was too lazy to update this past weekend due to the nice weather) O’Neill is the IceCaps second leading scorer both overall and in this series vs. the Penguins. He’s also good on the power play, with the majority of his numbers being driven by the man advantage. It’s likely that Josh Morrissey slots in for O’Neill tomorrow night in Game 6.

Remember, Game 6 goes at 6 p.m. Wilkes-Barre time Tuesday. Adjust your schedules appropriately.

edit: Coal Street tweeted this afternoon that Game 6 will be carried locally on the CW Network (WSWB) in the Wilkes-Barre area.

Jonathan had a full practice update today. The team talked about power play and was lively and upbeat. If you were at the game Saturday night you could see it in their emotions after Sill’s goal and at the end of the game. Should be a helluva game tomorrow.

One note out of the Bombulie update was that D Reid McNeill practiced in a red no-contact jersey. McNeill, Dominik Uher and Nick Drazenovic have been ruled out for Tuesday.

There’s a Game 6 out West tonight. Texas leads Toronto 3 games to 2 in the best of seven series in the Western Conference Finals. A win tonight puts the Stars in the Finals.

But I’m not looking past Game 6 tomorrow, and potentially Game 7 Wednesday.

Let’s Go Pens!

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