Chirps from Center Ice

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

West is Best, Again

They have been the Category Five Hurricane since January.

The Texas Stars are the Calder Cup Champions, knocking out the St. John’s IceCaps in five games. The Stars won three games in overtime with Travis Morin netting the two game winning goals in Games 3 and 4 and Patrick Nemeth clinching the title for the Stars in Game 5.

Morin was named MVP.

Ex-Penguins Dustin Jeffrey and Toby Petersen will have their names etched on the Calder Cup this Summer.

Debated, had Wilkes-Barre made it to the Finals, how I would pick the series had it been Wilkes-Barre and Texas. Initial thought was Texas in 5. Heart said Pens in seven. Sadly, I never got to write that preview.

We’ll have our day.

Anyway, Jonathan had his Season in Review broken into parts: Highlights / Graduates / Quotable / Stock Up / Stock Down / Rookies – really worth your time to read.

Hasn’t been much else. WBS has been running a Top 10 Goals of the Year all over their social media platforms. The Gibbons Drop Pass to Conner early in the season, the Gibbons Goal in Game 7 vs. Providence, the Kobasew Goal from “The Shift” and the Zach Sill goal with 15.8 seconds left in Game 5 vs. St. John’s all got my vote.

Nothing on the Europe wire yet. Expect the first shoe to drop any day and then the domino effect to follow after that.

John Hynes interviewed for the Pittsburgh job Monday, according to Mark Divver. I’d expect an announcement from Pittsburgh within days.

That’ll probably be my next blog update. My money is on Hynes. We’ll see.

Keep cool.

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