Chirps from Center Ice

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

Five Spot. Tough Spot. — Pens LOSE 5-0

BRI         vs.         WBS

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Anyone with any kind of hockey sense will realize that this type of outcome and this type of performance was inevitable, with the injuries that are crippling the Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

Let’s look around. Pittsburgh lost tonight to the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-0 with a lineup full of AHL caliber talent.

Wilkes-Barre meanwhile, loses this one by a score of 5-0 with a lineup full of ECHL caliber talent.

Wheeling finally, loses 3-1 to South Carolina with a lineup full of what’s left of an ECHL team and filled in with guys off the street and talent from the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Suffice to say, the results were typical and expected tonight.

You just hope that when the injury bug does hit, that you have build up yourself enough of a lead to sustain the rough times and endure the fall. For the Penguins, a five point lead coming into the weekend has been trimmed to two.

That’s the way that I as a fan looks at it. That’s the way anyone who doesn’t think that the Penguins of the NHL, the Penguins of the AHL or the Nailers of the ECHL should win every single game by ten goals should look at it.

Coaches are paid to win. So of course Mike Johnston, John Hynes and Clark Donatelli are going to give the Seth Rorabaugh’s, Jonathan Bombulie’s and Shawn Rine’s of the world some talk like, “we didn’t execute” or, “we don’t look at the lineup, we look at guys that can play and execute the system.” That’s what they are paid to say. Do you honestly expect John Hynes to say to Tom Venesky, “Tom, what they hell did you expect with half my team in Pittsburgh?” No.

Pittsburgh got Robert Bortuzzo and Bobby Farnham back from injury tonight but may have lost Patric Hornqvist and Kris Letang to injury in tonight’s setback to the Capitals. The hits keep on coming.

Anyway, this game. Wilkes-Barre has been scoreless now for 166:16 going back to their first period goal in Binghamton last Saturday night.

Personnel wise, Zack Torquato and Patrick McGrath joined the team today via PTO last night. Jayson Megna and Jeff Zatkoff were recalled to Pittsburgh this morning. Adam Payerl missed tonight’s game and is out, “a while” according to John Hynes as told to by Tom Venesky and Reid McNeill and Nick Drazenovic are, “sick.”

Bridgeport scored their first goal in the first period after an end-to-end start that resulted in Kael Mouillerat scoring off of a one timer that beat staring goaltender Matt Murray at 8:25.

Colin McDonald scored at the tail end of a Bridgeport 5-on-3 to make it 2-0 in favor of the Sound Tigers in the second period.

Then, Bridgeport scored two goals within :50 of one another.

Scott Mayfield shot the puck at the net but it deflected off of Barry Goers skates right to Sebastian Collberg in front to make it 3-0.

Scooter Vaughn then scored from a ridiculous angle to make it 4-0 fifty seconds later.

Penguins opened the third with a power play, closed with a power play but Wilkes-Barre was unable to capitalize. Late, with eleven seconds left, Colin McDonald scored to make it 5-0.

Three stars were, Sebastian Collberg with a goal and an assist and a +2, David Leggio with a 19 save shutout and Colin McDonald with two goals, an assist and a +3.

Bridgeport has shutout the weekend. Leggio tonight, Kevin Poulin last night against Providence.

Binghamton beat Hershey 4-3 in overtime and Lehigh Valley beat Norfolk in a shootout 3-2. Points for everyone in the division except Wilkes-Barre.

Division looks like this: Penguins with 37, Hershey with 35, Lehigh Valley with 33, Binghamton with 31 and Norfolk with 25.

Conference is Manchester with 46, Springfield with 44, Wilkes-Barre with 37, Syracuse with 43, Hartford with 38, Hershey with 35, Albany with 34 and Bridgeport with 34.

The Sound Tigers are in last place in the Northeast Division yet hold down the eight spot in the Conference. The East Division is no longer the best division in the AHL. The Northeast Division holds that distinction.

It could be worse. We could be all Iowa Wild fans and this blog could be named “Chirps from the Cornfield” or something. The Wild lost 9-2 in Grand Rapids tonight.

Back at it Sunday at 4 vs. the Norfolk Admirals. Gameday setup hits the blog at noon.

Let’s Go Pens!

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