Chirps from Center Ice

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

Scoreboard Watching…

The Penguins have been off since Tuesday’s 4-0 win against Springfield. They have played the most games among the top teams in the Eastern Conference (47) so they are letting everyone catch up with them. Here’s what happened as we head to Saturday….

— Wednesday night —

Some games of interest starting on Wednesday. All benefitted the Penguins.

ALB      1
button_14mch200      4

The Devils were a point off the Penguins with a game in hand Wednesday. They burned that game in hand in Manchester and lost 4-1. The Monarchs got a got from Brad Richards who recently cleared waivers and was assigned to the Monarchs.

button_hfd200     2
SYR     3

Hartford and Syracuse are two teams with three games in hand on Wilkes-Barre coming into Wednesday. The Crunch were hurt by injuries coming into the game, had three more players get hurt but manage a 3-2 win against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

WOR     4
button_lv200     3

Two more teams with three games in hand played in Allentown Wednesday. The Sharks beat the Phantoms 4-3. Even if the Phantoms won all three of their games in hand they still would be behind the Penguins but it was a game worth watching with the way that the Phantoms dealt with the Pens Saturday night.

There was also some ECHL action of interest Wednesday.

WHL     1
REA     2

The Nailers received reinforcements in the form of J-S Dea, Josh Archibald and Eric Hartzell Wednesday afternoon.. Hartznell started in goal for the Nailers Wednesday in Reading and opposed ECHL Goaltender of the Week Connor Knapp and lost 2-1 in controversial fashion as a goal with 15.9 seconds left in the third period was disallowed. There is no replay in the ECHL and the call was overturned, somehow. The Royals won their eighth game in a row.

So that was Wednesday.

— Friday Night —

POR     8
STJ     1

Portland blitzkrieged St. John’s tonight on The Rock and won 8-1. Every skater registered at least a point except for Cory Trivino. Even goaltender Mike McKenna notched an assist, his fourth of the season. That Pirates win bumps the Penguins down to ____ and draws the Pirates even with the Penguins in games played.

ALB     1
button_spr200     4

Those pesky Devils lost to Springfield tonight 4-1. Really a golden opportunity lost for Albany to insulate themselves as playoff contenders in mid February. Instead they are on the outside looking in after the dust settles tonight.

HER     3
BNG     2

The Bears burned off one of their three games in hand in Binghamton tonight and made it count with a 3-2 win in Binghamton. Ex-Penguin Chris Conner had two goals. Hershey is 7-0-0-1 in their last eight games and are four points ahead of the Penguins with two games in hand.

WOR     0
NOR     3

A team that should be on your radar is the Worcester Sharks. The Sharks were a playoff team coming into tonight and have two games in hand on the Penguins. They burned off one of those games tonight in Norfolk but ran into John Gibson and the Admirals and lost 3-0. Gibson had a 36 save shutout.

TOL     1
WHL     4

I always like keeping tabs on Wheeling, and now with ECHL.TV I am able to. Anyway, I had the Nailers on the side monitor tonight as they took on North Division leader Toledo. They won 4-1. Eric Hartzell backed up tonight, J-S Dea and Josh Archibald had are down on assignment. Archibald picked up an assist. Both had three shots. Big win for Wheeling. Toledo only lost seven games in regulation coming into tonight.

Eastern Conference standings look like this on Friday:

1) SYR (64) 2) MCH (62) 3) HER (58) 4) SPR (58) 5) HFD (57) 6) POR (55) 7) WBS (54) 8) WOR (53)

Gameday for tomorrow night’s tilt vs. Hershey in Hershey hits the blog tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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