Chirps from Center Ice

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

Everything’s Even, Except the Chocolate

Friday night in the AHL’s Eastern Conference has come and gone. Every team in the top eight has played 71 games except for the Hershey Bears, who have played 72. Here’s who did what tonight which matters to the Penguins: (sorry Syracuse)

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Bears were down 2-0, but came back and scored three unanswered and win 3-2 up in St. John’s. The win shrinks Hershey’s magic number to clinch the East Division to four. Bears could clinch tomorrow with a win and a Wilkes-Barre regulation loss in Portland Saturday.

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Providence takes Game 1 of the home and home series between them and Worcester by a score of 5-1. The win sealed up a spot in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs for Providence.

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Hartford blasted the Springfield Falcons tonight by a score of 5-0. Yann Danis had a 29 save shutout. Hartford clinched a spot in the Playoffs with the win.

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Was probably the best game of the night in the Eastern Conference. Manchester takes it in a shootout, 3-2. Portland has a two point cushion over Springfield for the last and final spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Here’s an updated look at the standings. Top three are division leaders.

Rank Team Points Saturday Opponent

1

MCH

99

@ Providence

2

HER

96

@ St. John’s

3

SYR

91

vs. Springfield

4

WBS

89

@ Portland

5

PRO

87

@ Worcester

6

HFD

87

vs. Albany

7

WOR

86

vs. Providence

8

POR

83

vs. Wilkes-Barre

Here’s Jonathan’s Friday update with news on Conor Sheary’s return and thoughts from Coach John Hynes on the possibilities of recalls to Pittsburgh come Sunday or beyond.

Gameday setup for the first game against Portland will be up at 3 Saturday.

Let’s Go Pens!

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