Chirps from Center Ice

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

Carter Rowney Named AHL Player of the Month

In a well deserved nomination, it was announced by the American Hockey League on Friday that Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins forward Carter Rowney was named AHL Player of the Month for the month of March.

Rowney’s March production saw him score 7 goals and assist on 10 others. He had a career high 9 game point streak and a hat trick during March and was far and away the Penguins best player.

Rowney told Seth after practice today…

In other news….

— Pittsburgh recalled Oskar Sundqvist on Wednesday after learning that Bryan Rust is sidelined with a lower body injury, day to day.

— Coal Street swapped back up goaltenders Thursday. Brian Foster up while Franky Palazzese went down. Head Coach Clark Donatelli told reporters Wednesday that this was a planned move to let Foster find his swagger down in Wheeling. In March, Foster put up a 3-1-1-1 record with a .920 SV% and a 2.16 GAA. He also had a 30 save shutout.

— Will O’Neill was named the Penguins nominee of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. There were four other ex-Penguins also nominated, Matt Carkner (Bridgeport) Brandon DeFazio (Providence) Ben Street (San Antonio) and Ryan Craig (Lake Erie)

— Sahir Gill is on track for an April 15 return. Ethan Prow is in town but couldn’t practice because his gear got lost.

The Penguins will likely sew up a playoff spot this weekend. With the Penguins off tonight, their magic number can shrink to two if Hershey beats Hartford tonight. There is a caveat, however. A Bears win puts them back in first place over the Penguins. When I queued some of the fan base on Twitter, the results were mixed. Basically the tone being that playoff seeding is going to be paramount and that the Pens want to avoid Providence at all costs.

It ain’t supposed to be easy.

Gameday for Saturday’s home game with Bridgeport goes up on the blog Saturday at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!

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