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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
76 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins are still awaiting word on their second round opponent. They can find out as soon as tomorrow night or as late as Sunday evening.
The Portland Pirates can close the series out with the Hershey Bears with a win Saturday after a 2-1 win in triple overtime Thursday. Rob Flick scored the game winning goal and Mike McKenna stopped 41 shots. Both teams went a combined 0/16 on the power play.
Head Coach Clark Donatelli and his staff made the short trip down to Hershey to take in Game 3 Thursday, per WBS media. They certainly got their money’s worth and more.
Elsewhere in the Calder Cup Playoffs…
Albany and Toronto will meet in the North Division Finals after Albany closed out Utica in Game 4 Thursday and Toronto stormed back from a 4-1 deficit over the Sound Tigers and swept Bridgeport by a 6-4 score.
That series will be one to watch. The schedule for that series will be out Friday.
In the West, Grand Rapids and Lake Erie both swept their series and the California teams San Diego and Ontario are both up 2-1 in their series and can close out the first round Friday.
In the ECHL, the Wheeling Nailers closed out the Florida Everblades in six games after a 2-1 win Monday. The Nailers welcome the Reading Royals for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday night.
So for the weekend, I will probably drop in a brief blog update Saturday night on either the series with Portland or the winner take all between the Bears and Pirates if Hershey forces a Game 5. I’ll have a schedule for a preview of coming attractions this weekend at some point this weekend.