Chirps from Center Ice

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

Monsters Take Game 1 – Uher Bolts, Other Notes

How are you enjoying your summer?

Coupla notes to keep up with the goings on in the AHL and hockey world.

Lake Erie took Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals in Hershey Wednesday by a score of 4-1. Daniel Zaar scored twice, and Anton Forsberg stopped 26 of 27 shots as the Monsters steal home ice from the Bears and snap Hershey’s five game winning streak in the postseason. Game 2 Friday in Hershey. Lake Erie plays a heavy game and had multiple breakaways in the contest. If you follow the AHL on Twitter, there were GIFs of the goals and some of the breakaways. Hershey will need to respond Friday or else they could be in deep trouble against a Lake Erie team that beat Ontario in the Western Conference Finals, and the Reign are probably the masters at playing the heavy game.

We have our first defection in the offseason. Dominik Uher, set to be a restricted free agent this summer, comes home and signs with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech League. After a shoulder injury cut short Uher’s season at the end of January and the ascension of names like Jake Guentzel, Uher would have been playing from behind on the depth chart come the Fall. He could continue to fight and scratch it out over here or go home and get paid tax free money playing in his own country. He chose the latter, and who could blame him?

The 2016 Offseason Moves List has been updated appropriately.

The Wheeling Nailers are up 2-1 on the defending champion Allen Americans in the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals after a 3-2 win Wednesday at WesBanco Arena. Ty Loney, Anton Zlobin and James Melindy all tallied in the contest and Franky Palazzese stopped 28 of 30 to give the Nailers the 2-1 series lead. Game 4 goes Friday.

Stay cool.

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