Chirps from Center Ice

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

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 12/9

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Home Game: 11

AHL Game: 334

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Sunday in St. John’s the Pens lost 3-2 in overtime. Wilkes-Barre battled back from an 0-2 hole and fired 52 shots at IceCaps netminder Yann Danis. For Hershey, the Bears beat Syracuse on Sunday 4-2. Joe Cannata stopped 35 of 37 shots which was good enough to earn him first star honors.

Last Meeting: November 23 in Hershey, the Bears shutout the Penguins 4-0. Vitek Vanecek stopped all 24 shots sent his way.

Record: For WBS: 14-4-3-0 (31 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For HER: 13-4-4-1 (31 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Extremely important weekend for both teams as the standings at the top of the Atlantic Division are razor thin with six point separating the top five teams and seven points separating the top six. The Penguins are stacked, with the recent re-assignments of Jake Guentzel and Derrick Pouliot from the NHL and only missing Carter Rowney. The Pens will be looking to put the Bears away in regulation so as to not allow their division rival any amount of points.

Referee(s): Andrew Thackaberry

Linesmen: Luke Murray / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // HER: Zack Fisch @zackfisch

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

Radio: For WBS: WILK News Radio / For Hershey: 1460 The Ticket 

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Bayard Printing / Scranton Times Tribune & Citizens Voice Team Photo (First 5,000), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.)

Other Game to Watch: I like the Albany / Syracuse matchup tonight. Two teams here, like the Pens and Bears, at the top of the North Division battle tonight in Central New York.

Next Five Games: HER 12/10, @ BRI 12/11, @ HFD 12/14, RCH 12/16, SPR 12/7

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