Chirps from Center Ice

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

GAMEDAY: vs. Utica 4/2

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Home Game: 34

AHL Game: 1026

Who: Utica Comets

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 3:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night against Lehigh Valley, the Pens beat the Phantoms 3-0. It was the first regulation shutout for Casey DeSmith, who stopped all 26 shots faced. Troy Josephs scored his first professional goal as well…. For Utica, the Comets hosted Rochester and won 5-3. Jake Virtanen scored twice and was named first star of the game.

Lat Meeting: Last Sunday at home, Casey DeSmith backstopped Wilkes-Barre to a 2-1 win over the Comets with 45 saves. Sahir Gill and Dominik Simon scored for the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 47-19-3-0 (97 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For UTI: 32-28-7-2 (73 pts., 5th place North Division)

Why you should care: Win and you are in. If the Penguins win this game this afternoon in any form or fashion, they are the first Eastern Conference team registered for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. Utica poses a threat because they are in fifth place and still have a lot to play for.

Referee(s): Tim Mayer / Dave Lewis

Linesmen: Luke Murray / Scott Pomento

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay // @UticaComets

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /UticaComets

Instagram: wbspenguins / uticacomets

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TomVenesky / @CometsTales and @OD_Birnell

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart / UTI: Andy Zilch @Andy_Zilch

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @CometsArmy

Radio: For WBS: WILK Newsradio / For Utica: 94.9 K-Rock

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Pirates & Princesses, Kids 14 and Under Free (with paid adult ticket), $2 Hot Dogs (while supplies last) & Postgame Kids Skate

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley visits Hershey.

Next Five Games: @ LV 4/7, @ HFD 4/8, @ PRO 4/9, LV 4/12, HER 4/14

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