Chirps from Center Ice

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

Wilkes-Barre XV — Penguins Punch Ticket to 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs

Fifteen straight years.

Like death and taxes, you can nearly guarantee that the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins will be in the Calder Cup Playoffs when players start filtering to Coal Street in late September.

After today’s shootout loss to the Utica Comets, all eyes turned to Hershey, Pennsylvania where the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Bears were playing a 5:05 start. The Phantoms beat the Bears 4-2 on a Chris Conner hat trick and this cemented the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins playoff status.

Fifteen straight years. Longest streak in professional hockey. The parent team in Pittsburgh has been there 11 straight years. They teach similar styles to that what they expect in Pittsburgh.

The one thing which has eluded us in Wilkes-Barre which Pittsburgh has three of and the team that put us in the playoffs just now has eleven of at the AHL level is the Calder Cup.

Fourteen years and they have come away empty handed. With this team, one that has run the table seemingly since they dropped the puck in October, I get the sense that this year may be different.

We will see.

Step one is playoffs. Step two is the Atlantic Division Championship, the Macgregor Kilpatrick trophy is step three then step four is fifteen more wins in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Get ready.

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