Chirps from Center Ice

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

GAMEDAY: @ Syracuse 2/24

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Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against the Rockford IceHogs in their first ever meeting, the Penguins won 6-3. Six different Penguins recorded a goal and Ethan Prow assisted on three of those goals. For Syracuse, the Crunch beat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2-1 Friday night. Eddie Pasquale stopped 31 of 32 Phantoms shots and Michael Bournival scored both Syracuse goals.

Last Meeting: November 25 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 4-3. The Crunch scored twice in the first and second periods and held off the Penguins hard charge in the third to narrowly defeat the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 31-15-4-1 (67 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For SYR: 32-18-2-3 (69 pts., 2nd place North Division)

Referee(s): Keith Kaval / Michael Mullen

Linesmen: Jason Brown / Michael Fusani

Why You Should Care: Syracuse presents another challenge for the Penguins tonight. A Crunch team that has ebbed and flowed and kept its head above water in a top heavy yet competitive North Division. The Crunch took down the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last night and will be looking to do the same thing to the Penguins tonight. If Wilkes-Barre plays the way that they did last night against Rockford, that is very disciplined, few penalties and help from all parts of the lineup, then it should be a close game that hopefully the Penguins are good enough to win.

Other Game to Watch: Hershey has won five in a row. They return home to play the Rockford IceHogs. Bears are in town Sunday afternoon.

Next Five Games: vs. HER 2/25, @ GR 3/2, @ RFD 3/3, @ MIL 3/4, @ BNG 3/9

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