Chirps from Center Ice

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The Score is the Season Series — Pens LOSE 3-1


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Syracuse wins 3-1 tonight against the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins and take the season series 3-1.

Utica last week, Rochester the day before, the Penguins need to figure out the North Division if they want to have overall success this Spring, if they even get to that point.

The Crunch skated circles around the Penguins all night, heavily outshooting them through two periods. Syracuse finally blows up the dam and sinks the Penguins in the third period with a pair of goals to pull away.

Anthony Peters opposed Connor Ingram.

Lines were…

Thomas Di Pauli – J-S Dea – Reid Gardiner
Garrett Wilson – Gage Quinney – Jarrett Burton
Freddie Tiffels – Greg McKegg – Joseph Cramarossa
Adam Johnson – Teddy Blueger – Daniel Sprong

Kevin Spinozzi – Ethan Prow
Jeff Taylor – Kevin Czuczman
Jarred Tinordi – Kevin Schulze

Anthony Peters – Casey DeSmith

Lineup Notes: Planned nights off for Tom Kostopoulos and Tom Sestito, who will be back in tomorrow afternoon against Hershey. Jarrett Burton and Freddie Tiffels slotted in. No changes on defense for the Penguins.

First Period: It was a blitzkrieg of shots for the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club. Seventeen in total. Anthony Peters was making saves like these…

Joseph Cramarossa was getting in fights like these trying to speak his team…

But they don’t judge games off of shots and fights, they score them on goals. The Penguins had the only goal in the period with this nice goal from Freddie Tiffels.

Wilkes-Barre had just four shots and one of them went in. Luck? Good goaltending?

Second Period: Syracuse scores shorthanded against the Penguins again, their third shorthanded goal of the season against Wilkes-Barre and eleventh overall. Gabriel Dumont with a great individual effort and in the process just embarrasses J-S Dea…

Penguins were still getting outshot by Syracuse, 11-8 in the period, and Anthony Peters continued to keep them in it heading into the…

Third Period: Crunch were knocking on the door for the first two period and got tired of waiting and just kicked the door in in the third period.

Board battle. Puck squirts out to Alex Volkov who was racing down the slot. Volkov wastes no time to make it 2-1 Syracuse.

Penguins take another penalty. Not doing themselves any favors in this situation, Anthony Cirelli tips in a shot from the point from Mathieu Joseph that makes it 3-1 Crunch and essentially puts the game out of reach.

Penguins could never find another goal even with Peters pulled with a late flurry at the end.

Three Stars: 3) Daniel Walcott (assist, +1) 2) Alex Volkov (goal, +1) and 1) gabriel Dumont (goal, assist, even)

Ingram really deserved a star in the game, getting beat on his first shot on goal, then buckling down and not allowing another goal from there.

Around the Division: Charlotte beats Bridgeport 2-1…Hartford beats Providence 2-1…Rockford clips Hershey 4-3 in overtime…Lehigh Valley beats Binghamton 2-1…Springfield holds off Utica 3-2.

Standings: Lehigh Valley (.675 percentage points) — Penguins (.644) — Providence (.620) — Charlotte (.580) — Bridgeport (.519) — Hartford (.518) — Hershey (.482) — Springfield (.473)

Wheeling Update: Nailers play Sunday vs. Adirondack.

Video Highlights: 

Gameday setup for Sunday afternoon’s game vs. Hershey hits the blog Sunday at 11.

Let’s Go Pens!

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