Chirps from Center Ice

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

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 4/15


Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 5:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Allentown, the Penguins locked up home ice in round one of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Then Penguins needed just one point to get them home ice advantage. For Hershey, the Bears beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2-1 Vitek Vanecek stopped 17 of 18 shots for the Bears for the win.

Last Meeting: April 3 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won 5-3. Five different Penguins scored for Wilkes-Barre including Sam Lafferty, which was his first professional goal scored.

Record: For WBS: 44-22-6-3 (97 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 30-36-4-5 (69 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Corey Syvret

Linesmen: James Tobias / Bob Goodman

Why You Should Care: Penguins locked up home ice in the first round last night in Allentown, so there is nothing left to play for really. It will be about getting out of this game today in Hershey unscathed if you are a regular player. But don’t look for that to occur, as Clark Donatelli may dress a lineup full of Wheeling regulars and draft picks.

Other Games to Watch: I am giving you two. Charlotte visits Bridgeport and Providence hosts Springfield. A point of any kind and the Checkers are the Penguins first round opponent. A Charlotte loss AND a Providence win of any kind and it’s the Bruins. Providence kicks off at 3:05 and things get started in Bridgeport at 5.

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