Chirps from Center Ice

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

Keeping the Bears in a Jar – Pens WIN 4-1

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Tristan Jarry had that look tonight.

I could tell when he came out of his crease nonchalantly when the Penguins were on a power play here…

A confident goalie makes a move like that.

Jarry and the skaters ahead of him win tonight on home ice against the Hershey Bears who dressed a 100% max capacity lineup by a score of 4-1.

If you are Hershey starter Vitek Vanecek, those goals you gave up are goals that you want back. I don’t think any of the goals Wilkes-Barre scored tonight beat him clean. Vanecek was named AHL Player of the Week on Monday, by the way.

Lines were…

Notes: Anthony Angello was back and in for Tobias Lindberg. Ryan Horvat was in for Troy Josephs, Matt Abt for the suspended Will O’Neill on defense.

First Period: Anthony Angello scored shorthanded and beat Vanecek with this pretty shot.

What a shot.

Felt like Hershey had more shots in the period, but Wilkes-Barre led 10-6 on the shot board heading into the…

Second Period: Tristan Jarry continued to dial in, stopping a Brian Pinho shorthanded chance when Ethan Prow tried very hard to keep the puck in the zone on a power play.

Penguins double up on the scoreboard when Thomas DiPauli blows past Jonas Siegenthaler, puts a shot on that Vanecek saves but Adam Johnson was there for his first goal of the season…

Did Vanecek walk under any ladders on his way to the game today?

Right after they announced in house the weekly Player of the Week Award (it was Vanecek, the fans booed) Johnson did this…

Bar down and in. Faked a pass to Stefan Elliott which froze Vanecek.

Third Period: Wilkes-Barre was caught watching again in the slot and stone in the shoe Liam O’Brien scored in front to break up the Jarry shutout bid with this goal.

I was still planning on using some variation of “Bear in a Jar” regardless if Jarry got the shutout or not, so there.

Wilkes-Barre regains the three goal lead when Jim Hayes deflected a Matt Abt shot…

Game was speeding along, but hit snag after snag. As time started to dwindle, these two teams realized they were rivals and the hitting started picking up. Patrick McGrath pummeled Connor Hobbs in a fight at center ice. Game ended without further incident.

Three Stars: 

Around the Division: Charlotte improves to 7-1 with a 4-3 overtime win in Binghamton tonight. All the other slackers teams were off tonight which is rare for a Friday.

Standings: Charlotte 14 – Springfield 10 – Penguins 10 – Lehigh Valley 9 – Hartford 9 – Bridgeport 7 – Providence 5 – Hershey 5

Wheeling Update: Nailers are in Reading, but they play the Royals Saturday.

Highlights: Both teams were quick on them tonight. Here’s Wilkes-Barre’s…

These two teams rematch Saturday in Hershey. Gameday setup hits the blog at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!

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