Chirps from Center Ice

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

Category Archives: Travel

PHOTOS: AHL Outdoor Classic

Since I spewed the following photos on the Twitter, Facebook and even the Instagram feeds, I figure the blog was due so here you go, as soon as you click through the bump, or jump, or whatever it’s called:

Click to see bad pictures!

GAMEDAY: @ Worcester 11/20

Away Game: 11

AHL Game: 257

Who: Worcester Sharks

Where: DCU Center

When: 4:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Manchester, the Pens lost in a shootout 4-3. Ben Street had a regulation goal and an assist in the loss for WBS. For Worcester, on Friday in Manchester they lost in overtime 3-2. Matt Irwin had a goal and an assist in the OT loss.

Record: For WBS: 10-3-1-3 (24 pts., 1st place East Division) For WOR: 5-4-2-2 (14 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Wilkes-Barre finishes up it’s three game road trip with a Sunday afternoon game in Worcester seeking it’s first win in it. The Pens have played the least amount of games in the East Division at current. No other East Division team is playing today. The Pens have lost two straight games in shootouts and want to win to finish out the the weekend to distance themselves from the rest of the division. Worcester should be well rested, having not played last night and will not go away easy. It’s going to take a focused effort to win this afternoon.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Jarrod Ragusin

Linesmen: Chris Aughe / Todd Whittemore

Twitter: @WBSPenguins / @WorcesterSharks / @SharksAHLInGame

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie

Broadcasters: WBS: Tom Grace @TGracePens and Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / WOR: Eric Lindquist

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @Darryl210

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain / For Worcester: WTAG AM 580 / 94.9 FM

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: WBS is the only East Division team in action today. But keep an eye on Connecticut and Providence. With Springfield idle, a Connecticut win can put them in sole possession of third in the conference.

Next Five Games: SYR 11/23, HER 11/25, @BNG 11/26, @ NOR 11/29, POR 12/2

GAMEDAY: @ Manchester 11/19

Away Game: 10

AHL Game: 244

Who: Manchester Monarchs

Where: Verizon Wireless Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

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Last Game: Last night in Portland, the Penslost in a shootout 3-2. Brian Gibbons had a goal and was +1. For Manchester, last night they hosted the Worcester Sharks and won in overtime, 3-2. Andrew Campbell won the game for the Monarchs in overtime.

Last Meeting: October 29 in Manchester, the Pens won 4-1. Brian Gibbons had a goal and two assists in the win and was the first star of the game.

Record: For WBS: 10-3-1-2 (23 pts., 1st place East Division) For MCH: 8-9-0-1 (17 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Pens look to rebound off of last nights performance and get in the win column after a disappointing loss in Portland last night. Manchester wants to avenge the loss the Pens put on them last month and continue their winning ways.

Referee(s): Keith Kaval

Linesmen: Scott Whittemore / Brian MacDonald

Twitter: @WBSPenguins / @MonarchsHockey

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie

Broadcasters: WBS: Tom Grace @TGracePens and Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / MCH: Ken Cail

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain / For Manchester: WGIR AM 610

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: The Albany Devils skate into Chocolatetown this evening to take on the Hershey Bears. Many Albany fans are ready for this challenge to see how their Devils fare. Something to keep an eye on.

Next Five Games: @ WOR 11/20, SYR 11/23, HER 11/25, @BNG 11/26, @ NOR 11/29

GAMEDAY: @ Portland 11/18

Away Game: 9

AHL Game: 234

Who: Portland Pirates

Where: Cumberland County Civic Center

When: 7:00 p.m. EST

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Last Game: This past Tuesday at home vs. Binghamton the Penguins won 3-0. Scott Munroe earned the 25 save shutout. For Portland, this past Tuesday the Pirates beat the Adirondack Phantoms 4-2. Young prospect Andy Miele had a goal and an assist and was named the third star of the game.

Record: For WBS: 10-3-1-1 (22 pts., 1st place East Division) — For POR: 6-7-0-1 (13 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Penguins take on the new look Portland Pirates in Maine this evening and look to extend the road win streak to nine games. Before they do this, they will need to keep Andy Miele, ex-WBS Penguin M-A Pouliot and others in check. They will most likely face Curtis McElhinney in goal, who spent the last few seasons in the NHL.

Referee(s): Keith Kaval

Linesmen: Landon Bathe / Joe Ross

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @PortlandPirates

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @Chris_MHJ

Broadcasters: For WBS: Tom Grace @TGracePens and Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For POR: Jeff Mannix

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain / For Portland: WPEI 95.9 FM

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Norfolk takes on St. John’s in the Canadian Maritimes for a two game set. We’ll be looking at another game tomorrow, but you are going to want to see how Norfolk fares against the AHL’s best team.

Next Five Games: @ MCH 11/19, @ WOR 11/20, SYR 11/23, HER 11/25, @ BNG 11/26

MacIntrye Up; Tangradi Down

Steve MacIntyre returned to Pittsburgh from his conditioning stint. As a result, Eric Tangradi was returned to Wilkes-Barre.

Bombulie had his insights on the Tangradi demotion. I am slowly coming around to the fact that Tangradi’s ship may have sailed in the eyes of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I hope I am wrong with this assessment, but 17:00 of ice time? In two games? That doesn’t sound like to me the staff in Pittsburgh has that much faith in one of it’s top prospects.

I am not bashing Tangradi, so don’t get that confused. I am simply stating what is glaringly obvious to me, is all.

Jonathan is right though, I am thrilled to have him back with WBS. As for MacIntyre, I openly questioned him being here when he was initially sent down but, you know what? I was warming up to the guy. I don’t think we see him again here in WBS.

I am heading to Portland, Maine on Thursday morning. The weather looks great. I’ll probably have a blog post from Vacationland tomorrow afternoon.

Let’s Go Pens!

Blogging in the Dark

Hurricane Irene knocked out the power at the house Sunday at 8 a.m. and I have been without it for going on 36 hours and counting…

I am moonlighting things at my sisters house. All I really ask for is the ability to take a hot shower, drink cold beer and blog. So sitting here I saw that the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins Booster Club released its 2011-2012 trip schedule for the upcoming season:

October 22, 2011 To Hershey (Based on interest)

November 18-20, 2011 To Portland, Me, Manchester, NH and Worcester, Ma.

December 10-11, 2011 To Long Island, NY Big (Pittsburgh)* Pens V.S. Islanders (yes, overnight)

January 22, 2012 To Syracuse (Our Annual Trip where Booster Club Youth members travel for just the cost of the ticket)

February 18-19, 2012 To Albany, NY

March 9-11, 2012 To Providence RI., Bridgeport, Ct., and Springfield, Ma.

April 15, 2012 To Bridgeport

They are, based off of the information listed on the page, looking at a Pittsburgh trip too but that may or may not happen.

I’d be looking at the Portland trip and the Providence trip. I would be doing all of those on my own anyway, what with tickets, gas, hotels and such it is likely more cost effective to make the trip with the Club versus on my own. However, if I am not able to get on one of the buses to go with the Club, I will just go myself. There is no way I miss these trips.

I really hate blogging from a place that is not my home. Such is my current state of affairs.

Keep chirpin’. Go Penguins.

* – blogger edit. I hate with a passion the “big” and “little” descriptions between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre. It’s a long story.

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 3/6


Away Game 30

AHL Game: 945

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: GIANT Center

When: 5:00 p.m. EST

Media Kit

Last Game: For WBS: Friday in Toronto against the Marlies the Pens lost 2-1. Chris Collins had the lone goal in the loss. For HER: Last night vs. Norfolk the Bears won 3-2. Brian Willsie had two goals and assisted on Mathieu Perreault’s game winning goal.

Record: For WBS, 44-17-0-0 (88 pts., 1st place East Division) — For HER, 39-20-1-3 (82 pts., 2nd place East Division)

Last Meeting: February 13 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won 7-1. Seven different Penguins scored goals for Wilkes-Barre.

Why you should care: Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference going at it in this late afternoon tilt. Potential playoff preview? Pens are coming off a tough loss Friday and the Bears are now right on the doorstep. Should be a great one this afternoon.

Referee(s): Marcus Vinnerborg

Linesmen: Matt MacPherson / Bob Fyrer

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @TheHersheyBears / @jwaltonhockey / @nafsnep

Beat writers: @CVBombulie / @timleone

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain. For Hershey: Bears Radio Network

Television: AHL Live

Next Five Games: CT 3/8, @ ABB 3/11, @ ABB 3/12, @ MTB 3/15, @ MTB 3/16