Chirps from Center Ice

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

Category Archives: Travel

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

GAMEDAY: @ Binghamton 1/29


Away Game 23

AHL Game: 716

Who: Binghamton Senators

Where: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena

When: 7:05 p.m. EST

Media Kit

Last Game: For WBS: Last night in Albany, the Pens won 4-1. Rookie Defenseman Carl Sneep had two goals. For BNG: Last night home vs. Hershey the Senators lost 3-2. Rookie sensation Bobby Butler had a goal for the B-Sens.

Record: For WBS, 36-11-0-0 (72 pts., 1st place East Division) For BNG, 23-20-2-3 (51 pts., 5th place East Division)

Last Meeting: December 3 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won 4-2. Chris Collins had a pair of goals for the Pens in the win.

Why you should care: The Senators are right in the thick of this playoff race and can not afford to lose two straight games on home ice heading into the All-Star break. The Sens have played Wilkes-barre tough all season, which means this game is going to be a fun one to watch tonight. Bobby Butler and Corey Locke are going to All-Stars, Locke as the leagues point leader and Butler as the leagues rookie point leader. Thee Pens will need to hold one of if not both of them off the score sheet to have success tonight in Binghamton.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski

Linesmen: Judson Ritter / Jameel Chaudry

Twitter: @wbspenguins@BSens_Hockey / @nafsnep

Beat writers: @CVBombulie / @PSBJoyLindsay

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain. For Binghamton: The Team 1430

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): Even though it is a road game, the Pens and Sens will be wearing special firefighter and police themed jerseys again this evening. The Pens will be paying tribute to the police while the Sens will pay homage to the firefighters. It is all for charity. Also, before the game the Binghamton Police and Firefighters will play the Wilkes-Barre Police and Firefighters in a charity game. During first intermission, the Binghamton Senators Booster Club will play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Booster Club in a broom ball game. (link)

Next Five Games: MTB 2/4, @ SYR 2/5, @ ALB 2/7*, MTB 2/8, @ BRI 2/11

* – game played in Atlantic City, NJ at Boardwalk Hall

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 12/30


Home Game 19

AHL Game: 511

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh PA

When: 7:35 p.m. EST

Media Kit

Last Game: For WBS: Last night vs. Syracuse the Pens won 5-0. Nicl Johnson had a hat trick and Brad Thiessen had the shutout for the Pens. For HER: This past Tuesday vs. Binghamton, the Bears won 6-1. Kyle Greentree had a three point night (2-1-3).

Record: For WBS, 25-7-0-0 (50 pts., 1st place East Division) — For HER, 19-12-0-1 (39 pts., 4th place East Division)

Last Meeting: November 20 in Hershey, the Pens won 4-3. Brett Sterling and Dustin Jeffrey both had a goal and an assist each.

Why you should care: Biggest game of the year so far for both teams being showcased on NHL ice in Pittsburgh, PA as a prelude to the Winter Classic on New Years Day. The hatred the parent teams have for one another is evenly matched at the AHL level. No bigger rivalry exists in the American Hockey League then does Wilkes-Barre / Scranton and Hershey. Game is going to be played in front of probably 12,000+, if not more with lots of NHL eyes looking on.

Referee(s): Jamie Koharski

Linesmen: Brian Wisner / Ray King

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

Beat writers: @CVBombulie / @timleone

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

Television: AHL Live (I am not 100 % sure about this since the game is not being played in an AHL building)

Promotion(s): One ticket gets you two hockey games as there is a college hockey game being played between RMU and RIT prior to WBS / HER.

Next Five Games: NOR 1/1, @ CHA 1/4, @ CHA 1/5, BRI 1/7, PRO 1/8

Hell Hasn’t Frozen Yet – Pens / Devils Postponed

The game today between the Albany Devils and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins has been postponed due to unplayable ice conditions.

All the way from Oklahoma City, Pens fan @ozman51 blogged the nonsense here in Atlantic City complete with pictures from yours truly here.

Game is officially postponed, TBA. Un-officially I heard on the booster club bus on the way back that the teams were looking at February 7. It’s a Monday, and in between games v. the Manitoba Moose on Friday, the Syracuse Crunch in Syracuse in Saturday and Tuesday home again v. Manitoba. We shall see.

GAMEDAY: @ Albany 12/12


Away Game 14

AHL Game: 413

Who: Albany Devils

Where: Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ

When: 4:00 p.m. EST

Media Kit

Last Game: For WBS: Last night vs Norfolk, the Pens lost 7-4. Eric Tangradi continued his hot hand with two goals. For ALB: Last night at home (in Albany) vs. Worcester, the Devils lost 6-3. Recent demotion and captain Stephen Gionta had a goal in the defeat.

Record: For WBS, 21-6-0-0 (42 pts., 1st place East Division) — For ALB, 11-16-0-0 ( 22 pts., 6th place East Division)

Why you should care: The Penguins have lost two straight games for the first time all season. The losses took a lot out of the team. This is another road game for the Pens. They can very easily lose this game if they get off of their game. You have to think this is a strategy that head coach Rick Kowalsky is going to tell his Devils team to employ this afternoon.

Referee(s): Mark Lemelin

Linesmen: Matt McNulty / Scott Adams

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AlbanyDevils / @nafsnep

Beat writers: @CVBombulie / @Bill_Cain_

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain. For Albany: You can’t get their home games over the internet. Blame Lou Lamoriello.

Television: AHL Live

Next Five Games: ABB 12/15, ABB 12/17, @ SYR 12/18, ALB 12/26, SYR 12/29

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 11/20


Away Game 9

AHL Game: 264

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: GIANT Center

When: 7:00 p.m. EST

Last Game: For WBS: Last night v. Norfolk, the Pens lost 4-1. Tim Wallace had the lone goal on the powerplay. For HER, they were in Binghamton last night and lost 4-2. Dmitri Kugryshev had two assists in the defeat.

Record: For WBS, 12-3-0-0 (24 pts., 1st place East Division) — For HER, 9-6-0-1 (19 pts., 5th place East Division)

Last Meeting: On 10/30 in Hershey, the Penguins dominated the Bears on their home ice and won handily, 6-2. Chris Conner had two goals.

Why you should care: Easy. It’s Hershey and Wilkes-Barre on a Saturday night in the fall. Nothing more needs said about it. If you had to press me, you should care because we have won three straight vs. Hershey. Can we make it four in a row? Can we win again tonight on the Bears’ home ice? If we are successful and beat Hershey again, we can pretty much beat any team in the league. Both teams are coming off sour losses last night, so expect an up-tempo game from the start.

Referee(s): Jeff Smith

Linesmen: Scott Adams / Jameel Chaudry

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: BNG 11/21, ALB 11/24, @ BNG 11/25, RCH 11/27, @ SPR 11/28