Chirps from Center Ice

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GAMEDAY: @ Worcester 11/13

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Away Game 7

AHL Game: 227

Who: Worcester Sharks

Where: DCU Center

When: 7:00 p.m. EST

Last Game: For WBS: Last night v. Bingo, the Pens lost 5-1. Chris Collins had the lone goal for Wilkes-Barre. For Worcester: Last night @ Manchester, the Sharks won 3-1. Benn Ferriero had two goals for the Sharks.

Record: For WBS, 10-2-0-0 (20 pts., 1st place East Division) — For WOR, 6-3-1-2 (15 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Wilkes-Barre travels for the first time this year to the Atlantic Division and is visiting the Atlantic Division’s Divisional Champions tonght. The Sharks played us tough last year. Worcester would love to keep the losing streak going as they host us in Central Massachusetts this evening.

Referee(s): Chris Cozzan

Linesmen: Todd Whittemore / Ed Boyle

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WorcesterSharks / @nafsnep

Beat writers: @CVBombulie

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

Television: AHL Live

Next Five Games: @ ALB 11/16, NOR 11/19, @ HER 11/20, BNG 11/21, ALB 11/24

GAMEDAY: @ Charlotte 10/17

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Away Game 2

AHL Game: 59

Who: Charlotte Checkers

Where: Time Warner Cable Arena

When: 3 p.m. EST

Last Game: @ Charlotte, the Pens won 4-2. Dustin Jeffrey had 2 goals. For Charlotte: In the loss to WBS Friday, Jerome Samson was named third star with a goal and nine shots.

Record: For WBS, 3-0-0-0 (6 pts., 1st place East Division) For CHA, 1-3-0-0 (2 pts., 8th place East Division)

Last meeting: Just this past Friday, the Pens beat the Checkers by a score of 4-2.

Why you should care: Charlotte is better than this. They know it inside their heads. They are much better than their last place showing in the standings indicates currently. Now that they have seen the Pens live and in person, look for a closer game.

Referee(s): Tim Mayer

Linesmen: Ben Shiley / Paul Carnathan

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @CheckersHockey / @nafsnep

Beat writers: @CVBombulie

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain. For Charlotte: Their radio deal doesn’t carry all the games. This game is one of them. Try gocheckers.com and look for the “Listen Live” link on the right.

Television: AHL Live

Next Five Games: HER 10/22, BNG 10/23, @ ADK 10/29, @ HER 10/30, @ROC 11/5.

GAMEDAY: @ Charlotte 10/15

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Away Game 1

AHL Game: 35

Who: Charlotte Checkers

Where: Time Warner Cable Arena

When: 7 p.m. EST

Last Game: vs. Adirondack this past Tuesday, the Pens won 2-1. Tim Wallace had a power play goal. For Charlotte: They wrapped up their three game jaunt to the Atlantic Division Monday @ Portland, and lost 5-1. Jerome Samson had 12 shots in the loss.

Why you should care: The Checkers are last years Albany River Rats and Wilkes-Barre is coming into their arena for their home opener looking to spoil what is sure to be a packed, sold out house. The Pens will be  looking to ruin the party and show who is going to be the dominant team in the East Division this year.

Record: WBS: 2-0-0-0 (4 pts., 1st place East Division) / CHA: 1-2-0-0 (2 pts., 6th place East Division)

Referee(s): Tim Mayer

Linesmen: Terry Wicklum / Paul Carnathan

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @CheckersHockey / @nafsnep

Beat writers: @CVBombulie

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain. For Charlotte: Sports Radio The Fan WFNZ

Television: AHL Live

Next Five Games: @ CHA 10/17, HER 10/22, BNG 10/23, @ ADK 10/29, @ HER 10/30.

Come fly the friendly skies…

As you read this, I am flying like a bird en route to Charlotte, North Carolina for the first pair of road games vs. the Charlotte Checkers tomorrow and Sunday.

What? You didn’t think I was going to miss an opportunity to visit a new city for the first time did you?

The team is traveling today as well. This means, 1) Probably no Bombulie blog post (since he is not making the trip) and 2) Possibility exists that I could be flying down with the team.

Stay with me on Twitter today for updates. I know that the hotel I am going to has free wifi, so I will have blog, iPad, iPhone and AHL Live at the ready.

WBS Booster Club will also be here tomorrow. They are busing overnight. No thanks.

Go Pens.

The next one counts…

I spent my Saturday night traversing to Hershey to take in the final exhibition game of the WBS Penguins preseason. A 5-1 loss. Braden Holtby started and played all 60 for the Bears. Stopped everything he saw. The one shot he didn’t see was a Jason DeSantis shot because he was screened. There was bad blood. So, your typical Bears / Pens tilt on a Saturday night.

I was able to snag these two pictures you will see after the jump: Read more of this post

Road tripping…

In last nights action, WBS won in a shootout over the Hershey Bears 4-3. Nick Petersen and Nick Johnson scored for Wilkes-Barre early to make it 2-0, then Hershey stormed back with Brian Willsie and Kyle Greentree goals. They both scored and assisted on their goals. I said last night that Bears fans better get used to this. Then Chris Collins scored when Bears netminder Jared Demichiel was screened on a shot from Keven Veilleux. Then, while on the PK, Zach Miskovic, the rat who terrorized us last year, potted a shorthanded goal. A late Patrick Cullity holding call which spilled over into the OT period was killed by The Champs, and we went into a shootout again, this time with Nick Petersen securing the win for Wilkes-Barre.

I thought Geoff Walker really impressed. He’ll be the role player this year for sure.

Hershey was about at 15% capacity of the team which will skate in the Chocolate and White this year. We were about 85%. I was expecting a blow out. I was pleasantly surprised. Hershey is DEEP. They basically gave a team which, by all accounts, is supposed to be a serious contender for a Calder Cup this year and held with us despite all being basically a roster full of ECHL guys.

Jonathan Bombulie and the Citizen’s Voice again prove to me why they should be your go-to source for all things Penguins hockey this year by what you will find by clicking here. It’s in print too, buried on 9B of the Sports page. Somewhere on the Prairie, Patrick Williams just shed a tear.

I met Hershey play-by-play man John Walton last night. Extremely nice human being. It felt good speaking with a man who has done so much for his team, and the AHL in general, by getting AHL hockey (despite it being Hershey) out to the masses of people.

Speaking more on Hershey, I will be infiltrating the GIANT Center tonight for the final WBS preseason game v. the Bears tonight at 7. This is my first time ever in Titletown. We’ll see how it goes. Follow along on Twitter for tonight’s tweet-by-tweet action. I’ll be sure to have pictures up on Twitpic as we go along today.

Finally, I must be developing quite the reputation as a hack blogger / tweeter here in this American Hockey League as Binghamton Senators beat writer Joy Lindsay has opted to follow me on Twitter as of last night. Much appreciated. I promise to not disappoint. Check her blog out under the “AHL Beat Writers” section of the blog here to your right.

Now, Let’s Go Pens!

Walker down the Street

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton announced today that they have signed forwards Geoff Walker and Ben Street to AHL contracts.

I have never heard of these guys. Of course, I have never heard of Ben Lovejoy either. Obvious depth signings. Walker was a Manchester guy last year going 5-9-14 with 55 PIM in 37 games for the Monarchs last year. I don’t remember him. Street looks like he was undrafted. He is a Wisconsin Badger. I sure he knows someone here on WBS who suggested we sign him.

No Bombulie analysis on this yet as of 6 p.m Eastern.

In other news, I have booked my flight, hotel and rental to Charlotte in October. The Checkers tell me by next week they will call me to finalize tickets. I will be center ice, and I have been assured by the well run Checkers that I will be in the building opening night. Can’t wait.

WBS Penguin Podcasts are excellent.

My AHL Previews are almost done. I have the West and North Divisions already here on the blog but not published yet. Later I will get the Atlantic on here and then the East. Look for them mid-September.

Finally, I need your help. If you know me, you know that I look up to AHL beat writers. I am incorporating beat writers in my AHL Preview. But, not all teams have them. This is where you come in. I am looking for beat writers for the following teams: Binghamton, Norfolk and Lake Erie. If you know a name, leave it in the comment section. Thanks.