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Atlantic Division Semifinals Game 3: Providence Bruins (Series Tied 1-1)

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 3

AHL Game: A3

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: Tied 1-1 (Best of Five)

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Last Game: Sunday in Providence, the Penguins snatched victory from the jaws of defeat scoring with 63 seconds left in regulation when Josh Archibald scored to tie it then Derrick Pouliot scored in overtime to win it to send the series back to Wilkes-Barre tied 1-1

What to watch for: Discipline must be the name of the game for both teams. For the Penguins it has to be on special teams and with Providence it has to be on the blue line. Wilkes-Barre gave up too many penalties in Game 1 and it cost them and the Bruins couldn’t stop the Penguins offense in Game 2 and it cost them. After four days off, expect these two to go after each other early to get the upper hand.

Referee(s): Olivier Gouin / Evgenii Romasko

Linesmen: Kory Nagy / Francois Dussureault

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For PRO: None

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For PRO: None

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 4?: These two teams rematch here in Wilkes-Barre Friday night at 7:05.

Atlantic Division Semifinal Game 2: Providence Bruins (PRO leads 1-0)

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 2

AHL Game: A2

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 3:05 p.m.

Series: PRO leads 1-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Friday in Game 1 the Bruins scored two power play goals and took Game 1 by a 2-1 score. J-S Dea scored for the Penguins in the loss.

What to watch for: Discipline for the Penguins who took too many penalties Friday. Also, the blue line will get a boost with the return of Cameron Gaunce and possibly Barry Goers.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Furman South

Linesmen: Ryan Daisy / Nick Briganti

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For PRO: None

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For PRO: None

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 3?: The series shifts to Wilkes-Barre Thursday at 7:05.

Atlantic Division Semifinal Game 1: Providence Bruins

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 1

AHL Game: A1

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: Tied 0-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Season Series: Nov. 6: WBS 5 @ PRO 4 (SO) — Nov. 12: PRO 1 @ WBS 3 — Dec. 30: PRO 5 @ WBS 2 — Feb. 19: WBS 2 @ PRO 3 — Mar 11.: PRO 2 @ WBS 3 — Apr. 9: WBS 2 @ PRO 1

Top four scorers for the Penguins vs. the Bruins: 1. Tom Kostopoulos (6 GP 1-4-5, E) — 2. Oskar Sundqvist (4 GP 3-1-4, +1) — 3. Josh Archibald (5 GP, 2-1-3, +2) — 4. Dominik Simon (5 GP, 2-1-3, -2)

Top four scorers for the Bruins vs. the Penguins: 1. Danton Heinen (6 GP, 3-3-6, +1) — 2. Alex Grant (6 GP, 0-5-5, +1) — 3. Peter Cehlarik (3 GP, 2-2-4, -2) — Jordan Szwarz (6 GP, 2-2-4, E)

What to watch for: The first period. The team with the better first period will probably dictate how the game is played tonight.

Referee(s): Keith Kaval / Peter MacDougall

Linesmen: Ryan Daisy / Kevin Briganti

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For PRO: None

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For PRO: None

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 2?: Sunday afternoon in Providence at 3:05.

GAMEDAY: vs. Bridgeport 4/15

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Home Game: 38

AHL Game: 1116

Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

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Last Game: Last night at home against the Hershey Bears, the Penguins lost 2-1. Tim Erixon scored a third period power play goal for Wilkes-Barre’s only offense. For Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers were eliminated from playoff contention last night losing 7-0 to the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Last Meeting: Way back on December 11 in Bridgeport, the Penguins won 4-1. David Warsofsky had a goal and two assists, Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist and Tristan Jarry stopped 26 of 27 to pick up the win.

Record: For WBS: 50-20-3-2 (105 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division)  — For BRI: 44-27-3-1 (92 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Wilkes-Barre still has something to play for in the form of a regular season championship. A win and help later on by the Bakersfield Condors who play the San Jose Barracuda, the team that the Penguins are neck and neck with in pursuit of the Kilpatrick Trophy, and the best overall record in the league is the Penguins.

Referee(s): Jake Brenk / Tom Chmielewski

Linesmen: Ryan Daisy / J.P. Waleski

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheSoundTigers

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /soundtigers

Instagram: wbspenguins / thesoundtigers

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TomVenesky / @fornabaioctp

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and @_NickHart / For BRI: Alan Fuehring @AlanFuehring

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For BRI: I don’t think Sound Tigers games are on radio. Here’s the link to Mixlr where you could here the Sound Tigers call if you want to.

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): McDonald’s Fan Appreciation Night

Other Game to Watch: Eyes will be in Hershey tonight. The Bears host the Providence Bruins. The winner of that game heads to Allentown to take on the Phantoms in round one of the Calder Cup Playoffs while the loser heads to Wilkes-Barre.

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 4/14

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Home Game: 37

AHL Game: 1102

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

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Last Game: Wednesday at home against Lehigh Valley, the Penguins lost 2-1 in a shootout. Dominik Simon scored in the second period for the Penguins. For Hershey, the Bears were in toronto last Saturday and won 2-1. They got a goal from Chandler Stephenson with :09 to play in regulation to give them a much needed two points.

Last Meeting: March 4 in Hershey, the Bears won 2-1. Pheonix Copley and Tristan Jarry had a goaltenders duel which was won by the Bears netminder. The win by Hershey stopped a six game losing streak against the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 50-19-3-2 (105 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For HER: 41-22-8-3 (93 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Important weekend for Hershey who, with two games left, still hasn’t clinched a playoff spot. Expect the Bears best when they come into Wilkes-Barre tonight.

Referee(s): Peter MacDougall / David Banfield

Linesmen: Francois Dussureault / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // HER: Zack Fisch @zackfisch

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

Radio: For WBS: WILK News Radio / For Hershey: 1460 The Ticket 

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Free Pocono Raceway ARCA tickets (all fans), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.)

Other Game to Watch: The other Atlantic Division team battling for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic is the Bridgeport Sound Tigers who visit the Springfield Thunderbirds tonight. Springfield upset Providence on Wednesday and look to do the dame against the Sound tigers tonight,.

Remaining Game: BRI 4/15

GAMEDAY: @ Providence 4/9

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Away Game: 38

AHL Game: 1070

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 3:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Hartford, the Pens won 2-1. Patrick McGrath scored his first AHL goal. Casey DeSmith was in goal for the win, his 20th. For Providence, the Bruins were in Bridgeport and shutout the Sound Tigers 3-0. 34 saves for Malcolm Subban.

Last Meeting: March 11 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 3-2. Three different Penguins scored that night but Barry Goers had two assists. Matt Grzelcyk had a goal and an assist for the Bruins in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 49-19-3-1 (102 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For PRO: 43-20-5-4 (95 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: All the Penguins need here today is one point to clinch the division championship. Providence isn’t going to make it easy on them.

Referee(s): Alex Garon / Stephen Reneau

Linesmen: Jeremy Lovett / Todd Whittemore

Twitter: @WBSPenguins / @WBSGameDay / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TomVenesky / @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and @_NickHart / PRO: The P-Bruins announcers are per diem.

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep 

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Providence: WNRI 1380 AM

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Utica plays host to St. John’s in a game which has major North Division playoff implications.

Remaining Games: LV 4/12, HER 4/14, BRI 4/15

GAMEDAY: @ Hartford 4/8

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Away Game: 36

AHL Game: 1056

Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: XL Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Lehigh Valley, the Pens beat the Phantoms 3-0. It was the third consecutive shutout for Wilkes-Barre over Lehigh Valley. Tristan Jarry stopped all 21 shot sent his way. Oskar Sundqvist had two goals. For Hartford, the Wolf Pack hosted Springfield and won 4-3. Four different Wolf Pack players scored for Hartford. Marek Hrivik scored a goal and had an assist.

Last Meeting: March 21 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 5-2. Ryan Haggerty connected with two goals and Tom Kostopoulos notched two assists.

Record: For WBS: 48-19-3-1 (100 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division)  — For HFD: 24-41-4-2 (54 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Penguins look to continue to keep the weekend going with another strong outing against Hartford, whom the Penguins have had a lot of success against this season. Let second on back in the Atlantic work itself out, Wilkes-Barre should be focused on wrapping up the division here in Hartford or getting dangerously close to it.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Chris Brown

Linesmen: Glen Cooke / Derek Wahl

Twitter: @wbspenguins  and @WBSGameDay / @WolfPackAHL

Facebook:  /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /HartfordWolfPack

Instagram: wbspenguins / hartford_wolfpack

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TomVenesky 

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For HFD: Bob Crawford  @HawkCrawford

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Hartford: Fox Sports Radio 1410

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: The Hershey Bears visit the Toronto Marlies tonight in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals from last season. The Bears need all the wins they can get if they want to get back into the playoff discussion here in the Atlantic.

Remaining Games: @ PRO 4/9, LV 4/12, HER 4/14, BRI 4/15