Chirps from Center Ice

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

Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: vs. Hartford 10/21


Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against the Laval Rocket, the Penguins won a thriller 6-5 in overtime. Daniel Sprong had a hat trick and Teddy Blueger scored the overtime game winner. For Hartford, the Wolf Pack hosted the Belleville Senators and lost 5-1. Cole Schneider scored the only goal for Hartford in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 3-2-0-0 // For HFD: 3-2-0-0

Referee(s): Liam Sewell / Olivier Gouin

Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco / Jason Mandroc

Why You Should Care: Penguins look to continue their trend of scoring a lot of goals and winning hockey games against the Hartford Wolf Pack tonight. Hartford comes in looking to adjust from losing a game that they really either should have won or been more competitive in last night against Belleville.

Promotion(s): Zombie Night / Penguins Car Magnet

Other Game to Watch: Every team in the AHL is in action tonight, pay close attention to Lehigh Valley up in Binghamton tonight.

Next Five Games: HER 10/27, @ BRI 10/28, @ LV 11/3, HER 11/5, TOR 11/8

GAMEDAY: vs. Laval 10/20


Who: Laval Rocket

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday at home against Syracuse, the Penguins crunched the Crunch 6-1. Gage Quinney scored a goal and had two assists in his AHL debut and was named first star. Daniel Sprong scored again, he has goals in all four Penguins games to start the season. For Laval, the Rocket lost their first game of the season to the Binghamton Devils 5-1 with Nikita Scherbak scoring the only goal for the Rocket.

Record: For WBS: 2-2-0-0 // For LAV: 3-1-0-0

Referee(s): Andrew Howard / Stephen Thomson

Linesmen: Ryan Knapp / Jud Ritter

Why You Should Care: Despite scoring just one goal in their last outing, the Laval Rocket have scored the most goals in the AHL thus far with 18. The Penguins will need to shut that down quickly if they want to have success. Also, this is the first road game of the Laval Rocket’s season. This team reincarnated from the St. John’s IceCaps.

Promotion(s): Postgame Autographs

Other Game to Watch: Charlotte is off to a hot start, they visit Rochester tonight.

Next Five Games: HFD 10/21, HER 10/27, @ BRI 10/28, @ LV 11/3, HER 11/5

GAMEDAY: vs. Syracuse 10/15


Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 3:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Allentown, the Pens got behind the Phantoms 3-0 and never were able to rally for the win coming up just short losing 3-2. Garrett Wilson and Daniel Sprong scored for Wilkes-Barre in the loss. For Syracuse, they hosted the Utica Comets and also lost by a score of 3-2. Erik Cernak and Cory Conacher scored for the Crunch in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 1-2-0-0 // For SYR: 1-2-0-1

Referee(s): Peter Tarnaris / Chris Waterstradt

Linesmen: Ryan Knapp / J.P. Waleski

Why You Should Care: Early days, but a feeling that both teams need this win this afternoon. No one wants to start their work week starting at a 1-3 record.

Promotion(s): Halloween, Kids 14 and Under Free (with paid adult ticket), & Postgame Kids Skate

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley travels to Hershey at 5 p.m.

Next Five Games: LAV 10/20, HFD 10/21, HER 10/27, @ BRI 10/28, @ LV 11/3

GAMEDAY: @ Lehigh Valley 10/14


Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: PPL Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game / Last Meeting: Last night in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 5-0. Casey DeSmith picked up a 33 save shutout, his first of the season and second career against the Phantoms.

Record: For WBS: 1-1-0-0 // For LV: 1-1-0-1

Referee(s): Reid Anderson

Linesmen: Luke Murray / Jason Mandroc

Why You Should Care: Phantoms looking to exact a bit of revenge tonight while the Penguins are looking to continue the weekend with another win against their in-state rivals. Tristan Jarry is scheduled to start in goal for the Pens, who should not be making any lineup changes.

Other Game to Watch: Utica visits Syracuse in a good, clean, old fashioned rivalry game between two Central New York teams.

Next Five Games: SYR 10/15, LAV 10/20, HFD 10/21, HER 10/27, @ BRI 10/28

GAMEDAY: vs. Lehigh Valley 10/13


Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last Saturday at home against the Charlotte Checkers in the home opener, the Penguins lost 5-2. Daniel Sprong and Thomas DiPauli scored goals for the Penguins but Wilkes-Barre allowed Charlotte to score twice shorthanded. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms were in Hartford on Sunday and lost in a shootout 2-1. Alex Lyon turned away 35 of 36 shots presented to him.

Record: For WBS: 0-1-0-0 // For LV: 1-0-0-1

Referee(s): Keith Kaval / Corey Syvret

Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco / Tom George

Why You Should Care: The Penguins had a week to stew on the egg that they laid at their home opener last Saturday. The Phantoms blew out Hershey in theirs then went to play a tougher Hartford team then they thought and lost in a shootout. So it’s two teams that either didn’t like the way they played or aren’t sure of their style of play. Should be an interesting game and miniseries between these two heated rivals this weekend.

Promotion(s): Postgame Autographs

Other Game to Watch: Binghamton visits Laval. Both teams are coming off great opening weekends.

Next Five Games: @ LV 10/4, SYR 10/15, LAV 10/20, HFD 10/21, HER 10/27

GAMEDAY: vs. Charlotte 10/7


Who: Charlotte Checkers

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: This is the first game of the season for the Penguins. For Charlotte, they kicked their season off in Hartford last night and erased a third period 4-2 deficit and won 5-4 against the Wolf Pack. Where have you seen that before? Patrick Brown had three assists. Warren Foegele had two goals.

Record: For WBS: this is their first game — For CHA: 1-0-0-0

Referee(s): Evgenii Romasko / Terry Koharski

Linesmen: Bob Goodman / Scott Pomento

Why You Should Care: It’s the first game of the season for the new and improved Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. Deep at all positions and ready to roll, this is the Penguins best shot it would seem to seriously contend for the trophy which has eluded them the most, the Calder Cup. It all gets started in a few hours.

Promotion(s): Opening Night / Geisinger Magnetic Schedule

Other Game to Watch: Hershey and Lehigh Valley renew old rivalries tonight in Allentown.

Next Five Games: LV 10/13, @ LV 10/4, SYR 10/15, LAV 10/20, HFD 10/21

Atlantic Division Semifinal Game 5: Providence Bruins (Series Tied 2-2)

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 5

AHL Game: A5

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 3:05 p.m.

Series: Tied 2-2 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Friday in Wilkes-Barre, the Bruins forced a decisive Game 5 after jumping out to 3-0 lead in the first, a 4-0 lead early in the second and held on to win 4-2. Jake DeBrusk scored twice for Providence. The Penguins went 0-for-6 on the power play.

What to watch for: Penguins need a better effort this afternoon if they want to advance in all facets. Getting the lead first and striking on the power play will be or should be key in this one. For Providence, they will want to replicate the same effort in Game 4 today here in Game 5. It’s going to be a tough task for both sides. Look for a game more like Game 3, which was a defensive chess match.

Referee(s): Jake Brenk / Tim Mayer

Linesmen: Kory Nagy / Jud Ritter

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