Chirps from Center Ice

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

Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: @ Laval 1/13


Who: Laval Rocket

Where: Place Bell

When: 4:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Belleville, the Pens won 6-2. Ryan Haggerty led the way with his first ever hat trick, the Pens won their sixth straight game and Anthony Peters won his fourth straight for the Pens. For Laval, the Rocket hosted Hartford and won 4-2. Adam Cracknell and a pair of goals and Matt Taormina had a goal and an assist.

Last Meeting: October 20 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 6-5 in overtime on a Teddy Blueger overtime goal that gave the Pens the win. Daniel Sprong had a hat trick and an assist in the game. Four rocket players had multiple point games.

Record: For WBS: 22-10-2-5 (47 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) // For LAV: 16-17-5-2 (39 pts., 5th place North Division)

Referee(s): Furman South / Mitch Dunning

Linesmen: Pierre-Luc Huot / Francis Trempe

Why You Should Care: Penguins look to make it seven straight in Laval. In order to do so, they will need to replicate a lot of things that got them to six wins in a row. Expect Anthony Peters to get the start for the Penguins again and all four lines rolling looking to get the offense going.

Other Game to Watch: Toronto and Charlotte tangle for Game 2 in North Carolina. Last night the Marlies got the better of the Checkers by a 4-1 score.

Next Five Games: LV 1/17, @ PRO 1/19, @ HFD 1/21, @ HER 1/24, @ LV 1/26

GAMEDAY: @ Belleville 1/12


Who: Belleville Senators

Where: Yardmen Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Penguins last met the Belleville Senators in their last game which was played Saturday in a game that the Penguins won 6-0. J-S Dea and Christian Thomas had a pair of goals each, and Casey DeSmith had a 24 save shutout. For Belleville, the Senators beat the Rochester Americans 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday. Jordan Murray scored the game winning overtime goal, and also added an assist.

Record: For WBS: 21-10-2-1 (45 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For BEL: 15-20-0-3 (33 pts., 6th place North Division)

Referee(s): Brett Iverson / Michael Markovic

Linesmen: Brandon Bourgeois / Adam Harris

Why You Should Care: Penguins look for six wins in a row in Ontario against the Belleville Senators who are rejuvenated after taking down the Rochester Americans at home Wednesday. Will the Pens be walking into a trap or will they re-assert their dominant performance against this Senators team that looked listless last Saturday?

Other Game to Watch: Bridgeport travels to first place Providence tonight. P-Bruins lost their last game Sunday and will be looking to get back on track with the Penguins and the rest of the Atlantic Division bearing down.

Next Five Games: @ LAV 1/13, LV 1/17, @ PRO 1/19, @ HFD 1/21, @ HER 1/24

GAMEDAY: vs. Belleville 1/6


Who: Belleville Senators

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against Springfield, the Pens won 4-2. Wilkes-Barre scrapped with the Thunderbirds all night, Casey DeSmith stopped 20 of 22 shots. For Belleville, the Senators were in Binghamton last night and lost 6-1. Christian Jaros scored the only goal for Belleville in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 20-10-2-1 (43 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division) // For BEL: 14-19-0-3 (31 pts., 6th place North Division)

Referee(s): Evgenii Romasko / David Banfield

Linesmen: Bob Goodman / Tom George

Why You Should Care: Penguins can go for five straight wins against a hapless Belleville team that are 3-7 in their last ten. This should be a game that the Penguins win easily, but if they get lax, Belleville could smack the Penguins and stun them with a big win.

Promotion(s): Pens website says, “TBD” – if you are a season ticket holder like me, don’t forget your Jake Guentzel bobblehead voucher.

Other Game to Watch: Pens trail the Lehigh Valley Phantoms by .001 percentage point in the Atlantic and the Phantoms are in Western New York taking on the Rochester Americans.

Next Five Games: @ BEL 1/12, @ LAV 1/13, LV 1/17, @ PRO 1/19, @ HFD 1/21

GAMEDAY: vs. Springfield 1/5


Who: Springfield Thunderbirds

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday at home against Bridgeport, the Penguins won 3-2 in overtime. Wilkes-Barre battled back from a 2-0 deficit to start the third and tied it late on a Greg McKegg power play goal and Teddy Blueger scored the overtime game winner to win it for the Pens. For Springfield, the Thunderbirds beat the Hartford Wolf Pack in the Connecticut capital Saturday 5-4. Ex-Penguin Bobby Farnham had a pair of goals for the Thunderbirds in the win.

Last Meeting: December 13 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won 6-3. The Penguins used three goals in the third period to propel past the Thunderbirds.

Record: For WBS: 19-10-2-1 (41 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division) // For BRI: 14-19-1-1 (30 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Reid Anderson / Cameron Voss

Linesmen: James Tobias / J.P. Waleski

Why You Should Care: Can the Penguins keep the streak going against Springfield? The Pens will be looking for carbon copies of the last three games, keeping them close and trying to stay perfect on the penalty kill, to propel them past Springfield today.

Promotion(s): WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.) / PA Lottery Giveaway (Fans 18 and older)

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley visits Toronto. The Phantoms are looking to keep the heat on first place Providence.

Next Five Games: BEL 1/6, @ BEL 1/12, @ LAV 1/13, LV 1/17, @ PRO 1/19

GAMEDAY: vs. Bridgeport 1/3


Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday in Hershey, the Penguins won in overtime 2-1. Dominik Simon scored the goal in overtime for the Pens. For Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers shout out Binghamton at home 5-0. Christopher Gibson had a 19 save shutout.

Last Meeting: Bridgeport beat the Penguins 3-2 in overtime on December 16. Sebastian Aho scored the overtime goal against the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 18-10-2-1 (39 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For BRI: 16-12-2-1 (34 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Furman South / Micheal Sheehan

Linesmen: Libor Suchanek / Jud Ritter

Why You Should Care: Important Atlantic Division matchup taking place in Wilkes-Barre tonight against a 4th place team in the Penguins and a 5th place team in Bridgeport. Penguins are without some players today because of call-ups to Pittsburgh and Bridgeport is coming off of a strong 5-0 shutout of a terrible Binghamton team, so it should be an interesting game tonight. The key to the Penguins success is going to be what got them wins on Friday and Saturday last week; be good on the penalty kill, get ahead and keep the game tight.

Promotion(s): None

Other Game to Watch: Pens / Sound Tigers is the only game in the division tonight. Milwaukee hosts a Grand Rapids team on the rise tonight. Griffins are a win away from getting back to .500.

Next Five Games: SPR 1/5, BEL 1/6, @ BEL 1/12, @ LAV 1/13, LV 1/17

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 12/30


Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Pens won 5-1. Daniel Sprong had a hat trick and Anthony Peters stopped 27 of 28 shots. For Hershey, the Bears were in Springfield last night and won 4-2. Chris Bourque assisted on three Bears goals and was named first star of the game.

Last Meeting: December 10 in Hershey, the Pens won 4-1. Colin Smith had two assists and Sean Maguire stopped 18 of 19 shots.

Record: For WBS: 17-10-2-1 (37 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 15-16-0-3 (33 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Peter Schlittenhardt / Mathieu Menniti

Linesmen: Colin Gates / Bill Lyons

Why You Should Care: Bears have struggled of late. Don’t let that Springfield score from last night fool you, the Thunderbirds have been bad. The Penguins also have been playing some bad hockey of late but have some momentum coming into tonight after playing a good Hartford team. Anthony Peters gets the start tonight again for the Penguins, who will be looking to replicate the same thing I said in this same spot Friday against Hartford; insulate Peters and jump out to a big lead. Can they do it two nights in a row?

Other Game to Watch: Charlotte got dunked on by the Phantoms last night, the two teams rematch tonight in Allentown.

Next Five Games: BRI 1/3, SPR 1/5, BEL 1/6, @ BEL 1/12, @ LAV 1/13

GAMEDAY: vs. Hartford 12/29


Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday at home against Lehigh Valley, the Pens lost 5-4. In a wild game, Garrett Wilson and Gage Quinney both had a goal and an assist. For Hartford, the Wolf Pack were last in action last Saturday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at home and lost 5-1. Ryan Sproul scored the lone goal for Hartford in the loss.

Last Meeting: December 15 in Hartford, the Pens were defeated by the Wolf Pack 7-3. Daniel Sprong, Thomas DiPauli and Teddy Blueger all scored. John Gilmour for the Wolf Pack had two goals and an assist.

Record: For WBS: 16-10-2-1 (35 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For HFD: 13-13-3-3 (32 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Pierre Lambert / Mathieu Menniti

Linesmen: Toim DellaFranco  Scott Pomento

Why You Should Care: Hartford is playing a lot better than their sixth place record in the Atlantic would indicate. The Penguins have lost 10 of their last 14 games and have two goaltenders on PTO in the crease with Casey DeSmith getting recalled to Pittsburgh and Michael Leighton day to day with an injury. The Penguins will need to insulate whoever starts tonight and jump out to a two or three goal lead ideally if they want to beat Hartford tonight.

Other Game to Watch: Charlotte visits Lehigh Valley. Good test for the Phantoms here, with Charlotte looking to atone for the egg they laid in Binghamton Wednesday and the Phantoms looking to ascend back to the head of the Atlantic Division.

Next Five Games: @ HER 12/30, BRI 1/3, SPR 1/5, BEL 1/6, @ BEL 1/12