Chirps from Center Ice

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Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 3/2


Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 3:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Penguins lost 4-1. Daniel Sprong scored the only goal for Wilkes-Barre in the loss. For Hershey, the Bears hosted the Springfield Thunderbirds and won 4-2. Nathan Walker scored a pair of goals for the Bears and Vitek Vanecek stopped 22 of 24 Thunderbirds shots.

Last Meeting: February 25 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 3-2. Adam Johnson has a pair of goals and Daniel Sprong assisted on both of them. Riley Barber and Tyler Graovac scored for the Bears.

Record: For WBS: 36-19-4-2 (78 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 27-29-4-5 (63 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Andrew Howard / Terry Koharski

Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco / Matt McNulty

Why You Should Care: Penguins need this one today. They looked awful Wednesday against Charlotte and then  abad first period cost them last night against Hartford. You shoulder have to get up to play a game against your bitter rival in the Bears, so it should be interesting to see how the Penguins come out this afternoon against the Bears.

Promotion(s): None

Other Game to Watch: Bridgeport visits Providence to close out their weekend. Bruins and Penguins are neck and neck, Sound Tigers result may affect the Penguins magic number.

Next Five Games: @ TOR 2/20, @ UTI 3/23, @ BNG 3/24, vs. BRI 3/25, PRO 3/28

GAMEDAY: vs. Hartford 3/1


Who: Hartford Wolf pack

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday in Charlotte, the Pens lost 3-1. Tom Sestito scored the only got for Wilkes-Barre in the loss. For Hartford, the Wolf Pack hosted Lehigh Valley Friday and won in a shootout 4-3. Marek Mazanec stopped 28 of 31 shots and every Phantoms shooter in the shootout. Dan DeSalvo had the only goal in the shootout and a regulation goal.

Last Meeting: January 21 in Hartford, these two teams were scoreless at the end of regulation and in overtime it was Vince Pedrie scoring in overtime to beat the Penguins. Anthony Peters stopped 21 of 22, Wilkes-Barre put 43 total shots on Alexandar Georgiev.

Record: For WBS: 36-18-4-2 (78 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For HFD: 27-29-5-3 (62 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Troy Paterson / Stephen Thomson

Linesmen: J.P. Waleski / Scott Pomento

Why You Should Care: Penguins need to shake off the smell of Wednesday’s loss to Charlotte quickly tonight against the Wolf Pack at home to keep pace with Lehigh Valley and shrink their magic number even more. Hartford is slumping, but that cannot be an excuse for the Penguins to underestimate this opponent.

Promotion(s): St. Patrick’s Day, Jersey Auction

Television: Tonight’s game will be televised locally on WBRE, which is Channel 28.

Other Game to Watch: Providence and Lehigh Valley meet for just the second time this season in a vital Atlantic Division matchup.

Next Five Games: vs. HER 3/18, @ TOR 2/20, @ UTI 3/23, @ BNG 3/24, vs. BRI 3/25

GAMEDAY: @ Charlotte 3/14


Who: Charlotte Checkers

Where: Bojangles’ Coliseum

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game / Last Meeting: Last night in Charlotte, the Penguins won 5-2. Wilkes-Barre scored goals :31 apart in the first and :20 in the second. Teddy Blueger had two goals. Valentin Zykov scored his AHL leading 31st goal to open the scoring.

Record: For WBS: 36-17-4-2 (78 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For CHA: 35-25-0-3 (73 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Peter MacDougall / Liam Sewell

Linesmen: Ryan Townsend / Charlie O’Connor

Why You Should Care: Checkers will respond tonight, expect that. They are in a dogfight with Bridgeport for the final playoff spot and need to win this game. The Penguins can reduce their magic number even further and eat into the Lehigh Valley Phantoms lead on the rest of the Atlantic Division even more with another win. First ten minutes of this game should tell how this game is going to go for both teams.

Other Game to Watch: Busy night by League standards for a Wednesday but the Penguins and Checkers are the only Atlantic teams in action tonight. Syracuse visits Binghamton in what could very well be a a trap game for the Crunch.

Next Five Games: vs. HFD 3/17, vs. HER 3/18, @ TOR 2/20, @ BNG 3/24, vs. BRI 3/25

GAMEDAY: @ Charlotte 3/13


Who: Charlotte Checkers

Where: Bojangles’ Coliseum

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday at home against Grand Rapids, the Penguins won 2-1. Adam Johnson scored a shorthanded goal, Kevin Czuczman scored in the third period and Anthony Peters stopped 32 of 33 shots. For Charlotte, the Checkers beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 7-3. Alex Nedeljkovic scored a goal. Why does this matter? He was the goaltender.

Last Meeting: December 8 back in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 2-1. Jeremy Smith stopped 22 of 23 Penguins shots. Daniel Sprong scored for the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 35-17-4-2 (76 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For CHA: 35-24-0-3 (73 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Peter MacDougall / Liam Sewell

Linesmen: Tim Lyons / Terry Wicklum

Why You Should Care: Checkers come into tonight winners of four straight looking to make it five over a Penguins team they have had the number of. Both teams are gunning for a playoff spot, so expect another closely contested affair tonight in Charlotte.

Other Game to Watch: Everyone in the Atlantic Division will be watching us, so in the Central, Iowa visits Rockford in a Central Division contest.

Next Five Games: @ CHA 3/14, vs. HFD 3/17, vs. HER 3/18, @ TOR 2/20, @ BNG 3/24

GAMEDAY: vs. Grand Rapids 3/10


Who: Grand Rapids Griffins

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Binghamton, the Pens won 3-2. Teddy Blueger scored the game winning goal. Michael Leighton returned from injury and picked up the win in net. For Grand Rapids, the Griffins hosted the Milwaukee Admirals last Saturday and lost 4-1. Joe Hicketts scored for the Griffins in the loss.

Last Meeting: March 2 in Grand Rapids, the Pens scored three goals in the third period to beat the reigning, defending, undisputed Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins and won 4-2. Garrett Wilson scored a pair of goals. Anthony Peters stopped 17 of 19 shots.

Record: For WBS: 34-17-4-2 (73 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For GR: 31-21-1-6 (69 pts., 3rd place Central Division)

Referee(s): Pierre Lambert / Furman South

Linesmen: James Tobias / Jud Ritter

Why You Should Care: Griffins are rested having not played last night. Pens struggled last night against a bad Binghamton team last night. Wilkes-Barre needs to be careful against a Grand Rapids team looking to solidify itself for the playoffs in the Central Division.

Promotion(s): Star Wars Night (Jersey Auction to benefit Allied Services Foundation)  / Penguins Team Card Strip #4 courtesy of Grotto Pizza

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley rematches against the Sound Tigers tonight in Bridgeport.

Next Five Games: @ CHA 3/13, @ CHA 3/14, vs. HFD 3/17, vs. HER 3/18, @ TOR 2/20

GAMEDAY @ Binghamton 3/9


Who: Binghamton Devils

Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday in Milwaukee, the Penguins lost in a shootout, 3-2. Josh Jooris scored with under a minute left to force overtime, but the Penguins were not able to score more than the Admirals in the shootout session. For Binghamton, the Devils hosted Utica Sunday and pounded the Comets 7-2. Nick Lappin had a hat trick and an assist, Kevin Rooney had three assists. Goaltender Eddie Lack turned away 24 of 26 Utica shots.

Last Meeting: January 27 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 4-3 in overtime. Zach Aston-Reese scored in overtime to win the game for the Penguins in a hard fought contest that day.

Record: For WBS: 33-17-4-2 (71 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For BNG: 19-30-6-3 (47 pts., 6th place North Division)

Referee(s): Pierre Lambert / Furman South

Linesmen: Jim Harper / J.P. Waleski

Why You Should Care: Penguins need to be careful tonight in Binghamton. This Devils team has been punching above its weight class for a few weeks here and could spoil the start of the weekend for Wilkes-Barre. Devils come in 6-4 in their last ten and crushed a Utica team that recently had points in sixteen straight contests.

Other Game to Watch: Providence visits Rochester is the other game to keep an eye on.

Next Five Games: vs. GR 3/10, @ CHA 3/13, @ CHA 3/14, vs. HFD 3/17, vs. HER 3/18

GAMEDAY: @ Milwaukee 3/4


Who: Milwaukee Admirals

Where: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

When: 6:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Rockford, the Pens were shut out 3-0. For Milwaukee, the Admirals were in Grand Rapids and won 4-1. Four different Admirals scored goals and Troy Grosenick stopped 36 of 37 Griffins shots.

Last Meeting: December 1 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won 5-4 in overtime. J-S Dea did the honors in the extra session. Garrett Wilson had a hat trick for the Pens, Trevor Murphy had three assists for the Admirals.

Record: For WBS: 33-17-4-1 (71 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division) // For MIL: 28-24-4-1 (61 pts., 6th place Central Division)

Referee(s): Alec Austin / Jarrod Ragusin

Linesmen: Rhodes Dolan / Shaun Morgan

Why You Should Care: Wilkes-Barre looks to close out the Midwest road trip against a Milwaukee team that is looking to sweep the weekend after beating Rockford Friday and the Griffins Sunday. Despite the Admirals sixth place standing in the Central, it’s not going to be easy.

Other Game to Watch: Providence, hot on the tail of the Penguins, get ripping on the Springfield Thunderbirds at 3 pm.

Next Five Games: @ BNG 3/9, vs. GR 3/10, @ CHA 3/13, @ CHA 3/14, vs. HFD 3/17