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Atlantic Division Final Game 7: Hershey Bears

 

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Atlantic Division Final — Game 7

AHL Game: I7

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 5:00 p.m.

Series: Tied 3-3 (Best of Seven)

Media Kit

Last Game: Friday in Game 6 the Penguins won 6-2. The line of Tom Kostopoulos, Jake Guentzel and Carter Rowney combined for 11 points and a +12 rating.

What to watch for: Sticking with the theme of the series and regular season, first goal. The team that has scored the first goal in every contest between these two teams has gone on to win the game. Who scores first tonight may be crucial in determining who advances.

Referee(s): Tom Chmielewski / Garrett Rank

Linesmen: Francois Dussureault / John Grandt

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / HER: Scott Stuccio @ScottStuccio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

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

Television: AHL Live

Atlantic Division Final Game 6: Hershey Bears (HER leads 3-2)

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Atlantic Division Final — Game 6

AHL Game: I6

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: HER leads 3-2 (Best of Seven)

Media Kit

Last Game: Wednesday in Hershey in Game 5, the Pens lost 5-3. After battling back from a three goal deficit to tie it, Zach Sill scored a shorthanded goal that broke the tie and gave the Bears the win. Casey DeSmith came in to relieve Tristan Jarry after Jarry gave up the third Bears goal.

What to watch for: First goal. The team that has scored the first goal in this series has gone on to win every game. Not just this postseason, but the regular season as well. The Penguins will also need to watch on special teams. They have given up four shorthanded goals this postseason and two just in this series with the Bears. Any more mistakes like this and it’s going to be offseason quickly.

Referee(s): Tom Chmielewski / Chris Schlenker

Linesmen: Francois Dussureault / John Grandt

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / HER: Scott Stuccio @ScottStuccio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

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

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 7?: If the Bears win this game, they win the series. If they do not, then Game 7 will be played Sunday in Hershey at 5 p.m.

Atlantic Division Final Game 5: Hershey Bears (Series Tied 2-2)

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Atlantic Division Final — Game 5

AHL Game: I5

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Series: Tied 2-2 (Best of Seven)

Media Kit

Last Game: Monday in Game 4, the Penguins went to 4-0 n overtime this postseason with a 2-1 overtime win against the Hershey Bears. Kael Mouillierat scored the overtime game winner with Tristan Jarry stopping 22 of 23 shots.

What to watch for: Physicality. The series physical side is just now starting to wear through four games in to a best of seven series. The Penguins need to continue doing what they were doing in Game 4 if they want to match the same result in Game 5. Will Dominik Simon make a return?

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Garrett Rank

Linesmen: Tom George / Scott Pomento

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / HER: Scott Stuccio @ScottStuccio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

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

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 6?: Friday at 7:05 in Wilkes-Barre.

Atlantic Division Final Game 3: Hershey Bears (Series Tied 1-1)

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Atlantic Division Final — Game 3

AHL Game: I3

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: Series tied 1-1 (Best of Seven)

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Hershey in Game 2 the Pens lost 2-0. Justin Peters had a 27 save shutout. Sean Collins scored shorthanded and then Carter Camper scored on the next shot of the game that made it 2-0.

What to watch for: First goal wins tonight, right? Both teams have been shutout so far in this series. The Pens still have home ice in this series and must take advantage tonight in Game 3. You can argue that the Penguins have been the better team in the series and not be wrong.

Referee(s): Mark Lemelin / Evgeny Romasko

Linesmen: Francois Dessureault / Tom George

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / HER: Scott Stuccio @ScottStuccio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

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

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 4?: Monday at 7:05 in Wilkes-Barre.

Atlantic Division Final Game 2: Hershey Bears (WBS leads 1-0)

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Atlantic Division Final — Game 2

AHL Game: I2

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Series: WBS leads 1-0 (Best of Seven)

Media Kit

 

Last Game: Wednesday in Game 1 at Hershey the Penguins won 4-0. It was their 1o0th postseason win and the shut out of the Bears was the first time they ever blanked the Bears in the postseason in franchise history. It was only the second time that the Penguins had ever won at Giant Center in the playoffs. Daniel Sprong scored twice, Casey DeSmith made 33 saves.

What to watch for: Adjustments for the Bears. Will we see Dan Ellis in net tonight for Hershey? How many lineup changes to they make? The Bears, with home ice and the Division Champions, will be playing as the more desperate team because they do not want to fall in an 0-2 hole as the series shifts to Wilkes-Barre Saturday at Monday for Games 4 and 5.

Referee(s): Mark Lemelin / Peter MacDougall

Linesmen: Devin Berg / Tom George

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / HER: Scott Stuccio @ScottStuccio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

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

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 3?: Saturday at 7:05 in Wilkes-Barre.

Atlantic Division Final Game 1: Hershey Bears

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Atlantic Division Final — Game 1

AHL Game: I1

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Series: Tied 0-0 (Best of Seven)

Media Kit

 

Season Series: Nov. 13: HER 0 @ WBS 7 — Nov. 28: HER 2 @ WBS 3 — Dec. 6: WBS 1 @ HER 4 — Dec. 26: WBS 0 @ HER 5 — Feb. 23: HER 4 @ WBS 1 — Mar. 5: WBS 2 @ HER 6 — Mar. 6: HER 4 @ WBS 5 — Mar 19: HER 1 @ WBS 4 — Mar. 20: WBS 5 @ HER 5 (OT) — Apr. 9: WBS 4 @ HER 3 — Apr. 10: HER 5 @ WBS 3 — Apr. 17: WBS 1 @ HER 2 (SO)

Top four scorers for the Penguins vs. the Bears: 1. Dustin Jeffrey* (11 GP, 6-8-14, +4) — 2. Carter Rowney (12 GP, 6-6-12, +7) — 3. Tom Kostopoulos (11 GP, 2-7-9, +6) — 4. Dominik Simon (12 GP, 5-2-7, +7)

To four scorers for the Bears vs. the Penguins: 1. Chris Bourque (10 GP, 3-8-11, +3) — 2. Carter Camper (12 GP, 2-6-8, -6) — 3. Zach Sill (11 GP, 2-6-8, +3) — 4. Sean Collins (12 GP, 1-7-8, -1)

How the Bears got here: The defeated the Portland Pirates in five games.

How the Penguins got here: They swept the Providence Bruins in three games.

What to watch for: A quick start for the rested Penguins. Jump all over the Bears, go up two or more goals after the first period and grind Hershey down and steal home ice in the first game of the series. Wilkes-Barre will need to accomplish this without Steve Oleksy and Tom Sestito, who were recalled to Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon.

Referee(s): Dave Lewis / Evgeny Romasko

Linesmen: Devin Berg / Francois Dussureault

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / HER: Scott Stuccio @ScottStuccio

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

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

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 2?: Friday at 7 in Hershey.

* – Dustin Jeffrey only played 7 for WBS against Hershey this season and 4 with his old team Springfield. With Wilkes-Barre against Hershey Jeffrey recorded 5-5-10 and a +3

Atlantic Division Semifinal Game 3: Providence Bruins (WBS leads 2-0)

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 3

AHL Game: B3

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: WBS leads 2-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Thursday in Game 2 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins took a commanding 2-0 series lead against the second seed Bruins with another overtime win. This time it was rookie Daniel Sprong doing the honors for the Penguins, scoring his second goal of the game.

What to watch for: Changes for Providence. Expect Zane McIntyre in goal for the Bruins and changes defensively and at forward for the once favored Bruins, who are playing for their playoff lives tonight. I wouldn’t expect any changes for Wilkes-Barre and that includes in goal, where I expect Casey DeSmith to get the start over Tristan Jarry. Wilkes-Barre just needs to continue to do what they have been doing all series long and not get complacent. Once again, expect Providence’s best tonight as they try to extend this series to a Game 4 Monday.

Referee(s): David Banfield / Geno Binda

Linesmen: Jack Millea / Todd Whittemore

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TLTomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For PRO: I don’t know the guys name or if he is on Twitter.

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

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

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 4?: A Wilkes-Barre win tonight and there is no Game 4. If Providence wins it is Monday at 7:05 back at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center

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