Chirps from Center Ice

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Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: @ Providence 11/11

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Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 3:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Hartford, the Penguins explode for three goals in the first 4:31 of the game and ride a 31 save performance from Anthony Peters to beat the Wolf Pack 4-1…For Providence, the Bruins were in Bridgeport last night and lost 5-4. Colby Cave and Ryan Fitzgerald both had a pair of assists.

Last Meeting: This past Friday in Providence, the Penguins lost 2-1 in overtime. Sam Lafferty had the goal for the Penguins, Ryan Fitzgerald scored the overtime game winner.

Record: For WBS: 7-4-1-1 (16 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For PRO: 4-7-2-0 (10 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Brandon Blandina / Jason Williams

Linesmen: Jeremy Lovett / Jared Waitt

Why You Should Care: Penguins left a lot in Providence and I think the hot start in Hartford last night showed that. Expect a better effort this afternoon in Providence as the Penguins look to close out the three in three strong.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Other Game to Watch: Charlotte travels to Bridgeport in a battle of two really offensively potent AHL teams.

Next Five Games: @ SPR 11/14, vs. CHA 11/16, vs. CHA 11/17, @ SPR 11/23, vs. HER 11/24

GAMEDAY: @ Hartford 11/10

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Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: XL Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Providence, the Pens got a late goal by Sam Lafferty to force overtime but lost on a power play goal 2-1 to the Bruins. Ford Hartford, the Wolf Pack were in Utica Friday and lost 4-3 in a shootout. Ville Meskanen had two goals.

Last Meeting: Last Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 3-2. Zach Trotman and Sam Lafferty scored for the Penguins; Steven Fogarty had a pair of goals for Hartford.

Record: For WBS: 6-4-1-1 (14 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For HFD: 5-7-1-2 (13 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Jordan Deckard / Furman South

Linesmen: Tyson Baker / Kyle Richetelle

Why You Should Care: Last night was the start, tonight is first goal. The Penguins have given up the first goal in the last four contests coming into Saturday’s game. They didn’t a lot of things right defensively last night in Providence, now it is about getting the offense put together for a hopeful win in Hartford.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley crushed Springfield last night 8-2. They welcome the Charlotte Checkers, who were upset last night in Binghamton. This should be an interesting matchup.

Next Five Games: @ PRO 11/11, @ SPR 11/14, vs. CHA 11/16, vs. CHA 11/17, @ SPR 11/23

GAMEDAY @ Providence 11/9

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Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday in Bridgeport, the Penguins lost 8-5 in a wild, run and gun affair. Zach Aston-Reese had a hat trick, captain Garrett Wilson had a Gordie Howe hat trick. For Providence, the Bruins were in Charlotte last weekend and lost 3-2 to the Checkers last Saturday. Peter Cehlarik ad Ryan Fitzgerald scored goals for the Bruins in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 6-4-0-1 (13 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For PRO: 3-7-1-0 (7 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Jordan Deckard / Furman South

Linesmen: Chris Millea / Kevin Keenan

Why You Should Care: The start. The Penguins in their last three games have started poor and it has cost them two of the last three games. They cannot underestimate a last place Providence Bruins team, either.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Other Game to Watch: Springfield travels to Allentown to take on the Phantoms. These are two high flying, offensive teams.

Next Five Games: @ HFD 11/10, @ PRO 11/11, @ SPR 11/14, vs. CHA 11/16, vs. CHA 11/17

GAMEDAY: @ Bridgeport 11/4

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Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Webster Bank Arena

When: 3:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against Hartford, the Pens lost 3-2. Sam Lafferty and Zach Trotman scored for the Pens in the losing effort… For Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers won 5-2 over the Springfield Thunderbirds. Ex-Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl played in his first AHL action since skating with the Pens hack in January 2016 and had two goals and an assist for first start honors.

Record: For WBS: 6-3-0-1 (13 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For BRI: 5-5-1-0 (11 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Geoff Miller  / Jeremy Tufts

Linesmen: Brent Colby / Eric Ernst

Why You Should Care: Penguins are going to looking to wash the stink off of them from last night’s frustrating loss against Hartford. Expect Anthony Peters this afternoon. Bridgeport is going to be riding high after handing the Thunderbirds their first regulation loss of the season but have to be ready for an angry Penguins team coming in this afternoon.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Other Game to Watch: Only other Atlantic Division action is in Hershey later when the Wolf Pack take on the Bears at 5.

Next Five Games: @ PRO 11/9, @ HFD 11/10, @ PRO 11/11, @ SPR 11/14, vs. CHA 11/16

GAMEDAY: vs. Hartford 11/3

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Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game / Last Meeting: Last night in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 5-3. Ethan Prow’s third period power play goal stood up as the game winner as the Penguins defenseman also added two assists. Lias Andersson had a goal and two assists in a losing effort for the Wolf Pack.

Record: For WBS: 6-2-0-1 (13 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division) // For HFD: 4-7-1-0 (9 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Ryan Jenken / Jeremy Tufts

Linesmen: James Tobias / J.P. Waleski

Why You Should Care: Last night was a testy affair that in hindsight could have went either way. The Wolf Pack want it to break their way. The Penguins want to sweep the Pack and get out of town on the way to their third game of the weekend in Bridgeport. Hartford will be heading to Hershey. That likely means that you are looking at Marek Mazanec vs. Anthony Peters tonight.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Other Game to Watch: Rematch city tonight, as everyone in the division who played last night face the same opponent tonight. Best game to watch out for is Binghamton in Lehigh Valley. The Devils beat the Phantoms last night in overtime.

Promotion(s): Postgame Autographs / $2 Beers till 7:30

Next Five Games: @ BRI 11/4, @ PRO 11/9, @ HFD 11/10, @ PRO 11/11, @ SPR 11/14

GAMEDAY: vs. Hartford 11/2

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Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last Saturday in Hershey, the Penguins lost to the Bears in a shootout. No Penguin was able to convert in the bonus round. Zach Aston-Reese, Anthony Angello and Ethan Prow scored for the Penguins in the 4-3 shootout loss. For Hartford, the Wolf Pack were last in action on Sunday in Springfield and lost 6-2. Hartford gave up four power play goals.

Record: For WBS: 5-2-0-1 (11 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division) // For HFD: 4-6-1-0 (9 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Beaudry Halkidis / Guillaume Labonte

Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco / Luke Murray

Why You Should Care: Penguins open up a two game home set against the sliding Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at home. This game may read as a trap game if the Penguins aren’t ready. They better be, with how tight things are in the division heading into a busy November.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Other Game to Watch: Hershey plays a very good Rochester team in a home and home series that starts tonight in Rochester.

Promotion(s): Postgame Autographs / $2 Beers till 7:30

Next Five Games: vs. HFD 11/3, @ BRI 11/4, @ PRO 11/9, @ HFD 11/10, @ PRO 11/11

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 10/27

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Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game / Last Meeting : Last night in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 4-1. Adam Johnson netted a pair of goals and Tristan Jarry stopped 27 shots. Liam O’Brien scored for the Bears.

Record: For WBS: 5-2-0-0 (10 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 2-6-0-1 (5 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Conor O’Donnell / Corey Syvret

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Matt McNulty

Why You Should Care: Expect the Bears to get up for this one. First game back from a seven game road trip that brought them to Wilkes-Barre twice. Charlotte for a pair and three games in the Midwest against Rockford, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee. Wilkes-Barre will be looking to apply the same gameplay they executed for a win last night at home against Hershey. Game ended with some bad blood, so this one should be a good one.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Other Game to Watch: Bridgeport makes the brief trip north to Hartford to take on the Wolf Pack in a game where these two teams are still looking for an identity.

Next Five Games: vs. HFD 11/2, vs. HFD 11/3, @ BRI 11/4, @ PRO 11/9, @ HFD 11/10