Chirps from Center Ice

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

Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: @ Lehigh Valley 3/11

Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: PPL Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday at home ageists Binghamton the Penguins were shutout 3-0. The Phantoms hosted the Sound Tigers Sunday and blew a two goal lead in the third and lost 6-5 in a shootout. Five different Phantoms scored goals.

Last Meeting: February 8 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 5-3. Max Sushko had a pair of goals for the Phantoms, Jan Drozg, Myles Powell and Kevin Roy scored for the Pens.

Record: For WBS: 28-26-3-5 (64 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For 24-28-2-7 (57 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Rob Hennessey / Peter Schlittenhardt

Linesmen: Bob Goodman / Ryan Knapp

Why You Should Care: Pens need to be in win now if they want to be serious about a push towards playoffs. Otherwise, there is a month left in the season and that’s all. It needs to start tonight in Allentown.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Other Game to Watch: Charlotte, the team in the four spot which the Penguins are chasing, rematch against Cleveland tonight.

Next Five Games: @ LV 3/13, @ HER 3/14, vs. CLE 3/18, vs. HER 3/21, @ BNG 3/27

GAMEDAY: vs. Binghamton 3/8

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Who: Binghamton Devils

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena

When: 3:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Penguins won 5-2. Jordy Bellerive scored a power play goal again, and the Penguins overall scored three times on the man advantage. For Binghamton, the Devils beat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at home Saturday 5-1. The Devils connected for two power play goals as well as two shorthanded ones. Zane McIntyre stopped 34 shots.

Last Meeting: Friday in Binghamton, the Penguins lost 6-4. The game wasn’t ass close as the scoreline indicated. Jordy Bellerive had a pair of power play goals.

Record: For WBS: 28-25-3-5 (64 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For BNG: 32-24-4-0 (68 pts., 4th place North Division)

Referees: Alex Normandin / Chris Waterstradt

Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco / Tyler Loftus

Why You Should Care: Pens should have a good idea of what type of team they are this weekend when they rematch against the Devils this afternoon. That should determine really if getting hopes up for a playoff push again are founded or unfounded.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Promotion(s): TUX’S BIRTHDAY BASH –Celebrate with Tux and his furry friends as we celebrate the big bird’s birthday. Mascots from around the AHL and local colleges will be on hand to help him blow out the candles.

Other Game to Watch: Providence can tie Hershey in points at the top of the Atlantic and win their eleventh straight today.

Next Five Games: @ LV 3/11, @ LV 3/13, @ HER 3/14, vs. CLE 3/18, vs. HER 3/21

GAMEDAY: vs. Bridgeport 3/7

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Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Binghamton, the Penguins lost 6-4. Jordy Bellerive had a pair of power play goals late. for Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers were in Allentown and won 6-4. Kieffer Bellows had a pair of goals.

Last Meeting: February 15 in Bridgeport, the Pens lost 3-2. Simon Holmstrom had two goals. Jamie Devane and Joseph Blandisi chipped in goals for the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 27-25-3-5 (62 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For BRI: 21-32-5-2 (49 pts., 8th place Atlantic  Division)

Referees: Michael Markovic / Jesse Gour

Linesmen: Bob Goodman / J.P. Waleski

Why You Should Care: Pens need to snap out of this five game losing streak. Bridgeport has played them tough. It may require a perfect storm to get two points later tonight.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Promotion(s): ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION –The Penguins will be celebrating the area’s Irish heritage once again with our annual St. Patrick’s Celebration.  The Pens will be wearing special Shamrock sweaters which will be auctioned during the game, and we’ll have FAN-Tastic Irish entertainment throughout the night.

Other Game to Watch: Rochester meets Belleville in Canada as these two teams who are at the top of the North Division.

Next Five Games: vs. BNG 3/8, @ LV 3/11, @ LV 3/13, @ HER 3/14, vs. CLE 3/18

GAMEDAY: @ Binghamton 3/6

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Who: Binghamton Devils

Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday in Hershey, the Penguins were obliterated 5-1. David Warsofsky scored a power play goal. For Binghamton, the Devils shutout the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1-0. Janne Kuokkanen scored the only goal on a power play and Zane McIntyre had a 36 save shutout.

Last Meeting: The Penguins beat the Devils 2-1 on February 5. David Warsofsky scored both goals on the power play and Casey DeSmith stopped 22 shots. Nick Merkley scored for the Devils.

Record: For WBS: 27-24-3-5 (62 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For BNG: 30-24-4-0 (64 pts., 5th place North Division)

Referees: Jesse Gour / Tim Mayer

Linesmen: Rob Sauda / Tyler Loftus

Why You Should Care: Two teams heading in opposite directions meet on the Southern Tier tonight. It’s the Penguins on the bottom end of the barrel here coming in on a four game losing streak. Binghamton have won three in a row and are 8-2 in their last ten. The Penguins have had decent success against this iteration of the Devils, so we will see how this one goes tonight.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Other Game to Watch: Springfield visit Providence in another critical Atlantic Division matchup between the two teams.

Next Five Games: vs. BRI 3/7, vs. BNG 3/8, @ LV 3/11, @ LV 3/13, @ HER 3/14

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 2/29

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Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Syracuse, the Penguins were defeated 4-3. Phil Varone made his highly anticipated debut and had two assists. For Hershey, the Bears hosted the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday and won 6-1. Joe Snively had the hat trick and also had an assist.

Last Meeting: The Penguins beat the Bears 2-1 at home on February 21. Kevin Roy and Kevin Czuczman scored goals, Casey DeSmith had 35 saves.

Record: For WBS: 27-23-3-5 (62 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 34-17-3-3 (74 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Conor O’Donnell / Reid Anderson

Linesmen: Jonathan Deschamps / Colin Gates

Why You Should Care: Penguins, losers of three straight, head to Hershey to take on a Bears team who have been unstoppable of late and lead the Atlantic. Wilkes-Barre’s playoff chances are at a critical phase and the Penguins need to find a way to get the two points tonight on enemy ice.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is back for another season and better than ever.

Other Game to Watch: Springfield hosts Providence in another critical Atlantic Division matchup between the two teams.

Next Five Games: @ BNG 3/6, vs. BRI 3/7, vs. BNG 3/8, @ LV 3/11, @ LV 3/13

Special Note: No in game tweets tonight, no post game recap either. More on why here. I’ll be back with a Weekend Recap Sunday night.

GAMEDAY: @ Syracuse 2/28

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Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Upstate Medical University Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday at home, the Penguins were humbled by the Providence Bruins 6-2. Riley Barber scored his first goal as a Penguins since being acquired in a trade with the Laval Rocket. For Syracuse, the Crunch were defeated in overtime Sunday 3-2. The Crunch were up 2-0, but Springfield chipped away and won in overtime.

Last Meeting: The Penguins won 2-0 November 9 in Wilkes-Barre. Andrew Agozzino and Zach Trotman, two players currently not on the team, scored the goals. Casey DeSmith made 35 saves.

Record: For WBS: 27-22-3-5 (62 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For SYR: 26-22-4-5 (61 pts., 4th place North Division)

Referees: Brandon Blandina / Tyson Stewart

Linesmen: Jason Brown / Adam Tobias

Why You Should Care: Penguins have got to do something to break out of this three game slump they are on. Wednesday showed no signs of that stopping, but Syracuse is a different team who has struggled at times with consistency. Good litmus test here against an opponent Wilkes-Barre doesn’t see that often anymore these days.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Other Game to Watch: I mean all eyes have to be on Springfield who host last place Bridgeport tonight.

Next Five Games: @ HER 2/29, @ BNG 3/6, vs. BRI 3/7, vs. BNG 3/8, @ LV 3/11

GAMEDAY: vs. Providence 2/26

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Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game / Last Meeting: Sunday in Providence, the Penguins lost 2-1. Cole Cassels scored the only goal for the Pens in the loss. Zach Senyshyn and Steven Kampfer scored for the Bruins.

Record: For WBS: 27-21-3-5 (62 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For PRO: 31-18-3-3 (68 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Conor O’Donnell / Miek Campbell

Linesmen: Jonathan Deschamps / Ryan Knapp

Why You Should Care: Wilkes-Barre should (hopefully) have the services of Phil Varone tonight and also will be rested unlike they were on Sunday. You should expect to see what type of Penguins team you have under you for the stretch run here against the Bruins tonight.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is back for another season and better than ever.

Other Game to Watch: Utica visits Rochester in a North Division matchup which pits two playoff teams presently against each other.

Next Five Games: @ SYR 2/28, @ HER 2/29, @ BNG 3/6, vs. BRI 3/7, vs. BNG 3/8