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Atlantic Division Semifinal Game 5: Providence Bruins (Series Tied 2-2)

vs.     15PRO

Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 5

AHL Game: A5

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 3:05 p.m.

Series: Tied 2-2 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Friday in Wilkes-Barre, the Bruins forced a decisive Game 5 after jumping out to 3-0 lead in the first, a 4-0 lead early in the second and held on to win 4-2. Jake DeBrusk scored twice for Providence. The Penguins went 0-for-6 on the power play.

What to watch for: Penguins need a better effort this afternoon if they want to advance in all facets. Getting the lead first and striking on the power play will be or should be key in this one. For Providence, they will want to replicate the same effort in Game 4 today here in Game 5. It’s going to be a tough task for both sides. Look for a game more like Game 3, which was a defensive chess match.

Referee(s): Jake Brenk / Tim Mayer

Linesmen: Kory Nagy / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For PRO: None

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For PRO: None

Television: AHL Live

Atlantic Division Semifinals Game 4: Providence Bruins (WBS leads 2-1)

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 4

AHL Game: A4

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: WBS leads 2-1 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins scored two power play goals to Providence’s one and beat the Bruins 2-1 to go up in the series by that same margin. Penguins defenders Tim Erixon and David Warsofsky scored the goals for the Penguins in the win and Casey DeSmith made 32 saves to pick up the win.

What to watch for: Bruins leaving it all out there. Expect Providence to play fast and loose and give the Penguins all they have. Wilkes-Barre just needs to replicate what they did in Game 3 if they want to end the night with handshakes as opposed to coming back for a winner take all Game 5 Sunday afternoon.

Referee(s): Pierre Lambert / Tim Mayer

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / J.P. Waleski

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For PRO: None

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For PRO: None

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 5?: Providence needs to win in order for this to occur and if they do it will be Sunday in Wilkes-Barre at 3:05.

Atlantic Division Semifinals Game 3: Providence Bruins (Series Tied 1-1)

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 3

AHL Game: A3

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: Tied 1-1 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Sunday in Providence, the Penguins snatched victory from the jaws of defeat scoring with 63 seconds left in regulation when Josh Archibald scored to tie it then Derrick Pouliot scored in overtime to win it to send the series back to Wilkes-Barre tied 1-1

What to watch for: Discipline must be the name of the game for both teams. For the Penguins it has to be on special teams and with Providence it has to be on the blue line. Wilkes-Barre gave up too many penalties in Game 1 and it cost them and the Bruins couldn’t stop the Penguins offense in Game 2 and it cost them. After four days off, expect these two to go after each other early to get the upper hand.

Referee(s): Olivier Gouin / Evgenii Romasko

Linesmen: Kory Nagy / Francois Dussureault

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For PRO: None

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For PRO: None

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 4?: These two teams rematch here in Wilkes-Barre Friday night at 7:05.

Atlantic Division Semifinal Game 2: Providence Bruins (PRO leads 1-0)

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 2

AHL Game: A2

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 3:05 p.m.

Series: PRO leads 1-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Last Game: Friday in Game 1 the Bruins scored two power play goals and took Game 1 by a 2-1 score. J-S Dea scored for the Penguins in the loss.

What to watch for: Discipline for the Penguins who took too many penalties Friday. Also, the blue line will get a boost with the return of Cameron Gaunce and possibly Barry Goers.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Furman South

Linesmen: Ryan Daisy / Nick Briganti

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For PRO: None

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For PRO: None

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 3?: The series shifts to Wilkes-Barre Thursday at 7:05.

Atlantic Division Semifinal Game 1: Providence Bruins

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Atlantic Division Semifinal — Game 1

AHL Game: A1

Who: Providence Bruins

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Series: Tied 0-0 (Best of Five)

Media Kit

Season Series: Nov. 6: WBS 5 @ PRO 4 (SO) — Nov. 12: PRO 1 @ WBS 3 — Dec. 30: PRO 5 @ WBS 2 — Feb. 19: WBS 2 @ PRO 3 — Mar 11.: PRO 2 @ WBS 3 — Apr. 9: WBS 2 @ PRO 1

Top four scorers for the Penguins vs. the Bruins: 1. Tom Kostopoulos (6 GP 1-4-5, E) — 2. Oskar Sundqvist (4 GP 3-1-4, +1) — 3. Josh Archibald (5 GP, 2-1-3, +2) — 4. Dominik Simon (5 GP, 2-1-3, -2)

Top four scorers for the Bruins vs. the Penguins: 1. Danton Heinen (6 GP, 3-3-6, +1) — 2. Alex Grant (6 GP, 0-5-5, +1) — 3. Peter Cehlarik (3 GP, 2-2-4, -2) — Jordan Szwarz (6 GP, 2-2-4, E)

What to watch for: The first period. The team with the better first period will probably dictate how the game is played tonight.

Referee(s): Keith Kaval / Peter MacDougall

Linesmen: Ryan Daisy / Kevin Briganti

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @AHLBruins

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins

Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @TomVenesky // @MarkDivver

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // For PRO: None

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For PRO: None

Television: AHL Live

When is Game 2?: Sunday afternoon in Providence at 3:05.

GAMEDAY: vs. Bridgeport 4/15

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Home Game: 38

AHL Game: 1116

Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night at home against the Hershey Bears, the Penguins lost 2-1. Tim Erixon scored a third period power play goal for Wilkes-Barre’s only offense. For Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers were eliminated from playoff contention last night losing 7-0 to the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Last Meeting: Way back on December 11 in Bridgeport, the Penguins won 4-1. David Warsofsky had a goal and two assists, Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist and Tristan Jarry stopped 26 of 27 to pick up the win.

Record: For WBS: 50-20-3-2 (105 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division)  — For BRI: 44-27-3-1 (92 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Wilkes-Barre still has something to play for in the form of a regular season championship. A win and help later on by the Bakersfield Condors who play the San Jose Barracuda, the team that the Penguins are neck and neck with in pursuit of the Kilpatrick Trophy, and the best overall record in the league is the Penguins.

Referee(s): Jake Brenk / Tom Chmielewski

Linesmen: Ryan Daisy / J.P. Waleski

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheSoundTigers

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /soundtigers

Instagram: wbspenguins / thesoundtigers

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TomVenesky / @fornabaioctp

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and @_NickHart / For BRI: Alan Fuehring @AlanFuehring

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For BRI: I don’t think Sound Tigers games are on radio. Here’s the link to Mixlr where you could here the Sound Tigers call if you want to.

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): McDonald’s Fan Appreciation Night

Other Game to Watch: Eyes will be in Hershey tonight. The Bears host the Providence Bruins. The winner of that game heads to Allentown to take on the Phantoms in round one of the Calder Cup Playoffs while the loser heads to Wilkes-Barre.

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 4/14

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Home Game: 37

AHL Game: 1102

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Wednesday at home against Lehigh Valley, the Penguins lost 2-1 in a shootout. Dominik Simon scored in the second period for the Penguins. For Hershey, the Bears were in toronto last Saturday and won 2-1. They got a goal from Chandler Stephenson with :09 to play in regulation to give them a much needed two points.

Last Meeting: March 4 in Hershey, the Bears won 2-1. Pheonix Copley and Tristan Jarry had a goaltenders duel which was won by the Bears netminder. The win by Hershey stopped a six game losing streak against the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 50-19-3-2 (105 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For HER: 41-22-8-3 (93 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Important weekend for Hershey who, with two games left, still hasn’t clinched a playoff spot. Expect the Bears best when they come into Wilkes-Barre tonight.

Referee(s): Peter MacDougall / David Banfield

Linesmen: Francois Dussureault / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TomVenesky

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and Nick Hart @_NickHart // HER: Zack Fisch @zackfisch

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @ChocHockey

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

Television: AHL Live

Promotion(s): WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Free Pocono Raceway ARCA tickets (all fans), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.)

Other Game to Watch: The other Atlantic Division team battling for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic is the Bridgeport Sound Tigers who visit the Springfield Thunderbirds tonight. Springfield upset Providence on Wednesday and look to do the dame against the Sound tigers tonight,.

Remaining Game: BRI 4/15