Chirps from Center Ice

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

Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 1/21

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Home Game: 19

AHL Game: 589

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

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Last Game / Last Meeting : Friday in Allentown, the Pens lost 5-3 to the Phantoms. Teddy Blueger had two assists and was named third star of the game. For Hershey, they last played the Penguins on Wednesday and lost 5-3. Paul Carey and Darren Dietz scored third period goals for the Bears but Carter Rowney scored in his fourth game back to insure the Penguins win.

Record: For WBS: 29-9-3-0 (61 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For HER: 19-11-7-2 (47 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Bears will want to bite back against the Penguins in what is a TV game for Wilkes-Barre in what is expected to be a sellout crowd. Pens are coming off a tough loss last night to the Phantoms who have three games in hand. So you know that the Penguins are going to come out loaded for bear. Pardon the obvious pun.

Referee(s): Guillaume Labonte / Keith Kaval

Linesmen: Bob Goodman / Jason Mandroc

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 / Also on Local TV in the Wilkes-Barre are (WBRE or WYOU)

Promotion(s): None.

Other Game to Watch: Providence visits Lehigh Valley. As a Penguin fan you don’t care who wins, you just want one team to win in regulation.

Next Five Games: SYR 1/25, @ UTI 1/27, @ BNG 1/28, STJ 2/3, LV 2/4

GAMEDAY: @ Lehigh Valley 1/20

 

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Away Game: 22

AHL Game: 569

Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: PPL Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

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Last Game: Wednesday in Hershey, the Penguins won 5-3. Carter Rowney scored the go ahead goal late in the third to give the Penguins the win. Rowney’s fourth game back from injury and he’s scored a goal in every game. Tom Sestito continued to fill up the score sheet and endear himself to the Hershey faithful with a goal and two assists. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms were in Springfield Monday and came back from a 3-1 score in the third period and won 4-3. Greg Carey scored two goals and Andy Miele had a goal and an assist.

Last Meeting: November 16 in Allentown, the Phantoms won 4-1. Alex Lyon stopped 30 of 31. Thomas DiPauli was the lone scorer for the Penguins.

Record: For WBS: 29-8-3-0 (61 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For LV: 25-10-2-0 (52 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: The Penguins and Phantoms are about to get really acquainted with one another. The teams play 11 times from now to the end of the regular season. These two teams have been far and away the two best teams in the Eastern Conference all season. Get ready.

Referee(s): Keith Kaval / David Banfield

Linesmen: Luke Murray / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @WBSPenguins and @WBSGameDay / @LVPhantoms

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins / /LehighValleyPhantoms

Instagram: wbspenguins / lehighvalleyphantoms

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TomVenesky / @SteveGrossMCall

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and @_NickHart / For Lehigh Valley: Bob Rotruck @BobRotruck

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @KRAM209

Radio: For WBS: WILK Newsradio / For Lehigh Valley: Fox 1470

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Chicago visits Grand Rapids in a battle of two very good Central Division teams.

Next Five Games: HER 1/21, SYR 1/25, @ UTI 1/27, @ BNG 1/28, STJ 2/3

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 1/18

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Away Game: 21

AHL Game: 560

Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Monday afternoon in Syracuse, the Penguins were dealt their first loss of 2017 with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Syracuse Crunch. Carter Rowney scored the only goal for Wilkes-Barre. For Hershey, the Bears lost at home Sunday against the Binghamton Senators by a score of 4-2. Both Hershey goals were scored on the power play.

Last Meeting: January 8 in Hershey, the Penguins won a knock down drag out contest on the tail end of three games in three days by beating the Bears 6-5 in overtime. It was the last time the Penguins saw David Warsofsky as he scored the overtime game winning goal.

Record: For WBS: 28-8-3-0 (59 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For HER: 19-10-7-2 (47 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: These two teams are coming off losses and do not need a reason to get up for this game. Hershey is slumping and the Penguins have lost key contributors and are coming off their first loss of 2017 Monday afternoon in Syracuse.

Referee(s): Tyler Puddifant / Furman South

Linesmen: Richard Jondo / Jud Ritter

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TheHersheyBears

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TheHersheyBears

Instagram: wbspenguins / thehersheybears

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TLTomVenesky

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

Other Game to Watch: Syracuse and Albany battle for North Division supremacy tonight in the Capital District.

Next Five Games: @ LV 1/20, HER 1/21, SYR 1/25, @ UTI 1/27, @ BNG 1/28

GAMEDAY: @ Syracuse 1/16

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Away Game: 20

AHL Game: 553

Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

When: 1:00 p.m.

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Last Game / Last Meeting: Saturday in Syracuse, the Penguins win 3-1. Wilkes-Barre went down early in the first, then scored three goals in the third period to win their seventh straight game and remain unbeaten in 2017. Dominik Simon scored a goal and assisted on another. Jake Dotchin scored for Syracuse.

Record: For WBS: 28-7-3-0 (59 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For SYR: 19-10-2-5 (45 pts., 1st place North Division)

Why you should care: Rematch Monday afternoon in Syracuse. How do the Crunch respond after allowing the Penguins to comeback and score three goals on them in the third period Saturday? This could be a trap game for the Penguins.

Referee(s): Tyler Puddifant / Stephen Reneau

Linesmen: Francois Dussureault / Jason Brown

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @SyracuseCrunch

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /syracusecrunch

Instagram: wbspenguins / officialsyracusecrunch

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TLTomVenesky // @syrhockey

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For SYR: Dan D’Uva @Dan_DUva

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @CrunchSyracuse

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Syracuse: ESPN Radio Central New York

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Speaking of trap games, the Phantoms are in Springfield taking on the Thunderbirds. Lehigh Valley lost their last time out against Hershey, how do they respond this afternoon?

Next Five Games:  @ HER 1/18, @ LV 1/20, HER 1/21, SYR 1/25, @ UTI 1/27

GAMEDAY: @ Syracuse 1/14

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Away Game: 19

AHL Game: 542

Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

When: 3:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Rochester, the Penguins scored two power plays goals and won 3-2. Carter Rowney returned from injury and scored a goal and picked up and assist. For Syracuse, the Crunch beat the Toronto Marlies 5-4. Matt Taormina had two goals and an assist for first star honors.

Last Meeting: October 30 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 6-1. Kevin Porter scored a pair of goals and Casey DeSmith stopped 22 of 23 shots.

Record: For WBS: 27-7-3-0 (57 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For SYR: 19-9-2-5 (45 pts., 1st place North Division)

Why you should care: Matchup of division leaders here in Central New York. Penguins have owned the Crunch so far this season and Syracuse will likely have three transactions with players either being recalled to Tampa Bay or reassigned as that has been the theme for the Crunch this season. Will the Penguins win seven in a row and remain unbeaten in 2017?

Referee(s): Stephen Thomson / Furman South

Linesmen: Francois Dussureault / Todd Plouffe

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @SyracuseCrunch

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /syracusecrunch

Instagram: wbspenguins / officialsyracusecrunch

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TLTomVenesky // @syrhockey

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS / For SYR: Dan D’Uva @Dan_DUva

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @CrunchSyracuse

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Syracuse: ESPN Radio Central New York

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: The Lehigh Valley Phantoms crushed the Hershey Bears 6-2 last night at home. Hershey has lost five straight. The Bears get another crack at the Phantoms at Giant Center tonight.

Next Five Games: @ SYR 1/16, @ HER 1/18, @ LV 1/20, HER 1/21, SYR 1/25

GAMEDAY: @ Rochester 1/13

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Away Game: 18

AHL Game: 525

Who: Rochester Americans

Where: Blue Cross Arena

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Wednesday in Toronto, the Penguins manufactured yet another third period comeback and won 2-1. Tom Sestito’s goal with about three minutes left was good enough to lift the Penguins to their fifth win in a row, keeping them unbeaten in 2017. For Rochester, the Amerks hosted Hartford Wednesday and lost 3-1. Cole Schneider scored the only goal for Rochester.

Last Meeting: December 16 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won 4-1. Lukas Bengtsson scored his first professional goal in North America as the Penguins cruised.

Record: For WBS: 26-7-3-0 (55 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For RCH: 16-20-0-1 (33 pts., 6th place North Division)

Why you should care: Penguins should easily cruise here but it’s these types of games that are perfect trap games for good teams like Wilkes-Barre. It will take a full 60 minute effort for the Penguins to keep unbeaten here in 2017.

Referee(s): Mike Langin / Andrew Thackaberry

Linesmen: Donald Jablonski / Jeff Walker

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay@AmerksHockey 

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /RochesterAmericans

Instagram: wbspenguins / amerkshockey

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso / @TLTomVenesky /

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and @_NickHart / For RCH: Don Stevens @DonStevensAmerk

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep // @LetsGoAmerks / @AmerksExtra

Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Rochester: ESPN Rochester

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Hershey is in Allentown. The Bears are ready to put last weekend behind them and the Phantoms need to stay in touch with teh Penguins at the top of the division.

Next Five Games: @ SYR 1/14, @ SYR 1/16, @ HER 1/18, @ LV 1/20, HER 1/21

GAMEDAY: @ Toronto 1/11

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Away Game: 17

AHL Game: 515

Who: Toronto Marlies

Where: Ricoh Coliseum

When: 7:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Sunday in Hershey, the Pens won in overtime against the Bears 6-5. David Warsofsky scored the game winner, to go along with another goal which helped him earn the AHL Player of the Week award. For Toronto, the Marlies hosted the Rochester Americans and lost 4-3 in overtime. Ex-Penguin Kasperi Kapanen had a pair of goals in the loss.

Last Meeting: November 11 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins were shutout 3-0. Antoine Bibeau had a 19 save shutout.

Record: For WBS: 25-7-3-0 (53 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For TOR: 15-16-2-1 (33 pts., 4th place North Division)

Why you should care: Toronto is a different team from the last time we saw them. In their last ten games, the Marlies are 3-6-1-0 and have been trending in the wrong direction for the last month and a half. The Penguins on the other hand have remained at the top of the AHL for that time. The Penguins will need to come out strong and limit mistakes if they want to get this road trips started off on the right foot tonight.

Referee(s): Mike Langin / Tim Mayer

Linesmen: Bevan Mills / Andrew Smith

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @WBSGameDay / @TorontoMarlies

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /TorontoMarlies

Instagram: wbspenguins / torontomarlies

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky / @KyleTheReporter

Broadcasters: For WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and @_NickHart / For TOR: Todd Crocker @HockeyCrock

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: WILK Newsradio / For Toronto: Here is the Radio Link

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: I like Milwaukee and Chicago out West. Two teams battling for second place in the Central Division square off tonight in Rosemont.

Next Five Games: @ RCH 1/13, @ SYR 1/14, @ SYR 1/16, @ HER 1/18, @ LV 1/20