Chirps from Center Ice

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Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 11/13

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Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday at home against Syracuse, the Pens won 2-0. Zach Trotman scored a third period shorthanded goal and Casey DeSmith posted a 35 save shutout. For Hershey, the Bears won a shootout Sunday ta home against Lehigh Valley 3-2. Mike Sgarbossa scored a highlight reel goal in the top of the fourth round. Vitek Vanecek stopped all four Phantoms shooters and had 25 saves in the game.

Last Meeting: October 13 in Hershey, the Bears posted a 5-1 win. Niclas Almari scored a garbage time power play goal to spoil Pheonix Copley’s shutout bid. Hershey scored twice on the power play and Travis Boyd had two goals and an assist.

Record: For WBS: 7-5-1-1 (16 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 7-5-2-1 (17 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Beau Halkidis / Peter Schlittenhardt

Linesmen: Tyler Loftus / Luke Muuary

Why You Should Care: Two different teams since the last meeting. The Penguins penalty killing unit isn’t a punchline to a joke anymore and Wilkes-Barre has clamped down defensively and only allowed one goal in the last two games. Should be an interesting setup with the dynamic forward group the Bears boast here on a Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Promotion(s): None.

Other Game to Watch: Belleville heads to Laval in a battle of two very improved teams in the North Division.

Next Five Games: vs. SPR 11/15, vs. LV 11/16, @ SPR 11/22, vs. CHA 11/23, vs. LV 11/27

GAMEDAY: vs. Syracuse 11/9

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Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Utica, the Pens got two late goals :34 apart by Zach Trotman and Jordy Bellerive and defeated the Comets 2-1. Dustin Tokarski stopped 22 shots en route to his first win as a Penguin. For Syracuse, the Crunch hosted the Belleville Senators and won in overtime 4-3. Alex Barre-Boulet scored a pair of goals for the Crunch in the win.

Record: For WBS: 6-5-1-1 (14 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For SYR: 6-3-2-0 (14 pts., 6th place North Division)

Referees: Conor O’Donnell / Brandon Schrader

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Tyler Loftus

Why You Should Care: Two teams with nearly identical records face off tonight in Wilkes-Barre. The highly potent offense of the Syracuse Crunch will be a good test for a Penguins team that really bottled up the Comets last night in Utica. Should be a fun one tonight.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): STRANGER THINGS / 80s NIGHT — November kicks off with a little retro fun in the upside down world, as we throw it back for Stranger Things/80s Night.  Dress up as your favorite characters from the Netflix phenomenon to take part in our costume contest and other in-stand events during the evening.  Plus enjoy the sounds of synths and keytars all night long with a rad selection of 80s tunes.*

Other Game to Watch: The Ontario Reign are off to a good start and are in Des Moines taking on the Wild in a nice early inter-divisional matchup against two really good teams.

Next Five Games: vs. HER 11/13, vs. SPR 11/15, vs. LV 11/16, @ SPR 11/22, vs. CHA 11/23

* – promo information courtesy of http://www.wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule/

GAMEDAY: @ Utica 11/8

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Who: Utica Comets

Where: Adirondack Bank Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday, both teams lost 4-2 on the road. Jake Lucchini and Ryan Haggerty scored for the Penguins in a loss in Allentown against the Phantoms and Utica mustered only 18 shots on goal in Binghamton. Dyson Stevenson and Nikolay Goldobin scored for the Comets in the loss.

Last Meeting: October 12 in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens lost 4-3 in overtime. David Warsofsky had a goal and two assists, but Lukas Jasek’s goal in overtime bested Emil Larmi to give the Comets the win.

Record: For WBS: 5-5-1-1 (12 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For UTI: 8-3-0-0 (16 pts., 3rd place North Division)

Referees: Jim Curtin / Ben O’Quinn

Linesmen: Frank Murphy / Mike Emanatian

Why You Should Care: Both teams are coming off of sour 4-2 losses on the road and will be looking to rebound to start the weekend of right. The Penguins have to be careful here because Utica is a highly potent team that knows they sucked Wednesday in Binghamton and don’t want to make t eh same mistake on home ice on a Friday night in Utica. Penguins may be down Niclas Almari on an already below average defensive unit. Whoever starts in goal tonight for Wilkes-Barre will need to be sharp.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Hershey heads to Hartford in a good test for both teams. Hartford has looked like world beaters while the Bears are off to an okay start.

Next Five Games: vs. SYR 11/9, vs. HER 11/13, vs. SPR 11/15, vs. LV 11/16, @ SPR 11/22

GAMEDAY: @ Lehigh Valley 11/6

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Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: PPL Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday in Springfield, the Penguins lost in a shootout 4-3. Joseph Blandisi netted a pair of goals in regulation. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms lost in Bridgeport on Sunday 4-3. Bridgeport struck twice on the power play.

Last Meeting: November 1 in Allentown, the Pens won in a shootout 4-3. Jon Lizotte had a pair of assists in the win, Joseph Blandisi scored a goal in the shootout round.

Record: For WBS: 5-4-1-1 (12 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For LV: 4-2-1-3 (12 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Brandon Blandina / Rob Hennessy

Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco / Ryan Knapp

Why You Should Care: Important game tonight as these two teams still look for identities in this early season. Will it be a close affair like it was this past Friday or more like last month where the Phantoms did whatever they wanted in an easy win?

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is back for another season and better than ever. / You may also watch tonight’s game live on NHL Network.

Other Game to Watch: Six other games on the schedule today, but four of them were in the morning. Utica and Binghamton isn’t, though. The Comets are the Penguins next opponent and are in Binghamton taking on the Devils.

Next Five Games: @ UTI 11/8, vs. SYR 11/9, vs. HER 11/13, vs. SPR 11/15, vs. LV 11/16

GAMEDAY: @ Springfield 11/2

Who: Springfield Thunderbirds

Where: MassMutual Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Allentown, the Penguins had a 3-0 lead, but needed a shootout to take down the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-3. The Pens remained perfect in the shootout when Stefan Noesen and Joseph Blandisi netted goals. For Springfield, the Thunderbirds hosted Hershey and crushed the Bears 8-1. Paul Thompson and Anthony Greco both netted a pair of goals and added an assist.

Record: For WBS: 5-4-1-0 (11 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For SPR: 7-4-0-0 (14 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Furman South / Jason Williams

Linesmen: Frank Murphy / Derek Wahl

Why You Should Care: Phantoms have won five straight and straight up mopped the floor with Hershey last night. The Pens bussed through the night and have to be careful here. Could Dustin Tokarski make his WBS Penguins debut?

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Providence heads to Hershey in a battle of Atlantic Division behemoths.

Next Five Games: @ LV 11/6, @ UTI 11/8, vs. SYR 11/9, vs. HER 11/13, vs. SPR 11/15

GAMEDAY: @ Lehigh Valley 11/1

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Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: PPL Center

When: 7:05 p.m., give or take ten minutes

Last Game: Last Saturday at home against San Antonio, Joseph Cramarossa scored in overtime to give the Penguins a 5-4 win over the Rampage. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms beat the Charlotte Checkers 3-2 last Saturday. Lehigh Valley has points in six straight games.

Last Meeting: October 11 in in Allentown, the Phantoms won 4-1. Stefan Noesen scored for the Pens, but ten different Phantoms players found the scoresheet.

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

Referees: Mike Dietrich / Mason Riley

Linesmen: Patrick Dapuzzo / Tom DellaFranco

Why You Should Care: Important divisional game tonight in Allentown. The Penguins need to stay out of the box and get more offense than the last time they were on this ice. Lehigh Valley is on a bit of a tear with points in their last six games. What will the Penguins goaltending situation look like this weekend?

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Charlotte heads to Cleveland in a very intriguing matchup tonight. The Checkers are .500 and the Monsters are working on keeping pace with the torrid starts by Utica and Toronto.

Next Five Games: @ SPR 11/2, @ LV 11/6, @ UTI 11/8, vs. SYR 11/9, vs. HER 11/13

GAMEDAY: vs. San Antonio 10/26

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Who: San Antonio Rampage

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game / Last Meeting: Last night at home, the Pens lost to San Antonio 5-3. The Rampage scored three power play goals. Nathan Walker had a pair of goals and an assist. Macoy Erkamps had two assists for Wilkes-Barre in the losing effort.

Record: For WBS: 3-4-1-0 (7 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division) // For SA: 4-1-1-1 (10 pts., 2nd place Central Division)

Referees: Rob Hennessy / Mathieu Menniti

Linesmen: Julien Fournier / Patrick Dapuzzo

Why You Should Care: Stay out of the box. The Penguins can’t afford to let San Antonio strike them for three power play goals like they did Friday night. Otherwise at even strength, the Penguins were the better team. Special teams has to be the focus of improvement tonight.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): HAPPY HALLOWEEN — The Penguins and Rampage close out their two-game set on Saturday night.  All fans in attendance will receive a Penguins headshot poster featuring the 2019-20 squad (perfect for autographs).  Take part in our on-concourse Halloween costume contest for your chance to win great prizes.

Other Game to Watch: Utica drops by Giant Center for a matchup against the Hershey Bears. The Comets are unbeaten, an impressive 6-0 to start the season.

Next Five Games: @ LV 11/1, @ SPR 11/2, @ LV 11/6, @ UTI 11/8, vs. SYR 11/9

* – promo information courtesy of http://www.wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule/