Chirps from Center Ice

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Category Archives: Gameday

GAMEDAY: vs. Lehigh Valley 12/26

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Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday in Syracuse, the Pens lost in overtime 4-3. J-S Dea and Garrett Wilson both had a goal and assist in the loss. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms beat the Bears in Hershey 6-1. Tyrell Goulbourne had two goals and an assist and Steven Swavely had three assists. Alex Lyon stopped 21 of 22 shots.

Last Meeting: December 15 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 5-2. Ryan Haggerty had a hat trick. The Penguins collected over 4,200 teddy bears on the teddy bear toss night.

Record: For WBS: 15-12-4-1 (35 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For LV: 17-9-1-2 (37 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Peter Schlittenhardt / Mike Dietrich

Linesmen: Ryan Knapp / Jud Ritter

Why You Should Care: Penguins are coming off a pretty rough weekend where they just collected one point in the two games that they played They have played better at home so let’s see how they come pout in the post-Christmas break tonight against the Phantoms. There is ground to be made up here tonight.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): None

Other Game to Watch: Chicago and Milwaukee match up in a battle of Central Division leaders. Both teams sit at 38 points.

Next Five Games: vs. HER 12/28, @ LV 12/29, @ BNG 12/31, vs. GR 1/4, vs. MIL 1/5

GAMEDAY: @ Syracuse 12/22

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Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night in Hershey, the Pens lost 3-2. They gave up three power play goals in the loss. For Syracuse, the Crunch were in Allentown Friday taking on the Phantoms and won in a shootout 3-2. Connor Ingram stopped 40 shots and Carter Verhaeghe and Cory Conacher scored in the shootout round.

Record: For WBS: 15-12-3-1 (34 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For SYR: 16-8-2-0 (34 pts., 3rd place North Division)

Referees: Brandon Schrader / Jake Rekucki

Linesmen: Neil Frederickson / Tory Carissimo

Why You Should Care: Penguins gave up three power play goals in Hershey last night and lost 3-2. Syracuse has the leagues best power play overall and at home. The word for the Penguins tonight is discipline.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Pacific division heavyweights Tucson and San Jose meet tonight in California.

Next Five Games: vs. LV 12/26, vs. HER 12/28, @ LV 12/29, @ BNG 12/31, vs. GR 1/4

GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 12/21

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Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday at home against Bridgeport, the Penguins came back from a two goal deficit to defeat the Sound Tigers 4-3 in overtime. Ethan Prow scored two power play goals and Kevin Czuczman scored the game winner. For Hershey, they were shutout in Allentown 5-0 by the Phantoms and had just 18 shots.

Last Meeting: November 24 in Wilkes-Barre, the Bears won 3-2. Ryan Haggerty had two assists, Jayson Megna scored for the Bears and Vitek Vanacek stopped 25 of 27 Penguins shots.

Record: For WBS: 15-11-3-1 (34 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 11-16-0-2 (24 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Guillaume Labonte / Mike Dietrich

Linesmen: Colin Gates / Scott Pomento

Why You Should Care: Penguins are coming off of an emotional, hard fought comeback against the Sound Tigers on Wednesday and need to re-focus against a Hershey team that got smoked Wednesday in Allentown. Bears are struggling and will be looking to get back into the win column against the Penguins.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Tonight’s game will also be broadcast on Facebook Watch.

Other Game to Watch: Charlotte hosts Bridgeport in a battle of the top two teams in the Atlantic Division.

Next Five Games: @ SYR 12/22, vs. LV 12/26, vs. HER 12/28, @ LV 12/29, @ BNG 12/31

GAMEDAY: vs. Bridgeport 12/19

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Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game / Last Meeting: Sunday in Bridgeport, the Pens were shutout 1-0. Sebastian Aho scored the only goal for Bridgeport, who got 33 saves from Christopher Gibson. Anthony Peters took the loss, stopping 24 of 25 shots.

Record: For WBS: 14-11-3-1 (32 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For BRI: 17-8-3-1 (38 pts., 2nd place North Division)

Referees: Furman South / Peter MacDougall

Linesmen: J.P. Waleski / Ryan Knapp

Why You Should Care: Penguins want revenge on Sunday’s 1-0 setback against the Sound Tigers. Expect Christopher Gibson again in goal for Bridgeport against Tristan Jarry. J-S Dea should be back in the lineup and depending on things, the Penguins may get Garrett Wilson back as well. Things could be very different between these two teams a little over 72 hours since they last met.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): None

Other Game to Watch: Springfield hosts Syracuse in a match up of the AHL’s top power play units.

Next Five Games: @ HER 12/21, @ SYR 12/22, vs. LV 12/26, vs. HER 12/28, @ LV 12/29

GAMEDAY: @ Bridgeport 12/16

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Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Webster Bank Arena

When: 3:00 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against Lehigh Valley, the Pens won 5-2. Ryan Haggerty had a hat trick, Teddy Blueger and Sam Lafferty also scores shorthanded goals. For Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers hosted the Springfield Thunderbirds and won 5-3. Michale Del Colle scored two goals.

Last Meeting: Last Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, the Pens won 3-1. Teddy Blueger, Ethan Prow and Jeff Taylor scored for the Penguins. Anthony Peters stopped 21 of 22, getting beat by Otto Koivula only.

Record: For WBS: 14-10-3-1 (32 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For BRI: 16-8-3-1 (36 pts., 2nd place North Division)

Referees: Peter Tarnaris / Peter Schlittenhardt

Linesmen: Nick Briganti / Brian Pincus

Why You Should Care: Sound Tigers have taken a point in their last 13 games at home. The Penguins sit four points behind Bridgeport coming into this afternoons affair. They can cut it to two with a solid effort like the one that carried them to a win last night against Lehigh Valley. Big test for both sides 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: Tucson visits Chicago as the class of the Pacific Division faces off against a very good Wolves team.

Next Five Games: vs. BRI 12/19, @ HER 12/21, @ SYR 12/22, vs. LV 12/26, vs. HER 12/28

GAMEDAY: vs. Lehigh Valley 12/15

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Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday in Springfield, the Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout. Adam Johnson scored a goal in regualtion and also in the shootout. Tristan Jarry returned from Pittsburgh and stopped 34 shots. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms hosted the Belleville Senators on Friday night and won 4-1. Carsen Twarynski had a pair of goal, Chris Conner had two assists and Carter Hart stopped 25 of 26 shots.

Last Meeting: October 20 in Wilkes-Barre, the Phantoms won 6-3. German Rubtsov scored two goals for the Phantoms. Sam Miletic scored tow goals for the Penguins. Both players are currently injured and will not play tonight.

Record: For WBS: 13-10-3-1 (30 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For LV: 15-8-1-1 (32 pts., 3rd place North Division)

Referees: Andrew Bruggeman / Alex Normandin

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Jason Mandroc

Why You Should Care: Penguins should have the upper hand tonight with being well rested after being off Friday and with Lehigh Valley missing key forwards up front. However, that doesn’t automatically guarantee two points for the Pens Wilkes-Barre will need to do exactly what they did in the last four games that they have now won, in a row, to get them past a very good Lehigh Valley team.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): For Season Ticket Holders: Your glove voucher. Support the Tobyhanna Teddy Bear Toss  by bringing a new, unwrapped, stuffed animal to the game and toss it onto the ice after the Penguins first goal.  All toys will be collected and distributed to children in need throughout northeast Pennsylvania.

Other Game to Watch: Springfield visits Bridgeport in a game among two very good Atlantic Division teams.

Next Five Games: @ BRI 12/16, vs. BRI 12/19, @ HER 12/21, @ SYR 12/22, vs. LV 12/26

GAMEDAY: @ Springfield 12/12

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Who: Springfield Thunderbirds

Where: MassMutual Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday in Hershey, the Pens go down 4-1 and storm back and win 5-4 in a shootout. Ethan Prow scored in regulation to tie it, John Muse stopped nine shooters and Joseph Cramarossa scored in the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Pens. For Springfield, the Thunderbirds defeated the Binghamton Devils 5-1. Five different Thunderbirds scored and Michael Hutchinson stopped 42 of 43 shots.

Last Meeting: November 23 in Springfield, the Pens lost 4-3 in overtime. Ethan Prow had a goal and an assist in the loss but Jacob MacDonald scored an overtime power play goal to win it for the Thunderbirds.

Record: For WBS: 12-10-3-1 (28 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For SPR: 13-7-2-2 (30 pts., 3rd place North Division)

Referees: Mitch Dunning / Geoff Miller

Linesmen: Robert St. Lawrence / Kevin Briganti

Why You Should Care: Penguins look to continue the momentum off of the perfect weekend that they had against Cleveland, Bridgeport and Hershey. It won’t be easy against a tough opponent in Springfield. What lineup does Wilkes-Barre bring? Does new acquisition Ben Sexton play? Does John Muse start in goal? Springfield has scored a power play goal in every contest against the Pens so far this season. Does the streak continue?

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Colorado and Tucson is the game tonight. Eagles are fun upstarts, the Roadrunners are a very tough opponent and have been the class of the Pacific for a few years now.

Next Five Games: vs. LV 12/15, @ BRI 12/16, vs. BRI 12/19, @ HER 12/21, @ SYR 12/22