Chirps from Center Ice

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

Category Archives: Gameday

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.

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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.

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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/

GAMEDAY: vs. San Antonio 10/25

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Who: San Antonio Rampage

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday in Binghamton, the Penguins lost 4-1. Andrew Agozzino scored the only goal for the Pens in the loss….For San Antonio, the Rampage were in Tucson last Saturday and lost 4-2. Mitch Reinke and Tanner Kaspick both scored for San Antonio in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 3-3-1-0 (7 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For SA: 3-1-1-1 (8 pts., 2nd place Central Division)

Referees: Jake Jackson / Dan Kelly

Linesmen: Julien Fournier / Bill Lyons

Why You Should Care: Penguins come in to the weekend off of a bad loss Wednesday in Binghamton against a team in San Antonio they haven’t seen in ten years. San Antonio themselves are coming off of a bad weekend in Tucson where they got pushed around a bit, so both teams are going to want to establish a tone early to get the upper hand early on.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY — The San Antonio Rampage pay their first visit to NEPA in more than a decade. It’s our first EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY of the season, with lower bowl tickets available for just $15, select draft beers available for just $2 from 6:00-7:30pm, and postgame autographs from a pair of Penguins players.*

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley pays a visit to Charlotte for a pair against the defending Champion Checkers.

Next Five Games: vs. SA 10/26, @ LV 11/1, @ SPR 11/2, @ LV 11/6, @ UTI 11/8

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

GAMEDAY: @ Binghamton 10/23

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Who: Binghamton Devils

Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday in Bridgeport, the Pens won in a shootout 3-2. After a scoreless second, third and overtime, all three Penguins scored in the shootout to win. Casey DeSmith stopped 23 shots….For Binghamton, the Devils lost last Saturday at home in overtime to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Ludvig Larson scored a goal and was named third star.

Last Meeting: Last Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre, Stefan Noesen scored twice late to lift the Penguins past the Devils and was named first star. Justin Almeida and Kasper Bjorkqvist scored their first AHL goals.

Record: For WBS: 3-2-1-0 (7 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For BNG: 1-3-2-0 (4 pts., 7th place North Division)

Referees: Adam Bloski / Andrew Howard

Linesmen: Neil Frederickson / Jud Ritter

Why You Should Care: Rematch of the two teams in what was an exciting game last Wednesday. Penguions are looking to keep the momentum going and win their third straight as they try to climb up the Atlantic Division ladder here early on in the season.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: One other game in the division and that is the Hershey Bears concluding their North Division road trip with a stop in Rochester.

Next Five Games: vs. SA 10/25, vs. SA 10/26, @ LV 11/1, @ SPR 11/2, @ LV 11/6

GAMEDAY: @ Bridgeport 10/19

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Who: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Where: Webster Bank Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday at home against Binghamton, Stefan Noesen scored two late third period goals to lift the Penguins past the Devils 5-3. For Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers were in Charlotte last Saturday and lost 4-1. Arnaud Durandeau scored the only goal for Bridgeport in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 1-2-1-0 (5 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For BRI: 1-2-1-0 (3 pts., 8th place North Division)

Referees: Furman South / Mike Sullivan

Linesmen: Derek Wahl / Petr Hejna

Why You Should Care: Penguins have one game on the weekend and this is it. They looked good in the second half of the game Wednesday against Binghamton, does that trend continue? Bridgeport is a better team that their record shows and this is their home opener, how greased up are the Sound Tigers for action tonight?

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Other Game to Watch: Springfiled has been on a good run, they take on Lehigh Valley in Allentown tonight.

Next Five Games: @ BNG 10/23, vs. SA 10/25, vs. SA 10/26, @ LV 11/1, @ SPR 11/2

GAMEDAY: vs. Binghamton 10/16

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Who: Binghamton Devils

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wilkes-Barre was in Hershey on Sunday and lost 4-1. Niclas Almari scored the only goal for the Pens on a late third period power play. For Binghamton, the Devils were in Belleville, Onatrio on Saturday and lost in overtime 5-4. Chris Conner had a goal and two assists in the losing effort.

Record: For WBS: 1-2-1-0 (3 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division) // For BNG: 1-1-1-0 (3 pts., 6th place North Division)

Referees: Peter Schlittenhardt / Anthony Tapper

Linesmen: Patrick Dapuzzo / Ryan Knapp

Why You Should Care: Penguins need some type of response after coming away from a three in three weekend last weekend with just one point. Binghamton is the opponent tonight and I’m not expecting the Devils to make it easy for Wilkes-Barre. Should be a good competitive midweek game between these I-81 rivals.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Other Game to Watch: Hershey visits Toronto. This is an excellent test for Hershey, going up against a very good, undefeated Marlies team.

Next Five Games: @ BRI 10/19, @ BNG 10/23, vs. SA 10/25, vs. SA 10/26, @ LV 11/1