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Scoreline wasn’t as close. Lehigh Valley rolls to a big 5-3 win over the Penguins Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd.

41 shots, and a guy making his AHL debut picks up a win for the Phantoms. Emil Larmi didn’t have it tonight, allowing 3 goals on 7 shots at one point, and the Pens could never recover from there.

More in a bit.

GAMEDAY: vs. Lehigh Valley 2/8



Who: Lehigh Valley Phnatoms

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night at home against Hershey, the Penguins lost 3-0. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms hosted Springfield and won 4-1. Four different Phantoms scored, the Phantoms scored a power play goal and J-F Berube stopped 24 shots.

Last Meeting: January 31 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 4-1. Jake Lucchini had a pair of goals and Casey DeSmith stopped 29 shots. Andy Andreoff scored the only goal for the visitors.

Record: For WBS: 24-17-3-5 (56 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For LV: 20-22-1-5 (46 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Mitch Dunning / Peter Schlittenhardt

Linesmen: Patrick Dapuzzo / Jud Ritter

Why You Should Care: Penguins need a good effort here in front of what likely is going to be a sold out crowd against the Phantoms who are awful on the road. Last night they ran into a hot goalie who shut them down. Tonight they need to adjust and shut the Phantoms down as don’t look now, but are starting to slowly turn things around.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is back for another season and better than ever. / Tonight’s game will also be televised locally on WBRE.

Promotion(s): MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT, PRESENTED BY METLIFE — The Penguins will pay tribute to those keeping us safe once again on Military Appreciation Night, Presented by MetLife.  The Penguins will be wearing special camo sweaters, which will be auction off during the game, and military displays will be set up around the arena.

Other Game to Watch: Battle of second place Western Conference teams takes place in Iowa as second in the Pacific Stockton visit the second in the Central Iowa tonight in Des Moines.

Next Five Games: @ HFD 2/12, @ PRO 2/14, @ BRI 2/15, vs. HER 2/21, @ HFD 2/22

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That’s a No From Pheonix — Pens LOSE 3-0


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Turning point of this game, a 3-0 Penguins loss on Friday night against the Hershey Bears, was in the middle of the second period when they just went down 2-0. Pheonix Copley, the starting goaltender for the Bears on this night, hadn’t been tested much to this point.

The Penguins rattled off a couple of good chances in succession, but Copley wasn’t having any of it. You needed a cheap one to beat him tonight but with the way the Bears were playing as a unit tonight, it wasn’t going to happen.

Copley collects his second shutout of the season, both against the Penguins but he lost that game in a 1-0 Penguins shutout win a while back. Wilkes-Barre’s eight game point streak is also over.

That’s pretty much it, on a night where Wilkes-Barre was out possessed in the first and went down early on a Matt Moulson tap in goal on a power play off a rebound of a Christian Djoos one timer. In the second it was a busted rush up ice for the Penguins that turned into a rush up ice for Hershey which resulted in a Garrett Pilon goal that made it 2-0. You could argue that this sequence here was the crusher that sealed the deal for Hershey and not be wrong. An empty net goal by Liam O’Brien late in the third was the other goal.

I could remember, but for the second period buzz which Copley shut down, a Kevin Roy breakaway and a Joseph Blandisi follow up attempt in the first period which Copley stopped. Also, a Chase Berger deflection on a Zach Trotman shot. That was about it offense wise for the Penguins.

Wilkes-Barre had a great penalty kill sequence in the third period when they were on a two man disadvantage. P-O Joseph broke his stick blocking a shot and was without it but still managed to get in the way and Penguins starting net minder Casey DeSmith stopped a one timer from going across the goal line. It really was a sight to see and the sole bright spot on an overall bad night for the Penguins.

That’s really it. They get Lehigh Valley Saturday night at home. Better luck next time, I guess.

Here is how they lined up.

They jumbled up the combinations and put Adam Johnson on the top line. Myles Powell was recalled from Wheeling and I liked what I saw from the guy. I think he hit a Bear on every single one of his shifts Friday. Brandon Hawkins was the extra on ice. Emil Larmi backed up and scuttlebutt on the concourse is that Dustin Tokarski broke his finger.

Garrett Pilon (goal), Matt Moulson (power play goal) and Pheonix Copley (31 saves) were the three stars in that order.

Around the Division: If Hershey was going to win this game Friday, then you wanted to see Hartford do the same. They couldn’t. Charlotte beat them 6-0. Lehigh Valley beat Springfield 4-1. Bridgeport and Providence were off.

Standings: Hartford and Hershey 63 — Providence 57 — Penguins 56 — Providence 55 — Springfield 54 — Lehigh Valley 46 — Bridgeport 37

Wheeling Update: Nailers were off.

Video Highlights: 

Lehigh Valley in Saturday, game is on WYOU if you are local. Gameday setup Saturday afternoon here at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!


31 shots wasn’t enough to beat Pheonix Copley, who shuts down the Penguins attack tonight. Hershey wins 3-0.

Full piece in a bit.

GAMEDAY: vs. Hershey 2/7



Who: Hershey Bears

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday at home against Binghamton, the Penguins won 2-1. David Warsofsky score both goals for the Penguins on the power play. Casey DeSmith stopped 22 shots. For Hershey, the Bears were shutout Saturday at home 3-0 by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Last Meeting: January 10 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 2-1 in a shootout. Jamie Devane scored for the Penguins and Dustin Tokarski stopped 18 shots in net. Shane Gersich scored the only goal in the shootout in the sixth round.

Record: For WBS: 24-16-3-5 (56 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 28-15-2-3 (61 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division)  

Referees: Mitch Dunning / Chris Waterstradt

Linesmen: Ryan Knapp / Jud Ritter

Why You Should Care: Good opportunity for the Penguins to draw to three points of second place Hershey with a regulation win. Expect a tight contest, something that the Penguins over the course of the last two games are used to.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): It’s another EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY when the Hershey Bears visit the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Lower bowl tickets are available for just $15, grab select draft beers for just $2 from 6:00-7:30pm, and enjoy postgame autographs from a pair of Penguins players.*

Other Game to Watch: Hartford visits Charlotte for a pair of games this weekend in North Carolina.

Next Five Games: vs. LV 2/8, @ HFD 2/12, @ PRO 2/14, @ BRI 2/15, vs. HER 2/21

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It’s a Trap! – Pens WIN 2-1


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On a lazy Wednesday night in a low scoring game, the captain of the hockey team and the star goaltender carried the mail and got the home team the win.

In a bit of a perfect storm of a contest, the Penguins beat the Binghamton Devils 2-1 exactly how I described. No trap game here. David Warsofsky scores both goals on the power play and Casey DeSmith stopped 22 shots to pick up the win.

Casey DeSmith opposed Gilles Senn.


Lineup Notes: Chris Brown for Jordy Bellerive. Macoy Erkamps took warmups as the extra. Bellerive was listed among the injured pregame. If anyone heard Nick Hart mention what it was that happened to Bellerive, drop a comment below.

First Period: Nondescript first fifteen or so minutes. Both teams killed a penalty then Binghamton found itself on the wrong end of a two man advantage and David Warsofsky scored through a crowd with under five seconds left on it to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Second Period: Binghamton had 1:30 of two man advantage and could not score. Then Brett Seney wheels around the net at full speed and centers to Nick Merkley for an easy tap in which tied the game at one.

Close game to this point.

Third Period: David Warsofsky, again, six seconds in on the power play, puts the Penguins ahead 2-1.

DeSmith and the Penguins defense held on from there.

Three Stars: 3) Cole Cassels with two assists, 2) Casey DeSmith with 22 saves and 1) David Warsofsky with two power play goals.

The Good: Leadership and special teams win the day. Exactly how it should be.

The Bad: I don’t know about you, but I don’t like these close games against non-playoff teams. Also giving away six power plays to the opponent isn’t a recipe for success, no matter what day it is.

Turning Point: Warsofsky’s third period power play goal is the obvious choice.

Around the Division: Two other games in the Atlantic. Bridgeport and Syracuse played a kids game in Connecticut this morning. Syracuse gets a late goal and beats the Sound Tigers 3-2 and Springfield and Hartford connected for their third game in three straight meetings and Hartford takes sole possession of the Atlantic Division with a 7-4 win. Everyone else was off.

Standings: Hartford 63 — Hershey 61 — Providence 57 — Penguins 56 — Springfield 54 — Charlotte 53 — Lehigh Valley 44 — Bridgeport 37

Wheeling Update: Nailers were off.

Video Highlights: 

Power Rankings hit the blog Thursday at 11, barring unforeseen delays. Check them out then.

Let’s Go Pens!

GAMEDAY: vs. Binghamton 2/5


Who: Binghamton Devils

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday at home against Bridgeport, the Penguins lost 3-2 in a shootout. Joseph Blandisi and Jake Lucchini scored goals for the Penguins in the loss. For Binghamton, the Devils lost 3-2 to Rochester Saturday at home. Michael Mcleod and Marian Studenic scored goals for the Devils in the loss.

Last Meeting: October 23 in Binghamton, the Devils won 4-1. Andrew Agozzino scored for the Penguins, Gilles Senn stopped 20 shots for the Devils and picked up the win.

Record: For WBS: 23-16-3-5 (54 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division) // For BNG: 21-20-4-0 (46 pts., 7th place North Division)

Referees: Jake Rekucki / Rob Hennessey

Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco / Ryan Knapp

Why You Should Care: This Devils team is good and cannot be underestimated, they are 7-3 in their last ten and something like 15-5 in their last 20. They, like the Penguins, are looking to solidify themselves as a playoff team in the wide open North Division. Penguins need a response after the very average performance Saturday against Bridgeport. How will they respond?

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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

Promotion(s): None.

Other Game to Watch: Springfield and Hartford play their rubber match in this three game in season series against the two tonight in the Connecticut capital.

Next Five Games: vs. HER 2/7, vs. LV 2/8, @ HFD 2/12, @ PRO 2/14, @ BRI 2/15