Chirps from Center Ice

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

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Well, they did it.

With the 7-4 win tonight over the Binghamton Devils, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins have clinched a 16th straight appearance in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Game really wasn’t in doubt. After going up 4-0 after the first period, who could fault the Penguins for letting off a bit. Binghamton came out in the second and pushed to make it 4-2.

But in the first minute of the third, Wilkes-Barre scored to make it 5-2, then 6-2 and added an empty net goal after Binghamton scored two more.

Game story will be delayed a bit cause it’s 10 pm and I haven’t left the building.


Bruins were 2/6 on the power play.

The Penguins were 0/5.

Need I say more?

Magic number stays at 3 for the Penguins, who will be in and out of playoffs if they can’t figure out what’s been crippling them for months; the ability to use the man advantage to their advantage.

Wilkes-Barre had lots of chances in the first to score on the man advantage and a couple chances to tie it in the third, but Providence scored on theirs to extend it to 3-1.

These two teams are likely headed for yet another first round date. At this rate, I don’t like the Penguins chances.

More later.


I got a lot of problems with this one.

Wilkes-Barre loses 6-3. Tail end of three in three after a week on the road. 11 power plays for the opponent. Possibly the worst officiating I’ve witnessed all season.

No excuse though. There were stick fouls and undisciplined play. Call it rest for Bridgeport who had off Saturday and tiredness for the Penguins who just came off a week on the road at the end of a hellish month of travel. Put these two together with that mess of officiating and the results were typical.

More in a bit.


Comeback win for the Penguins today led by Thomas DiPauli and Etienne Marcoux.

After being pulled when the Penguins went down 2-0, Clark Donatelli decided to pull starter Anthony Peters in favor of Marcoux. It worked. Pens shut down Hershey from there and the Penguins, led by DiPauli, come back and win at home on Sunday against the Bears.

More in a bit, Providence beat Bridgeport today and with the win today by the Penguins, the magic number should stand at 15.


Quite the turn of events tonight for Wilkes-Barre who see the Hartford Wolf Pack score twice in quick succession in the first and third periods to lose 4-1.

Daniel Sprong scored the Penguins only goal in the third period that cut it to one, but Hartford scored two quick ones to Ice it away.

More in a bit.


Hard fought win tonight in Wilkes-Barre over the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins. Wilkes-Barre wins 2-1.

Antony Peters made 32 saves. Adam Johnson scored a first Period shorthanded goal in the first, then Kevin Czuczman put the Penguins back ahead midway in the third.

More in a bit.


Full game piece will be on a bit later. Errands on Sunday.

Pens beat rival Hershey 3-2 in a knockdown drag out affair on home Ice. Adam Johnson had a pair of goals, Daniel Sprong had a pair of assists and Casey DeSmith was again stellar in goal, stopping 20 of 22 Hershey shots.

More in a little bit.