Chirps from Center Ice

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

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Much better effort here tonight in Wilkes-Barre, a 5-4 Wilkes-Barre win. 

After going down 4-2 in the third, the Penguins could have packed it in and went home losers heading into the playoffs. 

Adam Krause said no. He scored a breakaway goal, then a shorthanded goal to win it for the  Penguins. A great comeback win for the Penguins here in the final game of the regular season. 

The Providence Bruins lost 3-0 to the Hershey Bears meaning that the Penguins and Bruins meet again in the playoffs. The series starts in Providence probably due to the circus. Pens first home game will be Thursday, April 27. 

More later. Schedule will probably be finalized by the League later tonight. Pens need a San Jose loss of any kind to win the Kilpatrick Trophy for regular season champions. 


Well another team clinches at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

It’s the Hershey Bears, likely the Penguins first round opponent. 

A 2-1 final here in Wilkes-Barre. Penguins looked asleep in the first two periods, turned it up in the third, got a Tim Erixon power play goal but the Bears answered back on the very next shift. 

More in a bit. 


Casey DeSmith has finally done it. A regular season shutout. 26 saves tonight as the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins defeat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-0 to move seven clear of second place in the Atlantic Division and should move the magic number for a spot in playoffs to two points. 

Goals by Frank Corrado, Troy Josephs and Derrick Pouliot. More in a bit.  


It’s not supposed to be this easy. 

If the Penguins would have defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tonight, they would have went 7 points clear of second place in the Atlantic Division and probably would have iced away the division championship. 

It’s not supposed to be this easy. 

A mess of penalties taken by the Penguins put them behind the 8-ball all night, they couldn’t build any momentum, Phantoms get two goals :15 apart in the second and hang on to win 3-2. 

More in a bit. I like this lede enough that I’m going to use the first four paragraphs above in the actual game story later.  


A real nail biter here in Wilkes-Barre as the Penguins race out to a 3-1 lead and chase Zane McIntyre out of the net in the first period. 

Bruins get one back in the second but a defensive and penalty killing clinic by the Penguins sees them hold on over Providence and keep the lead on first in the division at four points. 

More in a bit.  


Eight goals tonight scored by eight different players and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins absolutely tear to shreds the Hartford Wolf Pack tonight 8-1. 

It went about as well as a number two overall team in the AHL vs the number twenty nine team in the league would be. Every Hartford player was in the minus tonight but for the line that scored. Lots of Penguins had points. Derrick Pouliot had a 4 point game. 

Casey DeSmith picked up the win. 

More in a bit. 


Clark Donatelli isn’t going to be happy with this one. 

The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins cruised to a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Senators tonight, but were largely undisciplined in the penalty department this evening taking far too many penalties. The kill was good though and with St. John’s beating Lehigh Valley in regulation tonight, the Penguins open up more of a lead at the top of the Atlantic Division. 

More in a bit.