Chirps from Center Ice

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

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Hartford is a good team that is well coached. Keith McCambridge always has the same look on his face but is a great coach. His pieces don’t always execute with the Wolf Pack’s recent history, but when they do click, Hartford is a hard team to beat.

3-2 Penguin loss tonight to the Wolf Pack. More special teams trouble for Wilkes-Barre, who give up a first period power play goal. But they claw back to within one, outshoot the Wolf Pack 37-24 but never found the equalizer.

More in a bit.


Bit of a wild, back and forth affair tonight here in Wilkes-Barre. A 5-3 Penguins win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

After four goals in the games first 10:50, no scoring in the second period. But in the third, the Penguins put the Wolf Pack away with two quick goals, including a highlight reel one from Sam Lafferty, a hit by the returning Ryan Haggerty and a fight.

Tristan Jarry nearly scored a goal, more on that and the rest of the game in a bit.


Pretty full lineup for Hershey tonight but Tristan Jarry had that look in his eye tonight. Jarry stops 27, Adam Johnson scores twice, Penguins beat Hershey 4-1. These teams rematch tomorrow in Hershey.

More in a bit.


In a game that did not feature a single Penguin power play, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead and looked to start running all over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Sam Miletic scores two quick goals and the Penguins put up 20 shots on goal.

But a relentless effort from the visiting team, where they score two power play goals in :16 (two separate power plays, obviously) and what set up as a rout for the home team quickly turned on them and the Phantoms go on to win 6-3.

More in a bit.


Pain that it ended in a shootout, cause these two teams match up well.

Goalie battle for the ages. Michael Hutchinson and Anthony Peters were outstanding. Penguins have three goalies on the roster, Peters you would think is the odd man out, he’s earned his stay here in Wilkes-Barre.

Springfield is going to be good this year. Their play and their goaltender will win them a lot of games.

Zach Aston-Reese had a regulation and shootout goal and the Penguins take the extra point.

Full work up in a bit.


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.