Chirps from Center Ice

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

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Seasons over folks. 

A mammoth effort in goal, stopping fifty shots by the Penguins in a decisive Game 5 and two goals by Danton Heinen were enough in a one game series that does the Penguins in here. 

Penguins got caught with too many men in the first, Bruins scored :09 into that. Penguins couldn’t score on a double minor in the first. That was it. 

Penguins got a power play goal by J-S Dea that gave the home side life, but McIntyre stood on his head in the game and the Penguins closing minutes moments, Wilkes-Barre never found an equalizer. 

Full piece in a bit. 


Game 5 Sunday. 

Providence put 42 shots at the Penguins tonight and got bounces, bounces, bounces. 

Penguins got goals from Tim Erixon and Ethan Prow tonight. 

Penalty trouble and loose play struck the Penguins. A turnover in front of DeSmith minutes into the game turned into a goal for the Bruins, Providence cashed on a power play for the second goal then scored on an odd man rush for the third goal. 

The rout was on at that point. Providence played to win, Penguins played to lord knows what and it’s a winner take all contest Sunday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. 

Full piece in a bit. 


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.