Chirps from Center Ice

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

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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. 


Wilkes-Barre / Scranton is back in the win column with a win over Hershey in what was a special teams party. The six goals scored by both teams were all scored on the power play. 

Kevin Porter’s goal at even strength after the Penguins killed an overtime too many men on the ice call ended it. 

More in a bit. 


This was a bounce back win for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. After getting smoked 5-2 last night by the St. John’s IceCaps, Clark Donatelli goes right back to Tristan Jarry in net and the Penguins turn in a decisive 7-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 

Lead in the Atlantic is back to nine points, with nine more meetings between the two sides. 

Led by Josh Archibald, the Penguins skated circles around the Phantoms all night at all stages of the game and clearly frustrated the visitors.  Archibald led the charge with two goals and an assist. 

Lots more to get to in a bit. 


Penguins lose their tenth game in regulation against a very good, high quality opponent in St. John’s. 

Wilkes-Barre’s inability to score on a 4:00 power play and more than 1:45 two man advantage in the second and third periods respectively doom the top team in the AHL tonight. 

More in a bit.