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Saturday, February 11

Penguins come up short.

Penguins center Maxime Talbot (21) takes a late slash at Hershey goaltender Frederic Cassivi as he is hounded by two Bears defensemen. (Credit: KDP Photography)

That was a very frustrating game to watch. That about sums up the 1-0 loss that the Hershey Bears handed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. Nothing seemed to go right for the Penguins, who had absolutely no offensive spark. The defense was stellar, but it wasn't enough to cover up a blundered breakout attempt when Tomas Fleischmann picked up the puck at the blue line and deked Dany Sabourin out of his pads to put the Bears up by a goal, which was a lead they would never relinquish.

Fleischmann was even quoted as saying that he thought the play would have been whistled for an offsides call. Either way, the Penguins couldn't get anything together to try and compete. Whatever wind was in the Penguins sails was taken away late in the first period when Ryan Stone was ejected for boarding Hershey's Mark Wotton. The Penguins couldn't stay out of penalty trouble after that and never got going. The only bright spot was the penalty killing, which killed off 5 Hershey power plays, including a few two-man advantages. Dany Sabourin had 21 saves in the loss for the Penguins.


  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scratched D - Drew Fata (healthy), LW - Daniel Carcillo (knee), D - David Koci (knee), C - Ben Eaves (knee), and D - Chris Kelleher (abdomin)
  • Hershey's Colin Forbes served as captain with Boyd Kane in Washington
  • The Penguins letter-men were Alain Nasreddine (C), Dennis Bonvie (A), and Guillame Lefevbre (A)
  • Hershey only played with 16 skaters after Matt Reid, recently called up from South Carolina of the ECHL, was ruled ineligible to play. He played in Europe earlier this year, and failed to return for the AHL's December cutoff date.
  • Tonight's referee for the game against Albany is Jamie Koharski, while Binghamton will see Harry Dumas for the first time since the 'sardine' game, where he put six Senators in the box at one time.

Thursday, February 9

Help is on the way.

A few notes after last night's loss to Philadelphia:

  • D - Drew Fata has reportedly left Wheeling after the Nailers game last night en route to Wilkes-Barre. They need to beef up for this weekend's games with Hershey and Albany. Noah Welch is also rumored to be going to Pittsburgh after Sergei Gonchar suffered an injury. That is still up in the air.
  • Maxime Talbot, Guillame Lefevbre, Ryan Stone, Stephen Dixon, and Jonathan Filewich have been stellar lately, and the team will look to them to provide some spark.
  • G - Dany Sabourin will get the start in both weekend games, according to the plan right now.

Wednesday, February 8

NHL referees for tonight's games.

Some NHL guys getting some AHL work tonight:
  • PENGUINS vs. PHANTOMS in Philly: Dan Marouelli (6), Referee, Dave Brown (55), Linesman, Scott Pomento (25), Linesman
  • BEARS vs. ADMIRALS in Hershey: Don VanMassenhoven (21), Referee, Bob Goodman (90), Linesman, Jason Finley (6), Linesman
  • PIRATES vs. SENATORS in Binghamton: Paul Devorski (10), Referee, John Everett (82), Linesman,Andy Petrus (26), Linesman