Impending Collapse Of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins?


The Phantoms take the short trip up I-476 to Casey Plaza to take on the Penguins later this afternoon.  The “enemy blog” preview is HERE.

I’m expecting Jason LaBarbera in net for the good guys today.

While the Hamilton Street Heroes were busy not scoring on power plays last night, the Baby Pens were getting lit up by the Hershey Browns.  What I’ve been saying to der Eishockeyzuschauer is that sports teams are like Jenga–eventually, you pull out enough pieces and the whole thing comes crashing down–even for a team as good as the Pens.  Here’s his report:


der Eishockeyzuschauer



All season long thus far, our very own Kram has been waiting patiently for the machine that is the Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Penguins to break down as a result of normal American Hockey League wear and tear. However, to date, all the players recalled to the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins coupled with what must be characterized as a routine amount of injuries has not yet been able to dismantle the organizational depth dynamo that is still currently ranked second out of all thirty AHL teams at the moment with an impressive .768 percentage of all possible points taken from all games. Hope is alive and well in Kram’s heart, though, because he knows not only did the Hershey Bears blast WBS 5-0 in Chocolate Town last night but also that rookie Tristan Jarry (9 ga, 1.50 avg, .940 svpct), who blanked the Hamilton Street Heroes that last time he was in the City of Allentown, is still out injured and will be for at least a little while.

With Matt Murray (17 ga, 1.84 av, .938 svpct) unlikely to be sent back down by the Pittsburgh Penguins anytime soon, the Baby Pens are down to their third and fourth string netminders. For the time being, WBS are stuck with Brian Foster (3 ga, 2.91 avg, .901 svpct), the 28-year-old journeyman from the University of New Hampshire who spent all of last season with IK Lillehammer in the Norwegian elite league (certainly not one of Europe’s strongest circuits) and now has appeared in a grand total of 22 career AHL games in six seasons as a professional. Foster was yanked after two periods after allowing five goals on only 21 shots against the Hershey Bears on Saturday night and very well might not start on Sunday afternoon against visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Casey Desmith, the undrafted 24-year-old rookie who also hails from the University of New Hampshire, made his official American Hockey League debut for the WBS Penguins on Saturday night in Hershey and stopped all seven shots he faced.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre line-up on Saturday night

Archibald – Mouillierat – Rust
Kuhnhackl – Rowney – Simon
Uher – Sundqvist – Kostopoulos
Gill – Dea – Loney
Pouliot – Seymour
Erixon – O’Neill
McNeill – Andersen

Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, PPL Center Arena

1 reply

  1. Come on … Gimme a break, I’m on vacation. ben’s team won today 7-0. will get to see him with his high school team, then we,re leaving early to. Come home cuz they,re supposed to g et over 5″ of snow starting tomorrow night we were planning to stay until Tuesday.

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