Referees: Terry Koharski #10, Tyler Puddifant #9
Linesmen: Tim Lyons #33, Jason Mandroc #17

Note:  Koharski is not good.  

Broadcast:  In addition to the usual suspects, tonight’s game is also simulcast on FMZ-69 where available.  Radio tonight is AM-790.

Pregame:  TV-2 pregame goes live from Chickie’s at 6:30PM, radio for your drive at 6:20PM.

Last night had a fine meal at CENTRO where they had a nice pre-game Friday night crowd.  It was my first visit there, and we’ll go back sometime soon.

No plan for tonight.  Might camp out at the bar somewhere–perhaps Chickie’s so that I don’t have to go back outside.

I think BrewWorks is having a special beer thing tonight before the game, and afterwards there’s some music up in the Dime bar if you’re looking for something to do while everyone else skates.

Photo: Jack Mitroka

What To Watch

  • Back to Lyon tonight I would venture.  Can he make those tough saves at the end of the periods when the team falls asleep?
  • Will the defensive effort be as good tonight as last?  Will Utica be ready for it?
  • If Martel returns, who sits?  I really liked what I saw out of the fourth line last night; they seemed to get plenty of ice time and set the tone for energy and defense.  I’d like to see Goulbourne stay out there–and not because I’m hoping for a fight, either.
  • There weren’t a ton of Power Plays last night, but they seemed to have some difficulty getting organized on two of the three.  Watch to see how that plays out tonight, and with Koharski in the house, who knows how many we’ll have.
  • Single-digit shots on net in all three periods last night for Hershey.  Can we do that to Utica?
  • Whatever the coaches said to get that effort last night–and Wednesday in Scranton–can they say it again?
  • Time to go to work.

Photo: Jack Mitroka

Looking Ahead

After skating with the fans following tonight’s game, the team will have the day off tomorrow and back to work on Wednesday at home against Syracuse, the first place team in the North.  Next Friday Wilkes Barre will be in town to try to avenge the 3-0 beating we put on them last Wednesday.  They erupted for 8 goals last night as I suppose their coach didn’t let them bring the pucks out for practice on Thursday….  😉