Saturday's Morning Skate 3/22

Saturday, March 22, 2014
The AHL's East Division is still a logjam among the top three teams, which are separated by three points. There's still a lot left to be decided in the last five weeks of the regular season.

East Division Standings (Conference Position)
1. Binghamton (3rd) - 79 points, 13 games remaining
2. Penguins (5th) - 78 points, 13 games remaining
3. Norfolk (7th) - 76 points, 12 games remaining
4. Hershey (9th) - 72 points, 13 games remaining
5. Syracuse (13th) - 58 points, 14 games remaining

Friday Night Around The East Division

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - 2, Syracuse - 0

In Syracuse, the Penguins used a pair of first period goals from Spencer Machacek and Adam Payerl along with a second straight shutout by Peter Mannino (16 saves) to extend the Pens' win streak to five games and a 6-0-0-1 record in the month of March.

The Pens haven't allowed a goal in their last 162:20 of hockey and have only allowed eight goals in their last seven games, playing solid defensively and using their depth and ability to roll four lines to ware their opponents down to grind out this current win streak.

The Penguins return home to host the Utica Comets, who are battling for their playoff lives out West. Syracuse hosts the Albany Devils Saturday night before the Devils and Penguins rematch at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday afternoon.

Hershey - 2, Providence - 0

In what was a battle between 9th and 8th place in the conference, the Bears got power play goals from David Kolomatis and Ryan Stoa and a 28-save shutout from David Leggio to keep them in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Providence out shot the Bears 12-2 in the third period but were unable to start the rally against  Leggio. The Bears continue their New England road trip tonight at the DCU Center against Worcester.

Binghamton - 5, Norfolk - 2

The BSens prevailed in a game much closer than the final score suggests. Tied at 2-2 after two periods, Binghamton got an early third period goal from Shane Prince and insurance markers from Cole Schneider and Stephane Da Costa (empty net) late in the third to pull away from the Admirals.

With the win, the BSens moved back into first place in the division, leading the second place Penguins by one point and third place Norfolk by three points. These two teams rematch tonight at The Scope in Norfolk.

Other Eastern Conference Scores

St. John's - 6, Hartford - 1
Adirondack - 4, Utica - 3
Springfield - 4, Worcester - 2

Saturday's Schedule

Hartford @ Adirondack at 7:00 p.m ET
St. John's @ Bridgeport at 7:00 p.m. ET
Manchester @ Springfield at 7:00 p.m. ET
Albany @ Syracuse at 7:00 p.m. ET
Hershey @ Worcester at 7:00 p.m. ET
Utica @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 7:05 p.m. ET
Binghamton @ Norfolk at 7:15 p.m. ET


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