10/29/2008 - The BEARS begin a two-game road trip Wednesday night and a stretch of four games in five nights as they square off with the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. Face-off is at 7:30 p.m.
HERSHEY leads the American Hockey League in wins, points and goals scored as the puck drops in southern Ontario Wednesday night. The BEARS most recently dispatched the Rochester Americans 8-3 Sunday at GIANT Center, while the Bulldogs dropped a 2-0 decision to the Quad City Flames Sunday afternoon in Canada's Steel City. The game not only begins a two-game road trip for Bob Woods and company, but it also begins a run of seven road games in the next eight for the Chocolate and White. The lone home game for the BEARS between now and November 15 is this Saturday when the Philadelphia Phantoms come to GIANT Center at 7:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs, the 2007 Calder Cup Champions, are in third place in the North Division with a 4-2-1-0 record, but are winless in three coming into play Wednesday. Marc Denis, the former HERSHEY goaltender, is expected to draw the start for Hamilton Wednesday night. Hamilton native Daren Machesney is expected to play for the BEARS.
There are six other games on the AHL docket Wednesday night, but only other contest featuring East Division teams. The Philadelphia Phantoms travel to Hampton Roads Wednesday to face the Norfolk Admirals at 7:15 p.m. Both the Phantoms and Admirals are 10 points behind the front-running BEARS in the East Division race. HERSHEY begins the night with a three-point lead on second place Bridgeport and a four-point bulge over third place Binghamton.
Wednesday's game can be heard via the BEARS Radio Network (100.1 FM, 1490 AM, AHLLive.com and Sportsjuice.com) beginning with the pregame show at 7:10 p.m. John Walton has the call of the action from southern Ontario. Tickets for Saturday's home game with Philadelphia are on sale now at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911.