10/31/2008 - The BEARS look to get back on the winning side of the ledger Friday night with the club's first meeting of the season with the Albany River Rats. Face-off at Times Union Center is at 7:00 p.m. The Rats and BEARS will face each other six times this season, with all three games in New York's Capital District played by November 28. Albany won't play at GIANT Center this season until December 28.
HERSHEY stumbled and was humbled by the Hamilton Bulldogs Wednesday in a 6-0 shutout loss. Former BEARS goaltender Marc Denis earned the shutout, making 37 saves. The loss was just the second in nine games for HERSHEY this season, with the only other loss coming by a single goal to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on October 19.
The Rats begin the night in last place in the East Division with a 1-4-1-0 record, good for just three points. Albany stands 11 points behind the first place BEARS as play starts Friday night. Elsewhere around the East Division Friday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton faces off for the first-time ever with the San Antonio Rampage at 8:00 p.m., while Bridgeport travels to face Binghamton at 7:05 p.m. Norfolk is at home Friday to play the Portland Pirates at Norfolk Scope, while Philadelphia sits idle. The Phantoms travel to HERSHEY to play the BEARS Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. before Bob Woods and company head down the Turnpike to face the Phantoms Sunday at the Spectrum.
Friday's game can be heard via the BEARS Radio Network (100.1 FM, 1490-AM, AHLLive.com, Sportsjuice.com) beginning with the pregame show at 6:40 p.m. John Walton has the call of the action from Times Union Center in New York's Capital District. Tickets are on sale now for Saturday's home game with Philadelphia by calling (717) 534-3911. After Saturday, the BEARS will not play at home until Saturday, November 15.
In other news Friday, Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau has signed a deal with Potomac Books, Inc. to publish his autobiography. The book, co-written with Tim Leone of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., is scheduled to come out in October of 2009. It will chronicle the colorful Boudreau's playing and coaching career and his storybook rise to the Capitals after more than three decades in the minor leagues. Boudreau guided Washington from last place to the Southeast Division championship in 2007-08 and won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year. Leone, a winner of numerous national and state sportswriting awards, covered Boudreau during his tenure as head coach of the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears. Potomac Books, Inc., based in Dulles, Va., is located on the Internet at www.potomacbooksinc.com.