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TODAY'S GAME PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BEARS


02/03/2013 -
TODAY’S GAME NOTES

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS at HERSHEY BEARS
Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 2:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREES: Trevor Hanson (#47) & Jon McIsaac (#45)
LINESMEN: Tommy George (#61) & Leo Boylan (#97)
 
BEARS vs. PENGUINS:  This afternoon your HERSHEY BEARS host the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a special 2:00 PM start.  Today is the 10th of 12 regular-season meetings between the clubs, and the last meeting in Chocolatetown in 2012-2013.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
 
ALL-TIME:  The two teams will play their 146th-time meeting today, with the BEARS holding the edge at 72-62-11 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL).  HERSHEY posted a record of 5-5-1-1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season.
 
THE LAST TIME:  In front of 17,311 fans at HERSHEYPARK Stadium, the BEARS took to the temporary rink to host the Penguins in the Capital BlueCross AHL Outdoor Classic.  After a scoreless first period in which BEARS backstop Dany Sabourin and Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff stood tall, the BEARS finally got the jump and brought the crowd to its feet late in the second.  Tomas Kundratek was the recipient of a perfect pass from Jeff Taffe, and from the slot, Kundratek sent a wrist shot past a screened Zatkoff for the 1-0 lead.  The lead would hold all the way until the 7:57 mark of the third, when Riley Holzapfel converted a two-on-one rush with Paul Thompson.  Both teams would get chances as time wound down in regulation, but the game would go to overtime.  Just 1:19 into the extra session, the Penguins would spoil the party after Thompson was sprung at the offensive blue line by Jayson Megna for a breakaway.  Sabourin got a piece of the shot with his glove but the puck got past him, sending the Penguins to their third victory in nine tries against the BEARS.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES (6-2-1-0):
Sun. October 28, 2012 W-B/SCRANTON GIANTCenter 3-2 W
Fri. November 9, 2012 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena 3-1 W
Sat. November 17, 2012 W-B/SCRANTON GIANTCenter 4-1 W
Wed. November 21, 2012 W-B/SCRANTON GIANTCenter 0-4 L
Fri. December 7, 2012 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena 5-4 W (OT)
Wed. December 26, 2012 W-B/SCRANTON GIANTCenter 2-0 W
Thu. December 27, 2012 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena 4-1 W
Fri. January 11, 2013 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena 0-1 L
Sun. January 20, 2013 W-B/SCRANTON HERSHEYPARK Stadium 1-2 OTL
Sun. February 3, 2013 W-B/SCRANTON GIANTCenter  
Fri. March 1, 2013 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena  
Sun. April 7, 2013 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena  
 
RECENT RECAPS:  The BEARS were looking to start February off on a strong note last night, and did just that.  Scoring two goals was enough for the Chocolate and White, as Philipp Grubauer made 22 saves on 23 shots to help the BEARS skate to a 2-1 win over the Manchester Monarchs.  Barry Almeida started things off just 2:05 into the game, burying a snap shot from the slot past Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones off of assists from Matt Clackson and Mike Carman.  From there, Jones became the story of the game, as did the BEARS defense.  The first period ended with the BEARS ahead 11-9 in shots on goal, the tightest period of the game.  In the second stanza, HERSHEY rattled off 19 shots and allowed the Monarchs just five, and Jones came up huge on several instances.  The BEARS, meanwhile, kept Manchester on their side of center ice for most of the period.  Cameron Schilling then netted a big insurance marker early in the third, as he drove down the slot and chipped a cross-ice pass from Carman over Jones’ shoulder.  Linden Vey finally managed to solve Grubauer late in the period, after defenseman Chris Huxley scooped up a loose puck from a goalmouth scramble and fed the winger in the left circle.  Vey found an opening with Grubauer scrambling to get into position and cut the BEARS’ lead to 2-1.  But two delayed off-side entries by Manchester would kill off valuable seconds and any further chance at a comeback.  Jones finished with 42 saves in the losing effort.
 
After dispatching the Monarchs on Friday night, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton played another defensive gem, allowing just 20 shots on goal and having Brad Thiessen turn them all aside in a 3-0 win over the Adirondack Phantoms last night in northeastern PA.  The Penguins scored once in each period, getting two goals from Warren Peters and one from Alex Grant.  The game was marred by penalties, but each team’s penalty killing units finished perfect.  The Penguins killed off all five of Adirondack’s power play chances, while going 0-for-8 on their power play.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of February 3, 2013):
POS TEAM                               GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Binghamton 43 27 12 1 3 58 .674 132 103
2. Syracuse 43 25 12 2 4 56 .651 146 122
3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 44 23 18 2 1 49 .557 108 103
4. HERSHEY 44 21 19 2 2 46 .523 111 106
5. Norfolk 44 18 23 2 1 39 .443 106 131
 
HEAD TO HEAD:  BEARS center Jeff Taffe leads the way with seven points (2-5-7) in the nine games played between the teams.  Garrett Mitchell paces all goal scorers with four tallies.  For the Penguins, winger Beau Bennett (1-4-5) leads the way, while Riley Holzapfel and Paul Thompson have scored two goals each.
 
IMPRESSIVE DEBUTS:  Not only did forwards Peter LeBlanc and Casey Wellman have little time to practice with the BEARS prior to playing last night’s game, the two played on the same line and – along with center Ryan Potulny – accounted for 40% of the team’s shots on goal (LeBlanc-5, Potulny-6, Wellman-5).
 
FOURTH STAR:  Overshadowed by the goaltending of Philipp Grubauer and Manchester’s Martin Jones, BEARS center Mike Carman picked up assists on both of HERSHEY’s goals in last night’s 2-1 victory.
 
GAME-WINNERS:  Defenseman Cameron Schilling potted the eventual game-winner last night against Manchester.  Schilling has scored four goals this season, and three are game-winning goals – which ties for third among AHL rookies.
 
TOUGH TANDEMS:  The goaltending duo of Philipp Grubauer and Dany Sabourin – along with the recalled Braden Holtby – has combined to push the BEARS into fourth place in the AHL in goals against per game average (2.41).  The Penguins, whose last four shutouts have all been provided by Brad Thiessen, rank second (2.34).
 
900 CLUB:  Captain Boyd Kane, who played in the 1,000th game of all the top professional leagues on January 8 at Bridgeport (ECHL-71, AHL-898, NHL-31), became the 13th player in history to appear in 900 AHL games on January 12 against Connecticut.  Ironically, Kane played his first AHL game on November 20, 1998 as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the team that became the Whale after the 2009-2010 season.  In BEARS history, Kane ranks 36th in all-time games played (334).  Former BEARS left winger Les Duff ranks 12th in all-time AHL games played.
 
All-Time Leaders, AHL Games Played
Rank Player Played From-To Seasons GP
9. Ken Gernander 1991-2005 14 973
10. Jim Bartlett 1955-1973 16 955
11. Jimmy Anderson 1954-1970 16 943
12. Les Duff 1955-1970 15 927
13. BOYD KANE 1998-Present 15 907
14. Larry Wilson 1951-1968 15 899
 
ONE-THIRD OF THE WAY THERE:  Defenseman Patrick McNeill is one-third of the way to Kane’s milestone, having played the 300th game of his HERSHEY career last night against Manchester.
 
BEARS vs. PENGUINS – TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY W-B/Scranton
Games Played Garrett Mitchell (44) ChadKolarik (45)
Goals Jon DiSalvatore (12) ChadKolarik (17)
Assists Jeff Taffe (29) ChadKolarik (19)
Points Jeff Taffe (38) ChadKolarik (36)
PIMs Steve Oleksy (125) Bobby Farnham (120)
Plus/Minus Garrett Mitchell (+9) Philip Samuelsson (+9)
Power-Play Goals Jon DiSalvatore (6) ChadKolarik (7)
Shorthanded Goals Garrett Mitchell (2) ChadKolarik (2)
Game-Winning Goals Cameron Schilling (3) Paul Thompson (5)
Wins Dany Sabourin (6) Jeff Zatkoff (14)
Goals-Against Average Philipp Grubauer (1.89) Jeff Zatkoff (2.04)
Save Percentage Philipp Grubauer (.930) Jeff Zatkoff (.917)
 
BEARS vs. PENGUINS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Power Play 31-for-196 (15.8%) – 17th in AHL 30-for-218 (13.8%) – 25thin AHL
Penalty Kill 160-for-190 (84.2%) – 11th in AHL 180-for-206 (87.4%) – 3rd in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:   
1/31/13 ADD C Casey Wellman Loaned from Washington (NHL)
1/31/13 ADD C Peter LeBlanc Loaned from Washington (NHL)
1/31/13 DEL RW Mathieu Beaudoin Traded to Rockford (AHL)
1/31/13 DEL C Zach Hamill Recalled from loan to Washington (NHL)
1/30/13 ADD D Patrick Wellar Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
2/1/13 ADD C Chris Barton Signed to PTO
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                 
C Jeff Taffe:  T,2ndassists (29); T,11thscoring (9-29-38).
D Steve Oleksy:  3rd (D) – PIM (125).
 
PENGUINS AMONG THE AHL:
G Jeff Zatkoff:  4thGAA (2.04).
G Brad Thiessen:  T,3rdshutouts (4).
LW Beau Bennett:  T,15th (R) – scoring (6-18-24).
LW Bobby Farnham:  1st (R) – PIM (120); T,1st (R) – major penalties (10); 2nd (R) – minor penalties (20).


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