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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: BEARS at DEVILS


03/29/2013 -

TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
HERSHEY BEARS at ALBANY DEVILS
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Times Union Center

REFEREES: Mark Lemelin (41) & Tim Mayer (19)
LINESMEN: Frank Murphy (29) & Rich Patry (52)

BEARS vs. DEVILS: The Hershey Bears will complete a four-game road swing tonight at Times Union Center against the Albany Devils. The teams meet for the fourth and final time in the regular season. Albany is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the New Jersey Devils.

ALL-TIME: Tonight’s game will be the 22nd in regular-season history. The Bears have an all-time record of 15-5-1 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Devils, which includes the Devils’ time spent in Lowell, MA from 2006-2010.

THE LAST TIME: On February 24 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the fans were treated to a battle of offenses as ten goals were scored in the game. In the end, it would be the host Devils prevailing by a 6-4 count. The Devils came out with a jump in their step and skated to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Mike Hoeffel and Joe Whitney. Looking for a better start to the second frame, the Bears lost the opening faceoff and Mike Sislo drove right in to beat Philipp Grubauer just nine seconds from the start, giving Albany a 3-0 edge. Casey Wellman then began the best night of his Hershey tenure when he first set up Ryan Potulny, then scored his ninth of the season to pull the Bears within one. But Whitney would score his second of the game to re-establish Albany’s two-goal lead at the second intermission. Sislo also made it a two-goal night when he struck to put the Devils up 5-2 early in the third. The Bears then tried to make it a game when Wellman netted his second of the night behind goaltender Keith Kinkaid and Ryan Stoa followed up with his 10th of the season. Matt Anderson dented the Bears’ hopes of a full comeback when he put the game out of reach with 6:53 left to play.

2012-13 SEASON SERIES (1-2-0-0)

 

Sat. October 27, 2012

ALBANY

GIANT Center

W 3-0

Sat. December 29, 2012

ALBANY

GIANT Center

L 2-3

Sun. February 24, 2013

@Albany*

Boardwalk Hall

L 4-6

Fri. March 29, 2013

@Albany

Times Union Center

 

RECENT RECAPS: The Bears shook off a rough outing last Saturday in Manchester and went on to complete their weekend road trip through New England with a 4-1 win over the Worcester Sharks on Sunday. Like Saturday night, a video replay would be required to confirm Jon Matsumoto’s power-play bank shot stayed out of the net after Dany Sabourin made a stop with his right pad. The Bears would ride that momentum and eventually go on to score the game’s first three goals. Patrick McNeill joined a line rush, took a pass from Nicolas Deschamps and ripped a shot past Harri Sateri for a 1-0 lead. Later, Matt Pope was the recipient of a bad puck bounce off of the corner boards. Chasing a McNeill dump-in, Sateri vacated the net but the puck came off the glass and in front of the gaping cage. Pope had a chip-shot into a virtually empty net for the eventual game-winner. Casey Wellman made it 3-0 at the expiration of a second-period power play. Derek Joslin would finally solve Dany Sabourin at the 6:19 mark of the third, when his one-timer sailed into the upper-right corner. But just over two minutes later, Garrett Mitchell answered back on a power move to the net from the left wing side. Sabourin finished with 32 saves on 33 shots in picking up the win.

Albany, meanwhile, returned from a six-game road swing to host the St. John’s IceCaps on Wednesday night. Trying to snap a string of five consecutive losses, the Devils jumped out to an early lead on Joe Whitney’s team-leading 23rd goal of the season. But the IceCaps knotted the score on captain Jason Jaffray’s 14th, then scored twice in the second on goals from Eric O’Dell and Aaron Gagnon to forge ahead 3-1. Gagnon’s second of the game made it 4-1 early in the third period, before Brandon Burlon’s first strike of the season brought the Devils back within two. The Albany defense held St. John’s to just four third-period shots, but could not draw closer.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of March 29):

 

POS

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

WIN%

GF

GA

1.

Syracuse

66

39

19

3

5

86

.652

218

171

2.

Binghamton

66

39

21

1

5

84

.636

198

168

3.

W-B/Scranton

66

35

28

2

1

73

.553

155

155

4.

HERSHEY

65

31

25

3

6

71

.546

171

165

5.

Norfolk

65

31

29

4

1

67

.515

161

177

THE CAPTAIN’S RESUME: Captain Boyd Kane joined RW Jon DiSalvatore as the second Hershey player this season and became the 85th player in the history of the league to reach 500 career AHL points with his goal on Saturday at Manchester. The goal was also the 100th of Kane’s tenure in Hershey. Kane added an assist in that game, as well as on Sunday at Worcester, to push his career total to 502 (213-289-502). With 927 career AHL games played, Kane has tied former Bears winger Les Duff for 12th place all-time. He also moved past former Bears forward and current Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel for 30th place in all-time games played in Hershey (354).

TAFFE ON TOP: C Jeff Taffe chipped in two assists over the weekend to become the AHL’s active scoring leader with 60 points (18-42-60) in 62 games – four fewer games than Peoria’s T.J. Hensick. His 42 assists rank second overall.

HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME: C Ryan Potulny, who racked up eight goals in the Bears’ playoff push last March, scored his fourth, fifth and sixth of this month over the past weekend. Potulny is now tied for second place on the Bears’ goal-scoring list.

NOT TOO CRABBY: RW Joey Crabb made his Bears debut on Sunday at Worcester, one day after clearing waivers and being assigned from Washington. He earned an assist on the first Hershey goal in the team’s 4-1 win.

GOOD DAY FOR CHAY: D Chay Genoway, acquired in a March 14 trade, picked up his first two points (assists) for the Chocolate and White in Sunday’s win at Worcester and was named the game’s third star. Genoway also finished with a plus/minus of plus-three, pushing his season total to a team-leading plus-16.

IT’S BEEN A WHILE: RW Matt Pope scored his first goal since November 2 in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Worcester. The goal ended up as the game-winner.

FOUR MORE POINTS: C Casey Wellman continues to be the team’s hottest point producer, earning three assists on Saturday and scoring the insurance goal on Sunday for a total of 21 points (7-14-21) in 22 games since being acquired on January 31.

THE 10k RACE: GIANT Center has welcomed an average of 9,972 fans in 35 home games. An average of 10,327 in the final three home games would give the Bears a season average of 10,000 fans per game, making it the first team to reach the number since the 1998-99 Philadelphia Phantoms – and the first team in history to accomplish the feat in a venue seating 10,500.

BEARS vs. DEVILS – TEAM LEADERS (Excludes Players on NHL Recall):

 

 

HERSHEY

Albany

Games Played

Garrett Mitchell (64)

Steve Zalewski (62)

Goals

Jeff Taffe (18)

Joe Whitney (23)

Assists

Jeff Taffe (42)

Matt Anderson (28)

Points

Jeff Taffe (60)

Joe Whitney (45)

+/-

Chay Genoway (+15)

Joe Whitney (+14)

PP Goals

Jon DiSalvatore (8)

Joe Whitney (5)

SH Goals

Garrett Mitchell (2)

Jacob Josefson, Mike Sislo (2)

GW Goals

Cameron Schilling (4)

M. Anderson, M. Tedenby, J. Whitney (3)

PIMs

Garrett Mitchell (78)

Darcy Zajac (86)

     

Wins

Philipp Grubauer (10)

Keith Kinkaid (18)

GAA

Philipp Grubauer (2.09)

Jeff Frazee (2.44)

Save %

Philipp Grubauer (.927)

Jeff Frazee (.917)

 

BEARS vs. DEVILS – SPECIAL TEAMS:

 

 

HERSHEY

Albany

Power Play

48-for-279 (17.2%) – 12th in AHL

31-for-275 (11.3%) – 29th in AHL

Penalty Kill

230-for-271 (84.9%) – 8th in AHL

250-for-304 (82.2%) – 19th in AHL

 

BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

 

3/24/13

DEL

LW

Harri Pesonen

Recalled from loan by New Jersey (NHL)

3/22/13

ADD

LW

Harri Pesonen

Returned on loan from New Jersey (NHL)

 

DEVILS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

None.

 

BEARS AMONG THE AHL:

C Jeff Taffe: T,1st – scoring (18-42-60); 2nd – assists (42).

 

DEVILS AMONG THE AHL:

G Jeff Frazee: 17th – GAA (2.44).



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