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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: BEARS at PHANTOMS


04/19/2013 -

TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES

 HERSHEY BEARS at ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

REFEREE: Geno Binda (#22)
LINESMEN: Mike Emanatian (#69) & Steeve Lemay (#64)

BEARS vs. PHANTOMS: The HERSHEY BEARS’ final weekend of the regular season begins tonight in Glens Falls, New York in a matchup against the Adirondack Phantoms. The two teams meet for the fourth and final time in 2012-13. Adirondack is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

ALL-TIME: The two teams will play their 178th all-time meeting tonight. Combining totals with the 1996-2009 Philadelphia Phantoms, the Bears have a record of 86-77-14 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against their opponent.

 

THE LAST TIME: Back on St. Patrick’s Day, the Bears were outshot by the Phantoms 38-24, but it was Hershey who made the most of their chances in a 5-2 victory at GIANT Center. Peter LeBlanc would strike for the only goal of the first period on Brian Boucher, inside its final minute, to put the Bears ahead. Ryan Potulny and Jeff Taffe extended the Hershey lead to 3-0 with second-period goals separated by just 1:08. Casey Wellman’s power-play goal in the third dug a bigger hole for the Phantoms, until Marcel Noebels crashed the crease and finally solved Philipp Grubauer, who had not allowed a goal against the Phantoms all season. Taffe’s second of the game restored a four-goal cushion, but Garrett Roe would tally with 1:55 left to play to round out the scoring.

 

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

Sat. November 24, 2012

@Adirondack

Glens Falls Civic Center

1-3 L

Sat. February 23, 2013

ADIRONDACK

GIANT Center

3-0 W

Sun. March 17, 2013

ADIRONDACK

GIANT Center

5-2 W

Fri. April 19, 2013

@Adirondack

Glens Falls Civic Center

 

 

RECENT RECAPS: After falling short in two consecutive one-goal games last weekend, the Bears faced a must-win situation on the road in Portland. Not only did the Bears’ offense come to life, but several statistics were re-written in a 6-3 victory over the Pirates. The Bears struck for five power play goals, with Jeff Taffe having a hand in four of them plus the one even-strength marker scored by Hershey. Joey Crabb also registered the first Bears hat trick in just over one calendar year and added an assist, helping Hershey to its second six-goal performance of the season. After a scoreless first period, Tomas Kundratek started the offensive outburst when he buried his 16th goal of the season behind Chad Johnson. The goal was also his seventh on the power play. Peter LeBlanc later tipped a pass from Jon DiSalvatore past Johnson’s blocker hand to open up a 2-0 lead. Portland got on the board and cut the deficit to one on a strike from Maxim Goncharov, who stole the puck in the right corner and slipped a shot past a screened Philipp Grubauer. Crabb’s first of the night came shortly afterward to restore the Bears’ two-goal cushion. Newly-acquired forward Troy Bodie again made it a one-goal game when his backhander from one knee found its way through a maze of skates and into the net from a bad angle. Crabb then scored two more goals to complete his hat trick and Dmitry Orlov added a power-play blast to push the Bears ahead 6-2 late in the game. Bodie got a stick on a shot from Brandon Gormley to get Portland’s third goal, but time would run out in a game featuring a big two points picked up by Hershey. Adirondack, mathematically eliminated from postseason play two weeks ago, is now in the dangerous situation of playing spoiler. The club has picked up points in eight of its past 12 games, they are winners of their last two, and have just one regulation loss on home ice in their last nine contests (6-1-1-1). The Phantoms’ last home win was a thriller that came just shy of an American Hockey League record. Trailing 1-0 to the Binghamton Senators, Garrett Roe scored with 0.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. With no further scoring, the teams embarked on a 15-round shootout, in which Adirondack won by a margin of 7-6. Roe, Marcel Noebels, Kyle Flanagan, Rob Bordson, Tye McGinn and Brandon Alderson all scored to keep pace with the Senators. After Daniel New missed in the 15th round, rookie Mark Alt ended the marathon by beating Marc Cheverie.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS (as of April 19):

POS

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

WIN%

GF

GA

1.

xy-Providence*

73

47

21

0

5

99

.678

210

177

2.

xy-Springfield*

74

44

21

5

4

97

.655

229

179

3.

x-Syracuse*

73

41

21

6

5

93

.637

236

192

4.

x-Binghamton

73

42

23

1

7

92

.630

217

183

5.

x-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

74

42

28

2

2

88

.595

182

171

6.

Portland

73

39

29

3

2

83

.568

221

227

7.

Norfolk

73

37

31

4

1

79

.541

184

195

8.

Connecticut

74

35

30

6

3

79

.534

210

214

9.

Manchester

73

35

31

3

4

77

.527

212

203

10.

HERSHEY

73

34

30

3

6

77

.527

196

189

11.

Bridgeport

73

31

30

7

5

74

.507

213

235

12.

Albany

73

29

31

1

12

71

.486

186

219

13.

Worcester

74

30

34

4

6

70

.473

184

222

14.

St. John’s

73

31

35

3

4

69

.473

187

226

15.

Adirondack

73

30

36

3

4

67

.459

180

216

*Division Leader x-Clinched Playoff Berth y-Clinched Division Title

 

PLAYOFF IMPLICATION: With Hershey winning in Portland on Sunday and with both Connecticut and Norfolk losing in regulation, the Bears’ magic number for playoff qualification was reduced to seven points with three games remaining. On tonight’s game docket, Connecticut visits Albany, Norfolk visits Syracuse and Manchester – tied with the Bears in points and games remaining – is in Binghamton.

 

HEAD TO HEAD: C Jeff Taffe leads the head-to-head scoring between the teams with six points (two goals, four assists) in three games. RW Casey Wellman (1-2-3) is second, and Ryan Potulny ranks third with a pair of goals. C Garrett Roe leads the way for Adirondack, with a goal and two assists.

 

ALL OF A SUDDEN…: C Jeff Taffe, who entered Sunday five points out of the AHL scoring race, pulled even with a five-assist performance in the Bears’ win at Portland and now shows (18-52-70) in 70 games. The five-point game was a season high for the Bears, and helped Taffe (52) best his personal single-season assist high mark (50, ’08-’09). Taffe is back on top of the AHL assist lead as well as the power-play assist lead (21). He now has an AHL career point total of (203-296-499), putting him in position to become the third Bears player this season to hit 500 points in the league (DiSalvatore, Kane).

 

HARD-SHELL CRABB: RW Joey Crabb had a huge weekend on offense. He tallied two points (1-1-2) on Saturday to help the Bears’ comeback in Manchester, and then followed up with a hat trick plus one assist in the Bears’ win at Portland on Sunday to go (4-2-6) in the two games. Crabb has recorded six goals and five assists in nine games since clearing waivers on March 23, and recorded the first Bears hat trick since Ryan Potulny scored three times on 4/1/12 vs. Binghamton.

 

TOMAS TALLIES AGAIN: D Tomas Kundratek is climbing the ranks among AHL defensemen after a strong showing on Sunday. Scoring the first of five Hershey power play goals, Kundratek has tied for the AHL lead among defensemen with seven power-play strikes. He has lit the lamp 16 times overall this season, and ranks second behind season-long leader Justin Schultz (18).

 

SCHMIDT STRIKES: Rookie defenseman Nate Schmidt, signed by Washington after completing his third season at the University of Minnesota, scored his first AHL goal on Saturday at Manchester. Schmidt has contributed (1-3-4) in his first five games in a Hershey sweater.

 

SNAPPING A SKID: After scoring five power play goals over their previous nine games, the Bears exploded for five goals on the man advantage on Sunday at Portland – matching the league’s season high for power play goals in a game (Charlotte Checkers, 2/16/13). The Bears jumped into sixth place in road power play success (29/147=19.7%) and into 11th overall (57/319=17.9%). The last time that the Bears posted five power play goals in one game was at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on October 8, 2008.

 

BEARS vs. PHANTOMS – TEAM LEADERS:

 

HERSHEY

Adirondack

Games Played

Michael Latta (73)

Rob Bordson, Danny Syvret (73)

Goals

Ryan Potulny (19)

Jason Akeson (19)

Assists

Jeff Taffe (52)

Jason Akeson, Danny Syvret (32)

Points

Jeff Taffe (70)

Jason Akeson (51)

PIMs

Michael Latta (196)

Zack FitzGerald (202)

Plus/Minus

Chay Genoway (+13)

Ben Holmstrom, Scott Laughton (+3)

Power-Play Goals

Jon DiSalvatore (8)

Jamie Tardif (13)

Shorthanded Goals

Garrett Mitchell (2)

J. Akeson, R. Bordson, S. Laughton (1)

Game-Winning Goals

Ryan Potulny, Cameron Schilling (4)

Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn (3)

Wins

Philipp Grubauer (13)

Scott Munroe (12)

Goals-Against Average

Philipp Grubauer (2.28)

Brian Boucher (2.54)

Save Percentage

Philipp Grubauer (.920)

Scott Munroe (.913)

 

BEARS vs. PHANTOMS – SPECIAL TEAMS:

 

HERSHEY

Adirondack

Power Play

57-for-319 (17.9%) – 11th in AHL

63-for-377 (16.7%) – 17th in AHL

Penalty Kill

249-for-294 (84.7%) – 10th in AHL

295-for-346 (85.3%) – 8th in AHL

 

BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

None.

 

PHANTOMS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

4/17/13

ADD

D

Matt Konan

Returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)

4/16/13

DEL

D

Brandon Manning

Recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)

4/16/13

DEL

D

Matt Konan

Recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)

 

BEARS AMONG THE AHL:

C Jeff Taffe: 1st – assists (52); 1st – PP assists (21); T,1st – scoring (18-52-70).

D Tomas Kundratek: T,1st (D) – PP goals (7); 2nd (D) – goals (16); 2nd (D) – shooting percentage (16/84=19.0%).

 

PHANTOMS AMONG THE AHL:

D Danny Syvret: 1st (D) – PP assists (20); T,1st (D) – PP points (5-20-25); 2nd (D) – shots on goal (189); T,2nd (D) – shootout-winning goals (2); T,3rd (D) – assists (32); 9th (D) – scoring (6-32-38).

D Cullen Eddy: 2nd (D) – major penalties (16).



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