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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: BEARS at PENGUINS


11/09/2012 - TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
HERSHEY BEARS at WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 - 7:05 PM - Mohegan Sun Arena

REFEREE: David Banfield (#77)
LINESMEN: Bob Goodman (#90) & Matt McNulty (#26) 

BEARS vs. PENGUINS:  The second matchup of the season between the HERSHEY BEARS and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins takes place tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.  The BEARS will play their first game since last Sunday, while the Penguins are coming off of their third consecutive win on Wednesday evening at home.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
 
ALL-TIME:  The two teams tonight meet for the 138th time in history.  The BEARS have an all-time record of 67-59-11 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Penguins.  HERSHEY posted a record of 5-5-1-1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season.
 
THE LAST TIME:  The BEARS and Penguins last met on Sunday, October 28 at GIANT Center, with the BEARS grinding out a 3-2 victory.  Mike Carman’s first goal of the season started the BEARS’ offense, which was followed by Zach Hamill’s shorthanded goal on a partial breakaway.  Following Adam Payerl’s first AHL goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Ryan Stoa netted the insurance marker early in the third period.  It was a necessary goal as Eric Tangradi struck on a late power play to bring the Penguins back within one.  The visitors would come no further, as Dany Sabourin and the defense held their own for the victory.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES:
Sun. October 28, 2012 W-B/SCRANTON GIANT Center 3-2 W
Fri. November 9, 2012 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena  
Sat. November 17, 2012 W-B/SCRANTON GIANT Center  
Wed. November 21, 2012 W-B/SCRANTON GIANT Center  
Fri. December 7, 2012 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena  
Wed. December 26, 2012 W-B/SCRANTON GIANT Center  
Thu. December 27, 2012 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena  
Fri. January 11, 2013 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena  
Sun. January 20, 2013 W-B/SCRANTON HERSHEYPARK Stadium  
Sun. February 3, 2013 W-B/SCRANTON GIANT Center  
Fri. March 1, 2013 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena  
Sun. April 7, 2013 @W-B/Scranton Mohegan Sun Arena  
                               
RECENT RECAPS:  The end of three consecutive games on the road happens tonight at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and the BEARS come into tonight’s game having split their recent trip to New England with one win and one loss.  On Friday at Springfield, the BEARS faced the conference-leading Falcons and came away with a 3-2 shootout victory.  Both BEARS goal scorers in regulation – captain Boyd Kane and forward Matt Pope – each scored their first goals of the season.  Stanislav Galiev sniped the winning shot over the shoulder of October’s goaltender of the month Curtis McElhinney in the top of the seventh round, while Braden Holtby stopped his last six successive opponents to solidify his second win of the campaign.  Holtby again was stellar on Saturday at Bridgeport, but the BEARS ended up on the short side of another 3-2 final score.  The Sound Tigers were handed 11 power play opportunities, including four separate two-man advantages.  The BEARS withstood a barrage of chances on those power plays, with Holtby knocking away 39 of 42 shots in the setback.  Matt Clackson and Kane registered the BEARS’ goals, while all three Sound Tigers strikes came on the man advantage.
 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is coming off of a hard defensive battle on Wednesday night, in which they outlasted the Binghamton Senators by a 1-0 shootout final in Wilkes-Barre Township.  Jeff Zatkoff played outstanding in the Penguins’ net, stopping 32 shots in regulation and overtime and six out of eight in the shootout.  Robin Lehner took the tough loss, when Tom Kuhnhackl netted the shootout winner in the last of the eighth round.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of November 9):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Syracuse 9 6 1 1 1 14 .778 32 26
2. Norfolk 9 6 3 0 0 12 .667 32 25
3. W-B/Scranton 10 5 5 0 0 10 .500 26 23
4. Binghamton 10 4 4 1 1 10 .500 22 28
5. HERSHEY 9 4 4 1 0 9 .500 26 26
 
  
300 CLUB:  Captain Boyd Kane appeared in his 300th game with HERSHEY on Saturday at Bridgeport.  Kane is the 41st BEARS player with 300 or more games in Chocolatetown to his credit, and is nine games behind Andre Gill and “Mr. HERSHEY BEARS Hockey” Frank Mathers on the BEARS’ all-time games played list.  Additionally, Kane has scored in back-to-back games and has accumulated a plus-4 rating in his past three games.
 
MORE FIRSTS:  RW Matt Pope and RW Matt Clackson both scored their first goals (points) of the season over the weekend, while D Kevin Marshall and D Steve Oleksy picked up their first assists of the campaign on Saturday.  The BEARS now have 22 different players on their active roster to find the score sheet with at least one point, second-most in the AHL.
 
NOT SHORT-STAFFED:  D Garrett Stafford paces the BEARS with nine points (1-8-9) in nine games.  His point total ranks tied for seventh and his eight assists rank tied for fourth among AHL defensemen.
 
SCHILLING’S A PLUS:  D Cameron Schilling’s plus-6 efficiency rating ranks tied for third among AHL rookies.
 
MITCHELL ADDING UP:  RW Garrett Mitchell has posted a plus-1 rating in each of his past four games.
 
CARMAN CONTRIBUTING:  C Mike Carman has registered one goal, one assist and a plus-3 rating over his past three games.
 
HARD-WORKING HOLTBY:  G Braden Holtby has registered 30 or more saves in each of his past three starts.  He is 2-1-0 in that span with a save percentage of .955 (105 saves, 110 shots) and a goals-against average of 1.63.  Holtby’s cumulative .937 save percentage ranks eighth among AHL goaltenders, and his goals-against average of 2.21 ranks 13th among goaltenders who have played three or more games.
 
BEARS vs. PENGUINS – TEAM LEADERS:
                                                                HERSHEY                                                              Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Games Played                                     SEVERAL TIED (9)                                              SEVERAL TIED (10)                           
Goals                                                     Ryan Stoa, Jeff Taffe (3)                                     Eric Tangradi, Paul Thompson (6)
Assists                                                  Garrett Stafford (8)                                          Benn Ferriero (6)
Points                                                    Garrett Stafford (9)                                             Paul Thompson (8)
PIMs                                                       Garrett Mitchell (33)                                             Travis Hamonic, Blair Riley (16)
Plus/Minus                                            Cameron Schilling (+6)                                      THREE TIED (+2)
Power-Play Goals                               Jon DiSalvatore (2)                                             THREE TIED (2)
Shorthanded Goals                            Zach Hamill, Garrett Mitchell (1)                       NONE
Game-Winning Goals                        THREE TIED (1)                                              Paul Thompson (2)
 
Wins                                                       Braden Holtby, Dany Sabourin (2)                   Jeff Zatkoff (4)
Goals-Against Average                      Braden Holtby (2.21)                                           Jeff Zatkoff (2.00)
Save Percentage                                 Braden Holtby (.937)                                           Jeff Zatkoff (.930)
 
BEARS vs. PENGUINS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Power Play 7-for-43 (16.3%) – 20th in AHL 9-for-55 (16.4%) – 18th in AHL
Penalty Kill 34-for-44 (77.3%) – 25th in AHL 55-for-58 (94.8%) – 2nd in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:             
None.
 
PENGUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
11/7/12 ADD F Bobby Farnham Signed to PTO
11/5/12 DEL C Adam Payerl Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)
11/5/12 DEL RW Keven Veilleux Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)
11/3/12 DEL D Carl Sneep Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)
11/3/12 DEL C DenverManderson Loaned to Wheeling (ECHL)
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                             
G Braden Holtby: T,3rdshootout wins (1); 15thGAA (2.21).
RW Garrett Mitchell:T,3rdSH goals (1).
C Zach Hamill: T,3rd – SH goals (1).
D Garrett Stafford:  T,7th (D) – scoring (1-8-9), T,5th (D) – assists (8).
D Cameron Schilling:  T,3rd (R) – plus-minus (+6).
D Tomas Kundratek:  T,14th (D) – scoring (2-5-7).
 
PENGUINS AMONG THE AHL:
RW Paul Thompson:  2ndshots on goal (41); T,5thgoals (6).
LW Eric Tangradi:  T,5thgoals (6).
G Jeff Zatkoff:  T, 1st – shutouts (2); T,3rdshootout wins (1); 11thGAA (2.00).
D Brian Dumoulin:  T,3rd (R) – PP assists (4).
LW Beau Bennett:  20th (R) – scoring (1-5-6).


ON THE AIR:  Fans may listen to tonight's game on the BEARS Radio Network of affiliates WQIC-FM 100.1, WTKT-1460 AM, WRBT-94.9 FM HD-2, and on the iHeartRadio application on Apple and Android devices.  For a nominal fee, fans may watch the game online via the official video provider of the American Hockey League, ahllive.com.

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