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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: ADMIRALS at BEARS


12/01/2012 -
TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
NORFOLK ADMIRALS at HERSHEY BEARS
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 7:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREE: Darcy Burchell (#42)
LINESMEN: Tommy George (#61) & Bob Goodman (#90)

BEARS vs. ADMIRALS:  Welcome to GIANT Center for tonight’s game between your HERSHEY BEARS and the visiting Norfolk Admirals.  Tonight’s matchup is the second of eight between the teams.  Norfolk is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.
 
ALL-TIME:  Tonight’s game will be the 118th in regular-season history.  The BEARS have an all-time record of 64-45-8 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Admirals.
 
THE LAST TIME:  The BEARS and Admirals got together just three days ago in Hampton Roads in the opener of the season series, and it was HERSHEY pulling out a 5-2 victory.  After being unable to capitalize on a power play early in the game, the BEARS did work hard to get the game’s first goal – and it came in the final minute of the opening period when T.J. Syner slammed home a pass from Zach Hamill behind Norfolk goaltender Igor Bobkov.  The Admirals’ Kyle Palmieri tied the score with a similar goal, getting open at the top of the crease and putting a Peter Holland pass behind Braden Holtby.  HERSHEY then scored twice in a span of 51 seconds to open the game up in the middle stanza, courtesy of goals by Jon DiSalvatore and Patrick McNeill.  Trailing 3-1 in the third, Norfolk cut their deficit to one goal with a nice deflection by John Mitchell of a shot by Gabe Guentzel.  Norfolk earned some momentum after the goal, going on the power play twice in a span of 4:04.  But the BEARS’ penalty kill once again stood tall, and not long afterward, Garrett Mitchell provided the insurance marker when he scored off of a pretty pass from Boyd Kane.  DiSalvatore later took a Jeff Taffe feed and found the empty net for his second of the game with time winding down, helping the BEARS to victory.  Holtby finished with 24 saves in earning the win.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES:
Wed. November 28, 2012 @Norfolk Norfolk Scope W 5-2
Sat. December 1, 2012 NORFOLK GIANT Center  
Thu. December 6, 2012 @Norfolk* Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.  
Wed. December 19, 2012 NORFOLK GIANT Center  
Sun. February 10, 2013 NORFOLK GIANT Center  
Sat. March 2, 2013 NORFOLK GIANT Center  
Fri. March 8, 2013 @Norfolk Norfolk Scope  
Sat. March 9, 2013 @Norfolk Norfolk Scope  
                               
RECENT RECAPS:  The BEARS won their third consecutive game last night with a victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at GIANT Center, a game which also featured a second straight 5-2 final score.  The visiting Sound Tigers, who entered the night ranked tied for first on the power play and last in road penalty killing, appeared to have the edge when they killed off the first two BEARS power plays in the first period.  Netminder Anders Nilsson frustrated the BEARS early and held his team in the game despite HERSHEY outshooting their opponent 11-4 through the first 20 minutes.  Momentum then swung squarely to Bridgeport when they capitalized for the game’s first goal 5:50 into the second period.  Johan Sundstrom followed up his own rebound to slide the puck underneath Braden Holtby to put the visitors ahead.  But once again, the BEARS did not quit and scored within the period’s final minute.  Bridgeport would turn the puck over in their own end, and Jon DiSalvatore made a nifty tip pass behind his back to Zach Hamill who was camped at the side of Nilsson’s crease.  Hamill had a slam-dunk to tie game going into the second intermission.  The BEARS had a golden opportunity to forge ahead early in the third when the Sound Tigers were handed two full minutes of a two-man disadvantage, but the penalty kill again did its job.  Shortly after it expired, Tomas Kundratek scored a timely goal when his low slapper eluded Nilsson.  Just 47 seconds later, defenseman Jordan Hill scored on a hard individual effort, beating Holtby over the blocker through traffic and tying the game.  The BEARS proved to be too much, however, when Jeff Taffe’s slap shot blew past Nilsson at 14:22, and Patrick McNeill’s power-play blast from nearly the same spot also eluded Nilsson under two minutes later.  DiSalvatore hit the empty net for the second straight game to give the BEARS the win.
 
Norfolkhas been idle since Wednesday’s matchup against HERSHEY.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of November 30):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Syracuse 18 12 4 1 1 26 .722 68 47
2. Binghamton 17 11 4 1 1 24 .706 52 42
3. W-B/Scranton 19 12 7 0 0 24 .632 53 43
4. HERSHEY 20 9 10 1 0 19 .475 54 57
5. Norfolk 18 7 11 0 0 14 .389 50 63
 
PAIRS PLUS:  The defense pair of Dmitry Orlov and Patrick McNeill have combined for two goals, five assists and a plus-16 rating over their last three games.  Orlov has put together three consecutive games with a plus-3 rating, while McNeill has a point in all three games since returning from being a healthy scratch for 14 consecutive games.
 
HAMILL TIME:C Zach Hamill has orchestrated a four-game point streak, tallying three goals, three assists and a plus-5 rating in the time frame.  Hamill’s goal last night was his team-leading seventh marker of the season.
 
TAFFE TAKING OVER:  C Jeff Taffe added another two-point effort in last night’s win over Bridgeport, extending his point streak to three games with (1-5-6, +3) in that stretch.
 
TOMAS TALLIES:  D Tomas Kundratek leads all BEARS blueliners with five goals after adding a score in last night’s victory.  Additionally, all five of Kundratek’s goals have come on home ice.
 
CAPTAIN & TENURE:  Captain Boyd Kane appeared in his 311th game with HERSHEY last night.  Kane now sits by himself in 39th place on the BEARS’ all-time games played list, one back of Norm Corcoran (312 - 38th,) and four behind Brian Dobbin (315 - 37th).  He needs just 16 more games to reach 900 in his AHL career.
 
GOLDEN GOALTENDING:  G Braden Holtby picked up his 68th career win in a HERSHEY uniform last night against Bridgeport, tying the total reached by Claude Dufour for eighth place all-time.  He is three wins behind Phil Sauve for the seventh spot.
 
ONE DOWN, ONE MORE COMING:  RW Jon DiSalvatore recorded his 500th AHL point with his second-period goal against Toronto on Sunday.  The next milestone on DiSalvatore’s watch list is just two games away – his 700th AHL contest.
 
SHOTS WILL COME:  The BEARS outshot their opponent for just the third time this season last night (32-24), and are now 2-1-0-0 when outshooting their opponent.
 
YOU’D BETTER BEHAVE:  The BEARS set a new season low for combined penalty minutes (10) with their opponent on Wednesday at Norfolk, and nearly set a season low for team penalty minutes last night when they matched their total from Wednesday (six).
 
 
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS – TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY Norfolk
Games Played SIX TIED (20) SEVERAL TIED (18)
Goals Zach Hamill (7) Peter Holland (9)
Assists Garrett Stafford, Jeff Taffe (13) Sami Vatanen (9)
Points Jeff Taffe (19) Peter Holland (17)
+/- Zach Hamill (+6) Nate Guenin (+8)
PP Goals Tomas Kundratek, Jeff Taffe (3) THREE TIED (3)
SH Goals Garrett Mitchell (2) Troy Bodie, Chris Wagner (1)
GW Goals Zach Hamill, Cameron Schilling (2) FIVE TIED (1)
PIMs Steve Oleksy (67) Troy Bodie (43)
     
Wins Braden Holtby (7) Frederik Andersen (4)
GAA Braden Holtby (2.52) Frederik Andersen (2.81)
Save % Braden Holtby (.924) Frederik Andersen (.915)
 
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Norfolk
Power Play 15-for-94 (16.0%) – 20th in AHL 13-for-90 (14.4%) – 24th in AHL
Penalty Kill 76-for-91 (83.5%) – 13th in AHL 72-for-88 (81.8%) – 20th in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:             
11/25/12 ADD LW Evan Barlow Signed to PTO
 
ADMIRALS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
11/26/12 ADD D Gabe Guentzel Recalled from loan to Fort Wayne (ECHL)
11/26/12 DEL LW Garrett Klotz Loaned to Fort Wayne (ECHL)
11/26/12 DEL LW Luca Caputi Loaned to Fort Wayne (ECHL)
11/26/12 DEL RW Ryan Lasch Reassigned by Anaheim (NHL) to Fort Wayne (ECHL)
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                             
C Jeff Taffe:  T-9thscoring (6-13-19).
RW Garrett Mitchell:T,1stSH goals (2).
D Garrett Stafford:  T,5th (D) – assists (13); T,3rd (D) – PP assists (7); T,8th (D) – scoring (1-13-14).
D Tomas Kundratek:  T,2nd (D) – PP points (3-6-9); T,3rd (D) – PP goals (3); T,15th (D) – scoring (5-7-12).
 
ADMIRALS AMONG THE AHL:
C Chris Wagner:  T,2nd (R) – SH points (1-1-2); T,2nd (R) – SH goals (1).

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