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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: ADMIRALS at BEARS


12/19/2012 -
TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
NORFOLK ADMIRALS at HERSHEY BEARS
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 7:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREES: Jean Hebert (#43) & David Banfield (#77)
LINESMEN: Tommy George (#61) & Bob Goodman (#90)

BEARS vs. ADMIRALS:  The HERSHEY BEARS and Norfolk Admirals meet for the fourth time out of eight during this regular season.  Norfolk is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.
 
SEVEN ENSHRINED FOREVER:  Tonight, on the 75th anniversary of the first game ever to be played at Hershey Sports Arena (now HERSHEYPARK Arena), the seven members comprising the inaugural class of the HERSHEY BEARS Hockey Club Hall of Fame will be enshrined – and the wall which houses plaques of their achievements will be dedicated on the concourse.
 
  • LLOYD S. BLINCO:  Lloyd S. Blinco was associated with the franchise that ultimately became the Hershey Bears as a player, coach and executive from 1932 until his retirement in 1973. A native of Grand'Mere, Quebec, Blinco played for the inaugural Hershey B'ars team in 1932-33 and also served as head coach of the Hershey Cubs in the Eastern Amateur Hockey League in 1938-39. The late Blinco served as President and General Manager of the Bears from 1949-73 and won the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding executive in 1968-69.
  • ARTHUR FAUSNACHT:  Arthur Fausnacht served as an AHL linesman for 23 years and an AHL goal judge for 26 years. The late Fausnacht was a graduate of the Hershey Vocational School.
  • RALPH KELLER:  Ralph Keller played for the Bears from 1963-74 and ranks first in club history for points by a defenseman (408) and games played by a defenseman (737). A native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, Keller held the AHL record for goals scored by a defenseman (111) at the time of his retirement. Keller was named a first-team AHL All-Star in 1968-69 and captained the 1973-74 Hershey Calder Cup championship team.
  • WILLIE MARSHALL:  Willie Marshall played for the Bears from 1956-63 and is the AHL's all-time leader in points (1,375), goals (523), assists (852) and games played (1,205). A native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Marshall ranks fifth in all-time Hershey scoring (570 points in 439 games) and won the AHL scoring title with the Bears in 1958-59. Marshall was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • FRANK MATHERS:  Frank Mathers was associated with the Bears as a player, coach and executive from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mathers was voted a first-team AHL All-Star defenseman for five consecutive seasons from 1951-56 and ranks first in all-time Hershey coaching wins (610) and first in all-time AHL games coached (1,256). The late Mathers was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1987 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • MIKE NYKOLUK:  Mike Nykoluk played for the Bears from 1958-72 and ranks first in Hershey history in games played (972), points (808) and assists (636). A native of Toronto, Ontario, Nykoluk recorded 50-plus assists in seven straight seasons and was named the AHL's Most Valuable Player in 1966-67. Nykoluk was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • JOHN B. SOLLENBERGER:  John B. Sollenberger was credited with introducing hockey to Hershey in 1931 and helped found the first Hershey B'ars Hockey Club in 1932. Sollenberger led the Bears into what is now known as the AHL in 1938-39 and served as the club's General Manager until 1949. The late Sollenberger is the namesake of the John B. Sollenberger Trophy, awarded annually to the AHL's leading scorer.
 
ALL-TIME:  Tonight’s game will be the 120th in regular-season history.  The BEARS have an all-time record of 65-46-8 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Admirals.
 
THE LAST TIME:  On a stage normally erected for the NHL, the BEARS and Admirals battled in front of 18,506 eager fans at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., the home of the Capitals, in the Washington AHL Showcase.  Braden Holtby, after being beaten on a shot by Norfolk’s Brandon McMillan just 10 seconds into the game, stopped the remainder of the 26 shots he faced to help the BEARS earn a 2-1 win.  Evan Barlow’s first goal with the BEARS tied the game late in the first period, and after a fairly even middle stanza, Ryan Potulny notched his first of the year 4:26 into the third to give the BEARS a lead which they never gave up.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES:
Wed. November 28, 2012 @Norfolk Norfolk Scope W 5-2
Sat. December 1, 2012 NORFOLK GIANT Center L 1-5
Thu. December 6, 2012 @Norfolk* Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. W 2-1
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 looked for the end of a perfect week on Saturday, but ended up one point shy as the club fell in a shootout to the Worcester Sharks by a 4-3 score.  The BEARS jumped out to a 3-1 first-period lead in the game, scoring that was started just 36 seconds in.  Cameron Schilling’s blast from the left point screamed past Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock, igniting the crowd of 10,075.  Worcester would score the first of three power play goals on the night when Jon Matsumoto tipped a shot past Braden Holtby, tying the game at 6:17.  Mike Carman would also be credited with a nice deflection of Garrett Stafford’s point shot to give the BEARS their lead back at 10:33, and at 13:26, Zach Hamill provided a bit of insurance with a highlight-reel goal for his ninth strike of the season.  The Sharks would climb back and tie the game however, with one goal in the second and third periods – both by James Sheppard.  After Holtby kept the nail-biter going with a penalty shot save on Brandon Mashinter with just 2:01 left in regulation,the two teams headed to an overtime dominated by HERSHEY.  With no further scoring the shootout followed, and Matsumoto was the only player to find the back of the net, giving the Sharks the extra point.
 
A shootout was also necessary to decide the outcome of Norfolk’s last game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday.  One day after falling 4-3 in overtime to the Sound Tigers, the Admirals wiped out a 2-0 deficit on goals by John Kurtz and Devante-Smith Pelly to force a shootout.  Emerson Etem and Jon Landry traded goals in the opening five rounds, before Smith-Pelly ended the night in favor of Norfolk in the eighth round.  The game featured a combined 94 shots on goal, with Norfolk holding the edge 53-41.  Igor Bobkov picked up the win, stopping 39 shots, while Kevin Poulin made 50 saves in taking a tough-luck loss.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of December 19):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Syracuse 26 17 6 1 2 37 .712 95 70
2. Binghamton 22 14 6 1 1 30 .682 70 53
3. W-B/Scranton 25 13 10 1 1 28 .560 69 68
4. HERSHEY 27 13 12 1 1 28 .519 73 75
5. Norfolk 24 11 12 1 0 23 .479 69 74
 
CINCO DiSALVATORE:  RW Jon DiSalvatore posted a five-point week, tallying two goals, three assists and a plus-1 rating in the span.  DiSalvatore has climbed into second place on the BEARS scoring leaderboard (9-13-22), and has points in eight of his last 10 games.
 
IN GOOD COMPANY:  G Braden Holtby picked up his 71st career victory on Wednesday at St. John’s, tying him with Phil Sauve for seventh in all-time wins by a BEARS goaltender.  The win was also the 12th shutout of his BEARS tenure, tying him with Andre Gill for fifth place in HERSHEY history.
 
TAFFE AT THE TOP:  C Jeff Taffe continues to set up many a HERSHEY goal, adding four more helpers this week to extend his streak to a current league-best six games.  Taffe’s 21 assists rank second in the AHL, his 10 power-play assists rank tied for second, and his 27 points are tied for fourth in the AHL scoring race.
 
HAMILL TIME:  C Zach Hamill scored in back-to-back games last week, and pulled into a tie with Jon DiSalvatore in scoring nine tallies on the season.  Hamill leads the team with three game-winning goals.  The BEARS are 11-2-0-1 in the games in which Hamill has recorded a point.
 
TIGHT GAMES:  Of the BEARS’ 27 games played to date, nearly half have finished with a one-goal margin.  The BEARS are 6-5-1-1 in one-goal games.
 
INTO THE TOP EIGHT:  The BEARS’ shootout setback to Worcester on Saturday still earned a point for the club.  HERSHEY has picked up points in eight of the last 10 games (7-2-0-1) to pull into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
 
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS – TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY Norfolk
Games Played FIVE TIED (27) SEVEN TIED (24)
Goals Jon DiSalvatore, Zach Hamill (9) Peter Holland (11)
Assists Jeff Taffe (21) Peter Holland (14)
Points Jeff Taffe (27) Peter Holland (25)
+/- Zach Hamill (+9) Nate Guenin (+9)
PP Goals Jon DiSalvatore, Tomas Kundratek (4) Peter Holland, Kyle Palmieri (4)
SH Goals Garrett Mitchell (2) Troy Bodie, Chris Wagner (1)
GW Goals Zach Hamill (3) Peter Holland (2)
PIMs Steve Oleksy (93) Troy Bodie (55)
Wins Braden Holtby (10) Frederik Andersen (7)
GAA Braden Holtby (2.40) Frederik Andersen (2.48)
Save % Braden Holtby (.924) Frederik Andersen (.924)
 
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Norfolk
Power Play 20-for-132 (15.2%) – 21st in AHL 16-for-121 (13.2%) – 25th in AHL
Penalty Kill 99-for-122 (81.1%) – 24th in AHL 105-for-123 (85.4%) – 8th in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:   
12/18/12 ADD RW Stanislav Galiev Reassigned by Washington (NHL) from Reading (ECHL)
12/17/12 ADD D Brett Flemming Reassigned by Washington (NHL) from Reading (ECHL)
12/15/12 DEL D Brett Flemming Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)
12/15/12 DEL RW Danick Paquette Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)
 
ADMIRALS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
12/15/12 ADD G Marco Cousineau Reassigned by Anaheim (NHL) from Fort Wayne (ECHL)
12/13/12 DEL D Hampus Lindholm Reassigned by Anaheim (NHL) to Sweden (WJC)
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                
C Jeff Taffe:  2ndassists (21); T,2ndPP assists (10); T,4thPP points (3-10-13); T-4thscoring (6-21-27).
G Braden Holtby:  T,5thwins (10); 13thGAA (2.40).
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,3rd (D) – PP points (4-7-11); T,4th (D) – PP goals (4); 4th (D) – goals (8); 4th (D) – shooting percentage (8/47=17.0%); T,12th (D) – scoring (8-8-16).

ADMIRALS AMONG THE AHL:
C Peter Holland:  12th – scoring (11-14-25).
G Frederik Andersen:  16thGAA (2.48).
C Chris Wagner:  T,2nd (R) – SH points (1-1-2).

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