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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: WHALE at BEARS


01/13/2013 -
TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
CONNECTICUT WHALE at HERSHEY BEARS
Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 5:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREES: Dave Lewis (#46) & Darcy Burchell (#42)
LINESMEN: Tommy George (#61) & Scott Pomento (#25)

BEARS vs. WHALE:  The HERSHEY BEARS and Connecticut Whale will play their second game in as many nights tonight at GIANT Center.  The matchup between the two clubs is the third of four in the regular season.  Connecticut is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the New York Rangers.
 
ALL-TIME:  The teams will play their 35th all-time meeting tonight, with the Whale holding the edge in the series.  The BEARS are 15-17-2 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Whale, which includes the totals against the Hartford Wolf Pack from 1997-2010.
 
LAST NIGHT:  Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves in regulation and overtime, and four saves on five shootout chances, to help the BEARS earn a 4-3 victory over the Whale in front of 10,409 fans.  The BEARS would end up winning the game after allowing the first goal, and despite going down 1-0 late in the first period, the team fought back on the very next shift to tie the contest.  Opening the scoring was Connecticut forward Kyle Jean, who used his speed to carry the puck through the left circle, cut to the crease and deposit a backhander behind Grubauer with 2:53 left in the frame.  But just 28 seconds later, Garrett Mitchell scored on nearly the same play, skating down the right wing and sending a shot along the ice from a sharp angle through the pads of Whale goaltender Jason Missiaen.  Mitchell’s linemates Barry Almeida and Jon Kalinski helped set up the goal, then combined to give the BEARS their first lead of the game just 17 seconds into the second period.  Almeida worked the puck from the left corner and slipped a pass to Kalinski who was inside the left faceoff circle.  Kalinski one-timed the pass under the glove of Missiaen, scoring his first goal as a member of the BEARS.  HERSHEY held the lead until the 11:56 mark of the third, when Tommy Grant turned a fanned-on shot into a pass to the point.  Logan Pyett sent a slap shot toward the net and Kelsey Tessier redirected it past Grubauer to tie the game.  On the BEARS third consecutive power play of the period, it would be the Whale who scored to reclaim the lead.  Chad Kolarik fought for his own rebound to stuff the chance past Grubauer at 13:50.  But the BEARS would finally snap what nearly was a six-game stretch without a power play goal when Zach Hamill ripped a one-timer off a pass from Tomas Kundratek stick-side on Missiaen at 14:44.  The teams played an energetic overtime, but still needed the skills competition.  Kolarik would put the Whale ahead with a score in the second round, but Garrett Stafford answered back with a pretty backhand-to-forehand move.  Stanislav Galiev then put on a stickhandling clinic and tucked his chance underneath Missiaen, giving the BEARS the lead.  Jean lost control of his chance in the fifth round, and with the Whale shooting first, the BEARS ended up taking two points.
 
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES:
Fri. October 26, 2012 @Connecticut XL Center 1-3 L
Sat. January 12, 2013 CONNECTICUT GIANTCenter 4-3 SOW
Sun. January 13, 2013 CONNECTICUT GIANTCenter  
Fri. March 22, 2013 @Connecticut XL Center  
                               
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of January 13):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Syracuse 37 24 8 2 3 53 .716 131 100
2. Binghamton 35 23 8 1 3 50 .714 113 86
3. HERSHEY 37 18 17 1 1 38 .514 95 92
4. W-B/Scranton 37 17 17 2 1 37 .500 87 94
5. Norfolk 35 14 18 2 1 31 .443 87 107
 
HEAD TO HEAD:  Connecticut defenseman Logan Pyett, who picked up two assists in last night’s game, has a total of three helpers to lead the head-to-head scoring.  Forwards Tommy Grant and Kyle Jean have each recorded one goal and one assist.  For the BEARS, both Jon Kalinski and Garrett Mitchell also have one goal and one assist, while Barry Almeida and Tomas Kundratek have two assists each.
 
GRUBAUER GETS IT DONE:  Goaltender Philipp Grubauer earned his first AHL victory last night against Connecticut.  He is 1-1-0 in two starts, and both of his games (October 21 vs. BNG, 64:53 and January 12 vs. CT, 65:00) went beyond regulation.
 
BARRY’S BACK:  Forward Barry Almeida returned to the BEARS for the first time since being loaned to ECHL Reading on November 20, and contributed with two assists and a plus-two rating against Connecticut.
 
SPECIALIST STAN:  RW Stanislav Galiev has recorded the winning goal in both of the BEARS’ two shootout wins this season (November 2 at Springfield, January 12 vs. Connecticut).
 
 
 
KANE JOINS 900 CLUB:  Captain Boyd Kane, who played in the 1,000th game of all the top professional leagues on Tuesday at Bridgeport (ECHL-71, AHL-898, NHL-31), became the 13th player in history to appear in 900 AHL games in last night’s contest against Connecticut.  Ironically, Kane played his first AHL game on November 20, 1998 as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the team that became the Whale after the 2009-2010 season.  In BEARS history, Kane ranks 37th in all-time games played, six games behind Brian Willsie.  Current Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander ranks ninth all-time (973 GP).
 
All-Time Leaders, AHL Games Played
Rank Player Played From-To Seasons GP
9. Ken Gernander 1991-2005 14 973
10. Jim Bartlett 1955-1973 16 955
11. Jimmy Anderson 1954-1970 16 943
12. Les Duff 1955-1970 15 927
13. BOYD KANE 1998-Present 15 900
  Larry Wilson 1951-1968 15 899
15. Dick Gamble 1954-1970 14 898
 
SPENDING TIME IN THE NORTHEAST:  Three of the five wins that the BEARS have recorded against Northeast Division teams have required extra time (11/2 at SPR, 3-2 SO; 1/8 at BRI, 4-3 OT; 1/12 vs. CT, 4-3 SO).  The BEARS have also won four of their last five games that have gone beyond regulation.
 
BEARS vs. WHALE – TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY Connecticut
Games Played Tomas Kundratek, Garrett Mitchell (37) FIVE TIED (36)
Goals Zach Hamill, Tomas Kundratek (11) ChadKolarik (15)
Assists Jeff Taffe (27) Kris Newbury (19)
Points Jeff Taffe (35) ChadKolarik, Kris Newbury (29)
PIMs Steve Oleksy (109) Michael Haley (105)
Plus/Minus Garrett Mitchell (+10) LoganPyett (+7)
Power-Play Goals Tomas Kundratek (5) ChadKolarik (6)
Shorthanded Goals Garrett Mitchell (2) ChadKolarik, Kris Newbury (2)
Game-Winning Goals Zach Hamill (3) LoganPyett (3)
Wins Braden Holtby (12) Cameron Talbot (12)
Goals-Against Average Braden Holtby (2.14) Cameron Talbot (2.61)
Save Percentage Braden Holtby (.932) Cameron Talbot (.918)
 
BEARS vs. WHALE – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Connecticut
Power Play 24-for-169 (14.2%) – 24th in AHL 24-for-156 (15.4%) – 19th in AHL
Penalty Kill 138-for-165 (83.6%) – 15th in AHL 137-for-169 (81.1%) – 23rd in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:             
1/12/13 ADD RW Alex Berry Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/12/13 ADD RW Matt Pope Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/12/13 ADD LW Barry Almeida Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/7/13 ADD D Brett Flemming Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)
1/7/13 ADD G Philipp Grubauer Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)
1/7/13 DEL RW Alex Berry Returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/7/13 DEL RW Matt Pope Returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
 
WHALE RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
1/9/13 ADD C Shayne Wiebe Signed to SPC
1/8/13 ADD LW Andrew Yogan Reassigned by NY Rangers (NHL) from Greenville (ECHL)
1/6/13 ADD C J.T. Miller Reassigned by NY Rangers (NHL) from United States (WJC)
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                             
G Braden Holtby:  T,2ndshutouts (4); 3rdsave percentage (.932); 5thGAA (2.14).
C Jeff Taffe:  T,3rdassists (27); T,7thscoring (8-27-35).
D Tomas Kundratek:  3rd (D) – shooting percentage (11/65=16.9%); T,3rd (D) – PP goals (5); 3rd (D) – goals (11); T,13th (D) – scoring (11-10-21).
D Steve Oleksy:  5th (D) – PIM (109).
RW Stanislav Galiev:  T,1st (R) – shootout-winning goals (2).
 
WHALE AMONG THE AHL:
LW Tommy Grant:  4thshooting percentage (9/37=24.3%).
LW Michael Haley:  3rdmajor penalties (15).
G Cameron Talbot:  T,1stshootout percentage (5/5=100%); 4thsaves (748).
LW Marek Hrivik:  T,4th (R) – assists (18); T,14th (R) – scoring (4-18-22).

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