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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: ADMIRALS at BEARS


03/02/2013 -
TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
NORFOLK ADMIRALS at HERSHEY BEARS
Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 7:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREE: Nicolas Leduc (#12)
LINESMEN: Scott Adams (#20) & Jud Ritter (#34)

BEARS vs. ADMIRALS:  Tonight’s game features your HERSHEY BEARS against the visiting Norfolk Admirals.  The matchup is the sixth of eight between the teams in the regular season.  Norfolk is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.
 
ALL-TIME:  Tonight’s game will be the 122nd in regular-season history.  The BEARS have an all-time record of 66-46-9 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Admirals.
 
THE LAST TIME:  In a game in which the Admirals appeared to have had control, the BEARS came out of the second intermission and wiped out a 3-0 deficit to earn a point in a 4-3 shootout loss on February 10 at GIANT Center.  Norfolk forward Patrick Maroon got the scoring started at 14:14 of the first period, deflecting a point shot from Sami Vatanen past goaltender Dany Sabourin.  The Admirals held the lead at the intermission despite being outshot 12-7 in the opening period.  Norfolk doubled their lead at 8:32 of the second, when Peter Holland’s snap shot from the slot eluded Sabourin.  Dan Sexton made it 3-0 after the Maroon forced a turnover behind the BEARS net.  The puck came into the slot for a wide-open chance that Sexton buried at 17:22.  The BEARS then took back-to-back penalties, putting the team two men down with 1:21 left on the clock in the second period.  The hosts killed off the first portion and then the carry-over portion early in the third, setting the stage for the comeback.  Barry Almeida’s sixth of the season beat Norfolk netminder Igor Bobkov and came on a pretty pass from Jeff Taffe just 1:42 in.  Ryan Potulny then took over, scoring his sixth goal at 10:35 and his seventh with 34.5 seconds left in regulation.  Bobkov stood tall in an overtime completely controlled by the BEARS, making his best stop on a Taffe breakaway with 30 seconds left to play.  Norfolk then turned the tide and controlled the shootout, getting three goals to the BEARS’ one as the team won for the second time in the season series.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES (3-1-0-1):
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 W 4-0
Sun. February 10, 2013 NORFOLK GIANT Center SOL 3-4
Sat. March 2, 2013 NORFOLK GIANT Center  
Fri. March 8, 2013 @Norfolk Norfolk Scope  
Sat. March 9, 2013 @Norfolk Norfolk Scope  
 
RECENT RECAPS:  With three points separating the two biggest rivals in the league, the BEARS and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins squared off last night at Mohegan Sun Arena, and despite being outshot by a 34-15 margin on the night, the BEARS took two points back down Interstate 81 with a 3-2 victory.  The visitors completely controlled the first ten minutes of the game, scoring three times before the period was halfway complete.  Two seconds after the BEARS first power play expired, Boyd Kane lifted a backhander over the glove of starting goaltender Brad Thiessen for a 1-0 lead.  Jeff Taffe made it 2-0, backhanding a shot from the slot over Thiessen’s blocker.  Ryan Potulny’s 11th goal of the campaign and third goal in as many games expanded the HERSHEY lead to 3-0 and ended Thiessen’s night as the goal came on the BEARS’ seventh shot.  The momentum began to swing when the Penguins’ Tom Kostopoulos got the hosts on the board with a power play goal late in the frame.  In the second period, the Penguins fired 16 shots on Sabourin but the only shot that found its way into the net was a point shot from defenseman Joey Mormina.  The Penguins took nine more shots in the third, but Sabourin turned them all away, blocking a great rebound chance by Jayson Megna and withstanding furious pressure in the game’s final minute while facing six attackers.  The BEARS won their seventh of the 11 meetings between the rivals and will have one more to play in early April.
 
Norfolk, down 2-0 on home ice early in the first period last night, exploded for six unanswered goals – which included a hat trick by forward Peter Holland – en route to a 6-2 thumping of the Charlotte Checkers.  After Chris Terry and Zac Dalpe staked the Checkers to the lead 8:04 into the game, Norfolk forward Brandon McMillan got the Admirals on the board less than 30 seconds later.  McMillan’s second of the contest tied the score early in the second, and after rookie Chris Wagner put the Admirals ahead, Holland rattled off three consecutive goals – completing his hat trick with nine seconds left in the game – helping the team cruise to victory. 
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of March 2):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Syracuse 55 34 15 2 4 74 .673 191 145
2. Binghamton 54 32 17 1 4 69 .639 163 138
3. W-B/Scranton 56 29 24 2 1 61 .545 130 128
4. HERSHEY 55 26 21 3 5 60 .545 143 136
5. Norfolk 54 25 25 3 1 54 .500 131 151
 
POTULNY PICKING UP PACE:  C Ryan Potulny recorded the eventual game-winner in last night’s victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and has recorded goals in three consecutive games.
 
HE’S PLAYING VERY WELL: C Casey Wellman, who earned an assist on Potulny’s game-winner, extended his point streak to six games.  Wellman has registered three goals and six assists in the string of games.
 
TAFFE STILL ON TOP:  C Jeff Taffe continues to pace the BEARS offense with 47 points (13-34-47).  His 13th goal came in last night’s win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Taffe’s 34 assists are tied for the AHL lead, and his point total ranks tied for eighth overall.
 
KANE IS ABLE:  LW Boyd Kane notched his 12th goal of the season to start the BEARS’ offense in last night’s win.  The goal was his 99th as a member of the BEARS.  He is also poised to become the second BEARS player this season to reach 500 points in his AHL career (212-284-496).  BEARS forward Jon DiSalvatore reached the milestone earlier this season.
 
Kane also became the 13th player in history to appear in 900 AHL games on January 12 against Connecticut.  With his 344th game in a HERSHEY sweater coming last night, the BEARS captain passed Eddy Godin and Jay Johnston to move into 34th place in team history.  He ranks just 10 games behind former BEARS left winger Les Duff for 12th place in all-time AHL games played.
 
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 15 917
14. Larry Wilson 1951-1968 15 899
 
HOLDING THE LEAD:  The BEARS (20-0-2-2) and Admirals (13-0-0-1) are two of eight teams in the AHL that are unbeaten in regulation when leading after two periods.
 
KINGS OF TIGHT GAMES:  The BEARS’ 3-2 victory last night was the team’s 32nd one-goal game of the season.  Only the Houston Aeros (33) have played more.  The BEARS have a record of 13-11-3-5 in such games.
 
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS – TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY Norfolk
Games Played Garrett Mitchell (55) Mat Clark (51)
Goals Jon DiSalvatore (14) Peter Holland (19)
Assists Jeff Taffe (34) Sami Vatanen (26)
Points Jeff Taffe (47) Peter Holland (38)
+/- Boyd Kane, Garrett Mitchell (+10) Chris Wagner (+10)
PP Goals Jon DiSalvatore (8) Peter Holland (6)
SH Goals Garrett Mitchell (2) T. Bodie, P. Holland, C. Wagner (1)
GW Goals Cameron Schilling (3) Josh Brittain (3)
PIMs Steve Oleksy (149) Jay Rosehill (90)
     
Wins Dany Sabourin (8) Frederik Andersen (13)
GAA Philipp Grubauer (2.10) Frederik Andersen (2.16)
Save % Philipp Grubauer (.928) Frederik Andersen (.931)
 
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Norfolk
Power Play 44-for-243 (18.1%) – 11th in AHL 38-for-264 (14.4%) – 23rd in AHL
Penalty Kill 203-for-239 (84.9%) – 9th in AHL 233-for-276 (84.4%) – 10th in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:   
2/28/13 ADD G Brandon Anderson Reassigned by Washington (NHL) from Reading (ECHL)
2/28/13 ADD C Casey Wellman Returned on loan from Washington (NHL)
2/28/13 ADD G Philipp Grubauer Returned on loan from Washington (NHL)
2/27/13 DEL G Philipp Grubauer Recalled from loan by Washington (NHL)
2/27/13 DEL LW T.J. Syner Returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/26/13 DEL C Casey Wellman Recalled from loan by Washington (NHL)
2/25/13 DEL G Brandon Anderson Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)
 
ADMIRALS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
3/1/13 DEL D Gabe Guentzel Returned on loan to Fort Wayne (ECHL)
3/1/13 DEL D Nick Schaus Returned on loan to Fort Wayne (ECHL)
2/26/13 DEL RW Emerson Etem Recalled from loan by Anaheim (NHL)
2/25/13 ADD C Peter Holland Returned on loan from Anaheim (NHL)
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                 
C Jeff Taffe:  T,1stassists (34); T,8thscoring (13-34-47).
LW Barry Almeida:  2nd (R) – shooting percentage (6/26=23.1%).
D Steve Oleksy:  3rd (D ) – PIM (149).
 
ADMIRALS AMONG THE AHL:
G Frederik Andersen:  3rdsave percentage (.931); 5thGAA (2.16).
D Sami Vatanen:  T,3rd (R) – PP assists (13); 4th (D) – assists (26); T,5th (D) – scoring (4-26-30).

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