Game Preview: Bears vs Wolf Pack, 7 p.m.
TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
Hartford Wolf Pack (21-35-3-2, 47 points, 7th in Atlantic) at Hershey Bears (33-18-8-3, 77 points, 5th in Atlantic)
Friday, March 17, 2017- 7:00 p.m.
Broadcast Information (Pre-game 6:30 PM)
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WOLF PACK AT BEARS: The Hershey Bears take the ice this evening for a St. Patrick’s Day contest versus the Hartford Wolf Pack. This is the first of two straight games versus the Wolf Pack as Hershey enters tonight’s game looking for an eighth straight victory on home ice. Hershey enters this weekend with its sights set on climbing into the top four in the Atlantic Division standings. The Bears are tied with both Bridgeport and Providence at 77 points entering tonight’s game. The Bears have won five of the past six games while the Wolf Pack have lost five straight games.
2016-17 REGULAR-SEASON SERIES VS HARTFORD: (3-1-1-0)
October 26 At Hartford XL Center OTL, 3-2
December 17 HARTFORD Giant Center L, 5-4
January 25 At Hartford XL Center W, 5-4
February 11 HARTFORD Giant Center W, 4-2
February 24 At Hartford XL Center W, 6-1
March 17 HARTFORD Giant Center
March 18 HARTFORD Giant Center
March 21 At Hartford XL Center
Sunday, March 12: Hershey 4, Providence 2
Stanislav Galiev scored twice, and Pheonix Copley turned aside 28 shots as the Hershey Bears hockey team won a seventh straight game on home ice, beating the Providence Bruins 4-2 on Sunday at the Giant Center. The victory pulled Hershey into a three-way tie in the Atlantic Division at 77 points with Providence and Bridgeport, however the Bruins and Sound Tigers have played one fewer game than Hershey.
After falling behind 1-0 on an Alex Grant goal only 1:46 to the game, Galiev responded with his 20th goal of the season. The forward rushed down the left wing and snapped a shot through netminder Malcom Subban to make it 1-1. Colby Williams assisted on the goal.
After Jake DeBrusk gave Providence a 2-1 lead at the 9:33 mark of the first period, Galiev had an answer again, striking on the power play at 16:24. Christian Thomas slapped a pass towards the net that Galiev redirected past Subban’s pad to make it 2-2. Galiev’s two-goal performance gave him his fifth multi-goal game of the season.
The game-winning goal came from Hershey captain Garrett Mitchell at the 14:19 mark of the second period. The Bears rushed in on an odd-man rush, and Chandler Stephenson found teammate Chris Bourque in the slot. He fired a shot to the net that Subban stopped, but the netminder appeared to lose track of the puck. Mitchell capitalized on the rebound and struck for his eighth goal of the season to give Hershey the 3-2 lead.
Copley would deny the Bruins of a tying goal in the third period, adding nine saves in the final frame. Nathan Walker would complete the victory for Hershey, collecting his 10th goal of the season by scoring into an empty net with 47 seconds to play.
The end of the game saw bad blood boil over as a scrum erupted in front of the Providence net. Providence netminder Malcom Subban jumped into the scrum, and challenged Hershey’s Copley to a fight. Copley skated out to center ice and dropped his gloves, but Subban was restrained by the officials and ushered to the locker room before a fight developed.
The Bears were outshot 30-15 in the contest and went 1-for-5 on the power play. Providence was 0-for-3.
BEARS vs. WOLF PACK - SPECIAL TEAMS: (As of March 17:)
Power Play 59-for-269 (21.9%) – 6th in AHL
Penalty Kill 223-for-272 (82.0%) – 17th in AHL
Power Play 38-for-214 (17.8%) –16th in AHL
Penalty Kill 194-for-249 (77.9) – 28th in AHL
BEARS vs. HARTFORD – TEAM LEADERS (Stats Exclude Players on NHL Recall):
Goals Christian Thomas (23)
Assists Travis Boyd (37)
Points Chris Bourque (52)
PIMs Tyler Lewington (127)
Plus/Minus Stanislav Galiev (+16)
Power-Play Goals Christian Thomas (11)
Shorthanded Goals N/A
Game-Winning Goals Paul Carey (5)
Wins Pheonix Copley (18)
Goals-Against Average Pheonix Copley (2.25)
Save Percentage Pheonix Copley (.924)
Goals Nicklas Jensen (25)
Assists Taylor Beck (39)
Points Taylor Beck (54)
PIMs Chris Brown (65)
Plus/Minus Taylor Beck (+13)
Power-Play Goals Nicklas Jensen (7)
Shorthanded Goals Marek Hrivik (2)
Game-Winning Goals Seven Tied (2)
Wins Mackenzie Skapski (1)
Goals-Against Average Jeff Malcom (4.06)
Save Percentage Jeff Malcom (.892)
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Mar. 17 ADD LW Jakub Vrana Returned on loan by Washington (NHL)
Mar. 14 DEL C Kelly Zajac Returned on loan to South Carolina (ECHL)
Mar. 14 DEL D Cody Corbett Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to South Carolina (ECHL)
Mar. 14 ADD D Kris Bindulis Signed to ATO
Mar. 9 ADD LW Mason Mitchell Signed to ATO
Mar. 9 ADD C Hampus Gustafsson Signed to ATO
Mar. 8 ADD D Mattias Backman Reassigned by Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)
Mar. 8 DEL D Darren Dietz Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Texas (AHL)
WOLF PACK RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Mar. 16 DEL D Spiro Goulakos Returned on loan to Greenville (ECHL)
Mar. 16 DEL G Magnus Hellberg Recalled from loan by NY Rangers (NHL)
Mar. 13 ADD G Magnus Hellberg Returned on loan from NY Rangers (NHL)
Mar. 10 DEL G Magnus Hellberg Recalled from loan by NY Rangers (NHL)
Mar. 10 ADD G Jeff Malcom Recalled from loan to Greenville (ECHL)
Mar 8 DEL G Brandon Halverson Reassigned by NY Rangers (NHL) to Greenville (ECHL)
Mar. 8 ADD RW Michael Joly Recalled from loan to Greenville (ECHL)
BEARS NEWS AND NOTES:
LAST TIME VERSUS HARTFORD: The Bears visited the Wolf Pack on Feb. 24 and exploded offensively in the second period, scoring five goals on 20 shots, en route to a 6-1 victory at the XL Center. The five goals in a single period tied a season-high for Hershey, and the 20 shots in a single period set a new season-high for the club. Hershey outshot Hartford 32-23.
LUCK OF THE IRISH: The Bears have won four straight games on St. Patrick’s Day dating back to a 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Mar. 17, 2007. Tonight is Hershey’s first game on St. Patrick’s Day since Mar. 17, 2013. That evening Hershey topped the Adirondack Phantoms 5-2 at Giant Center. Forwards Jeff Taffe posted four points (two goals, two assists), current Capitals defenseman Dmitri Orlov had two assists, and current Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 36 shots. Hershey’s last loss on St. Patrick’s Day came on Mar. 17, 2006 when the Bears fell in Binghamton, 3-2, in a shootout.
HOTTEST SCORER IN THE AHL: Since the start of 2017, no player in the AHL has more goals than Hershey forward Stanislav Galiev. Since the calendar turned, Galiev has collected a league-best 17 tallies in just 27 games. The forward has enjoyed five multi-goal games since January 1, including scoring a hat trick on Feb. 3 at Binghamton. Galiev enters this week on a five-game point streak, scoring eight points (four goals, four assists) in that stretch.
CAPTAIN CHASES 100: Captain Garrett Mitchell’s game-winning goal in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Providence was the 99th point of his Hershey and AHL career. The forward’s next point will help him hit the century mark. Mitchell has collected 44 goals and 55 assists in 341 career games with Hershey.
BEARS-WOLF PACK FAST FACTS: Both Christian Djoos (one goal, six assists) and Travis Boyd (three goals, four assists) both have seven points versus Hartford this season…Djoos has the third best shooting percentage (14.5%) among all AHL defenders…Hershey’s seven game home win streak is just one shy of this season’s AHL season-high home win streak set by Chicago…Hartford has lost five straight road games, being outscored 26-9.
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