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03/19/2017 - TODAY'S GAME NOTES
Hershey Bears (35-18-8-3, 81 points, 4th in Atlantic) at Bridgeport Sound Tigers (38-22-2-1, 79 points, 5th in Atlantic)
Sunday, March 19, 2017- 3:00 p.m.
Webster bank Arena

Broadcast Information (Pre-game 2:30 PM)
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BEARS AT SOUND TIGERS: The Hershey Bears return to the Webster Bank Arena to battle the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the fourth Sunday this season. Hershey is a much-improved team since its last visit to Bridgeport, going 8-2-0-0 over the past 10 games and adding key pieces including netminder Pheonix Copley. The Bears enter today’s game having won four straight contests and currently hold a lead over Bridgeport for fourth place in the Atlantic Division by just two points. Hershey has not won at the Webster Bank Arena this season.

October 22    BRIDGEPORT    Giant Center    W, 5-2
November 12    BRIDGEPORT    Giant Center    SOL, 4-3
December 30    BRIDGEPORT    Giant Center    W, 6-2
February 12    At Bridgeport    Webster Bank Arena    L, 5-4
February 19    At Bridgeport    Webster Bank Arena    L, 5-1
February 26    At Bridgeport    Webster Bank Arena    L, 2-1
March 19    At Bridgeport    Webster Bank Arena    
April 1    BRIDGEPORT    Giant Center    


Saturday, March 18: Hershey 6, Hartford 4

Paul Carey scored four goals to lead the Hershey Bears hockey team to a 6-4 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at the Giant Center. The best game of Carey’s professional career gave Hershey a ninth straight victory on home ice. 

Carey started, and finished, the scoring on Saturday. The forward notched the game’s opening tally at 7:50 of the first period. Coming off a four-point night, Christian Djoos found Carey on the right wing. The forward snapped a shot past the glove of Hartford netminder Mackenzie Skapski to make it 1-0 Hershey. 

After Christian Thomas added his team-leading 24th goal of the season on the power play to give Hershey a 2-0 lead, Carey struck again at the 7:13 mark of the second period. Travis Boyd fed Carey on the right wing, and the forward snapped a shot past Skapski to make it 3-0. 

Riley Barber’s goal at 14:06 of the middle frame ended Skapski’s night and gave Hershey a 4-0 lead. However, Hartford swung the momentum with two power play goals late in the second period. Hartford's Ryan Graves scored a 5-on-3 power play goal at 16:57 to make it 4-1, and Taylor Beck struck at 17:36 on a slap shot to make it 4-2 Hershey. 

Carey completed the hat trick at 11:15 of the third period, deflecting a shot from behind the goal line off a Hartford defender and past new goaltender Jeff Malcolm to make it 5-3 on the power play. The hat trick was the first of Carey’s AHL career. 

After Matt Carey and Boo Nieves scored back-to-back goals for Hartford at 14:51 and 15:33 of the third period to make it 5-4 Hershey, Paul Carey scored his fourth goal into the empty net at 18:49. With the tally, Carey became the first player to score four goals for the Bears since Mathieu Perreault did it versus Bridgeport on Feb. 27, 2010. 

Carey nearly added a fifth goal just before the horn, but the officials ruled no goal as a fight broke out.  In the victory, Hershey outshot Hartford 38-19. The Bears were 2-for-6 on the power play and Hartford was 2-for-5.



Power Play    61-for-279 (21.6%) – 6th in AHL
Penalty Kill    228-for-280 (81.4%) – 17th in AHL

Power Play    42-for-249 (16.9%) –19th in AHL
Penalty Kill    210-for-262 (80.2%) – 22nd in AHL

BEARS vs. SOUND TIGERS – TEAM LEADERS (Stats Exclude Players on NHL Recall):

Goals    Christian Thomas (24)
Assists    Travis Boyd (43)
Points    Chris Bourque, Travis Boyd (55)
PIMs    Tyler Lewington (132)
Plus/Minus    Stanislav Galiev (+19)
Power-Play Goals    Christian Thomas (12)
Shorthanded Goals    N/A
Game-Winning Goals    Paul Carey (6)
Wins    Pheonix Copley (19)
Goals-Against Average    Pheonix Copley (2.28)
Save Percentage    Pheonix Copley (.923)

Goals    Bracken Kearns (21)
Assists    Devon Toews (34)
Points    Bracken Kearns (45)
PIMs    Kyle Burroughs (99)
Plus/Minus    Bracken Kearns (+19)
Power-Play Goals    Steve Bernier (9)
Shorthanded Goals    Connor Jones (2)
Game-Winning Goals    Three Tied (4)
Wins    Jaroslav Halak (16)
Goals-Against Average    Jaroslav Halak (2.20)
Save Percentage    Jaroslav Halak (.924)

Mar. 17    ADD    LW    Jakub Vrana    Returned on loan from 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. 16    DEL    D    Patrick Cullity    Reassigned by NY Islanders (NHL) to Missouri (ECHL)
Mar. 15    ADD    C    Justin Danforth    Signed to ATO
Mar. 12    ADD    RW    Brant Harris    Signed to PTO
Mar. 7    ADD    C    Darren Nowich    Signed to PTO
Feb. 28    DEL    RW    Josh Ho-Sang    Recalled from loan by NY Islanders (NHL)
Feb. 28    ADD    C    Kyle Schempp    Reassigned by NY Islanders (NHL) from Missouri (ECHL)
Feb. 26    ADD    C    Bracken Kearns    Returned on loan from NY Islanders (NHL)


LAST TIME VERSUS BRIDGEPORT: In a game that lacked offensive, a highlight-reel goal was the difference the last time Hershey met Bridgeport. On Feb. 26, the Sound Tigers earned a third straight Sunday win over Hershey, defeating the Bears 2-1 at Webster Bank Arena. Josh Winquist’s impressive goal at 7:01 of the third period broke a 1-1 stalemate and gave Bridgeport the victory. Christian Djoos had the lone goal for Hershey. Hershey outshot Bridgeport, 20-17. 

HISTORY FOR CAREY: Last night, forward Paul Carey became the first Hershey player to score four goals in a single game since Mathieu Perrault accomplished the feat on Feb. 27, 2010 versus Bridgeport. Perrault notched a pair of goals in the first and second period in Hershey’s 9-2 win at Giant Center. Last night, Carey nearly scored a fifth goal, notching a tally at the buzzer that was ruled no goal. Had that goal counted, he would have been the first player with five goals in a game for the Bears since Andre Deschamps versus Baltimore in 1976.

TOP SCORERS & STREAKS: Hershey boasts three players in the top-10 in the AHL’s scoring race. Chris Bourque and Travis Boyd are tied for third with 55 points, while Paul Carey is seventh with 53 points. Carey’s six game-winning goals are also tied for second in the AHL.  Carey currently has a five game point streak. Additionally, forward Stanislav Galiev has a seven game point streak while defender Tom Gilbert has assists in three straight games. 

BEARS-SOUND TIGERS FAST FACTS: Chris Bourque leads the season series with nine points (one goal, eight assists) versus Bridgeport…The Sound Tigers have got seven assists from Ryan Pulock in the season series…Jaroslav Halak is 3-0-0 versus Hershey with a 2.00 goals against average and .915 save percentage…Netminder Pheonix Copley went 2-0-0 in three games versus Bridgeport in 2014-15 with a 2.31 goals against average, a .924 save percentage, and one fight versus Bridgeport goalie Kevin Poulin. 

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