Weekly Release #6: Bears Trending Upward
The Hershey Bears won a pair of games last weekend to climb the Atlantic Division standings and continue an upward trend. The Bears opened the week with a victory last Wednesday at Springfield, defeating the Thunderbirds 3-1. The club then returned home and thumped the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 6-1, at Giant Center Saturday night, before being bested by the red-hot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-1, on Sunday.
Last Wednesday night, Hershey continued its dominance of the Springfield Thunderbirds on the road. Wayne Simpson opened the scoring just 5:45 into the game on the power play. Mathias Bau added to Hershey’s lead on the power play in the second period, and Chris Bourque struck for an empty net tally late in the contest to seal the 3-1 victory. Hershey is now 7-0-0-0 all-time versus the Thunderbirds.
On Saturday night, Hershey earned its biggest win of the season. On Hometown Heroes Night, the Bears wore USA-themed jerseys and routed rival Lehigh Valley, 6-1. Bau had two power play goals, and Bourque and Travis Boyd each had three assists. Goaltender Pheonix Copley stopped 24 shots to earn the win in goal in front of 10,249 at Giant Center.
UPCOMING GAMES & PROMOTIONS:
-Wednesday, Nov. 15 vs Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Hersheypark Pass Night (All Fans)
-Friday, Nov. 17 at Providence, 7;05 p.m.
-Sunday, Nov. 19 at Providence, 1:05 p.m.
WEEKLY PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10:00 AM, AM Skate, Giant Center
Thursday, Nov. 16 TRAVEL DAY, NO PRACTICE
Friday, Nov. 17, 11:15 AM, AM Skate, Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Saturday, Nov. 18, 1:30 PM, Practice, Providence College
HERSHEY BEARS NEWS AND NOTES
BIG BAU EMERGES: Forward Mathias Bau enjoyed a breakout week for the Bears. The 6-foot-7 winger from Denmark scored his first AHL goal, the game-winner, last Wednesday at Springfield. He added a pair of goals, including the game-winning marker, on the power play in Hershey’s 6-1 win over Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Bau had 40 points in 41 games last year in Denmark.
BOURQUE’S THE BEST: A three assist night for Chris Bourque in last Saturday’s win over Lehigh Valley helped the alternate captain take the lead in scoring in the AHL. The forward’s 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) sits at the top of the league.
GRAOVAC JOINS BEARS: On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals announced that Tyler Graovac has been re-assigned to the Hershey Bears on a conditioning stint. Graovac, 24, has skated in three games with the Capitals this season, but hasn't played since Oct. 17 due to an upper body injury. The 6-foot-5, 208-pound forward has played 202 career AHL games with the Iowa Wild, scoring 102 points (49 goals, 53 assists) and registering 90 penalty minutes. His best AHL season came in 2014-15, when he led the Iowa Wild in points (46) and goals (21), and finished second on the team in assists (25).
SIMPSON SIZZLES: Forward Wayne Simpson had a three-game goal streak from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11. He scored the opening marker in Springfield last Wednesday, and added a second period goal on Saturday night. Simpson is tied for the team lead with five goals.
TOUGH TYLER: On Sunday vs. Wilkes-Barre, Hershey’s Tyler Lewington dropped the gloves for his team-leading third fight of the season. Lewington is currently tied for the league lead with 51 penalty minutes.
BEARS BULLETS: Hershey hosts its first Wednesday night game of the season versus Syracuse. The Bears are 7-6-0-1 versus the Crunch over the past five seasons at Giant Center…After surrendering six goals in his first start back from injury, netminder Pheonix Copley has won three straight starts for the Bears…The Bears re-assigned goaltender Adam Carlson to South Carolina (ECHL) on Tuesday…VP of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer was inducted into the Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.
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