Weekly Release #7: Bears Thankful for Winning Weeks
The Hershey Bears won a pair of games last week, and have claimed wins in five of their last seven contests, posting a 6-3-0-1 record over the past 10 games. After a 1-5-0-1 start, Hershey has posted winning weeks in three of the past four weeks. Last week, Hershey defeated Syracuse, 4-2, on Wednesday at the Giant Center, and topped Providence 4-1 Friday on the road. The Bruins got the better of Hershey in the rematch on Sunday, scoring a 4-1 victory.
Last Wednesday, Chris Bourque scored twice, and the Bears came alive in the third period to beat Syracuse, 4-2. The Bears trailed 1-0 through 40 minutes, but erupted with their most productive period of the season. Jeremy Langlois, Bourque, and Lucas Johansen scored in the third period to secure the win for Hershey. In goal, Hershey’s Pheonix Copley stopped 20 shots in the win.
On Friday in Providence, Hershey scored a 4-1 win. Riley Barber struck on the power play just 2:22 into the game and Hershey never looked back. Mathias Bau scored twice and added an assist, and Copley collected his fifth straight win in goal with a season-high 31 saves. Tyler Graovac also scored his first points as a member of the Chocolate and White, notching a goal and an assist.UPCOMING GAMES AND PROMOTIONS:
-Wednesday, Nov. 22 vs. Springfield, 7 p.m.
Sara Lee & Canteen Vending Turkey Shoot
-Saturday, Nov. 25 at Hartford, 7 p.m.
-Sunday, Nov. 26 vs. Bridgeport, 5 p.m.
Penn State 'Movember' T-Shirt Night
WEEKLY PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, Nov. 22, Morning Skate, 10:00 AM, Giant Center
Thursday, Nov. 23, NO PRACTICE-HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Friday, Nov. 24, Practice, 3:00 PM, XL Center
Saturday, Nov. 25, Morning Skate, 10:00 AM, XL Center
BEARS NEWS AND NOTES:
LEADING THE LEAGUE: Several members of the Bears are among the league leaders in the AHL. Forward Chris Bourque ranks first in the league in assists (18) and points (25). He also leads the league in power play points (13). Bourque and Travis Boyd rank first in the league in power play assists (10), and Boyd is fourth overall in assists (15). Forward Mathias Bau is tied for first in the AHL with three game-winning goals after notching the winning marker on Friday versus the Bruins. Defender Tyler Lewington leads the league in penalty minutes (60) and is tied for the league lead in major penalties with four.
ATLANTIC DIVISION BATTLES: Two games versus Providence last weekend started Hershey on a stretch where they play nearly all divisional games. Including last weekend’s games, from Nov. 17 through Dec. 21, 14 of Hershey’s 15 games are versus Atlantic Division opponents. The Bears are 6-4-0-1 versus the Atlantic Division so far this year.
HELPFUL HUGHES: On Tuesday, the Bears recalled defender Tommy Hughes from South Carolina (ECHL). Hughes, 25, has appeared in six games with the Stingrays this season, registering one assist. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound blue liner has appeared in 226 AHL games, all with Hartford, registering 30 points (five goals, 25 assists) and 143 penalty minutes. He skated in 53 games with Hartford in 2016-17, tallying five assists.
200 FOR LIAM: Wednesday will mark the 200th professional game for winger Liam O’Brien. He has played in 17 NHL games with the Capitals, and 182 AHL games with Hershey, scoring 60 points (24 goals, 36 assists) with the Bears to go along with 364 penalty minutes. O’Brien has points in three straight games entering Wednesday’s contest versus Springfield.
BEARS BITES: Hershey is 7-0-0-0 all-time versus Wednesday’s opponent, the Springfield Thunderbirds…Hershey’s power play ranks third in the AHL on home ice. The Bears are 11-for-45 (24.4%) at the Giant Center this season…The Bears are one of just four teams, and the only in the Atlantic Division, to not allow a shorthanded goal this season…Chris Bourque’s next goal will push him past Ross Fitzpatrick for sole possession of 8th place all-time in Bears history. Bourque and Fitzpatrick are tied at 186 career goals with the Chocolate and White…Bourque is second in the AHL with 64 shots this season.Information on this week's games, as well as the 2018 Capital BlueCross Outdoor Classic, 22-game and 12-game plans, and flex-10 ticket plans for the 2017-2018 season is available now by calling (717) 508-BEAR or by visiting HersheyBears.com. Flexible ticket plans start as low as $195 per seat.
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