Weekly Release #27: Bears Close Out Season This Week
The Hershey Bears will finish the 2017-18 season this weekend with a pair of games at Giant Center. The Chocolate and White host Bridgeport on Saturday evening in a matchup of two teams who will not make the Calder Cup Playoffs. On Sunday, Hershey will look to end the year on a winning note vs. bitter rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Hershey enters this weekend in last place in the Atlantic Division at 29-36-4-5.
After falling in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last Tuesday, Hershey made the trek south to Charlotte to battle the Checkers in a pair of games last weekend. On Saturday, Charlotte bested the Bears, 7-3, thanks to a big third period, and a five-point game from rookie Janne Kuokkanen. A back-and-forth start saw Hershey’s Chris Bourque score two power play goals in the opening period, while Zach Sill struck for a second period. However, Kuokkanen tallied twice in the final frame to help Charlotte pull away.
The following afternoon, Hershey dropped a 3-1 contest to Charlotte. Chris Bourque had the lone goal, and Pheonix Copley made 29 saves in the loss.
-Saturday, Apr. 14 vs. Bridgeport, 7 p.m.
Fan Appreciation Night, Healthcare Night
-Sunday, Apr. 15 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 5 p.m.
Jersey Off Our Back Night, Player Awards Ceremony
WEEKLY PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, Apr. 11: 10:30 a.m., Giant Center
Thursday, Apr. 12: NO PRACTICE, DAY OFF
Friday, Apr. 13: 10:30 a.m., Giant Center
Saturday, Apr. 14: 10:00 a.m., Morning Skate, Giant Center
*Practice schedule subject to change. Follow @TheHersheyBears on Twitter for updates.
LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Chris Bourque scored three goals last weekend, giving him 196 in his Hershey career. The forward now sits alone in sole possession of seventh place all-time in franchise history in goals. His second power play marker Saturday helped him pass AHL and Hershey Hall of Famer Mitch Lamoureux, who had 194 career goals as a member of the Chocolate and White. Next up, Bourque will try and chase down Gil Gilbert who finished his career in Hershey with 206 goals and ranks sixth on the all-time list. Bourque leads the Bears with 53 points on the 2017-18 season (17 goals, 36 assists).
LANGER LIGHTS UP SCORESHEET: Jeremy Langlois has quietly been playing some of his best hockey of late. The forward has assists in four straight games, a mark tied for the longest of any Bear this season. With injuries limiting him to just 50 games with Hershey this season, Langlois has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) for the Chocolate and White.
HOW ABOUT HOBBS: Defender Connor Hobbs has collected five points (one goal, four assists) in his past three games. He posted the first multi-point game of his career (one goal, two assists) last Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, then returned to the ice Saturday in Charlotte with two assists. Hobbs has registered 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 42 games during his rookie season with the Chocolate and White.
PREVIEWING THIS WEEKEND: The Bears host Bridgeport Saturday evening. Both teams will not qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs, and Hershey is just 1-3-0-1 vs. the Sound Tigers this year. Both Chris Bourque and Anthony Peluso lead the way with four points vs. Bridgeport this season. The Bears have lost seven straight games to Sunday’s opponent, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Hershey’s last win over the Penguins came at the Giant Center in a 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 3.
BEARS BITES: Captain Garrett Mitchell is just two games from 400 in his career with Hershey…The Bears have brought back goaltender Adam Carlson from Kansas City of the ECHL for the remainder of the season. He is 2-3-0-0 on the season with Hershey…Forward Tim McGauley was re-assigned to the Stingrays on Tuesday in order to participate in the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs for South Carolina. The Stingrays, who open their playoff series vs. Orlando on Thursday, also have forwards Mason Mitchell, Kelly Zajac, Dylan Margonari, defenders Paul Geiger and Tommy Hughes, and goaltender Parker Milner on their playoff roster. All of these players skated in Hershey during the 2017-18 campaign.
#HUMBOLDTSTRONG: The Hershey Bears offer thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Humboldt Broncos, and the SJHL community, after 15 people from the junior hockey team were killed in a bus accident last Friday. The Bears will honor those lost in the tragedy at Saturday’s game. Further details will be shared later this week.
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