Weekly Release #11: Bears Look to Overcome Struggles

Weekly Release #11: Bears Look to Overcome Struggles

December 19, 2017


The Hershey Bears (12-14-0-3) are hoping a road trip to Charlotte, North Carolina this week might be just what the club needs to pull out of a recent skid. Hershey has dropped three straight games, including suffering a pair of setbacks to the Atlantic Division leader, the Providence Bruins, last week. The Bears have dropped to 7th in the Atlantic Division, and visit the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday and Thursday before hosting the Binghamton Devils on Saturday night.

Last Wednesday evening, the Bears were blanked by Providence, 3-0, at the Giant Center. Providence netminder Zane McIntyre stopped all 28 Hershey shots to earn his first shutout of the season. The Bruins got goals from Colton Hargrove in the first period, and Anton Blidh and Zach Senyshyn in the third period to pull off the victory. Hershey was outshot 28-20, and was shutout for the second time this season, and for the first time at home since Bridgeport’s Chris Gibson blanked them on Nov. 14, 2015.

On Saturday, the Bears welcomed Dave Fenyves (player), Andre Gill (player), Doug Yingst (builder) and Randy Waybright (general) into the Hershey Bears Hockey Club Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony. However, after the ceremony, the action on the ice was a letdown as the Bears fell in the rematch to the Bruins, 6-2. Despite playing at Syracuse Friday, the Bruins took it to the Bears in the first period, holding a 3-0 lead, and outshooting the fresh Hershey squad 15-3 in the opening frame. The second period saw a brawl at 6:40 that including a fight between goaltenders Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington. Hershey responded with goals from Riley Barber and Liam O’Brien, but the Bruins pulled away in the third period with a pair of goals to secure the win.

-Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
-Thursday, Dec. 21 at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
-Saturday, Dec. 23 vs. Binghamton, 7 p.m.
Labatt Blue Pint Glass Night-First 5,000 fans will receive a Pheonix Copley pint glass

Tuesday, Dec. 19: 1:00 PM, Practice, Bojangles Coliseum
Wednesday, Dec. 20: 11:15 AM, AM Skate, Bojangles Coliseum
Thursday, Dec. 21: 11:15 AM, AM Skate, Bojangles Coliseum
Saturday, Dec. 23: 10:00 AM, AM Skate, Giant Center


BACK TO THE QUEEN CITY: This week marks Hershey’s first contests with the Charlotte Checkers since the 2013-14 season. Charlotte, now in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division, battled with Hershey four times in 2013-14. Hershey went 2-2-0-0, with both wins coming in North Carolina. Wednesday’s game in Charlotte is Hershey’s first since an 8-1 win on Nov. 14, 2013. The Checkers will be a tough opponent, as the club scores 3.83 goals per game, good for second in the AHL.

MIX IN A MARG: Last Friday, Hershey recalled center Dylan Margonari from South Carolina (ECHL). The Greensburg, Pennsylvania native made his season debut with Hershey on Saturday in the loss to Providence. Margonari, 25, played two games with Hershey in 2015-16, and had 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 23 games with the Stingrays this season, and was recently named the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week.

300 FOR ALBERT: Hershey forward John Albert is expected to play his 300th American Hockey League game this week. The veteran has five points (two goals, three assists) in 16 games this season with Hershey. In 299 total AHL games with St. John’s, Manitoba, and Hershey, Albert has 160 points (70 goals, 90 assists).

HOBBS TO HELP: Rookie defender Connor Hobbs is expected to return to Hershey’s lineup this week. The former WHL star suffered a fractured wrist on Nov. 4 versus Toronto and has missed the last 18 games. Hobbs, who had 85 points last year with the Regina Pats, has appeared in 10 games with Hershey this season, scoring two points (one goal, one assist).

DRAWING FIRST BLOOD: The Bears will need better starts to get back on track. Hershey has scored first just 11 times this season, going 7-1-0-3 in those games. When allowing the first goal, Hershey is 5-13-0-0.

BEARS BITES: The Bears are looking to avoid a four-game losing streak, something they suffered through to open the season with a 3-0-0-1 record…Travis Boyd is two assists from 100 in is AHL career, while Riley Barber is three points from 100…Saturday’s home game will mark Hershey’s first game versus the Binghamton Devils. The franchise moved from Albany this summer.

Hershey Bears in a victory embrace

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