Bears Erupt in Third Period, Win Big Over Devils

On March 28, 2014, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

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HERSHEY, PA – Dane Byers celebrates with Ryan Stoa after his goal in the third period during Hershey’s 4-1 win over Albany (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

It was a rare Friday night home game on Giant Center ice, and nothing short of the biggest win of the season. Trailing 1-0 entering the final stanza against the Albany Devils, the Hershey Bears responded with four unanswered goals and cruised to an astonishing 4-1 win.

With out of town help provided by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Bears are now within three points of the eighth and final playoff spot.

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Betting on Bears: Hershey Tops Albany 3-2 on Boardwalk

On February 14, 2014, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

HERSHEY, PA – Philipp Grubauer warms up prior to a Bears game earlier this season. He stopped four of five Albany shootout attempts in a 3-2 Hershey win on the Boardwalk (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Every year, thousands of American football fans lose a pocket full of money after making foolish bets on the Super Bowl. Then of course you have that one jerk, who watches three games a season, makes and outrageous bet and picks Seattle to win by a 35 point spread and pockets several figures of cash that night. Only in America.

It’s a question mark whether there are AHL fans who bet on regular season matches, but if that were the case, the Hershey Bears have proven to be a safe bet thus far in 2014. Following a 3-2 shootout win Friday night against the Albany Devils, the Bears improved to a fantastic 14-4-1-0 record in the new year.

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HERSHEY, PA – Casey Wellman celebrates with his teammates after his shootout goal in the Bears’ 4-3 win over Albany (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The Hershey Bears battled the Albany Devils for the second time in as many weeks Sunday night. The Bears entered riding a 5-2-1-0 record in 2014. A win would up-lift Hershey into the eighth seed of the Eastern Conference standings.

The Chocolate and White also entered with a five game winning streak on Giant Center ice.

A two-goal, third period comeback lifted the Bears for the second time this season over Albany by a 4-3 shootout final.

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A Boardwalk Beat Down: Bears Throttle Devils, 4-1

On January 12, 2014, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

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Riley Gill at a Bears practice earlier in the season (Photo by: Kyle Mace)

The historic Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall hosted the first meeting of the 2013-14 season between the Albany Devils and Hershey Bears. Brandon Segal continued to dismantle opponents on the scoring sheet, Michael Latta channeled his inner Joel Rechlicz and Riley Gill earned his first AHL win during a 4-1 Bears win.

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Bears Drop Final Meeting Against Albany, 5-3

On March 29, 2013, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

HERSHEY, PA – Casey Wellman looks on during a game earlier in the season. Wellman brought Hershey within one during the Bears loss to Albany tonight (Tim Stough – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The Albany Devils have possessed Philipp Grubauer’s number all season long, and the frustrating trend continued Friday night. On February 24, the Devils hosted the Hershey Bears in the former home of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in Atlantic City. The Devils buzzed Grubauer and yielded six goals en route to a 6-4 defeat on the boardwalk.

Over a month later, Times Union Center in Albany hosted the final Bears-Devils match up of the 2012-13 campaign. Grubauer left the game after surrendering three goals on seven shots, leading to an Albany 5-3 win.

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Boardwalk Hall before today’s game (Photo via @ScottStuccio)

Sunday afternoon the Hershey Bears traveled to Atlantic City to face the Albany Devils at the historic Boardwalk Hall. A night after his 40 save shutout spectacle, Philipp Grubauer received his second straight start in goal. Defensive turnovers and let downs in front of Grubauer led to a 6-4 loss on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

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Pesonen’s Late Strike Leads Albany Over Hershey

On December 30, 2012, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

HERSHEY, PA – Harri Pesonen scores the game winning goal for Albany during their 3-2 win over Hershey (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

On December 29, 1973, the Hershey Bears set a franchise record with 63 shots in a single game en route to an 11-2 win. Thirty nine years later, it was quite the opposite story when the Bears took on the Albany Devils at Giant Center. Rather than an 11-2 blowout, Albany battled their way to a 3-2 win in Hershey.

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Braden Holtby Shuts Out Albany in 3-0 Win for Hershey

On October 27, 2012, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

HERSHEY, PA – Zach Hamil (center) celebrates his goal with teammates Stan Galiev (left) and Ryan Stoa during Hershey’s 3-0 win over Albany (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

After dropping three straight games including their first two games at Giant Center, the Hershey Bears looked for redemption against the Albany Devils. With Braden Holtby back in between the pipes for the first time since game one, he earns his first shut out of the season in a 3-0 Hershey victory.

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Bears Cut Magic Number to 14 with 4-1 win

On March 18, 2012, in Game Recap, by Kyle Mace

Chris Bourque, seen here at practice, got his 80th and 81st points on the season in this afternoon’s game against Albany (Kyle Mace, 2011)

In a rematch from last night, the Albany Devils and Hershey Bears faced off for two important points. Hershey trying to cut their magic number down to 14, Albany trying to get that final, eight playoff spot. Hershey would get those two points and the win over Albany, 4-1.

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Hershey Tops Albany, 3-2 in Shootout Victory

On March 17, 2012, in Game Recap, by Kathryn Hedrick

Tomas Kundratek scored twice against the Devils tonight. All Photos by Kyle Mace.

Another holiday, another specialty jersey design. Donning white and green St. Patrick’s Day jerseys, the Bears took to the ice for the first of back-to-back games against the Albany Devils.

For the second night in a row, Tomas Kundratek potted the first goal of the night. His shot may have taken a bounce as it eluded Albany goaltender, Keith Kinkaid. It was the only goal of the period.

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