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HERSHEY, PA – Dane Byers celebrates his GWOTG against Binghamton Sunday night (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

In minor league hockey, what exactly are the factors needed to create a classic? Obviously good officiating is always appreciated at the American Hockey League level, leading to a fast paced, open, end-to-end hockey game. But in addition, how about a great atmosphere inside arena? Or even a game that may decide a team’s future postseason fate?

All those factors came into play and meshed perfectly on Sunday evening, which built-ed towards a 1-0 overtime win over the Binghamton Senators.

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Hershey Gains Point in OT Loss to Binghamton

On April 12, 2014, in Game Recap, by Kyle Mace

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Nate Schmidt, seen here earlier in the season, scored his first goal since opening night with Hershey on Friday night against Binghamton during the Bears’ 5-4 loss to the Senators (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The Bears face another nearly must win situation tonight, when they face one of the best teams in the league, the Springfield Falcons. Hershey remains in control of the 8th and final playoff spot in the AHL Eastern conference, by just one point, with five games to go.

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Hershey Drops One to Bingo, Regains Michael Latta

On January 11, 2014, in Game Recap, News, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Michael Latta, seen here earlier in the season, will rejoin Hershey after a stint with Washington (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The Bears will get one of their top players back in the lineup for Saturday’s game against Springfield. Michael Latta will return to Hershey from the Washington Capitals. Latta had recorded seven points in just 12 games with the Bears and is coming off of injury with the Capitals.

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Nicolas Deschamps, seen here during the 2012-13 season, had Hershey’s loan goal Thursday night (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Fresh off the Christmas holiday, the Hershey Bears returned to work against the Binghamton Senators on what is traditionally known as “Boxing Day” to our neighboring country to the north. The Senators entered eyeing their 20th home ice win against Hershey in team history and looked to pull into a first place East Division tie with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

David Leggio once again received the starting nod for the Chocolate and White in net. It was Leggio’s 11th start in the last 12 Bears games this season dating back to November 27.

It was a tale of two athletic goaltenders between Leggio for Hershey and Nathan Lawson for Binghamton. Lawson’s miraculous second period after a strong Hershey push lead to the tables turning towards a 4-1 Senators win.

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Michael Latta Comes in Like a Wrecking Ball

On December 15, 2013, in News, Photos, Video, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Michael Latta throw a punch towards Darren Kramer during a fight Saturday night (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

We’ve seen some pretty amazing fights this year from Joel Rechlicz, but Saturday night’s fight might be the front runner for the season. Late in the first period, Michael Latta would drop the mitts with Darren Kramer.

The fight was one of the fastest ones in recent memory, but Latta’s final punch took the cake. The video was so epic that we had to remix it with a Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”

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Bears Have Scoring Marathon, Beat B-Sens 7-4

On December 15, 2013, in Game Recap, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Andrew Hammond is unable to save Stan Galiev’s goal, the first of seven in Hershey’s 7-4 win over Binghamton (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

After an unsuccessful comeback Friday night, the Chocolate and White tried to bounce back against Binghamton on a snowy night in Hershey. With former 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs MVP Michal Neuvirth back between the pipes for the Bears, Hershey was on their a-game, scoring seven goals on 41 shots, winning 7-4 over the Senators.

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Bears Come Back in a Huge Way in Broome County

On December 11, 2013, in Game Recap, by Kyle Mace

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After the Bears received some bad news with the report of Garrett Mitchell’s shoulder injury, which will force him out of action for four months, the Chocolate and White had to take the ice in Binghamton. Hershey had a few undisciplined penalties all throughout the game, but their

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Hershey Erases Early Hole, Blasts Binghamton 4-2

On December 7, 2013, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

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HERSHEY, PA – David Leggio, seen here earlier in the season, had 37 saves in Hershey’s win over Binghamton (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

It wasn’t pretty in the opening seven minutes as the Binghamton Senators jumped to an early 2-0 advantage, but thanks to two key goals by Nicolas Deschamps, the Hershey Bears scored four unanswered goals to down the Sens 4-2.

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HERSHEY, PA – Philipp Grubauer carries off his broken stick after Binghamton’s fifth goal of the night (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The Hershey Bears were in search of grade “A” efforts in back to back nights against the Binghamton Senators. After snapping the B-Sens’ seven game winning streak, the Senators responded with a convincing 5-1 win at Giant Center.

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Bears Bounce Back Against Bingo, 5-2

On November 24, 2013, in Game Recap, by Sweetest Hockey on Earth

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HERSHEY, PA – Julien Brouilette celebrates his goal with Peter LeBlanc and Brandon Segal during Hershey’s 5-2 win over Binghamton (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

There’s no place like home for the holidays. That old song might turn into the theme over the next week for the Hershey Bears. The Bears head into this afternoon’s game against Binghamton on a solid points streak that is slowly moving them out of last place in the AHL East.

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