We are five days into the new year, but we still have sometime to look back on 2013. Today, I took 26 of my favorite shots from the year and looked back on them. Above, probably my favorite photo from the year; Tom Wilson celebrating his first professional goal. The image captures Wilson’s excitement of getting the goal at a professional level for the first time, plus the excitement of the Bears faithful as Wilson scored the goal ahead goal in Game 4 of the first round series between Hershey and the Providence Bruins.
Following a mid second period television timeout, the CBC broadcast for Hockeyville 2013 introduced Philipp Grubauer into the Washington Capitals’ first preseason game. Grubauer entered with his team trailing 2-0 after two second period goals were posted on Braden Holtby.
Grubauer earned the preseason win in a 4-3 decision which concluded in a four round shootout. He was a perfect 4-for-4 in save attempts during the skills competition.
Minutes after his entrance into the contest, the young 21 year-old goaltender impressed a capacity crowd of 3,000-plus with a breakaway stop on Evander Kane. Washington answered with two goals before the middle period expired to knot the game at 2-2. Stanislav Galiev appeared hungry from the opening puck drop and tallied the Caps’ second goal at the frame’s 14:32 mark.
Galiev crashed the goal mound and tipped a quick shot past Jets’ Eddie Pasquale, who played 43 games with the St. John’s IceCaps last season.
Although Galiev is not projected to crack the Washington Capitals’ roster, his play in the Kraft Hockeyville showdown likely left many of the Hershey faithful encouraged and excited. Other Hershey notables who also appeared in the game were Casey Wellman, Dane Byers, Steve Oleksy and Nate Schmidt.
The Caps are slated to play seven more preseason games before the puck officially drops on October 1st.
With the Giant Center ice troubling the Hershey Bears Hockey Club, they looked for their tenth road win of the campaign in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Braden Holtby was named a healthy scratch, as Dany Sabourin backstopped the Bears to an exciting 4-3 overtime win over the Sound Tigers. Tomas Kundratek tallied two goals, including the overtime game winner to help tame the Tigers.
A night after a deflating loss to the Senators, the Hershey Bears looked to rebound back against the Worcester Sharks. Three weeks ago, the Sharks handed Hershey their only shootout loss of the 2012-13 season to date. Sunday the Bears looked to overcome a two goal deficit in the third period, but fell to the Sharks, 2-1.
Saturday the Hershey Bears looked to kick off the New Year by beating the red hot Binghamton Senators. The Senators enter their second contest of 2013 at Hershey with a 20-7-1-2 record, second in the East Division. Mike Hoffman scored the game-winner at the 12:08 mark, as the Bears only fired 21 shots on goal in a 3-1 loss to Binghamton.
Earlier today, the AHL and the Hershey Bears announced that goalie Braden Holtby has been named CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December. The 23-year-old netminder appeared in ten games last month, putting up a 1.69 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage, and three shutouts.
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.
Earlier this morning, the Hershey Bears released a new promotional advertisement for the 2013 Outdoor Game. The commercial features goalie Braden Holtby inside Hersheypark Stadium at night between the pipes. We are less than a month away from the game and tickets are still available. Visit HersheyBears.com to get seats for this once in a lifetime event.
The weather outside was frightful, but the Giant Center ice was delightful for the the Hershey Bears’ Braden Holtby. He recorded his fourth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Days after leap frogging the Penguins in the East Division standings, the Hershey Bears looked for a statement win against the 15-6-5 Springfield Falcons. Matt Calvert scored shorthanded in the opening period, and it proved to be the games’ only goal in a 1-0 Falcons win.