After Tuesday’s close win over the St. John’s IceCaps, the Hershey Bears have now won six of their last eight games. Braden Holtby was once again on top of his game, stopping 32 of 33 St. John’s shots. Tomas Kundratek recorded the game-winning goal on the power play just 40 seconds into the third period, to give Hershey a 2-1 lead.
Keith Aucoin may be in a different uniform, but Hershey Bears fans treated him like he still wore the chocolate and white on Sunday night. Aucoin returned to Hershey for the first time since signing with Toronto in the off season. Aucoin got an ovation every time his name was announced and even when he took the ice in warmups.
The quest for the 12th Calder Cup began tonight. Even though the Bears are viewed as the underdogs in the series, we know that they’re not going down without a fight (literally and figuratively).
It wasn’t a strong start for the Bears. After twenty minutes, they only had three shots on goal and were down one goal. It could’ve been worse, however. Dany Sabourin was back and doing his best to keep his team in it. The Penguin goal came from Colin McDonald just ten seconds into their first power play of the night.
A little luck never hurt anyone. St. Patrick’s Day jerseys from Saturday. Photo by Kyle Mace.
The Bears have followed up a lackluster weekend with one where they grabbed three wins and all six available points in the standings. It started with a Friday night win at home over Adirondack. Saturday brought Albany to town and another win. Then both teams traveled to Albany for the back end of the home-and-home series where the Bears picked up the final win of the weekend.
Tonight the Bears will be looking to avenge the losses in St. John’s by welcoming the Ice Caps to the Giant Center for the first time. It’s also Hersheypark pass night, so be prepared for a big crowd even though it is a Wednesday game. You can check out the pre-game from Tim Leone.
T.J. Syner photo from Dennis Pause on Flikr.
Another week closer to the playoffs and unfortunately the Bears first trip to see the Ice Caps wasn’t a good one. They played two games there last week. St. John’s dominated the first meeting, but the Bears were able to salvage a point in a shootout loss the second night.
In other news here at SHoE, Kathryn caught up with former Bear (and a fan favorite) Steve Pinizzotto. The biggest news of the week (and perhaps to date) was the announcement of the first ever Bears Viewing Party. Take a look at the announcement and if you are on facebook you can RSVP to the event on there.
Now on to the Bears news in the rest of the world…
Congratulations to the Aucoins!
February is over… finally and mercifully. As we began the month of March everyone was hoping for a turnaround with this organization. The Bears have obliged. A week ago, the Bears traveled south to Norfolk on a day that only exists one out of four years. Norfolk came away from that one with a win and two more points farther from the Bears in the standings. But that was the end of February. Bring on March! Saturday started out well with a nice win over struggling Binghamton. On Sunday the Springfield Falcons brought some former Bears back to town. The Falcons left with a loss as well. Before both of those games in the Giant Center was the host for the PIAA Basketball playoffs. With very limited time between the two events, the Giant Center staff had to change the floor back to hockey. Check out the time lapse video of how they did it. The early part of this week brought us the AHL Clear Day. On Tuesday morning the league and the Bears released their roster for the remainder of the season. Don’t forget to check out one of our favorite posts “Snapshots” to see the week in pictures.
Now on to the other news from the week…
Photo by Kyle Mace
Today is the day we find out who will be on the roster for the remainder of the season. For those of you unfamiliar with AHL Clear Day, here is the explanation directly from the AHL.
Only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.
Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after Clear Day, but only once their respective junior or college seasons are complete.
Those listed in the 22 available spots are the ones that will be able to play. If there is an injury or one of the players on the roster is called up to Washington, that spot will be filled in by a non-roster player. Those players are traditionally called the “Black Aces”. They stay in Hershey and practice with the team.
So who makes the cut?
As we get closer to the end of the season, games against big teams like the Norfolk Admirals become even more important.
The Bears owned the first period. They out-shot the Admirals, stopped a Norfolk power play, and maintained the majority of puck possession. They did everything right except they couldn’t find the back of the net.