Last night, the Hershey Bears farm club, the Reading Royals, won the ECHL championship. The team included seven former Bears, T.J. Syner, Stanislav Galiev, Barry Almeida, Evan Barlow, Alex Berry, Patrick Wellar, and Brett Flemming who played in Hershey this season, and one former Bear, Nikita Kashirsky, who played in the Chocolate and White during the 2010-11 season. Reading beat the Stockton (Ca) Thunder in five games. The Royals had an Eastern Conference best 46-19-7 regular season record with 99 points.
Below the jump, check out some tweets from Reading players and a very familiar team after Reading won their first Kelly Cup.
It was a long time in waiting, but Saturday the Reading Royals for in the Kelly Cup Finals for the first time in their franchise’s history. After three division tittles, and a 2013 Eastern Conference crown, the Royals looked to open their first Kelly Cup Finals series on the right foot.
The Hershey Bears traveled up I-81 for the final time during the regular season for round 12 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Looking for their eighth victory of the season over the Pens, a span of four unanswered goals against deflated Hershey, 4-3.
While the Hershey Bears had a much needed night off on Black Friday, the Reading Royals looked to extend their franchise record in consecutive wins to eleven. They had no easy task, as they battled the Greenville Road Warriors. Entering Friday, the Warriors have earned 15 of their last 20 standings points. Many former Bears had some impact on the game, including Stanislav Galiev, who recorded his first point in the East Coast Hockey League during Reading’s 5-2 win over Greenville.
Photo by Kyle Mace.
Sorry that I missed last week. There was a lot going on and I couldn’t get to this, but fear not. Chocolate Fix is back this week in time for the first home playoff game. Things are looking a little grim for the chocolate and white after they dropped game 1 and game 2 to the baby Pens. The Bears were outscored in those games by a combined score of 10-3. Not good at all. Game 3 is tonight at Giant Center. Because the first round this year is a best of 5 series, the Bears can not lose to the Pens again. Come out to cheer them on tonight.
In what make winning a little more difficult, the baby Pens got three players back after their parent club was eliminated from the NHL playoffs. [CitizensVoice]
And Patrick Wellar will miss tonight’s game due to suspension. [AHL]
The Old Barn Hockey Show of course has their opinion on the current state of the Bears as well as NHL playoffs. [OBHS]
Time Leone has the latest update from practice on Tuesday. [PennLive]
There are a couple promotions for tonight. The first 1500 fans get a Reese’s t-shirt and the first 3000 get a fan clapper. The boys need your support, so come out and cheer loud.
Let’s at least end this post on the positive note. Former Bears bench boss Bob Hartley adds another championship to his resume. [NHL]
Down one game, the Bears had a chance to tie up the series before returning home.
…unfortunately it didn’t go quite as planned. I won’t upset you with the details, but the Bears left the first period down four goals. Between deflections, rebounds, and just plain getting out-worked, the Penguins owned Dany Sabourin and the first period and set the tone for the rest of the game.
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.
The penultimate game of the regular season: Hershey Bears on the road versus Manchester Monarchs.
There were four goals to talk about during the first period; unfortunately only one of them belonged to the Bears. Richard Clune started off the night by deflecting the puck off of his foot. Ryan Potulny tied it up with yet another power play goal from him. He’s pretty good at those. But Monarchs scored two more times on Daren Machesney. A shorthanded goal and a five-hole goal made it 3-1 Monarchs after twenty minutes.
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.
After being on the wrong end of a 6-1 thrashing last night, the Bears had a second chance to show their stuff against the St. John’s IceCaps.
The Bears weren’t able to get into a groove in the first period as both teams were in and out of the penalty boxes. But Ryan Potulny gave the Bears their first ever lead against the IceCaps with a power play goal a few minutes into the second period.