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 Unable to Hold On Against Wilkes-Barre

On February 25, 2014, in Game Recap, by Kyle Mace

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Dane Byers, seen here earlier in the season, had two goals in Hershey’s 6-5 loss (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

“12 Rounds” may be an epic movie starring entertainer John Cena, but in a way the action film’s title describes the annual rivalry between the Hershey Bears and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Both teams battled in round 12 on Tuesday night to end the 2013-14 regular season portion of the I-81 rivalry. The back and forth game ended in a victory for the Baby Penguins, beating Hershey 6-5.

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Defensive Woes: Hershey Drops AHL Showcase Game, 5-2

On February 23, 2014, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

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Washington, DC – Casey Wellman prepares for a faceoff in Hershey’s 5-2 defeat in the 2014 AHL Showcase at Verizon Center (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The Giant Center goal horn was held silent on Saturday night when the Syracuse Crunch blanked the Bears by a 5-0 count. It ended a 12 game Giant Center win streak for the Chocolate and White, but eyes quickly turned towards an opportunity for revenge the next night.

Sunday was the second annual AHL Showcase held at Verizon Center in our nation’s capital. Last year Ryan Potulny was the hero en route to a 2-1 win over the Norfolk Admirals.

This year the Bears-Crunch battled in Washington D.C. only days before resumption of National Hockey League play. The Tampa Bay Lightning lead affiliate potted five more goals on Philipp Grubauer for the second consecutive night and topped Hershey, 5-2.

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Photo via Official Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’s Facebook Page

Saturday night the Hershey Bears leap frogged the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the standings with a high-scoring 5-4 victory. While Giant Center has been an intimidating building for Bears’ opposition of late, Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township does not have a much kinder reputation.

Sunday the Chocolate and White concluded a home-and-home stretch against their I-81 rivals, and escaped victoriously for the first time this season in the W-B. Ryan Potulny scored a third period game-winning goal en route to a 3-1 win over the Penguins, finishing off a perfect six point weekend sweep for Hershey.

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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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Bears Overcome Penguins, Win in Shootout 2-1

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

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HERSHEY, PA – David Leggio celebrate’s Hershey’s shootout win over Wilkes-Barre Saturday night (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

The Hershey Bears entered Saturday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins again looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses against Binghamton and Syracuse. Although inconsistency has been a concern this season, the Bears entered play possessing a 9-5-0-1 record in each game following a loss. On the flip side, however, Hershey’s record stands at a disappointing 3-7-1-2 when following a win.

Saturday the Bears’ ended a 3-in-3 game stretch with a thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over their I-81 Rivals. It was a game Hershey rightfully so deserved to win in regulation, but settled for a shootout win due to an outstanding performance by Pens’ goaltender Eric Hartzell.

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Sloppy Second Period Rises Syracuse, 3-2

On December 27, 2013, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

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HERSHEY, PA – Cameron Schilling looks on as Syracuse celebrates one of their three goals against Hershey Friday night (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Fans packed Giant Center for a rare Friday night game against the Syracuse Crunch. Ryan Potulny made his anticipated season debut with the Chocolate and White and was inserted on an offensive line with Jeff Taffe and Casey Wellman.

A lackadaisical second period for the Chocolate and White set the stage for a 3-2 defeat to the Crunch.

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Hershey Bears Sign Ryan Potulny

On December 22, 2013, in News, by Kyle Mace

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HERSHEY, PA – Ryan Potulny celebrates a goal with Casey Wellman (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth, File)

The Hershey Bears have announced that they have signed forward Ryan Potulny. The 29-year-old has played the last two season in Hershey before deciding to play in the KHL at the start of this season. He injured his shoulder before the start of the season and contract was voided by his KHL team.

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Ryan Potulny Departs Hershey, Signs in KHL

On May 30, 2013, in News, by Matt Trust

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HERSHEY, PA – Ryan Potulny, seen here at the 2013 Outdoor Classic, has signed in the KHL after two seasons in Hershey (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

After 496 professional regular season games played in North America, Ryan Potulny will leave the continent and continue his hockey career in Russia.

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Late Game Heart Breaker Pushes Game 5

On May 5, 2013, in Game Recap, by Matt Trust

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HERSHEY, PA – Carter Camper (center) and former Hershey Bear Chris Bourque celebrate Camper’s game winning goal against Hershey in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals (Kyle Mace – Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Sunday evening the Hershey Bears battled in what could of been there final game at Giant Center this postseason. In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals, Bruins’ Carter Camper completed a hat-trick by scoring with 1:04 left in regulation to down Hershey, 5-4.

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