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.
There was a different sense of urgency when the Bears began their game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night. After losing at home Wednesday to St. John’s, the Hershey players and coaches realized that their team was in trouble. Too many home losses brought a tough Friday practice and team meeting. The result was a 3-2 overtime win against the Penguins, the first of the year against their arch rivals.
Photo via Galiev’s Instagram Page
The star of the Discovery Channel hit TV show “Amish Mafia,” Lebanon Levi, is apparently a hockey fan (or has a score to settle). After meeting Garrett Mitchell at a Bears game last season, the reality TV star attended tonight’s Reading Royals – Elmira Jackals and took photos with players after the game, including Washington Capitals prospect Stan Galiev.
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.
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.
Saturday night the Hershey Bears returned home to face the Connecticut Whale at Giant Center. As if the Bears’ offensive hasn’t been challenged enough as of late, they would have to battle the Whale with no Jeff Taffe, Ryan Potulny and Evan Barlow in the lineup. Philipp Grubauer earned his second start of the season in Hershey and gained his first ever shootout win in a 4-3 victory over the Whale.
Stan Galiev on ESPN’s Top Ten Plays (Photo via @Strohmie13)
Recently the Hershey Bears received a minor glimpse of what it is like to play under a rather large spotlight. The AHL Showcase was televised on a large platform, including Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic. But being televised on local cable sports network may seem like baby steps compared to what Stanislav Galiev accomplished last Friday.
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 courtesy: Liam Edson
Friday the Hershey Bears looked to leap over the Springfield Falcons on the road for their fourth win of the year. Entering against the 5-1-0-1 Falcons, Braden Holtby received the nod to start in goal. It was Holtby’s first start since his 35-save shutout over Albany, six days prior. In front of a Springfield crowd of 3,489 fans, Boyd Kane and Matt Pope found the score sheet and Stan Galiev had the game-winning goal in the shootout as the Bears topped the Falcons, 3-2 (SO).