The Hershey Bears will try and keep their “night of firsts” momentum going tonight, when they face the Syracuse Crunch for a second straight game. The Bears won for the first time on a Friday in the last five Friday games.
Philipp Grubauer got his first start for Hershey, after 16 games with the NHL Washington Capitals. Grubauer recorded 29 saves in Hershey’s 4-1 win over Syracuse. Steve Oleksy also returned to Hershey’s lineup for the first time since March, when he was called up by the Caps.
The Washington Capitals have announced they have recalled Nate Schmidt from Hershey. The 22-year-old defenseman’s call-up is his second of the season. In 28 games this year, Schmidt has produced six points, with two goals and four assists.
In the early afternoon hours of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Washington Capitals have announced two roster moves. Philipp Grubauer has been sent to the Hershey Bears after 16 games played this season in the NHL.
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.
In just his first National Hockey League start of 2013-14 and second of his career, Philipp Grubauer his first career win and near shutout against the New York Rangers. The Capitals carried a 4-0 lead into the final minutes before New York broke Grubauer’s shutout bid with 1:53 left.
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.
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During the summer months in Chocolate Town, USA, the warm air is typically filled with the lively atmosphere of Hersheypark and the smell of cocoa beans. Families enjoy a highly ranked amusement park, gain a thrill off Chocolate World, and even enjoy a summer time concert.
On a night when the Chocolate and White punched their ticket to the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs, the players also accepted their awards for their accomplishments in a Bears uniform this season.
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 05: Steven Oleksy #61 of the Washington Capitals (R) and Tomas Kundratek #36 hold up pucks for their first point and goal respectivly after an NHL game against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center on March 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
One day after Steven Oleksy was recalled by the Washington Capitals and signed to a three year deal, he and former Hershey, now Washington teammate Tomas Kundratek both recorded first in the Caps’ game against former Bear Chris Bourque and the Boston Bruins.
The Hershey Bears looked to conclude a perfect weekend sweep against East Division teams on Sunday with a tilt against the Syracuse Crunch. It was the fourth meeting of the season between the Bears and Crunch with Hershey looking for their first victory against Tampa Bay Lightning’s top affiliate.
World Wrestling Entertainment legend Ric Flair often infamously said, “To be the man, you have to beat the man.” Sunday evening the Bears beat the man of the Eastern Conference with a stunning 5-3 win over the top seeded Crunch.