Photo by Kyle Mace
After four seasons behind the Bears bench, Mark French will not return as coach for the 2013-14 season. The announcement was made Friday morning by the Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee. The move comes after the Bears failed to win a first round playoff series against the top seeded Providence Bruins, after winning the first two games of the best-of-five series.
Saturday night, American Hockey League history was made with Boyd Kane’s 500th career AHL point against the Manchester Monarchs. Kane became the 85th player in league history to reach the milestone. However, the memorable moment was soon spoiled, as Manchester came back to answer Hershey’s early scoring onslaught with a scoring parade of their own. The Monarchs tallied three goals in both the second and third period to down Hershey, 6-4.
Corporal Shawn Petterson drops the puck before tonight’s Bears-Phantoms game (Photo courtesy @PhantomsHockey)
It has been no lie the Hershey Bears have been struggling of late in November. The Bears hopped the bus to head north to Adirondack Saturday morning, while being victims of defeat in five of their last six games. The Bears fired 24 shots on net, but the power play was no where close to effective in a 3-1 loss to the Phantoms.
If the Hershey Bears were to pick a location to open their season on the road, it likely would have been Syracuse. The last five seasons the Onondaga County War Memorial has been a very successful road rink for the Bears. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the Bears have posted a 8-1-0-1 record in Syracuse dating back to the 2007-08 season. But the winning pattern didn’t hold up Saturday night as former Norfolk Admiral, Cory Conacher posted two points and earned first star honors in a 4-3 Crunch with over Hershey. It was the first opening night loss for Hershey dating back to October 2007.
The entire first line of Bourque, Aucoin and Micflikier (not pictured) were the AHL’s First Star of the Night after Sunday’s win over Norfolk.
Another week in the books. This one wasn’t quite as busy at SHoE HQ as the last one, but we still had plenty going on. On Friday, the Bears traveled to Hartford, CT and continued their winning ways, only to come home and see that streak come to an end. Then on Sunday they started their next winning streak. This weekend is another three games in three nights. We start on Friday night in Norfolk and then home against Bridgeport and Norfolk on Saturday and Sunday respectively. On Sunday the Central PA Blood Bank will be on hand to for people wishing to donate blood.
Kathryn also posted a video that she found of Chris Bourque, Graham Mink, Joel Rechlicz, and Coco visiting some kids at Hershey Med. [SHoE]
Wondering what’s going on with some former goalies? Wonder no more. [PennLive]
On the first day of Christmas… [DFZ]
Tomas Kundratek likes the change he got coming to Hershey. Frankly, we are liking him, too. [PAPuck]
Matt Ford likes good, authentic, home-cooked Mexican food. I concur and am fortunate to have it often. Want to come over some time, Matt? [LDN]
Old Barn has another new show this week. [OBHS]
- Part 1 – Bears week in review.
- Part 2 – NHL talk including conversation with Steve Coates of the Flyers.
- Part 3 – Bears Assistant Coach Troy Mann joins.
The Bears are starting to find their identity, Mink says. [PAPuck]