Two Pairs Give Bears Two-Point Night

Just returned from my first weekend look at the Hershey Bears this season, and I came away very impressed. After taking a 3-2 overtime decision from the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday, the Bears sent the Ads home in foul humor on Sunday. Thirty seconds worth of stellar penalty killing by Dave Steckel led to an Alexandre Giroux shorthanded goal, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead midway through the second. Giroux later added a power play goal and Chris Bourque had two power play strikes to send the Ads home on the short end of a 4-1 score. Frederic Cassivi made 41 stops to record his 12th win of the season.

Hershey won three straight from East Division rival Norfolk last week. With the wins, Hershey ran its record to 17-3-3-3. The Bears now boast the best record in the AHL, and they now lead third-place Norfolk by three points in the East Division standings. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is a single point off the pace in second place.

Giroux now has 20 goals on the season, one behind league leader Brett Sterling of the Chicago Wolves. Giroux has five multiple-goal games this season, and Bourque enjoyed the second multiple-goal game of his AHL career.

Giroux’s shorthanded goal was his fourth of the season; he led the AHL with six in 2005-06. The Bears now have a dozen shorthanded strikes on the season, and have yet to surrender a shorty. Hershey is third in the league in power play success and is seventh in penalty killing.

The Bears have a few well-deserved days off before they visit Philadelphia on Friday. More on the Bears on the main site later in the week.

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4 Comments on “Two Pairs Give Bears Two-Point Night”

  1. fatdaddy Says:

    Man, I am hoping the Caps perform well against the Pens tonight. This should be a good benchmark game for the Caps, to gague their progress as a team – which is what this thing is going to be about: the Capitals vs the Penguins.

    The Pens were even more woeful than the Capitals last year, finishing with 12 fewer points. However, if memory serves, the Pens handled the Caps pretty well last year.

    I firmly believe the Caps are a superior team to the Pens right now. They have better goaltending, better D (I think), and I think their depth of talent in the forward lines is better.

    Tonight would be a nice time to prove it. While I know the Sidney v. Alex stuff is just hype…I would like to see AO show up the other guy.

    Finally, have you checked out the +/- stats for AO and Zubrus – those are some ugly numbers. Not sure what the deal is there…but it’s gonna have to get better.

  2. CapsChick Says:

    It’s just great to see the continued success of the Bears this season – thanks for keeping us updated on the guys who will someday play hear in DC!

    We’ve already started to see how the tightness and chemistry from last years’ championship team has translated into wins for the Caps and that’s with just a handful of former Bears on the roster. I can’t wait to see this young group of guys continue to develop and hopefully move their talent into the NHL – it’s been said so many times before, but this is going to continue to be an exciting team to watch down the line.

    Even Scott Burnside thinks we’re good!

    That being said, bring on the Penguins…I’m hoping it’s a good game all around, just to give the Pens’ fans no excuses when our boys hand them a loss tonight. đŸ™‚

  3. bob Says:

    the caps should call up Alexandre Giroux…who is thinks so?

  4. fatdaddy Says:

    Re. Giroux, I dunno…the Caps have been scoring pretty well lately, and I imagine that if he were a slam dunk to contribute at the big club, he’d be here already?

    The success of the Bears is exciting though – if they can continue to supply talent to the big club, the Caps will be an elite team in a couple of years.


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