Scoring Change

Upon further review, as they say in the NFL, there has been a scoring change on the Capitals’ second and final goal in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Originally credited to Alexander Semin with assists from Matt Pettinger and Eric Fehr, the goal now reads Pettinger (his 13th) from Fehr (first NHL assist). Watching the game from the Giant Center press box in Hershey, it sure looked like it was Pettinger who poked it through Jocelyn Thibault’s pads after a frenzied goalmouth scramble.

More than a few have suggested that my presence in Chocolatetown this weekend must have been responsible for the Bears’ consecutive home defeats, a rarity. I can’t say it wasn’t me. I’ll try to wait until they’ve built up some first-place cushion in the East Division standings before I return. I think they’ll be okay. They’re missing their No. 1 netminder (Frederic Cassivi), their capitain and power play quarterback (Lawrence Nycholat), one of their top scorers (Eric Fehr) and a top six defenseman (Jeff Schultz). Such is the nature of life in the AHL.

Even with the less-than-desirable results, it’s always good to check in with the Bears for a couple days. Nearly 20,000 fans came out to see the two weekend games. The place jumps more when the Bears are winning, but they’ve only suffered four regulation losses in 26 Giant Center games this season. Hershey leads the AHL in attendance, averaging 8,628 fans per game. That’s more than 600 more than second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Speaking of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Bears are back in action again on Wednesday when they host the Baby Pens at Giant Center.

My eight-year-old son had quite the hockey weekend. On Friday, he had a hat trick (his first ever) and got the game puck in his Mites game. On Saturday, his team recorded a 3-0 shutout. As soon as that game ended, he and I headed up to Hershey. He joined me upstairs for the Saturday game against Albany. On Sunday, he was able to skate for about an hour at Hersheypark Arena, the most hallowed hockey rink that still stands in the States (and maybe North America), for my money. He went right from “The Old Barn” to the Giant Center stands for Sunday’s game against Hamilton.

It will all come crashing down on him tomorrow when he goes to school for the first time in a week.

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4 Comments on “Scoring Change”

  1. George Says:

    For my hallowed money I’ll take Matthews Arena. Still the oldest indoor ice arena in the world.

  2. GoBucks9 Says:

    I had a pretty good hockey weekend as well. It was the girlfriends and my 1 year anniversary and it appears I have trained her well.

    For my presents she got me – Hockey, A People’s History. Which is an amazing book. And she won her company’s club seats to the bluejackets game.

    Of course both the Caps & BJs lost 3-2 but it was a good weekend anyways.

  3. Hockey Amor Says:

    I still think Maple Leaf Gardens takes the prize for most hallowed rink (now that the Montreal Forum is gone).

  4. sk84fun Says:

    Mike, nah, you are not to blame, after all, you were in attendance during the Cup run last season!

    Nice write-ups about the Bears weekend woes and thanks for capturing a good portion of Boudreau’s postgame comments, as well.

    Congrats to your son on his hat trick. About the arenas, glad he got a chance to skate at HPA.

    About tonight’s game, any indication about the starting goalie for the Caps? I assume Johnson, but was wondering if there was any chance Cassivi would get the start with the back to back games and this one on the road in his home province…


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