Hello BEARS fans!!
No, I did not take a hiatus from the blog. Apparently I have no patience. Clicking “publish” when I am finished writing one of these blog posts does NOT necessarily mean that the article gets posted… especially when I decide to close the window to move on to one of the 76 other projects I usually have on game nights.
So now, I’ll be sure to wait until this posts. I’ve had that problem most especially on the road, when you just do NOT want to be that last guy on the bus……..
Anyway, welcome to something that the BEARS did only once so far in the young season: win two in a row! I would also qualify the two victories as good character wins, but what I would not say is that the team went without a small span of minutes in which the opponent had outplayed them. Two cases in point, both of which the BEARS want to eliminate against a good, skilled team such as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers tonight:
1) The third period against Toronto on Sunday. The Marlies skated circles around the BEARS defensive zone and just played keep away, all the while firing at Braden Holtby any chance they could. Former BEARS star Keith Aucoin was part of that – helping set up the goal by Mark Fraser that ultimately (and thankfully) wrapped up the scoring on the night. The BEARS need to stay on the offensive in all three periods.
2) Between the 18:00 mark until 6:00 left in the third period against Norfolk on Wednesday. The BEARS got themselves into penalty trouble, taking back-to-back minors just four seconds apart – which allowed Norfolk to possess the puck more in the offensive zone, both during and after their power plays. The HERSHEY penalty kill has been awesome over the last three games, so that was a saving grace. But so was Braden Holtby. After Holtby finally got used to the absolutely horrific glass supports at Norfolk Scope, he was able to stay focused and shake off two nearly empty-net tallies for the Admirals.
Coming off of their lowest combined penalty total of the season against their opponents (10) on Wednesday, the BEARS and Sound Tigers actually matched the season HIGH for combined penalty minutes (84) in the teams’ last meeting on November 3. Also, Bridgeport earned 11 power plays in the game (not to mention four 5-on-3′s), capitalizing on all three. The BEARS won the five-on-five play. So it goes without saying: the BEARS must behave tonight.
Game information right here.