What a final week of November for the BEARS. What a final week of November for Dmitry Orlov, Patrick McNeill, Jeff Taffe, Zach Hamill and Jon DiSalvatore.
What a nice thing it would be if this continues tomorrow and we turn the page to play a totally different first three weeks of the new month!
Orlov put up his third consecutive plus-3 performance and chipped in two more assists. McNeill scored in back-to-back games, tonight on a power play blast. DiSalvatore put up three points (1+2) tonight for #3 star honors. Hamill scored and set up another goal, extending a point streak to four games and showing (4-4-8, +8) in his last seven. And Taffe bombed home the game-winning goal, added an assist, finished plus-2 and was #1 star.
Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots for his third straight win.
And the BEARS won 5-2 in comeback fashion at a loud GIANT Center.
Are things finally rolling in the right direction?
We all knew this was going to take some time. We are spoiled here, after all, as fans in central Pennsylvania. Patience is indeed a virtue.
That patience came tonight after coming up empty on the first six power plays of the game. (If you were keeping track, BEARS 6, Bridgeport 0 in power play chances by the middle of the third period). The 5th and 6th were something else. Casey Cizikas bowled his way into Holtby’s crease on a drive-the-net play, and got two minutes for interference. Blair Riley apparently didn’t like what happened, said something, and got the “T” from Terry Koharski. That’s a full two minutes of 5-on-3.
And the BEARS came up empty.
Against the league’s worst road penalty killing unit, nonetheless.
But credit goes to Ryan Potulny for holding the puck in the zone and keeping tired penalty killers on the ice. His patient play allowed Orlov to set up Tomas Kundratek for a low blast, and a timely goal.
The BEARS are rolling. Now it’s time to flip the calendar tomorrow.
Have your throwing arms ready. Why? The most fun you could have at GIANT Center, all for Children’s Miracle Network.
The BEARS drive for four in a row tomorrow against Norfolk.