Pre-Game: Bulldogs at BEARS

Good morning BEARS Nation!

It feels great to say that tonight wraps up a three-in-three for the first time since November 16-18.  It feels even better to say that with a win tonight, the BEARS could complete their first perfect week of the season.

That is thanks to two thrilling back-to-back wins put up by the Chocolate and White.

One night after coming back to win 2-1 over the Norfolk Admirals at Washington, D.C., the BEARS and rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins battled back-and-forth from beginning to end in an entertaining contest that ended with the BEARS taking a 5-4 overtime decision.

Being honest here, there were a lot of unlikely heroes in the win.  But, looking at the flip side, seeing who scored finally proves that the depth this team has is finally starting to show itself.

Kevin Marshall scores the game-winner in overtime, finishing off a two-on-one rush with T.J. Syner.  Syner’s speed and Marshall’s no-quit attitude helped execute that play.

Mattias Sjogren shook off a recent round of healthy scratches and played his best game that I’ve seen him play with HERSHEY.  He scored the game’s first goal, he set up a key game-tying goal by Mathieu Beaudoin, and he drew one of the BEARS’ two power plays.

Beaudoin also scored his first career HERHSEY goal, at a very important time – when the team was down 2-1 in the first period.  He was also on the ice for three of the BEARS’ five goals – not a bad night at all.

The win moved the BEARS to the .500 mark, and placed them four points back of the Penguins for the third-place spot in the East Division.  If all goes well above the BEARS in the standings tonight (Binghamton and Norfolk play each other with the red-hot Sens winners of nine straight, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Portland, and Syracuse is at Adirondack), things are going to tighten up a bit more.  A Pens loss and BEARS win, and it’s a two-point deficit from third place.

Moving up is a nice thing to this time of year.

Game information for tonight’s contest is here.



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