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From the morning skate, it looks like Dan Ellis is going to get the start in goal for the Chocolate and White in the season opener tonight. Head coach Troy Mann said that Ellis has been here the longest in camp and is the most settled, and thus the most prepared. It is his shot. He said that Justin Peters will most likely make his season debut in one of the two games at Portland next weekend. Looking forward to seeing both of these guys in goal… two legitimately fantastic human beings who are ready to take this team far.
Christian Djoos looks to be out for this game as the healthy scratch. He was out the latest at the morning skate. Defenseman Tyler Lewington and forward Caleb Herbert did not make the trip, so Djoos would be the lone scratch for Hershey.
I saw winger Paul Carey skating with Chandler Stephenson and Chris Bourque this morning, which should make for a formidable top line. And mark my word, the line to which you’re going to want to pay closest attention – if you’re a Bears fan, or if you’re their opponent – is the combination of Liam O’Brien, Zach Sill and Garrett Mitchell. Talk about an aggressive, physical forechecking trio…
I’ll have the full lineup here prior to the pre-game skate at 6:20, and information from the Falcons’ side as well.
Well, it’s finally here… GAME DAY.
Tonight, your Hershey Bears will have the puck drop on the club’s 78th season in the American Hockey League.
That’s the MassMutual Center in the background, the home of the Springfield Falcons – a new division rival of the Bears, in the newly-formed Atlantic Division. Springfield is the new affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes, after several seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. More on their composition later.
Here is something you can watch as a bit of a preview:
Take this all in for a second:
- 77 years
- 65 years qualifying for the post-season
- 11 Calder Cup titles
- 6,262 total games played, regular-season and playoffs
- 2,749 regular-season wins
- 316 playoff wins
- 20,105 regular-season goals scored
Pretty darn impressive history there. The Bears will be looking to add one to the first three bullets by the time June rolls around, and it all begins tonight.
Expect the puck to drop a bit later than the scheduled 7:00 PM start time, as tonight is the Falcons’ home opener. (Gotta let the fans know who their team is, right?)
Here is all the information you need until the springtime about how to catch the broadcasts on the Bears Radio Network:
- WQIC-FM 100.1 (Lebanon)
- WTKT-AM 1460 (Harrisburg)
- WOYK-AM 1350 (York)
- iHeartRadio app for smartphones (Fox Sports 1460)
More to come throughout all game days this season.