The Blizzard Aftermath: Phantoms at Bears – 1/25

Greetings everyone!

Sincere apologies for the delay in posting.  Technical issues prevented me from putting up details of the matchup on Friday against the Binghamton Senators.  If you missed it, the Bears blanked the B-Sens by a score of 4-0.  Dan Ellis was tremendous, stopping all 30 shots he faced.

And that top line…. just…. WOW:

Paul Carey (3 assists) – Scott Gomez (1 goal, 1 assist) – Chris Bourque (1 goal, 2 assists)

To top it off, the trio was a combined plus-NINE in the game.  That will win 101% of the time.

Here is the audio from the game, with a few Ellis saves mixed in:

After traveling back from Binghamton directly into the path of the beginning of the 2016 Blizzard, we made it to Hershey (stick taps to Ronny, the BEST bus driver around, for getting us all back safely) at 2:30 am.  A normal three-hour ride took just over four-and-a-half.

News spread late Friday night that Saturday’s game would most likely be put on the back burner.  Great decision by Doug Yingst in conjunction with the AHL.  Nobody was getting here… many weren’t even getting out of their houses.

Then came Saturday afternoon, when the news came down that Sunday’s game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers would also be rescheduled.  2 to 2 1/2 feet of snow will do that, as many people are finding out even at the time of this writing – some locations are still not plowed out.

The nightmare storm left central Pennsylvania with brilliant sunshine in its wake.  Sunday was a day to dig out, let PennDOT and the community cleanup crews do their jobs, and just sit and reflect a bit on how lucky many of us were.

And here we are, playing on a Monday at home for the first time in over eight years.  The last Monday home game: New Year’s Eve, 2007, vs. Philadelphia.  The game is the makeup from Saturday.  The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are the opponents.

Here are the game notes for this contest.  It’s one team on a roll (Bears are 4-0-1-0 in their last five) and another trying to get on one (Phantoms are 1-5-0-0 in their last six).

Let’s just say that the Bears won’t be planning on allowing 27 third-period shots this time around.

The puck drops at 7, and pre-game airs at 6:20.